DAndison

Lives in United Kingdom Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.izelphotography.com
Joined on Nov 27, 2012

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On article Zack Arias on Unsplash and the 'race to the bottom' (287 comments in total)
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vadims: Finally a good description of gotchas of dealing with Unsplash (on either end). Highly recommended for anyone willing to try it.

I watched it up to minute 33, when Zack resorted to some dubious scaremongering: "What if the image you uploaded will be used for a cause you wouldn't endorse?" Well, how is Unsplash different in that respect from a microstock site, except you are not paid your 50c? I for one would feel *better* if not paid for a controversial use.

Anyway, first part was quite useful. Potential users would do themselves a favor if they watch it.

That's what I meant, the photographer will be the first one to be sued.

That's why we have indemnity insurance and public liability etc. But, I doubt they would payout if you knowingly supplied images without the required legal releases etc. You know what insurance companies are like at worming out of things. This is why it's extremely important that people know what they're doing. As I say, there's more to it than just taking some pictures.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 21:21 UTC
On article Zack Arias on Unsplash and the 'race to the bottom' (287 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I really sympathize with Zack, but I don't see any practical way to prevent people from donating their photos for free use.

Yes... it is killing his business, but if people want to give away their photos it is impossible to stop them. There is nothing illegal about it, and it isn't even unethical. Unless you feel that the food bank giving away free food is harming restaurants.

That is probably a good analogy because the free food... like the free photos... isn't always the best quality. Someone who needs free photos or free food probably wouldn't be capable or willing to pay $200 for a photo or a meal. So the high quality supplier isn't being harmed at all.

It just means it will become impossible to sell clip art and stock photos.

The problem is not the supply of free images, it's the lack of business knowledge. If you don't know what is legally required of you before licensing your work then you are putting yourself at risk of being sued. That's the problem.

Camera equipment is more widely available and people are using it and getting better at taking pictures. Unfortunately they are not developing their understanding of how the business works and the need of legal releases to protect you and your family from losing the roof over your head. That is the problem. Being a professional photographer is not just about being able to take good photographs, it's knowing how to manage the asset and stay on the right side of the law.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 18:29 UTC
On article Zack Arias on Unsplash and the 'race to the bottom' (287 comments in total)
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vadims: Finally a good description of gotchas of dealing with Unsplash (on either end). Highly recommended for anyone willing to try it.

I watched it up to minute 33, when Zack resorted to some dubious scaremongering: "What if the image you uploaded will be used for a cause you wouldn't endorse?" Well, how is Unsplash different in that respect from a microstock site, except you are not paid your 50c? I for one would feel *better* if not paid for a controversial use.

Anyway, first part was quite useful. Potential users would do themselves a favor if they watch it.

Microstock and Macro Agencies take Model / Property Releases from all photographers for each image that contains a model / property and reject any that don't. They basically carry out due diligence on the stock they are licensing out to clients and try to help you protect yourself.

Unsplash don't. they just let Photographers and Clients to blindly use imagery without fully appreciating the risks involved. Nowt to do with me mister!

Just imagine getting into a taxi but you didn't know whether the driver had a licence or the right to take you on your journey and the company that employs them doesn't know either! Using an Unsplash image may not kill you but if you end up being sued, you can wave goodbye to your savings, your house and car. You'll not even be able to cover the legal fees never mind the damages claim itself.

At some point someone is going to get their fingers burnt badly. The photographer first, the company second and then Unsplash. It's an accident waiting to happen.

Link | Posted on Feb 7, 2018 at 18:17 UTC
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whumber: How was the handling of the camera with gloves on? My experience in the past has been that most mirrorless bodies, E-M1 included, are very difficult to operate with heavy gloves due to the smaller size.

As Al Valentino Says, don't change your camera change your gloves. I tend to use fingerless glove / mitts. They have a mitt type cover that pulls over the fingerless glove. They're not to tight and will allow a pair of Extremities skinny gloves to go under them as well if needed.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 18:01 UTC
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bluevellet: They should take the A6500 on a similar trip. The weather sealing would likely fail but at least it wouldn't overheat.

Peiasdf

Yes I have. I also own the A6300 and the A7rii, hardly an Olympus fanboy. People are too quick to band out those words. If the EM1 mkii doesn't workout (which I doubt that will be the case), I wouldn't buy the A6500 over the A6300. Not enough difference between the two. By the time you sell the A6300 and buy the A6500 the difference is just not worth it. The A6300 is a really good camera as it is. But, it is FAR from being weather proof.

Edit. Just to say, the EM1 mkii won't replace my A7rii, it can't as it's just too good at what it does but it can't do what the EM1 mkii does in the places it can do it. Hence, I will be using both systems.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 17:52 UTC
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bluevellet: They should take the A6500 on a similar trip. The weather sealing would likely fail but at least it wouldn't overheat.

Fun 4 All
Agree, I also own the A6300 with the A7rii. The A7rii looks like it will take a little but I wouldn't trust the A6300 at all.

I've got a pre order in for the EM1 mkii and bought the 12-100 but I think I'll add the 40-150 as well after seeing some of these shots!

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 16:07 UTC
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Artpt: The noise level seems excessive for most all the shot....iso 500-1600....

Please comment EM1 users...I had an EM1 for 2 years and don't remember the noise this much.

Fun 4 All.
If you download a trail copy of Capture One Pro 10. Start off with NR and Details set to 0, then creep it up slightly. Most shots need between .5 to one full stop of exposure, slight S curve. For ISO 800 I was dropping NR from 50 to 20, Details from 50 to 10. No additional sharpening (for most), 4 contrast, 14 sat. This was normally a great starting point for the em1 mkii raws.

I think the had it on speed priority (2000) and forgot to adjust it as there were some odd settings used. The weather look dodgy so easy to get distracted and given the lack of contrast (overcast), the images look really good!

That 40-150 lens looks dam impressive as well!

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 15:58 UTC
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Artpt: The noise level seems excessive for most all the shot....iso 500-1600....

Please comment EM1 users...I had an EM1 for 2 years and don't remember the noise this much.

I've just downloaded a few raws and loaded them into C1 10 Pro. Either the in settings for internal jpgs are poor, JPG is poor or DPR's processing skills need some attention, serious attention.

The raw files give very good IQ (coming from a A7rii owner). Those jps have had the shadows lifted too far, too much sharpening mixed with too much NR. Criminal. Seriously, download a trial copy of C1 10 and take a look. I will never trust another image here again without checking out the raw file myself. The raws show under exposed shots that have been recovered in PP.

Link | Posted on Dec 7, 2016 at 15:10 UTC
On article Ultimate OM-D: Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review (1393 comments in total)
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PanchoVilla: Bar none, the E-M1 mark II is camera of the year! What an amazing photographic precision instrument. It makes cameras like the A6500 and X-T2 look like mere toys in comparison! Bravo Olympus for creating a timeless masterpiece!

Technically, the DOF issues work both ways. If you need large depth of field, a smaller sensor makes it easier to obtain but harder (of course) if a shallow DOF is needed. So, rather than trying to use one sensor to fit all jobs perfectly, it is better to use two systems and use the right one for the job in hand. I now use fast primes on a FF system and zooms and long lenses on a m43 system. Horses for courses.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 09:27 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2160 comments in total)
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N135F2DC: Battery Solution: I would like to call everyones attention to this video by David Oaster in Australia. And he has some really good videos that are of interest to all Sony users. Copy and past this into your address line.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ex-Pro®-Rechargeable-replacing-description-Com­patibility/dp/B00S5FSZZO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=U­TF8&qid=1459749927&sr=8-1&keywords=ex-pr­o+sony+on+the+move

It's not something I'd need to travel with, it's just more convenient in the studio or for long stints of shooting video from a tripod. I carry 7 batteries for the 2 cameras when I travel. This allows for two days use with three spare so I have more than enough to cover during recharging.

Once you've used mirrorless you get into a habit of being more careful with your battery usage and now, it's not something I give a second thought to. I can easily go out for a full day in the mountains, one fresh battery in each camera and carry 2 spares. I rarely have to use the spares and shoot approx 300 images plus 20-30 footage clips on top. It would be nice to have a more powerful battery but it's low down on my "Wish list" in terms of how they may improve the A7rii in the future.

Link | Posted on Apr 10, 2016 at 09:40 UTC
On article Upwardly mobile: Sony a6300 Review (2160 comments in total)
In reply to:

N135F2DC: Battery Solution: I would like to call everyones attention to this video by David Oaster in Australia. And he has some really good videos that are of interest to all Sony users. Copy and past this into your address line.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ex-Pro®-Rechargeable-replacing-description-Com­patibility/dp/B00S5FSZZO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=U­TF8&qid=1459749927&sr=8-1&keywords=ex-pr­o+sony+on+the+move

Tony's right. I use a 21,000+mah power pack that is equal to about 20 batteries. I use this for long studio shoots (when tripod mounted) and for shooting video. Especially video as that can use up a lot of power. It's worth buying a couple of them (£25 each) as they do take a while to recharge.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2016 at 07:52 UTC
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