Carlos Loff

Carlos Loff

Lives in Portugal Lisbon, Portugal
Works as a Geographer and Photography Teacher
Joined on Nov 6, 2013
About me:

Geographer, Entrepreneur, Photographer and Photography Teacher

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Some editing is not intended to create or change reality, is just a fine effort to give back the nuances of reality that the camera was limited and unable to grasp with a single exposure, so it is very natural that we look at many edited pictures and do not think they were tuned

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 10:39 UTC as 64th comment

Drones with AI - Reach anywhere and click with fine taste - Photography is doomed

In a near future with better battery autonomy, I can imagine Nat Geo Wild saying to a drone - Go to Alaska and bring me some fine Grisly Shots, forget the altitude, the cold, the waiting, the danger, just go and comeback with them

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 17:33 UTC as 21st comment | 4 replies
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Marshall Thompson: I am admitttidly an old fart, 69 yo. Professional photographer and videographer for 30+ years. I get that youngsters love their video games but AR and VR for me are more of a bother than an improvement. Movies - like many other forms of art - represent the vision of the filmmaker. Hence, the viewing audience can either like or reject the resulting film. 3D is a huge FAIL, despite the hype. A lot of technological advacements strike me like a solution looking for a problem to solve. For example, what is the practical benefit of a 4K screen on a smart phone? The viewer cannot see the goddamn difference from regular HD! HD as 1920 x 1080 was a huge improvement to standard def. If I cannot see the difernce, what's the point?
Youngsters seem distracted by every shiny new "thing." How much better a smart phone do I need over my Samsing Galaxy 6? I don't, anad I do not want to pay for it!

There is a point, and that my friend is the only point - Zombie consumers pay 500$ to 1.000$ for cool new fast ultra-plus smartphones and they just use one third of their potential, but people like to show off and drive a Ferrari when there are only country dirt-roads to drive it - MONEY - That is the point. afterwards companies make sure to freely shove upgrades down the zombies throats so the smartphone becomes obsolete after 1,5 years and they buy the next model, - MONEY RULES - cheers

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 11:12 UTC

Regardless of tech and prices, one major fact rules - People like to be on the computer at home, but aware of their environment, having a cup of tea, knowing what is going on at the TV, stay alert for a mobile call, or the kids or the cats - No one will spend hours and hours with a huge helmet on their heads

VR will be like going to the movies - Arcades where you go with your friends and have some big wide strong tech available, to unplug from real world and have the adventure of your life during 1,5h or so

Arcades, not home devices, these last ones can be bought but will soon sleep on shelves

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 11:08 UTC as 9th comment
On article 19 tips for better live music photography (108 comments in total)

You covered most fundamental angles, would only add one more feature to care for - Sometimes, when subjects are closer but moving fast in different directions and creating different distances, using a wider AF-Area Mode (more central but not single point), can grant you a much higher rate of success, bringing the closest subjects into focus, but be careful not to forget to switch if off because when you need to sort out something small from the crowd you desperately need the Single Point

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2016 at 09:48 UTC as 28th comment
On article Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? (388 comments in total)

The D750 is what I need for my works (architecture and events) but the D500 is what I would like for my passion - Outdoors and Birds - So witch one will I buy ? Probably the K-1, lol, and than get a nice 70-200mm and a decent 2X converter with the money I saved without loosing quality and performance

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 21:34 UTC as 12th comment
On article 8 creative tips for shooting waterfalls (159 comments in total)
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BiloxiNikon: Great tips! Anyone know any good articles or forums on how to blend photographs? Particularly using LR.

In the case the author referred and illustrated, with the water stream very well defined, one simple way to blend it is just to drop the still image layer over the slower image layer and than you just use the eraser to swipe the frozen water stream and leave the rest around in stillness - A nice touch is to use feathering on the eraser, so the limits between the erased and non erased layers are well mixed and, of course, use care and time

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 21:19 UTC
On article 8 creative tips for shooting waterfalls (159 comments in total)

Great article, I recently took a group for a workshop on a waterfall in Portugal and it is nice to see the stuff I taught them is also the stuff in here, specially the myth of long exposures that are not always needed - An ocean needs time to batter the rocks in different points so we have a smooth accumulated effect with longer times but waterfall waters are a bit more limited and keep the same track - Sometimes 1/200 also makes great shots, assuring vegetation stillness and yet keeping the needed water blur - Regarding scale it can also be interesting to lie about it on purpose, using a wide angle lens very close to the rocks and small water jumps, keeping a distant background, so a 40cm fall looks like meters

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 21:12 UTC as 27th comment

Way to go Canon, I have always wondered, with so many people diving and having photography knowledge, why isn´t there in the market a digital Nikonos

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2016 at 11:50 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2673 comments in total)
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RonHendriks: However not telated in any way to this review. Ricoh doesn't use Pentax camera's for their own work. At the Ricoh Open, grass tennistournament for ATP and WTA, they hired a photographer working with Nikon D4s this year. Why spend money on someone working with Pentax when you don't believe in your own product. A story that is going on for years.

http://ricoh-open.nl

Publication Agency has to engage Ricoh for authorisation to go into the event grounds (press pass, stuff like that) - Ricoh can state - You are welcome as long you hire someone that uses Pentax - I know it is a bit farfetched and not very efficient but IT IS FEASIBLE if they really care about branding --- Im pretty sure if it was an Apple event and Steve was alive, nothing "parallel" to this would happen with Smartphones uses, no matter how indirect the hiring could be --- the bottom line is always the same - public attend a camera brand event and than see a Nikon Pro shooting it - Their website afterwards will display Nikon Pictures

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 09:50 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2673 comments in total)
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RonHendriks: However not telated in any way to this review. Ricoh doesn't use Pentax camera's for their own work. At the Ricoh Open, grass tennistournament for ATP and WTA, they hired a photographer working with Nikon D4s this year. Why spend money on someone working with Pentax when you don't believe in your own product. A story that is going on for years.

http://ricoh-open.nl

Im very sorry but I agree with Ron - Regardless of any indirect or direct reasons (you can find 1.234 reasons to explain that), in the end what the public (consumers) see is Ricoh event - Nikon cameras - VERY BAD MARKETING

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 08:35 UTC
On article Special K? Pentax K-1 Review (2673 comments in total)

Im going for this camera, I just hope the Pixel Shift can be used for the rest of the features when we disconnect the Horizon one ---

First of all there can be several lines the camera wrongly considers the Horizon and secondly sometimes the Horizon line must not be horizontal for the picture to be straight, because, for example on a river or buildings line, they may be slightly drifting away from viewer (not 100% frontal) and therefore they must not be exactly straight on the final picture --- There is only one type of lines that assures us the picture is rightfully straight - Verticals at the centre of the frame, providing those lines belong to elements we know are straight-vertical in nature - buildings, statues, water falling, etc

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 08:32 UTC as 326th comment | 4 replies
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sirhawkeye64: I think that if you buy a piece of equipment (phone, camera, etc) you should be able to use it whereever you want, however you want. It's not Apple's job to act like the "photography police." This type of behavior by companies (including MIcrosoft with its anti-piracy "spyware" in Windows 10) is starting to bother me. Companies feel that it is their duty to act as the "police" in their sector/industry. Yet another reason to maybe switch back to Android. Plus, there are ways around the technology listed here in this article.

People using outdated cameras will always be on those venues and they will be in advantage - Unless Governments issue a law that demands all smartphones and DSLRs and compacts/bridges to have this tech, the absence of this tech can even become an selling point for some

Link | Posted on Jul 5, 2016 at 08:30 UTC
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Carlos Loff: So when we visit a museum, just like in airports, people will line up for staff to check if we activated that button and each 15 mins visitors will line up again so they check again if we did not turn it back on again ???

I understand the Airplane mode because we ourselves are concerned somehow we forget something and that we make sure we can play with gadgets and do not interfere with planes, but...

What in gods name is the utility of this ? If we don't want to use the camera ourselves we just do not take pictures

MY GOD - Apple, since Steve´s death and since the STUPID non-useful at all watch, is going from bad to worst

I only realised now that this system can be used and activated by third parties - APPLE - RIP

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 15:07 UTC
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FantasticMrFox: So that means at concerts we will actually be able to see the band again rather than a sea of smartphones? YES PLEASE!

I meant Live the moment

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 14:59 UTC
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tomatoketchup: Good. Maybe this will dissuade the dirtbags who hold up their iPads recording an entire concert and impeding the view of others.

YES - Cut everybody´s hands and no one will hold guns to kill others in the street - REALY SMART

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 14:45 UTC
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nicolaiecostel: NSA approved feature, coming in the next iOS update. I was just going to switch to iPhone next month, guess I better reconsider.

Forget Apple - It was good long time ago, their gadgets lasted longer with optimal performance and the extra cash you paid was really worth it - Nowadays they force updates down your belly so each 6 months you REALY NEED to buy the next one !!! Believe ME i had everything Apple, except for the stupid useless watch

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 14:44 UTC
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FantasticMrFox: So that means at concerts we will actually be able to see the band again rather than a sea of smartphones? YES PLEASE!

The problem is people care to much of holding smartphones and forget to leave the moment - The problem is with atitude and is not solved with this measures - Your comment is just like saying - Wowww, are they going to cut people´s hands when we get to the streets ? That is good, no one will be able to hold guns and make spree killings - YES PLEASE

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 14:41 UTC
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KrisAK: "But The Man can't bust our music."

Oh, the irony.

George Orwell

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 14:39 UTC
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sirhawkeye64: I think that if you buy a piece of equipment (phone, camera, etc) you should be able to use it whereever you want, however you want. It's not Apple's job to act like the "photography police." This type of behavior by companies (including MIcrosoft with its anti-piracy "spyware" in Windows 10) is starting to bother me. Companies feel that it is their duty to act as the "police" in their sector/industry. Yet another reason to maybe switch back to Android. Plus, there are ways around the technology listed here in this article.

Wait a minute, now just wait a minute... I thought this function could only be activated by Us - Are you saying the third parties can activate this function ? So Samsung or HTC users wont be affected in the same place and someone will decide if my Apple camera is off ???

LOL - Apple blew things this time - I have everything Apple and Im hapily in the way to have nothing Apple soon

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 14:37 UTC
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