Pierre Daigneault

Pierre Daigneault

Lives in Thailand Thailand
Works as a Manager
Joined on Nov 1, 2008


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On Sony Alpha 7S in low-light: See video at ISO 409,600 article (244 comments in total)
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Karroly: Unless you are a spy, or for video surveillance purpose, what is the advantage of shooting this scene @ 409.600 ISO ? This, by far, does not match what your eyes can see. You do not record the true "mood" of the scene...
Personnally, when I shoot in low light, I set the camera so it records what I can see actually. In other words, I underexpose most of the time. I do not want the picture to look as if it was shot under bright sun !

What is the equivalent ISO of what you eyes can see? It changes! After acclimatizing in a dark space for some time one can start to see a lot! I hate to think what the equivalent ISO would be, but likely in the range around 400,000. Admittedly the colour receptors in the eye are less sensitive and in very dark scenes colour is not seen naturally very well (the video shows amazing colour at ISO 400,000), but I am assuming that saturation could be reduced to gain the "mood" of what the eye really perceives.....just my $0.02.....

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On Female B/W Portrait who is smoking challenge (12 comments in total)

Good topic....let's show the true ugliness of this habit....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2013 at 05:43 UTC as 6th comment

Now what about an aluminium foil plate with a hole cut in it (crumpled to defuse) put onto the front of the lens. Then direct the regular flash at the plate and use the reflected light with the main light as back lighting......

Direct link | Posted on Aug 24, 2013 at 03:11 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On 10 Photo Editing Programs (that aren't Photoshop) article (354 comments in total)

Good article and great read. For me software is a bit like hardware. There are so many options but in the end it is the person who knows his hardware the best that will get the best picture. I think that most of these packages will do a good job. My advice...pick one, and learn it back to front. I have seen people do amazing things just by knowing exactly how to drive the software. Of course if you don't want to put the investment into knowing the software (we would all rather be taking photos than spending hours processing them) then some of the more expensive software does cut down the processing time.....

Direct link | Posted on May 21, 2013 at 15:26 UTC as 30th comment | 2 replies
On Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction article (1853 comments in total)

Someone mentioned it earlier but well worth another mention.
I fully understand the need to continue to make revenue. I recently came back from Indonesia where pirated software (including CS5.5) was available for around $3 per DVD......and at a public mall....
However they should take a leaf out of the Apple book. By making the software affordable (a la iTunes and app store) they dramatically increased sales, and profit, and also made it very much less attractive to purchase pirated versions.
The other suggestion of marketing limited featured "lite" versions in order to get a user base is also worthy of consideration. My guess is that most hobbyists will never purchase the rental version and will learn to use other utilities which are more economical or free (maybe Gimp etc.).

Just my $0.02 worth....

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 14:58 UTC as 406th comment

Great idea.....I like the continuity. Unfortunately the HDR or Insta stuff is waaaayyyyy too harsh in a number of photos which destroys it for me. Nice touch to change the outfits to suit the location. Also fun to have the gf in the shopping trolley at Ikea (this one was also spoiled but over HDR/Insta).
I don't have an issue with the final photo. Unfortunately I am not a label basher and so did not recognise the "Aviators" or the T-shirt.....sorry....my bad......

Direct link | Posted on Mar 1, 2013 at 16:06 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply

Hey.....that's in Wellington!!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 12, 2013 at 15:55 UTC as 2nd comment

Sure it has a fast lens. Sorry but I am another one of those ignorant people who have difficulty with the "enthusiast" label. It used to have meaning to me with larger sensors, fast lenses, and a combination of other features, but now it just reads "high profit margin" to me. The FZ200 for example is not branding itself as an "enthusiast" camera and is not too much slower with a raft of other features....sure it is bigger. Still if some enthuse over this then I am happy for them. Each to his/her own.....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2013 at 14:36 UTC as 16th comment
On Storm at the pier in the Lighthouse challenge (1 comment in total)

Love the capture but you could have brought up some colour and straightened the horizon......

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2013 at 13:01 UTC as 1st comment
On Paro Dzong in the Travels: South East Asia challenge (2 comments in total)

Also looks like a bit of the ol' HDR in there.....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2013 at 12:53 UTC as 1st comment
On Bayon tempel in the Travels: South East Asia challenge (1 comment in total)

Do I see HDR artefacts in this photo??

Direct link | Posted on Feb 4, 2013 at 12:48 UTC as 1st comment
On CP+ 2013: Interview with Olympus' Toshi Terada article (242 comments in total)

Interview could have been with a politician. Covered almost all his bases....1/2.33, Phones, FF, APS-C etc.....
The truth is that most formats will now give acceptable quality for 8x10 prints, but many never print these days. My boss just bought a FF Nikon but only ever looks at his images on the screen. The key now is versatility, size, usability etc.
Oly is doing very in M4/3.....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 2, 2013 at 16:22 UTC as 37th comment
On DPReview Recommends: Top 5 Compact Cameras article (554 comments in total)

Interesting and all deserving of "Gold" awards (probably a few other should have been included - but then would be top 10).
However all catering for slightly different markets......from superzoom to enthusiast.......anyway.....good drool material.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 23, 2012 at 14:58 UTC as 161st comment | 1 reply

Interesting, No mention of sensor size, lens aperture, ISO range, marco capability etc....
For me I am a superzoom kind of guy....4x just doesn't do it for me.
The article seems to be focusing on ergonomics and handling. No mention of built in flash. I like the back of the grip being clear of controls (keep pushing the "play" button at the back of the grip on the FZ150). I would like to see fully flexible button assignment and also an option to "return all settings to default". Too many times I will adjust exposure or flash etc, and forget to return to default. I like the navigation "joystick"....hate the dial.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2012 at 06:02 UTC as 167th comment
On Leaving my DSLR at home: An iPhone experiment post (171 comments in total)

Great pics. I think that the author could take great pics with a pinhole camera. The tool appears very capable (without pixel peeping) to the less fussy, and attest more to the photographic skill than to the camera. I find phone camera awkward to use and without adequate controls. What controls they do have are cumbersome.....but each to his own. A good photographer (like this one) will take better photos with his phone than I could with my SLR. .......well done.....

Direct link | Posted on Oct 13, 2012 at 16:30 UTC as 61st comment
On Accessory Review: Nimbus Cloud Dome article (105 comments in total)

Just my $0.02 worth.
If I was going to carry this bit of kit around I may as well have a real camera. Why are all the "dome" pictures larger? Is there a close up lens included in the top of the dome?.....I don't get it....

Direct link | Posted on Oct 6, 2012 at 15:08 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies
On Panasonic DMC FZ200 preview (155 comments in total)
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Shunda77: Does anyone know what f stop this would compare to for an APS-C sensor? say this cam at 600mm f 2.8 equivalent?

I think that you two are talking about different properties. One is talking about the light capturing capability....F2.8 is F2.8 regardless of the focal length. The other is talking about the equivalent depth of field, which is roughly the same as the crop factor.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 29, 2012 at 15:01 UTC
On Female Form in the The female form in black and white challenge (4 comments in total)

This is offensive.....

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 15:29 UTC as 2nd comment | 2 replies
On High Key Form in the The female form in black and white challenge (3 comments in total)

Casper on steriods. I do not think that this much high key suits the subject.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 15:25 UTC as 1st comment
On Panasonic DMC FZ200 preview (155 comments in total)

This looks great.....unfortunately I already bought the FZ150.....but can't complain....it is a real honey. If this is anywhere as good it will be a winner. I doubt the lens will be soft. I had an FZ20 and it was the best camera that I ever owned......don't hold your breath for a review. Dpreview aren't able to keep up with all the new cameras at the moment and this is too close to the FZ150 to warrant a new report.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 15:01 UTC as 23rd comment
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