Irakly Shanidze

Irakly Shanidze

Lives in United States Grosse Pointe, United States
Works as a creative
Has a website at www.shanidze.com/en
Joined on May 21, 2004
About me:

I am a founder of International Academy of Photographic Arts that provides
online classes and live workshops in fine art photography ith an emphasis on creative approach and lateral thinking in the US, Canada, Western Europe and Russia.

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Irakly Shanidze: another fabulous example of vaporware :)
hi-tech is a great thing when it actually makes the life easier and possibly less expensive. this device is a rather convoluted alternative to a $5 pack of color gels and a $5 flashlight.

that was extraordinarily inspirational :)

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2018 at 13:14 UTC
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Irakly Shanidze: another fabulous example of vaporware :)
hi-tech is a great thing when it actually makes the life easier and possibly less expensive. this device is a rather convoluted alternative to a $5 pack of color gels and a $5 flashlight.

What is important is the result, not the capabilities. Capabilities of this device are certainly impressive, yet results that you will get using them can be achieved with simple gels in a predictable and repeatable fashion, or unpredictable, of one desires. The workflow will be different, but it is the result that counts, right?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2018 at 09:40 UTC
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Irakly Shanidze: another fabulous example of vaporware :)
hi-tech is a great thing when it actually makes the life easier and possibly less expensive. this device is a rather convoluted alternative to a $5 pack of color gels and a $5 flashlight.

Yes indeed, it is great to have an ability for something that you will never need. I am all up for innovation, and you cannot accuse me of being a moth-covered retrograde. As an early adopter of digital technology, I had my first scanner in 1998 and started using Photoshop from the version 2.0. I completely converted my business to digital capture in 2003. Due to nature of my work with Leica, I have been very attentive to any developments in photographic technology. In so many years dealing with all kinds of photographic equipment I learned that there are essentials, there are products that improve results, there are gadgets that make working more comfortable, and there are devices that exist solely to provide income to their manufacturers by means of satisfying GAS of photo equipment junkies.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2018 at 07:28 UTC
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Irakly Shanidze: another fabulous example of vaporware :)
hi-tech is a great thing when it actually makes the life easier and possibly less expensive. this device is a rather convoluted alternative to a $5 pack of color gels and a $5 flashlight.

LOL, he already said that he couldn't. Also, he does not seem to understand that gels do not need to be programmed, as they are operated by an intelligent being and used in a succession and pattern of her/his choosing :)

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2018 at 06:53 UTC
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Irakly Shanidze: another fabulous example of vaporware :)
hi-tech is a great thing when it actually makes the life easier and possibly less expensive. this device is a rather convoluted alternative to a $5 pack of color gels and a $5 flashlight.

I see you don't fully understand what can be done with gels. Seems like real photography is rapidly becoming extinct.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2018 at 20:19 UTC
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Irakly Shanidze: another fabulous example of vaporware :)
hi-tech is a great thing when it actually makes the life easier and possibly less expensive. this device is a rather convoluted alternative to a $5 pack of color gels and a $5 flashlight.

Indeed... Gels also cannot be controlled via wi-fi.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2018 at 13:15 UTC

another fabulous example of vaporware :)
hi-tech is a great thing when it actually makes the life easier and possibly less expensive. this device is a rather convoluted alternative to a $5 pack of color gels and a $5 flashlight.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2018 at 09:16 UTC as 12th comment | 16 replies
On article Profoto launches compact 250Ws B10 studio flash (65 comments in total)
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milkod2001: Can anyone who actually used Profoto and Godox confirm that Profoto is much better when it comes to colour consistency? Currently stuck with ancient but still working 2x Bowens 750 Pro and 2x 400 Gemini. Will be looking for replacements within 1-2 years. I need to know if paying much extra for Profoto is worth it.

Disparity between declared and factual specs is a prevalent problem in China plaguing the precision manufacturing as a whole. So, I was not surprised to learn that Godox underdelivers. It is actually surprising that it is only a half-stop less powerful than declared :)

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2018 at 09:10 UTC
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landscaper1: Interesting ... as long as you don't mind being limited to only shooting live models in standing poses. Does this mean we can expect Photo Studio 2.0 to be a horizontal version so live models can recline?

Seriously. I predict we'll now see a rash of old clothes being modeled for sale on Craigslist and eBay.

LOL you don't say :)))))) You must have not noticed just a tiny bit of irony in my post

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2018 at 18:15 UTC
On article Profoto launches compact 250Ws B10 studio flash (65 comments in total)
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G Sciorio: A well made product no doubt and one reflective of the shrinking budgets of commercial shoots. The B10 will make a nice rental for when needed but ownership of such an expensive (and pricy to repair) strobe makes little sense to the everyday working pro.

Enthusiasts should pass on this and most all of the latest cameras. Everything made in the last five years is more than good enough. Put your photo money into workshops and travel. You’ll be a better photographer for it.

@Nikonparrothead - Depending on the nature of what you do, rental may be more economically sound solution than owning. If you do a couple of lighting-intensive shoots per month and can bill the cost of rental to a client, this is the way to go.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2018 at 17:16 UTC
On article Profoto launches compact 250Ws B10 studio flash (65 comments in total)
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milkod2001: Can anyone who actually used Profoto and Godox confirm that Profoto is much better when it comes to colour consistency? Currently stuck with ancient but still working 2x Bowens 750 Pro and 2x 400 Gemini. Will be looking for replacements within 1-2 years. I need to know if paying much extra for Profoto is worth it.

It is not the color, it is the power consistency. Also, Profoto reliability record is proven, while Godox is not so much. Maybe in a couple of years it will be more clear whether Godox is good enough for professional use.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2018 at 17:10 UTC
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landscaper1: Interesting ... as long as you don't mind being limited to only shooting live models in standing poses. Does this mean we can expect Photo Studio 2.0 to be a horizontal version so live models can recline?

Seriously. I predict we'll now see a rash of old clothes being modeled for sale on Craigslist and eBay.

this is an aspiring fashion photographer's dream :)

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2018 at 16:42 UTC
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fotowbert: Speaking from 35+ years of experience in the field of structural engineering IMO the cable tension has almost no opportunity to stabilize rotation of the camera platform about the vertical axis, aka "yaw". The design will have to rely almost entirely on the torsional stiffness of the telescoping vertical column. Traditional tripods use the bending stiffness of their leg for yaw stability and unfortunately a cable in tension has essentially no bending stiffness.

is it as strong as the driveshasft of a car? Probably it does not have to be, but we will know after someone takes a picture with a 400mm lens mounted on this tripod.

Link | Posted on Sep 13, 2018 at 20:12 UTC
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fotowbert: Speaking from 35+ years of experience in the field of structural engineering IMO the cable tension has almost no opportunity to stabilize rotation of the camera platform about the vertical axis, aka "yaw". The design will have to rely almost entirely on the torsional stiffness of the telescoping vertical column. Traditional tripods use the bending stiffness of their leg for yaw stability and unfortunately a cable in tension has essentially no bending stiffness.

Exactly. In sailing terms, in order to make the center column stiff, a pre-bend needs to be arranged for somehow. How cool this thing will look with two pairs of spreaders :)))
As to the unevenness of the ground, this is lesser of a problem, provided there is some leveling mechanism is in place, much like on video tripods with two-way fluid heads.

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2018 at 21:21 UTC
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fotowbert: Speaking from 35+ years of experience in the field of structural engineering IMO the cable tension has almost no opportunity to stabilize rotation of the camera platform about the vertical axis, aka "yaw". The design will have to rely almost entirely on the torsional stiffness of the telescoping vertical column. Traditional tripods use the bending stiffness of their leg for yaw stability and unfortunately a cable in tension has essentially no bending stiffness.

Speaking from 20+ years of experience racing sailboats and knowing what happens to a mast even when shrouds and stays are tout, I can add that rotation is not the only problem, which will face this "system" :)

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2018 at 18:53 UTC

so, this is the thinnest pancake lens ever, which needs to be mounted on a helicoid adapter (not included, naturally) to be focused? that kinda ruins the whole idea of the thinnest lens ever, doesn't it?

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2018 at 16:27 UTC as 124th comment
On article Pixelmator Pro update adds Light Leak effect and more (121 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: Light leak... what a bloody useful option! certainly beats that pre-exposed film in its flexibility and saves boatloads of money.
Now, the next big thing to come: an airport x-ray plugin. That thing will be invaluable in making an impression of not only of being a real film photographer (who most likely listens to real vinyl records and eats kale), but also one who is a hardcore world traveler.

i meant, listens to real vinyl records on a vintage looking $50 turntable

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2018 at 03:57 UTC
On article Pixelmator Pro update adds Light Leak effect and more (121 comments in total)

Light leak... what a bloody useful option! certainly beats that pre-exposed film in its flexibility and saves boatloads of money.
Now, the next big thing to come: an airport x-ray plugin. That thing will be invaluable in making an impression of not only of being a real film photographer (who most likely listens to real vinyl records and eats kale), but also one who is a hardcore world traveler.

Link | Posted on Sep 8, 2018 at 21:55 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
On article Review: Grip Gear Movie Maker 2 (31 comments in total)
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Irakly Shanidze: iPhone stab can be temporarily disabled simply, effectively and inexpensively. All you need is a small magnet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFPX_eMP9lA

LOL, are you old school or something? :)
https://www.ebay.com/itm/50PCS-8mm-X-1mm-Disc-Round-Strong-Rare-Earth-Magnets-Neodymium-N50-U-S-SHIPPED/112915990186?epid=14004812693&hash=item1a4a5146aa:g:NZ8AAOSw5dNWicEu:sc:USPSFirstClass!48230!US!-1

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2018 at 02:18 UTC
On article Hands-on with the new Leica M10-P (534 comments in total)
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Ross the Fidller: I must be yet another commoner believing this camera can only be for the idle rich. Still, it's interesting to learn a little about the gear that I know I couldn't justify (or desire) buying.

@ZeBebito - would you refuse if someone gave you M10?

Link | Posted on Sep 4, 2018 at 02:35 UTC
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