David Julian

David Julian

Lives in United States Seattle, WA, United States
Works as a Freelance Photographer, Author and Educator
Has a website at http://davidjulian.com
Joined on Nov 12, 2007
About me:

Travel, nature and fine art photographer David Julian has spent 30 years capturing the essence of places, people and light with creative vision. He also enjoys patiently sharing his knowledge on land or at sea to help travelers capture the beauty and spirit of their adventures.
Since 1991, he has led over 60 workshops and won several national awards for fine and commercial arts. His images have been commissioned by leading corporations, collectors and published in books, blogs and magazines including Nikon World, Outside, Geo, Islands, Conde Nast Traveller, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo Pro, Rangefinder and The New York Times Travel magazine. When not taking on assignments or developing projects, Dave kayaks, speaks publicly and instructs group and individual photography workshops in the US, abroad and online.


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On Sony a6000 First Impressions Review preview (899 comments in total)
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bzanchet: Wel, that is it. I love the DPreview web site, but I started having doubts after the images from my Sony RX100 were so much better than the samples posted here.
I recently bought the Canon G1XmkII even though I didnt like the images posted here, and again, my jpegs were wonderfully better than the ones taken by the reviewer.
I was following the shooting experience with the a6000 from the image-resource web site and was considering the camera. Today, I saw the images here and again, they were diferent from the other web site samples.
I dont know if it is the photographer, but here the pictures seems always out of focus, always mushy and grainy, except from the high end Canon and Nikon full frame cameras.
Also the other web site you can compare side by side pictures, multiple studio shots with a lot of diferente settings and cenarios, as with the DPreview you have only one studio scene.
Sorry guys, I am searching on others places from now for my upcoming cameras.

Really interested in your impressions of the Canon G1x mill.
Are you posting more about it here on DPR or elsewhere?

Direct link | Posted on Apr 24, 2014 at 01:12 UTC

Thanks to all who wrote me about my recent Hawaii workshop testing the TG-850.

My review of the camera is pending edits and publication.
Once published, I will not that here with a link.

Stay tuned, review should be released by April 15 at another location.

This is a great travel, adventure and family point'n'shoot with lots of unique features not seen in current peers.

~ DJ

Direct link | Posted on Apr 9, 2014 at 19:56 UTC as 2nd comment
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eNdie: Why still no raw? :( That's about the only thing keeping me from buying any one of these little compact cameras. It's been three years now that I'm waiting for any company to introduce raw to their underwater compact and still nothing...so disappointing

These smaller sensors would likely make a RAW image needing lots of correction, sending many people complaining that JPGS are better. Most PAS users we've polled think RAW is for diets, not cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 21:14 UTC
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ShatteredSky: I am curious what they have up their sleeve for the successor of the TG-2.

I asked OLY, no response yet. You can be sure I'll get one to test. The TG-2 needed a far better LCD. The TG-850 has it, so it should improve in all new OLY PAS cameras.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 21:12 UTC
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peevee1: Sounded nice until... No GPS - no sale.

Where is my TG-3?

In my experience comparing GPS on these tough cams, they ain't there yet. Inaccurate and power-sucking at best. The TG 850 lets you speak into the shot to annotate it, which I found very useful.
Just sayin'.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 21:08 UTC
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jkoch2: The Achilles Heel of all rugged and tough cameras is how well their seals will survive repeat submersions in salt water, or in any water if there is also exposure to sand, grit, mud, or whatever. The prescribed maintenance regime is demanding. After two years, it's questionable whether the seals (whether regularly swabbed with distilled water and dried or not) will survive a >20' dive, since they will naturally stiffen or wear. If, between dives, you open the battery hatch for re-charging, you need a surgeon's care to make sure no micro specs of sand don't compromise the seals. Any penetration by salt water will lead to early death and void the warranty. Trace leakage of fresh water is not as instantly toxic, but also hazardous.

You are so correct. But oddly, I was pretty cavalier in cleaning my sample camera on several 20'+ dives last week. No leaks even though I did find a hair and a bit of micro-grain sand in the gasket edges after the trip.
The Olympus TG-850 has a double-locking access door fitted with a generously-ribbed SS-and-rubber plate gasket using two mini SS phillips screws. I am pretty sure OLY will offer it as a purchasable part, and I'll check on that if i can and report back.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 21:05 UTC
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gak44: I really like the extra-wide angle lens. This would make a great travel camera for when you don't want to carry a large body and an assortment of lenses.

Absolutely amazing for a pocket PAS camera. I am a full-frame wide-angle shooter and this little camera was a pleasure due to the wide angle and tilting LCD.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 20:59 UTC
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mjdundee: I am using a SW720 since 2006 - 8 years now and it is still working well.
The seals are fine although I didn't use it in salt water very often and as a snokler hardly ever took it deeper than 5m under water.

The specs here look great, very usefull zoom range which I am still missing on all other compact enthusiast cameras.

One important information is really missing here: How about the ISO range?

The ISO range is 100-6400 as 125, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400; or presets: Low, High, and AUTO.
I used 1600 at night on a Manta Ray dive. Didn't yet test above that but will.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 20:58 UTC

I've just returned from testing an Olympus TG-850 in my Hawaii Land & Sea Adventure workshop. I plan to post a full user's review later this month on my blog "Notes from a Creative Soul"

Anyone interested in reading it, feel free to email me: creativepaddler@gmail.com.

For now, I can say that this new PAS "Tough" camera is really worth considering.

The basics:
I LOVE the tilting LCD screen. LOVE it!
I LOVE the 21mm equiv wide angle.
I LOVE the three options for UW settings.
The P setting allows nice customization of settings including Exp compensation, bracketing and even interval shooting.
The high-speed shooting is amazing, though at reduced MP size of course.
The 120fps Video (640x480) is incredible for a tough camera this price range.
Still, no RAW. (We won't see that in a pocket-AW camera for a while)
The LCD is bright enough to use UW, especially if turned up brighter.

Stay tuned, or contact me for a really detailed full review on my blog with a wide range of photos.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 4, 2014 at 20:54 UTC as 3rd comment
On Nikon Coolpix P7800 real-world samples article (80 comments in total)
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jhinkey: If only Nikon had made it a 24-XX FX equivalent I'd be sold . . . perhaps the next iteration they will. In the mean time I'll keep using my LX7, which is fine, but it does not have an EVF nor an articulated screen.

I do have m43 gear (GH-2 and G5) which becomes more bulky and expensive once you add equivalent lenses to them.

Perhaps I'll pick one up in a year or so when the price comes down.
Still waiting for a replacement of my dear old CP8400 - the P7800 came close except for being 28mm on the wide end . . .

I totally agree, and I'm also seeking a very-wide compact with articulating LCD (gee, thanks Canon for leaving that great feature out of your G# series updates).
Considering this Nikon 'cause nothing else zooms as much an art. LCD. The pics I've examined are damn good for a small sensor. Wondering if it takes a filter adapter like the G-series.

Let's pray to the Mfr gods for the ultimate compact that makes our hearts soar and out pockets not empty.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2013 at 20:01 UTC
On Check out the first images from the iPhone 5S post (71 comments in total)

I have been an iPhone'er since day one....
but after leading SmartPhonography workshops on both platforms, the Androids all do a way better job with highlights, especially clipping in directly-lit shiny objects, brightly-lit faces, sunsets, etc. — the stuff most people seem to shoot. No software tweaks and replace fried highlights.

I doubt the newest iPhone 5s will overcome that as well as hoped, but I am optimistically cautiously crossing all digits and.... my iPhone 5s is on pre-order. My partner will get a new Droid. We shall shoot it out!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2013 at 06:15 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On Photoshop CS6 Beta: New Features for Photographers article (176 comments in total)
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pabloban: The only feature I was interested in was the anti-shake or de-blurring function. I saw a presentation of that engine from Adobe a while ago and I was really looking forward to it. However it was only empty hopes. They put all that necessary crap into CS6, yet they still don't let me un-shake my blurry photos. Empty teasing leads to frustration which leads to more people ignoring such company.... Whatta way to go, Adobe!... Heh... Just a luck that where I'm from, it is normal NOT to buy software, but download it from the net instead :> Else, as a paying customer, I would feel really screwed over by these digital snobs :>

Pabloban, I have an easy fix that will save your blurry images:

Stop whining while you shoot.
The rest of us will advance our craft by using photography tools as intended, and paid-for state of the art software like CS6.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 2, 2012 at 06:09 UTC
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