Lives in South Africa Duban - Pietermaritzburg - Hilton, South Africa
Works as a Photographer - Web Developer
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T3: That central font on the rear LCD should be a little bigger. Too hard to see. lol

Is it possible that they know that photographers who are willing to pay a premium for the quality of their light are quite likely to be over 40 with a preference for more intricate, often off-camera setups where it's extremely useful to be able to read the flash setting from a distance?

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2017 at 18:45 UTC
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SmilerGrogan: When is someone on staff going to have the decency to take this new editor aside and teach him the basics of journalism and of writing. It's heartless to let him flounder like this.

What exactly is wrong with it? Is it style thing you don't like? Personally, I'm always expecting the what, why, when, where and who gives a toss thing. Things online have (thankfully?) moved us all on a bit from journalism 101 from the 90s.

Link | Posted on Sep 14, 2017 at 07:50 UTC
On article Photo story of the week: Hyena at Night (101 comments in total)
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Chaitanya S: Photographer was putting a lot of trust in those animals. Hyenas have very strong jaws and they can easily break the camera out of curiosity.

While this seems logical, actually, I don't think you are quite correct about these fellas. They often visit campsites at night and while they obviously do go for any food items left out, they are also known to crush things that don't appear to have any food value at all. African elephants are also curious. I witnessed one pick up and munch on a toiletry bag when it raided our camp in Botswana. Some crazy American who had been travelling through Africa ran out and threw a plastic bucket at the creature and chased it away before it got going on a fishing box with hooks in it.

Link | Posted on Sep 3, 2017 at 17:16 UTC
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Reactive: I guess if you have the money to buy one of these, you're in the wealth bracket where totalling your Ferrari is a mere trifling inconvenience, not anything to worry about.

Every day I see builders driving around in commercial vehicles valued far more than my camera equipment. I drive a poked truck - but the equipment I use is quite nice. Makes sense to me - because using photographic equipment constitutes a large part of what I do for a living. Why do photographers get grief from others for spending really such insignificant amounts on commercial equipment when everyone else is entitled to spend what they want on theirs? Does anyone bit*h at a dentist for buying fangled diamond tipped drilling things for their business? Just about everyone feels it's okay to spend plenty of cash on a fantastic car to drive to work and back - yet spending money on a piece of photographic equipment that may actually have a positive impact on the way your target market views your work is begrudged. Spending $10 000 for a tool that can assist you set yourself apart from your competitors is simply small change if you have the skill to make it count.

Link | Posted on Aug 18, 2017 at 18:13 UTC
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brulain: Mac OS is all I want: more simple, reliable and light.
But if you like gaz factories, Windows is for you.

Gaz factory . . . about time this entered into everyday use:

> I'm French and I'm looking for an english translation
> of a french expression ("usine a gaz") which is
> literally [gasworks] but which means a working device
> or machine so complicated that it is highly probable
> that it crashes very soon and that it is almost a
> miracle that it is still working.

> Is there an equivalent phrase in English ?

I'm guessing the obvious equivalent in English loosely translates to "Microsoft"?

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2017 at 16:30 UTC
On article Roadtrip Review Redux: The Fujifilm X100F (173 comments in total)
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Saurat: Classic Chrome, Provia, Velvia? FFS if you are at all serious just shoot Raw and process your own images.

One of features a lot of Fuji photographers appreciate is getting great colour straight out of camera. The benefit is that it saves lot of time for some shoots. Although I personally process all of my paid work from RAW, I sometimes wonder if simply sending the camera jpg files through would work just as well for most clients - saving a bucket of time in the process.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2017 at 18:10 UTC

Meh . . . you guys who live in the first world with your problems.

Link | Posted on Jan 17, 2017 at 19:19 UTC as 63rd comment | 1 reply
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Widdldo: I remember a wedding where the newlyweds were not satisfied with the photographer's results although he used high quality Canon full frame primes. I thought wow, the pictures were beautiful and aesthetic, but the couple found them to be much too "unsharp". Well, in fact they were razor sharp, but DoF was so thin that the look of the pictures became very "distinct". Probably too distinct for customers used to smartphone snapshots.
Lesson to learn from this: You can be a photography master and use the most advanced gear but you will fail if you don't check and meet your customer's expectations.

It's also the client's job to choose the right photographer for their needs based on their portfolio of work. If the photographer has lots of 85mm f 1.8 type of shots . . . well then don't be surprised when that's what you get. Your style of work can't be all things to all people. Your style in a way, is your USP. If the client wants another style of work then it's best that they hire someone who shoots like that rather than trying to get you to emulate another photographer's work.

Link | Posted on Dec 31, 2016 at 11:05 UTC

So sorry Mr Costello. I travel a lot for clients with loads of photo and video gear and could think of nothing worse. Not just for the loss, but also for the problem that we have clients to serve and cannot do our jobs without the tools of our trade. As a nitpicking aside though, this is not technically a "robbery" as stated in the story unless one considers the lady in question to be a weapon or somehow the items were taken by force. Strictly speaking, the events as described would be theft.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 18:05 UTC as 179th comment
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Dvlee: In the above poll , there should have been an "all of the above" option because all those things are of concern... except "I thnk it might work fine."

I'm actually using the subscription option now because when factoring in the initial cost of CS6 plus upgrades down the road, and other economic factors, it makes more economic sense.

But due to the many changes the photography market and the economy have undergone, there have been many photographers, amateurs and pros alike, that have had to tighten their belts and cut back on monthly costs.

Being dependent upon a credit card that can be charged monthly and an internet connection to keep PS functional might mean that many folks who are struggling through this rough economy would lose access to PS.

I muddled thru with CS3 for 5 plus years, thru unemployment and lean times, I still had PS to work with. If it was a subscription service, I would have had to let it lapse and turn to GIMP or some other program to continue photography.

Last time I looked, The Gimp opened and produced .psd files just fine. Same for Corel's suite I've been trying out. May not work too well for very advanced layers and things - but for standard layers I'd not worry too much about being locked into the .psd file format.

Link | Posted on May 9, 2013 at 16:59 UTC
On article Photoshop CC: Adobe responds to reaction (1842 comments in total)

Just taken a look at Corel's products after years of ignoring them:

The raw processor "After Shot" looks great and the process seemed to make more sense to me than Lightroom. The PS replacement opens existing PS files and also seems to work just fine . . . although I can't figure out how to isolate properly yet.

The the programs have demo downloads to try out.

Link | Posted on May 8, 2013 at 06:07 UTC as 632nd comment | 4 replies
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dcsimages1: So, the guy who basically single-handedly destroyed 80% of the value of the stock industry in a fit of pique is now going to "save" it?

Another way to see it is that iStock was simply an inevitable business reaction to an unnatural market condition. If it wasn't Bruce Livingston, it would have been someone else.

Getty and other traditional agencies let only a few photographers play in their sandpit. The standard Getty rejection letter gave you the feeling that they didn't wany you to try submit again . . . ever.

Getty and other agencies built a wall to keep aspiring photographers out and prices artificially high. No matter how well lit, "Household iron isolated on white" should not fetch $250 for web use.

When the dam wall broke, did Getty counter with a "midstock" agency to move high quality files away from the micros? Not at all, they arrogantly dissed the whole microstock movement until it was too late for them.

Will low pricing last? Not at all - pricing for good images is heading north again - but now from a stable and realistic demand/supply base that will ultimatley prove to be both healthy and sustainable.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 15:50 UTC
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AV Janus: I must say i am surprised. They receive only 50% ??
How much did they get on Getty?

20% in many cases.

Link | Posted on Mar 28, 2013 at 09:26 UTC

And they are not alone . . . Shutterstock is heading straight at Getty's traditional market too when their premium "marketplace",, lanuches soon.

Bout time someone gave it back to Getty and their corporate bully-boys. Hopefully those services who treat their contributors with at least some form of respect will eventually rise to the top.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2013 at 19:08 UTC as 26th comment
On article Confessions of a camera snob (89 comments in total)

These are the best set of images I've seen produced by DP Review. Perhaps there is a logical reason for them - but so many of the review images tend to be completly pedestrian. But suddenly here is some worthwhile work and it's not coming from a camera. Seems to be a case of less camera, more art.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2013 at 06:01 UTC as 35th comment | 2 replies
On article Ethics of prize-winning photo debated (151 comments in total)

This may be slightly off topic, but apart from their accuracy, aren't some of the captions in the portfolio possibly libellous?

"A man is arrested by the Rochester police after having assaulted his father with a samurai sword." Or how about: "An intoxicated man who was molesting passerbys is arrested."

Perhaps the people pictured in these images have different views on the matter and resent being labelled as "intoxicated" or "molesters" or as people who assault their fathers with swords?

The last time I attended journalism school in my country, they were pretty insistent that we didn't accuse anyone of anything unless it had been proved in a court of law. If we were to make such allegations, we needed to precede them with "alleged" since it was not our place to judge them, just report on the situation.

I take it such legal niceties are not required in the US, since these awards are even overseen by some important journalism institute?

Link | Posted on Feb 28, 2013 at 14:48 UTC as 26th comment
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UnChatNoir: A few conclusions... 1. Fujifilm wants to hurt Leica with a concept Leica isn't able to develop. But a lot of questions, certainly because it's in theory 'only' an APS/C sensor whatever technology may be in it. 2. Let's also wait to see whether the glass will also rule out the M-range, an almost impossible challenge. 3. Concerning that glass, 3 primes, one macro. Cannot think of a real pro that will be satisfied with only this set. What is to come... unknown in this stage - but important if you go for such a system camera. 5. The same applies a bit for all accessories. A range of stuff not adding too much value in this stage. 6. A pricing that matches a 5DMkII? Yes Leica is still doing worse. But Leica is Leica and even if you love the concept, the same money can buy a lot of very attractive camera's. Surely in the APS/C-range. 5. Hello Canon, hello Nikon, are you still there? The V/J1 and G1X was not exactly where I was waiting for. The kids already have their own camera ;-) .

You may well be right . . . but there are a lot of Hasselblad users you may choose to differ since Fuji has a long history of making top quality medium and large format lenses. My guess would be that they probably won't be as good as some of the better Leica lenses, but they will be easier on the pocket and few would be able to tell the difference anyway.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2012 at 15:31 UTC
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