Paul Richman

Paul Richman

Lives in United States Boulder, CO, United States
Works as a Photographer - mostly retired
Has a website at http://PixelsByPaul.COM
Joined on Apr 29, 2005
About me:

BACKGROUND: BS and MS in Mathematics and Biometrics from the University of Cincinnati, and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. Graduated in their 2nd PhD graduating class way back in 1968. Worked at Bell Labs first in Murray Hill NJ (publishing further results from my PhD thesis for 3 years) and then for another 30 years at the Denver Branch Labs, in advanced development. Retired in 2001 (with 23 patents) to focus on photography.

PHOTOGRAPHY: I’ve enjoyed photography since my early teen years. I’ve had a B&W dark room and much later, a color darkroom. Being a computer nerd, I’ve never been comfortable with chemicals. So the digital age of photography was tailor made for me. My photography was amateurish until I retired. Since then, I’ve been published in National Geographic Magazine and elsewhere. I’ve sold many many fine art prints at my gallery in the Millennium Hotel in Boulder Colorado. I closed that gallery several years ago. Now, at 76, I’m fully retired from business related activities, and doing photography just for fun, just for me. (Of course, if others like some of my photographs that is a terrific bonus!)

As you can see from my website here, I enjoy a variety of photography venues: nature, landscape, wildlife, birds (I love birds!), travel, architecture, “tiny planets”, fisheye, abstract, macro, etc.

I’ve come to enjoy the social aspects of photography as well. Having friends who are passionate about photography is great fun. We share in photographic outings and/or in enjoying each others photographic works. We grow each other’s skills and find new subject matter for each other.

EQUIPMENT: In the past, I’ve used Nikon (F, D100, D3, D3x, D800e, D810 and now z7), Canon, Leica (M9), Pentax, Olympus (E-M1ii, Pen-F), Panasonic (GH-5, G9) and Sony (AR 1 and 2) cameras. My current camera is the Nikon z7. I’m as much a technologist (gear-head) as photographer, and so greatly enjoy using the latest and greatest gear. I shoot only RAW and use Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop CC for post processing, along with many plugins (Topaz, NIK, Imagenomic, ….)

I no longer make large prints. I mostly want to see my new images in large print size, but printing is costly especially if one keeps swapping out pictures. So now I view my images on my iPhone XS Max, iPad and especially my huge (for a Mac monitor) 55” NEC monitor. I WOW myself (and sometimes, friends) when I zoom in on high Rez files. And I love the crop-ability of a 46MP sensor.

The S lenses now coming out for the Nikon Z mount are compact and excellent, although the selection will be scant for quite awhile. Thankfully, all the latest Nikon F mount lenses, even those from 3rd parties, work extremely well with the Nikon z cameras with the Nikon FTZ adapter. The Nikkor 300mm PF F4 lens offers incredible image quality, lightness and compactness, and works extremely well with all the latest Nikon teleconverters. The Nikkor 500mm PF F5.6 lens is so very light, compact and sharp (for its focal length and aperture). The Nikkor 8-15mm Fisheye lens is superb, really two lenses in one for me (circular full-180° fisheye, and also a full-frame fisheye). With it you can take fun images almost anywhere. The Nikkor 600mm F4E is a superb long telephoto lens. The Sigma 14mm F1.8 is a big and heavy but superb ultra-wide lens.

Comments

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I am a subscriber But I am starting to get fed up with your Buggy software releases. They just keep the bugs coming and nobody’s complaining enough. For example their random advance “feature” in lightroom is a real pain. Just try opening multiple files into layers which sometimes works and often does not work. oh so many crashes in Photoshop. What gives?

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2017 at 16:18 UTC as 106th comment

Adobe has been releasing very buggy software for the last year or so and we should all be complaining. For example, opening two or more files as layers from lightroom fails half the time. Sometimes auto advance will kick in when you’re rating files and then later kicks out all by itself. (Note that Auto advance is not a feature offered in the menu system). Re-running a filter using command F will sometimes crash Photoshop. These are just a few examples.

Start complaining!

Link | Posted on Dec 13, 2017 at 17:21 UTC as 7th comment | 3 replies
On article These are the best smartphone cameras you can buy (194 comments in total)
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Paul Richman: I take great exception to the following quote:

”The iPhone X's wide gamut OLED is the most color accurate device on the market...”

This display is not accurate at all. It is way cyan. I’ve compared it’s images to my new MacBook Pro 15 inch, my LG ultra fine 5K display from Apple, my iPad Pro 12.9 inch display and 10.5 inch display. All the others match colors exactly, as Apple is known to do.

However the iPhone X display is way off. I complained about this at the Apple store and they refused to take the issue seriously. I opened a ticket on this with AppleCare and they suggested that I try filters in settings, which I did. Adding a fairly intense blue filter helps things out quite a bit but displays becomes way too saturated then.

Don’t give me wrong. I love my iPhone X and my other Apple devices as well. I just wish the iPhone X was indeed color accurate. It’s not!

The color difference is obvious and large to my eyes. I have also shown it to my friends. One says he sees the same major difference I do. The other says he thinks the differences Are there but minor. So various opinions abound, but I’ll stick by mine. It is a huge difference.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2017 at 13:23 UTC
On article These are the best smartphone cameras you can buy (194 comments in total)

I take great exception to the following quote:

”The iPhone X's wide gamut OLED is the most color accurate device on the market...”

This display is not accurate at all. It is way cyan. I’ve compared it’s images to my new MacBook Pro 15 inch, my LG ultra fine 5K display from Apple, my iPad Pro 12.9 inch display and 10.5 inch display. All the others match colors exactly, as Apple is known to do.

However the iPhone X display is way off. I complained about this at the Apple store and they refused to take the issue seriously. I opened a ticket on this with AppleCare and they suggested that I try filters in settings, which I did. Adding a fairly intense blue filter helps things out quite a bit but displays becomes way too saturated then.

Don’t give me wrong. I love my iPhone X and my other Apple devices as well. I just wish the iPhone X was indeed color accurate. It’s not!

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2017 at 21:55 UTC as 35th comment | 5 replies

Where can one buy this?

Link | Posted on Oct 18, 2017 at 21:02 UTC as 10th comment | 1 reply

If they made an Olympus version I'd get one.

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 00:19 UTC as 30th comment | 1 reply
On article iPhone X vs. Samsung Note 8 (362 comments in total)

How do their screens compare in pixel size?

Link | Posted on Sep 17, 2017 at 13:08 UTC as 99th comment | 1 reply
On article Benro launches ProAngel line of compact travel tripods (13 comments in total)

I can't find these anywhere. When will they be available, and where?

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 19:10 UTC as 3rd comment | 6 replies
On article Cinetics Axis360 review (69 comments in total)

How does this compare to similar products from Edelkrone?

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 16:43 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
On article Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Review (49 comments in total)

The Leica comparison in the Introduction is dated. Leica now offers the X Vario at basically the same price point, but with a zoom. I prefer it, from the little testing and comparing I've done.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 14:28 UTC as 13th comment | 4 replies
On article Sony Cyber-shot RX1R Preview (119 comments in total)

Why not compare this to the Leica X Vario? I've looked closely at the output from both, and the Vario is hands down a better camera, and at the same price point. The Vario offers a 24 - 70mm (35mm equiv) lens for much more versatility, and in nearly the same size and weight package. The Vario produces much sharper images, and the images are tack sharp corner to corner, even wide open. Much better than the RX1 or RX1R. Further, you get the rich colors Leica is known for, again better than the Sony.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2013 at 11:29 UTC as 11th comment
On article App Portfolio - Your App, Your Portfolio, Your $$$ (5 comments in total)

Thanks, Ed! This is certainly an avenue you could go down. If you do, good luck!

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2012 at 03:44 UTC as 4th comment
On article App Portfolio - Your App, Your Portfolio, Your $$$ (5 comments in total)
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deepiReview: Thanks for the write up. I am surprised that no one has commented on this article yet. As a full-time software developer and part time amateur photographer I found this very interesting and useful. I have bookmarked and printed it out for reference.

Thanks! I'm surprised too, but I guess there are few of us out there with interest and skill in both areas.

Link | Posted on Jan 2, 2012 at 04:27 UTC
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