MichaelK81

Lives in United States NYC, United States
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at http://www.michaelkormos.com
Joined on Apr 7, 2011

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aris14: I really can't see the needs of 100 Mp, but it's professionals cup of cake.
I really wonder who can see the difference of a 50 Mp image compared to an originally shot 100 Mp, no matter the final size to be printed.
Anyway, pros problems and tastes.

Ad agencies have a multi-tier process in place, where the creative assets change hands plenty of times before the final comps are pushed live, be it on the web, print, etc., Images often get trimmed and downsized to increase clarity (bayer interpolation). Not arguing, just telling you how it is.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 20:16 UTC
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aris14: I really can't see the needs of 100 Mp, but it's professionals cup of cake.
I really wonder who can see the difference of a 50 Mp image compared to an originally shot 100 Mp, no matter the final size to be printed.
Anyway, pros problems and tastes.

Commercial/advertising fields always welcome this type of clarity. Especially with Retina-level displays becoming standard. Smart, financially successful photographers in that field don't own their bodies, but rent them.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 14:08 UTC
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Biowizard: All my photographic life (which takes in film from the mid-70s, up to about 12 years ago, when I switched to digital (mainly)), I have HATED the effects of badly position ND grads. Images look SO artificial, with a linear blurred darkening zone, and as others have noted, where tall objects poking above the gradation remain underexposed while reflections in foreground puddles are blown-out.

You can get SO much better results by squeezing off 5 bracketed exposures in quick succession, covering whichever range of EV you want to play with, and selectively combining them, with appropriate blurred masking, in Photoshop.

Not forgetting, there's probably a good spare 1.5-2EV at either end of your individual raw frames to play with, if you don't want to merge images but simply want to apply some selective exposure compensation masks.

Using Photoshop in this way is frankly no different than dodging and burning in the traditional darkroom - just less hit-and-miss, and a LOT less smelly.

Brian

Seascapes present a challenge with HDR method, as each bracketed image is - quite frankly - different, due to water's fluid nature. If your use of filters is yielding unnatural results, you're probably not using them correctly. 9 out of 10 landscape photographers I come across in national parks continue to use filters, and practice the craft of modifying light instead of modifying pixels. Personally, I feel HDR has limited use in landscape photography, and is only useful for static subjects.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2016 at 14:02 UTC

Not sure how "dynamic range" is related to "noise". I see considerable noise when D5 RAW files are push processed indeed. A rather disturbing anomaly. Then gain, I've never compared my D4 RAW files in this manner. The D750 manages very well!

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 23:05 UTC as 168th comment | 2 replies

Nikon needs to haul a$$ and revamp their 105/135 f/2 DCs pronto. They've been neglecting certain lens products for decades, literally.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2016 at 15:47 UTC as 7th comment | 2 replies
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Photoman: Canon announce a new camera - 300 comments.
Sony announce a new camera - 800 comments.

What do you read from that?

That fewer and fewer Canon shooters read this website? Ehm..

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2016 at 23:50 UTC
On article Macphun Aurora HDR version 1.2 update released (24 comments in total)
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photo_rb: Oops somethings not right. Just installed and everything is washed out and super contrasty. Anybody else?

No, that's just HDR.

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2016 at 23:16 UTC
On article Nikon's New D5 and D500 Push the Boundaries of DSLR (738 comments in total)
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td_100: Nikon & Canon in denial, heads in the sand, these cameras are evolutions of old tech. I shoot A Nikon D800 and bought a Sony A7 to try and I now reach for that instead of lugging the heavy dslr. The Sony is far from perfect, but it's a big shame that Nikon are not using their great experience and technology to produce cutting edge pro and enthusiast mirrorless full frame cameras and lenses. Wake up Nikon the games moved on and your being left behind.

Mirrorless take great photos, but they're not meant to replace pro dSLR bodies. Give a carpenter a hammer half the size, and he'll still use his original one. Size isn't important in the pro market. Ergonomics, solid build, and battery performance is.

Link | Posted on Jan 8, 2016 at 13:31 UTC
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Class A: Why do there have to be so many motivational speakers in photography?

I prefer Joe McNally who may also mention tenacity as a necessary virtue (when asked) but then moves on to give some practical advice or show some inspirational shots.

When I'd like to learn something about photography, I don't want to be sold the American dream over and over and over again. Guess what. It only works for a few. But those few get the limelight. And then you have to hear it over and over and over again.

It would have to be the Canadian dream. Ben is Canadian.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2015 at 14:04 UTC
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brownie314: Is Nikon not aware of the current situation in the camera market? Why throw more uber high priced lenses at a market where people are willing to spend less money?

The new 24-70, like the old one, isn't aimed at the bargain hunting brick wall shooter.

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 02:05 UTC

I'll take three of each, please!

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 14:20 UTC as 4th comment

Yeah, but I like the way Nikon rolls off the tongue as opposed to Tamron.

Am I the only one who bases their purchasing decision on the vocal expression of a brand?

On a side note, I reckon the Nikon is much better built, and for the landscape aficionado, Lee offers a marvelous filter holder for the Nikon lens. I wouldn't expect one anytime soon (if ever) for the Tamron :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2015 at 18:22 UTC as 112th comment | 3 replies
On article Nikon D4s First Impressions Review (1038 comments in total)

It looks like the noise reduction with JPG output has been greatly improved. Sadly, I see absolutely no difference in RAW noise (and I would imagine, most photographers using the D4s shoot RAW). Glad I stuck with my D4 and didn't upgrade.

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Fresh & Modern Family Photography
MICHAEL KORMOS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2014 at 15:46 UTC as 98th comment
On article Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G review (417 comments in total)

Being amongst the first few to own this beautiful lens, it's become an instant favorite in my camera bag. Its bokeh is matched only by the 105 f/2 DC. Nikon doesn't release speciality lenses designed specifically for creamy bokeh often, but when they do, it's like fireworks :-)

Cheers,
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Michael Kormos
Fresh & Modern Family Photography
MICHAEL KORMOS PHOTOGRAPHY
New York | San Diego
http://www.michaelkormos.com

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2014 at 14:49 UTC as 28th comment
On article Nikon AF-S Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G review (417 comments in total)

As a portrait photographer, the quality of the bokeh was immediately apparent to me, moving-up from the 50mm f/1.4G. This lens has become an instant classic in my camera bag.

http://www.michaelkormos.com

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2014 at 02:21 UTC as 55th comment | 2 replies
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Adam Filipowicz: if you shot this as a HDR.. bracketing your exposures.. do you think you could have done it without the ND Filters?

HDR has limited applications in landscape photography, namely with water and moving subjects (such as clouds).

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Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2013 at 17:43 UTC
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tko: Did the photographer have permission from Desmond to take the photo? Or where Desmond's rights signed away as some type of a blanket college agreement?

Because if Desmond didn't sign a model release of some type, how can Masck have ownership? You can't take a photo of just anyone and use it for gain. Or if you can, it seems like a silly law, because the photographer would have nothing w/o the subject and the pose.

He didn't need Desmond's permission. Model releases deal with privacy laws. Copyright is a different law altogether, and grants the author (photographer) full ownership of the image he took.

Link | Posted on Mar 20, 2013 at 21:13 UTC

Well, it IS New York Post. They're like the tabloid version of NY Times. No moral ground, just sensationalist headlines. They'll print anything to sell a few extra copies.

Link | Posted on Dec 5, 2012 at 01:34 UTC as 71st comment | 1 reply
On article Just Posted: Nikon D600 In-depth Review (498 comments in total)

Great review, perhaps we'll get one for the D4/1Dx sometime in the next decade too?

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2012 at 01:13 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply

It looks like an army of ants bringing home a larger prey :-) Great video, thanks for the link.
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Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2012 at 13:33 UTC as 6th comment
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