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Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Marlborough, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Works as a Commercial Photographer
Joined on Mar 18, 2006
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Adobe Community Professional, living in Rapaura, New Zealand
Gear: Canon 1DsMK3, 1DMK4, G1X, XF300


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J Graf: Not overly impressed. The whole stuff is pretty much overexposed

Proof positive that trolls have really bad eyesight.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 00:08 UTC
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Noverdose: Put your wallets away, people. I hear Trump ordered all 10 of the gold ones.

To match his wig?

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2016 at 22:07 UTC
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PhotoSenpai: What type of lens do you find most useful for photos from helicopters? What was used in the shots above.? Some great photos above.

Photography is one of my hobbies. Ironically, one of my other hobbies is flying and I own a helicopter and am a private pilot. I get to see some great sights/views; however as I'm the one on the controls, can't do both at once

Don't you need both hands to fly a helicopter? I thought they went out of control if you let go of the controls.

Link | Posted on Jun 19, 2016 at 21:19 UTC

If cats and dogs had cameras, they wouldn't need to use B&W filters.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2016 at 11:12 UTC as 13th comment

Perfect for Dark Field bottle shots as from Fil Hunter's 'Light Science & Magic'. I do it the other way round with my bottle shots, because they all have to be cut out. You need the rear diffuser to be just slightly wider than the bottle as seen by the camera, because too much excess width leads to specular highlight wrapping round the bottle, and softening of edge detail due to diffusion. So I have a cheap backdrop rail between the rear softbox and the product, with a pair of black cloths hanging from the rail like curtains. This makes it super easy to slide the cloth to create the perfect window width behind the product.

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2016 at 11:04 UTC as 1st comment
On article Adobe Camera Raw 9.5 introduces new color scheme (128 comments in total)
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viewfindr2: I use Photoshop CS6 and I won't be migrating to subscription-based CC, ever. So I'm SOL if I want my new camera's raw files recognized. That leaves the camera's raw software (which isn't great) and DNG Converter.

There are a few Photoshop CSx alternatives. The best IMO is Serif Affinity Pro, which is available for Mac now and Windows very soon.

I paid $700 for Photoshop CS6 four years ago. Affinity Pro looks like it's better, is non-subscription - and only $69! It's a no-brainer. I'm switching.

Adobe, sorry, you did this to yourself. Already nearly 80,000 on Affinity Pro's Facebook page, either using it or waiting for the Windows version. I'm guessing most are alienated Photoshop users.

80,000? Wow! There are more than 2,000,000 users of the Photoshop/Lightroom Photography plan alone, and they account for just over half of Adobe's customer base. I can't see Adobe bursting into tears just yet

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2016 at 03:14 UTC
On article Macphun offers Aurora HDR Pro 3-month payment plan (39 comments in total)

Since Adobe made it possible to processes the 32bit HDR file in ACR, other HDR apps became redundant β€” assuming you have a Photoshop CC subscription, which I guess is not everyone. The power of being able to use ACR's local adjustment tools on all that data allows you to squeeze every last bit of detail from your merged files, and do so without the OTT HDR look that everyone is so over nowadays. On the downside, half a dozen local adjustments can bring your system to it's knees, and it can be tricky down sampling to a usable 16 and 8bit image while keeping the look you achieved with ACR. But a total game changer, all the same.

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2016 at 21:20 UTC as 5th comment
On article Nikon releases D500 4K UHD sample video (200 comments in total)
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bluesrockfan: I've just bought a UHD (3840x2160) 4K monitor and although the footage is really detailed and high definition, it's jerky and keeps stopping to buffer all the time. Could it be that I need a better graphics card (got a 1 GB Asus Radeon R5 230 at the moment), a faster broadband connection (12MB at the moment, although it's slower during peak times), or both? Or could it be something else? It's even a bit jerky when played at 1080p, and obviously not as detailed. Thanks in advance for any replies from those more tech savvy than me ;o)

If you download the entire video with Free YouTube Downloader, you can play it from your hard drive eliminating your broadband connection as the cause of the jerky playback. The file is 146.68Mb and 1minute 43 seconds, so about 1.5Mb/s.

BTW with that with that sort of bitrate, you are not going to expect stellar video quality. Your DSLR records 1080P H.264 using about 4Mb/s. My broadcast quality 1080 camera is double that. YouTube has crushed four times the pixels per frame to one third of the file size of your DSLR 1080p file. Quality can't help but suffer.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2016 at 04:45 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: With this camera coming out, I predict we'll see a surge of black-and-white sequences in upcoming movies. Cinematographers LOVE to intercut their color footage with b&w dream sequences, memory scenes, and horrible crimes.

I also foresee numerous black and white music videos and perfume commercials. This is a great time to be a fan or creator of moving pictures.

Exactly. Just think how much more believable Bobby Ewing's return to Dallas would have been if they had had one of these to film the 'it was all a dream' shower scene.

Link | Posted on Dec 14, 2015 at 21:53 UTC

I imagine the spring loaded bearing takes out any backlash in the focus ring by tensioning it in both directions. There is also what appears to be a 'park' position at the end of travel β€” assuming that the helicoid can can move into that position and is not already at the end of its travel. I have no idea what the purpose might be.

Link | Posted on Dec 11, 2015 at 18:37 UTC as 9th comment
On article SmugMug Films: Climbing Ice - The Iceland Trifecta (14 comments in total)
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ThatCamFan: I would like to point out that off road driving as they are doing in the video is ILLEGAL here in Iceland, please do NOT do it, stick to roads. The fine if caught is going to be at least 2000-3000$

But what about all the TV programs we see of extreme 4X4 hill climbs, riding snowmobiles across water, and convoys of balloon tired trucks in the snow? Top Gear have done it more than once β€” I can remember the trick where they inflated a tire by squirting in lighter fuel, and igniting it ***BANG*** and the tire was back on the rim :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2015 at 20:53 UTC
On article SmugMug Films: Climbing Ice - The Iceland Trifecta (14 comments in total)

Carrying the weight of all their gear, and still banging in an ice axe, and pulling up with just one arm! That sort of upper body strength is difficult to get your head round. Superbly well filmed, and an awesome end product.

Link | Posted on Nov 14, 2015 at 19:07 UTC as 3rd comment
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Jim Evidon: It looks like a nice little travel pod, but it would be nice if Manfrotto gave up its proprietary camera plate design and adopted the more universal Arca Swiss design. They might sell a few more tripods that way to people who have already invested in the Arca Swiss plates. As one of those people, I would never buy a Manfrotto tripod for that very reason.

I paid a bloody fortune recently, swapping the RC2 top plate on my Hydrostatic head to the Arca Swiss like MSQ6 top plate and QR plate. I'm talking NZ$200, and they actually had it listed for NZ$400 before I said WTF, and how can that be so expensive. Bottom line, is it was a complete waste of money. It is no more sturdy than the RC2 system, and is way less convenient to use.

I have a couple of Chinese knock off components with very similar plates, and they cost about a tenth of the Manfrotto item. Oh well... At least I never fell for paying good money for a Garry Fong Lightsphere :-)

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2015 at 21:42 UTC
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canonpro: ****To all those haters, who say his work is poor, etc. Your just out of touch, Cooper really is an innovator, the firey trash the dress shot for example is from 9 years ago, seriously think of photos 9 years old and show me something from then that was this well done. How many photographers out there have tried to immulate his trash the dress themes. To the haters, look at your photos from 2006, and post them, to show us how great your work was.

Nine years? From a digital viewpoint eleven years gets you the Canon 1DsMK2 and Hasselblad H1D. Before that you'd have to look at film, but large and medium format with reversal film (transparencies) could match today's IQ from many years back.

OK, I'll go stand in the corner with my Pedant Hat.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2015 at 17:53 UTC

The Lou Mana episode on the Studio Lighting dot Net podcast is one of the best sources of how to photograph food I have ever come across. I still use some of the little tips and tricks I picked up from that. Regarding this guide,, I was ready to be unimpressed from the image at the top of this page, but after downloading the guide, it has some very nicely lit food images.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 19:24 UTC as 5th comment | 1 reply
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Tom Goodman: First rule. Hire the best stylist.

True of several genre. Clothes are a good example. A stylist can make un-modelled clothes come to life.

Link | Posted on Oct 22, 2015 at 19:21 UTC

Just read through the comments again. In case anyone is confused, the mobile apps are free to anyone regardless of whether you have a CC subscription, but you do have to register with a CC account. AFAICT, that's no different to registering to the many forums we all use.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2015 at 19:49 UTC as 11th comment

I really like the existing mobile apps, and I'm happy to see more. Color CC, for instance brings Kuler to your smart phone, and improves the functionality of Kuler by orders of magnitude (in that I use it a lot now, and rarely before).

The Mobile Apps would be pointless without CC Libraries, but Libraries are one of the best aspects of Creative Cloud IMO. I love how I can drag an object in from one app, and use it in another, and the same applies to the Mobile apps. They are genuinely useful tools and extend the capability of your CC subscription.

I really must try and get to MAX next year.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2015 at 19:45 UTC as 12th comment
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Zoomer52: No mention is made on their site about how to adjust for the nodal point when you change lenses (or zoom to a different focal length). This is very important when trying to create seamless panos. And there should be precise etched markings (at least) to allow you to record the position for a particular focal length and return to it quickly and accurately. No mention is made of this at all, nor do any of the photos show etched markings.

I had the same thought from the pictures, but the video has a plate with a slot to handle the No Parallax Point. It all looks very DIY though.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2015 at 03:09 UTC
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Peter K Burian: The photo lab where I get oversized prints does use a wide format Epson printer. Fabulous print quality and archival (fade resistant for 100 years on the paper I choose)

And you didn't need to shell out $5000, and half of a room taken over by the giant printer. Yes, that gets my vote as well.

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2015 at 18:22 UTC
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