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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On Google to phase out Google+ Photos post (33 comments in total)

No one has mentioned the new google photos also does searches based on OCR, objects and faces. I put 'cake' in and got images of cakes, and put castles in looking for images from a trip to Europe and I got those castles as well as others of my children building sand castles at the beach - quite a surprise. I also buy extra space at $10/mo for 1TB and have 500gb of images and videos. I have had a few problems sychin over the years using Picasa, but overall it's worked well.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2015 at 10:37 UTC as 1st comment
On Flasher smartphone flash launched on Kickstarter post (73 comments in total)

Much better at kickstarter was the Ember which was a case with more light, battery and filters set at $79, but only funded 2/3 of the way and a bit big....

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1726454615/ember-the-night-photography-tool-for-iphone

Direct link | Posted on Mar 12, 2015 at 00:41 UTC as 6th comment
On Flasher smartphone flash launched on Kickstarter post (73 comments in total)
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Danny: Is there something wrong with me saying that the photo without flash is better?

NOTHING wrong at all - admittedly this is not the best example, although as mentioned there is no flash for the front camera (selfie) on most phones, but there are instances where there are few other options, and this can be useful - there are lights integrated into cases, and light's you can also use for flashlights, but will diffuse. You can also use this for help in video's. Is it perfect, no, and there are other options, but this will work for many and at $15 is not ripping anyone off.

To annoy more purist - http://iphonephotographyschool.com/ ;)

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 23:48 UTC
On Flasher smartphone flash launched on Kickstarter post (73 comments in total)
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Danny: Is there something wrong with me saying that the photo without flash is better?

NOTHING wrong at all, but there are instances where there are few other options, and this could be useful - there are lights integrated into cases, and light's you can also use for flashlights, but will diffuse. You can also use this for dark video's. Is it perfect, no, and there are options, but this will work for many and at $15 is not ripping anyone off.

As with flash in ANY situation you can use it incorrectly with a pro rig, but there are instances where it is invaluable.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 23:30 UTC
On Flasher smartphone flash launched on Kickstarter post (73 comments in total)
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techjedi: Not a fan of these phone camera accessories, but I can understand why they could be more useful than a real camera. A smartphone is still the fastest way to take a picture and instantly share it online. A real camera is going to take better pictures, but sometimes using the phone is more convenient. If a pocketable accessory can improve the quality, it might be valuable to some.

I agree as many time we are not taking a portrait, but just a moment.... Are there any photographers with smart phones that have NO photo's on their phone? I guess most of you walk around with your full professional kit at all times to get the perfect shot - only to have no friends because they don't want to wait for you to set up your flash units tripods and gear to get the light just right to catch the moment at the starbucks the other day....

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 23:25 UTC
On Making 'Art': We go inside Sigma's lens factory article (193 comments in total)

Thank you for the article always nice to see what's behind the things that we use in our life - It would be nice to see the contrast with a Chinese manufacturing facility. Although I wish I could afford any lens I wanted I am still amazed at the quality and complexity of what we get - that can last yeast - for $1000 dollars (more/less) - THAT is magic.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 11, 2015 at 21:52 UTC as 19th comment
On 3,200MP LSST camera gets construction approval article (257 comments in total)
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badi: 7 years to go....

Joke aside... it's a bit sad when you realize the pace these science projects advance... i mean, ok, it is a big project...but 7 years to build... is only one guy building and caring the bricks on the mountain or what...

Also, remember these are one-off applications which are subsidized as there is little chance of commercial scale profits. Also they are of much higher precision. I guess the "problem" is applying consumer time scales to something that is not consumer driven. It's strange as initially - generally - these one-off type projects create new technologies which are then picked up by consumer manufacturers and then goes through a "punctuated evolutionary" type growth - like the CCD, and then some of that technology "washes" back to the very projects that started them and will/has given us incredible pictures of the stars and almost everything else....

Direct link | Posted on Feb 25, 2015 at 19:35 UTC
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joe6pack: Why does the lens says ULTRASONIC?

Ultrasonic is quite and quick vs other systems - focusing will just "happen" with no audio noise.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 23:50 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off prototype 120MP CMOS sensor article (255 comments in total)
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Renzokuken: 2.2 µm pixel pitch.... That's almost the same as certain smartphones in the market. Hurray ???

There are some applications where dr is not as important as resolution. You could do some incredible meteor searching, or for surveying - it is huge though as far as raw pixel data goes 4k/8K at 60fps is probably more data per second - and again, are there any lenses that can resolve that kind of detail?

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 23:34 UTC
On CP+ 2015: Canon shows off prototype 120MP CMOS sensor article (255 comments in total)
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rj conklin: 120 mp matches the human eye!

Yes, but we only see a narrow spot at a time and do and insane amount of processing to make it look good. Of course we tend to spend more time on the subject of the image we see - which of course a camera might do for focus, but of course the CCD treats each pixel the same.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 23:26 UTC
On 3,200MP LSST camera gets construction approval article (257 comments in total)
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badi: 7 years to go....

Joke aside... it's a bit sad when you realize the pace these science projects advance... i mean, ok, it is a big project...but 7 years to build... is only one guy building and caring the bricks on the mountain or what...

The sensor is not the hardest part - grinding the primary lens can take years, funding, building the support structure... but yes, it's especially annoying in the last 15 years as we have spacecraft with cameras that are worse then today's consumer versions...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 3, 2015 at 08:26 UTC
On BPG image format aims to replace JPEGs article (207 comments in total)
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photolando: I've been shooting jpegs most of my pro career. I have never once had a problem with "jpeg artifacts". I've sold 24"x30" and have seen larger made from jpegs. They look fantastic. And yes, I shoot raw as well if I feel it is needed so lets not start that stupid amateur argument.

Maybe this is aimed at pixel peepers because I've yet to hear anyone really complain all that much about the look of a jpeg image. Ever!

I agree although this is more of a production tool for the web - allowing alpha channels and such will help immensely with web page presentation. The JPG standard is so old now that this makes sense - especially when piggybacking on the H265 compression and hardware support that will be ubiquitous soon. I remember "arguing" in the 90's about GIF vs JPG when the "purists" like GIF's because they were not lossy - except for 256 colors.... it's time for a new standard.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 16, 2014 at 14:31 UTC
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Gosman: I don't understand why these are still USB 2.0 instead of 3.0? USB 3.0 is much faster and should speed up scan time tremendously!?

I just think the market is so small - if you look at the changes in smart phones it is amazing - the v700 is ancient, but effective.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 12, 2014 at 00:41 UTC
On ACDSee Ultimate 8 introduces layer-based editing article (66 comments in total)

They have some good deals now too - I have used ACDSEE for 17 years as a viewer and quick editor - fast and efficient. Their Family Pack is $99 until the end of the year any you get 3 users and a Mac based version - not bad.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 11, 2014 at 20:04 UTC as 6th comment

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 14th 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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