fmian

fmian

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Photographer/Re-toucher/Consultant
Joined on Mar 28, 2010
About me:

If you're reading this it's probably because I wrote something that confounded or intrigued you. You should know that much of what I say is uncomfortable truth laced with straight faced sarcasm. Don't take it to heart.

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panchorancho: 4 hipsters shoot the same boring hipster model with thick framed glasses my old man in the 80s used to wear, while filming in that saturated/desaturated look every hipster on Instagram uses. They even bust out the over used LED lights. I'm surprised they also didn't bust out the prism for some rainbow effects and an image projector with a generic artsy fartsy image overlayed on the model. After that, I'm sure they went to a run down part of town to open an overpriced cafe and thrift shop!

@XXTwnz: 'Coming up with something new and original, especially in 3 minutes, is damned unlikely.'

Seasoned photographers are meant to have spent a good part of their lives developing personal style and characteristics to their work, and how they go about obtaining a final result. After time this becomes more intuitive and almost second nature. So it's not about 'new and original' it's about showing their personal niche hallmark through a visual medium.

Other people might not put such value on such things.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 23:05 UTC
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Will1355: Please stop this competition between camera brands. There are no bad cameras only bad photographers. Best pro, best compact etc is all BS in my opinion.

@Will1355 'I use: DPREVIEW; great informative website in my opinion.'

But DPReview specifically does the things you ask to stop and call out as BS in your original post..

'competition between camera brands.... Best pro, best compact etc'

Contradictory much?

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 23:15 UTC
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panchorancho: 4 hipsters shoot the same boring hipster model with thick framed glasses my old man in the 80s used to wear, while filming in that saturated/desaturated look every hipster on Instagram uses. They even bust out the over used LED lights. I'm surprised they also didn't bust out the prism for some rainbow effects and an image projector with a generic artsy fartsy image overlayed on the model. After that, I'm sure they went to a run down part of town to open an overpriced cafe and thrift shop!

You're right. Nothing outstanding about the artistic style of these photos to say they couldn't have come from any number of photographers out there.
A far cry from professional portraiture seen several decades ago.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 23:10 UTC

Trying to find an objective result from subjective data points.
Might be fun but you're not gonna get a definitive outcome.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 23:05 UTC as 64th comment
On article Nikon announces development of D850 (538 comments in total)

Didn't they just scrap development of a couple of cameras that everyone was waiting on?

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 02:19 UTC as 3rd comment
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Ebrahim Saadawi: Film must be shot with monitor crop marks SET TO how EXACTLY it's going to be shown. If this screwed up, either the shooter/director or the editor or the theatre screwed up.

Exactly. It's common for multiple aspect ratios to be considered when framing a shot.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 13:55 UTC
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Scott Eaton: Nolan needs to get over it and adopt the digital formats, which when shot native and projected native (digital) provide a superior image.

Before our goose stepping film purists step it lets be clear in that every frame of the movie that's exposed gets digitally scanned (photographed with a digital camera), color graded, enhanced, CGI added, etc. before being scanned out onto IMAX format. With all these variables things get missed, which is why at times during the movie the actors looked like they had over dosed on self tanner because an emulsion wasn't profiled right.

A. What 18k equivalent digital camera should he have shot it with?
B. Scanning is not the same as copying with a camera. At all.
C. Are you comfortable with the idea of movies shot in 1080p that now have to be upscaled to 4k?

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 13:52 UTC
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fmian: Ironic how this website has started posting more about analog photography to stay relevant.
Used to be a time when one would get shunted in the forums for even mentioning analog... 'This is DIGITAL photography review. Why are you even here?' < that sort of reaction.

'It would rather be like finding FREQUENT articles about analogue computing in a magazine called Digital Computers.'

Fixed that for you. It's not just 'an' (one) article.

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2017 at 23:08 UTC
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fmian: Ironic how this website has started posting more about analog photography to stay relevant.
Used to be a time when one would get shunted in the forums for even mentioning analog... 'This is DIGITAL photography review. Why are you even here?' < that sort of reaction.

It's not super important to me personally, but it's misrepresentative of the content within the website.

To use a common analogy, you wouldn't expect to open a magazine called Car Reviews only to find within it regular updates on the horse industry would you?

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2017 at 18:38 UTC
On article Nikon announces prices for 100th Anniversary products (113 comments in total)
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CrimsonKng: Now that they are down, let's kick them and make them feel worse. I don't know what its like to run a multi-million dollar company but I'm sure its an undertaking of huge proportions, that neither you or I know anything about, but how quickly we stand in judgement, instead of showing loyalty by writing letters of commendation instead of letters saying what we would do, if we were in charge. How proud and puffed up we can be at times. I am ashamed to see that this is how we act. This is Nikon's 100th year in business, wouldn't it feel better to applaud them and let them know how much you appreciate their labor, instead of voicing what you think they've done wrong and picking apart the things they put together, to celebrate their achievement. Why because you don't agree with their choices, or you think they are charging too much? Just don't buy them. Join me in showing them our gratitude, for what they've done to this industry that we all love so much. Stop kicking them they are hurt.

Nikon put themselves in the position they are in. They kicked themselves. They have had years of opportunity to turn their reputation around but you have to admit to arrogance before things can change.

If anyone is kicking them when they're down its because Nikons own actions have influenced and greenlit that behaviour.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 23:04 UTC

Ironic how this website has started posting more about analog photography to stay relevant.
Used to be a time when one would get shunted in the forums for even mentioning analog... 'This is DIGITAL photography review. Why are you even here?' < that sort of reaction.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 22:54 UTC as 29th comment | 8 replies
On article FilmLab is a film negative scanning app for smartphones (105 comments in total)
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David Mantripp: The comments here are just remarkable. The fundamental point, and value in a workflow of immediate visualisation of negatives on a light table seems to have flown straight over all the know-it-alls heads. The assumption that the FilmLab developer is a complete idiot, or some kind of charlatan, who has no idea of the app market or of what is already out there is arrogant beyond belief.

Well, whatever. He's got my contribution. If he can make the app work then the amount of time it will save me is easily worth the tiny amount of money he's asking for.

The rampant, enthusiastic negativity in the DPReview community is really sad.

Do an app store search. Easy enough to find.
Makes no difference what format you use.
Just like your camera doesn't care if you take a photo of a cat opposed to a dog.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2017 at 23:12 UTC
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dash2k8: The transition may be clunky, but with technology advancing so quickly, is it hard to believe that one year from now we'll see a solution that perfectly marries DSLR lenses with mirrorless bodies? Every year we see new tech that blows our minds, and so nothing seems impossible at this point. Let's wait and see.

Lol @virtualreality
You're saying it as if there is a floppy disc > memory card difference between DSLR and mirrorless. There isn't.
It's more like saying we have existing 3.5in floppy disc users, and you want everyone to change to a new type of floppy disc which is exactly the same but has the metal sliding shutter removed so there are less moving parts. But in reality, it's gonna take about 7-8 years to iron out all the problems associated with removing that one thing and making it work as good as the thing it's supposed to replace.
Essentially, they are the same thing inside. Why should people change? So we have to buy more batteries?

Link | Posted on May 25, 2017 at 23:20 UTC
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dash2k8: The transition may be clunky, but with technology advancing so quickly, is it hard to believe that one year from now we'll see a solution that perfectly marries DSLR lenses with mirrorless bodies? Every year we see new tech that blows our minds, and so nothing seems impossible at this point. Let's wait and see.

I was talking about the Bayer filter.
Most camera based tech from the last 30 years has been a crutch for the photographers lack of ability. Meanwhile the look of base ISO output has barely changed, if at all.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 11:51 UTC
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dash2k8: The transition may be clunky, but with technology advancing so quickly, is it hard to believe that one year from now we'll see a solution that perfectly marries DSLR lenses with mirrorless bodies? Every year we see new tech that blows our minds, and so nothing seems impossible at this point. Let's wait and see.

Camera technology is not advancing quickly. We're still using the same design from 30+ years ago, just pushing out more interpolated pixels through it and striving to make it automated.
The mirrorless/DSLR/pixyphone debate is irrelevant. It's just mindless mush to keep you preoccupied with what you should be spending your money on next.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2017 at 05:13 UTC
On article Nikon reshuffles management structure (244 comments in total)
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P Hartung: I came here for my daily article on the Sony A9 and got nothing. Damn...

Don't lose hope P Hartung, you might be seeing the inklings of Sony buying their new toy company.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2017 at 02:25 UTC
On article Nikon reshuffles management structure (244 comments in total)

If this is a sign of their demise then good riddance I say.

Their poor reaction to QA issues was to their own and their customers detriment.
Their reps I dealt with where pompous a-holes with an 'us vs them' mentality.
They flogged their gear on TV with a guy who didn't even know how to use their cameras.
They showed no interested in supporting our government photographic educational institutes.

Obviously all that spells out the popular notion that cr*p rolls downhill through a companies hierarchy structure.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 23:52 UTC as 8th comment
On article FilmLab is a film negative scanning app for smartphones (105 comments in total)
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David Mantripp: The comments here are just remarkable. The fundamental point, and value in a workflow of immediate visualisation of negatives on a light table seems to have flown straight over all the know-it-alls heads. The assumption that the FilmLab developer is a complete idiot, or some kind of charlatan, who has no idea of the app market or of what is already out there is arrogant beyond belief.

Well, whatever. He's got my contribution. If he can make the app work then the amount of time it will save me is easily worth the tiny amount of money he's asking for.

The rampant, enthusiastic negativity in the DPReview community is really sad.

David, there are cheaper apps that will get you immediate visualization.
Paying more for the overkill of RAW output and the sloppy method he uses in the video is what makes this a joke.

Consumer products typically fall into two categories.

Does the job properly and costs a lot more.
or
Doesn't do the job properly but is dirt cheap.

This one falls into the extra special category of:

Pretends to do the job properly and charges you more.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2017 at 02:59 UTC
On article FilmLab is a film negative scanning app for smartphones (105 comments in total)
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Alwina H: Here is a cheap alternative -if you have a macro lens.
http://friedmanarchives.blogspot.be/2017/02/turn-your-ipad-into-high-resolution.html
(= Use a tablet as a lighttable and put the negative on a piece of glass above it.)

In my experience using just a scanners negative carrier doesn't give you enough distance to ensure the screen pixels are out of focus. I suspect even if it was out of focus you may see signs of the RGB array pattern of the monitor embedded into your copy shot.

Hence why the article suggests using spacers to separate the screen from the film by a few inches.

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 00:38 UTC
On article FilmLab is a film negative scanning app for smartphones (105 comments in total)
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newe: What stupidity....get a scanner. I'm laughing my fingers off.

Technically, you're not scanning it with a digital camera. You're copying it.
Semantics aside, purpose built scanners will not have any of the limitations of the Bayer Filter found on a digital camera.

Link | Posted on May 13, 2017 at 12:24 UTC
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