Michael Ma

Michael Ma

Lives in United States San Diego, United States
Works as a Multimedia Professional
Has a website at http://rawxmp.com
Joined on Jan 18, 2005

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Michael Ma: Amazing concept. Although, just skimming through these, I think your time would be better invested in something like Lynda.com for online learning. I don't disagree with the importance of a degree and having to go through a system getting one but Professors, although they do certainly possess valuable information that you want and need, don't necessarily make good teachers or presenters. If you've ever taught, a big part of the lesson plan is figuring out how to fill the 50 minutes or 80 minutes, which often results in a lot of endless droning of slides and creative ways to fill time.

Why not a carefully crafted 15 minute lecture that inspires and moves, and a few key takeaway concepts? Some students would complain that they are not getting their money's worth.

That carefully crafted 15 minute lecture may take 40 hours of research, planning, and prep. Instead you can just put 30 slides together and wing it based on your knowledge, and hopefully some of what you say will be absorbed.

Paul Storm, you should learn to read before you hit reply.

What you don't get is, professors, instead of trying to explain the *why* in a concise, complete, and prepared message with a few powerful examples, professors tend to fill time with weak examples and crudely prepared lectures.

Also, you should really watch the video lectures in this article you seem to be defending before making such a bold statement. As far as lectures go, they are a model example of what I'm talking about, and don't represent at all what you are saying.

Also, are you saying Lynda.com only has how to, and never discuss the "why" of photography? I'm guessing you haven't seen much of Lynda's content either.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2014 at 04:47 UTC

Amazing concept. Although, just skimming through these, I think your time would be better invested in something like Lynda.com for online learning. I don't disagree with the importance of a degree and having to go through a system getting one but Professors, although they do certainly possess valuable information that you want and need, don't necessarily make good teachers or presenters. If you've ever taught, a big part of the lesson plan is figuring out how to fill the 50 minutes or 80 minutes, which often results in a lot of endless droning of slides and creative ways to fill time.

Why not a carefully crafted 15 minute lecture that inspires and moves, and a few key takeaway concepts? Some students would complain that they are not getting their money's worth.

That carefully crafted 15 minute lecture may take 40 hours of research, planning, and prep. Instead you can just put 30 slides together and wing it based on your knowledge, and hopefully some of what you say will be absorbed.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 19, 2014 at 01:18 UTC as 9th comment | 15 replies

The concept has potential, but needs a lot of work. Honestly, it would be a lot more interesting if you just shot it on a white background with a flash. Flash may be limited to 1/250s, but that's only how long the shutter is open. The flash of light only lasts a few thousandths of a second, which would produce non-blurry results.

If you're going to shoot outdoors, maybe try to work with colors that complement each other. (Visiting Adobe Kuler for guidance).

Also, the background is distracting. Go for a shallow DOF which would turn your background into more of a watercolor canvas rather than a background full of attention-stealing objects in the background.

Also, learn to work in RAW and enhance colors by using the sliders for HSL. The colors in the paint are unnecessarily flat.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 20:03 UTC as 35th comment | 4 replies
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (423 comments in total)
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Michael Ma: I wonder if this has anything to do with OS X marketshare being on the decline across the board in 2014 (5-8%, all in the red). Should OS X users be concerned?

Check out the stats for yourself by google searching "OS X marketshare 2014".

What's next, are they going to dump Final Cut Pro and give you a more consumer friendly NLE and let Adobe handle the pro market?

You can read it however you like but OS X growth doubled since 2007 to 2014 from 3% to 6%. But from 2012 to 2014, there has been no growth. It has been on a plateau for 2 years. As of May, it's looking like there's a trend of decline according to StatCounter (the source of this article) and other sources. It's great that Windows fell below 90% but that doesn't seem to be helping OS X any. They are probably moving to something to something like iOS, Android, or Chromebook.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 28, 2014 at 15:42 UTC
On Apple to cease development of Aperture article (423 comments in total)

I wonder if this has anything to do with OS X marketshare being on the decline across the board in 2014 (5-8%, all in the red). Should OS X users be concerned?

Check out the stats for yourself by google searching "OS X marketshare 2014".

What's next, are they going to dump Final Cut Pro and give you a more consumer friendly NLE and let Adobe handle the pro market?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 27, 2014 at 21:15 UTC as 94th comment | 2 replies

Nice ACR work. Photos look surprisingly sharp. I was expecting something more like Lomo camera with light leaks.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 16:28 UTC as 32nd comment
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phototouille: As far as I am concerned, Google is pretty bad at selecting a photog so this should be exactly the right system. Kind of like a Yelp for photographers. I just hope they get enough traction.

That's true. Google searching is a terrible system for finding a photographer (the 10 who understands SEO the best will get 87% of the spotlight from the entire world), but probably also the most commonly used aside from recommendations from people you know.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 06:48 UTC
On Huawei announces octa-core Honor 6 post (49 comments in total)
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quiquae: A common complaint from camera neophytes when they use high-end compacts or DSLRs is "This camera doesn't focus!", when they actually mean "The DoF is too thin and I don't know how to stop down!".

It seems that handset manufacturers are going after faster aperture, which is good if you know what you are doing, but I wonder if the DoF is deep enough to keep the general population happy?

I have seen this complaint in the samsung galaxy forums and undoubtably they've seen a rise in complaints that their previous phone was faster to focus or has problems focusing. The cameras take longer to focus because of the shallower dof and the slightly longer minimum focus distance. They're adding phase detection (galaxy S5) and laser assisted (LG G3) focus to combat this problem rather than go back to slower lenses with a shallower DOF.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 25, 2014 at 04:15 UTC

2 facts you should be aware of first. Noise cleans up incredibly well for the A7S for stills. For video, the noise reduction is done in body, and it does an amazing job.

With that said, for stills, the results look nearly identical to the A7R for ISO 25600 and lower. I'm surprised. It's like it's using the same sensor, just a different processor.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 22, 2014 at 21:36 UTC as 76th comment
On Adobe Lightroom Mobile now available for iPhone post (20 comments in total)

Without raw support, this is mostly pointless. Maybe the iPhone 6 will shoot in RAW?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2014 at 17:53 UTC as 1st comment
On Air Stylus turns your iPad into a graphics tablet post (58 comments in total)
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DenisBBergeron: Oh look mama something that transform a ipad in a samsung note !

These stylus solutions on an iPad will always have a noticeable delay. Get a tablet with wacom digitizer instead, such as the Note tablet, or wait for Apple to officially support it.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2014 at 17:38 UTC
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ArminH: I would love to buy PS CC - But I'll NEVER rent it!

@bigfatron I think exactly what you are wanting may be coming. Considering that Adobe CC has completely separated Adobe CC 2014 and they run independently, they may be readying a purchase option. They'll probably leave in the online authentication though, which won't be a big deal. Who has a up-to-date (spec wise) computer, but don't connect to the Internet? They probably don't know Adobe CC even exists.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 22:57 UTC

Found something interesting with ACR 8.5 and the Panasonic GH4. The GH4 has a thumbnail embedded in the RW2 file, and you get a preview thumbnail in Windows x64. GH3....still just Photoshop icons. Thank you Panasonic.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 20, 2014 at 15:42 UTC as 8th comment

I get the sense that everything cool that this device does, you can get the newer Androids to do it when the apps become available.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 16:52 UTC as 12th comment | 2 replies
On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (163 comments in total)
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bronxbombers4: nope

still the same old rental garbage

(and the pricing if you do video and other stuff too, is rarely bad above and beyond the horror of the rental model)

Adobe must be desperate to now try to play it as permanent $10.

Adobe should really listen to people who want to buy it rather than rent. Charge $999 up front, then $200 every 2 years for upgrades. Some people actually want to pay this rather than $10/month. The difference is if they don't pay the $200 upgrade fee, they should be able to use CC for as long as they want without the latest upgrades. The customers would be happy. And just to prove it has nothing to do with people wanting to pirate software, they should leave the always-online requirement for license verification in place. Who has a computer (that can run the latest photoshop) but can't connect to the Internet at least once in 30 days? Probably no one. They probably don't even know Photoshop CC exists because they don't read the news on the Internet. The Internet requirement is really a non-issue.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 16:44 UTC
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ArminH: I would love to buy PS CC - But I'll NEVER rent it!

So you'd rather pay 100 months of rental fees up front for something that's only going to be up to date for 24 months, with no guarantee of reduced upgrade fees? That doesn't sound like a good plan.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 11:07 UTC
On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (163 comments in total)
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Gryfster: I would guess that the main motivation for the price cut is to capture the many people who use pirated versions of CS5 or CS6. This is very similar to how iTunes helped the record industry reduce the amount of illegally downloaded music.

At 9.99 I would consider subscribing, but since my version of Lightroom is sufficient for me now, I'll wait for a little bit. It's highly likely that they'll slowly raise the price when subscriber numbers stabilize.

I think people who actually paid for Photoshop CS5 or CS6, thinking they would pay an upgrade price of $200 every 2 years got the shaft. Moving to CC, they can consider it a 20% price increase. People who have purchased a license should have been given an option for a $8/month plan. I think these people have a legitimate complaint. And it's their loyalest customer.

However, these people's voices are mixed in with people who have mostly pirated the Photoshop for years, and are now leaving the most vial hateful comments against Adobe in the forums. It's like a guy being kicked out of an institution of luxury housing where most people lived free because it was subsidized by a generous minority. After staying there for a decade, they are now returning to burn it down because they started asking for the minimum maintenance fees. It kinda looks uncool in the eyes of the public.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 09:45 UTC
On Adobe announces new 'Focus masks' feature in CC update article (18 comments in total)
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MadManAce: I just downloaded a 30-day trial to try out this selective focused mask. After trying on two photos on a subject with very distinct out of focused background, I was not impressed. Although I did like the new feature of refine mask where I can visually see the smart radius, it is not enough. I will stick to CS6. Looks a lot like the motion blur fix, they cherry pick images that will work in demo.

For me, it works amazing. I was able to isolate a guy with white hair in a near blown out background. You have to use Refine Edge option. Just one slider.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 08:49 UTC
On Adobe CC Announcements: What you need to know article (163 comments in total)

Love the new masking with the brush within radial and graduated filters in ACR.

Love the focus area selection and how that works with the new refine edge.

Little changes that make a big impact on often required time demanding tasks in Photoshop. These 2 additions alone will easily save me hours of work per month.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 19, 2014 at 08:22 UTC as 29th comment
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VadymA: Wouldn't consider it even for $0.99/month. I just despise PS counterintuitive concept of layers.

Do you use MS Paint?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 18, 2014 at 17:18 UTC
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