Bill Bentley

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

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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
On article Canon debuts EOS M6 mirrorless with optional EVF (669 comments in total)
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MikeFairbanks: I'm possibly different than many because I like a screen that doesn't articulate, but a viewfinder (optical or electronic) built in.

I like how my 6D works. Viewfinder and live view. I can choose. But nothing bulky to move around or keep track of.

That's how I'd like my mirrorless, but it hasn't really been done on a Canon yet. There is always something weird (in my opinion).

I have 6D too but would love it even more if it had an articulating screen for low level/macro work like my T3i. Articulating screen adds near zero bulk and is easy to control.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2017 at 16:35 UTC
On article Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art sample gallery updated (94 comments in total)
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Fujica: Unbelievable that so many people seem to be happy about this lens!

Please take another look folks!
This lens suffers from chromatic abberation a lot.
Open up the above shown image at 100%. Then look at that signpost
Horrible purple fringing and then look left and next to those trees there is large green fringing to be seen.

This lens sucks imho!

Not worth calling it to be part of the Sigma 'Art' line.

I think my Canon 70-300 (circa 2006) has actually less CA than this lens. Wow.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 17:16 UTC
On article Adobe brings Android CC apps to Chromebooks (42 comments in total)
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maximme: i would LOVE a chrome book for travel
BUT because i travel, hence i dont have access to internet....so there is NO WAY i can even read my files ? ? ?

So you travel without a phone or tablet then? You must really go off the grid.

People dismiss Chromebooks because they don't understand them. Or are not willing to make any effort to understand what they actually CAN do.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2017 at 16:54 UTC

The most embarrassing thing is that Chipotle was too cheap to actually hire someone to do a proper photo shoot inside one of their restaurants.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2017 at 19:50 UTC as 125th comment
On article Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom features dual-cam with 2.3x zoom (27 comments in total)

From the GSM Arena link:
"It will become available in February disappointingly running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and we assume Asus will share details on its other specs until then."

Wonder why no Nougat?

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2017 at 17:07 UTC as 4th comment
On article 2016 DPReview Readers' Best Shots: People (93 comments in total)
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timo: I wish people would back-off on the post-processing. All of these are intrinsically great shots, but some of them have been ruined on the computer.

@ Zdman. It's not over sharpening on these. These have been sharpened just fine imo. It's clarity that you are referring to.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2017 at 21:00 UTC

Gorgeous stuff! I love shooting fog too but have never thought about long exposure. I have a couple of vantage points like this in my area I will have to try it out on.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2017 at 20:07 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Rendered images show upcoming LG G6 with dual-cam (30 comments in total)
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justmeMN: Whee! A flat black rectangle with two "camera holes" in it. An exciting leak. :-)

How about 16? It was such a hit, they SOLD OUT!

https://light.co/camera

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 19:22 UTC

Played a bit more with the BETA version this weekend. Found the history state panel and a bunch of other stuff. I love the soft proofing tab. It had all my printer(s) and paper profiles already loaded. What a time/hassle saver.

For someone coming from the PS and LR world I the overall UI easy to navigate. I'm liking what I see and I think I will drop the $40 and get this before the end of the year.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 16:47 UTC as 12th comment
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(unknown member): Looks very promising and affordable too. I can't seem to find a link to a demo/try-out version. Am I overlooking it?

@jkrumm From everything I can see so far this is a standalone product unlike ON1 RAW or DXO which work both as standalone and plugins for LR.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 20:34 UTC

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Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2016 at 20:34 UTC as 52nd comment
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