Dan Tong

Lives in United States Chicago, United States
Works as a Computer Consultant, Photographer
Joined on Jan 3, 2003
About me:

Olympus 2100UZ
Minolta Dimage 7i
Canon S400
Canon EOS 300D


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On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)

I love it. It's another way to automate what anyone can do manually taking 10-20x as much time. Wish the GH4 (a camera I would like to buy once the price drops with the introduction of the GH5) had this capability.

Panasonic has to be congratulated for innovation. It's especially unusual for a large company, but perhaps the this department is run like a small, agile, company.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 03:22 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic's Post Focus feature arrives November 25 (218 comments in total)
In reply to:

Anastasiadis Lazaros Thessaloniki Wedding: I know most people here will dissagree but this kind of technology in my opinion is killing photography as an art and as a profession. There will be no pro photographers soon because everybody will be able to be an artist without really knowing much about art or photographic techiques. You will be able to achieve a near pro level outcome from your camera so 99% of people will like it sounds nice in the first place but in the future this will turn against humanity and a CPU will be programmed to mimic art while people will get dumb and lazy. Lazy to learn lazy to study photography, CPU will do everything for you even crop and synthesis a CPU can find the "best" and "weird" "low" angles based on the best algorythms. Humanity is on the path to lazyness and art is dying day by day. Mass produced art will never be appreceated and this is bad for humanity in the long run. What do you think about it?

Artists who have the talent for drawing and painting had very much the same complaint when Photography was introduced. Do you consider Photography an Evil invention, that made people dumb and lazy?

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2015 at 03:19 UTC

I'd like to see some of the Automatically Negative idiots in these forums actually create something other than spitting out hostility. Sure you can find apps for lots of things -try writing one, or even use a voltmeter before mouthing off. It's too bad there is not a Stupidity/Hostility Cutoff Filter for Comments -we'd lose a good 65% of these posts... :)

Link | Posted on Oct 2, 2015 at 22:15 UTC as 14th comment | 2 replies
On article CreativeLive Photo Week: Watch DPReview on Media Panel (28 comments in total)

It's too bad Britton and Robinson were the only ones worth listening to. It would have been a far better panel if there were two additional people who had worthwhile things to add.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2015 at 06:03 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article Amazon reveals thinner Fire HD tablets (66 comments in total)
In reply to:

ShoppingBoy: What kind of man is going to buy a device that runs on Lollipop? I'll get the iPad Pro, thank you.

One who likes "Sweets"

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2015 at 05:27 UTC
On article Amazon reveals thinner Fire HD tablets (66 comments in total)

Stop referring to permanent storage as Memory, and instead call it storage. You are simply perpetuating confusion for people who are barely computer literate.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2015 at 05:23 UTC as 4th comment | 2 replies
On article Behind the Shot: Crystalline (46 comments in total)

A wonderful article that goes into detail about how it was captured as well as the post-processing details. It''s a delightful change from regurgitation of specs and routine testing.

We need more articles of this type from which newer and even more seasoned photographers can really learn from.

Thanks !


Just disregard the avalanche of nitpickers and loudmouth jaded pessimists who must inject their irrelevant nonsense rather than appreciating a wonderful photography tutorial on a specific image.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2015 at 21:42 UTC as 5th comment

This is clearly optimized for video so the most important question is does it have overheating problems of the prior model when shooting at highest 4k rates.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2015 at 00:02 UTC as 69th comment | 12 replies
On article Corel releases ParticleShop brush plugin for Photoshop (83 comments in total)
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Herbert123: Just download Krita with a couple of good brush libraries instead. For free. Works in 16bpc and 32bpc, and even supports HDR painting.




Thanks for the links.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 10:34 UTC
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MustyMarie: Title is very bad, as being 'dumped with' implies the person is IN the stuff being dumped, he was 'dumped ON'.

Which has happened when water was being scooped up from a lake and actually got a person IN the water, of course he drowned - Darwinism I believe is the cause !! ;)

It's not Darwinism...it's Drownimism !!!

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2015 at 00:00 UTC

I would be far more interested in getting the 3D model data than to have the figurine. That way you could use your own 3D software (e.g. Maya, AutoCAD3D, or even the free DAZ Studio, Maya etc.) to modify the pose of your character, use the character in a virtual environment of your choosing, and even make a CG movie.

At some point when higher res 3D printing becomes more affordable you could at that point create a mannequin. This would of course assume, that the 3D data is in some standard form, that you could import into your 3D software program.

PS Check out the technology in DAZ Studio which is free (Windows or Mac)

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2015 at 21:56 UTC as 10th comment
On article Tiny fps1000 high-speed camera boasts 18,500fps (137 comments in total)
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Jim Evidon: Back in the good old days of rocket research, we used to rely on a high fps rate camera called a GSAP to study rocket engine firings. It's total running time was a matter of seconds. It cost a fortune then.

Now there may be one for less than $700? What possible use can an amateur
photographer have for such a device once he has taken a picture of a hummingbird in flight or a bullet shattering a light bulb? It's a marvelous achievement in price vs. performance, but it's long term use to the average photographer will be in bragging rights only.

Someone said he'd pick one up in a heart beat. And do what with it? Do you have any idea how quickly it will fill a 32GB card at 18.500 fps @ 2560 x 2048 pixels per image? I would imagine we are talking in terms of seconds.

It has a profound scientific future and I cheer for the inventor, but aside from that who in amateur photography needs it? Who will want one is another matter.

Some people may use it for Art !

I have seen some amazing photos with swirls of water and splashes that was truly beautiful superimposed on dancers for example.

One should never underestimate artistic creativity.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 19:01 UTC
On article Tiny fps1000 high-speed camera boasts 18,500fps (137 comments in total)
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chewdoggydog: These dummies with all the negative bs...sdaniella, if you are so damn smart, go work for NASA.


Good for you. We need more people who are curious and know how to use their brains, and we especially need women to show youngsters, that when it comes to creativity, brains etc. females are every bit as capable as males!

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 18:58 UTC
On article Tiny fps1000 high-speed camera boasts 18,500fps (137 comments in total)
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maxnimo: What we should be striving for is 240 fps video on true 240 fps monitors. The result would simply blow you away.

You are confusing spatial resolution with temporal. The visual system does not change with improvements in technology.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 18:51 UTC
On article Tiny fps1000 high-speed camera boasts 18,500fps (137 comments in total)
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MediaDigitalVideo: What it the best relation between number of fps and shutterspeed to get the best quality out of every videoframe.

For one, amount of light is a major factor since with very short exposures, you get less light.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 18:49 UTC
On article Tiny fps1000 high-speed camera boasts 18,500fps (137 comments in total)
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MediaDigitalVideo: Are those camera's gona be used at the next Olympic Games at the finish line :) ?

Single shot is fine when you can trigger the time of the shot, but not when you want to see a sequence such as water balloon, or some other event. With multiple frame (video) you are guaranteed the ability to pick the most interesting set of frames even if you just want a single frame. Hence, for many applications the multiple frames of video are a better choice of tool. You can always not use multi frame if you wish, but a single shot device does not give you a choice.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 18:47 UTC
On article Tiny fps1000 high-speed camera boasts 18,500fps (137 comments in total)

Excellent presentation without any BS, or eardrum shattering loud crappy music. Just the facts.

I also think it is very well designed from the customer viewpoint:

1. Use your own lens
2. Power supply is easily available standard USB type battery / charger
3. LCD screen is built in
4. Various models available with increasing pixel and speed resolution to fit the buye's needs and budget.

Overall an excellent idea, design, and marketing.


Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 18:43 UTC as 4th comment
On article ACDSee Pro 8 and ACDSee 18 announced (53 comments in total)

I had used an earlier version of the basic ACDSee image managers but got sufficiently annoyed because they would not update their RAW converters database once a newer version became available, making the one I purchased useless for working with newer cameras.

The RAW converter updates were freely available to download but would not work with the no longer freshest version. It was not a technical compatibility issue, but a business decision.

Sure I probably could have used the free Adobe DNG but that would have involved a lot more time.

It turns out that programs such as the excellent free FastStone Image Viewer/Manager (or XNView) continuously upgrade their RAW converters so you can always view RAW images from the newest cameras.

FastStone is extremely fast, with a great interface and does some very good basic image editing. I would rather donate money to these programs than to keep having to purchase ACDSee annually or purchase a subscription.

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2014 at 21:03 UTC as 8th comment
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