Xeexon

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On article DPReview TV: A look back at APS film (365 comments in total)
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Xeexon: I rather like the photos. Does anyone else read the photos in the samples gallery as conveying a search for meaning and an underlying feeling of despair?

I know, a weird—trite?— comment for this site (and perhaps in general). But I just can’t shake it. Maybe APS film is just so frustrating to use that one just can’t help but produce these types of photos.

Expired film = inspired photos? Honestly, I don’t think the weird colors have that much to do with it. LOL.

Link | Posted on Jun 13, 2018 at 02:38 UTC
On article DPReview TV: A look back at APS film (365 comments in total)

I rather like the photos. Does anyone else read the photos in the samples gallery as conveying a search for meaning and an underlying feeling of despair?

I know, a weird—trite?— comment for this site (and perhaps in general). But I just can’t shake it. Maybe APS film is just so frustrating to use that one just can’t help but produce these types of photos.

Link | Posted on Jun 11, 2018 at 23:40 UTC as 40th comment | 2 replies
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RegisS: There is another component to 'lens compression' that this video does not address. When we look at a photo, our field of view is based on the display size and the distance from the display. When looking at the whole image, we generally choose a viewing distance that fits within +-10 to +-15 degrees. Perspective is distorted if our field of view looking at the photo does not match the field of view of the lens. This distortion might be artful composition in a landscape photo, or comical in a selfie. For a serious portrait, the lens field of view needs to be similar to the way the finished portrait will be viewed.

You can never be too careful. I use a USB dock for micro corrections of chair travel related distortion throughout the full chair sliding range.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 14:32 UTC
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RegisS: There is another component to 'lens compression' that this video does not address. When we look at a photo, our field of view is based on the display size and the distance from the display. When looking at the whole image, we generally choose a viewing distance that fits within +-10 to +-15 degrees. Perspective is distorted if our field of view looking at the photo does not match the field of view of the lens. This distortion might be artful composition in a landscape photo, or comical in a selfie. For a serious portrait, the lens field of view needs to be similar to the way the finished portrait will be viewed.

That’s why I set my monitor at the end of a 100m long hallway- that way, with my motorized chair and wireless keyboard, I can optimize viewing perspective when editing photos at practically any level of zoom.

Link | Posted on May 24, 2018 at 12:56 UTC
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Tungsten Nordstein: 'In case it isn't obvious at this point, we'd like to make it clear that we're partaking in the great tradition of April Fool's silliness with this review. Our pets took it very seriously, though. They don't really get jokes.'

It was obvious from the outset. Are you that worried about your readers that you have to underline it? Show some courage!

Not one mention of the Sony petcam. A bunch of fanboys...

Link | Posted on Apr 2, 2018 at 00:07 UTC
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VictorTrasvina: It really shows how equipment it’s the least important part of photography, composition, subject, light, storyline, etc, are the only things that really matter, beautiful and humbling body of work Mr Dmitry Markov.

I’m going to go out into the world and start taking meaningful photos that reduce the concept of humanity to its barest essentials and change the lives of those who gaze upon them...as soon as the A7III comes out and I can afford it and a small collection of Zeiss and G Master lenses.

Link | Posted on Mar 14, 2018 at 21:05 UTC
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Franz Weber: So you can take a picture of Angela Merkel and it will look like Claudia Schiffer, right?

Give me Angela any day if the week!

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2018 at 00:36 UTC

I have been using Lightroom Classic with a RAM drive for the scratch file- that has speeded things up immensely. I’m curious if this is effectively what Adobe did.

Link | Posted on Feb 13, 2018 at 21:57 UTC as 41st comment | 2 replies
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Mr Bolton: Ahh.. but can I plug it right into my Video Toaster Flyer?

It's so good that we have smart people to show us who the idiots are.

Link | Posted on Feb 10, 2018 at 13:32 UTC
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Xeexon: Surreal to talk about camera settings in the face of such human tragedy.

Then it must have been you who wrote the article.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2018 at 04:04 UTC

Surreal to talk about camera settings in the face of such human tragedy.

Link | Posted on Jan 31, 2018 at 15:53 UTC as 41st comment | 3 replies
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Nick Brundle - Photography: Photoshop is an art, and you can do a lot with it. Change the atmosphere through different lighting and make the pictures look more interesting.
But so much better to get the right exposure than to have to mess around later with Photoshop.

Nick- was razzing on the comment above mine- not your original post. This is the only fun I get to have nowadays. Heheh

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2018 at 02:20 UTC
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Nick Brundle - Photography: Photoshop is an art, and you can do a lot with it. Change the atmosphere through different lighting and make the pictures look more interesting.
But so much better to get the right exposure than to have to mess around later with Photoshop.

Thanks, Captain Sarcastic...heheheh

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 21:06 UTC
On article Learn about Photoshop blending modes in just 8 minutes (11 comments in total)

Thank you, Jesus!

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2018 at 17:55 UTC as 9th comment | 1 reply

I hate to be boring- I’ve moved on from Pentax/Ricoh system long ago (though that was my first love and how I introduced myself to DSLR photography)- but it is so unfortunate that with over sampling based on sensor shift tech, like many other technologies they’ve pioneered, Pentax was so far ahead of its time that it seemed like a gimmick when it first came out. Now that everyone has adopted this tech and rebadged it as revolutionary, Pentax is not even a footnote in history.

I’m not asking for anything to be amended in the article or crying out for justice, but I am just amazed at the crap luck Pentax has had. Was it the lag in autofocus and video that did them in, or was it just clunky implementation of said revolutionary features (or even bad marketing/assessment of customer needs)?

Would love to hear opinions, but please remember to be gentle in your criticism- I am still a Pentaxian (read: Pentax fanboy) at heart.

Link | Posted on Jan 16, 2018 at 12:52 UTC as 100th comment | 9 replies
On article Why you should own a 135mm F2 lens (385 comments in total)
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Pixel Pooper: There is so much hyperbole in this article that it reads like the gushings of a beginner that just got their first fast lens. The "incredible sharpness" is nowhere to be seen in the example pictures, and anyone who is "blown away" by them is not qualified to write about lenses.

You really are a ‘pixel pooper’....hahahaha

Link | Posted on Jan 3, 2018 at 11:39 UTC
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photo_rb: Even after going to the web page, I'm not completely sure what VSCO is. Any users here want to help?

It’s a ‘tasteful’ set of filters/film simulations that we’re like a breath of fresh air to me for mobile photography in the age of Instagram. I used the app on Android previously- it’s free, though you can buy more filters as you go, if the original set is lacking.

They also sell packs of presets for ACR and Lightroom. Less useful, in that embodiment.

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2017 at 01:35 UTC

I’m selling lenses with cracked front and rear elements for those desirable retro lighting effects. PM me for details!

Link | Posted on Oct 30, 2017 at 17:00 UTC as 58th comment | 1 reply
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HenryEckstein: Maybe I'm spoiled here, but in our company we can't trust Godox
or even Profoto for our camera systems, so we custom build our gear
and we use industrial LED's designed for high-spec mission critical systems
rated at up-to 1000 watts powered by Nickel Metal Hydride NP1B-type
belt-worn batteries. Enormous power at 6000K colour temps works GREAT!

The key is the multiple NP1B batteries which are attached to a belt AND
can power your camera too. A custom Electrosonics 700 to 1900 MHZ
radio is used to trigger the flashes that is immune to almost ALL
RFI/EM interference!

I should warn you though that an Electrosonics RF modem
is around $2000 PER RADIO so it is a tad expensive BUT
it is fully Mil-Spec!

So while the ProFoto is good, it is NOT truly High-End!
There are others BUT you are looking at around $10,000 US+
for fully Mil-Spec Flash systems that are TRULY MISSION CRITICAL Capable!

And YES I would say a shooting wedding IS a mission-critical task!

Thanks!

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2017 at 00:24 UTC
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HenryEckstein: Maybe I'm spoiled here, but in our company we can't trust Godox
or even Profoto for our camera systems, so we custom build our gear
and we use industrial LED's designed for high-spec mission critical systems
rated at up-to 1000 watts powered by Nickel Metal Hydride NP1B-type
belt-worn batteries. Enormous power at 6000K colour temps works GREAT!

The key is the multiple NP1B batteries which are attached to a belt AND
can power your camera too. A custom Electrosonics 700 to 1900 MHZ
radio is used to trigger the flashes that is immune to almost ALL
RFI/EM interference!

I should warn you though that an Electrosonics RF modem
is around $2000 PER RADIO so it is a tad expensive BUT
it is fully Mil-Spec!

So while the ProFoto is good, it is NOT truly High-End!
There are others BUT you are looking at around $10,000 US+
for fully Mil-Spec Flash systems that are TRULY MISSION CRITICAL Capable!

And YES I would say a shooting wedding IS a mission-critical task!

Do you have any schematics or how-to guides/videos you may share? Would be one heck of a project, of course if it could be built for a tad less than the numbers you have mentioned.

Thanks :)

Link | Posted on Oct 10, 2017 at 04:22 UTC
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