malcolml1

Lives in United Kingdom woking, United Kingdom
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Roland Karlsson: There are some possibilities.

1. It does not really work that well for some reason. Some artifacts are to expected. Lots of cleaning up and fixing after the effect has been applied.

2. Automatic tools that invent obscured parts of the image might not be believed to be all that well received.

3. The usual one. In labs they invent and implement loots of cool stuff, but product management is not interested. Only a tiny percentage of cool image manipulating software ever hits the users.

cool doesn't always sell. And demos often only show best cases.

Link | Posted on May 21, 2018 at 11:32 UTC

Registered and accessed the site no problem. Was curious about one of the articles:

Jacob Fischer’s Tips for FUJIFILM and Drone Photography

"Wow" I thought, has someone mounted a Fuji on a drone? Disappointed to read that the guy was talking about using Fuji cameras totally separate from his use of a Mavic....

Link | Posted on May 17, 2018 at 11:26 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DC-ZS200/TZ200 Review (543 comments in total)

I read the FZ2000 review and it said the same thing about the zoom lens quality. I know cost is a consideration, but to me I'd pay that extra 20% (or whatever) to get better (sharper, not necessarily faster) lens performance.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2018 at 15:02 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply

As usual, I wonder where I will fly it here in The Netherlands. Most places near me are no fly zones (not restricted but banned for flying drones).

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2018 at 12:10 UTC as 9th comment
On article Zack Arias on Unsplash and the 'race to the bottom' (287 comments in total)
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Angrymagpie: Is it all doom and gloom though? It seems clear that the stock photography market is dying thanks to the likes of Unsplash & the 'democratisation of photography.' But the market for professional photography in the context of product photography, portraiture, wedding & event photography and other gigs which require a personal relationship with the clients are not going to be replaced by Unsplash any time soon. Some aspects of the photography industry are even booming, such as in photography education. I supposed in order to make a living as a photographer, one not only needs to diversify one's skill sets, it is even more important to maintain one's brand and reputation in the specific locale where one works.

Yes, my thoughts as well. Photography is commodity, so photographers need to be able to add value and differentiate. For someone of my generation (and I'm not even that old), managing ones personal brand is a strange concept. However, I don't want to stick my head in the sand and think I'm too old to learn!

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2018 at 11:59 UTC
On article FAA bans drones from flying near 7 nuclear facilities (121 comments in total)
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Daniel Haussmann: 122m NFZ around those facilities seems absolutely reasonable and should not affect more or less anyone. Unlike those crazy 5 miles around airports which seem excessive to me.

Was there ever any proof that it was a drone round LGW - just someone said they saw a drone.....

Link | Posted on Dec 20, 2017 at 16:51 UTC
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AstroStan: Odd that the algorithm is called "convolution" rather than deconvolution. Convolution blends (smears) data, losing information whereas deconvolution attempts to reconstruct convolved data to uncover convolved information. I guess the convolution refers to mashing many like-images into a convolved super-image that then interacts with the target image.

Deconvolution is commonly used in astronomy to transform high signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) into a high resolution (but lower S/N) . Information theory (much like thermodynamics) proves that you cannot really cheat mother nature but you can do some transformations.

"AI" image processing uses similar images to make guess what is not really present in the original. This is dangerous in astronomy because it often results in false signals and incorrect details but it does have limited application for identifying galaxy types in wide/deep fields for statistical purposes, though any individual galaxy could easily be miss-constructed.

Actually, I think that nowadays the term AI is as much as a marketing one than one that implies any super new algorithm is behind it. I see even classical statistical techniques being called AI nowadays by marketing departments desperately trying to diffientiate.....

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 20:50 UTC
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DotCom Editor: Don't think this will work on my 5D Mark IV. Perhaps next these people should sell pre-exposed Compact Flash cards. They could start on the first day of April. Yeah, that's the ticket...

microwave them first...

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 17:08 UTC

I have given it a quick test drive. It's fine for what it is - a bit lightweight, but with a migration plan. Rough round the edges for sure. For example, why does it have to load the Editing Tools every time you want to edit an image. Surely that sould be once in a session?

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2017 at 14:56 UTC as 51st comment
On article iPhone 8 Plus sample gallery (203 comments in total)
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(unknown member): I really enjoy my iPhone 8 +, sometimes I think it takes better pictures than my D850. In fact the lovely picture of my profile is my wife taken with the iPhone 8 +. I'm really thinking phone photography has surpassed even full frame photography with the amazing portrait mode. I can't even produce photographs this sharp with a FF camera.

@pancho_rivera I agree, and am looking to save loads of money when the iPhone X comes out because I expect it to be better than medium format......

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2017 at 11:11 UTC

Until the iPhone X :)

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2017 at 14:59 UTC as 241st comment
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tlinn: I'm not sure I get this. If this workflow converted images to TIFF files or DNG files I would see the benefit. If you're going to batch convert to JPG, what's even faster is to shoot JPG. Same result. Or, if you want to preserve editing latitude, RAW + JPG.

What would be better is legit RAW conversion software that could demosaic RAF files into a lossless format—DNG, for example. I suspect Fuji is so paranoid about protecting its IP that it wants to continue to conceal it in the camera hardware, thus this kludge.

If you just shoot jpeg them you're stuck with the film simulation you chose. Jpeg plus raw helps because you can re convert. But driving the whole thing from a PC sounds useful to me.

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2017 at 12:10 UTC
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (404 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: People die as a result of inadequate control over powerful tools. Let's hope the authorities have learnt from the ongoing and painful experience of allowing guns in the community. Drones are so powerful and difficult to monitor and control, and what we have seen is only the beginning of what certainly will be much more capable and problematic in future as they proliferate.

Yes, if someone does that sort of thing (and I for one can't understand anyone wanting to do that.....), then I would feel the same way as you....

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 13:51 UTC
On article Intro to drones part 1: Drone basics (113 comments in total)
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MikeManr: It was a mistake for me to buy a drone when theres alot of restricted air space around my city. I never really get to enjoy my Phantom III.

I find it's not just the restricted airspace, but just the general fear that at any point someone might come up to me and cause trouble because, in some places, the media have made drones public enemy number 1.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 13:49 UTC
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (404 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: People die as a result of inadequate control over powerful tools. Let's hope the authorities have learnt from the ongoing and painful experience of allowing guns in the community. Drones are so powerful and difficult to monitor and control, and what we have seen is only the beginning of what certainly will be much more capable and problematic in future as they proliferate.

I get the point...actually I welcom controls on drone use (registering, whatever, I would do it willingly) and believe that those who flout the rules (fly near an airport for example) should be punished.

I just (maybe over) react to a lot of the popular press hysteria about drones. Probably becauase I now feel so awkward about flying my drone that I don't any more, despite the fact that I got some nice photos.

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 20:36 UTC
On article Opinion: DJI has abandoned professionals (404 comments in total)
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Sergey Borachev: People die as a result of inadequate control over powerful tools. Let's hope the authorities have learnt from the ongoing and painful experience of allowing guns in the community. Drones are so powerful and difficult to monitor and control, and what we have seen is only the beginning of what certainly will be much more capable and problematic in future as they proliferate.

That is total BS. How anyone can equate a drone with a weapon DESIGNED to kill is beyond me. As we've seen (tragically) in the UK, a van can be used intentionally kill people. They are also very difficult to monitor. Ban them??? Baseball bats can (and have) been used to kill or seriously injure. Also not possible to monitor. Ban them ???

Get some perspective please!

Link | Posted on Jul 24, 2017 at 15:43 UTC

What is a good 'pro level' photo....

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2017 at 17:59 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply

Damn, I though of this a month ago. When the trunk (boot) of my Tesla is open you get a great arial view....could have an exhibition, if only I could figure out a way to save the images.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 16:19 UTC as 38th comment
On article Google will no longer develop Nik Collection (392 comments in total)

Shame. Snapseed is great, and used to be a desktop app as well. I think it was after Google acquired Nik that they removed this, which was also a shame...

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 14:44 UTC as 63rd comment

These are brilliant...so simple!

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 13:54 UTC as 1st comment
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