santamonica812

Lives in United States CA, United States
Has a website at www.pbase.com/santamonica
Joined on Jul 26, 2009

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I'd like the 120 MP sensor. If I fold it in half, or in quarters, could I just jam it into the back of my Canon 20D, to use all that extra resolution?

Link | Posted on May 22, 2018 at 22:25 UTC as 35th comment

Very interesting article. (Although it's not necessary for your story...)...what drone did you use, and why did you pick that one?

Link | Posted on May 13, 2018 at 01:30 UTC as 11th comment | 1 reply

That is indeed a great price. I'm a bit surprised that Adobe deliberately left out community colleges and universities. One hopes that both will later be added to this sort of discount...the existing educational discount for post-high school institutions is not a particularly impressive price reduction (although obviously better than nothing, if you're determined to use PhotoShop).

Link | Posted on May 7, 2018 at 16:59 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Video: How to pack for a two-month photo expedition (56 comments in total)
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santamonica812: "Something else that stuck out was Morrow’s approach to gear. As shown in the video, Morrow has three basic rules for buying gear. If these three rules can’t be followed, he won’t buy the equipment:

Buy everything in cash; no loans, no debt..."

This is objectively dumb advice. Of course one should not buy on credit cards anything you can't pay off that first month--the interest rates on credit cards is crazy-high. But I have had credit cards for 30 years. And there are A TON of benefits to photographers, if you buy your photography equipment via credit cards. For example:
-Double the warranty period
-Full theft protection (my card has only a $50 deductible)
-Can get full reimbursement, if you've been sold a defective product

In addition, if I buy an airline ticket with my card, I get to bring an extra bag with no fee.

I can't believe that any photographer would deliberately leave these benefits on the table, due to a decision to always pay cash. Odd advice indeed...

Bing. Fair point. I have to admit that I did not think to read it that way. (If I were going to give similar advice, I would tell people TO buy with a credit card, rather than cash, to emphasize all the benefits that doing so will give you.)

But I totally agree, upon reflection, that he might have meant this, and just forgot to include it in his suggestions.

Link | Posted on May 5, 2018 at 01:48 UTC
On article Video: How to pack for a two-month photo expedition (56 comments in total)

"Something else that stuck out was Morrow’s approach to gear. As shown in the video, Morrow has three basic rules for buying gear. If these three rules can’t be followed, he won’t buy the equipment:

Buy everything in cash; no loans, no debt..."

This is objectively dumb advice. Of course one should not buy on credit cards anything you can't pay off that first month--the interest rates on credit cards is crazy-high. But I have had credit cards for 30 years. And there are A TON of benefits to photographers, if you buy your photography equipment via credit cards. For example:
-Double the warranty period
-Full theft protection (my card has only a $50 deductible)
-Can get full reimbursement, if you've been sold a defective product

In addition, if I buy an airline ticket with my card, I get to bring an extra bag with no fee.

I can't believe that any photographer would deliberately leave these benefits on the table, due to a decision to always pay cash. Odd advice indeed...

Link | Posted on May 4, 2018 at 21:50 UTC as 3rd comment | 3 replies

Well, I thought 4 or 5 of them were pretty good. :-(

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2018 at 18:05 UTC as 29th comment | 2 replies
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras for parents (264 comments in total)
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santamonica812: "Quick. Unpredictable. Unwilling to sit still. Kids really are the ultimate test for a camera's autofocus system. "

When the *first* sentence in an article is both untruthful and ridiculous, it does not make me want to continue reading.

No, kids are NOT the ultimate test for autofocus. Birds in flight maybe. A predator animal chasing prey maybe. A sport where people move quickly and unpredictably maybe. And so on. I have taken literally thousands of photos of kids (yes, including hyperactive ones, who were bouncing off the walls), and shooting them was 50 times easier than capturing sharp images of smaller birds.

(I hope I do not come off sounding ultra-picky. I think that author could have chosen to be more honest, and say something like, "Kids often will be bouncing around, and will likely be the most challenging thing for a novice shooter. A good auto-focus system makes the job easier and you'll get more good shots than when using a camera with inferior auto-focus.")

Lens,
I agree with you. So, if the author had said, "For most parents, photographing their family, shooting kids will be the ultimate test for autofocus on their cameras." That would be, as you noted, very likely accurate.

Manny,
I have had the same experiences. In Burma, Cambodia, rural China, etc., I have found children to be great subjects, and not the least bit camera-shy. In a few places in the Middle East, female kids are often very shy...but that is due to me being a man, and not--strictly speaking--related to photography. But in pretty much every big city in America, kids get camera shy. And parents are NOT happy about someone photographing their kids in public, which I totally understand (and respect their wishes, of course).

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2018 at 21:28 UTC
On article Buying Guide: The best cameras for parents (264 comments in total)

"Quick. Unpredictable. Unwilling to sit still. Kids really are the ultimate test for a camera's autofocus system. "

When the *first* sentence in an article is both untruthful and ridiculous, it does not make me want to continue reading.

No, kids are NOT the ultimate test for autofocus. Birds in flight maybe. A predator animal chasing prey maybe. A sport where people move quickly and unpredictably maybe. And so on. I have taken literally thousands of photos of kids (yes, including hyperactive ones, who were bouncing off the walls), and shooting them was 50 times easier than capturing sharp images of smaller birds.

(I hope I do not come off sounding ultra-picky. I think that author could have chosen to be more honest, and say something like, "Kids often will be bouncing around, and will likely be the most challenging thing for a novice shooter. A good auto-focus system makes the job easier and you'll get more good shots than when using a camera with inferior auto-focus.")

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2018 at 07:06 UTC as 40th comment | 5 replies

So, this will be perfect for being able to quickly read my emails, yes? [joke]

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2018 at 21:43 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
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Joakim Ekman: I order one! Does it come with a cat included? I have no pet.

But don't buy on the gray market! Good luck getting getting your vet to honor the warranty when your pet breaks.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 03:53 UTC
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arqomx: it doesn't have Bluetooth so I still can't figure out what is my cat thinking..

That's because cats can't see in color. You're thinking of Graytooth. :-)

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 03:51 UTC

I thought it was very funny. I, personally, would have added as a feature, that the dispenser can shoot out the treats a variable distance. How?...by opening up or closing down the aperture, naturally.

Hopefully, Petzi Treat Cam, Mark II will be out by April 2019.

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 03:49 UTC as 33rd comment

Good idea. God knows we can't make a living shooting stock photography anymore, so this is a niche that should be pretty successful (until the 1,936 competitor websites spring up, of course).

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2018 at 23:14 UTC as 6th comment
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entoman: Most of these shots are very average and not IMHO worthy of world awards, but one image really stands out and for me is an easy winner - Klaus Lenzen's overhead shot of the swimmers is a truly compelling montage.

shinan,
That's really disappointing...it could, I guess be possible that identically dressed swimmers had *exactly* the same stroke. But the odds of that are astronomical. Nicely spotted by you...I am surprised that the judges gave an award to an image that had used cloning to add visual interest...is it possible that you spotted something that all the judges overlooked???

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2018 at 05:41 UTC
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Tarantula Guy: Am I the only one who's seen better on flickr and Instagram? I mean none of these shots are bad (there frankly quite good), it's just I've seen better.

Look at my earlier comment. Did you also take a look at the National Award winners? Let us know if you feel the same after looking at those 53 (which do include the ones you already looked at).

My own reaction to these National Award winners was *much* more positive than the set of 10 at the top.

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2018 at 07:15 UTC

Of the "main" ones listed here, there are some I really like and some that are not--to me--particularly impressive. BUT...

...if you click on the link (it's in the 4th paragraph) to see the 63 National Award winners--WOW!!! There were tons of amazing images. Maybe 10 or so that did not speak to me. The other 50+ were either "wow, that's great" or "OMG...that is an *amazing* photograph!" Well worth the 3 minutes to scroll through them.

Link | Posted on Mar 22, 2018 at 23:59 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
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santamonica812: Disappointing news, but not that surprising.

If ever I buy a digital camera that is no longer supported by my legacy PS program, it probably would not kill me to buy a 1-month subscription to PC Cloud, batch process the 10,000 or 20,000 images from my travels and then do the more careful editing, over time, with my old program. . . now that all my images will be in TIFF formats.

Not ideal, but workable.

. . . [cont.] . . .
I am pretty sure I can do 300 easily in an hour. That's only 10-20 hours, at most, spread out over a full month.

Easy peasy (I hope!!!).

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 03:51 UTC
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santamonica812: Disappointing news, but not that surprising.

If ever I buy a digital camera that is no longer supported by my legacy PS program, it probably would not kill me to buy a 1-month subscription to PC Cloud, batch process the 10,000 or 20,000 images from my travels and then do the more careful editing, over time, with my old program. . . now that all my images will be in TIFF formats.

Not ideal, but workable.

Hat,
Thanks for the update. I did not know that, about the subscription. Is that also true for students, by the way? I know that student's classes last only 3-4 months--I would be shocked if there is not a subscription period shorter than a full 12 months for the. (But I could be wrong...I am sure Adobe is doing/not doing everything in order to maximize its profits.) :-)

Jeff,
If history is any guide (based on my 4 round-the-world trips, each yielding 20,00 to 50,000 images!!!), what I need is a way to view the RAW images of course, once I get home. I should end up keeping about 10% of the images for further processing. At most, that will yield 2,000-5,000 images that I'll have to 'process' from RAW to TIFF.

Normally, of course, I process one image at a time. But if I had a month, I'd open, say, 5 image. Used a macro to automatically save each one as a TIFF, and that should take only 1-2 minutes. Do the same for the next group of 5, etc. . . . [cont] . . .

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 03:49 UTC

Disappointing news, but not that surprising.

If ever I buy a digital camera that is no longer supported by my legacy PS program, it probably would not kill me to buy a 1-month subscription to PC Cloud, batch process the 10,000 or 20,000 images from my travels and then do the more careful editing, over time, with my old program. . . now that all my images will be in TIFF formats.

Not ideal, but workable.

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2018 at 19:44 UTC as 119th comment | 5 replies
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halai: These 2 photographers story is very similar to my wife and I. We both met at the same place and time, and just clicks away!!! :-)

"Hey, that's my camera!"
"Hey, that's mine!"

Yup, BBQ, you're right. :-)

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2018 at 23:07 UTC
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