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I think many commenting here are missing the point. You are not the target market for this product. It is for people with Lomophilia. That's a combination of fetishism over the object (plenty of that in the DPR readership), obsession over the process (some of that here too, but not so much), and a disinterest in acquiring the talents to produce a great image. This camera is primarily a conversation starter.

Link | Posted on Dec 15, 2016 at 15:40 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply
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photo_rb: I gues DxOMark needs to add "Test for Flare" to their checklist.

I call focusing on a 1 point difference "myopic metric madness". We see it in my business sector (not photography) too. Customers beat us up about minor differences in metrics. We remind them that they should focus on producing a successful product, not a single metric. Metrics are useful to get a general idea of performance of a single factor, but they don't tell the whole story.

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 19:54 UTC
On article Abandoned America: Photographing a forgotten history (76 comments in total)
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Spectro: I like urban and rural decay (building). wished the website linked had more location finder in your area. Granted most are illegal to enter, but still have a gps location and search for buildings in your area.

The problem is that not everyone on the internet will treat these places respectfully. Some will vandalize. Some will squat. Others are arsonists. And even if a visitor is well meaning, not everyone knows how to stay safe in places that are crumbling.

But persist and you will find plenty. Please be safe.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 00:38 UTC
On article Abandoned America: Photographing a forgotten history (76 comments in total)
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Noverdose: How is this subject matter much different, aside from the blood and gore, from Weegie's car crash imagery? It's been postulated that car windshield technology was enhanced by the impact of some of his images. Personally, I don't believe it. I do not see the merit of the relentless documentation of such architectural decay. This is pure voyeurism, nothing more, nothing less. Are some images beautiful, or artful? I suppose. But I can't help but think of the vulture, swooping in on a three day old road kill, when I see modern day ruins, captured by today's breed of urban photographers.
It leaves me cold.

It need not reach everyone to be successful.

Link | Posted on Oct 4, 2016 at 00:31 UTC
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Kavu: Funny how we deride ISIS for destroying valuable artifacts, but then we don't seem to do an adequate job protecting our own precious places.

IS destroying antiquities is deplorable. But not nearly the scale of what they have done to their fellow humans.

Link | Posted on Sep 23, 2016 at 00:15 UTC

Seems like a good ap, but they force you to create an account on their server in order to use this. I don't want to maintain yet another account unless it is required to get the job done, not the case here.

Anyone know whether it is possible to circumvent creating an account?

Link | Posted on Sep 16, 2016 at 19:56 UTC as 7th comment | 1 reply
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joe6pack: I have a lot more respect to this guy after learning that he never spend > $15 on a camera.

> I'm very curious about how could do that...

It is easy to buy obsolete hardware cheap at flea markets. I built an 8mm camera collection by paying no more than $2 per camera. For a while, then I stepped up to $5 max :-)

The workmanship on some of those cameras is amazing.

Link | Posted on Aug 22, 2016 at 20:06 UTC
On article 19 tips for better live music photography (108 comments in total)
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Paul Petersen: Shooting in manual at bigger shows with dynamic lighting seems illogical.
Although using spot metering, -1-2 EV comp with RAW makes most sense.
Also Upper end Nikon's with highlight weighted metering is the bomb. Wish my 7200 had it.
If back in the crowd at big shows a 70-300VR works fine since their lighting is plenty good and is light enough to handle all night.

I find lighting a challenge too. The lighting at some shows goes up and down 6-8 stops within a few seconds. From all on to all off (when all you can see on the stage are the panel lights on the sound equipment). Best I've been able to do is to meter for the all-on situation and shoot away. Toss out the shots during the dark phase.

Excellent article and thanks for sharing your experience.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 17:05 UTC
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Hugo808: Can we still shoot them down if they fly over private property?

No comment on the legality from the drone side. But firing a bullet into the air in an urban environment is dangerous and illegal. What goes up must come down.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2016 at 19:40 UTC
On article Virtual Reality: It's not just for gamers anymore (140 comments in total)

Thanks Dale. Your experience, insight, and good writing combines to create this this interesting and informative article.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2016 at 23:28 UTC as 15th comment | 1 reply
On article Virtual Reality: It's not just for gamers anymore (140 comments in total)
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Marty4650: I realize that DPreview feels that VR is the "wave of the future." And they might be right, 500 years from now. But for the time being, this is just another useless overpriced gimmick for techies, hipsters, and gamers. And probably for the porn industry too.

For the time being, this will end up on the marketplace trash heap, along with 3D TV, Google Glasses, The Segway, Apple Maps, WebTV, and the APS photo system,

I pity the early adopters.

"I pity the early adopters"

I just invested a whole $1.50 in cardboard goggles and can say that I easily got 10X that in enjoyment within the first day. Give it a try and see if it changes your mind.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2016 at 22:15 UTC
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beber: I think it is a great idea. I know the go-pro is not the first choice still camera, but I use mine a lot for things like trips to beach, or around the kids. Its a great close up fun camera. IMO photography should be as much about fun and enjoyment as it is IQ and perfect final products. Which is why I like the go-pro, its fun. Plus there is that old school film excitement of not knowing what your pictures look like until you get home.

With all that said this is awesome at $20, $30, maybe even $40.

At almost $200 this is just dumb.

Yes, at the $200 price point, why not just buy a purpose-built P&S camera. It might even have other useful features like a zoom lens.

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2015 at 19:25 UTC
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LeDide: I have a better idea, just a box with a single button. You press it and the box download from internet the photo you should have taken.
There is no reason to clutter the Internet with the zillionth same picture !

Brilliant. It reminds me of the story I heard of seeing a tourist taking a snap of a poster of the Matterhorn on a day too overcast to see the famous peak.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2015 at 19:11 UTC

This seems fixable in firmware. Create a new "lossless compression" option. Make the user aware that it will both slow the camera down and bloat file sizes. That speed-size vs. quality tradeoff is unavoidable.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2015 at 00:58 UTC as 200th comment | 1 reply
On article Opinion - Erez Marom: Whatever it Doesn't Take (188 comments in total)

Well yeah, good photos usually do require effort. But it might just be the mental effort required to visualize the scene or choose the right vantage point or composition.

There is something to be said about getting in position where few have tried (my favorite tool there is the bicycle). But once there there's no guarantee that good will come from it. Pre-visualization on the other hand can improve the odds. And rewards the lazy shooter :-)

Link | Posted on Aug 11, 2015 at 23:59 UTC as 13th comment
On article Winds of Change: Shooting changing landscapes (62 comments in total)

If you're willing to allow man-made stuff intrude into the landscape then you can find shifting landscapes in locations where the times are a`changin. Actually almost every landscape where humans have intervened are changing, some faster than others.

Link | Posted on Jul 10, 2015 at 20:37 UTC as 13th comment

Impressive work. Bill does a great job of seeing what isn't even there and then capturing it.

I'm a big fan of the SoCal desert and find this work inspiring.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2015 at 19:51 UTC as 10th comment
On article World Press Photo revokes prize from Giovanni Troilo (100 comments in total)

Coincidentally I know exactly where this is located. Right across the street from a large steel mill in Charleroi that is currently being torn down:,+Belgium/@50.407546,4.413478,291m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x47c225f096ca39c9:0x40099ab2f4d6410

There's a little strip of these worker's cottages sitting off by themselves.

I've shot the same scene though my photo didn't turn out as good as his.

If someone 10000 miles away like me can identify the scene you can bet that Belgians won't be fooled. What was he thinking?

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2015 at 18:48 UTC as 1st comment
On article Samsung releases 12MP EX2F 'Smart Camera' (370 comments in total)
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MrTaikitso: What does that ring around the lens do? Is it similar to that on the S100, Fuji, Sony and others, allowing for control of exposure, or purely for manual focusing and zoom? If it does allow for exposure control in conjunction with the front mounted thumbwheel, that will be great from an ergonomic standpoint.

If it is like the EX1 then the ring is not a control, just a cover over the threads that accept lens adapters.

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2012 at 17:34 UTC
On article Technique: Digital Photo Collages (107 comments in total)
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CBuff: Author said "but if you made the mistake of shooting at full resolution, you will need to resize your shots first"

This is one of the worst advice I ever saw in an article.

Memory is cheap: get multiple memory sticks
Storage is cheap: buy more hard disks
RAM is cheap: jupgrade your PC,it won't crash

We use to spend fortunes on film, development chemicals, papers, ... It is so cheap now, I fail to see why would anyone would want to save by shooting low resolution.

Who knows... That shot that you took at a mediocre resolution might turn to be the stunner of the trip. Why take a chance for a couple of 00s?.

The primary constraint is RAM. Everyone has enough flash cards and disk space for full sized images. But when you place a bunch of them into a single canvas with multiple layers, it can really eat up the RAM. All computers have an upper bound on the amount of RAM allowed and if you're already up against that constraint then the only solutions are either to buy a bigger computer or do what Barnaby recommends: work with downsized images. Seems like a reasonable suggestion. And keep in mind that too many pixels can be a waste when it comes time to print. If the individual photos in the lead image here were shot at 12MP then the composite would be over 140MP. You'd have to create a print the size of a van to use all of those pixels.

Link | Posted on Jun 17, 2012 at 16:44 UTC
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