Mark Hollister

Lives in United States Toadsuck, AR, United States
Joined on Aug 12, 2009

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On article DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-T100 Review (359 comments in total)
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Mariano Pacifico: I agree with Chris. Those who shoot raw are snotty snob conceited and thought they are superior than those JPEG shooters. Thank you for putting that out in the open, Chris!

Regards!
JPEG Shooter

@SmilerGrogan - You need to watch some Dave Morrow videos on YouTube. You might learn what RAW is really about. He understands the things you say RAW shooters don't understand.

Suppose you're hired to shoot a wedding, and after shooting the whole thing in JPG, you realize you had left the white balance on florescent and sharpening was set too high. What are you going to do? With RAW, this is not a concern.

RAW does not have the limitations that JPG does. Does that make it a crutch? No! For one thing, it's insurance against mistakes, which we are all prone to make.

Are professional grade tripods a crutch? And prime lenses? And medium format cameras?

If you're the complacent type, fine, shoot JPG. That puts you in the "good enough" camp. But you ought not be so dismissive of people who find and exploit every available advantage to produce the best images they can.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2018 at 16:29 UTC
On article Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds (448 comments in total)
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Mark Hollister: As I was reading the article, I thought: what's to keep camera makers from implementing smartphone camera technology in their products? Of course, the answer is nothing!

I'm all for technological advances, but I don't want the output to end with an 8 bit jpg that I can't do much with in post. I switched to RAW a long time ago and I'll never go back. Photography is an art. In post, I can do to an image whatever I can imagine. A machine can produce only what its programming tells it to.

@TSGames

What you say is true in some areas of AI, such as AlphaGo teaching itself chess. In 4 hours, it went from knowing nothing about how to play chess to surpassing human knowledge.

In other areas, computers can't compete with humans. Just this morning I came across this very interesting article describing the difficulty computers have in making sense of humor - in this article, Groucho Marx's humor.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/listening-groucho-marx-makes-jokes-can-teach-us-lot-ai-roger-schank

Computers may be to produce human-like art, but my clicking a button telling the computer to produce a painterly version of a photo does not make me an artist. My point was that I want to produce whatever I envision, by my own efforts, step by step.

Link | Posted on Apr 30, 2018 at 23:24 UTC
On article Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds (448 comments in total)
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gatesbuster: I don't understand why camera companies would not include the same intelligence in their processor. What about putting the same type of processing and computing capability on a regular sensor? That would make a fantastic camera. Samsung and Sony should be able bring this technology to their cameras

@SmilerGrogan

Parallel processing to the rescue.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2018 at 22:31 UTC
On article Why smartphone cameras are blowing our minds (448 comments in total)

As I was reading the article, I thought: what's to keep camera makers from implementing smartphone camera technology in their products? Of course, the answer is nothing!

I'm all for technological advances, but I don't want the output to end with an 8 bit jpg that I can't do much with in post. I switched to RAW a long time ago and I'll never go back. Photography is an art. In post, I can do to an image whatever I can imagine. A machine can produce only what its programming tells it to.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2018 at 22:06 UTC as 55th comment | 2 replies
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Mark Hollister: I also really don't like this, was it Jason Lanier who called this type of thing "a race to the bottom"?

However, I have a side gripe. Why is it always about the photographer? It's as if there are no retouchers, costume people or cosmetologists. Those who don't press the shutter button are the invisible people.

As hard as photography is to learn, great retouching skills are at least as hard to master. I can't speak to what it takes with costumes and cosmetology, since I have done neither.

I'd just like to see the other folks get their due too, or at least be mentioned once in a while. Recognition would be better, of course. I once proposed Retouching challenges, just like the Photography challenges. I got a few upvotes for that, but nothing came of it.

It wouldn't be hard to copy and adapt the code for Photo challenges to give retouchers a shot at competing and some recognition.

How about it, DPReview?

Correction, it was not Jason Lanier, but Zack Arias who spoke of the "race to the bottom" in a YouTube video about photographers giving away their work for free in order to make a name for themselves. Well worth watching, if you have the time. It's a dog eat dog world.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 07:30 UTC
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Irakly Shanidze: LOL, this lovely scheme was pioneered by Russian publishers and radio stations in the nineties. Musicians had to pay to have their music broadcast, photographers had to pay for the privilege of being published. Later it sort of evolved into a less brutal, but even more malignant idea of paying an editor a 30% kickback for being published :)

Payola

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 01:08 UTC

I also really don't like this, was it Jason Lanier who called this type of thing "a race to the bottom"?

However, I have a side gripe. Why is it always about the photographer? It's as if there are no retouchers, costume people or cosmetologists. Those who don't press the shutter button are the invisible people.

As hard as photography is to learn, great retouching skills are at least as hard to master. I can't speak to what it takes with costumes and cosmetology, since I have done neither.

I'd just like to see the other folks get their due too, or at least be mentioned once in a while. Recognition would be better, of course. I once proposed Retouching challenges, just like the Photography challenges. I got a few upvotes for that, but nothing came of it.

It wouldn't be hard to copy and adapt the code for Photo challenges to give retouchers a shot at competing and some recognition.

How about it, DPReview?

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2018 at 22:19 UTC as 107th comment | 1 reply
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Arca45Swiss: Of what use could this possibly be DPR ? Running out of news ?

You should create your own photography website and show them how it's done.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 01:47 UTC
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TomHudsonVisual: Why does he look and talk like Trump?

If there were an article about a photo of a lizard on a rock in the Andes, some of you folks would still find a way to drag Trump into it. Please stop. It’s getting old.

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 21:58 UTC

Vikki Hansen used to post colorized pics here many years ago. She was so good at it that her pics looked like they were shot in color to begin with. After all these years I still haven’t figured out how she did it. Anyone here remember her?

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 22:57 UTC as 3rd comment | 1 reply
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Autriche78: 979 comments already! Nuts. It's a box, with a sensor, that accepts lenses, that lets you capture memories. Now let's feed the starving, shelter the homeless, stop the destruction of our environment, and leave behind a planet that our children's children will still find beauty in.

My view is that that helping the less fortunate is not mutually exclusive with enjoying a new camera - or anything else for that matter. I don’t see a conflict between doing good and enthusiastically greeting the arrival the Sony A7RIII.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2017 at 04:22 UTC
On article RIP Lightroom 6: Death by subscription model (1633 comments in total)

To whom it may concern at Adobe: from our point of view, the subscription model feels like extortion.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 02:19 UTC as 456th comment | 4 replies
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RidgeRunner22: Is there a reason why this website went from posting fairly independent and comprehensive reviews of cameras, to running 15 articles for every new camera that basically is advertising for the major camera companies? It makes me pretty damn skeptical that the reviews are as independent as they once were.

You should demand your money back.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2017 at 20:25 UTC
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Mark Hollister: How can you know which photo somebody's going to steal? The only way to cover yourself is copy copyright all of your photos. Who's got that kind of money? The practical upshot of US Copyright law is that photographers are SOL.

I should have said "register" rather than "copyright."

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 23:58 UTC

I hope this company succeeds. iPhones today are far better than when the first year's model, in the same way this technology could also turn into something really incredible.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 23:51 UTC as 32nd comment | 9 replies

How can you know which photo somebody's going to steal? The only way to cover yourself is copy copyright all of your photos. Who's got that kind of money? The practical upshot of US Copyright law is that photographers are SOL.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 23:41 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
On article Shooting Raw with the Nokia Lumia 1020 (76 comments in total)

I edited a Lumia 1020 RAW sample, is there a place to post it? I've never posted a pic on connect.dpreview.com, I don't know if it's possible or if I should post it on dpreview.com Thanks.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2014 at 21:04 UTC as 8th comment

2 votes at 1.0? How can anybody in their right mind give this a 1.0 score? This is a stunningly good photo. I can't see this getting rated anything below a 7 or 8. Personally, I think it's a 10. Methinks there are some people who want to win so bad they vote other people down - which in their heart of hearts, they know does not really constitute a win. My comments are not directed at any other entry or entrant in particular, because I don't know who's doing it. But somebody is. Shame on them.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2012 at 10:33 UTC as 1st comment
On photo Tulips in HDR in the ~ HDR ~ challenge (1 comment in total)

This is my favorite in the top 10.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2012 at 06:07 UTC as 1st comment
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