Scales USA

Lives in United States Spokane, WA, United States
Works as a Electrical Engineer
Joined on May 20, 2007


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I have a difficult time with my fingerprint reader on my iphone. Its working correctly, its just that my fingerprints are not easy to read, probably from poor circulation and neuropathy. I'd welcome some alternate that worked.

Link | Posted on Feb 20, 2017 at 03:24 UTC as 3rd comment

Stacking is definitely a potentially low cost way to increase depth of field. With tiny smartphone sensors, depth of field is already pretty large, so macros or very close photos are where the benefit is.

Many cameras do stacking, but with large sensors it is more difficult and much slower, many more lens positions are needed, and much more complex calculations.

Its good to see research going on. Apple might sell or trade patent rights to other camera makers, that's how it works, patents can be traded like cash.

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2017 at 20:06 UTC as 2nd comment

I, for one am glad to hear that a camera maker is doing well enough to stay in business. I bought a very early Olympus in about 1997? It was excellent compared to most other similar cameras of the time. Then, they lost momentum while Canon and Nikon seemed to hit the accelerator, Minolta was dying, and Pentax did not get it at all.

Now, Minolta has become Sony, Pentax is Ricoh, Fujii is doing much more, and Olympus is coming back to life after their finacial fiasco. Samsung is ??. This is all good for photographers.

Link | Posted on Feb 1, 2017 at 17:17 UTC as 45th comment | 4 replies

I've been thinking of a new phone this year, but I'm patient and will see what others offer. I have a Iphone 6+ currently, but am open to any brand. I think that Samsung will have a tough time selling a S8, too many people think the S7 exploded (It was the Galaxy Note 7) so there is the confusion factor that will make for slow sales.

I only receive Verizon out in my rural area, so a Pixel with ATT is out.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2017 at 01:58 UTC as 23rd comment | 4 replies
On article Hands-on with Ricoh's compact Pentax KP (632 comments in total)

It does look a lot like my old Pentax SLR's. Ringo Starr used one in one of the Beatles Movies, and is a accomplished photographer. I could not afford one, so I bought a less expensive Canon SLR back in the 1960's. Now I have several classic SLR's, Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Minolta, Yashica and more.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2017 at 06:16 UTC as 113th comment

As someone who is losing control of his fingers, and has tried almost every ergonomic mouse and touch pointer, I'd certainly welcome voice assisted editing, For me to edit a 1200 photo shoot, its a lot of pain, and very difficult.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2017 at 05:54 UTC as 5th comment
On article Fotodiox LED100WB-56 quick review (56 comments in total)
In reply to:

brycesteiner: >> while poorly-designed LEDs abruptly switch on and off as the power cycles. You won't always notice this with the naked eye but set your shutter speed faster than the frequency of the lights and the difference can become apparent.<<

Many of us can see the flicker and others start having seizures, which is certainly what you do not want in your studio!

The problem is that various LED designs vary in their flickering from relatively slow power line frequencies to high frequencies to virtually none for very expensive lights. This is usually not mentioned in the sales info, so a knowledgeable review and testing really helps.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2017 at 18:40 UTC

The amount she is due is the normal amount a person would be paid for a similar photo. Plus a penalty. Likely less than $5,000. I'd doubt that Chipotle is scared.

Link | Posted on Jan 10, 2017 at 06:15 UTC as 64th comment

We live in a rural area and built our place in 1998. Its not there in 1997, and sure enough, it appears in 1998. I wouldn't be able to identify it, except that houses are really spread out in our area, so its obvious even if just a white block. Those blocks keep appearing, but zoning laws require at least 10 acres, and most have 40 or more, so we are not crowded.

Link | Posted on Dec 2, 2016 at 17:57 UTC as 2nd comment
On article TIME releases 100 most influential images of all time (165 comments in total)

While we can argue all day about the selection of images, I'm wondering how they came to change the world? Photos of multiple wars, none of them seemed to change anything, soldiers are still dying. Same with photos of poor and starving people, things have not really changed.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 05:18 UTC as 47th comment | 2 replies

The Grand Prismatic is not only very fragile, but exceptionally beautiful. Its sad that someone vandalized it. A slap on the wrist, and everyone will be doing it.

Link | Posted on Nov 10, 2016 at 01:49 UTC as 16th comment
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (765 comments in total)

Although I used my Fathers Kodak Brownie in the 1940's and 1950's, the first camera that I purchased for myself was a Argus C3 in 1963. I used those bright press 25B flash bulbs, and left everyone blind for 5 or 10 seconds. (I still have some). Fortunately, I mostly used Kodachrome slide film, color print film faded pretty quickly. I used some cheap Ansco ASA 5 slide film too. I had difficullty getting well exposed images with it.

Link | Posted on Nov 5, 2016 at 03:06 UTC as 270th comment

Li-on batteries are dangerous, and difficult at best. Larger ones have more energy and are potentially nasty. I'm not happy with IOS 10 and my IPhone 6 plus, so was considering selling it. The hardware is fine, but I just do not like the new OS and having to learn to shut down or bypass some of the features that are a nuisance. Its too bad that Samsung has booted it, I am leert of the Google phone, I'll wait and see.

Link | Posted on Oct 11, 2016 at 21:21 UTC as 112th comment | 7 replies

There is a Sucker Born Every Minute - Probably more like every second.

If you live in Washington State and have lost money, write to the Attorney General's Office. They are not afraid to go after crowd funding Scammers.

Link | Posted on Aug 15, 2016 at 00:28 UTC as 8th comment

NHK has been pushing manufacturers to develop 8K. They want to skip 4K broadcasts and go straight to 8K. That will be a few years, but closer than one might think. I'm wondering about the transmission bandwidth, certainly US cable and satellite TV is way behind on resolution.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 01:34 UTC as 44th comment | 4 replies

I enjoyed the video, It could have been taken at our small town Rodeo here in Clayton, North of Spokane, Washington, but the night photos showed that they had much better lighting than our rodeo. I used my 7D at the local rodeo, and as it got darker, my ISO went up and up, and shutter speeds down until there was nothing usable. What a difference a newer model makes.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 01:53 UTC as 31st comment

I see comments like "Best in Class", which cameras are considered to be in this Class? Is this "Class" including older models like D4, or do you consider the Sony A7R II to be in this class?

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2016 at 03:54 UTC as 42nd comment | 2 replies

I'm sure that we have not heard the whole story, lawyers commonly make claims that distort or omit things that conflict.

Rather than judge, it will be interesting to see if this actually makes it to court, many times, a settlement is reached which is confidential and saves everyone from spending tons of money on a court trial.

Link | Posted on Jul 30, 2016 at 22:16 UTC as 12th comment

Smart Phone manufacturers are seeing the bottom drop out of sales. They are looking for ways to give buyers a reason to upgrade to newer phones.

It seems pretty universal that improved cameras are seen as a feature that brings in new buyers and upgrades. Since all the manufacturers are doing it, its pretty obvious that lots of surveys show that many people want better cameras on their phone.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2016 at 18:24 UTC as 29th comment | 1 reply
On article Fotodiox releases new LED studio-in-a-box (49 comments in total)

I wish it had been available years ago before I built my own larger setup. There are so many ebay and etsy sellers taking photos with their smart phones on the kitchen table who could benefit. I started by lining a large cardboard box with cloth, it had sides that could swing open or close, and I used a 750 watt Tota Light with my 1990's digital camera that needed a ton of light to function. I could only run it for a few minutes before things got too warm. So, I built a large photography light table using 12 - 98 CRI 4 ft tubes that can also have a flash as supplement. It can be lit from below as well.

Sure, a dedicated studio is great, but there are so many who will see a huge improvement in product photography that the potential is there.

Link | Posted on Jul 1, 2016 at 02:10 UTC as 11th comment
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