spqr_ca

spqr_ca

Lives in Canada Toronto Area, Canada
Works as a Software Architect
Has a website at http://www.grumpyjohns.com
Joined on Oct 19, 2009

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call me Skippy: I have to say, I find the ruling outragous. Ownership and right of property have no intrinsic value whatsoever in my opinion. In my opinion it is functional: As long as it is beneficial for the whole society to guaranty these rights, they should be protected. In this case, this work of art occupies public space (the memorial I mean) and I dont think it is beneficial to guaranty any right of ownership in this case to the artist. Such rights impede on usage of public space in this case. People may feel otherwise - which is ok. But looking at the proliferation of creativity one can observe, all this money-grabbing might get very nasty. If a public administration - for example a local authority - commissions such work of art, the should really make the treaties water-tight and buy all the rights in order to prevent such rulings. Artists who dont want to go along shouldnt get the job. Just give the newcomer a chance - who will be happy to be paid at all.

So, as soon as your work is publicly displayed we're free to take and use as we see fit? Even for massive profit for ourselves and none for you? That may be okay with you, not so much by me. Fortunately, the law in most countries sides with me, for good reason.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 10:44 UTC
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joe6pack: Wedding photographers had better check all their photos in their business webpage and make sure there is no modern arts in the background. Sculptures, fountains, wood works, gates, floral arrangements, buildings, gardens, furnishes, ...

You miss the mark and clearly don't understand the judgement. The stamp was directly derivative (heck, the writing on it clearly stated so) and was not the incidental appearance of something that is not the subject of the photo. This is very key to the case.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 10:36 UTC
On iPhone 5s Studio Comparison article (263 comments in total)
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spqr_ca: Meh... They all look terrible. I've seen better ISO 12800 shots from a dSLR than these produce at their "base" ISO.

@K_Photo_Teach - Of course, but if their use as a camera is going to be flogged on a site dedicated to photography gear then they're subject to some comparison. Most of these companies heavily push their devices as a camera alternative, but they're clearly not playing the same league. I would only ever use one of these if I had no other option or the image didn't matter that much to me.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2013 at 13:14 UTC
On iPhone 5s Studio Comparison article (263 comments in total)

Meh... They all look terrible. I've seen better ISO 12800 shots from a dSLR than these produce at their "base" ISO.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2013 at 03:16 UTC as 80th comment | 3 replies
On iPhone 5s Studio Comparison article (263 comments in total)
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jcmarfilph: Why not just say "Mobile Phone studio comparison tool?" Do you really have to put iPhone word in the title? Why not Nokia or Samsung Studio comparison? Is that how desperate Apple now to get more sales?

Actually, they call it the "Image Comparison Tool" but don't let that stop you from feeling faux outrage over a perceived slight to whatever else happens to be your unspoken favourite...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 21, 2013 at 03:12 UTC
On Service lets you order prints of any Facebook photo post (115 comments in total)
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spqr_ca: I smell a lawsuit a brewin' here. I retain copyright, nobody may print my images without my consent and I will sue if necessary. I see, however, from their terms that they're trying to absolve themselves of risk in this area, but I suspect that a good lawyer would still nail them to the wall on this.

Yep... I just re-read the terms and the transferrable sublicense is what lets them in. I'm now very close to doing a delete on all my Facebook images.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2013 at 14:06 UTC
On Service lets you order prints of any Facebook photo post (115 comments in total)

I smell a lawsuit a brewin' here. I retain copyright, nobody may print my images without my consent and I will sue if necessary. I see, however, from their terms that they're trying to absolve themselves of risk in this area, but I suspect that a good lawyer would still nail them to the wall on this.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2013 at 03:36 UTC as 45th comment | 3 replies
On Fashion Shoot: Tips from a Pro article (82 comments in total)
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jorepuusa: Every professional photographer who "shares" his or hers knowledge about photography to amateurs takes part in the killing of photography as profession. For some odd reason some pros do not understand that.
That is probably cause they have a firm position in the business and cannot see the problems of those who do not and specially young pros who are just starting business.
It is very sad that dpreview takes part in killing of profession by giving advice to amateurs how to shoot. The amateurs shoot for free or minimum prize. In Finland where I live professional photography is almost dead and amateurs have taken over cause those who buy pictures do not anymore see the difference of quality but consider only the money. This is why I see this kind of sharing knowledge extremely hazardous for the industry.

And you teach? There isn't enough information in an article like this, or even a series of articles from scattered sources, to turn someone into the next photographer for Vogue. There's more to it than that, as you should well know given that you teach. However, I suspect that because you specialize in photojournalism, your perspective is a little distorted by media looking to cut you out for the "good enough" shots from people with a cell phone. I don't think you can project beyond that.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2012 at 13:49 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: Pentax' already excellent lenses have just gotten sharper with the AA filter removed. It's a shame they charge extra to leave something out but there's serious potential for good jokes. "How much would it cost if you don't practice AND you don't play?" "You couldn't afford it". -- Chico Marx.

A correction filter seems likely and probably for much the same reason that Nikon listed. It would also explain the additional cost since it's not about taking away...

Direct link | Posted on Sep 10, 2012 at 23:13 UTC
On Editing on the road article (114 comments in total)

I've gone with the iPad on travel with some success, but a big help there was the use of a CloudFTP which gives you a simple ad-hoc WiFi network for portable drives. Couple that with some useful utility like FileBrowser and you have a lot more capacity than the iPad will afford. I take a couple of the wafer thin Seagate GoFlex drives with me and that gives me two copies, which is nice.

If you want to edit on the iPad, it's actually not too bad, though it depends on your intentions. When I travel, it's usually just a Facebook posting for family and maybe Flickr, it's not for printing. In that event, there's a lot of software options including a more feature rich Photoshop (not the freebie with in-app purchase) , iPhoto or Snapseed. The iPad 3 is definitely much better for this purpose than the previous versions, night and day really.

So, you can go slimmer, though the Macbook Air is almost as small a package as the iPad in any event.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2012 at 00:21 UTC as 38th comment
On Just posted: Quick Pentax K-30 samples gallery article (94 comments in total)
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stanic042: based on photozone review, this lens has bad reputation among some pentaxians, but this could be to sample variation
I like the results

That would be the point: it's a consumer lens and the average consumer finds blurry and grainy iphone photos to be perfectly fine, judging by the sheer volume of them on Flickr. This combo is substantially superior to that.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 10:52 UTC
On Just posted: Quick Pentax K-30 samples gallery article (94 comments in total)
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stanic042: based on photozone review, this lens has bad reputation among some pentaxians, but this could be to sample variation
I like the results

Blah blah blah by Timbukto who has pronounced that the flaws of a lens that 99.99% of humanity would neither notice nor care about are fatal flaws and that, if you disagree, you're clearly an insane fanboy. Spare us.

There are definitely sharper and higher quality lenses for Pentax, but as a general walk-about tourist lens, the 18-135mm does a fine job. It's not pretending to be a pro lens designed to produce large prints for display in a gallery, it does what it does for a reasonable price and many, many people would be happy with it.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 04:02 UTC
On Lonely in the That Doesn't Look Like A Photo challenge (2 comments in total)
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Pennyanne: there are some great entries. This is one of them

Thanks Pennyanne, much appreciated. :)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 5, 2012 at 00:42 UTC
On Just Posted: Pentax K-30 video preview article (37 comments in total)

I have to admit, the K-30 has got me very, very, curious to see what the successor to the K-5 is going to look like. I'm in the crowd that thinks it would take a lot from Pentax to make a K-5 user feel a real desire to upgrade, but given that the K-30 is practically on par with the K-5, I'm beginning to think that they might figure that out...

Also, I like the look of the camera, so put me in the positive crowd. I'd still only buy it in black though.

Direct link | Posted on May 24, 2012 at 01:44 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
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spidermoon: Almost perfect, but the lack of external mic and hdmi is a major backdraw. The camera is weather seal, have ibis, the video mode can use manual control, with choice of 30p/25p/24p, so it's a great camera for outdoor footage, but you are stuck to internal mono recording.
Hopefully, they kept the unique horizon auto adujstement, so even if the camera if not perfectly aligned, the sr mechanism provide correct level. I can't see where is the button for DOF preview ? On pentax camera it's around the on/off button. And finally they remove the lock dial button :) It's the most irritaging thing on my K7, you needs two hands to turn the dial. And they move the view button to the right, a better place than the left one.

Means something, I suppose, if you shoot video with an external mic. I don't shoot video, so I don't need to mic the camera, so two things that mean nothing to me. However, to be honest, I don't think a lot of other people, yourself included, actually put a mic on a camera even if they can. So... Not very relevant in the end.

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2012 at 03:51 UTC
On Buyer's Guide: 10 Home Studio Lighting Kits article (92 comments in total)
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Jack A. Zucker: "Strobe lights offer the ability to freeze fact action by syncing with the camera at high shutter speeds."

Huh???

No, that's not why they freez action. Oy...

I never got past page one because of that statement. That, and missing the fact that the Alien Bees (and others) line are available in a pretty impressive kit format. Two strikes on page one, so not bothering with the rest of the article.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 17, 2011 at 05:15 UTC
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