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McCool69

McCool69

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...and just like that Instagram lost the one thing that made them stand out a little bit.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2015 at 02:37 UTC as 12th comment | 1 reply
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McCool69: I am slightly amused at the amount of people that seem to think the point of this is to make an exact measurement of how much Instagram degrades an image.

Of course it isn't - it is first and foremost an art project that also points out something that a lot of people (I'm talking non-photographers and casual users here...) are not aware of.

I think it is an excellent idea that gives the artist tons of exposure. Would have loved to come up with it myself.

I am sure several artists have explored the core of this idea through the years - including the guy in the photo who did the same with sound. Can't say that I have seen it done digitally on a platform that millions use every day though.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 20:56 UTC
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ARTASHES: As I can see what he is doing is reposting the screenshots and not downloaded ones, so making screenshot of a screenshot again and again will cause this degradation with or without instagram.

photoaddict: I am aware of that. The vast majority of screenshots I get sent from iPhones though (I have done quite a bit of testing when it comes to mobile layouts for a web site the last few months) arrive as thrashed jpg's. Probably because people let Apple do the thinking for them and the photos get automatically processed/resized in the mailing process.

As you will see from my first answer to artashes my point was indeed that (done properly) the local saving of the file would not be a part of the image degradation.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 20:53 UTC

I am slightly amused at the amount of people that seem to think the point of this is to make an exact measurement of how much Instagram degrades an image.

Of course it isn't - it is first and foremost an art project that also points out something that a lot of people (I'm talking non-photographers and casual users here...) are not aware of.

I think it is an excellent idea that gives the artist tons of exposure. Would have loved to come up with it myself.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 20:08 UTC as 32nd comment | 8 replies
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ARTASHES: As I can see what he is doing is reposting the screenshots and not downloaded ones, so making screenshot of a screenshot again and again will cause this degradation with or without instagram.

...unless you view it in a web browser and saves the file (and not screenshot) from there. Then you'll have the exact file Instagram presents to the world.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 20:05 UTC
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ARTASHES: As I can see what he is doing is reposting the screenshots and not downloaded ones, so making screenshot of a screenshot again and again will cause this degradation with or without instagram.

That depends on the platform though - and how the screenshot is made. iPhone tends to (in its default setting) horribly compress screenshots, Android does not. I guess he has done it this way since the Instagram app itself does not allow you to save the photos.

A cool experiment though - the best solution to reallly see how much the compression on Instagram's part messes up a photo over time would have been to save the photo from a web browser before uploading it again, but I guess that was not his main point with this exercise.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2015 at 19:44 UTC
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DanteRecknagel: Dear technologists... No one is going to watch movies like this. Not even if we had the helmets to do so. Think about it... Where would the set materials and the lights go? Or are we going to have entire film crews move around in a tiny circle like a 300 leg mass carrying lights and boom mics?

I really don't think traditional movies is the primary use for this technology. It could probably bring a whole new level to things like sporting events or concert movies though.

Just look at the huge amount of material that pops up on sites like youtube and Vimoe these days - a lot of it shot with a single camera without any extra gear would get in the way no matter what direction you point the camera in.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 16, 2014 at 22:58 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1418 comments in total)
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JoeCM: I like that the D750 has built-in flash and a vari-angle LCD. I am a retired engineer and advanced amateur photographer. It was disappointing to me that all full frame DSLRs were considered for professional use only and required to carry an external flash. I need sometimes a fill-in flash and a built-in flash is perfect for this purpose. I own two Canons - 6D and 70D. I like high ISO sensitivity of full frame 6D. But I use much more frequently my 70D with APS-C sensor because it has the built-in flash and fully-articulated LCD. Finally Nikon releases the D750 having all good features in one body.

@ HowaboutRAW: I use live view all the time. Not on handheld more action-related shots of course, or when just walking around with the camera, but for static shots when using tripod and especially macro (where you can zoom in on the live view and really fine-tune the focus manually) it is a very valuable tool.

So a tiltable screen on FX cameras is something I have been wanting since D700 appeared. I do not use live view every day, but when I use it I almost always wish that the screen could be tilted.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2014 at 15:11 UTC
On Nikon D750 First-impressions review preview (1418 comments in total)
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JoeCM: I like that the D750 has built-in flash and a vari-angle LCD. I am a retired engineer and advanced amateur photographer. It was disappointing to me that all full frame DSLRs were considered for professional use only and required to carry an external flash. I need sometimes a fill-in flash and a built-in flash is perfect for this purpose. I own two Canons - 6D and 70D. I like high ISO sensitivity of full frame 6D. But I use much more frequently my 70D with APS-C sensor because it has the built-in flash and fully-articulated LCD. Finally Nikon releases the D750 having all good features in one body.

>> Articulated screens on DSLRs? I guess it improves video.

It also greatly reduces neck strain - both when doing very low angles and when on a tripod that is not set to 'standing eye-height'.

For me this is a very welcome addition that I have been wanting in FX DSLRs for a long long time. If you are afraid it may break off (which seems to be the general complaint - usually uttered by the same group that think video features in a DSLR makes it a lesser camera) then don't use it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2014 at 00:33 UTC
On Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 article (406 comments in total)
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SantaFeBill: This seems a most strange camera: It's billed as an action camera, but the fastest shutter speed is 1/4000 sec. My D200 goes to 1/8000. I know, smaller sensor in the D200, so less distance to travel, but still ... . Then, you've just introduced your top of the line xxx FX model, the D810, and now you introduce a less expensive camera with AF _improved_ over your top of the line one? Didn't the developers of the one talk to the developers of the other?
And the F6 (obviously full-frame :-) ) will flash sync at 1/250, according to its specs on Nikon U.S., although to me the difference between 1/200 and 1/250 sync wouldn't be in itself a deal breaker. But note that the F6 will do 8fps with the battery pack (moving film!). So I don't understand why the D750 'action camera' doesn't have the same frame rate.

>> My D200 goes to 1/8000

Yes, but with this camera you can have a lower ISO setting, so your need for shooting wide open in bright daylight (which I guess is your main concern) is well taken care of. Other than that the difference between 2000, 4000 and 8000 is largely academical - if you need to freeze something extremely fast then flash will be a much better option anyway.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 23:14 UTC
On Fast and full-frame: Nikon announces 24MP Nikon D750 article (406 comments in total)

Great!

Finally a FX camera with a tiltable screen. Now we just have to wait for the barrage of comments about how it 'will break off in the field' and so on from the traditionalists who does not like this and also dislike cameras that can be used for video.

Personally I have been waiting for that feature in FX for years - not just for video use, but for the immense improvement it is if you want to take photos at a high or very low angle without rolling around in the dirt or shooting blind.

This will very likely be my next camera. I do not dare to buy it until it has been on market a few months though, the total lack of quality control with the D600 still makes me shiver with fear and anger.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2014 at 23:08 UTC as 18th comment

Some good general tips here - considering how a lot of cameras belonging to casual photographers actually look, any kind of actual thinking about how you treat your gear willl help a lot.

I have seen camera bodies with a few thousand shutter actuations look like they have been in war zones for years,and even seen people shoving DSLRs with the external flash attached and no lens cap into handbags containing half-eaten sandwiches, sticky candy wrappers and shoes used on a sandy beach 5 minutes ago.

Some people simply don't care at all - but of course complain loudly if the camera for some reason does not work like it should due to their negilgence.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 13, 2014 at 21:43 UTC as 24th comment | 1 reply

Looks like a nice device which will appeal to quite a few people.

I am blown away by all the people wanting features in this thin 'phonecamera' that are barely available in compact cameras that are 3x as thick though. Do you really think those cameras have the size they have just to make them easier to hold?

Optics/sensor size is limited by physical factors. That's why we don't have 200mm f/2 lenses that weigh 50 grams, are 4 cm long and cost 100 bucks. So judge devices like this from what is actually possible and not pure 'what if' fantasies. Please.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 30, 2014 at 02:01 UTC as 22nd comment
On Windows XP is dead. Long live Windows XP 'Bliss' article (119 comments in total)
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Bugs Bunny: XP is gone, Long live the Mac OS
Microsoft had that os for more than 10 years
A lot of people do not trust Microsoft OS.
Apple is years ahead.

You seem to think that OS X today is extremely different from when it was introduced in 2002. Well, it isn't.

Windows has evolved way more the last 10 years than OS X has.

The only reason XP has been supported for such a long time is that the customers demand it. Microsoft has a very different philosophy than Apple when it comes to upgrades and backwards compatibility. Try running software that is more than a couple of years old on a brand new Mac and you will see what I mean; most of the time it simply doesn't work, forcing you to upgrade.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 00:09 UTC
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John M Roberts: There will be many non professional shooters that will feel, “what the heck, I might make some money if I just invest in the join up fee. I’m not getting anything right now anyway.”

30% of a sale does not justify what work I put forth into creating my library of images. I put out all the expenses, time and effort to gather images with the speculation that the effort will pay off. The agency takes none of that gamble. Their gamble begins after selection. How cushy they can also charge for a contract. They are feeding off of the large arena of photographers that are not gambling their livelihood on photography.

It seems this trend of devaluing what the image creator receives for their work will be difficult to reverse mainly due to supply and demand yet I would encourage photographers not to settle for such a percentage.

>> 30% of a sale does not justify..

Well, then you should of course sell your images yourself and keep 100% of the price. Personally I care more about the amount of money I actually get than the percentage. Then again; if you already have an easy time selling your photos by yourself there is no reason to join an agency like this.

What you 'pay for' via their cut is of course not the cost of keeping their servers online. You pay for the reach they have - in other words for 'getting inside the store'. Which in most cases is 1000x more exposure and lots more sales than you can ever dream of getting if you do everything yourself.

They also handle the boring stuff - like sending invoices, follow up that people actually pay and even more important in this day and age: Track down sites that use your photos without permission - and make them pay.

It all boils down to the size of the total cake and the size of your slice. A huge slice of the total means nothing if the cake is tiny.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 20:24 UTC

How much money you are left with at the end of the day is of course way more important than the percentage. I would rather have 25% of a large cake than 75% of a muffin.

Some of the major players (I am lucky enough to have 100+ photos with Getty Images) does a lot of work for their share and is in my opinion well worth it. I made more from my first 2-3 sales via Getty (I got in early through their co-operation with Flickr) than I had made from other services in total the previous years.

What you 'pay for' via their share is not only marketing and outreach but also payment collection and even more important: systems that chase down sites that use photos without permission. It seems that some people think this type of companies only receives your photo and then sits down and waits. That is simply not true.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 8, 2014 at 13:11 UTC as 40th comment
On Nikon Df preview (2792 comments in total)

Would have bought just because of the sensor it if it had a body similar to the D600.

I see no point in having old-fashioned dials for things like ISO on a modern camera. It is just fluff for fluffs sake, it does not add any functionality that is needed or missed in the digital age.

Most everything you can do with the old-fashioned buttons and dials on this model can be done just as easily on any other mid- to high-range camera body without even taking your eyes from the viewfinder. It is not like you have to dive into menus to change settings like exposure, ISO, WB and so on if you know your camera well.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 6, 2013 at 01:53 UTC as 422nd comment | 1 reply
On Niki Feijen's haunting images of abandoned houses article (218 comments in total)
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brn: Unlike many posting here, I don't hate HDR. However, in these "photos" it's abused. Looks like something you'd see in a video game.

I totally agree - way too heavy use of HDR. You could almost take a photo of any old bedroom with old wallpaper and make it look like it has been abandoned for 30 years if you process the photos this much.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 27, 2013 at 04:27 UTC
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JEROME NOLAS: Come on guys! This is a great camera!

That depends on what your 'real world' is. Not everyone shoots portraits and only use f4 or larger apertures. I used to do lots of landscape and long exposures - until I 'upgraded' to the D600 that is, which is indeed useless for my type of photographye unless you want to spend half an hour cloning every shot.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 19:43 UTC
On Just Posted: Samsung Galaxy NX Hands-on article (114 comments in total)
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Thatcannonguy: Oh, if only i could make a phone call with my shoes, could drive to work in my fridge and cook on my bicycle... Where is all this going to ?

Oh, and don't forget; every picture taken and uploaded can be used by Google for advertisement without the 'owner's' consent.

Do you need to 'root' this thing too to get rid of Samesung's shell ?

>>> Oh, and don't forget; every picture taken and uploaded can be used by Google for advertisement without the 'owner's' consent.

Don't be ridiculous. Google has no more rights to use anything uploaded, shared or sent from this device than from any other device connected to the internet.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 21, 2013 at 18:16 UTC
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