Mike Perlman

Mike Perlman

Lives in United States Bar Harbor, United States
Works as a Photographer/DP Review Contributor
Joined on Aug 28, 2012
About me:

Mike lives in Acadia National Park, home of some of the finest landscapes in the USA. In addition to working as a photographer, Mike is a contributor to DP Review and teaches photo and video classes to adults. He enjoys playing ice hockey, riding motorcycles and scrounging for dirt on the latest Canon models in his spare time.

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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.

I do shoot portraits, and I don't mind shooting them, but it's not my forte. That being said, this is a review focusing on beginner strobes with limited capabilities. I wanted to see if they could hack it from a very basic perspective, and they did the job nicely. Also, I mentioned the power ranges of the strobes.

And I use strobes for product photography, as do many other photographers. They give me the best results, and at the end of the day, that's all that matters.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 14:03 UTC
On Flashpoint Budget Studio Monolight Review article (41 comments in total)
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Mark Banas: That boombox selfie makes me wonder if "Iceman MikeP" is a missing member of the Beastie Boys... ;)

I'm only seeing three screw holes on the very small front. Can these lights take a conventional monolight speed ring (Bowens, etc.)?

Thanks, Mark! How did you know I'm a Beastie Boys nut?

As far as I know, they can't take advanced attachments, as their price point limits their capabilities.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 6, 2014 at 03:08 UTC
On FotodioX WonderPana FreeArc Filter System Review article (27 comments in total)
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cfh25: Maybe my monitor, but that landscape shot with grad filter looks very false. More subtle effect with Color Efex Pro 4, also using control points gets over uneven horizons (and saves $340)

It's your monitor.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 10:38 UTC
On FotodioX WonderPana FreeArc Filter System Review article (27 comments in total)
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Simon97: how did you get the polarizer to work so well with the sky on a wide angle lens?

Claudio pretty much summed it up in a far more Bill Nye way than I could ever impart, but that's the gist of it. I do a lot of real estate photography and use a circular polarizer for all of the exterior pictures. It truly is a science. The sun must be in the ideal position and emitting the right intensity of light in order to reach the maximum capabilities of the filter. Depending on your angle and lighting, the polarizer can do nothing at all, or it could dramatically change your image by boosting dynamic range and providing x-ray vision into bodies of water and windows.

Check out the "Tower House Exterior" image in my gallery. It's not an HDR image, but rather an example of a polarizer used at just the right time and angle.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 10:36 UTC
On FotodioX WonderPana FreeArc Filter System Review article (27 comments in total)
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OliverGlass: @Mike Perlman

The filters retain a good level of sharpness across the image except for the ND400 (10-stop) filter. I see a very slight reduction detail on the rocks --- or is it just an illusion because of the cooling of the tint after the filter was used?

Hey Oliver, I hadn't even noticed that––good eye! I think I lost a touch of detail due to the longer shutter speed with the ND 400 filter. It was quite blustery out that day and I was really testing the limits of the tripod.

Direct link | Posted on May 31, 2014 at 10:11 UTC
On FotodioX WonderPana FreeArc Filter System Review article (27 comments in total)
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piXelDust113: In the last example, the polarized version is a 1/250 exposure vs 2 seconds. This alone will diminish some of the glare on the water. Did you try upping the iso to compare? I'm sure the D800 isn't that noisy.

The last example is the Neutral Density filter, hence the elongation of shutter speed in an attempt to smooth motion in bright light.

Direct link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 18:08 UTC
On Rumors hint at pair of new Canon lenses article (54 comments in total)
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peterstuckings: Anyone who needs Image Stabilizer on a 16-35mm lens probably shouldn't be spending so much money on high quality lenses.

I ride a motorcycle to most real estate shoots, so a tripod is usually out of the question. Even when I drive, I hate using a tripod because it hampers the flow. Usually, I use a fill flash with diffuser, but if I don't have a view to shoot, I rely on steady hand and 1/2-second shutter. To each their own...

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2014 at 13:50 UTC
On Rumors hint at pair of new Canon lenses article (54 comments in total)
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peterstuckings: Anyone who needs Image Stabilizer on a 16-35mm lens probably shouldn't be spending so much money on high quality lenses.

I actually prefer image stabilization when I've got three houses to shoot in one day and rely on a steady hand and slower shutter speeds.

Direct link | Posted on May 15, 2014 at 14:36 UTC
On Phottix Mitros Flash for Canon Review article (35 comments in total)
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misha marinsky4: "The general consensus that..."

'General consensus' is redundant. Consensus is a general agreement about something:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/consensus

A sign on an English professor's door: Department of Redundancy Dept.

You're welcome.

Thanks for the lesson. You're cool!

Direct link | Posted on Apr 8, 2014 at 23:55 UTC
On Flashpoint 180 Monolight Review article (37 comments in total)
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GEAH: That's a clean KDX200!

Thanks. I rebuilt it from the crank up.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 3, 2014 at 16:33 UTC
On Orion DVC210 DLSR Crane Review article (35 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: It looks good, but the panning shots were funky (wavy). Looks ideal for more up and down movement and only a little side-to-side. Panning causes distortion.

I shot with a wide-angle lens, which enhanced distortion. It was also 15 degrees out, and my hands were about to fall off.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 31, 2014 at 17:48 UTC
On Orion DVC210 DLSR Crane Review article (35 comments in total)
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Mike Davis: For still shots, I'd rather use my Bogen/Manfrotto 3048 and a step ladder to get my camera to a height of 11 feet.

This review focused on DSLR video production. Obviously, a crane is not the ideal tool for still photography. Although, it can be nice to reach significant heights whilst remaining stable.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 30, 2014 at 20:05 UTC
On Cinetics Axis360 review article (59 comments in total)
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Dan Tong: A useful review, however, why the extreme wide angle with all of it's distortions in all of the videos?

I can understand the need in really small spaces but not outdoors etc.

Thanks

Check the Kickstarter page for the Axis360. They have more samples.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 17:37 UTC
On Cinetics Axis360 review article (59 comments in total)
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Dan Tong: A useful review, however, why the extreme wide angle with all of it's distortions in all of the videos?

I can understand the need in really small spaces but not outdoors etc.

Thanks

Honestly, I spent three straight days testing the ever-loving lights out of this thing, and happened to have a 14mm on without even thinking. Sorry about that. If I had more time, I would have tossed on different lenses. I'm also a self-proclaimed wide-angle junkie, which can be abrasive to some.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 02:18 UTC
On Cinetics Axis360 review article (59 comments in total)
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makofoto: No need to wait for Kickstarter. If you need it now: http://www.kesslercrane.com/Default.asp

Look at the Kessler prices compared to the Axis360.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 23:05 UTC
On Eye-Fi Mobi Wi-Fi SD card review article (100 comments in total)
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pwmoree: How to shoot RAW and at the same time send small jpegs to your tablet or PC I have never been able to find out. If you shoot large jpegs the transmission is rather slow. I liked the X2-pro but because of the above almost never use it.

It's fairly easy to do. With the Eye-Fi Pro X2, you can command it to transfer only JPEGs to a computer, tablet, or phone, while the RAW files will remain on the card and not transfer. I use a special image display command on my Mac through Preview so that the image pops up in fullscreen while I take them. Clients love it.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 18:06 UTC
On Eye-Fi Mobi Wi-Fi SD card review article (100 comments in total)
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Nigel Wilkins: sarcasm

I know, lets all find fault with stuff we don't want or need, rather than accept that others have their own needs which may be different to our own!

After all, these things are clearly so useless there's no market for them...oh, hang on, why do they exist?

/sarcasm

Cane, that is hilarious! Made my day.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 18:02 UTC
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (212 comments in total)
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dule: Epic barrel distortion. :D

It is much better than previous generation GoPros. Check out the still grabs in the SuperView section of the review.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 17:56 UTC
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (212 comments in total)
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wudyi: Who's the drummer & is he the same guy riding the motorcycle?

Thanks is an understatement, mbanas! I WISH I could have even 1/64 of Neil's talent. I did all the testing in the videos, one of the fun parts of the reviewing process. If only the weather was better––hopefully GoPro's next update will come in the summer.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 17:53 UTC
On Hands-on with the GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition article (212 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: It's a great camera because it is very small, and mountable. The quality is amazing. However, don't buy it to replace a standard video camera for the specs. Consider it an addition to your video production.

The reason for that is the fixed ultra-wide lens with fixed focus. It's great for ultra-wide, first person view, and creative/abstract shots, but not your standard (master, medium, closeup) shot you get with a regular video camera. Sure you can fix the distortion and get descent HD video (I'll state my workflow below), but you won't want to do this with every standard shot. Also, lens distortion will never be 100% corrected, which is unfortunately very important when working with people's faces in standard shots.

Workflow: Shoot in 2.7K with protune, and protune/RAW WB. Use gopro studio to do the lens correction (not in your NLE because it is about 100x slower). Then you can import the 10-bit 4:2:2 Intermediate cineform file to your NLE like Premiere Pro, crop edges, and grade.

Great advice––thank you!

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2014 at 17:50 UTC
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