Stephen McDonald

Stephen McDonald

Lives in United States Eugene, OR, United States
Works as a Videomaker-Writer
Has a website at None
Joined on Sep 21, 2006
About me:

Sony HX400V, HX200V, HX100V, HX1, TX100V, Webbie HD, Sony HC9, an HDV camcorder, Canon S5, Olympus C-2100UZ. Former Sony H5, H9 and Canon SX1 User. Raynox DCR-2020PRO, Raynox HD2200, Sony DH1758 & DH1774 telex lenses.

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SantaFeBill: I know nothing about 3D printing, but are there really 3D printers that can create an object out of metal? That would take quite high temperatures. Perhaps tool shop or metal fabrication plants versions ... .

Do you know how explosive and dangerous powdered metal is? One sneeze or droplet of water into it and Ka-Boom!

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 23:02 UTC

Put them out on a wall and you make things very easy for a burglar, or any sticky-fingered guest. And imagine if even a minor earthquake occurs.

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2016 at 22:54 UTC as 12th comment
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vroger1: I like what you had to say Matthew. As a Law Professor I deal with recitations in all classes. I try never to say "you're wrong". There is always something you can say that will be positive. When I was in Law School, I had one professor who lived to ridicule his students. He wasn't happy unless the class was laughing at the reciting student. For what purpose? The courtroom is never like that. Always be kind. VRR

Wasn't that professor featured on a TV show?

Link | Posted on Aug 28, 2016 at 01:36 UTC
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matthew saville: Also, as a complete non-sequitur from my rant / pet peeve, ...I really appreciated the quote towards the end about how Adams was always kind to his students, respectful of their creative vision, and never negative or hurtful.

Unfortunately, another thing digital technology has brought us is the anonymity of the internet, and the brutal shaming / critiquing that seems to come with it.

A true master doesn't need to insult or be negative towards others who aspire to be better at the craft. The folks who go around dumping on other folks' work for no reason should think about what it is that they're actually accomplishing with their energy- negativity never really changes someone's mind, it never has a positive outcome in someone. It only makes them dislike you, it usually hardens them in their ways. If you want someone to listen to what you have to say, do it as politely as possible. I know that is a boring-as-heck way to use the interwebz, but it'll feel good in the long run.

I always use my real name and give my hometown, when I slam other people for their faults.

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 04:15 UTC
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Aroart: If Ansel was alive today what camera under $3000 do you think he would be using and would he have switched to digital...

And would he be shooting in color?

Link | Posted on Aug 27, 2016 at 04:09 UTC

You could have improved this gallery by including photos posted by your subscribers.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2016 at 05:15 UTC as 12th comment
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fullstop: So they selected 166 Instagram users, there is no statement on the selection criteria and the bias and human intervention there

Was there any mention of how many of those users rated as sub-literate and used mostly emoticons and acronyms?

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 10:16 UTC

What's next? Will they start analyzing our photo albums and send out people in white suits to scoop up those whose profiles show some glitches?

Link | Posted on Aug 19, 2016 at 10:13 UTC as 15th comment | 2 replies
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Paul B Jones: That's a lot of cat photos.

Invest in cat farms, not electronics.

Link | Posted on Aug 10, 2016 at 23:16 UTC
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obsolescence: I carry my bags on a wide leather belt in addition to shoulder straps. This is not only more secure, it also distributes the weight better and I can slide the bags around on the belt to access the gear inside or push them out of the way. If I were working in Brazil, I would also padlock the zippers together while not working.

You're talking about me when I'm looking my best.

Link | Posted on Aug 6, 2016 at 04:10 UTC

The encoding level of the FD-91 was dumbed-down, compared to that of the FD-90. They eliminated the "Fine" mode and gave the FD-91 only a standard encoding level, with half as many bits. The photo quality was abysmal, even with the FD-90. I checked out both at a dealership, taking many photos and regarded that series as a joke. It was no more than a feeble attempt to get into the digital photography field as early as possible.

I did buy a companion device, called a "MaviCap". It was a desktop floppy-disk recorder, that took video inputs and converted analog frames into 640 X 480 digital vid-caps . It was the best available way to do it back then. Here's a sample from my ED-Beta camcorder:
https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/218/465982079_7db7f0df6e_o.jpg

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 00:22 UTC as 44th comment | 2 replies

Two of our networks still use 720p. Actually, 2K would be all that most people would ever be able to discern on a normal-sized home screen.

Link | Posted on Aug 4, 2016 at 01:26 UTC as 43rd comment | 2 replies

The misconception is by Getty, thinking that it could get away with what it does.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2016 at 01:03 UTC as 15th comment

The question this raises, is how many other photographers have had their images pirated by this company? There may be several other avenues by which they acquire them. Is there any statute of limitations on making a claim against them? Suppose they've been collecting money for licensing some of your pictures for many years? At a certain point, would they essentially own them legally, because you didn't take action sooner? I would think that this issue would make web-searching services that look for places your photos are being used, increasingly popular.

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 23:41 UTC as 59th comment | 2 replies
On article EyeEm opens web uploader tool to everyone (7 comments in total)

And how about copying the descriptions you have with your Flickr photos? When I copied everything from there to Ipernity a couple of years ago, the descriptions went with them. Some of my descriptions are a page long and took hours to write. And are videos accepted?

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2016 at 09:01 UTC as 1st comment
On article A photographer's intro to the world of video (100 comments in total)
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vFunct: You'll also find that smaller sensors actually work better for video than full-size 35mm sensors, mostly because of the increased depth-of-field. In fact, most high-end video cameras are around 1" sensor size, which would be smaller than APS-C.

The blurry F1.4 depth-of-field that photographers love so much is actually very distracting in video (unless you want some horribly cheesy romantic shot).

In video, you generally want a smaller blur, where F4+ lenses are fine.

If you're shooting full-size 35mm sensors with F1.4 lenses, you're never going to have anything in focus.

Never hire a videographer that uses a 35mm full-frame camera for their main rig.

To extend my remarks, when I shoot at 60p with my "1/2.3-inch" sensor in a Sony camera (true measurement .27-inch, diagonally), there is no trace of skew, regardless of camera or subject movement.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 23:06 UTC
On article A photographer's intro to the world of video (100 comments in total)
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vFunct: You'll also find that smaller sensors actually work better for video than full-size 35mm sensors, mostly because of the increased depth-of-field. In fact, most high-end video cameras are around 1" sensor size, which would be smaller than APS-C.

The blurry F1.4 depth-of-field that photographers love so much is actually very distracting in video (unless you want some horribly cheesy romantic shot).

In video, you generally want a smaller blur, where F4+ lenses are fine.

If you're shooting full-size 35mm sensors with F1.4 lenses, you're never going to have anything in focus.

Never hire a videographer that uses a 35mm full-frame camera for their main rig.

In addition to that, there's the much worse skew from panning and tilting that larger, CMOS sensors cause.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 05:28 UTC
On article A photographer's intro to the world of video (100 comments in total)

It doesn't need to be that complicated, The simpler you keep your gear, settings and techniques, the better the results will be. Eventually, you'll learn to make that simplicity work to an advantage. The more of your attention that is free to be applied to the subjects, the better.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 00:26 UTC as 22nd comment | 1 reply
On article Samsung launches first removable UFS memory cards (177 comments in total)

Can't wait to spend my money on one and then think about how nice it would be if there was something that could use it. For now, it's in the fish on a bicycle category.

But just think how much they could hold with the same technology, but as full-size cards. Miniaturization without reason serves no useful purpose.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2016 at 22:47 UTC as 38th comment | 1 reply

The basic issue has nothing to do with cameras. It's about the inherent falsity of all advertising. A sensible person would never consider anything presented in any type of printed ad or on a screen. Those who produce commercials are just another version of the propagandists of totalitarian regimes and terrorist groups.

It's why there was so much opposition to remote controllers and VCRs. They allowed people to skip commercials. Today, it's why there are so few user-owned DVRs available for free viewing of broadcast channels. Time-shifting with them allows the skipping of commercials, without having to wait several minutes on mute and there's no subscription fees.

Link | Posted on Jul 6, 2016 at 01:04 UTC as 47th comment
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