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beber: I think it is a great idea. I know the go-pro is not the first choice still camera, but I use mine a lot for things like trips to beach, or around the kids. Its a great close up fun camera. IMO photography should be as much about fun and enjoyment as it is IQ and perfect final products. Which is why I like the go-pro, its fun. Plus there is that old school film excitement of not knowing what your pictures look like until you get home.

With all that said this is awesome at $20, $30, maybe even $40.

At almost $200 this is just dumb.

Yes, at the $200 price point, why not just buy a purpose-built P&S camera. It might even have other useful features like a zoom lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2015 at 19:25 UTC
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LeDide: I have a better idea, just a box with a single button. You press it and the box download from internet the photo you should have taken.
There is no reason to clutter the Internet with the zillionth same picture !

Brilliant. It reminds me of the story I heard of seeing a tourist taking a snap of a poster of the Matterhorn on a day too overcast to see the famous peak.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2015 at 19:11 UTC

This seems fixable in firmware. Create a new "lossless compression" option. Make the user aware that it will both slow the camera down and bloat file sizes. That speed-size vs. quality tradeoff is unavoidable.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 00:58 UTC as 198th comment | 1 reply
On article Opinion - Erez Marom: Whatever it Doesn't Take (191 comments in total)

Well yeah, good photos usually do require effort. But it might just be the mental effort required to visualize the scene or choose the right vantage point or composition.

There is something to be said about getting in position where few have tried (my favorite tool there is the bicycle). But once there there's no guarantee that good will come from it. Pre-visualization on the other hand can improve the odds. And rewards the lazy shooter :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 23:59 UTC as 13th comment
On article Winds of Change: Shooting changing landscapes (63 comments in total)

If you're willing to allow man-made stuff intrude into the landscape then you can find shifting landscapes in locations where the times are a`changin. Actually almost every landscape where humans have intervened are changing, some faster than others.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 20:37 UTC as 13th comment

Impressive work. Bill does a great job of seeing what isn't even there and then capturing it.

I'm a big fan of the SoCal desert and find this work inspiring.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 19:51 UTC as 10th comment
On article World Press Photo revokes prize from Giovanni Troilo (100 comments in total)

Coincidentally I know exactly where this is located. Right across the street from a large steel mill in Charleroi that is currently being torn down:,+Belgium/@50.407546,4.413478,291m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x47c225f096ca39c9:0x40099ab2f4d6410

There's a little strip of these worker's cottages sitting off by themselves.

I've shot the same scene though my photo didn't turn out as good as his.

If someone 10000 miles away like me can identify the scene you can bet that Belgians won't be fooled. What was he thinking?

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 18:48 UTC as 1st comment
On article Samsung releases 12MP EX2F 'Smart Camera' (370 comments in total)
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MrTaikitso: What does that ring around the lens do? Is it similar to that on the S100, Fuji, Sony and others, allowing for control of exposure, or purely for manual focusing and zoom? If it does allow for exposure control in conjunction with the front mounted thumbwheel, that will be great from an ergonomic standpoint.

If it is like the EX1 then the ring is not a control, just a cover over the threads that accept lens adapters.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2012 at 17:34 UTC
On article Technique: Digital Photo Collages (107 comments in total)
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CBuff: Author said "but if you made the mistake of shooting at full resolution, you will need to resize your shots first"

This is one of the worst advice I ever saw in an article.

Memory is cheap: get multiple memory sticks
Storage is cheap: buy more hard disks
RAM is cheap: jupgrade your PC,it won't crash

We use to spend fortunes on film, development chemicals, papers, ... It is so cheap now, I fail to see why would anyone would want to save by shooting low resolution.

Who knows... That shot that you took at a mediocre resolution might turn to be the stunner of the trip. Why take a chance for a couple of 00s?.

The primary constraint is RAM. Everyone has enough flash cards and disk space for full sized images. But when you place a bunch of them into a single canvas with multiple layers, it can really eat up the RAM. All computers have an upper bound on the amount of RAM allowed and if you're already up against that constraint then the only solutions are either to buy a bigger computer or do what Barnaby recommends: work with downsized images. Seems like a reasonable suggestion. And keep in mind that too many pixels can be a waste when it comes time to print. If the individual photos in the lead image here were shot at 12MP then the composite would be over 140MP. You'd have to create a print the size of a van to use all of those pixels.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2012 at 16:44 UTC
On article Finding macro wildlife (35 comments in total)

Thanks for sharing your knowledge Erez! These methodology articles are very interesting and useful.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2012 at 19:12 UTC as 18th comment
On Challenge:6554 (5 comments in total)

How will this be voted on and scored? Should we apply the same vote to all three photos in the set? Will the score be the average of the three? Or the max?

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 at 00:29 UTC as 5th comment
On article Samsung doesn't deny Android-based camera (108 comments in total)

I can think of two advantages to using a standard OS on a camera. The most obvious is that it can become an open platform. That will open the floodgates for custom aps. And I'm thinking of aps to use during image capture, not postprocessing or aps unrelated to photography. Stuff like custom exposure programs and intervalometers will be easy to find and cheap. Third parties might even be able to patch around the annoying firmware bugs which Samsung seems to release. Lets just hope that Samsung makes it truly open.

The second and less obvious advantage is that by adopting a standard OS Samsung can now take better advantage of standard hardware processor platforms. The Android developers take all of the grief of porting to new processor platforms. Aps makers like Samsung only need focus on their ap. Think faster, more powerful devices that are developed quicker.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2012 at 16:53 UTC as 17th comment | 1 reply
On photo Morning Commute in the Drivin' that Train... challenge (1 comment in total)

hello fellow Caltrain rider. I'm on #378 every day, switching to #329 next week. Looks like the Mt.View station, right?

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2012 at 20:34 UTC as 1st comment
On article Composition Basics in Macro Photography (73 comments in total)

Thanks again for sharing your experience Erez! You've combined an article with concise and useful info along with images that both illustrate and entertain.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2012 at 01:26 UTC as 51st comment
On photo Swan over calm water in the Water Birds challenge (8 comments in total)

Very inspiring and I don't even usually fall for bird photos!

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2012 at 01:20 UTC as 7th comment
On article An introduction to OLED (67 comments in total)

I understand that OLEDs consume less power when viewing an image with black pixels since those don't consume any current. But when used as a viewfinder it is rare that pixels are completely black (i.e. hex #000000 in standard 24 bit RGB notation). More likely "black" pixels will just be very dim, #040202 for example.

My question is whether these "dim" pixels also consume less power compared to brighter pixels. My guess is "yes" they consume power proportional to their brightness. But it would be good to hear from a real OLED expert. Anyone out there who knows?

I'm using two cameras (Samsung HZ35W and TL500) that have OLED viewfinders and am very impressed with their image quality and usability in bright light.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2012 at 00:06 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Landscape Photography Primer (97 comments in total)

Nice article Carsten. I especially like how you have structured this so there's something for everyone from the gear heads who are willing to invest in a lot of equipment to minimalists who what to travel light. Hopefully the fundamentalist commenters won't give you too much grief :-)

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2012 at 01:45 UTC as 61st comment

Interesting to see that the 850 includes a GPS. I wonder whether Samsung has put any effort into fixing the problems of the WB650's 'mapview' mode or whether mapview is supported at all. mapview has a lot of potential if a few small kinks are worked out of the software.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2012 at 01:12 UTC as 9th comment
On article Introduction to Documentary-style People Photography (66 comments in total)

Thanks for this article Giora, I find this info useful. I have one question: it seems as if many shots are made without the permission of the subject. How do you handle situations when the subject has realized that they have been photographed and object. Possibly they want money or perhaps they want the photo deleted.

As for other questions regarding the model release here I believe that photojournalists are exempt.

Link | Posted on Dec 24, 2011 at 01:55 UTC as 36th comment
On article Buyer's Guide: Enthusiast raw-shooting compact cameras (286 comments in total)

This article should be subtitled "... and why you should shoot RAW". Great examples included here Barney ! The buyers of this class of camera are more likely to be on the fence regarding shooting RAW and you have provided a great resource to help decide which way to go.

Link | Posted on Dec 16, 2011 at 00:54 UTC as 86th comment | 5 replies
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