chrisnfolsom

chrisnfolsom

Lives in United States Folsom, CA, United States
Works as a Internet/Web Developer
Has a website at http://www.silvawebdev.com
Joined on May 25, 2011
About me:

Love photography for both documenting and art. Try to use photography to show a place, a time and mood and enjoy 3D, panorama, movies as well as classic portrait photography. A photo is worth a thousand words, or can bolster a revolution as in Tunisia and other countries - power. If you want to talk photography, computers, the internet, technology or politics - drop me a line.

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mcshan: My local library is huge and very old. It looks like a castle. Years ago due to cut backs they did away with "book runners" and gave the public access to the shelves. It is very intricate with winding metal stairs etc. They also have an elevator and do their best to make it handicap accessible. Library staff will still help anyone who asks.

We forget many stores used to have "runners". In mexico when you go to an auto parts store - no browsing. You ask they get, you can't explain - SOL... That is a huge change we have in so many things to browse as you never know what you find - like this article on the internet..... damn, another 30 min gone... ;)

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 21:35 UTC
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Peiasdf: Public employees were getting too fat and lazy to climb the stairs anymore so they had to build a new union-accessible building and demolish this wonderful building.

Didn't know we got into politics here... kinda sad, but I guess we all have to go private sector if congress keeps be obstructionists.. How this will affect photography I don't know. It's great though that we can document "things" so much better now. I have a bunch of stereographs of museums from the turn of the century - incredible buildings - and in 3D.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 21:32 UTC
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AbrasiveReducer: And all of this can now be replaced by an air conditioned sheet-rock room in San Jose. The intricate architecture, the experience, the jobs, all in the dustbin of history. Like watching a DVD instead of going to Radio City.

Beautiful pictures of a by-gone time. Yes computers are different, but every generation has a history and it's reality. I am happy to have paper and not skins or rock and images rather then paintings. Just having a populace that can read is new... Change is both necessary and to be feared - just not stopped.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 15, 2014 at 21:25 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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chrisnfolsom: I have to say in comparing the studio test both the FZ1000 and the RX10 both to DSLR's they compare quite well - much better then I though - limited to 1600 iso of course... Very impressive as a package with lens and everything - a power zoom lens to boot - great for video - which would cost you how much on a DSLR?

And with these new cameras flexibility, size, speed and now image quality are much less of a compromise. As I remember from marketing - people don't buy drills because they want drills - they want holes. Cameras are for creating images and what we will see in the future will be much different then what we have now just as with the change from film to digital - I wistfully think of my film days as I do driving V8 American cars, but day to day I shoot digital and drive something much more practical.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 11:43 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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chrisnfolsom: I have to say in comparing the studio test both the FZ1000 and the RX10 both to DSLR's they compare quite well - much better then I though - limited to 1600 iso of course... Very impressive as a package with lens and everything - a power zoom lens to boot - great for video - which would cost you how much on a DSLR?

I agree, the "purist" in me wants to do everything manually and if I was sitting in a studio, or in control of my environment I would not mind, but fortunately/unfortunately the lions share of my photography is of my girls and events and while the best glass would be nice and the best equipment - I am just happy the 4/3 and now 1" sensors are in more sensible packages that allow me better flexibility in my environment - God forbid all the cell phone pics being taken now - but for personal use any picture is sometimes better then none at all.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 11:41 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)
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chrisnfolsom: I have to say in comparing the studio test both the FZ1000 and the RX10 both to DSLR's they compare quite well - much better then I though - limited to 1600 iso of course... Very impressive as a package with lens and everything - a power zoom lens to boot - great for video - which would cost you how much on a DSLR?

I do find myself using the power zoom to quickly frame for stills and video - I much prefer using the glass over cropping and with a power zoom this is enhanced in my opinion - lazy perhaps, but it works for me, and especially perhaps the target audience of this type of camera. The quality of the power zoom for video I did not see mentioned - variable rates, speed and such make it that much more useful for video - and stills too.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 07:02 UTC
On Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 First Impressions Review preview (1282 comments in total)

I have to say in comparing the studio test both the FZ1000 and the RX10 both to DSLR's they compare quite well - much better then I though - limited to 1600 iso of course... Very impressive as a package with lens and everything - a power zoom lens to boot - great for video - which would cost you how much on a DSLR?

Direct link | Posted on Jul 2, 2014 at 06:48 UTC as 128th comment | 6 replies
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (53 comments in total)
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ianimal: Forget it. It's all relative. Your brain mess it up anyway.
Shoot the image and adjust later by trusting you eyes.
Save the money, do it easy.

I don't agree. I think it just needs to be easier and cheaper to do the calibration - or built into each screen. Laptop screens have been NOTORIOUSLY bad with color reproduction. Closing the loop when possible is important although we all have our preference I think it should be part of the technology offered by the manufacturer.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 19:12 UTC
On Get more accurate color with camera calibration article (53 comments in total)
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munro harrap: Can we agree that a sensor should ideally respond to all wavelengths of light in the same way?
If we accept they do not, the camera's software must ensure that results from it do.
Therefore manufacturers need to produce machines that respond to colours as our eyes do, and it is up to them to achieve this, not us to remedy their failures and refusals to do so.
This is the only software correction needed.
Imagine each file had embedded in it a grey card, and that this grey card duplicated exactly the grey card used to calibrate the sensor.
You could download the file and click on its tiny grey card to get exactly the right colour balance
It would only work if the camera's software had already ensured that the sensors response to colour closely matched our eyesight.
And that there was no black from the sensor, or added in software. There is no black in nature-its our invention

First of all what you ask for is impossible as we all have different vision qualities and second of all they change drastically based on ambient light qualities. Calibration is important an has been used since the beginning of photography. Digital is still great though - and you don't wast a film frame - and much better in flexibility to film which each had their own qualities - and were not like our eyes.

It would be nice to think we could control all the variables, but of course shooting for the best compromise is all we can do - and today's results are spectacular although I still hope we could get the sensitivity and dynamic range up with some tweaks, but we are still using the same basic technology as we have for quite a few years.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 28, 2014 at 19:07 UTC

There is supposed to be a hybrid sensor with phase detection which should speed things up .3 seconds by their measure - pretty good - but yes - put image stabilization on it - and forget the finger print and heart rate monitors - what about more LED's for better flash capabilities? Although with the dismal camera sales I personally don't want phone cameras to get better or there will be no one to subsidize camera research...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2014 at 00:22 UTC as 34th comment
On Hands-on with the Panono panoramic ball camera post (112 comments in total)

Jonas - perhaps a parachute, or active suspension launched after the picture is taken - I am sure you have thought of many things.... great idea - just annoyed I was not able to create it myself ;) This will be cool when dangled under a quad copter - and if stabilized - wow!

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2013 at 00:35 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply
On Hands-on with the Panono panoramic ball camera post (112 comments in total)
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maxnimo: "The original image data is sent on via the smartphone's 3G/4G "

And after one shot there goes your $40 monthly data allowance. And do you really expect to find wi-fi on some hike in the mountains?

It says you get 400 shots - should be enough for your trip... and you still can preview it on your smart phone - not too bad - you can bring along a satellite phone if you really need the connectivity...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 30, 2013 at 00:30 UTC
On Sony DSC-RX10 preview (725 comments in total)

Is the zoom variable? I know it is said to be slow - how much slower in comparison to a fz-200, or other superzooms? Can't wait for their next version, phase focus, faster zoom, higher res viewfinder etc.. - if they can correct a few of the usability issues - great package - and perhaps $200 off the price :)

I am asking about the zoom specifically because I do shoot some sports from time to time and pre-focus and have played with superzooms in the past, but want to know how much of a chore this will be, or if possible at all. No camera can do everyting, but will I need a dslr for sports to augment this, or will it work "well enough"?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 23, 2013 at 00:55 UTC as 21st comment | 2 replies
On Lightstrap is a ring flash for your iPhone post (9 comments in total)
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jcmarfilph: Lets see, I will bring this ring flash, macro lens, telephoto lens, tripod, WA lens and many more plastic accessories.

Good Lord, I might as well bring a backpack for my iPhony's useless accessories.

I agree in principle, but we all know that is not always a possibility - and this, or something like this is a pretty good compromise and would improve most photographs taken by these things - using this with your point and shoot - if you lowered yourself to use one - would be also be a help...

Direct link | Posted on Dec 9, 2013 at 10:51 UTC
On New anamorphic adapter lens for iPhone 5/5S post (37 comments in total)

This is crazy - it's like birthers in an Obama column - IF you don't like iphone stills/video great - lug you professional rig around. There is a place for just about everything, and I cannot carry my DSLR around to every event and if I can make my iphone stills/video look better I am happy. GoPro's have many of the same limitations - should anamorphic solutions for them be attacked too?

Direct link | Posted on Dec 4, 2013 at 21:39 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply

Nice idea, but you can miss many shots - better to take a few shots (a problem with flash) - and also, better flashes are the big fix for indoor as you will never have a lens bright enough to get good photos on a phone.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 20:21 UTC as 5th comment
On Sample Gallery: LG G2 smartphone images post (48 comments in total)
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cmvsm: Looks great. Smart phones are getting very close to regular digital camera quality for travel photography. I see more and more people wondering why they are lugging their DSLR's around. You may not get the same DOF or low light performance that you get with a DSLR, but the compact trade off can be worth it.

Really "photography is about light" - photography is about whatever you want. Documentation, art, video, sports, whatever. I love taking great pictures, and am annoyed at having to stare at smart phones/ipads at almost every school event, museum, concert or zoo - but that is what they want and are you going to make all these people care?. One of the largest issue to me with phones is the lens - the wide angle lens is not very flattering to most people. Regarding the DSLR's that are all around - most people don't go out of auto, don't compose much, or play with the light, and I know quite a few parents who bought them, but hardly use them as they are a pain - but you do get better pictures with them.... Reg the G2 - I really liked the sample photos, and was surprised by the quality of many of them - much better then my iphone5. I would like to know how much of that was the image stabilization vs the sensor.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 9, 2013 at 00:12 UTC
On 5 photography apps to download to your new iPad post (157 comments in total)

These are photography aps - not professional image processing aps... They are incredible for what they are - not for what they aren't. Just as you wouldn't necessarily take professional pictures with your ipad neither would you process those images - although they are getting pretty good, and I have heard the quality of the actual LCD is highly rated.

And also, as a tool for your clients with all the WiFi connectivity and even more immediate gratification they will want to see images immediately so there will even be pressure for the professional to use an ipad for at least some pre-processing and presentation.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2013 at 21:15 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply
On Retro Nikon 'DF' emerges from the shadows article (1514 comments in total)

Why are people cynical about others tastes - not every camera is going to work for everyone? I am more of a function person, and if you like the layout of the old cameras great - they were vetted over time, but things have changed - I enjoy the auto-everything now - and sometimes turn, or nudge them to my specific task.

Looking at old images recently and scanning them in I find how few film pictures I took - for many reason - cost being a large one - although I also find so many pictures out of focus, or the exposure incorrect and MANY pictures I am not in, or are no good as the person using my camera botched it up.

There will always be those who want to keep the old ways, but how far back do you go to be "real" as if you go far enough back there was't even photography, and in the future who knows - infinite bandwidth, x-rays, no noise and focal length - you can pic your own way to process the scene... Until then I will live with the compromises we all have and enjoy myself.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 3, 2013 at 19:43 UTC as 101st comment
On PA275600 photo in dpreview review samples's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

The samples actually look pretty good - the hair looks great, and the edge to edge sharpness looked consistent. Will have to see where it is when the price settles before/after Christmas.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2013 at 19:28 UTC as 2nd comment
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