Cdog

Lives in United States NY, United States
Works as a photographer
Has a website at www.cliffordpickett.com
Joined on Oct 15, 2012

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Can't wait until they put this in the dobby drone.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 15:24 UTC as 7th comment
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rrccad: well .. in a way, they are correct, or at least I can see where they were coming from.

Both NPS and CPS services and support are widely available and the last thing you want is your photographer having issues with their gear, replacements, service,etc.

Yes, it's the skill of the photog. however, at least if they have NPS or CPS at least I have a feeling that they subscribe to some due diligence and take care of their business. If they take care of their own, they probably will take care of me.

Nikon and Canon "PRO" services are pretty much unmatched. I guess the Sony one plays lip service.. but the call center is something like what .. 9 to 5 5 days a week? LOL.

I can see some are whining about it.. but seriously .. even though some pros will shoot with fuji, sony, and even olympus .. there's a strong case to be made to be using one of the top 2.

as far as cannon versus canon .. I guess some bizarre autocorrect or spellchecker involved there I would imagine.

I make my living with my camera. I fully switched to Sony (A7RII) once it was apparent Canon wasn't going to innovate anymore. It was the best decision I've made for my business. My clients love the silent shutter option and super high-res options. Sony service may not be as good as CPS, which I was a member of, but that would have nothing to do with the bride. The more appropriate advice would be to verify that the photographer has a complete backup system on site. CPS or NPS can't replace the camera on-site during a shoot. To suggest otherwise is misleading and not very helpful.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 21:07 UTC
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MikeFairbanks: I read the Brides article when it came through my Twitter feed. Such nonsense. I guess some of my Atlanta friends making a living in the local 600 as Unit Still Photographers on The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, and other movies and shows are missing out because they went with Sony and Fuji. These same friends also shoot high-end weddings and more (again with Fuji and Sony). They used to shoot Canon, which is a great brand (that's what I've been using for years), but they switched to mirrorless so as to avoid shutter noise. If I were to ever shoot weddings or for TV/Film, I'd go straight to the Sony A7s2. No sound whatsoever, which is a whole lot better than using a big, fat sound blimp.

Speaking of which: Listen to the NPR playback of President Obama's last press conference. It sounds like a room full of kids playing with toy machine guns. Those would be the sounds of shutters on Canons and Nikons.

It was obnoxious.

Agreed. They should really require silent shutters at these events.

Link | Posted on Dec 28, 2016 at 20:56 UTC

Looking forward to this. People should know that the native telephoto lens on the 7 plus is MUCH slower than the wide and not stabilized. I wouldn't suggest buying a telephoto adaptor unless it works on both the wide and the telephoto. Waiting for lenses to come in from Ollo clip, moment, sirui and exo to test this out. iPro (Schneider) made my favorite lens system for the iphone but for some reason they don't feel like updating it anymore for the new iPhone 7 and plus which is a shame.

Link | Posted on Dec 12, 2016 at 21:35 UTC as 10th comment
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Cdog: Sony, are you listening?

Lightroom is overwhelmingly the industry standard with way more users than Capture one and just about every other NLE combined. If you're aiming at canon and Nikon's market share, you go where the people are. Period. This has nothing to do with quality. This is simple business.
Fuji would be wise to do the same, addressing there RAW conversions so customers don't need to choose between color and dynamic range.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 21:05 UTC
On article Fast Five: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Review (423 comments in total)

I have the IV, awesome camera but missing just one extra dial to designate for changing aperture, shutter or Iso. Not being able to adjust these on the fly is just unacceptable for a camera with this target audience. I stopped using it because of this one major flaw. Too frustrating. If they fixed nothing else and added one more dial and one more custom function so it fits right in with my A7RII it would be perfect. Also, 24 FPS and oversampled 4k with PDAF and no touch screen? Really?
So close!

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 20:54 UTC as 79th comment | 1 reply

Removing SD card slot is a "Step forward"?
FAIL

You don't step forward by removing things. How about actually stepping forward and giving us a removable touch screen with an IOS option. Then you can remove there SD card slot.

What's the name of the engineer over at Apple who hates ports so much?
Fire that engineer.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 20:44 UTC as 335th comment | 2 replies

Sony, are you listening?

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 15:07 UTC as 7th comment | 4 replies
On article Apple revamps MacBook Pro lineup, adds 'Touch Bar' (866 comments in total)

Where's the retina MacBook air?

Link | Posted on Oct 28, 2016 at 00:35 UTC as 154th comment | 2 replies
On article Teardown reveals Sony image sensors in iPhone 7 (198 comments in total)
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Jostian: Sony sensor again and the same overprocessing and high NR that obliterates detail... Pity, had hoped they'd learnt from the mess in terms of IQ from the 6s, seems not...

Shoot RAW

Link | Posted on Sep 24, 2016 at 13:29 UTC
On article Apple unveils iPhone 7 and dual-cam iPhone 7 Plus (905 comments in total)

Looks awesome. Strange why there wasn't a mention of RAW when so much emphasis was made on image quality.
And did I hear that only the iPhone 7 is capable of RAW DNG? That doesn't make sense. It's a software/firmware issue, not hardware. All phones capture RAW already of course as that's the info it uses to process the JPEG's, if it's in the new IOS there's no reason why it wouldn't work on the old phones.
This RAW functionality is the most exciting part of this all and yet little to no mention. Strange.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 21:49 UTC as 157th comment | 8 replies

Wait. A-mount not E-mount? Seriously?

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2016 at 13:23 UTC as 45th comment | 7 replies
On article SmugMug Films: Point, Click, ShootTokyo (35 comments in total)

Even more inspiring than this man's work and life story is just how beautiful this smugmug film is.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2016 at 13:55 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony warns against use of unauthorized third-party apps (183 comments in total)

Sony, do you remember how useful the iPhone was before the app store?
Open up your API. I love the Alpha series, I switched from Canon for it, your apps are terrible though.
You make cameras and you do that well, let the app developers do what they do well and be grateful they're doing it at all.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 02:41 UTC as 27th comment | 4 replies
On article mini Plaster Hand is a camera mount on a belt (44 comments in total)

Pretty smart actually. Seems like a trip to home depot and a novoflex miniconnect or peak design system could be just as effective though. Any suggestions?

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2016 at 20:50 UTC as 25th comment | 1 reply

What's the next Instagram?
Would love a suggestion preferably not owned by facebook
Seriously, f there's something better out there I'd like to know, I'll switch right now.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2016 at 21:52 UTC as 13th comment | 7 replies
On article Virtual Reality: It's not just for gamers anymore (140 comments in total)

I'm sure people will have many opinions about this. Here's the deal, I just got the standard entry google cardboard goggles. It sat in my apt for months. Hired one day I tried it.
This falls clearly under the category if needed to try it for yourself. Period. Otherwise It's like trying to explain a 4k picture displayed on a high resolution screen or what a banana tastes like to someone who never ate a banana.

It's an immersive experience. Theres much room for improvement but the experience is truly something that needs to be, well, experienced. Before writing any comments, contemplating what that could be, just go out and try it. Glad I did!

Looking for ways now to include those into my work. Doing a shoot next week for a conservation society and will be adding 360 VR into the mix for marketing. Waiting for my Zeiss VR one goggles to arrive to fly my drone using cloudlight for FPV. Know that VR doesn't have to be used for output for the consumer either. I've started shooting gallery spaces in 360 to know what size prints to make and frame, to show my remote students lighting setups and to scout locations and studio space for my video clients. It's been a tremendous tool that has helped me in my business.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2016 at 18:19 UTC as 38th comment

This looks awful! It'll be fun to see how people ruin their images with this though.

Instead of water, rock, person etc. There should just be one box called FAIL. Drag it on the image and hit OK.

Link | Posted on May 20, 2016 at 21:39 UTC as 66th comment | 1 reply
On article Instagram gets a new logo, monochrome interface (88 comments in total)

Really wish they would update the app to allow for landscape orientation for, ya know, photographs!

Link | Posted on May 11, 2016 at 23:26 UTC as 17th comment | 12 replies
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Cdog: Where's the Lightroom extension. Would be much more convenient than individually saving images in Photoshop.
Also $99? Really?

Did a comparison with the software vs Lightroom export Jpg at 40% quality. Similar file size and similar quality results from raw files. Wouldn't pay $99 for it. Adobe should be beamr and build it into LR/PS

Yes, anything that gets saved out to the web I give a preset in Lightroom at 40% quality 72dpi and typically 2560 on the long edge. You really don't need anything more than this, download the trial version and compare for yourself. $99 will get you a CC subscription for almost a year.

Link | Posted on May 10, 2016 at 14:51 UTC
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