kb2zuz

Lives in United States United States
Works as a Digital Imaging Specialist
Joined on Jun 6, 2006
About me:

Specializing in Fine Art reproduction, color management, retouching, printing, and digital asset management.

Other jobs I've held in past lives, in no particular order:

Studio and Location Shoot Photo Assistant
Digital Tech
Equipment Rental
Photographer
Photo Lab Technician (Dip & Dunk Film processing)
Durst Lambda and wide format inkjet operator
Retoucher
Design/Layout
Educator
Inkjet Printing R&D

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Nicolaso: @PDL: still don't get it!
I do exactly that WITHIN Capture One (LR I don't use)!

After reading the color checker with the pipette I have the correct colour balance. I don't need an ICC profile for my lenses since they are top notch.

So why should I make it so complicated with an ICC profile which becomes irrelevant after a few minutes, after changing light/set up???

I use the colour checker also for colour reference for the garments of my clients.

You're doing white balance, not making a profile. That is sufficient for most uses, but if you're doing something where you really color accurate (Art Reproduction, Product Photography, Scientific Photography) then exposure and white balance are not enough and you need to make a profile.

That said accurate does not mean something looks good and something looking good does not mean it's accurate (often the two are mutually exclusive, skies and grass look better a bit richer than reality, skin looks better with less blue than reality, etc.)

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2019 at 08:48 UTC

Still doesn't support DCCSG charts. The 24 patch CC and Passport are not the best option for making profiles. I'll stick to BassICColor.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2019 at 08:46 UTC as 3rd comment | 3 replies
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entoman: The suggestion there may not have been any drones at Gatwick Airport was a "miscommunication by police", a government source has told the BBC.

During a conference call between ministers, chaired by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, it was agreed the 67 drone sightings were legitimate.

The airport has spent £5m since Wednesday on new equipment and technology to prevent copycat attacks.

About 1,000 flights were affected during the airport's 36 hours of chaos.

Source: BBC News

Even if there was a plane spotter, go look at some plane spotting images... even with their long lenses a 747 doesn't even fill the frame.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2018 at 02:49 UTC
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ColdEd: 123,000 passengers per day, on average at Gatwick. 21,000 workers employed at the airfield. Police, military and media all staked out looking for drones. And the police say there is not a single photo? Seriously? I guess the camera market is not just dying, its totally dead and gone.

Go find someone with a drone and go to a large field... at least the length of a football field (I figure nearly everyone will be at least 5 times farther from the runway of a major airport than that, but let's give you a bit of an advantage). Now whip out your smartphone and take a picture of the drone that far away and please post it here.

Military and police are not there to take photos and media were likely as far or farther from the runway. Now if you want to be a 1/2 a mile or a kilometer away from the drone and use your 200mm lens, let me know what you get.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2018 at 02:47 UTC
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Paul B Jones: Dangerwise, is a drone any different than a big bird (not Big Bird, but a bird that is big like a Canada Goose or a Buzzard)? Such things are often around airports, but don't cause shutdowns like this Gatwick example.

Drones typically carry high capacity lithium ion batteries, which when ruptured cause a very intense explosion or fire, unlike a goose or buzzard. Also some can move faster (obviously the plane is moving far faster and that's where most of the damage comes in, but add an extra 20mph to the equation and it can be a little worse). Also some industrial drones can get quite heavy.

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2018 at 02:42 UTC
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cosinaphile: look out PhaseOne..............theres a" new "med format software kid on the block.....lol

HowaboutRAW: We have H5D, H6D, and Phase One CMOS backs in the studio. However if we every need to use 6400 ISO, we're breaking out a 5D Mk IV, Nikon D5, or Sony A7/A9, because not only is the high ISO performance as good or better, you can have wider aperture lenses that give you an advantage. When you have these cameras you use it not because it's the only camera that you have, you use it when it's the right tool for the job.

99.something% of what we shoot is at base ISO. We shoot, over 10,000 objects a year, in the past 3 years maybe there was one thing where we had to shoot at 800 ISO. Anything higher, we go to 135 format DSLRs that have better high ISO, wider apertures, and better AF than any medium format system (because it's probably moving or we cannot use tripods).

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2018 at 02:55 UTC
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cosinaphile: look out PhaseOne..............theres a" new "med format software kid on the block.....lol

The Noise reduction in the program is made for RAW not for TIFF/JPG. So since you say Win version doesn't read non-hasselblad RAW, it's really not going to work well on anything other than Hasselblad (and at it's alright but not killer, but that's not really a priority, because you don't use medium format for high ISO).

All that said, on Mac, it does read RAW files. And it's certainly not as powerful as Capture One or even ACR. But it's a hell of a lot cheaper (it's free). So for those with a mac, it's an option for people to play with who don't want to pay.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2018 at 04:32 UTC
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cosinaphile: look out PhaseOne..............theres a" new "med format software kid on the block.....lol

Phocus actually can work with files from non-Hasselblad RAW files at least on a Mac (not sure if it works on Windows, as they've leveraged some of Apple's RAW photo frameworks). Of course because it's free, they haven't put a ton of work in making it great for non-hasselblads and it doesn't have all of the features that are specifically designed for Hasselblads (eg: no lens profiles).

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2018 at 22:21 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: It's worth noting Nikon has a loaner service for NPS members free of charge. All you pay is for shipping. Might explain the lower Nikon numbers.

Though I can see why Panasonic would want to go into FF. They can seriously bite into the marketshare of Sony and Canon in regards to video.

As you mention NPS is restricted to people with tear sheets (and it used to be you needed sponsorship from another NPS member) as a result membership is far lower than CPS (lower than paid tiers of CPS which offer free loaners). This kind of negates your initial argument as to why people don't rent. I pay for platinum service as we get our money's worth in cleanings and expedited repairs for the studio, the loaners are just a bonus.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2018 at 02:32 UTC
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Jonathan F/2: It's worth noting Nikon has a loaner service for NPS members free of charge. All you pay is for shipping. Might explain the lower Nikon numbers.

Though I can see why Panasonic would want to go into FF. They can seriously bite into the marketshare of Sony and Canon in regards to video.

Canon CPS also provides evaluation loaners. I think Sony and Fuji do too... so that kind of negates that.

Link | Posted on Dec 3, 2018 at 18:40 UTC
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Imager of: Just a toy. No good for serious shooters. They need
more power.

Actually I've found they very useful for teaching. I teach explaining that students can use basic lights but I like using them because I can place them anywhere without cords for people to trip over.

I also have used one once in a large production just as a low powered accent light that I can hide inside the set and remotely power on or dim.

Every tool has its place. These certainly aren't for most studio sets, but having a waterproof light is a nice option.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2018 at 21:14 UTC
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DiffractionLtd: They've had radio-controlled toy aircraft for what, 60 years? Why all of a sudden are they deemed such a threat?

@DiffractionLtd I reiterate, we're not calling for restrictions, but if you're interfering with emergency workers, I believe extreme measures should be allowed. And restrictions do not always increase. Alcohol, gay marriage, marijuana, abortion, all have been completely banned and those restrictions have eased. The difficulty in licensing for commercial unmanned flight has eased (You do not need a commercial aviation license anymore). The difficulty for getting an amateur radio license has eased.

Handguns were once banned in Georgia, that clearly isn't the case anymore. And they have passed safe passage laws to allow a gun owner to pass through states with more restrictive gun laws. They have also passed laws banning any federal registry linking owners to their guns outside of those like fully-auto that require ATF registration.

Edit: I forgot a big one: You used to not be able to brew your own beer at home until 1978.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2018 at 21:44 UTC
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DiffractionLtd: They've had radio-controlled toy aircraft for what, 60 years? Why all of a sudden are they deemed such a threat?

@A9RIII No I'm not saying for carte blanche. There are already restrictions around airports and I'm not concerned about that. I'm saying if there's a major event (forest fire, really bad highway accident) that requires the skies cleared for emergency workers to do there job, then in that limited circumstance if drone pilots pose a risk and do not respond to calls to clear the airspace, then and only they should they be able to bring down the drones.

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2018 at 21:41 UTC
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DiffractionLtd: They've had radio-controlled toy aircraft for what, 60 years? Why all of a sudden are they deemed such a threat?

No one is saying ban drones. Police are allowed to use spike strips to stop criminals in cars or to keep cars out of areas.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2018 at 19:38 UTC
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DiffractionLtd: They've had radio-controlled toy aircraft for what, 60 years? Why all of a sudden are they deemed such a threat?

What would happen if a drone hit a plane while flying? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QH0V7kp-xg0

Link | Posted on Oct 9, 2018 at 19:33 UTC
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lacix: ..and what about falling bullets? :)

Bullets aren't the only way of taking them down. Shotgun pellets aren't very powerful at a distance but it doesn't take much to down a drone and could be sufficient. Some areas have trained hawks to take down drones, or have net-firing guns. Radio jammers and EM devices can disable the electronics. And there can also be GPS based restrictions in commercially available drones that force them to avoid area and could force them to return to home.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2018 at 20:42 UTC
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Greg OH: I'll bet you 100-1 that this is used to shoot down drones engaged in lawful activity, such as news gathering.

There have been cases where news-gathering drones prevented life-flight helicopters from landing. In those cases I'd be all for shooting it down.

That said I also agree some police chief or mayor is going to overstep their bounds and order a drone they don't like shot down, and I hope if that does happen there will be a case that publicly admonishes them for that. (not picking on police in general, but they are human and there are good and bad in every group)

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2018 at 20:37 UTC
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DiffractionLtd: They've had radio-controlled toy aircraft for what, 60 years? Why all of a sudden are they deemed such a threat?

They're just more common and with digital cameras on them, there have been cases where people fly drones over an accident to get footage, but potentially create a risk for a life-flight helicopter that might be trying to get one of the injured people to a trauma unit. Or posing risk to a police helicopter following a fleeing vehicle or interfering with aircraft dropping water over a forest fire.

Beyond that it's also now easier than ever before to have an aircraft that can be remotely controlled to fly several miles (with video feed allowing them to be not in the general area) and carry a payload which might include a gun, bomb, or other dangerous material. In the past couple years there have been videos of people remote controlling a gun on a drone and attacks in other countries using bombs attached to drones.

It's a complex problem that cannot simply be broken down to privacy vs freedom of press. Nuance is needed to reconcile the risks vs preserving freedoms.

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2018 at 20:33 UTC
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Guessing this was from the Hasselblad Experience Store in the village. Isn't Manhattan a big FAA no-fly zone because of the airports and Trump tower?

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2018 at 04:02 UTC as 11th comment
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RGBCMYK: Now if they would just make the sensor 6x6cm the world would be happy again!

Only if you print at a square ratio. If you print (or crop for screen to) 4x6, 5x7, 8x10's or 16:9 ratio you're not using the most of the image circle using a square sensor.

Link | Posted on Aug 30, 2018 at 05:33 UTC
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