larrytusaz

Lives in United States Tucson, United States
Works as a Database Design
Has a website at http://bit.ly/1DT7VSN
Joined on Aug 20, 2005
About me:

Equipment:
Sony NEX-6
16-50PZ
50mm 1.8 OSS

Nikon 1 J1, 10-30VR

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On article Confirmed: Bowens is going out of business (45 comments in total)

Anymore I sound like that old man shouting at the clouds or whatever, but I see this is a result of one of the main trends I strongly dislike--the almost total extinction, at least in my area, of ANY sense of studio shooting. EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE wants "natural light," and that's insane. It gets up to the high 90s here this time of the year with probably 60-70% humidity and the sun blares down harshly. Why wouldn't you want a studio in that situation? Same goes for winter when it's in the 40s and the wind is blowing.

It's one thing if a photographer is not "established" and can't afford a studio and they're getting by, but anymore EVERYONE does the "natural light" thing almost exclusively. It's silly to me. If studio shots are so "boring," where was that point of view for the past 100 years or so?

Link | Posted on Jul 21, 2017 at 15:24 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X-A3 Review (211 comments in total)

How long has the Sony A6000 been in production, 3 years? Yet still it's a great camera even by modern standards. I got one 2 years ago for like $440 with the 16-50PZ--that would be a pretty good price then it was a REALLY good price at that time. I still look around but it seems especially for the money it can't be beat.

Link | Posted on Jul 13, 2017 at 07:45 UTC as 29th comment | 5 replies

Unlike the iPhonytograhy "gear doesn't matter" nonsense, this I can understand. When you realize that we used to drool over the Nikon D2x and pros used them and that even a 6 year old Nikon D3100 has better sensor technology (if not superior controls) and you can get them for so cheap (I recently paid $145 for a D3100 kit with the 18-55 for my wife to use) that takes a lot of pressure off any gear lust tendencies.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2017 at 04:34 UTC as 31st comment

Well how about that. Color me surprised. I thought "gear doesn't matter," it DOES? Wow. [/sarcasm off]

And by the time you've done all that the "bulk" of gear starts seeming pretty irrelevant I'd say. It makes all of these comments about how even "lugging" a Sony RX100 is just SO much grunt work or such seem really silly.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2017 at 14:52 UTC as 35th comment

The thing I've noticed is post 2007 people seem more about games and consumption on their smartphones whereas earlier PDA inspired smartphones like the Palm Treo 650 & Blackberry models were about the PDA functions--notes, calendar, contacts management, to do lists. To this day that is much of what I use my smartphone for. I also have a "checkbook register" app for logging my spending
Camera--meh, I only use REAL cameras.

On the other hand I'm always seeing people jot down appointments and shipping lists etc with their phone right there making such unnecessary. It's kind of funny to me.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 01:45 UTC as 63rd comment | 3 replies
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dccdp: Nothing at all. I have never owned one, and never will, there are a lot of better choices out there. And I also don't call phone snapshots and selfies "photography".

dccdp is right. Selfies with a point & shoot or phone is not "photography" anymore than Aunt Flo using a Polaroid SX-70 or Kodak Instamatic 20-odd years ago was "photography." They're free to do what they want, but calling it photography is ridiculous and an insult to those who are photographers. I tell a funny joke every now & then but I don't call myself a comedian.

And yes, for my money anyway many people seem to think Apple practically invented oxygen. Their "locked down" ecosystem isn't my cup of tea. I'm smarter than that.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2017 at 01:23 UTC
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larrytusaz: I find that with our annual vacation I still like the traditional work flow of offloading images to a Windows PC, batch renaming (exiv2), grouping into folders, and dumping into storage. I have a 500G Western Digital portable HD I bought 2-odd years ago and paid all of $28 for brand new at Best Buy. I then use FreeFileSync to duplicate the files onto a 64G flash drive. I do this during "downtime" at the cabin as I'm tired of the sight seeing for awhile anyway.

I also charge all the batteries 2-odd weeks ahead of time so everything is "full" and then I recharge the current ones again overnight in the cabin. I use a Sony A5000 and Sony A6000. I had a Sony NEX-C3 four years ago which used the same battery and it came with an external charger, I still have it for the A5000 and A6000. My wife uses a Nikon D3100 the kit only cost me $145.

PS that said I have made things more "portable" in that I use smaller PCs in the vein of something like a Microsoft Surface Pro, just less expensive and less powerful but still plenty, as opposed to a four alarm laptop.

I have pondered a Sony RX100 but so far I'm sticking with my Sony A5000 and A6000. I think if I could afford the III version which has an EVF I'd consider trying that one year. Sometimes even the A5000 feels "lumpy" in my fanny pack setup.

I've also learned to make sure you have things like lens cleaning tissues, brushes, CPL filters, bubble levels for landscape shots, spare batteries etc well in advance because those tend to be things you can't readily pick up at your local stores.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 17:29 UTC
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Rodrigo Ayres Bordin: I´ve just returned from a trip, and it was the first one I only brought my iphone with me, instead of my camera.

Coupled with some apps, like HDR ones and night noise removal (by stacking multiple pictures) and a mini tripod, an a little bit of editing in-phone, I managed to quickly document my whole trip.

Although big print quality is of course an issue, I was really happy with the outcome, for sharing and small prints.

In a trip, I think It´s a nice thing to be able to get something small out of your pocket and be creative and get nice results. Can´t get more portable than that.

Sony RX100. Portable, very portable, but excellent image quality even if you go big.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 17:22 UTC

I find that with our annual vacation I still like the traditional work flow of offloading images to a Windows PC, batch renaming (exiv2), grouping into folders, and dumping into storage. I have a 500G Western Digital portable HD I bought 2-odd years ago and paid all of $28 for brand new at Best Buy. I then use FreeFileSync to duplicate the files onto a 64G flash drive. I do this during "downtime" at the cabin as I'm tired of the sight seeing for awhile anyway.

I also charge all the batteries 2-odd weeks ahead of time so everything is "full" and then I recharge the current ones again overnight in the cabin. I use a Sony A5000 and Sony A6000. I had a Sony NEX-C3 four years ago which used the same battery and it came with an external charger, I still have it for the A5000 and A6000. My wife uses a Nikon D3100 the kit only cost me $145.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2017 at 17:19 UTC as 39th comment | 1 reply

Just get a real camera like a Sony RX100. Good grief.

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2017 at 13:43 UTC as 8th comment
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larrytusaz: I'm not for the permit requirement yet still, whatever happened to shoots in a studio? Why does seemingly EVERY photo now HAVE to be taken outside?

I guess I'm old school, but I find studio portraits with the "hand on the shoulder" just fine by me. When I do take photos of people outdoors--I don't have a studio only because I'm just a hobbyist not a good working pro but if I were a pro I would have one--the poses are much like that.

Not that I'm "all that" but I kind of see myself as a Tom Petty type--even his latest music sounds very much like his stuff from the 70s. I'm not looking to reinvent the wheel, I stick with the tried and true poses right out of what's been around since the early 80s. If that means I don't get clients, fine, I'm not doing all of these fads like walking on the train tracks away from the camera holding hands with a logo on the bottom right and colors jacked up to 76.

I understand outdoors shots as a change of pace thing every now and then or if you're up and coming and can't afford a studio but to me once you're a bonafied pro you use a studio predominately. If that's a style that's changing, it shouldn't, it should remain the same.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 22:32 UTC
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larrytusaz: I'm not for the permit requirement yet still, whatever happened to shoots in a studio? Why does seemingly EVERY photo now HAVE to be taken outside?

I'm sorry, EXPENSIVE lighting.

I mean, I can see outdoors as an occasional change of pace but anymore it's all anyone wants to do. When it's 95'F or 40'F outside and windy, I'd much rather be in a studio that's nice and air conditioned or heated and where the wind isn't whipping your hair all over the place. You also don't have to erect your gear and take it down every time, you leave it up permanently it's so much more convenient.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 17:46 UTC
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larrytusaz: I'm not for the permit requirement yet still, whatever happened to shoots in a studio? Why does seemingly EVERY photo now HAVE to be taken outside?

If outdoors is supposedly better, where has it been for all this time? Studio lighting means no sun hot spots, no squinting, no trash in the background, no discomfort on hot or cold days. The only drawback I'm seeing are the inexpensive lighting equipment you have to use.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 17:41 UTC

I'm not for the permit requirement yet still, whatever happened to shoots in a studio? Why does seemingly EVERY photo now HAVE to be taken outside?

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2017 at 04:38 UTC as 12th comment | 8 replies
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Tical: TBH I'm a bit worried by this convergence: from a linguisical point of view there's nothing in common between still images (photography, that's it, where the whole communicative intention is expressed into a single frame by means of a single action triggered by one's will) and video, even though the tool is (could be) the same (I'm not inferring video is "inferior" BTW, but utterly diiferent, yes). The day one can simply unconditionally "record" reality and then extract a single frame from it, in a different time and place, photography will die, as an autonomous linguistic exercise, at least. Until now, the "quality divide" has somewhat set the two disiplines apart... but then?

I couldn't agree with you more. I despite "convergence" & if I had the means I'd put a stop to it, even if it meant MAKING other people who want it accept the traditionalist premise. It is ridiculous to me that clients expect still shooters to record video, I don't care what anybody says to me they're as separate as spaghetti and rocks. As I posted myself above you see this in other places too, in basketball they expect 7 footers to shoot the 3 and be able to handle the ball like a guard, whereas in the past guards did that while 7 footers posted up. They're trying to make Swiss Army Knives out of all of us. No, thank you.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 19:20 UTC

I'm with Tical 100%. As a hobbyist and traditionalist, this just makes me feel nauseous. Previously you were told to concentrate on what you were really good at as opposed to "spreading yourself too thin" or being a "jack of all trades, master of none." It's why Shaq was derided for acting, Don Johnson for trying to be a singer, and photography and video were as separate as soccer and ballet dancing. In basketball guards shot the 3 pointer while 7 footers posted up. Life made sense.

Now you have all of this "convergence" nonsense. If Shaq was young now he'd likely not made an NBA roster since he doesn't shoot 3-pointers even though he's an all-time great. Clients are being RIDICULOUS to expect photographers to be videographers. I don't expect my electrician to be my plumber.

If "times are changing," well I'd love nothing more than for them to be MADE not to change. The Nikon DF shouldn't be the only stills model which doesn't record video, it should be ALL stills models, by LAW.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2017 at 19:12 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
On article Flickr gives profile pages a makeover (5 comments in total)
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RedFox88: People still use photo websites in the age of apps and instagram?! LOL!

I do. Frankly, I don't see what is so great about Instagram anyway. Your photos are square and you can't post from a PC. Why would I edit my RAW files in Lightroom only to not be able to post from the PC and the photos would be turned square even if I could?

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 05:13 UTC
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ybizzle: The first step of the tutorial should be to ditch the iPhone and get a proper camera. ;)

Yes, and if you can't be bothered to have something as tiny as an RX100 with you, then you're lazy.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 19:37 UTC
On article Nikon reshuffles management structure (248 comments in total)
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wakaba: My phone killed my Nikons. It's networked, does 4k, raw and lasts 1day and costs 500$. I will not buy a Nikon FF anymore. I however would buy a networked, 4k, raw MF body running Android with mirror or mirrorless with glaslrism and as usable as a BlacKmagic cinema. That is worth to me 1000$. Restructuring is just a shuffle and means squat to me as a consumer. Change your product now or die.

Like the one guy said, the poster lost me when he compared a toy to a camera. I'm sure Beethoven could do more on a Fisher Price piano than almost anyone else, I'm also sure he wouldn't cheapen himself and his excellence by doing so and would instead use a quality piano for composing and displaying his work. "A full-frame is MARGINALLY better than a phone?" Um, ok, I suppose Chef-Boyardee is only marginally better than spaghetti made at an Italian cuisine as well.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 19:35 UTC
On article Nikon reshuffles management structure (248 comments in total)
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wakaba: My phone killed my Nikons. It's networked, does 4k, raw and lasts 1day and costs 500$. I will not buy a Nikon FF anymore. I however would buy a networked, 4k, raw MF body running Android with mirror or mirrorless with glaslrism and as usable as a BlacKmagic cinema. That is worth to me 1000$. Restructuring is just a shuffle and means squat to me as a consumer. Change your product now or die.

If a phone killed your Nikon, that says more to me about your photography skills or lack of seriousness in your pursuit than it does anything about Nikon.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2017 at 14:00 UTC
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