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jeffbottman: Various commentators here apparently make their living from photography. I had thought that to be essentially impossible, unless you do weddings or are on a newspaper or magazine staff. Am I wrong? If anyone out there makes significant money selling images, that's very heartening. With my own one-in-a-thousand decent image stats, I'm out of the running anyway, for sure!! Although I have rated first on a few dpreview challenges. And last on a few also. The challenges can really put a person in his place!

Yeah, at.38 cents an image you can make a tidy sum!

Link | Posted on Apr 13, 2018 at 12:55 UTC
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revio: Nice clip, but I do think he should have made another desicion regarding shapness distribution:
The centrally placed, foreground rock, should have been the one in "full" sharpness versus the other rock. IMHO of course.
Other than that, an interesting view.

Hi Ben,
What f/stop did you use? When I shot 8 x 10 ( in studio ) table tops I was usually stopping down to f/32 or f/45......in a pinch f/64 ( yes, I did lose some sharpness to diffraction but not enough to matter ). Wasn't here a "salon" group that included Ansel Adams and Edward Weston? I guess they used f/64 to get everything sharp ( enough! ).
My Sinar P2 made the Scheimpflug principle much easier!

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2018 at 16:19 UTC
On photo Solitary Walk Up The Spanish Steps, Rome, Italy in the Monday, Monday challenge (11 comments in total)

Actually, the wide angle distortion doesn't bother me. This is more of a touristy, been there type of location shot. A little detail in the sky would help the shot.
Like all such locations, there is always some distracting scaffolding in the way ( bottom right building). Not much you could have done. Also, great getting that single person for scale to the shot.
Which makes me wonder at the time of night you took the shot? There are usually too many tourists, unless maybe at 2:30 in the morning!
Nice photo and be proud of it.........

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2018 at 13:20 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

Seems like the camera Henri Cartier Bresson would have embraced!

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 13:12 UTC as 36th comment
On article On Assignment with Kylie Mazon and the Canon EOS M6 (131 comments in total)
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Photato: I find hard to come with a compelling reason why a full time pro photographer would use a M6 for paid work. The ergonomics are compromised by its size and its functionality purposely limited. If you are a Pro you want tools that enable not limit you.
I own this camera and while the size together with the M lenses is light and compact I use it mostly for personal stuff and rare commercial photography.
The still quality is there but I'm very frustrated by how Canon handicap this camera.
For instance, it is unacceptable that the smartphone app doesn't let you start a video or focus remotely even though this camera is supposedly aimed at Vloggers. My much older Pany LX100 can do that.
You can't transfers Raw images to smartphones, not even from the Raw embedded JPEGs.
If portable is one of the key selling points, I'd like to see USB charging and Digital Zoom/Crop feature when you are not bringing a big heavy zoom lens with you or video.

By the way, great video production from DPR

What you fail to realize is that "clients" only use these photos for web viewing. Years back I did a similar shoot with a Nikon D1 with a 2.75 mp chip and the client's agency complained that the files were too big!!! Good enough is always good enough.

Link | Posted on Jan 15, 2018 at 17:58 UTC

The photos are not that bad. Straight couple wants photos " by the book" or by the rule of thirds. If he had shot everything wide open, they would have complained about the lack of DOF. Who cares what they look like as long as the background looks good. I'm sure if he buys them a gold frame, they will be " more" happy. Sayonara! Ooops! that Japanese!

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2018 at 00:34 UTC as 102nd comment | 1 reply
On article Report: GoPro is looking for a buyer (160 comments in total)

If GoPro merged with Kodak, it would produce a "powerhouse" American company once again!

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2018 at 13:57 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
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Marty4650: The market isn't a bottomless pit of opportunity. Once all devices are "good enough for someone" you won't see rapid upgrades. Like a washing machine, you only buy a new one when the old one gets too expensive to repair.

And as the business world mantra states " good enough is always good enough!."

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2018 at 13:46 UTC
On article When photographers become pitchmen (48 comments in total)
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Krauthammer: What would Vivian Maier say.

Buy a Rolleiflex, that's what I use!

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2018 at 22:32 UTC
On photo Short-eared Owl in the Best photo of the week... challenge (16 comments in total)

C'est une image fantastique! Bravo.

Link | Posted on Dec 18, 2017 at 14:00 UTC as 5th comment
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FD: Never understood the concept of a chrome ring in front of the frontlens.

It makes them look more jewel like. Kim Kardashian has the whole set!

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 22:36 UTC
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rsf3127: Where are the usual Leica advocates? I came here just to debate this astounding marketing decision by their brand of loyalty.

I'm a part time Santa at Christmas and I will surely buy one! It will be stealthy on my red suit.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2017 at 22:34 UTC

Isn't that life's mantra. When you're down, life kicks you in the teeth.

Link | Posted on Nov 13, 2017 at 19:50 UTC as 60th comment | 3 replies

I use my Nikon 180mm f/2.8........close enough to 200mm and at $ 395.00 a bargain. Yes, I need an adapter for my Olympus....that's another $ 50.00.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2017 at 14:42 UTC as 63rd comment | 2 replies
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Dheorl: There's plenty of other beautiful European coastal towns, I doubt anyone will really care.

Yeah, like the Cinque Terra villages!

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2017 at 18:10 UTC

Or, you can buy the original ( better investment?) for $ 4000. on Ebay.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 16:50 UTC as 116th comment
On article Take a look inside Leica's factory in Wetzlar, Germany (136 comments in total)
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photoMEETING: Never saw a 'golden' Summilux 50mm Asph. before (#33).

Don't wonna have/buy one, however.

Probably the brass before it is plated with silver or black paint.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2017 at 12:53 UTC

We want a good, sturdy travel tripod that is 1 ft. long, carbon fiber and pistol grip head for $ 200. Is that too much to ask for?

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 23:45 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies
On article Here's why your beloved film SLR is never going digital (294 comments in total)
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tedolf: What makes all of this interesting is why this is even still considered desirable. It is because existing DSLRs are obese, overly complex monsters. Everybody says, "why can't they just make an Olympus OM-1 sized digital SLR with a shutter speed dial, an aperture ring, a focus ring (manual) and that's all".

Nikon chickened out and came up with the horrendous Df.

Fuji gets some credit for aping the old control layout.

Lieca M10 comes closest but is way too expensive.

If Pany/Olympus would make a m4/3 Leica clone with three f/1.7 manual only lenses, 14mm, 20mm and 42.5mm it would sell like hot cakes. This could be done but it would take some corporate courage-or an angel investor.


My Olympus EM5 with 17mmf1.7 was already invented!

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2017 at 23:24 UTC
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Marty4650: Not too long ago I found this Yashica T4 Super D selling at a Goodwill store for $2.00.


I bought it, then listed it on ebay and got $300 for it.

Funny thing. My 95 year old mother is still taking pictures with the black T4 I gave her over 25 years ago.
I'm still using my Zeiss Contina IIA!

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 12:54 UTC
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