Ellis Vener

Ellis Vener

Lives in United States Atlanta, USA, United States
Works as a photographer
Has a website at https://ellisvener.com
Joined on Feb 6, 2004
About me:

A working photographer since 1984, I now live in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia but I used to live in Texas. I make photographs for fun and I make photos for profit. I teach private small photography workshops centering on the art and craft of photography. Previously I taught at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta. Since 2003 I have been a Contributing Editor for Professional
Photographer Magazine and have also written for various other web and print publications.

My clients include multiple Fortune 500 companies, various ad and public relations agencies.


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geekyrocketguy: I've been using a Datacolor Spyder3 Pro since... <checks emails> 2010. Is that still trustworthy? Has color calibration changed much since then?

Your old Datacolor Spyder might still work, but the question is will work with current and future monitor/display technology. Back in 2010 most LCD displays were using fluorescent backlighting. More recent displays use LED backlighting, a technology which has different spectral characteristics. And every few months more HDR capable LED backlit displays come on the market. Your old Datacolor or X-rite colorimeter may seem to work, but give you inaccurate results.

Will that matter? It depends on what you use the display for and do with your photographs, and/or videography and graphics. For non-critical work you might be perfectly happy but for professional work, you will help yourself and your clients by replacing it with a current colorimeter.

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2023 at 23:07 UTC
On article Nikon Z8 review: a supercharged D850 successor (1626 comments in total)
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ZilverHaylide: Looks very well done (and I say that as a Sony A7R IV user). Good job, Nikon.

The only significant feature lacking (from my perspective) is pixel-shift. Would be nice if Nikon added it as a firmware update. That should be fairly easy, since the camera already incorporates IBIS hardware. Unfortunately, many camera makers leave off features that are well within the capabilities of the hardware, perhaps to motivate users to upgrade when a model incorporating those features is eventually released.

Pixel shift is nice if you are photographing some products - look ke rugs and other fabrics- and artwork, but in my experience for general photography doesn’t have a lot of utility. But since you are a Sony based photographer, I’d like to hear how you se that feature.

On the other hand I find focus shift -which the Z 8 has, is incredibly useful. I’d like to see Nikon implement it a little better, by letting the photographer specify the beginning and end points and based on the fineness of steps the photographer chooses, have the camera determne the number of steps needed, and I am surprised that Sony does not have that feature.

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2023 at 20:21 UTC
On article ON1 Photo Keyword AI 2023 Hands On (51 comments in total)

I have decided to try it. What helped me to make that decision today is that through 31 July, it’s on sale for half price.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2023 at 17:33 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply

My wife, who knows little about, and has even less interest iin photographic paraphernalia had two questions:
1) Why is the guy in the video using such a cheap crappy tripod?
2) when he’s shooting from the Helicopter why doesn’t he have a safety strap on the camera?

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2023 at 14:44 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
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3Percent: Watch this. Nice ad, got to say.


“ LOL yeah, cuz we all get chauffeured and free helicopter rides right? :)”

You mean you don’t???😂😂😂

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2023 at 16:00 UTC
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3Percent: Watch this. Nice ad, got to say.


That video? That’s just a typical day in the life of the average professional photographer.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2023 at 11:23 UTC

It very much reminds of one of the greatest medium format film cameras of all time, THE Hasselblad SWC which had a Zeiss 38mm lens, but with a much shorter lens. Mint condition SWC’s sell on eBay these days for under IS $3,000. You can buy a lot of film, processing, and high quality scans for the delta in price between a mint SWC and this PhaseOne camera.

But maybe the real market for this camera is NASA, Space X, etc.

Link | Posted on Jun 28, 2023 at 16:03 UTC as 59th comment | 1 reply

It looks like a good match.

Link | Posted on Jun 20, 2023 at 20:15 UTC as 792nd comment

Not having watched the introduction, how does it work for people who wear glasses or contact lenses?

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2023 at 15:00 UTC as 108th comment | 6 replies
On article Apple enters AR/VR headset market with Vision Pro (263 comments in total)
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photoac: Are the ZEISS Optical Inserts fitted to the user or the device?

@photoac In that case you may want read How to Tell a Joke: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Humor (Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers)" by Cicero, translation by Michael Fontaine, https://a.co/d/1YoqoBa

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2023 at 12:59 UTC
On article DPReview by the numbers (247 comments in total)

It would be interesting to know how many people created accounts over the years. Granted some of these were sock puppet accounts
And people trying to sneak back in under a pseudonym after being banned but I suspect that was probably less than 5% of all accounts.

Link | Posted on Apr 21, 2023 at 01:28 UTC as 6th comment
On article DPReview TV: Nikon 58mm F0.95 Noct Review! (220 comments in total)

Does anyone else remember the beautifully photographed interior film “Barry Lyndon”? The interior scenes were photographed with a heavily modified camera. The camera. Zeiss had designed and hand built seven of the lenses for an unmanned NASA mission to photograph the shadowed side of the moon. NASA took delivery of four of the lenses and Zeiss kept the other three. Kubrick convinced Zeiss to sell him one of theirs. Even in the early 1970s that had to cost more than $8,000. Read more here: https://m.dpreview.com/news/8390711699/stanley-kubrick-s-rare-zeiss-planar-50mm-f0-7-barry-lyndon-lens-now-in-zeiss-museum-of-optics

What’s my point? I can easily imagine that many of these lenses are going to sold to film makers and maybe even goverment programs and commercial space exploration companies. It would not surprise me if those are are the three primary markets for this lens.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2023 at 14:00 UTC as 7th comment
On article DPReview TV: Nikon 58mm F0.95 Noct Review! (220 comments in total)

The next thing about this review is that there were were no “Noct, Noct” jokes.

Link | Posted on Apr 20, 2023 at 01:15 UTC as 8th comment
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trungtran: The number one camera gear site is closing down. That says enough about where the industry is going.

“ There was a whole crowd that would buy iterations of compact cameras and entry level DSLRs (or now mirrorless), what happened to them?”

They got older and started buying other things or decided “I am happy with what I’ve got. It does what I want to do, so why should I spend the money on a new camera?” Or maybe they got interested n cooking, or some other hobby?

If there was real mass market demand for that level of camera, Canon, Nikon, and Sony would be making them and advertising them.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2023 at 00:07 UTC
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trungtran: The number one camera gear site is closing down. That says enough about where the industry is going.

Meanwhile the post-WWII generations that saw photography as an easy to access creative outlet is both getting older and not as willing to buy a new cameras, lenses, lights, and tripods, and has less interest in learning to make and edit videos than younger folk are.

Photography as a cultural phenomena is a victim of its own success.

The cultural spirit to create has moved on from photography to other means of expression.

Link | Posted on Apr 6, 2023 at 21:49 UTC
On article DPReview.com to close (5187 comments in total)

Is photo.net still functioning?

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2023 at 16:49 UTC as 3731st comment | 1 reply

Map Of The Human Heart



Link | Posted on Mar 13, 2023 at 00:05 UTC as 48th comment
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (993 comments in total)

My first camera was either a Kodak Instamatic or a Polaroid Swinger. At the time (circa 1967) my father had a Honeywell Spotmatic and a Rolleiflex TLR his brother had bought for him at a PX in Germany in the early 1950s. I still have the Rollieflex.

Link | Posted on Mar 10, 2023 at 22:49 UTC as 230th comment
On article Hands-on with new Nikon FTZ II adapter (249 comments in total)
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Flash195: Hi
How much quality or anything else do you loose when using this adapter. The review makes no mention of the tradeoffs.
Thank you

You lose nothing. There are no optics the lens got has to go through and I have notice no appreciable loss in focus speed between using an F mount Nikkor on a Z9 OR Z 7II and the same lens on D5 and D850. I have seen a slight uptick in AF accuracy with a high quality large aperture Nikkor such as the 105mm f/1.4E) but that may also be attributable to differences in AF system and THE Z IBIS system.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2023 at 05:47 UTC

The baby portrait is one of the creepiest photos I’ve ever seen, but the one of the muppet is one of the most hilarious. My hat is off to his ingenuity.

Link | Posted on Feb 3, 2023 at 15:58 UTC as 38th comment
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