DPNick

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On article These are the best cameras you can buy right now (478 comments in total)
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jackspra: You all forgot Leica.

And Leica is not really relevant to anyone but collectors and dentists.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2017 at 20:26 UTC
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multisystem: So Barney wrote about the D850 a camera he knows thru specs and reputation than having owned it and used it extensively. That is exactly what 98% of the commentators do in the forums. What me worry.

Barney is experienced enough to be right without actually owning one. The D850 is an upgrade to the already-proven D810, not an entirely new system. I do not have the experience of Barney but I have enough to draw the same conclusion, and unlike Barney did purchase a D850 in addition to my D810. He’s absolutely correct.

Link | Posted on Nov 28, 2017 at 16:13 UTC
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M Chambers: I’m reminded of the time Inspector Clouseau tried to fine a man with a monkey and an organ grinder. The man argued that he wasn’t responsible because the monkey was grinding the organ all on its own.

PETA clearly didn’t understand the comedy.

Apparently neither did you! The man was playing the organ, people left money which the monkey collected. Clouseau told the man that it was a "commercial enterprise without a license", and the man's argument was that it was not a commercial enterprise because he was not directly asking for money. He was "a simple musician", and people gave the monkey money. What the monkey did with that money was his own choice.

Link | Posted on Aug 9, 2017 at 17:19 UTC
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DPNick: The reaction by many people here is that this is theft, plain and simple. This is a very interesting reaction to me because I do something very close to what Prince is doing, and don't consider it theft at all, and I'm a photographer long versed in copyright issues, starting when I noticed that Vanilla Ice had stolen from David Bowie and Queen, and wondered why that awful song was not forced out of existence by the courts.

I don't claim to know the entirety of Prince's work or any of his motivations, so I can't address them, I can only share my own. I put together multimedia presentations using my own original footage, news stories on the internet, overlaid text and graphics, and pages from social media (Instagram mainly), to create a humorous and satirical look at modern online presence and digital life, and the effect it has on the real world behavior of people.

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Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2017 at 18:05 UTC
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DPNick: The reaction by many people here is that this is theft, plain and simple. This is a very interesting reaction to me because I do something very close to what Prince is doing, and don't consider it theft at all, and I'm a photographer long versed in copyright issues, starting when I noticed that Vanilla Ice had stolen from David Bowie and Queen, and wondered why that awful song was not forced out of existence by the courts.

I don't claim to know the entirety of Prince's work or any of his motivations, so I can't address them, I can only share my own. I put together multimedia presentations using my own original footage, news stories on the internet, overlaid text and graphics, and pages from social media (Instagram mainly), to create a humorous and satirical look at modern online presence and digital life, and the effect it has on the real world behavior of people.

@Yake Against my better judgement I will answer one of your demanding q's and leave the rest of your indignant rant alone.

Q: What fleeting images?
A: Apparently you have never used Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat.
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Link | Posted on Jul 31, 2017 at 05:14 UTC
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DPNick: The reaction by many people here is that this is theft, plain and simple. This is a very interesting reaction to me because I do something very close to what Prince is doing, and don't consider it theft at all, and I'm a photographer long versed in copyright issues, starting when I noticed that Vanilla Ice had stolen from David Bowie and Queen, and wondered why that awful song was not forced out of existence by the courts.

I don't claim to know the entirety of Prince's work or any of his motivations, so I can't address them, I can only share my own. I put together multimedia presentations using my own original footage, news stories on the internet, overlaid text and graphics, and pages from social media (Instagram mainly), to create a humorous and satirical look at modern online presence and digital life, and the effect it has on the real world behavior of people.

Many questions, and my main point is: due to the immediacy of seeing and republishing images in a manner that has never been available until very recently, the world is changing at a pace that outpaces our ability to reflect and absorb what effects these changes have. I'm personally much more concerned with drones, noise pollution, privacy, identity theft, etc than I am about how fleeting images are being used as inspiration for other fleeting images.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 19:11 UTC
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DPNick: The reaction by many people here is that this is theft, plain and simple. This is a very interesting reaction to me because I do something very close to what Prince is doing, and don't consider it theft at all, and I'm a photographer long versed in copyright issues, starting when I noticed that Vanilla Ice had stolen from David Bowie and Queen, and wondered why that awful song was not forced out of existence by the courts.

I don't claim to know the entirety of Prince's work or any of his motivations, so I can't address them, I can only share my own. I put together multimedia presentations using my own original footage, news stories on the internet, overlaid text and graphics, and pages from social media (Instagram mainly), to create a humorous and satirical look at modern online presence and digital life, and the effect it has on the real world behavior of people.

Interesting that there is so much vitriol on this topic, and much of it focuses around profit. Would it bother those most angry if Prince were not making money but a starving artist barely scraping by?

There's a photographer on Instagram who captures images taken by Google's street view car and publishes them. See this story:

http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/google-street-view-photographer-agoraphobia/index.html

Who owns those images? Google? Her? Is her act of choosing from millions of still images a collection of images that reflect her intent enough to make the work her own? What is Prince used her IG page and put in some words that tied many IG pages he visited together?

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2017 at 19:11 UTC
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DPNick: The reaction by many people here is that this is theft, plain and simple. This is a very interesting reaction to me because I do something very close to what Prince is doing, and don't consider it theft at all, and I'm a photographer long versed in copyright issues, starting when I noticed that Vanilla Ice had stolen from David Bowie and Queen, and wondered why that awful song was not forced out of existence by the courts.

I don't claim to know the entirety of Prince's work or any of his motivations, so I can't address them, I can only share my own. I put together multimedia presentations using my own original footage, news stories on the internet, overlaid text and graphics, and pages from social media (Instagram mainly), to create a humorous and satirical look at modern online presence and digital life, and the effect it has on the real world behavior of people.

I never photoshop the images in question, so none is transformed into something unrecognizable. That would be counterproductive. I also consider none of my work theft, even the images I leave alone. Why not? Well, fair use. Which I see as: the overlying thoughts, intentions, and point of my Art are my own, and have nothing to do with any of the images I may use in support of that raison d'etre.

Again, I know nothing of Prince's work, it just struck me with this particular image as something I would do with no guilt as to theft, even being very aware of such issues, and I wanted to share my reasons. Thanks for reading if you made it this far!

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 18:49 UTC
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DPNick: The reaction by many people here is that this is theft, plain and simple. This is a very interesting reaction to me because I do something very close to what Prince is doing, and don't consider it theft at all, and I'm a photographer long versed in copyright issues, starting when I noticed that Vanilla Ice had stolen from David Bowie and Queen, and wondered why that awful song was not forced out of existence by the courts.

I don't claim to know the entirety of Prince's work or any of his motivations, so I can't address them, I can only share my own. I put together multimedia presentations using my own original footage, news stories on the internet, overlaid text and graphics, and pages from social media (Instagram mainly), to create a humorous and satirical look at modern online presence and digital life, and the effect it has on the real world behavior of people.

I feel very strongly this is a topic that should be addressed, the world is changing faster than our ability to process all the social ramifications or even what constitutes polite and rude. Recall just a few years ago when the debate was whether it was rude to not Like someone back after they Liked you. Who even cares now? The current generation of teenage children think of Facebook as "for old people" and "LOL! That's for my parents!" Facebook will fade into obscurity just as MySpace did.

Many times in my own work I will use a screenshot of someone's IG post. Sometimes I add my own commentary, sometimes I leave it as-found to illustrate whatever point that it is I am making. Taken as a singular image, sometimes my presentation is transformative: I add text, graphics, and audio dub, "Ken Burns effect", to make the screenshot better suit my point. As I said, sometimes I leave the image alone because as-found it is more descriptive than any addition I could make.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 18:48 UTC

The reaction by many people here is that this is theft, plain and simple. This is a very interesting reaction to me because I do something very close to what Prince is doing, and don't consider it theft at all, and I'm a photographer long versed in copyright issues, starting when I noticed that Vanilla Ice had stolen from David Bowie and Queen, and wondered why that awful song was not forced out of existence by the courts.

I don't claim to know the entirety of Prince's work or any of his motivations, so I can't address them, I can only share my own. I put together multimedia presentations using my own original footage, news stories on the internet, overlaid text and graphics, and pages from social media (Instagram mainly), to create a humorous and satirical look at modern online presence and digital life, and the effect it has on the real world behavior of people.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2017 at 18:47 UTC as 14th comment | 42 replies

Wow, so DPReview has now turned into a rumor mongering site. Great. First it turned into Pop Photo 24/7 with the daily "news", never ending Roundups to churn sales, easily digestible Olympic medal ratings, and links to resellers, but now they're publishing rumors. And then retracting them. What next, DPReview life insurance?

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2015 at 06:57 UTC as 266th comment | 1 reply
On article Holga Digital camera project launched on Kickstarter (149 comments in total)
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Henrikw: Those dark corners are pretty amazing. Been trying for years to create this look in PS but had to give up. It simply can't be done. This camera is a game changer. I'm in.

It can be done, you're not using the right technique. I had to come up with my own based on real scanned 120 Holga negs, and it was a bit tricky to duplicate the variable vignetting, variable blur, and light leaks, but doable because they tended to be almost the same for any particular camera. Saved it into an action and it works just fine, and is editable so every pic doesn't have exactly the same look.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 21:54 UTC
On article Holga Digital camera project launched on Kickstarter (149 comments in total)
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Vasyl Tsvirkunov: Ain't Holga without light leaks...

Exactly. A much better idea is to create a Holga action that duplicates the look of a real camera, light leaks and all, which became a pet project of mine for a few weeks.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 21:52 UTC
On article Holga Digital camera project launched on Kickstarter (149 comments in total)
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joe6pack: Why would someone be willing to spend $75 CAD and wait a year instead of downloading a free app is beyond me.

I guess this is the new norm. People would spend $75 just to impress their friends for 5 minutes.

The apps are pretty generic and the effects I've seen are nothing like a real Holga. All I've seen is some variation of radial blur and vignetting for a very predictable and cheesy look.

Link | Posted on Aug 31, 2015 at 21:51 UTC
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Review (1562 comments in total)
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saeba77: simply too expensive

That's code for "I can't afford it", aka sour grapes. They don't need to justify a price, they can price it at whatever they want and either it sells or it doesn't, and the price will be adjusted accordingly.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2015 at 13:08 UTC
On article Leica Q In-depth Review (1168 comments in total)
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Poss: I do not understand the jabs at the luxury market. It's a valid market as any of the other ones.

Besides it was a Rolex that reached the deepest ocean point in 2012 and an Omega Speedmaster at Neil Armstrong's wrist when he stepped on the Moon, not a cheap Chinese knockoff. Want to see what technology will eventually filter down to the automotive consumer level? Watch what Mercedes is putting on their flagship S series sedans. And so on.

If anything this looks like a well sorted camera for which Leica can comfortably charge a premium price. Much like Porsche can (and does) charge for a Cayenne or Omega does for the current Speedmaster (very different than the one used in the Apollo program) or Apple does for an iPhone.

Some brands enjoy having a very loyal following for very good reasons and when we belittle them, we tend to sound more like an acute case of sour grapes.

I'm in both camps. When I do serious shoots, I don't care about the brand of camera, I just want the best tool for the job. For me, doing automobile photography, that's a 6D with mainly fixed lenses, the 35mm and 135mm f/2s serve me well, with a 24-70 f/4 as a lightweight all-around. I use a Sony RX100 for a pns, great camera. I paid $1K on closeout for the Hasselblad version of the RX100, which I know is exactly the same camera as the one I already have. Why? It's not even pretending to be a better camera, it's purely aesthetics and brand that make it more expensive than the Sony. Because it feels more special, and in my situation of taking pictures of expensive cars with wealthy owners, it's something different, doesn't look like a cheap pns, starts conversations, and makes me happy bc it's a little piece of jewelry, which the Sony and Canon are not. It's not all about numbers and IQ.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2015 at 19:28 UTC
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tkbslc: The X100 series has delivered on this camera's exact goal for several years now. Not sure what the fuss is about.

@Sean65: that's not entirely true. I can afford either camera easily, I use an M6 with 35mm Summilix, and I chose to get the X100T. Why? Because it's 35mm, a much more useful focal length for me, it's much smaller and lighter, it has useful film simulations of the slides I used to shoot, and most importantly, it has an optical vf. Or an evf, but coming from an M6 the optical feels so much more right. The evf takes away the clarity of the optical, and the ability to see what's about to move into the frame, which is a huge part of the optical vf style of street shooting. If the Q had an optical vf it'd be really tough, size/weight vs probably better picture quality, but as it exists it's no contest. And if you want a better car analogy, the Leica may be a Ferrari, but the Fuji isn't a Polo, it's an Audi R8, and you absolutely need AWD.

Link | Posted on Jun 12, 2015 at 09:29 UTC
On article Get more accurate color with camera calibration (242 comments in total)
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Charlie boots: This sounds more like lightroom calibration to match the camera than camera calibration as the calibration is only appliccable when using lightroom and is only appliccable to a specific light colour. Change the location and the light and one needs to recalibrate for the new light situation. This then means that for each photo shoot there needs to be a new calibration. How does one then manage within lightroom as it is not possible to automatically have lightroom change claibration profiles automatically to match each photo shoot. This has to be done manually.

Yes, this is the problem. Camera color profiling only works under one specific light temp, so for completely controlled shoots (catalog work where the fabric swatches need to be accurate) it's a small help, but for general shooting it's unnecessary. Who wants accurate color anyway? Most people want bluer skies than the light cyan that exists, greener trees than reality, and healthier more ruddy skin tones. I did many experiments with the McBeth and came to these conclusions.

As the author himself writes: The difficult thing is to work out how many calibrations you need to do. In theory you should perform a calibration for each lighting source, lens, and even ISO. In practice, unless you work in very controlled conditions this is probably too unwieldy and will slow up your workflow.

That about sums up my experience.

Link | Posted on Apr 29, 2014 at 20:59 UTC
On article Hands on with the Pentax 645Z (706 comments in total)

"order of magnitude"
LOL!

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 16:56 UTC as 153rd comment | 5 replies
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DPNick: It's spelled Luxury Yacht, but it's pronounced Throatwarbler Mangrove.

Mr. Pither. It's spelled just like brotherhood except with a pi instead of the bro and no hood.

GIF has a hard G, don't care what he says.

It's not a word, it's an acronym. And since the first word of that acronym has a hard G, so does the acronym. Do you pronounce scuba skooba, sooba, or shuba? Everyone I've heard calls it skooba, because the sc combination is not formed from normal usage, but from self contained. It really doesn't matter how he wants to pronounce GIF, he can't change the rules of English.

It's spelled GIF, but it's pronounced Aunt Jemima. Sorry, doesn't work.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2013 at 13:55 UTC
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