mandophoto

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On article Opinion: the Sony a7 III could be the new Nikon D750 (1146 comments in total)

The operational lag of my a6500 is a constant bur. I would have thought Sony had addressed this problem in the "III" iterations. Typically, no. Perhaps, maybe, with the "IV" versions? Yeah, gotta keep the customers with money hoping, eh?

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2018 at 13:35 UTC as 207th comment | 1 reply

Well said Allison. Smartphones are so useful that it would not be surprising if the majority of users rarely consider the built in camera as the reason for choosing a particular model. Price and carrier packages are probably the salient reasons for a choice.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2018 at 17:27 UTC as 92nd comment

Well, considering the camera technology being implemented in smartphones, it would not be surprising to see, say within ten years, a completely new design of the stand alone camera. Multiple small sensors and lenses, coupled with artificial intelligence to rethink what still photography is.

Edit: Moving from the DSLR design to mirrorless is actually a small change, given that both designs effectively use the same historic paradigm for exposing a light sensitive material to light.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2018 at 13:13 UTC as 308th comment | 5 replies

Very nice color photo. And I also like the B&W pictures. But I don't see how converting a color photo to B&W is cheating. After all, as most of us see in color the decision to do monochrome photography with a color sensor is a matter of understanding the difference, like those of us who used black & white film in yonder days.

Still, Leica deserves credit for thinking like a photographer, rather than a gamer. It would not surprise me if some of the other brands released a monochrome version of one of their models, with a premium tacked on, of course.

Yep, carrying "expensive" gear in public is something I too get self-conscious about. And I don't have Leica stuff, which suggests a bit about my political view point.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 14:35 UTC as 36th comment
On article Panasonic Lumix GX9 sample gallery updated (102 comments in total)
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mandophoto: It seems that most of these sample photos were made with the sRGB color space. Is there a reason AdobeRGB is not being used?

@badi: Funny that I've missed this for years. Thanks.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 14:50 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix GX9 sample gallery updated (102 comments in total)
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mandophoto: It seems that most of these sample photos were made with the sRGB color space. Is there a reason AdobeRGB is not being used?

@panther fan: Okay, so DPReview may be implying that the GX9 is for the average or casual photographers. It make no difference to me, was just curious. I understand that for posting on the web, sRGB is the correct choice.

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 14:07 UTC
On article Panasonic Lumix GX9 sample gallery updated (102 comments in total)

It seems that most of these sample photos were made with the sRGB color space. Is there a reason AdobeRGB is not being used?

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 13:39 UTC as 34th comment | 7 replies
On article Canon got it right on International Women's Day (463 comments in total)

It is no coincidence that Canon is the top selling camera brand. Its marketing is the best and always seems to have a finger on a zeitgeist pulse. Somehow this seems like it will be more than just a press release. Good on Canon.

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2018 at 22:15 UTC as 107th comment | 1 reply
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mandophoto: California is indeed an expensive place in which to live, and it is also not a right-to-work state. Utah is both more affordable and a right-to-work state.

@HowaboutRAW: Yes, workers have fewer protection alternatives under right-to-work, unfortunately unions don't have a sterling reputation as incorruptible advocates for workers.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 17:17 UTC

California is indeed an expensive place in which to live, and it is also not a right-to-work state. Utah is both more affordable and a right-to-work state.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 16:12 UTC as 68th comment | 6 replies

Funny how photojournalism seems to bring out the book burners, in a photography forum no less.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2018 at 21:24 UTC as 23rd comment | 2 replies

Well, I for one admire what Robert Rose is doing for the Nepal children. Good on him.

As for the camera he is using, well, seems it facilitates his communication of his efforts, keeps his kit simple and light, and allows him to concentrate more on his subject. And is appears his approach is successful.

Meanwhile the pixel peepers of the internet sit at home and... well, pixel peep. Good for them.

Link | Posted on Feb 4, 2018 at 22:57 UTC as 187th comment | 1 reply

Camera gear news has become predictable and, not to put too fine a point, boring. So thank you Ms. Johnson for humanizing and wittily entertaining the few minutes it takes to read of your stint at what must be a "part of the job" task in the commercial world of photography journalism industry.

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2018 at 18:11 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply

DPR says "There may yet come a time when, finally, you don't absolutely need a bigger sensor for better results. And it's not necessarily a matter of 'if,' but a matter of 'when.'"

Yep.

It will not be surprising if camera manufacturers work more on the software side of their offerings. Like adapting the HEIF format and even opening their OS to third party developers. Ironically, stand alone digital cameras are more and more resembling the machines from a bygone era, film cameras. At least when compared to the communication options of smartphones.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 15:48 UTC as 150th comment
On article Annie Leibovitz teaches photography in new MasterClass (175 comments in total)

Creativity comes in many forms. I would think this is a good opportunity for anyone wanting to do the kind of work Ms. Leibovitz does. She is a master of the editorial/fashion field.

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 19:15 UTC as 48th comment
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mandophoto: Considering the atomizing of filmmaking, the effort to research and or build a custom machine is probably better spent on creating. I’m guessing this iMac pro is targeted towards the folks who make a living from their YouTube work. The word “professional” is not a monolithic definition. A pro nowadays can be a one person vlogging operation or an editor working for Disney.

@ chriswy: For a one person operation everything is big.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 12:23 UTC

Considering the atomizing of filmmaking, the effort to research and or build a custom machine is probably better spent on creating. I’m guessing this iMac pro is targeted towards the folks who make a living from their YouTube work. The word “professional” is not a monolithic definition. A pro nowadays can be a one person vlogging operation or an editor working for Disney.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2017 at 11:15 UTC as 12th comment | 7 replies
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mandophoto: Using copyrighted work to create valid new work is not illegal or unethical. In fact, almost all photographers do it daily. Next time you compose an image with a poster, billboard, logo, etc., all of which are copyrighted or trademarked, think of the people who created that art and who holds the copyright. The images of the comedians were printed on flyers and distributed publicly. And he changed the original printed photographs enough to create valid new work. Legally and ethically he is on solid ground. His mistake was to misrepresent or perhaps even lie about his intended method of creating the work.

Using copyrighted and published work to create new work is not new and has been upheld in court many times. It happens in music, writing, photography, etc.

@ Justin Evidon: The problem is "Substantial alteration" is subjective and is usually left up to courts or a settlement.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh,_Pretty_Woman

Read the part: Lawsuit against 2 Live Crew

It is true that while Richard Prince and Sherrie Levine have successfully used other photographers works, Jeff Koons was initially found guilty of infringement and finally settled. It may be up to a court to decide what constitutes infringement, but fair use is not going away.

PS I'm a firm believer in copyright ownership yet as a photographer I'm well aware of the complications inherent, especially now as we become more aware of "rights," in composing a photograph.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 16:12 UTC

Using copyrighted work to create valid new work is not illegal or unethical. In fact, almost all photographers do it daily. Next time you compose an image with a poster, billboard, logo, etc., all of which are copyrighted or trademarked, think of the people who created that art and who holds the copyright. The images of the comedians were printed on flyers and distributed publicly. And he changed the original printed photographs enough to create valid new work. Legally and ethically he is on solid ground. His mistake was to misrepresent or perhaps even lie about his intended method of creating the work.

Using copyrighted and published work to create new work is not new and has been upheld in court many times. It happens in music, writing, photography, etc.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 14:30 UTC as 21st comment | 5 replies

You can bet the executives of other camera brands are jealously wondering how they can achieve Leica's success. Perhaps they can take a page from the Japanese car industry like when Toyota created the Lexus brand and Honda the Acura brand.

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2017 at 23:50 UTC as 48th comment | 3 replies
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