Peter1976

Lives in Germany Freiburg, Germany
Works as a Marketing
Joined on Jun 30, 2006

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Techo: An enjoyable article. Clay did a good job. The only negative is the part of the article , like around the middle section, where the gear used started to be the star, that then really started to feel like a plug (a hidden ad) for the companies mentioned. It took away the authenticity the article started with and disrupted the flow. A list of hardware used at the end would've sufficed. Some details on why an umbrella was used. But to go in depth ala "I promptly walked over to my MacBook and reviewed the imagery". Laptop would've sufficed. " I picked up the Phase One IQ3 Medium Format Camera, focused and snapped the shutter." . "Special thanks to Digital Transitions and Oliphant Studios"... so did they provide gear on the discount in return to be mentioned? If not, it just feels that way. These days with hidden ads in social media posts. You know.

Sorry, but you are completely wrong. Regarding his "macbook", it is clear that he is talking about an Apple product. This is product placement.
But even worse: Regarding the other equipment, he is not talking generic about a brand (which would still be advertising), he is even pointing out the exact model e.g. the strobes and light shapers. Not only that, the gear that is mentioned in this promotional text is even linked to an online shop! There are links to profoto, oliphant, PhaseOne etc.
And no, the lighting gear brand is absolutely not relevant for the "story" or result. You can get quite exactly the same light/result with other good brands.

Believe it or not, this is a promotional 'advertorial' and you are the best proof that this marketing tool works well :).

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2017 at 08:39 UTC
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Techo: An enjoyable article. Clay did a good job. The only negative is the part of the article , like around the middle section, where the gear used started to be the star, that then really started to feel like a plug (a hidden ad) for the companies mentioned. It took away the authenticity the article started with and disrupted the flow. A list of hardware used at the end would've sufficed. Some details on why an umbrella was used. But to go in depth ala "I promptly walked over to my MacBook and reviewed the imagery". Laptop would've sufficed. " I picked up the Phase One IQ3 Medium Format Camera, focused and snapped the shutter." . "Special thanks to Digital Transitions and Oliphant Studios"... so did they provide gear on the discount in return to be mentioned? If not, it just feels that way. These days with hidden ads in social media posts. You know.

Well, as I wrote further down: This is not a real editorial. In marketing, you call this an "advertorial". The intention is indeed to promote the gear (and maybe the photographer) by letting it look like a press article.

It is a marketing tool to raise brand awareness and at the end to raise sales - nothing more, nothing less.

In our company, we get offers for paid advertorials from magazines a lot. They write an article for you and hide the promotion for the products in it. The purpose is that it seems to be an independant article, as it is no advert (but it is, in a way)...

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 10:32 UTC

One should not forget that this is a promotional video, it is advertisement. It is not a tutorial. It is made to promote the equipment and the photographer. The intention is not to give knowledge to the spectator for free, not at all. It is marketing, nothing more, nothing less. Point.
So all these "we should be thankful for this kind of videos" and "there is so much to learn from it" are imho wrong.
It does not really give any tips or tricks about lighting, settings, interacting, posing, post processing - nothing. There is hardly anything to learn from it. The purpose is branding and at the end sales. Nothing wrong with that (I am a marketing guy, too) - but one should be aware about it and should not take it as a free "gift"...

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 10:08 UTC as 31st comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X-E3 First Impressions Review (342 comments in total)
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Old Cameras: So the X-E3 is an X-T20 shaped differently with the same performance and the same money. Both with the same unfortunate viewfinder, which is a shame.

I don't like the viewfinder of the x-t20. Just because my nose hits the LCD and with glasses (which I need to wear) it is really uncomfortable to use (compared to my X-T1).
With my X-E1 it is MUCH easier to use (with glasses on), as my nose is next to the camera body and not in my way (and no, my nose is not huge ;)).

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 12:14 UTC
On article Fujifilm X-E3 First Impressions Review (342 comments in total)
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akjos: They should have really put the tilt screen on this thing. It makes certain shots SO much easier. Car photography , little kids, pets, macro.... Oh well :/

I think they didn't because they want to keep that as a selling point for the X-T20...

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 07:59 UTC

wow, what a nice magazine! Also love the technical background information in the shots. Where can I donate to keep it alive?

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2017 at 11:24 UTC as 10th comment
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Bambi24: National Geographic used to be a cool channel 15 years ago. It prided itself on accuracy.

It would have never allowed these photoshopped images in a million years back then.

This is currently airing on National Geographic:

-MONSTER FISH!
-The search for Gold!
-Princess Diana in her own words!
-Sex Scandals in France!
-When sharks attack!

need I say more, it's worse than a tabloid

While one can argue about the choice of topics in NG, I don't find most of the photos in the gallery too much photoshoped... at least no. 3, 5, 8 and 9 are absolutely acceptable. They seem to have tone adjustments, color adjustments applied, maybe some shadow liftings... nothing that changes a photo dramatically from an unprocessed one.
Also in analog times, the appearance of a photo was influenced by the choice of film, or by dodge and burn in the darkroom. So where is the problem?

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 08:58 UTC
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Photato: Good lighting is at times more important than sensor size, lens, etc
I would buy if it also doubles as a battery charger/backup.
This is the missing link to great mobile computing photography.

but a LF1 or whatsoever camera does not offer indirect lighting / off-camera flash, which leads to nice photos :).

Link | Posted on Jul 25, 2017 at 08:25 UTC
On article Video: How to make a DIY 'beauty dish' for $12 (30 comments in total)
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Digitalis32: I detest umbrella lighting - sure it is cheap and easy to set up, but you give up a lot of control for the sake of cheap, easy convenience. I use softboxes, striplights and beauty dishes with grids a lot so I can control the area of illumination. You can't do that with umbrellas, they just spray light everywhere.

you are completely right, but if you shoot outdoors with no walls where the light could accidentially bounce, umbrellas are quite fine and conveniant.

Link | Posted on Jul 12, 2017 at 07:02 UTC

Where is the sense of it? It is neither funny nor informative. I don't get it...
What a sad proof of our sick affluent society. Why not waterjetting something old or brocken? Why not giving this lens to a school project or whatsoever? Don't want to be a grinch, but this is just stupid.

Link | Posted on Jun 21, 2017 at 12:35 UTC as 32nd comment | 3 replies
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Mateus1: X-E3 with Bayer CFA and X-T2 tech would be Fuji best selling cam - even better than X-T2 and GFX together.

I would be completely happy with X-Trans in e3. But I would love to have Lightroom handling the files better ;). Because I don't want to buy or learn another raw converter and also have a Canon that I use with Lightroom.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 15:41 UTC
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Peter1976: I really, really hope that the X-series will be continued for a long time. Because... if you invested quite a lot of money in these lenses, it would be a nightmare if the series would die ;).
So, all the best for Fuji!!
And I hope, more third party lens makers like Sigma, Tamron or Tokina will offer their AF lenses for the x-mount, as I think it would give the system another big push and it would lead to more price competition. Fuji lenses are amazing, but also quite expensive for us non-pros :(.

Hi T3, sounds reasonable :). What a great philosophy for a company!

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 12:12 UTC

I really, really hope that the X-series will be continued for a long time. Because... if you invested quite a lot of money in these lenses, it would be a nightmare if the series would die ;).
So, all the best for Fuji!!
And I hope, more third party lens makers like Sigma, Tamron or Tokina will offer their AF lenses for the x-mount, as I think it would give the system another big push and it would lead to more price competition. Fuji lenses are amazing, but also quite expensive for us non-pros :(.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2017 at 07:55 UTC as 19th comment | 2 replies
On article Roadtrip Review Redux: The Fujifilm X100F (173 comments in total)

I love Fuji for its colors but also for the feel of the camera itselve, it just feels wonderful in my hands. I used to have an X100S but sold it (stupid me). At the moment I have a Canon system but would love to switch to Fuji, if it wouldn't be so pricy (and if my studio strobes would support it). I wonder if any third party supplier like Sigma or Tamron will ever build lenses for the X-System to bring in some competition and to have some (maybe cheaper) alternatives for lenses.
Anyway, thanks DPR for this article.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 14:21 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply

Thanks DP for this nice article. Please more of this kind!!
I'd love to read more articles about lighting with off-camera strobes and flashes. Photography is about lighting, and there is so much to learn about it :).

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 13:50 UTC as 28th comment
On article PDN announces 2017 Photo Annual contest winners (62 comments in total)
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Joe Pineapples II: Some good photography for a change

hm, I think most of the shots shown have been retouched, pretty sure about that :). Especially No 1 and 10.
Anyway, I like them a lot!

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 13:42 UTC
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jadot: I want this. UK availability and pricing anyone?

regarding customs: I ordered an AD600 from China (I live in Germany), it didn't stuck in the customs, everthing went smooth. They included delivery papers that claimed a price of 20$ :).

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 17:06 UTC
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andyus08: This is great for on location shooting. I'll grab two when they're available. I own AD600, AD360 so I know how good it is.

One of the main differences compared to hot shoe flashes like the 850 is that the AD200 has a barebulb design. Which is more efficient if you want to illuminate a larger softbox or beauty dish or other light shapers that are supposed to be used with studio strobes.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 17:03 UTC
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P Hartung: Don't expect 200ws from these. I like the form factor and their integration into the larger Godox ecosystem, but the AD360 is much more powerful for almost the same amount of money...

You are absolutely right about the AD360 having more power and being similar in price, BUT the AD200 has a much smaller form factor (no external battery, no cords to hassle with). This might appeal to some. And 200w is still enough to fire a 60x90cm softbox for a headshot at f8.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 16:59 UTC
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markus_munich: For me, the 50mm equivalent has always been the ideal companion. Back in the days it was a Nikon FM2 + FE2 with 50 1.8 Nikkor.
Now it's a Nex7 with e 35 1.8. Sometimes in bundle with a Sony a 5000 with 60 2.8.
These travels were shot exclusivly with Nex7 + 35 1.8:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123682561@N04/albums/72157644680501258
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123682561@N04/albums/72157665171197854

Maybe because not everyone likes the effort it takes (while taking and post processing). Furthermore it only works for landscape photos and hardly for scenes with a foreground (or even people) close to the camera.
I doubt it would work in nightlife in Bangkok or for street photography :)

Link | Posted on Feb 2, 2017 at 09:09 UTC
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