ZorSy

ZorSy

Lives in Sydney
Works as a Engineer
Joined on Dec 15, 2006

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On Editorial: Why I can't stop taking iPhone Panoramas article (300 comments in total)
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ChrisKramer1: Why all the fanfares? The Samsung Galaxy S4 has an excellent panorama function as well. Was there an article entitled "Why I can't stop taking Galaxy S4 Panoramas?"

The fact is, the Iphone looks nice but enthusiasts need a bigger screen and image stablisation. On a recent visit to Russia, I used my Samsung S4 more than my Sony NEX5n but really, image stablisation is a must in low light. The only problem with the Lumia 1020 / 925 is that the apps are so sparse. Why no Snapseed, Photoshop Touch etc? Tragic...

Sony Xperia Arc had it almost two years ago when we bought it and it works great - this may be excitement for iPhone users but proves they obviously missed a lot... OK, they now have that feature so they can enjoy it. Good for them.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 26, 2013 at 06:37 UTC
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Narupol: I used to plan to do something like this but with my iPad.

Don't know how thick is the glass in the front of the actual panel, but you might try getting a "contact copy" printing, paper directly on the screen...If that works, someone will make even more money developing the app for it :"safelight" overlay to put the paper, "timer" for exposure of inverted image and then blackout back to safelight.... just for a stupid fun, if nothing else...I guess someone has already tried this.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 9, 2013 at 04:12 UTC
On Billboards offer tourists a glimpse of smog-free Hong Kong news story (113 comments in total)
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ZorSy: sad and concerning if their authorities consider this a "solution" for the problem....

The problem I see it is the fact that these billboards don't convey the message "we have to do something to get this view back". Instead they offer the cheap alternative for tourists to get the shot they want and move on. Assuming the tourists come from environmentally concerned countries (like mine), how ignorant we should really be to get over this issue and actually use these as a background for our holiday photo (without thinking)? It''s shame on us accepting "it's their pollution, not my problem". Whether it's masking construction site or not - without action the view will never be as depicted... Zvonimir T. said it well. Cheap at whatever the cost: and sadly we buy it as it's good for us. What about them?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2013 at 14:29 UTC
On Billboards offer tourists a glimpse of smog-free Hong Kong news story (113 comments in total)

sad and concerning if their authorities consider this a "solution" for the problem....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 1, 2013 at 03:27 UTC as 56th comment | 4 replies
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bdcolen: I cannot help but laugh at the breathless excitement over doing "serious" photography with an iPhone, with or without any gimmicky filters. Yes, of course, the best camera is the camera you have with you. But imagine for a moment that someone told this or any serious - photographer, 'no, don't take your state-of-the-art cameras with you on assignment; do your work with this crappy 2004 point-and-shoot." The response from anyone not looking for publicity for doing something weird, would be, 'are you out of your mind, mate?' (And well it should be.) Yet today we have serious photographers, including some leading photo journalists, doing assignments with crappy 2004 point-and-shoots called iPhones, making the resulting photos technically even worse by using gimmick filters and post processing add-ons that produce the look of badly processed, fadded, color films from the 1970s.

Camera of choice? Results to be celebrated? For anything other than art(sy fartsy) photography? Not really.

Misho, if you are on the assignment-or if photojournalism is your JOB, wouldn't you carry a TOOL for doing that job decently? I tend to agree with bdcolen , these hipsters are doing it purposefully to promote the brand/idea. They want to be "in" or blend in to a faceless mass of FB generation.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2013 at 13:29 UTC
On 50 lessons learned about mobile photography post (74 comments in total)

#30. It’s hard to tell the difference between a mobile, digital and film print (up to A3). Hmmm, are you absolutely sure about that one, in particular A3 size? Unless it's a bad printer or a poor eyesight.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2013 at 09:01 UTC as 26th comment | 7 replies

"In the coming days and weeks, we'll be working with all editorial employees to train and outfit you as much as possible to produce the content we need." - OK, so if the CS-T laid off photographers as redundant, in no time they won't have to pay the remaining lot a cent of redundancy package as they will all get fired for 'incompetency'. That's how it works at (still) my workplace... And poor suckers will have to take this task as directed by their management (until the last day). I can visualise what's it like being there at the moment - the work 'morale' is on its highest point. And everybody already feels sorry for themselves apart from the stupid ones...
I'm generally happy with the local newspaper delivered every Wednesday for free in our letterboxes: worth what I paid for. They might use freelance guy but at least he is a PHOTOGRAPHER.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 1, 2013 at 04:50 UTC as 67th comment
On Photoshop Gradient Tool: Part 2 - Adjusting Images article (87 comments in total)
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tabloid: All very nice...but its done to a jpg.
It would be much nicer if all this could be done to a raw image, and then once corrected (in raw) converted to a jpg as a final finished image.

I wish there was a 'Photoshop Raw' with all the same menus that the ordinary photoshop has for jpg manipulation.

What you are wishing for has a name: CNX2. You start there and finish in Photoshop....at least I do it that way.

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2013 at 08:16 UTC
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ZorSy: "We were impressed by the phone's low light capabilities while shooting some samples at Nokia's launch event in London. We managed to get a recognizable image in a set-piece shot where both an iPhone 4S and a Canon 6D with Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC lens had problems.". Hmmm, how do we take this? 6D with a fast lens is easily outperformed by a phone camera? Comparing phones to phones is fine, this comparison is bold (and rather brave) statement IMO...

Thanks Lars, that's why I actually pointed this out: without some technical background in reporting, it may sound a bit confusing. In short, combined FL+aperture/sensor size (AF DOF)+OS+ISO works well at low light....I think it's reasonable to expect that OS would gain its effectiveness the smaller the sensor/optics becomes, which matters for static low light scenes and handheld.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2013 at 23:29 UTC

"We were impressed by the phone's low light capabilities while shooting some samples at Nokia's launch event in London. We managed to get a recognizable image in a set-piece shot where both an iPhone 4S and a Canon 6D with Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC lens had problems.". Hmmm, how do we take this? 6D with a fast lens is easily outperformed by a phone camera? Comparing phones to phones is fine, this comparison is bold (and rather brave) statement IMO...

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2013 at 23:01 UTC as 8th comment | 5 replies
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ZorSy: It's all good and great, but 5 inch screens are rather to be counted as small tablets than mobile phones - one hand operation is close to impossible (at least I know it is not on 6 in tablet and on 4 in Xperia Arc feels just about right for my not so small hands). "Pocketability" is as well out of window and the jacket pockets will have to grow in size (attention, fashion people). Lastly, 13MP for a camera phone is stupid overkill.

Richard, the stacked CMOS and its performance is yet to be seen (in some review here, I guess). My comment about pixel count is purely related what majority of mobile phone photography today is for, which is social media utilising very low MP count to start with. So "more is better" (even if it is in this case) is pushing consumers around with numbers, even if they need just those 2MP. I have not noticed significant increase in data allowance (at least where I am) even on premium plans, so majority of phone camera users are still pretty sparse when selecting what image size (and quality) are the photos they upload via G3/G4 connection. Until that changes significantly, the sheer MP count still matters. So let's wait for the reviews and leave reading sales brochures aside. cheers

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2013 at 12:23 UTC

It's all good and great, but 5 inch screens are rather to be counted as small tablets than mobile phones - one hand operation is close to impossible (at least I know it is not on 6 in tablet and on 4 in Xperia Arc feels just about right for my not so small hands). "Pocketability" is as well out of window and the jacket pockets will have to grow in size (attention, fashion people). Lastly, 13MP for a camera phone is stupid overkill.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2013 at 02:43 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies
On Just Posted: Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Review news story (60 comments in total)
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MiLei: I hate to see these lenses. I want them to Full Frame cameras also.

hate them to exist or what? There are few offerings for FF in range 28-200/300, but combined with even more demanding sensors the compromise becomes more obvious than on DX.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2012 at 00:59 UTC
On Just Posted: Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Review news story (60 comments in total)
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SunnyFlorida: 3 Super zooms in a row???

so people can compare and pick one - DSLR cameras are replacing "superzoom" ones so I find DPR decision to compare the lot quite reasonable. These lenses are heavily compromised, without question. But for a large number of people traveling (light ), having 11-18+18-2xx kit for snapshots may be just right. Tamron used to have what was called "ultimate travel kit" - it seems they are sticking with that idea.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 3, 2012 at 22:28 UTC
On Just Posted: Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM news story (89 comments in total)

Very useful review for anyone thinking of getting one of these lenses. When I bought Sigma 18-200 OS HSM years ago, there was no review to be found anywhere. That lens had a few very serious problems at some focal lengths - this one seems to have inherited some. The best example is looking at distortion changing the focal length, starting at 18mm and going up. At about 22-25mm, it has a "jump" from barrel to pincushion. I no longer have this lens, but remember anything photographed around this length looked very weird (the best word to describe without samples). I later had a Tamron and comparing the two, Sigma was much better, both mechanically and optically (with exceptions as above). I no longer have any superzoom lenses - but they have their practical value on holidays, capturing moments and memories and for the next overseas holiday I could even get one of these (again), who knows...the whole life thing is a compromise, isn't it?

Direct link | Posted on Nov 21, 2012 at 01:18 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
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Dan Tong: A truly creative image. It's great to have the story of how it was done. I also enjoyed his comment on how it reflects the difference between the Powered (or Powerful) and the Powerless.

The more I look at this image, the more I appreciate it the angle of view, so dependent on the height, the framing angle (focal length & distance), the color tone, etc. Clearly you will not find an image like this on microstock : )

Iwan Baan is one photographer who, based on this example of his work, well deserves his success.

Thanks,

Dan

And in that light (or partial blackout) there is no need to make a political statement as written; “What really struck me, if you look at the image on the left, you see the Goldman Sachs building and new World Trade Center,” said Baan. “These two buildings are brightly lit. And then the rest of New York looks literally kind of powerless. In a way, it shows also what’s wrong with the country in this moment.”
Whatever is wrong with the country has nothing to do with the fact a large city was struck with a blasting natural disaster - and no government on Earth could do anything about it. It is a great photo, but that's it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2012 at 00:30 UTC

I am puzzled over the "window" under the flash - somehow think whoever designed this thing was looking at F3HP prism and thought how awesome it would be to marry V1 and HP prism. It looks boxy, no question - but on product shots like this Nikon should have included the actual photo of real person holding it. Alone as it is, the hump dominates the image, quite the same as if EP or NEX would look with their optional EVF (worse even and still either EVF or flash, not both). From the practical point of view, still better having it fixed on the camera than a loose accessory in the pocket. Either way, something is in the air designers breathe these days....

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 08:36 UTC as 200th comment

Picasa was good and Google+ made it even better, in particular album preview layout. As not very online socially active (I got real life), I don't like Google pushing "circles" and still invite people via email notification - I'm obsolete, I know....But - slideshow, size and maintaining quality are on the plus side.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 17, 2012 at 07:43 UTC as 21st comment

TAPCAM - touch or tapping as a method of taking photos, it's got A for either Android or application, cam to indicate it's not a phone (and has no "i" in it so Aplle can't claim the patent theft). Or just T&S - tap and shoot.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 1, 2012 at 23:14 UTC as 57th comment

Since the QLD floods, the water there has produced some strange effects on some people. The author of this "review" should seek medical help. But, they do offer iPhone Photography Course through their WEB site, which tells a whole lot more.....So iPhone is finally at the level with for example Xperia Arc from 2011? Or I'm missing something here what I should be excited about (in hotogrpahjy terms)?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 24, 2012 at 23:17 UTC as 61st comment
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