Biowizard

Biowizard

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Joined on Oct 21, 2011

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On article FilmLab is a film negative scanning app for smartphones (112 comments in total)

Nice solution looking for a problem - let's face it, basic flatbed scanners are dirt cheap these days (probably costing less than a Kaiser lightbox) - and you will be guaranteed better resolution and elimination of distortion using a scanner compared with hand-holding a iPhone over an illuminated film strip.

And then there is the proposed SUBSCRIPTION?!

Bye bye Filmlab!

Brian

Link | Posted on May 15, 2017 at 10:26 UTC as 3rd comment

WOW! Just WOW!! With today's DTP and digital printing, we all forget the amazing manual craftmanship of our parents' generation!

Amazing photos, thanks for posting.

Brian

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 09:01 UTC as 34th comment | 2 replies
On article Sphere of frustration: Nikon KeyMission 360 review (202 comments in total)

With all such toys, just wondering what 90-degree of axis image quality is like compared to 0-degree/180-degree. HAS to be a camera with two "sweet spots" - one directly in front, the other behind. And with all the +180-degree fish-eye codswallop, there is NO WAY the perpendicular field will be of similar resolution.

Seems to me that the MINIMUM for a TRUE 360-degree capture array is 4 ultra-wide-angle/fish-eye lenses mounted at the corners of a tetrahedron.

Brian

PS: Yet to enjoy a SINGLE so-called 360-degree photo/movie. Just full of the fag packets, own feet and legs, and other shyte (dpReview enforced spelling!!) that we photographers have been trained to avoid for YEARS!

Brian

Link | Posted on May 4, 2017 at 00:50 UTC as 15th comment

Want one.

There, said it.

Now I'll dream on ...

Brian

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 13:06 UTC as 2nd comment

BLACK glass on KickStarter ... will it Ever See the LIGHT of DAY?!

Brian

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 00:14 UTC as 1st comment

Keeping the Canon glass and buying the Metabones adapter is surely a no-brainer in the short term? Then as lenses get worn/damaged/replaced with time, buy into the Sony glass if there is a perceived performance improvement.

Brian

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 14:26 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
In reply to:

Biowizard: My first ever lightmeter (late 1970s) was a Sekonic. I ended up replacing it with a Weston Euromaster IV (which I still have, and still works). Because in those days, each press of the shutter cost me 10p (probably nearly one pound in modern money), bless Kodachrome II (later, K25). But now, when you can fire off half a dozen bracketed exposures in the twinkling of an eye for zero cost, WHO, actually, NEEDS a light meter any more?

Brian

MrBrightSide - totally agreed that manual exposure is essential in situations like this, but I could still get the results I wanted without resorting to a separate hand-held meter. I would simply take a spot reading using my camera, set up the exposure manually, take a test shot, adjust up/down as needed, take another test shot, and when happy, then shoot away.

Brian

Link | Posted on Apr 26, 2017 at 09:34 UTC

My first ever lightmeter (late 1970s) was a Sekonic. I ended up replacing it with a Weston Euromaster IV (which I still have, and still works). Because in those days, each press of the shutter cost me 10p (probably nearly one pound in modern money), bless Kodachrome II (later, K25). But now, when you can fire off half a dozen bracketed exposures in the twinkling of an eye for zero cost, WHO, actually, NEEDS a light meter any more?

Brian

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 22:16 UTC as 14th comment | 6 replies
On article Huawei P10 camera review (98 comments in total)
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Biowizard: OK, I get it - the words are ambiguous. Nonetheless, somehow, when I go to a website like DPReview, and see an article called "xyz CAMERA Review", I tend to expect to find - how can I put this - a Review of a, er, um, CAMERA made by xyz. Not a phone!

Brian

Eric, even though I am PASSIONATELY pro-EU, and ANTI-Brexit, I have to concede, that remarks like yours explain why my otherwise wonderful country decided, by 52% vs 48%, to commit political suicide.

It's so strange being stuck in a place with amazing shared culture (Europe, for the US readers), but in which we don't understand each other's humour, while talking to others (Americans, amongst them, for the US and EU readers) within whom we share most of our sense of humour, but not, always, our culture.

I guess that is the price I pay for being born English.

Brian

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 19:55 UTC
On article Huawei P10 camera review (98 comments in total)
In reply to:

Biowizard: OK, I get it - the words are ambiguous. Nonetheless, somehow, when I go to a website like DPReview, and see an article called "xyz CAMERA Review", I tend to expect to find - how can I put this - a Review of a, er, um, CAMERA made by xyz. Not a phone!

Brian

Alex, perhaps you are not from the UK, so perhaps you missed my not-so-subtle prefix to my post. For the non-UK-world, "OK, I get it - the words are ambiguous." means "YES, I figure this is another phone cam review, but wish it said so, rather than implying this was primarily a CAMERA". The title, "Review of the Huawei P10 Phone's Camera" would do it. Or even, "Phone Review: the Huawei P10 Camera". But I understand that, for you, without this stating of the obvious, it was all too subtle. So sorry you felt moved to respond that way.

Brian

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 17:25 UTC
On article Huawei P10 camera review (98 comments in total)

OK, I get it - the words are ambiguous. Nonetheless, somehow, when I go to a website like DPReview, and see an article called "xyz CAMERA Review", I tend to expect to find - how can I put this - a Review of a, er, um, CAMERA made by xyz. Not a phone!

Brian

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2017 at 15:25 UTC as 37th comment | 9 replies
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)
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Biowizard: CIPA Battery Life of 650; max 20 FPS shooting rate ... Yikes! I could drain that battery flat in 32.5 seconds! Wonder how warm it would get?!

Brian

Such an informative and courteous response, ET2. Hope you feel better now.

Brian

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 14:52 UTC
On article The Sony a9 is a 24MP sports-shooting powerhouse (1908 comments in total)

CIPA Battery Life of 650; max 20 FPS shooting rate ... Yikes! I could drain that battery flat in 32.5 seconds! Wonder how warm it would get?!

Brian

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2017 at 13:17 UTC as 71st comment | 13 replies
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tabloid: My suggestion is shoot raw, then save as tiff (where colour correcting should be done), then save as jpg of your choice. As we all know the more you open and close a jpg the worse it gets.
Dont loose the tiff.

ps...is it JPG or JPEG

Agreed, "The Squire", non-destructive editing is an option. So far, though, I have not got into LightRoom. I shoot RAW+JPEG on my Olympus OM-D E-M1, at the highest resolution and native ISO, relying on image stabilisation, or physical support (tripods, etc) for low light - and for all important images, work from the RAW files. I generate JPGs for one-off use, and PNGs at an appropriate resolution for any images I might want to tweak again quickly at some future point, without going back to the archived RAWs and starting over. Photoshop's own RAW import filter is great in remembering what tweaks I applied the previous time I opened the given RAW file anyway!

Brian

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 23:43 UTC
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tabloid: My suggestion is shoot raw, then save as tiff (where colour correcting should be done), then save as jpg of your choice. As we all know the more you open and close a jpg the worse it gets.
Dont loose the tiff.

ps...is it JPG or JPEG

Tommi, no-one (who understands lossy compression) would ever consider saving JPG, then reloading it to edit further, save again, reload, etc. But then again, ANY image that is on your hard disk, you MIGHT one day want to open for further editing, and if your entire repository of images is stored in JPG format, then gradually, over time, they will lose quality if you want to make occasional tweaks.

And even within a single Photoshop session, remember there's a "Revert" (to last saved) option to use when a heap of edits have gone wrong. If you do occasional saving during a session (always a good idea), and then use "Revert", you will be reloading your most recently saved file - and if that is a JPG, then !!BANG!! - one more generation of lossiness and artifacts.

Stick to PNG, apart from disposable images for posting on Facegram or Instabook.

Brian

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 10:56 UTC
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Biowizard: 360-degree, non-stereo, fixed-viewpoint stitched fisheye images are SO BORING. Bring on some CAMERAS for F Sake!

Brian

The last that impressed me was the Mk II version of my current camera ... the Olympus OM-D E-M1. Not QUITE enough so to make me upgrade, YET ...

Brian

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 16:54 UTC

360-degree, non-stereo, fixed-viewpoint stitched fisheye images are SO BORING. Bring on some CAMERAS for F Sake!

Brian

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2017 at 23:52 UTC as 12th comment | 3 replies

The next generation of DSLRs will work with lens cap still on. The GPS sensor and Compass will figure out where you are, and what you are pointing the camera at, and Cloud services will then draw the perfect photo for you, with the correct time of day, lens FoV for the capped lens attached, and your choice of weather conditions.

And then we'd be back to where we were 150 years ago, when folks used brushes and watery or oily pigments to do this kind of thing.

Plus ca change ...

Brian

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2017 at 13:39 UTC as 19th comment
On article OPPO launches F3 Plus with dual selfie cameras (13 comments in total)

I'd be far more interested in two identical lens/sensor assemblies at opposite sides of the phone, to enable 3D images to be taken. Coupling that with a cheap stereoscope could provide a ViewMaster-like experience to your snaps.

Brian

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2017 at 16:13 UTC as 3rd comment

So ironic that on the same day as the UK Parliament was debating a similar ban, it was a man in a CAR, in possession of a KNIFE, that caused carnage in London and resulted in a 5-hour lockdown of the city centre.

Brian

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2017 at 11:27 UTC as 10th comment
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