Off The Mark

Works as a Photographer
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Anyone using on Cinnamon DE? If it is having issues with Gnome then guessing that running on Cinnamon might be even more of a headache...

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2022 at 12:52 UTC as 12th comment
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dmanthree: I'm not a video shooter, but I've read that AF has no place in video. Is that true?

For run and gun video of events (like weddings, sports, etc.,) it can be very helpful. Or even just taking video of your kids running around at the park. sure, it can get fooled sometimes but in a lot of situations it can be a life saver. Also, I used to have some photography magazines from the late 70s through 80s and I remember them talking about pro stills photographers would never use autofocus. I guess times change.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2022 at 06:56 UTC
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Enthusiast94: Is this too much camera for a beginner looking to expand from a Canon 6D in order to capture family and travel video? Not pretending to be Spielberg. Would I be better off with an OMD1?

We'd need to get a lens (one of the 1.7 zooms?) and upgrade to a hefty macbook.

A used Olympus E-M1 MK II (with firmware 3.0) would be a GREAT family / travel stills and video camera in m43. Easy to use, really good autofocus, great color science, awesome stabilization, small and light (compared to DSLRs). You can buy one used for less than $700. Look up Dave Maize review on youtube. I own three Sony aps-c cameras, and two panasonic full frame cameras, and used to own several Nikon cameras, and for a good straight out of camera video, the E-M1 II is great. (There are better cameras, not sure if there are better VALUE cameras that someone can capture great looking video with minimal effort though.)

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2022 at 18:02 UTC
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SDreamer: I mean. Jordan and Chris should write more articles. They've been great reads honestly. Grounded on usage of a device and how it impacts their workflow and what the new stuff does and doesn't do for them. Those are real reviews. This seems more of a review than most others who just literally spit out spec sheets (which to me are more of an overview).

While I agree with you that he was a bit condescending and certainly cynical, (And I agree about his real world example of DR and IBIS being unhelpful), I can't blame him TOO much. He was obviously frustrated with his dealings with Panasonic regarding the banding issue. He seemed upset that he only had a very short time to put the review together because of this, and he was miffed that he knew the review wouldn't be up to his normal standards due to the lack of time he could spend with the camera, since he knows that every youtuber HAS to release a video at the exact moment the NDA expires or it will never get seen. So yeah, he was frustrated and the review could CERTAINLY be MUCH better. But there was still a lot of good info in there. (I mean, I watched like 10 reviews and no one else had mentioned the banding, as far as I recall).

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2022 at 17:05 UTC
On article Why Raw video might not be the game-changer you expect (257 comments in total)
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Internet Enzyme: So the main point that I'm seeing this article make, is that the improvement delta between gamma encoded rec. 709 video and raw video is not analogous to the improvement seen in photography when we move from JPEG to raw because of the fact that JPEG is a comparatively even worse acquisition format, which is more of an academic argument than a pragmatic point, I think. The second point is this kind of tired, typical set of technical and expense considerations that people love to raise regarding this topic, but I feel that these should not discourage anyone who is actually aiming to achieve the highest quality image they can: if you have the budget, there's no reason you shouldn't be shooting raw. Then there are the issues with Final Cut and ProRes RAW which I feel are too specific. Perhaps the scope of this should have been limited to ProRes RAW and Final Cut specifically, but I suppose that limits the potential clicks

"So the main point that I'm seeing this article make, is that the improvement delta between gamma encoded rec. 709 video and raw video is not analogous to the improvement seen in photography when we move from JPEG to raw..."

Actually, I think the author was comparing 10-bit LOG to RAW, not Rec.709 to RAW. Rec.709 would be a lot less flexible. (For what it is worth, the 10-bit V-LOG out of the S1 / S1H / S5 is really beautiful, using it in Resolve with DaVinci Wide Gamut and the new HDR tools).

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2021 at 20:56 UTC
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agrek: Care for customers? Well...

Sorry guys for drifting off-topic, but does anybody know how to get rid of that “Running on NTSC“ nagging message on rx10m4? Thanks in advance!

Generally, this is because you have a camera that was designed to be sold in a PAL market instead of an NTSC market (like a camera that was meant to be sold in Europe or in parts of Asia, although i don't think in Japan). When you set the camera to NTSC (if you live in the USA you would do this, for example), then it will nag you at startup. Unfortunately, i don't know of a way to turn that nag screen off permanently... aside from changing the format back to PAL. maybe others know but I sure don't.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2018 at 15:08 UTC
On article Is it time to adopt DaVinci Resolve for video editing? (33 comments in total)
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Doux Vide: I'm a very casual video shooter, no big needs. I currently use PowerDirector or Vegas (depending on the features I want).
Resolve seems to be a very good tool, but I fear it may be a little too complicated (not "user friendly" enough) for me...
I will give it a try an see! I may either add it to my software palette, but I doubt I will totally switch to it...

Yeah, I find resolve 12.5 quick and I don't have a GREAT video card, just a decent one (GTX 960 with 2GB of vram).

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 06:55 UTC
On article Is it time to adopt DaVinci Resolve for video editing? (33 comments in total)
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mpgxsvcd: Yes, yes I believe it is time to switch. My old software doesn't support the newer codecs or the GH5's 10 BIT files.\

Resolve is now $300 instead of $1000. It works great and the full version supports everything I could ever need.

Hmmm... Definitely worth $300 for the full studio version.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 03:55 UTC
On article Is it time to adopt DaVinci Resolve for video editing? (33 comments in total)
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Doux Vide: I'm a very casual video shooter, no big needs. I currently use PowerDirector or Vegas (depending on the features I want).
Resolve seems to be a very good tool, but I fear it may be a little too complicated (not "user friendly" enough) for me...
I will give it a try an see! I may either add it to my software palette, but I doubt I will totally switch to it...

PowerDirector is - for me - far more intuitive. But once you start making enhancements (white balance, sharpening, saturation, etc.,) it becomes real slow. It would take two hours to render a three minute clip in PowerDirector 13 and PD 15, but in Resolve it only took about five minutes to render.

I often get the video about 90% done in resolve and then export to PD, then do some final titles / credits because I still don't know how to make any decent titles in Resolve.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 03:44 UTC
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Triplet Perar: This is a video camera. RED could have done the same, and give us a 75 fps 'photography camera' in 8K. Sony have installed the mechanical shutter in A9 only to pretend this fully equipped video device, which needs no mechanical shutter to operate, built for video and the video enthusiasts ... is also a 'photography tool'. I mean, Sony even admitted this several years ago, that they wish to kill photography and substitute it with hi-res video.

From the DPReview Hands On article:

"... for some reason, Sony decided to forego S-Log (and Picture Profiles entirely) on this camera. Sony claims this is because the camera is aimed at professional stills shooters."

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 02:38 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (519 comments in total)
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Off The Mark: "...the camera uses a 1.5x crop of the sensor when capturing 4K (that's a total crop factor of 2.25x relative to full-frame). "

Seriously???

Ok, I see your point. I guess from my perspective - since I am usually shooting around 16mm crop / 24mm ff-equivilant, it is not particularly good.

I am not a Nikon hater, in case anyone cares. I own a D750 and a D7000, and about 5 or 6 Nikon lenses. I also own a bunch of sony gear. I was really hoping that Nikon would come out with something that would shoot 4K in crop sensor and really allow for wide angle video so I could ditch my sony gear and focus on JUST Nikon.

Unfortunately for me, it looks like I will probably have to let my Nikon gear go and just focus on Sony :( It's too complicated for me to run two systems, and nowadays, video is as important to me as stills.

Hopefully Nikon will get their video act together enough that I can come back to them in a couple of years.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2017 at 14:44 UTC
On article Nikon D7500: What you need to know (519 comments in total)

"...the camera uses a 1.5x crop of the sensor when capturing 4K (that's a total crop factor of 2.25x relative to full-frame). "

Seriously???

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 15:09 UTC as 17th comment | 3 replies
On photo HB Pier Surfer-8218 in the Frame within a frame (Portrait photography) challenge (4 comments in total)

Nice!

Link | Posted on Apr 12, 2017 at 02:42 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply

I am glad to hear that RT is alive and well.

I used version 4 for a while. I got lost though, and unfortunately, there wasn't really tutorials that were simple enough for someone like ME to understand. I thought I was fairly tech savvy (I like Linux MUCH more than Windows), but RT just kind of kicked my butt...

I also asked for some help on the forums but didn't really get very far there, either. Guess the problem was that I was trying to "speak lightroom" to people who "speak RT"

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2017 at 10:02 UTC as 5th comment
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migus: tantalizingly beautiful!

and yet, no hires pics, nor exposure data, anything to teach the rest of us... :-(

I can't speak for Nick, but I know that for myself I am often posting images that don't have EXIF data in it (or the data is so confused because I am blending several different images with different exposures). I don't do that to be mean or anything... just sometimes I forget that I had the box checked for copyright only in Lightroom export.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2017 at 02:41 UTC
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mrmrbill: For those who follow him on FB, this material in the DPR article isn't even his best work. To whit: https://www.facebook.com/NicholasSteinbergPhoto/posts/898567716943761:0

I don't think he keeps his website updated as much as his IG and facebook pages...

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2017 at 02:33 UTC
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HRC2016: I'm of two minds here.
The images are great, as I would hope they would be given his effort. But to me, they all kind of look the same. I realize that's his niche, and he's good, but isn't it like a street photographer who only shoots hats (or something)?

I would love to have any of these images to my credit. But once I did I'd then go shoot something else.

As Brian noted, he shoots an awful lot of different subjects. Visit his facebook page and you might enjoy some of the other things he shoots as well.

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2017 at 02:32 UTC
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migus: tantalizingly beautiful!

and yet, no hires pics, nor exposure data, anything to teach the rest of us... :-(

well... just so yow, he does offer workshops, so he does actually teach the rest of us...

As for Hi-Res pics, he is a professional photographer (I know him) and he sells his art. I know that I wouldn't post hi res images if I was trying to get people or businesses to buy prints from me. If i did, next thing you know is that your photo is being used as wall art by some hotel chain all over the world.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2017 at 17:51 UTC
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John Koch: Technique? A guess: heavy (some graduated) ND filters, 50 ISO, f/8, 120 second exposures, SF area fogs, shoot from above fogs, many variations, patience. Hard to know, in advance, what conditions will be. Many trips to the summit will not yield anything: perhaps no fog or all fog. Work, chores, and other to-dos also preclude ventures. The real world will judge "go watch fog" a nebulous pastime.

John: I think you got the recipe nailed. It takes a lot of effort and (since i am his neighbor), I can tell you that his car is never in the driveway in the mornings or in the golden hour. He is ALWAYS out shooting.

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2017 at 17:46 UTC

Full disclosure: I am his neighbor!

Nick is a great photographer AND a great guy.

https://www.facebook.com/NicholasSteinbergPhoto/photos/?tab=album&album_id=960002557466943

He absolutely LOVES landscape photography (and he is pretty darn good at photographing people as well). He does offer workshops on landscape photography, so if you want to spend a morning or twilight shooting the beautiful landscapes of the San Francisco Bay Area, then definitely get in touch with him.

http://nicholassteinbergphotography.com/contact-2/

https://www.facebook.com/NicholasSteinbergPhoto/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE

Link | Posted on Jan 1, 2017 at 17:41 UTC as 35th comment
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