MikeFairbanks

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A different perspective, perhaps, is for those who are interested in a small, underwater camera that has shutter priority (or manual capabilities).

I grew up surfing, and each time an underwater comes out from Nikon, Canon (the usual players) I get excited. But then I learn that there's no manual controls. Surfing is very high speed, and shutter speeds need to be very high. At the same time, it's fun to also be able to shove a camera in the board shorts and surf with your buddies while taking pics.

Many waterproof point and shoots fit in the pocket but can't do action.

Many good cameras in good housings can take fast shots, but are large and bulky.

All I've ever wanted was a small waterproof point and shoot where I could crank the shutter speed.

Link | Posted on Nov 27, 2016 at 02:41 UTC as 4th comment | 1 reply
On article DJI publishes film shot entirely with Inspire 2 drone (54 comments in total)

That was really good. Wow. I'm a little confused about something though. In some scenes the drone is flying very close to the characters, but we can't hear the drone. The characters can be heard, though. How was this possible?

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 00:50 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
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MikeFairbanks: This reminds me of when a tv sitcom has a couple characters visit an art exhibit. They're usually in the wrong room or the exhibit isn't even there...something like that.

Then they all get philosophical trying to explain how deep and moving it is (when there's just a bench and a plant in the corner). They go on and on with the metaphors of how our world is dying (only one plant), man is absent (caused his own extinction), and the bench represents how humanity was tired and gave up.

They go on and on until the janitor walks in, waters the plant, and says, "If you're looking for the new art exhibit, it's down the hall and to the left."

I think that's what we're looking at here.

I'm not saying the schoolboy photo is a bad photo, but if i submit that pic on a photography forum it will get a lot of "so what" type of comments. But under the pretense of it being an award winner, or if I attach a famous name to it then it becomes something else.

In other words, Batman doesn't need to look menacing to get the hob done.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 18:18 UTC

This reminds me of when a tv sitcom has a couple characters visit an art exhibit. They're usually in the wrong room or the exhibit isn't even there...something like that.

Then they all get philosophical trying to explain how deep and moving it is (when there's just a bench and a plant in the corner). They go on and on with the metaphors of how our world is dying (only one plant), man is absent (caused his own extinction), and the bench represents how humanity was tired and gave up.

They go on and on until the janitor walks in, waters the plant, and says, "If you're looking for the new art exhibit, it's down the hall and to the left."

I think that's what we're looking at here.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 21:04 UTC as 97th comment | 4 replies

Donald Trump.

I didn't vote for him, but I think it would present one heck of an opportunity to be able to gain access and take some photos. I'd rather do semi-candid (they ignore me as I take pics of them), but a sitting portrait would be cool, too.

Other than that, Jennifer Lawrence, Vladimir Putin, Pele, President Obama, Kelly Slater, Charles Manson, and anyone else that's unique (not that I admire all of the above-a couple of them I don't at all).

EDIT: I need to learn how to read. Them shoot ME. Oh, well in that case, I guess Dave Hill.

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 20:56 UTC as 52nd comment
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)

I have a 2015 MBP. It's great.

Did this new one really get rid of the magnetic plug-in power cord? That was a genius move that they bragged about on their careers page for years.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 20:10 UTC as 65th comment | 6 replies
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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Biowizard: Oh Well Done Apple! (NOT)

Now you have a top-flight phone (iPhone 7) and a top-flight laptop (New MacBook Pro) that cannot connect to each other out of their respective boxes, until you pony up for some bodge-adapters.

And no ESC key, to get out of unwanted web pages and dialog boxes?

And ditching of the brilliant, saved my Mac more than once, MagSafe charging port?

Never has my current, 2012 model MacBook Pro felt MORE important. And that's before the 20% price hike you've just added across the board for us poor UK residents.

Brian

Unless an app is frozen and it doesn't let you.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 20:09 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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T3: I'm seriously going to miss the SD card slot. I hate having to carry an external SD card reader. I also would have preferred at least one USB slot. And I don't buy the excuse that "USB is too slow!" It's been plenty fast for me. I don't need to transfer files to a thumb drive in nanoseconds. As much as I love my current Macbook Pro, I find this latest one far less attractive. The changes that Apple are implementing (no SD card reader, no USB slots) are a situation of diminishing returns. My usage situation is not made better now that I can't stick an SD card or an existing thumb drive or portable USB HDD directly into the laptop; it's been made worse, or less convenient. I want more convenience, or at least to maintain current conveniences. The things that Apple are doing now, like removing headphone jacks, etc., are getting really annoying. I would gladly accept devices that were slightly thicker or larger that could still give me these things.

You also can't plug the new iPhone 7 into the brand new MacBook Pro with the included iPhone 7 cord. You have to buy a separate cord altogether. No USB. So, in a sense, the newest iPhone and the newest MacBook Pro are not compatible without adapters.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 20:00 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: My complaint here is valid: please don't review or do articles on non-photography-related gear. Yes, an argument can be made that the MacBook is related, but then we can say the same about a lot of things. The primary purpose of a Mac or any laptop is not photography. Plus, there are a LOT of laptops out there. Are we going to be seeing a lot of articles about them as well? I hope not.

Interesting rebuttals. A couple of you asked me to calm down and what not. I apologize if my comment seemed heated. I didn't mean it that way.

I am a MacBook Pro Retina user and also have a new Dell Desktop with ginormous screen. I use both consistently for processing photos.

Allow me to rephrase my original thought:

Please do not write articles or review computers at the expense of cameras. My thought is that when a new camera is released it should be given priority over mobile phones and laptops, etc.

On another note: I don't think the new MacBook Pro should be a photographer's primary tool for processing if he or she is relying on that small screen. It's not much to work with.

But again, everything I wrote is my opinion, and I fully respect the opinions of others.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 19:57 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)
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alexzn: A very disappointing update, rather iterative on the existing hardware. I was expecting at least the bezel-less screen like the new Dell laptop. Older processors, the mess with RAM. The port situation is another downer. The crippled standard configurations (who buys a premium laptop with 8Gb of RAM today???) is an added insult. Just like the iPhone 7, best to skip.

Folks have taken to calling it the emoji strip.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 01:04 UTC
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (871 comments in total)

My complaint here is valid: please don't review or do articles on non-photography-related gear. Yes, an argument can be made that the MacBook is related, but then we can say the same about a lot of things. The primary purpose of a Mac or any laptop is not photography. Plus, there are a LOT of laptops out there. Are we going to be seeing a lot of articles about them as well? I hope not.

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 01:03 UTC as 150th comment | 10 replies

Wait, Google is still planning to sell this phone? I figured they would have quit that program by now.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 01:50 UTC as 18th comment
On article Google Panoramio to shut down on November 4 (60 comments in total)
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LiSkynden: "Users who want to abandon Google entirely ..." lol. Hands up people who doesnt use Google in any way! :D

I use Google considerably in my work (teaching), because the Google Suite of office products is not only great, but integrated with excellent storage and accessibility. So I like that. Also, Google remains my favorite search engine. Bing and Yahoo are a mess.

That said, I do worry that Google is going to yank these products on a whim, and that would be very unfortunate. But they don't seem to have a good attention span, which is proven by all their yanked programs.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 01:58 UTC
On article Google Panoramio to shut down on November 4 (60 comments in total)

Google has ADHD.

Google: Settle down and stay on task.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 01:53 UTC as 1st comment

I feel sorry for Samsung. That's a tough pill to swallow.

Link | Posted on Oct 17, 2016 at 23:32 UTC as 6th comment
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QuarterToDoom: LOL

>Speaking about the lenses, company founder Patrick O’Neill said, “olloclip is committed to continually enhancing the mobile photography experience.

This is unheard of. I can't believe we've reached a point where cameras are mobile. Stationary photography and equipment is doomed.

Wait a second, QTD: You posted that 17 hours ago (Friday for my part of the world). I didn't see it until this morning. Does that mean I win the internet for today? Or does it mean I won it for yesterday and squandered my chances to do great things with it?

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 15:16 UTC
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User0406267055: So much negativity ... For a free app, it's pretty good. Tho I do agree with sibuzaru about the nearchable EXIF. But, if you access your images via Google Drive (they're all stored in there) you can keyword them from your synced folder and it will update the file in Google Photos. I've even changed the shot date on scanned slides to organize them correctly. A slide scanned in 2011 but taken in 1974 will show up in 2011, unless you change the exif. I use Bridge, but I'm sure others work. Probably not LR, as it's a POS.

That's why I used a two-part combination.

1. I store my files on drives at home.

2. I have a mycloud from Western Digital. It's a hard drive (3 TB) that sits on a shelf in my home, but is linked to the internet. I can access my photos (full resolution) from any device in the world.

If one fails (my hard drive or my MyCloud drive) then I can go to the backup and make another backup.

If both fail at the same time, well, then that's another problem. But I doubt that will happen.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 16:58 UTC
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tkbslc: I'm not too paranoid in general, but I just wonder what is in this for Google. I mean they are hosting Petabytes of photos for free, with no upsell or advertising as a revenue stream like flickr, etc. Why are they doing this and what is the end goal?

TKBSLC: The reason they can store petabytes of photos (I'll have to look that up, but I'm sure it's big) is that they downsize them. If you want to store your regular-sized photos, you have to cough up the dough.

I suppose that's what their plan is.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 16:55 UTC

When I first heard of the app I was excited: unlimited photo storage. That would be like Smugmug for free.

Then I learned that they downsize your files.

If you want to store original files you're limited to a few gigs. No thanks

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 16:52 UTC as 6th comment | 4 replies

How they don't quit the program too soon.

Link | Posted on Oct 14, 2016 at 16:50 UTC as 3rd comment
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