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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Of course there is the Panono which seems to be similar, but no 3D.
https://www.panono.com/#/en/home#at-a-glance

We have only had consumer digital cameras for 14 years - this is crazy, but cool - Sony just announced a 21MP 4K chip with HDR still/video for cell phones....

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 19:16 UTC as 1st comment
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mpgxsvcd: This is fascinating technology. I wonder if it learns as it goes or if it is pre-programmed with all of its knowledge.

It has to learn although aggregating all the learning and applying it will be interesting to see. Much of what an object is has to do with what an object does - or is doing - so it will make mistakes - as we do... Just as with current face recognition finding a face is one problem, and then finding matches, or designating as non-matched is tough as what are the thresholds - which will vary based on the task.... It will be neat to see how this progresses - but it will, as we have just started to do this and it is already progressing quickly - as well as the applications that use it.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 19:09 UTC
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Gholson21: That's just what I need, with over half a million images and most of them not named or tagged in any way, it's quite a headache every time I think about how I'm going to tackle organizing them.

The big question for me is will this only work on JPGs, or will my (primarily RAW) library be captionable with this sysem?

The other thing is WHEN can we have it in our hands?

I would hope they would add that the picasa, but they seem to want to put everything online so at least through their google+ service - would be quite a step up. The more information the better, and we have not even begun to think of the good/bad applications of this technology as if it can recognize things in photo's it will see them in video's and then in video and of course in automation.... T-1000 here we come.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 19, 2014 at 19:05 UTC

With only 1" separation would that not reduce the stereo effect at distance? I usually us about 2.5" past 20". Anyway, will be nice to see, and I am sure without stereo the stitched images will look great. Now they just need to get the dynamic range up....

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 08:55 UTC as 11th comment | 3 replies

The cost is negligible next to the time to upload, structure and manage - I have tried a few solutions that did not work, didn't sync. I still use google picasa/picasaweb for it's speed and ease - perhaps not the best professional solution, but for my 600gb of 120k photos and 360gb of video's it's easy and has mobile support along with extra space for Google drive files all for $10/mo for 1tb of space. Not a Google rep, but it has worked for 6 years for me now.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 29, 2014 at 18:14 UTC as 13th comment
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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
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