Raist3d

Lives in United States Canyon Country, CA, United States
Works as a Photographer & Game Developer (Programmer)
Has a website at http://raist3d.typepad.com
Joined on Dec 9, 2001
About me:

To continue loving video games, their programming while doing & improving my
professional photography, punish the guilty, reward the good, educate kids and fight for
all that is good. :-)

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piratejabez: Today, I'm appreciative of the DPR mods, and indeed mods of every forum this week. Thank you for helping to keep the discussion civil :)

Sorry to break it to you, but you are not entitled to say whatever you want inside a capitalist company's property that creates a hostile work environment. Particularly when you say something with proper lack of scientific citation and rigour. Even one of the studies that guy based his comments on, was debunked as a necessary conclusion by the very researcher who made the research.

He is more than fine saying whatever he wants outside the company. That is free speech.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 18:51 UTC
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upptick: ...except there is abundant (and sad of course) evidence from across the planet that ethnic and racial strife is common and perhaps Man's natural, Darwinian State.

Uptick- I read your "evidence" from Wikipedia. Listing historical etchnic cleansing provides no evidence of whatnuou said being natural. It ignores both how each came to be within the human context and necessarily ignores any potential examples where a mix of races gets along.

Basically it's not proof that these are all natural patterns that the majority of humanity converges into.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 00:14 UTC
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upptick: ...except there is abundant (and sad of course) evidence from across the planet that ethnic and racial strife is common and perhaps Man's natural, Darwinian State.

Crime statistics are not very useful to prove the point because it ignores the historical context from which they are samples. Will check the other information a bit later.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 00:08 UTC
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OlyPent: Of course they aren't born to hate. Hate is developed on exposure to injustice. White men (and Asians now) develop hatred because they increasingly see themselves as having to care for an increasingly useless, ungrateful, belligerent underclass.

That would almost makes sense as a proposal to debate (not saying it's necessarily right at all even if it was), if all white or asians were upper class. But they aren't.

Lots of Trump supporters for example, are hardly in a different class from the one you referred to.

Sounds like reading on some USA history would also help here.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 02:10 UTC
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upptick: ...except there is abundant (and sad of course) evidence from across the planet that ethnic and racial strife is common and perhaps Man's natural, Darwinian State.

Care to provide citations to studies on this? Thanks.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 02:08 UTC
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Greg Lovern: It's a beautiful sentiment. But like or not, xenophobia is part of human nature. As we grow from babies to adults it's natural for us to fear and distrust those who look or seem different from those people we grew up being closest to.

What racists don't understand or accept is that we need to CONTROL our natural xenophobia, not let it run wild. When our xenophobia tells us to fear and distrust a person because their skin is a different color, we need to say no, that person's skin color does not make them dangerous. And then treat that person with respect, dignity, and civility.

In a way, a racist can be compared to a person who coughs and sneezes right in other people's faces and defends that habit by explaining that coughing and sneezing are natural. Sure they're natural, but you can, and should, control them.

Like it or not? I would appreciate links that point to that research. othwrwiae it's hard to take your claim as fact.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 16:58 UTC
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iae aa eia: Not everybody that gives speech is good at the subject of their speech, even if their speech is mostly true, and that's why they give powerful PC speeches instead of being the actors of the speech. Obama is one of them. Says beautiful things, uniting people, politically correct things. That's basically all, or we wouldn't have black vs white, Muslims vs Christians tensions increased.

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion." This is true and beautiful to say, but also very stupid. Of course no one is born hating others because of skin color, background, or religion. Even the ones that consider IQ differences a relevant racial issue agree that the IQ level is not very different until late childhood or early adolescence.

You say of course nobody hates when one is a kid but you should ask some of the people that hate about that statement and see if it's that obvious.

Link | Posted on Aug 16, 2017 at 16:56 UTC

Wow. Pretty cool article / lens.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 07:17 UTC as 38th comment
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Thorgrem: Why so aggressively picking on the camera gear that the writer likes to use? What's wrong with a lot of the people under this article? Why can't they be happy for the writer that this equipment works for him?

The more people attach their photographer identity to a camera brand & model, the more this happens.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 08:26 UTC
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Terrible Photographer: I swear to god the way she holds the camera. It's a 5D not an iPhone! As soon as I saw that, closed the video.

Meh. Whatever way everyone is comfortable holding their camera is the best for them.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2017 at 00:54 UTC
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Raist3d: @dpreview staff, @dlcade

These are great links- but it would be really good (please please please<- I said please! ;-) ) if you avoid the spoiler of the conclusion in these news/link articles. I think the general description is enough. Perhaps pose the question the video is looking to answer and inspire your reader to take a look for the answer.

Thanks

@Roman - it's too bad for the original authors too me think. I see your point, but it's not quite fair to those who do the work. Me thinks.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 21:07 UTC
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TN Args: The tips seem to be built around a fixed notion of masculinity and how it looks. Makes me think of what might be some universal principles of portraiture that apply irrecpective of gender. Still, it is interesting, so thanks for sharing it around.

Then how about you grab your camera a photograph a woman with a strong jaw line? You may get very interesting results actually.

Either way, explore with the tips if you find them useful or discard.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 16:01 UTC

@dpreview staff, @dlcade

These are great links- but it would be really good (please please please<- I said please! ;-) ) if you avoid the spoiler of the conclusion in these news/link articles. I think the general description is enough. Perhaps pose the question the video is looking to answer and inspire your reader to take a look for the answer.

Thanks

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 15:56 UTC as 49th comment | 5 replies
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Tom K.: 1. Be handsome.
2. Be attractive.
3. Don't be unattractive.

This... is funny :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 06:16 UTC
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marcio_napoli: Here I am again posting something in the "who cares about your problems" category.

So, there you have it. Who cares, made it easy for you.

But if you care, read on.

This is why pro photography is dead, and we're possibly seeing the very last generation where one can make a decent career being a photographer.

There's just too much free knowledge. Regarding the functionally of a profession, we're past the healthy threshold.

How to's, DIY's, lighting tutorials, pose tutorials, desperate photographers giving away their secrets on videos (and workshops) everywhere.

Too much easy info at the click of a button.

Free knowledge + no really hard entries to the profession (no degree needed, very affordable used pro gear) means you have thousands of wannabes tomorrow.

What if you had too much available easy info to become an engineer, a doctor, etc?

Would those professions keep their value under the same conditions?

Engineering has free knowledge available. You can see classes (real classes) at MIT, Stanford and many other places today, right now. But the demands of the profession, and the rigors of it will cut a lot of wheat from the chaff.

A lot of this here is the same. Just because you can comprehend what is being said doesn't mean you can execute it, follow it and create your own vision. If everyone just followed the video as is, you will have a bunch of generic copies of a portrait.

Not for a second I doubt this - compare to how someone like Richard Avedon would have shot the portraits. Compare to how much free knowledge is out there and yet look at the "photos" on many forums here.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 06:14 UTC
On article Unsplash is (still) bad for photography (23 comments in total)
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Raist3d: Bravo for this article. It's not just stock photography, but how the case is made about the value of photography. The author of this article gets it, and the rest that support things like Unsplash with no consideration for photographers just want something for nothing.

I am referring to the so called clients of this service- and supporting the dpreview marketing piece. But sure - I guess what you said could be said too. Just like it could also be said it's pretty stupid ;-)

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 13:56 UTC
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yanisha: Generally the same philosophy behind open source software -- which many photographers use and are glad to have and have no qualms about.

Nope. Not the same at all. Open source doesn't have a particular central location per se and is widely distributed Unsplash is a centralized place doing this with no credit to the photogrpahers.

As a software developer, you can get free software and build business solutions on top of it that you can charge for your trade. What exactly do you do here to charge for your trade as an option?

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 04:41 UTC
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RED i: The really scary part here is how many here would lynch mob someone who is willingly, legally and not under duress giving away their photos for free, along with the copyrights and not wanting any compensation for it.

Apparently they seem to think that photos have to have some kind of monetary or social value and somehow that should override free will because it would take away someone making money.

@RED_ there's a big difference between disagreeing with the marketing piece dpreview published and deconstruct it vs lyching or outlawing said venture.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 04:35 UTC
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Adam2: This sounds like a complex and fallacious argument being advanced so he can make coin out of traffic to his site off of the backs of photographers giving their work away for free.

@RED- I don't know why you keep confusing saying something going on is a stupid thing to do vs outlawing it.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 04:33 UTC
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Raist3d: https://blog.photoshelter.com/2017/08/unsplash-still-bad-photography/?&utm_source=dpreview&utm_medium=Partners&utm_content=unspashblog&utm_campaign=

"Some other nitty gritty details to consider:

Their terms include an indemnity clause for photographers. If Unsplash is sued for your photo (e.g. trademark infringement), you’re liable.
You agree to arbitration. Arbitration isn’t inherently bad, but if you’re sued by a big corporation in the court system, your only recourse with Unsplash is through arbitration.
Model released image have no guarantee. This is actually true with any platform. But established companies like Getty Images – whose revenue is built around image licensing – have a financial incentive to double check this detail. Caveat emptor."

I encourage everyone to read the blog post on that link.

No worries.

Link | Posted on Aug 8, 2017 at 04:28 UTC
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