Bill Bentley

Lives in Canada British Columbia, Canada
Joined on Sep 13, 2004

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On article Light at full throttle in preparation for L16 launch (11 comments in total)
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Bill Bentley: Hi Lars. In looking at the gallery on the Light site it seems like this camera tends to blow out the highlights. Any opinion?

I agree with all of that. If it has a good HDR mode then it could be saving grace. HDR works quite well on my Nexus 5., but I'm spoiled with good DR from my Canon 6D.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 16:43 UTC
On article Light at full throttle in preparation for L16 launch (11 comments in total)

Hi Lars. In looking at the gallery on the Light site it seems like this camera tends to blow out the highlights. Any opinion?

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2017 at 15:59 UTC as 3rd comment | 5 replies
On article A Taste of New York is a stunning Big Apple time-lapse (89 comments in total)

Very well done. I just turned 54 and had no problem watching it. Audio was done well. I do agree with some of the comments about having missed two of the NY sport icons in MSG and Yankee Stadium though. Also the pizza vs burger comment is fair too. Otherwise, wow!

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 17:49 UTC as 21st comment
On article GoPro launches camera trade-up program in the US (25 comments in total)

Ah yes. Let's clear out some stock to make room for the HERO6. Wonder if they will offer similar upgrade deal for that one? Meanwhile I will continue to play with my HERO HD.

Link | Posted on Apr 11, 2017 at 22:07 UTC as 9th comment
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Clyde Thomas: Why purchase the equipment when I get so much enjoyment and satisfaction from these high quality unboxing videos? Instead of buying, I can just experience it all through DPR and let it sit in your closet instead of mine.

Brilliant!

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 15:08 UTC
On article Canon EOS M6 sample gallery (114 comments in total)

Very nice gallery for a quick city walkabout. I am a Canon shooter for the last 10 years and am addicted to their color science. I shoot RAW and like their standard camera profile best (which Samuel used on several images).

I'm so tempted to try and get this little guy before my trip to Asia next month, but I just talked myself out of buying a Panasonic G85 this past weekend in favor of taking my Canon 600D (over my heavier 6D) and I think I'm going to stick with that plan. I will keep my eye on this guy though.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 16:02 UTC as 27th comment
On a photo in the Canon EOS M6 Sample Gallery sample gallery (2 comments in total)

Well seen Samuel. Using the angle of light to mimic headlights. The person walking with the red bag is the icing on the cake. I love it.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 15:30 UTC as 2nd comment
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FranzKafka: Q: I'm not getting this clear- is this going to add HSS to speedlights that don'y yet support it, or just not lose HSS?

I see the word "support(ed)" mentioned a lot, which leads me to believe the flash you are planning to use must have HSS functionality already built-in.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 16:03 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (359 comments in total)
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Leonp: Why is 4K/30 better than 1080p/60? The latter looks good, the first is too flickering to my taste.

I think Jeff said as much in the review.

"The X-T20's quality greatly improves when you drop down to 1080p."

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 15:10 UTC
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eno2: From a video with one of the Panasonic reps: The - settings on the auto focus parameters will make the AF more responsive while + settings will make it less responsive. Have you taken this into account?

Yes Richard, it appears as though the closer the subject gets (is) then positive value works better. If further away then negative value is better. I was reading reviews of the G85's AF performance. Birders seemed to find negative helped with C-AF and Vloggers seemed to find positive value for face tracking and AFF modes.

Looking forward to seeing what you guys discover. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2017 at 01:46 UTC
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eno2: From a video with one of the Panasonic reps: The - settings on the auto focus parameters will make the AF more responsive while + settings will make it less responsive. Have you taken this into account?

Sorry, meant to say POSITIVE values.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 23:23 UTC
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eno2: From a video with one of the Panasonic reps: The - settings on the auto focus parameters will make the AF more responsive while + settings will make it less responsive. Have you taken this into account?

Richard, I think you guys will find that the negative values are the ones to be used for more effective tracking. I have seen no less than three other reviewers state this already.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2017 at 22:56 UTC
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Holscen: I'd like to shoot a series of portraits of subjects sitting on chairs looking bored & depressed. I'd like to use one light. I'm after a dull, flat oppressive feel and a setup that only takes 5 minutes. Will this guide help?

Just head on down to your local driver's licensing branch and use the pop-up flash on your camera. Voila!

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 23:27 UTC

UV Underwear tutorial!

Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2017 at 23:24 UTC as 9th comment
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ottonis: Glad to hear about these new enhancements on flickr. Hope they work out well and prove useful.
Flickr is kind of a "dinosaur", since most young people tend to use mainly facebook or instagram to share photos. However, for old-school guys like me who want to use the cloud only for sharing photographs and not their entire social life, flickr is still golden and I hope it will continue to prosper.

+1 Hopefully Verizon will change the way the Flickr is monetized in the near future. I will pay for "PRO" once they figure out how to implement it properly. Right now it is a joke.

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2017 at 18:38 UTC
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WGChsv: These are all stunning pictures, but somehow "Prom Night" is the one I keep scrolling back to. It almost looks like a combination of "American Gothic" and a Norman Rockwell painting or even something Mary Ellen Mark would shoot. A great set of images, well done to the shooters and the judges alike.

I doubt Rockwell would have a tilted horizon and leaning walls myself. But even looking past that, the image "feels" very sterile to me actually, in spite of the warm tones within.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2017 at 17:06 UTC
On article Prisma update adds in-app filter store (20 comments in total)
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The Squire: I like the idea of having this in Lightroom. Not for painterly effects but to improve my normal workflow.

For example, my 'style' generates a RAW workflow like this:
- Drop shadows until first channel clips
- Boost the midtones
- Drop highlights to compensate
- White balance to warm
- Saturation dropped for over colorful backgrounds, clothes etc making sure skin, sky/grass etc remains realistic.
- Clarity +10 usually, portraits it's -10
- Vignette -20
- NR set depending on ISO and camera
- etc

The workflow is fixed, the exact adjustments are context-specific, so it cant be done by a pre-set. Heck, a pre-set cant even apply an objective function like 'reduce blacks until first channel clips'. A pre-set can just apply Blacks -10.

Which is EXACTLY where cool AI like this could kick in.

Basically, I see an AI-based Auto Adjust to Your Style button that applies the best guess of the above. Will it be perfect? No. Will it do 80% of my usual adjustments, saving me time. Sure!

Don't worry, Google is working on it for you. Not quite there yet, but HAL 2000 will be able to read your mind and apply all your desired changes with 1 mouse click (or eye wink) in a couple of years.

http://www.androidcentral.com/new-powerful-editing-tools-arrive-google-photos-app

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2017 at 20:13 UTC
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Nukunukoo: Another 3-axis stabilizer. Address the Z and you may be on to something. (big yawn)

The evil one.

Link | Posted on Feb 22, 2017 at 20:31 UTC
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lightandaprayer: These images remind about what photography is really about: witnessing and sharing the amazing wonders of this world with people, capturing the essence of life in all its glory and pathos.

I'm not thinking about resolution, corner sharpness, or any other arcane technicality that photographers think are so damn important. It all comes down to the emotional response to the subject and the sense of amazement and wonder evoked by the image.

Kudos to all the winning photographers.

@ jadot Yeah, except more to the point and without the curse words and other unnecessary embellishments..............

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 20:22 UTC
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lightandaprayer: These images remind about what photography is really about: witnessing and sharing the amazing wonders of this world with people, capturing the essence of life in all its glory and pathos.

I'm not thinking about resolution, corner sharpness, or any other arcane technicality that photographers think are so damn important. It all comes down to the emotional response to the subject and the sense of amazement and wonder evoked by the image.

Kudos to all the winning photographers.

I agree with the sentiment of your comment, but we would not be FULLY appreciating the amazing wonders captured in these images without quality technique, gear and post-processing. Look at the camera list that aftab posted below. Almost all are full frame or ASP-C.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 16:29 UTC
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