iae aa eia

iae aa eia

Lives in Brazil Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Works as a English school coordinator and EFL teacher
Joined on Jan 13, 2011
About me:

I was born in Brazil, in a city called João Pessoa. I lived in a few other cities in three neighboring states before moving to where I currently live, about 1,300 miles away down south, Belo Horizonte. Back then, photography was not offered at colleges and universities, I didn't want any other courses, and I never got a higher education. I tried to get in the AirForce—they offered the career of aerial photographer (don't know if they still do)—but I could not get in because they detected a health problem. I started working with social photography. I shot a couple of birthday parties and some portraits, but I wasn't successful. I liked the experience, but I had never been a very social person and the few clients I had I got with the help of my mother.

During this time, I was living by myself and in a different city, and I was not able to prospect any clients by myself or get any references from the few folks I had done work for. I was just to shy to ask for references. I had some issues related to lack of perseverance. I was constantly feeling down since my later teenager years. I ended up giving up and working with motorcycle sales, an area in which I was also unsuccessful because I had to be socially more engaged as well, but I thought that it was going to work just because I liked motorcycles. Aftera while, I got an opportunity to work at those 1-hour photo labs/shops as a minilab operator. Now I was able to do a better job, probably because I didn't have to have high social skills. I worked isolated most of the time. As a minilab operator, I was considered one of the best at all the places I worked at, thanks to the fact that I loved photography, read a lot of technical literature, and learned with two very good folks how to operate and maintain those machines. One of them had worked at a Kodak laboratory for more than a decade and had opened a photo lab along with two other business partners, the first photo lab I worked at. The other guy was a Noritsu consultant/technitian.

I started to get socially more engaged after I got involved with the church of Christ. If I was as socially engaged as I was after 2 or 3 years attending church and doing volunteering work when I started shooting, the story would have been different. Since I got involved with church, I have been often in contact with Americans and my English improved considerably. It was because of that that I had my first opportunity to teach English, helping some classmates at a course I was attending in which English was an asset. My classmates noticed that I liked teaching and that I taught well, and they encouraged me to be an English teacher.

After about six years working at at least four schools, I got the opportunity to have my run business, as a master franchisee for an English school specialized in private classes. This opportunity was offered me by the current company I had been working for as a teacher for two and a half years, but only if I moved to a pretty far away city, which is where I live now. I had terrible headaches when I lived in my original hometown, but my current hometown is cooler and drier, and it's also better for business, a little more developed, the fried and cooked food is amazing (except baked stuff, nothing special), and the accent is among the nicest in Brazil.

The first camera I've ever shot with was my mother's Kodak Instamatic 177XF, in the 80's; I used to disassemble and assemble it quite often. The first contact I've ever had with photography literature was still in the 80's, when the husband of a distant relative of mine gave me a photography guide composed of two magazine-sized and four less-than-letter-sized books. Each one of the magazine-sized books was divided into many sections, like cameras, lenses, flashes, framing, darkroom, techniques, pro-photographers' galleries, etc; and the other four books focused on specific photo subjects. Only photos and commentaries in them. One was about people, the other was about women, another one, about nature, and one about architecture. I loved that kit. Decades later, already late 2000's, when I was able to understand English much better, I could compare them with many other guides and I realized that they were quite complete and technically accurate. Really good stuff for Brazilian standards. It was probably the translation of an American guide.

In 1993, I was living in a city called Natal. I was riding a bicycle when I decided to stop at a newsstand located at a supermarket for a quick look at the magazines, as I used to do. I wasn't looking for anything in particular and didn't intend to buy anything, but while I was browsing, I saw that beautiful red glossy cover magazine with lots of SLRs on it, standing on the top shelf. It was the December's 1993 edition of Petersen's PHOTOgraphic magazine. I was in awe, thinking, "Wow, look at that!" (in Portuguese, of course). I had never seen such an appealing cover (uncommon to Brazilian magazines at that time) and that rich content in terms of equipment. I decided to buy a compact Collins Gem Eng-Port Port-Eng dictionary and a calculator in the same week I bought that magazine, and spent the whole month trying to translate most of the magazine's content and converting feet to meters, inches to mili/centimeters, and pounds and ounces to (kilo)grams, and even dollars to royals (our currency, or 'real/reais' in Portuguese)—well, I started doing currency conversion from 1996 onward, as there was no 'real' in 1993, but only a temporary, transitional currency in 1994, and I was still not interested in currency conversions by 1995). I continued to buy issues of that magazine for the next 6 months. At first, equipment ads, gear guides and articles, and shopping catalogs where the sections I read the most.

In 1996, I was living in Guarabira, a city in the countryside of João Pessoa's state, and the owners of a photo shop in Natal called me and invited me to move back there and work as a minilab operator. That was my first job. I knew the folks there because they didn't have access that kind of magazines and I used to go there to show them to them and talk about photography, and we enjoyed that a lot and became friends. While I was working there, and SLR-wise, I had the chance to handle (not only, but more extensively) some very nice cameras like the Nikon F3 and FM2, Minolta Maxxum 9xi and X-370, and quite a large variety of Pentaxes, like the K2000, ME, and P30t. There were other cameras from same said brands and other brands, like Vivitar and Yashica. Canons were rare; I don't know why. I can't really remember handling a single SLR, except compacts. But, two brands I wanted so much to have an opportunity to see live were Contax, Ricoh, and Zeiss. I just drooled over seeing pictures Contax bodies and Zeiss lenses. Even one or two of Contax compacts. I also wish I had seen more Olympuses' SLR's. I also drooled over its µ-II.



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On article Preview: Canon PowerShot G1 X large sensor zoom compact (767 comments in total)
In reply to:

simon65: The PowerShot G1 X is available from late February, priced at £699.00/€799.00/$799.99 RRP.

£1 = USD 1.54

£699.00 = USD 1,076

Yep, looks like the Great British public are about to get royally screwed again.

Probably the equation involving production, demand and taxes is more favorable in the USA.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 17:06 UTC
On article Preview: Canon PowerShot G1 X large sensor zoom compact (767 comments in total)

I knew Canon would overcast Nikon skies again, as always. Canon rules. Perfect launch. Sensor better sized than Nikon 1's. That's so good I'm not a Nikon fanboy (neither Canon), otherwise I would be growling and deep breathing of envyness right now. And this is only the very start.

Link | Posted on Jan 9, 2012 at 16:55 UTC as 172nd comment | 5 replies
On article Nikon D4 overview (839 comments in total)

Someone (I don't know if more) commented about being wrong saying this or that camera is better in this or that thing, like competing, but I think this competition makes sense and is no harm at all. Competing is what makes the companies to run to get better, to try to surpass in this or that characteristic their rivals, and everybody is involved. Of course, no need to kill, but a tug-of-war is fine, even among the costumers.

Link | Posted on Jan 7, 2012 at 03:48 UTC as 126th comment
On article Kodak sells Image Sensor Solutions business (69 comments in total)

The first camera I used and disassembled and broke was an Instamatic 177X from my mom and I remember most people in my country had Kodaks until my teenager years. I remember buying a Portra film to shoot some social events gave me confidence and made me anxious to see the results. I remember looking closer at movie strips and seeing the Kodak brand marked at the laterals. I remember handling Kodak chemicals and Royal papers in a minilab,...

Kodak had everything to be successful in the digital market, but didn't know what area of itself to concentrate on, letting unprofitable departments to draw money from the profitable. I really hope they have a plan. To end like Vivitar (I still remember how Series 1 lenses represented something good), oh gosh, no please.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2011 at 15:44 UTC as 18th comment
On article Video Interview: Vincent Laforet (50 comments in total)

I see now problems with the angle it was shot. Of course it wasn't appropriate. Maybe the room was small and there was no wider lens or wide adapter, so they had to lift the camera to get more in the frame.

The transcript would be welcome. As told by someone here, sometimes we want to watch it in an inappropriate moment and there's no earphones, and later to remember we don't. Congrats, DPR.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2011 at 18:18 UTC as 6th comment
On article Lytro announces Light Field Camera (269 comments in total)
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iae aa eia: Some people here are completely blind. This is for sure the biggest change in the history of photography after the film era. The digital capture was only the beginning. Man, now you can focus a shot after taken, haha! That's amazingly amazing! Seriouly, man! Haha! Wow, no words...

Don't think I don't understand about photography. I understand, and very much, artistically and technically, and also appreciate all that stuff like manual focusing, 'shuttering', 'aperturing', 'whiting', 'ISOing', etc.; working on the camera, but, to think it's going to be little thing, is total blindness and huge ignorance.

I imagine they can be very useful to shoot fast action at a long distance and under not so good light to publish on the internet. There you have a lens with no need to focus, large aperture and no shutter lag. No more power to have the camera activating motors and focusing systems all the time. Less mechanics.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2011 at 05:03 UTC
On article Lytro announces Light Field Camera (269 comments in total)

Some people here are completely blind. This is for sure the biggest change in the history of photography after the film era. The digital capture was only the beginning. Man, now you can focus a shot after taken, haha! That's amazingly amazing! Seriouly, man! Haha! Wow, no words...

Don't think I don't understand about photography. I understand, and very much, artistically and technically, and also appreciate all that stuff like manual focusing, 'shuttering', 'aperturing', 'whiting', 'ISOing', etc.; working on the camera, but, to think it's going to be little thing, is total blindness and huge ignorance.

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2011 at 04:02 UTC as 64th comment | 8 replies

I'm not a pro, so I won't say much. I think this launch puts an end to their 1.3 x sensor lline. It's kind of an update of both 1Ds Mark IIIand 1D Mark IV in the same body. For me never made much sense to have a sensor so similar in size. Perhaps OK in the past, but not nowadays. Not incredible, but a good move.

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2011 at 16:49 UTC as 83rd comment
On article Nikon V1 comparison shots added to dpreview database (220 comments in total)

It records movies amazingly well and won over the competition (G12, LX5,...) when it comes to photography, but its price and proposed design play direct against mirrorless, which cost the same or less. If they launch one with an enthusiast-for design with less dark lenses and/or a built-in zoom compact and ask for a justified price, then would be perfect.

Link | Posted on Oct 15, 2011 at 17:24 UTC as 54th comment

When you think of a classy idea of camera and wrap it up on a small sensor like that and ask for such a sum, it's seems to me like you're ruining something. It's like it has a foot on the mediocre side, it doesn't matter how good it can be in all other aspects. After the Nikon CX sensor size announcement then, I think that even much.

Canon Gs and Panasonic LXs was saved because they came in a time we were still exploring the capabilities of the very small sensors, but now things are changing again. Anything Nikon launches with the likes of these Fujifilm Xs, Canon Gs, or superzooms, with the CX sensor, are going to promise more and get better value overall.

Link | Posted on Oct 8, 2011 at 00:57 UTC as 93rd comment

The best sensor size (among the smallest) for an enthusiast built-in lens camera in my opinion, is of the Nikon 1 system. I really would like to see that sensor becoming the new standard, the new smallest sensor. Smaller than that, for me, only for non-extendable zoom barrel compacts and phones. Otherwise, I'm off.

Link | Posted on Oct 5, 2011 at 20:59 UTC as 54th comment
On article Why make a small-sensor mirrorless camera? (271 comments in total)

This sensor size will make a lot of sense to me if Nikon invest in a line of built-in lens cameras. I can imagine how people would start to look at Nikon they having all their P&S built around this sensor.

Interchangeable dark lenses and no stabilisation in-body, pff, what a joke. Bad investment since the beginning.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 18:25 UTC as 31st comment

I don't get those comments telling who does not approve this launch to stop saying bad about it and just not buy it or leave the comments aside.

What is DPR about, then? If we don't use this precious and well done tool to criticise the manufacturers, we would be having even worse lauchings.

I read in an article this crazy thing of Japanese manufactures trying to get things always small and small. We lived happy for decades with 35 mm and now we have M4/3, already compromising DOF but getting sizes in the versitile side.

In that same article there was a photo with many short comments of some Nikon important staff about this launch. Man, haha!, you really laugh when you read them. It looks like those people were frozen in 2008 and defrozen now.

The minimalistic market do exist and is big, but what we have from Nikon after all that buzz can only be a joke if you consider what the world was expecting from them. No market research? Too bad.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2011 at 13:57 UTC as 125th comment

The R&D team failed, but there is a chance to get things gracious. Nikon should not create an upper category for the small sensor, but rather this new one being its standard small sensor from now on. That would be a good move.

In the field of mirroless, they should join the 4/3 format, the best sensor size in this category in my opinion (though their pride would not let them); and kill the DX format and invest more in the FX.

This system shows nice technological improvements, but one thing I don't get is why the lenses are not bright. You spend more than 600 dollars on a kit containing a standard zoom lens equivalent to a 27-81 mm with an aperture of ƒ/3.5-5.6 is ridiculous.

Nikon seems lost to me at the moment, comparing to Canon and Sony. Even Canon still not fighting in the mirroless field, they still pass me confidence. It's like, I feel good about them. I don't expect any nonsense like this system of Nikon.

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2011 at 21:44 UTC as 169th comment
On article Just Posted: Panasonic DMC-FH7 compact camera review (38 comments in total)

It's nice to see DPR reviewing less featured cameras, but I do not agree to review every camera. I think they can make their own pre-selection before posting a review, for most DPR visitors don't need to have reviews of all cameras, but of those that reach at least an above average performance in general. But as exceptions, they of course should continue to review those cameras (ultracompact or not, cheap or not) that are highly claimed or expected to be great cameras but aren't, as a kind of warning and demystification caused by overrated reviews or exaggerated (or well appealing) ads.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2011 at 20:16 UTC as 18th comment
On article Sony unveils SLT-A77 flagship APS-C DSLR-rival (122 comments in total)

Its design remindes me the Maxxum 7xi and some Pentax. Well done. I think Sony is in the right track exploring this market, and the design and innovations that this one and the 65 carry lives up to Minolta's tradition. The 2 MP EVF and its above 1 x magnification rocks!

Of course those mp are a crazy-sh*tting of an appeal (that will, unfortunately, still help to attrack) and the video does not impress (compared to the competition). I would like to see Sony bringing FF translucent cameras. I really would.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2011 at 02:11 UTC as 13th comment
On article Sony NEX-7 high-end APS-C mirrorless camera first look (352 comments in total)

What's for to have a very compact body but big lenses? Olympus has got the right balance until now.

Link | Posted on Aug 26, 2011 at 01:52 UTC as 43rd comment | 2 replies

Though still far from competing on the same quality level of conventional sensors, I believe it is a great technology, and besides the low resolution, double that would already allow a wide use of it and selling it possible. Online media photographers that normally use photos up to screen-resolution would have a huge benefit. Imagine photographing sports or constant moving long distant social events without the need for focusing. It would mean fast shooting with much less power drain.

Maybe it'll never be a replacement technology, but surely it'll have its market, and it will not be small.

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2011 at 13:28 UTC as 33rd comment

I like very much the M4/3 format. It has the best combination of compactness and sensor sizer for the compact interchangeable camera market. My only complain is that they should take the advantage of the smaller sizer and flange to develop brighter lenses, but so far I haven't seen good news in this area. When they launch a bright one, the aperture rarely is above one equivalent in the FF format and the price is similar. It doesn't make sense to me. It seems like an opportunity they're using to take advantage in getting a larger interest margin on a product.

Link | Posted on Jun 30, 2011 at 19:01 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies

The thing that doesn't make sense to me is not the launch itself, but its price. It would be funny to play with a kind of a miniaturisation of an SLR or a mirroless system, but the price is totally an absurd and I think that Pentax is betting all its name and some dumbness of some consumers to make it work.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2011 at 01:01 UTC as 58th comment
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