Stephen McDonald

Stephen McDonald

Lives in United States Eugene, OR, United States
Works as a Videomaker-Writer
Has a website at None
Joined on Sep 21, 2006
About me:

Sony HX400V, HX200V, HX100V, HX1, TX100V, Webbie HD, Sony HC9, an HDV camcorder, Canon S5, Olympus C-2100UZ. Former Sony H5, H9 and Canon SX1 User. Raynox DCR-2020PRO, Raynox HD2200, Sony DH1758 & DH1774 telex lenses.


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On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (212 comments in total)

Driverless cars are looming up and now photography without a need for a competent photographer. But does anyone have illusions that the edge of quality in photos produced by this, will equal genuinely-produced images? I'll bet that no program will ever give good quality to most photos seen on so-called social media.
Is DPR considered to be part of Social Media? I hope not.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 20, 2015 at 19:41 UTC as 56th comment | 1 reply
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mpgxsvcd: I don't see how any company could be selling many more cameras now than they had in the past. The market shrinks every time someone buys a camera that they don't ever see a need to replace.

The key is being able to make a profit on all of the cameras you sell and being able to convince people to buy interchangeable lens cameras. The best way to make a profit off of cameras is through the lenses.

This suggestion doesn't fit in with Sony's emphasis on the RX-Series of fixed-lens cameras. The fact that so many people have been willing to pay $1,300. for an RX10, which is no better than a $900. FZ1000, has boosted their profits.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2015 at 04:18 UTC
On article JPEG Committee contemplates adding DRM to image format (186 comments in total)
In reply to:

Jakub Kubica: Bunch of morons.

The world is ruled by morons. Why else would we be on the brink of self-extinction?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 16, 2015 at 23:12 UTC
In reply to:

Giuseppe Fallica: Some doubts. This camera is the state of the art and there is no discussion. But I fear it's a very fleeting temporary item (if exist not-fleeting consumer items!). I mean that RX1rII was born simply assembling the new (amazing) A7rII sensor inside an almost old RX1 body. Honestly, I was waiting for a fullframe curved sensor, 4k video hight frame rate, new lens f1.4. And something more, as focus stack mode, HDR built in, ecc. In conclusion I'm a bit disappointed, but I think also that it's an superb camera, well above even top class SLR costing twice.

Giuseppe, you'll have to buy a much cheaper camera, to get all those features you want.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 15, 2015 at 10:07 UTC

Well, I'm sure that Jeff did his best and you couldn't ask for better subject material. But most of these photos are dull and faded in color and they just don't sparkle. If it was another brand, you'd think this was a pre-production camera, that didn't have its firmware tweaked for best performance.

Panasonic seems to be caught in a dead-end software alley. They get the best sensors from Sony and good glass, then mess up the performance with the firmware.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2015 at 06:33 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

Just wait until North Korea gets hold of this.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2015 at 04:48 UTC as 128th comment
On article Sony launches αUniverse online content platform (27 comments in total)

I looked at this site for ten minutes and found nothing that interested me. Whatever type it is that Sony is trying to reach with it, I'm not one of them.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 02:52 UTC as 6th comment

I used to get that much degradation with just 5 or 6 re-recordings. Who says digital is better?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2015 at 09:05 UTC as 15th comment
On article Picture this: Our revamped galleries system is now live (115 comments in total)

I can't see any difference for viewing my own gallery. It's still awkward to use. And it requires Flash for uploading, so no new photos from me, as a Firefox user. I'll just continue to ignore it, as I have for years.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 06:25 UTC as 46th comment | 1 reply
On article Flickr brings back Pro account option (74 comments in total)
In reply to:

Ian: "...there’s no such thing as Flickr Pro, because today, with cameras as pervasive as they are, there is no such thing really as professional photographers..."
-Marisa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo, May 2013

So does this news mean that there are in fact "professional photographers"?

I couldn't resist...

It's amazing that Mean Marissa hasn't completely trashed Yahoo and Flickr by now. The changes she fomented on serious Flickr users two years ago, have made it a much less friendly place to showcase their entire collection of photos. Only rarely does anyone visit older photos, that are not on the first long page.

But despite the efforts to dumb-down Flickr, I'll have to admit that it is still the best choice for having your photos hosted. If there was any other place that would do it better, I'd go there in a New York minute. I guess what I am is what Benoz suggests, a "professional amateur".

Direct link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 08:02 UTC

I hope that isn't really a once-in-a-lifeime shot for him. I'll bet he's taken thousands of photos better than that one. It's just a conglomeration of things that don't go well together. I'd never show it to anyone, if I'd taken it. It escapes me why anyone at DPR would have picked it to go on the News column.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 12, 2015 at 09:42 UTC as 51st comment | 2 replies
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Yanko Kitanov: Let's just have a flat rate - each time you take ANY photo - you pay. Next time you will have to pay for shaving yourself and a bit later for breathing. The people behind these "smart and difficult" decisions are not politicians they are anchors stopping progress and social advancements.

Great idea about taxing the number of breaths taken. Those who keep themselves in good, lean shape will have to pay less.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 09:36 UTC
On article Sony adds XAVC S and high bitrate video to a6000 (185 comments in total)

Now how about them adding this video upgrade to all their cameras that have the capability to install new firmware versions?

Direct link | Posted on Jun 17, 2015 at 09:13 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On article Lily Camera flies itself and follows its owner (155 comments in total)

I'll wait for the firmware upgrade that will have the time-machine app, so I can take videos of myself when I was 25.

Direct link | Posted on May 14, 2015 at 09:45 UTC as 28th comment
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AV Janus: I am still reading around trying to understand what this product actually does and why would we need one...

LOL! Just saw that its $550...
...cause the pocket flash light just won't do, it won't give you that sublime (oh I spent 500 so it's better an my photos are now worth more) feeling, right?

You might need one because when clients learn how much you paid for a flashlight, they will understand why you have to charge such high rates.

Direct link | Posted on May 8, 2015 at 08:07 UTC

Well, these photos look better than others I've seen previously from the SX60. I had considered its performance to be inferior to that of the older SX50. But Jeff Keller always seems able to squeeze more out of such cameras. So this is not actually a "real-world" gallery as stated, it's Jeff's world, that not many others are able to inhabit.

Direct link | Posted on May 7, 2015 at 06:44 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies

It's tagged under "Humor". The joke is that there could be anyone who would pay that price. With a production capped at ten units, it would be worth something to see a list of those who became tagged as fools for buying one.

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2015 at 00:07 UTC as 120th comment | 1 reply

The "1/1.7-inch" sensor isn't much larger than those in most superzoom models, but yet this one gives only a 300mm reach. They should have either given it more lens power or an even larger sensor size, to have an appeal to different segments of its potential buyers. It also doesn't have 60p video and at a $700. price, I don't think it will sell very well.

The Panasonic FZ1000 costs only $200. more and has a "1-inch" sensor and 400mm of reach, 60p video and 4K.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2015 at 07:50 UTC as 20th comment | 11 replies

Note that those selected will have their own images and personal information used. Undoubtedly only the best-looking and most interesting people will be chosen, I'm afraid even the most extreme photo-shopping won't get me the job.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 09:55 UTC as 1st comment
On article Drone lighting could be coming soon to your studio (127 comments in total)

Just wait until one of those blades cuts off the model's nose. Of course, that couldn't really happen. Who ever heard of an electronically-controlled device that didn't perform perfectly?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 17, 2014 at 06:46 UTC as 55th comment | 2 replies
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