spitfire31

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

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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 17th 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 61st 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 5th 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 (393 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

When shooting documentaries in Niger and Kenya some 30 years ago, I always had an SX70 in my camera bag. It worked wonders as a social can opener in touchy environments (Nairobi slum, Niger tiny villages) where people were camera shy, to put it mildly.

A couple of Polaroids of the local chief and doors were opened like nothing else. Their faces, when the images magically started to appear in that blank rectangle, were priceless.

As a funny aside, at a Polaroid press meeting, someone mentioned that even persons who had never seen a Polaroid photo before, when they were handed a blank print as it came out of the camera, they invariably started waving it back and forth to speed up the process. Yes, they did, even in rural Niger. ;-)

No, I won't buy an overpriced SX70 in the year 2016…

Link | Posted on Nov 20, 2016 at 08:02 UTC as 3rd comment
On photo Misty Morning Valleys in the Foggy day challenge (3 comments in total)

Superb, almost magical image. I'm reminded of old Chinese landscape ink paintings.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 07:57 UTC as 3rd comment

Adobe seems to be desperately trying to justify its subscription model with stupid eye candy. Pathetic.

Link | Posted on Nov 15, 2016 at 15:01 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
On article Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10/LX15 Review (393 comments in total)

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…

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2016 at 07:58 UTC as 82nd comment | 2 replies

I expect this will work/not work similarly to the other 'content (somewhat) aware' tools – perfectly sometimes (with images that you could easily fix yourself), and just a bizarre disaster at other times, so you still have to fix it yourself. Not too impressed. ;-)

Link | Posted on May 27, 2016 at 12:48 UTC as 20th comment | 1 reply

I downloaded the demo, briefly tried it out on a couple of pics and then erased it from my HD.

At its heart is some glorified but less tweakable version of the Selection Brush in Photoshop. I had to do a LOT of fiddling with moderately complex photos in order to get reasonable maskings with a tool that feels much clumsier and difficult to control in use than the PS SB.

The simple zebra still above probably represents a suitable complexity for LandscapePro.

In fact, there's nothing "Pro" in LandscapePro that I can find, at least not in its current 1.0 guise and certainly nothing that can't be done quicker and more contrallably in PS, perhaps aided by a masking plug-in such as Topaz ReMask 5.

Link | Posted on May 23, 2016 at 05:31 UTC as 21st comment | 1 reply
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (306 comments in total)
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spitfire31: I just can't understand that Sony didn't give the III, with its respectable video features and premium price, a touch screen for focus point positioning.

I hope they'll see the light when it's time for the RX10IV…

Thanks for the heads up, Chris! Appreciate it.

While I'm also considering using the RX10 mainly for 'journalistic video' purposes, I'd have liked the option, for instance when interviewing several persons, of cueing focus on the screen.

Since you're using the II, could you say if it's possible to have the moveable focus frame visible during actual shooting and set focus with a programmable button, for instance?

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 16:58 UTC
On article Hands-on with the Sony RX10 III (306 comments in total)

I just can't understand that Sony didn't give the III, with its respectable video features and premium price, a touch screen for focus point positioning.

I hope they'll see the light when it's time for the RX10IV…

Link | Posted on Mar 30, 2016 at 15:46 UTC as 25th comment | 5 replies
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