Klaus dk

Klaus dk

Lives in Denmark Virum, Denmark
Works as a IT developer
Joined on Oct 6, 2006
About me:

My main interest is making studio portraits in the living room, usually with a set of strobes. Making portraits has the advantage that at least one person (the model) is interested in the pictures.
I find the relationship between the photographer and the model the most intriguing part of portrait photography. Mastering the technique is important, but even more important is the human relationship you build with your model during the session.
For holiday and social photography I prefer a pocketable P&S.
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Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about time, masters worry about light. [Vernon Trent]

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Klaus dk: Could someone please explain to me why it is so important to criticise everything with a Leica logo? Leica's pricing policy clearly states that Leica wants to be in a class for themselves, where the financially less endoved need not go.
Let the wealthy spend fortunes on Leica gear if they please and it makes them happy. This is not what rocks the foundation of society.

... and if you are so damn smart, why aren't you rich yourself?

PS - just for the record, I have no wish to own a Leica.

Who says I'm not? And is my opinion worth less if I am?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 26, 2014 at 17:27 UTC
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Klaus dk: Could someone please explain to me why it is so important to criticise everything with a Leica logo? Leica's pricing policy clearly states that Leica wants to be in a class for themselves, where the financially less endoved need not go.
Let the wealthy spend fortunes on Leica gear if they please and it makes them happy. This is not what rocks the foundation of society.

... and if you are so damn smart, why aren't you rich yourself?

PS - just for the record, I have no wish to own a Leica.

Guess I just repeted a common quote. I don't think there's much correlation either.
I was referring to those members who can see they can get similar IQ for less money elsewhere, and need to tell the rest of the world how smart they are.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 21:08 UTC

Could someone please explain to me why it is so important to criticise everything with a Leica logo? Leica's pricing policy clearly states that Leica wants to be in a class for themselves, where the financially less endoved need not go.
Let the wealthy spend fortunes on Leica gear if they please and it makes them happy. This is not what rocks the foundation of society.

... and if you are so damn smart, why aren't you rich yourself?

PS - just for the record, I have no wish to own a Leica.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2014 at 12:18 UTC as 27th comment | 6 replies
On Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolight Review article (41 comments in total)
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electrophoto: Quote: "While portraits are not my thing (I like product photography because the subjects don't speak or have opinions)"

Thanks... that made my day!

Electrophoto, I also found the reasoning behind preferring product photography funny, and I too value humour and good writing skills.

It is sad but true, however, that the success of humour depends on both language and frame of reference, so it has to be treated carefully.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 14:47 UTC
On Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolight Review article (41 comments in total)
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Klaus dk: Frequently questions about creating a small, low budget, home studio for portraits are asked on the forums, so the idea of testing entry level strobes is really good.

Usually, strobes are recommended for portrait photography because they provide power, speed and low heat dissipation, things that are irrelevant for product photography. It is generally accepted that continuous lights are cheaper and better for product photography because the photographer can immediately see the results of every little change in the lighting.

Why then, would DPR choose a reviewer, who shoots products and does not care for portraits, for this review?

The resulting review suffers from this, since two severe shortcomings of these strobes in portrait photography are not mentioned: the unability to mount modifiers other than those with a shaft, and the very narrow power variability of the strobes. A 300 Ws strobe used as a main will necessitate a narrow aperture and give no room for using DoF creatively.

Mike,
Since I have strobes, I also now and then use them for product photography, but a low budget solution for product photography would most probably be based on CFLs, LEDs or incadescents.

As for portrait photography, you failed to mention the consequences of the limited selection of modifiers and of the limited power range (DoF control).

You cannot expect beginners to anticipate such problems, so in a review targeting entry level photographers, mentioning them is even more relevant.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 14:36 UTC
On Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolight Review article (41 comments in total)
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Jim Salvas: There are a couple of important things missing from this review.

For instance, a 75W modeling lamp sounds useless for portrait work. Was it?

How do you -- or can you -- attach a softbox or any light modifier other than the umbrella?

luigibozi: Perhaps, but any Profoto modifier will be more expensive than the kit, so a strobe with a Bowens S-mount and cheap modifiers would be a better solution.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 13:41 UTC
On Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolight Review article (41 comments in total)
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Jim Salvas: There are a couple of important things missing from this review.

For instance, a 75W modeling lamp sounds useless for portrait work. Was it?

How do you -- or can you -- attach a softbox or any light modifier other than the umbrella?

MarshallG: the speedring only fits flashpoint monolights of type II and DG, it will not fit these.

The problem with these lights is that only modifiers with a shaft will fit, beauty dishes, snoots and softboxes of even moderate weight needing a speedring will not.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 09:56 UTC
On Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolight Review article (41 comments in total)

Frequently questions about creating a small, low budget, home studio for portraits are asked on the forums, so the idea of testing entry level strobes is really good.

Usually, strobes are recommended for portrait photography because they provide power, speed and low heat dissipation, things that are irrelevant for product photography. It is generally accepted that continuous lights are cheaper and better for product photography because the photographer can immediately see the results of every little change in the lighting.

Why then, would DPR choose a reviewer, who shoots products and does not care for portraits, for this review?

The resulting review suffers from this, since two severe shortcomings of these strobes in portrait photography are not mentioned: the unability to mount modifiers other than those with a shaft, and the very narrow power variability of the strobes. A 300 Ws strobe used as a main will necessitate a narrow aperture and give no room for using DoF creatively.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 09:47 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
On Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolight Review article (41 comments in total)
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electrophoto: Quote: "While portraits are not my thing (I like product photography because the subjects don't speak or have opinions)"

Thanks... that made my day!

Since portrait photography is one of the main applications for strobes, it might have been a good idea to have someone who was actually interested in this genre to do the review.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 08:54 UTC
On Vinyls in the Macro - Repeating Pattern challenge (1 comment in total)

this is more than 1 m across and could hardly be a macro, not even a cropped closeup?

Direct link | Posted on May 27, 2014 at 10:05 UTC as 1st comment
On IMG_9149BWr photo in Klaus dk's photo gallery (1 comment in total)

Sigma 50-150 mm f/2.8 APO OS DC HSM

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 22:11 UTC as 1st comment
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PeterBM: Please, can it tilt downward to shoot above heads ?

If you turn it upside-down, you will be able to shoot above heads using the tilted screen. No need to make it more complicated.
Selfies is another problem.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2014 at 09:33 UTC
On Happy Holidays from dpreview article (108 comments in total)
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Nikonworks: Blending the major holidays of some of the world's major religions by wishing people 'Happy Holidays' or 'Season's Greeting' is to miinimize the impotance of each holiday.
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Here at DPReview you have more than enough space to say Merry Christmas, happy Channukah, Happy Kwanza, o any other holiday at this time of the year.

A Christmas Fly is supposed to be a sign of good luck. Unfortunately this one just hit the ointment. So happy Nikon overexposure to you too my friend :-)
- And to the good staff at dpreview: Happy whatever to you and thank you for your great contributions to our enlightenment in the past year.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 25, 2012 at 14:46 UTC
On Breaking the Rules article (142 comments in total)

This is one of the best articles about photography I have ever read. It both acknowledges the reasons for learning compositional rules and the necessity for experiments and rulebreaking, in a very compact and down to earth text.
This is a must-read for anyone who really wishes to learn about composition.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 11, 2012 at 21:42 UTC as 39th comment
On Just look into her eyes in the That's called 'Sexy' challenge (16 comments in total)

hard to just look into her eyes as there is so much to look at ...

Direct link | Posted on Oct 23, 2012 at 17:34 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
On Land Rover to the Rescue in the British Wheels challenge (10 comments in total)
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birdseyeviewphotos: Greeks that are dressed like terrorists should sort out their own problems and not make comments about things they know nothing about. Prove to me it is not a Land Rover I was there in Kenya and also spent 8 years working of British Leyland.

KonstantinosK:
You are neither rude nor wrong, birdseyeviewphotos is. As stated in the first line :-)

Direct link | Posted on Oct 18, 2012 at 09:07 UTC
On Hide and Seek in the Hide and Seek challenge (2 comments in total)

Aby?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 14, 2012 at 17:17 UTC as 2nd comment
On Land Rover to the Rescue in the British Wheels challenge (10 comments in total)
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birdseyeviewphotos: Greeks that are dressed like terrorists should sort out their own problems and not make comments about things they know nothing about. Prove to me it is not a Land Rover I was there in Kenya and also spent 8 years working of British Leyland.

birdseyeviewphotos:
You are both rude and wrong. A rather unattractive combination in my opinion.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 12, 2012 at 16:51 UTC
On A sneak peek at our forthcoming camera test scene article (323 comments in total)

FYI: The B&W genre scene at far left, just above the middle is a print of a work by the Danish artist Julius Exner. It is titled: "Peasants from Fanø who, in the painters absence, makes fun of his work." and was painted in 1878.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 20:46 UTC as 26th comment
On Me n My Ford in the British Wheels challenge (3 comments in total)
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alfaflash: This is a US Ford Mustang and is not remotely British. Also this car has license plates from Abu Dhabi, a town that I have lived in for more than 30 years. This photo is circa 1990 and was taken on the Corniche, so why is the Taken Date given as 2011?

The photo appears to have been shot with a low-quality film camera, and this is a digital photograph (not a scan) of the print.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 11, 2012 at 18:04 UTC
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