spitfire31

Lives in Sweden Nykoping, Sweden
Works as a Photographer and videographer, editor, producer
Joined on Jul 14, 2010

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AminF: In fairness it's not a terrible idea/product for certain uses, but the price (even at early bird pricing) is silly.

I'm sure if it does well there'll be a Chinese copy on ebay in a few months, much cheaper.

Not after Trump has slapped a fat tariff on it…

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2018 at 22:01 UTC

Here is a somewhat less breathless assessment of the P20/P20 Pro:

www.theregister.co.uk/2018/04/04/huawei_imaging_deep_dive/

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 04:50 UTC as 24th comment | 2 replies
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spitfire31: When you state that the video is 'smooth', you obviously refer only to the movement.

But the exposure is fluttering in steps like crazy and the sky switches between deep blue and desaturated cyan! The shot is unusable. I can't believe that you didn't notice and comment on it.

Judging from the result, video is certainly not one of the "strong points of the Huawei P20 Pro camera". I'm very disappointed.

If so, it would be VERY interesting to see a similar scene shot with AI off. Again, I can't imagine why those artifacts didn't merit comments in the article.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2018 at 04:47 UTC

When you state that the video is 'smooth', you obviously refer only to the movement.

But the exposure is fluttering in steps like crazy and the sky switches between deep blue and desaturated cyan! The shot is unusable. I can't believe that you didn't notice and comment on it.

Judging from the result, video is certainly not one of the "strong points of the Huawei P20 Pro camera". I'm very disappointed.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2018 at 19:00 UTC as 40th comment | 3 replies
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digilt: It could have been a great Kickstarter project!

"The idea of a "lifelogging" camera isn't bad on its own".

It is idiocy.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 09:29 UTC
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SignumX: This is where photography (for the avarage Joe) is headed. You can either embrace it or stick to what you know. With the advent of 360 degree photography, drones, automation and endless storage and bandwidth this is what the future is about. In a few years you'll be able to record everything around you all the time with a device that costs about the same as the Clips camera. Sure, there are huge privacy issues. But as long as the technology provides a service that people want they are willing to compromise on that for sure.

This taps into the feelings we all surely have had, at least sometimes: "Gee, I wish I had had my camera out at that moment...". Especially true for parents with small children who don't have the time or energy to wait for the perfect moment with a camera.

I'd suggest reading Yuval Noah Harari's book 'Homo Deus' about what he calls Datism.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 09:28 UTC

'Intelligent' and 'life logging' is a contradictio in adjecto.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 09:25 UTC as 1st comment

If you're too stressed and, yes, plain stupid, not to be able to savour your memorable life moments but feel compelled to record and 'share' them with any/everybody, perhaps a psychiatrist is the only answer.

What a world we have created. Sheesh.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 04:04 UTC as 14th comment

This photo held my attention for a long time. That says a lot. Suffering freezing winds on that mountain top had its reward. Great image!

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2017 at 09:14 UTC as 19th comment

Before even starting to look at the Macphun RAW and DAM features, I'm already being put off by those before/after pics. They seem to reveal a 'taste' (or lack of it) that is thoroughly repulsive to me. But then, I'm a European… ;-)

In all the examples shown above, the 'before' photos are, to me, preferable to the garish, over-processed, all-dials-on-11 look of the 'after' ones. Of course I realise that the effects could be subdued or applied locally (?). But they reveal the Macphun ethos, and it's clearly not for me.

DNG and Darktable, here I come.

Link | Posted on Nov 2, 2017 at 09:49 UTC as 2nd comment
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spitfire31: The truly revolutionary Photoshop versions were, IMHO:
PS 3 (1994) Layers
PS 4 (1996) Adjustment layers
Actions (macros)
PS 5 (1998) Editable type (previously, type was rasterised)
PS 7 (2002) Healing brush

Of course the 15 years after PS 7 have seen refinement and enhancements, but no revolutionary, everyday useful tools. These days, Adobe seem almost desperate to come up with flashy toy features in order to justify the CC business model.

Still using my trusty CS6 Extended (PS 13), I don't feel that I'm missing out on anything. ;-)

I agree wholeheartedly – CR is my go to RAW developer, in PS and in LR.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 18:06 UTC

The truly revolutionary Photoshop versions were, IMHO:
PS 3 (1994) Layers
PS 4 (1996) Adjustment layers
Actions (macros)
PS 5 (1998) Editable type (previously, type was rasterised)
PS 7 (2002) Healing brush

Of course the 15 years after PS 7 have seen refinement and enhancements, but no revolutionary, everyday useful tools. These days, Adobe seem almost desperate to come up with flashy toy features in order to justify the CC business model.

Still using my trusty CS6 Extended (PS 13), I don't feel that I'm missing out on anything. ;-)

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2017 at 15:18 UTC as 79th comment | 3 replies

"All Lightroom products now require a subscription. Lightroom CC 6.x will be the last stand-alone…"

That must be a typo – you mean Lightroom CS 6.x, don't you?

And I will NEVER subscribe to Adobe's blackmail.

Link | Posted on Oct 19, 2017 at 17:07 UTC as 64th comment | 1 reply

Maybe someone already pointed it out, but the masking tricks also work in CR in Photoshop. Really neat, and I didn't know about them, so kudos to Travis!

Link | Posted on Sep 11, 2017 at 15:39 UTC as 4th comment
On article Intro to drones part 1: Drone basics (113 comments in total)
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PhotoKhan: "and you must always carry these batteries on the plane with you, and never place them in checked baggage – no exceptions".

Incorrect.

LiPo batteries CAN be transported in checked baggage (...for the moment...).

They will, however, have to be installed in the destination device and switched off.

The provided link on your very own article correctly reproduces such IATA dispositions in "Q2/A".

Congratulations on an otherwise well-balanced, extremely informative article.

Well, a bit U.S.-centric… ;-)

Flying to, in and from China you are NOT permitted to carry any batteries in your check-in luggage.

Further, there's a strict limit on how many and how powerful LiPo:s you may bring in your carry-on.

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 19:35 UTC

PC CON for a video guy: no Final Cut Pro X. 'Nuff said.

/Joachim

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 21:29 UTC as 73rd comment | 1 reply
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D200_4me: I love my iPhone, but I'm never buying a Mac computer. There's no reason to. They're more expensive and my PC is very fast and has all the ports, etc that I want/need...and there's no end to the software that's available for it.

"my PC is very fast and has all the ports, etc that I want/need…"

But it still has to run (yeech!) Windows.

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2017 at 10:22 UTC

Image gear development seems to be heading in two diametrically opposite directions. On the one hand, 4K is all the rage and offers a resolution that force you to change all your monitors, projectors and what have you.

Then, OTOH, we are supposed to go all OOOH! over a gadget with a worse image quality than a 20 year old digital compact. 360 degrees or not, it's just a laughable novelty with no practical use, at this stage.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2017 at 18:40 UTC as 9th comment | 2 replies
On photo November in the An A to Z of Subjects- Week 14, N challenge (6 comments in total)

The almost uniform red cast makes this image just look heavily red filtered – boring, without some complementary reference colour to break the chromatic monotony. For instance, the tree trunk could tend to neutral, with a slight cyan tinge.

Link | Posted on Feb 6, 2017 at 21:44 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (395 comments in total)
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spitfire31: For me, the LX10 is DOA (disqualified on arrival) because of the lack of a viewfinder option.

I love my LX7 with the tiltable LVF2 finder and I couldn't imagine shooting video without being able to steady the camera against my face. But I'd certainly like it to have a 1" sensor…

But reduces versatility for a video pro. ;-)

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 02:57 UTC
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