photolando

Lives in United States Orlando, United States
Works as a Professional Photographer
Joined on Jul 29, 2001
About me:

Professional Corporate Event and Portrait Photographer since 1986.

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Magazine? People still read those things? :)

Link | Posted on Dec 29, 2016 at 00:02 UTC as 236th comment
On article Google Pixel XL camera review (192 comments in total)
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aljudy: DPReveiw readers: this is what's killing the regular camera market. This continual improvement of the "low end" media market is showing no signs of slowing down. No wonder the movement to bigger sensors. DPReview: Is it time to do reviews comparing these phone cameras with low-end regular cameras? I think this type of comparative review would help your readers and those who become disappointed with their phones.

It only disappoints photographers. The average person couldn't care less. It's going no further THAN their, or someone else's phone. As long is it looks good on their phone, they are happy.

I don't say this in support of them. I'm a pro and have to put up with people taking the same shot I am at an event. Or I do a group shot then someone hands me their phone. Even if they are getting my shots for free. They don't care. They want it now.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2016 at 21:03 UTC

Well, according to B&H it's only about $45 more than the Nissan i40. From the dimensions it is a bit beefier. I always feel like the i40 looks so "toyish" on my X-T1. This Metz isn't a lot bigger (1/4" wider) but looks a little more professional. Not that I really care what people think but doing corporate events I want them, the clients, to think I'm using professional equipment. The attendees don't care but the client might. Perception does play a factor. I'll pick one up and give it a shot. Pun intended.

Link | Posted on Dec 6, 2016 at 15:31 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1375 comments in total)
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Sean65: I like Olympus and what they do but like Sony, Fuji and others I'm not sure they'll ever make it on to the league of professional cameras and I wonder how long they'll continue to chase the dream.

As a professional, I care. Even though I make my own decisions, pros have always looked for anything that might improve either the quality of their images, the ease of taking them, new technologies, etc. Anyone on this website cares a little or you wouldn't be here to begin with.

I've always been curious as to "why" other professionals use the camera they use. Doesn't mean I will buy it but I want to know their opinion. I meet a lot of people at corporate events who are into photography. They are always asking me questions about my camera, the lens I use, flash, etc. Sites like this give me a little more knowledge of ALL the cameras out there and what they can to cannot do. As one company adds something new, the others follow or make it better. Or they drop it. But they all watch each other and we win in the long run.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 12:10 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1375 comments in total)
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Sean65: I like Olympus and what they do but like Sony, Fuji and others I'm not sure they'll ever make it on to the league of professional cameras and I wonder how long they'll continue to chase the dream.

Actually, I'm not sure Canon or Nikon will ever wake up and realize this is where professional photography is headed. Trust me, plenty of professionals are getting into mirrorless. My X-T1 produces some of the best skin tones on my headshots that I have ever seen. Blows away similar shots with my 6D. I use both at corporate events. But I can see dumping the heavy gear soon.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 16:52 UTC

Why third party companies aren't making flashes for Fuji cameras is beyond me. They need more choices for external flashes. Sony makes speed lights. So do a lot of other companies for Sony, but not many for Fuji. If I were them, I get some out there. If good, Fuji buyers would buy them in a heartbeat. I would.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2016 at 20:10 UTC as 18th comment | 4 replies
On article Field Test: Wedding Photography with the Fujifilm X-T2 (233 comments in total)
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elefteriadis alexandros: One of the most important aspects in Wedding and professional photography is the perspective and depth of field control, and for a serious photographer anything smaller than medium format is not acceptable for that reason. Smaller formats is only for sports and speed situations.
Of Course young people they don't understand that because they didn't have the opportunity to compare small format with big one.

I take it you are very young because before digital dslrs, you were a hack if you didn't shoot a weeding with MF. No professional used a film slr back in the day. Most used Hasselblad. The serious and best ones anyway.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 13:11 UTC
On article Field Test: Wedding Photography with the Fujifilm X-T2 (233 comments in total)
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desaint: Sorry have nothing to do with the pics...but why he is wearing that cap(backwards) on a wedding...looks totally out of place..
Great colors by the way.

I have to agree. I realize it's a very casual affair, but even still, I see so many photographers, especially wedding/event photographers that dress very sloppy. Videographers are even worse. I see them all the time at "corporate" events in jeans and t-shirts. A polo or button down, nice pants, and at least nice looking casual shoes is the least anyone should wear to a clients event. But NEVER a baseball cap. How tacky. On a golf course shooting foursomes? Maybe. A wedding? Really?

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 14:00 UTC
On photo Street Food in the Your City - Local Street Vendor challenge (9 comments in total)
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calson: The composition with the man in the left side of the frame and the outstretched arm going to the highlighted corn works very well. What detracts from the picture is the busy background that competes with the viewer's eyes.

This is the kind of scene that needs to be worked with different angles and heights and apertures and focal lengths and shifting to change the background. It also shows why a 35mm focal length is a bad choice for street photography with its excessive depth of field and limitations for excluding detracting/distracting elements.

This is a great shot. People need to understand, when your trying to catch a moment, you don't always have a second chance to move and try another angle. This work BECAUSE of the angle. The profile and lighting on his face. Wonderful. The steam from the corn. It all works. The people in the background do not distract from the subject, They ARE the background. It's a street shoot. It should have people. I shoot corporate events full time and I can tell you, sometimes you have ONE chance at a good shot. You nailed this one. A great capture does NOT have to be technically perfect. Notice I didn't say anything about the technical part. I don't care. It's a great capture.

Link | Posted on Oct 26, 2016 at 11:04 UTC
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Iamnotarobot: I guess there is nothing really special about his cameras because most of his creativity came out of his extensive/obsessive darkroom work. It could be said that he was the father of photoshop with his obsessive level of selective dodge & burn & image post alteration/manipulation...

I would't agree. He had to decide what lens, what aperture, shutter speed, bellows extension, time of day, etc. His books started with The Camera, then The Negative THEN The Print. All were equally important when using the Zone System.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2016 at 18:49 UTC
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PanchoVilla: Look huge and ugly! This makes FF look like M43 sized cameras and lenses!

My original comment was meant to say that people need to get over this whole FF thing. All I hear is, "If only it were FF". Full Frame means nothing. Absolutely nothing, It's all just a size of a chip that either gives you the quality and image size YOU want, or it doesn't. Having shot everything from a Minox to a Sinar 8x10 over the past 30 years as a full time pro, trust me, I'm fully aware of the term Full Frame. It's just that the terms Full Frame or Crop sensor really don't mean much. It's just a format "size". Period. Except to tech heads. Has nothing to do with me getting over myself. NOBODY called a Mamiya 645 a "cropped" 2 1/4. But compared to a Hasselblad, it was. Or an RB67. Heck, a Hasselblad was a "cropped" RB67. Yet no one used the terms back then. They were just what they were, larger of smaller formats.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2016 at 13:41 UTC

If it does as it says, this will be in every pros bag. We do still use meters. It does ambient, flash AND color? $229? That's a steal. I'm still a bit skeptical. We will see. I actually hope it performs as it says it will.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 19:36 UTC as 13th comment
On article Metz mecablitz M400 flash unveiled at Photokina (44 comments in total)
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photolando: 4 "AAA" batteries? Really Metz? Most of us are already well vested in AAs. I don't want to have to carry and keep up with two sizes all the time. Your a great flash company but if Nissan could fit 4 AA's, you could have as well. This will not be a big seller because of the AAA battery size I feel. And if it performs no better than the Nissan (and MAN they look so much alike. Hmm), most will go with the Nissan.

Guess someone at Metz needs to proof read their press releases.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 18:01 UTC
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PanchoVilla: Look huge and ugly! This makes FF look like M43 sized cameras and lenses!

Didn't know you, RPJG were the DPReview Police telling what others can say and not say. I don't agree with others and respond and this is your intelligent comeback? Either say something that contributes or don't respond at all. At least I am on topic. People get all up on the FF argument. It's a non issue. FF does not matter and means basically nothing in todays world. All we have is FORMAT. It either works for YOU or it doesn't,

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 12:16 UTC
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PanchoVilla: Look huge and ugly! This makes FF look like M43 sized cameras and lenses!

Gotta love the FF criers. It is FF. For it's format. All cameras are. Last time I looked, all my lenses on their cameras FILL the frame in the back of the camera. What you mean is it's not equal to the FILM medium format size. And which one was that? 6x4.5? 6x6, 6x7, 6x8, 6x9? Was a Hasselblad NOT full frame compared to the Mamiya 6x7?

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2016 at 03:28 UTC
On article Metz mecablitz M400 flash unveiled at Photokina (44 comments in total)
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photolando: 4 "AAA" batteries? Really Metz? Most of us are already well vested in AAs. I don't want to have to carry and keep up with two sizes all the time. Your a great flash company but if Nissan could fit 4 AA's, you could have as well. This will not be a big seller because of the AAA battery size I feel. And if it performs no better than the Nissan (and MAN they look so much alike. Hmm), most will go with the Nissan.

Look again. Click on the PDF download near the bottom. Then scroll to the bottom of the PDF.

As quoted from the PDF:
Power supply
• 4 x AAA alkaline-magnesium or lithium batteries
• 4 x AAA NiMH rechargeable batteries

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 16:55 UTC
On article Metz mecablitz M400 flash unveiled at Photokina (44 comments in total)

4 "AAA" batteries? Really Metz? Most of us are already well vested in AAs. I don't want to have to carry and keep up with two sizes all the time. Your a great flash company but if Nissan could fit 4 AA's, you could have as well. This will not be a big seller because of the AAA battery size I feel. And if it performs no better than the Nissan (and MAN they look so much alike. Hmm), most will go with the Nissan.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2016 at 15:03 UTC as 5th comment | 8 replies
On article Metz mecablitz M400 flash unveiled at Photokina (44 comments in total)
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mgblack74: Easy now Metz. Don't overdo it with this announcement. Might embarrass your competitors. Lol

Yeah, I have to agree. Two small adjustment dials in the back. Looks like just digital versions of the dials that Nissan uses. Hmm. Makes you wonder.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 20:26 UTC

Heck, I've wondered why they don't make all sensors square. Shooting AND PROCESSING changed with digital. Square it up to fill as much of the images circle the lens produces and let us decide how to crop it later. Or give the whole image circle until it fades and let me crop out what I don't want later. Kind of like putting an 8x10 back on a 4x5 camera. Actually use to do that sometimes. Square worked with Hasselblad back in the day for eons it seems. Could work for dslr'd today. Call the ultimate raw. You get EVERYTHING the camera sees.

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2016 at 13:03 UTC as 21st comment | 3 replies
On article Getty Images asks court to throw out $1B lawsuit (97 comments in total)
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AbrasiveReducer: Ok, anything you find online is in the public domain. De facto, as the lawyers say. This makes sense, because if a thing can be stolen, it will be.

But charging money for something that's available for free, that's pretty low.

Huh? Just because you find an image on the internet does NOT make it "public domain". Where on earth did you hear this?

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2016 at 02:54 UTC
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