skanter

skanter

Lives in United States New York City, NY, United States
Works as a Musician/Filmmaker/Photographer
Has a website at http://skanter.smugmug.com
Joined on May 25, 2001

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FAS makes this camera useless for street photography (instead of tilt-up), screen sticking out ruins any stealth shooting and the plane of screen and lens is cockeyed.

Link | Posted on Sep 15, 2020 at 05:49 UTC as 254th comment | 2 replies

I use the Loupedeck + which is a fantastic tool for LR and PS. This seems geared for “streaming” - whatever that means. In any case, I just edit photos. Keyboard and mouse - ugh, could never go back to that!

Link | Posted on Sep 12, 2020 at 02:57 UTC as 12th comment

I’ve done both - and I love the digital process far more than I did with film - and those chemicals - ugh!

Link | Posted on Jun 27, 2020 at 07:16 UTC as 114th comment
On article Film Fridays: Defining the 'perfect' lens (92 comments in total)

All lenses are compromises, and “perfect” is totally subjective based on what characteristics are appropriate for the individual photographer - size, weight, sharpness, focal length, price, speed, et.etc.etc all are considered. One man’s “perfect” is another man’s “useless”.

Link | Posted on Jun 25, 2020 at 01:46 UTC as 7th comment
On article Video: How scratch-proof is a Sony a6000 image sensor? (183 comments in total)

My a6300 developed a tiny scratch, discovered (or caused by) a Sony tech who was doing a free cleaning at a photo expo in NYC. It had never cleaned it before by me I could have had it replaced under warranty, but it doesn't show up in photos, I did not want to be without the camera for repair period. But it did not give me confidence in the durability of the sensor.

Link | Posted on Jun 23, 2020 at 02:24 UTC as 49th comment | 1 reply

“The updated look gives the GR III a textured metallic grey paint job that Ricoh claims was chosen ‘to appeal to a street photographer, evoking the asphalt pavement in the city.’ Also new in this limited edition camera is the orange-yellow lens barrel ring that Ricoh says is ‘reminiscent of traffic lines painted on streets.’

How moronic. Cameras for SP should be as unobtrusive as possible, not with orange-yellow barrel rings.

Link | Posted on Jun 10, 2020 at 23:28 UTC as 119th comment | 1 reply
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PhilippeG: The shapes of this controller reminded me that years ago I used a Nintendo GameCube gamepad for Photoshop and other apps. I had mapped its control to specific functions, and it worked pretty well.

Exactly. And Loupedeck+ seems like a far better device to use with LR and PS.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2020 at 07:54 UTC
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h00ligan: I really don’t see much benefit to this for photography- and it may be my lack of imagination and someone can correct me.

Most of these things are very easy to do with keyboard shortcuts and a mouse wheel so what am I missing? For audio/video it seems a lot more useful But I’m struggling to understand how a rolling brush size is any easier than bracket keys. Or why I’d need a dedicated button to launch a specific tool which has a keyboard shortcut in photoshop / lightroom.

Filmstrip only lightroom- scroll with mouse wheel.

What am I missing? Thanks for the insight all.

It’s not easy to describe - but having dials and buttons on a console in front of you makes a huge difference. You do not need to constantly look at the sides of the screen at the software sliders, and muscle memory takes over so you can keep your eyes on the photo as you adjust far more accurately. My experience with Loupedeck + is that it’s far more accurate and efficient, but more important - more creative and pleasurable to edit.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2020 at 07:29 UTC

I’ve been using Loupedeck+ for quite a while, and love it. The latest software update has made every button and dial completely user assignable - fantastic! This seems like a poor substitute, and Loupedeck’s new CT is too expensive. Loupedeck+ has been a game changer for me in tactile editing - speed, accuracy, and pure creative pleasure. I could never go back to just keyboard and mouse - ugh!

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2020 at 07:13 UTC as 10th comment
On article The gear that got away: reader responses (240 comments in total)

Not being rich, I’ve always sold previous cameras to help finance new ones. Hence, only one camera at a time. YMMV.

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2020 at 19:51 UTC as 83rd comment | 1 reply

What about the big Photo-expo at Javits center in NYC?

Link | Posted on Jun 4, 2020 at 02:58 UTC as 5th comment
On article Best online printing services (145 comments in total)
In reply to:

FujifilmXT3: Why isn't Bay Photo listed? They're pretty good

I use Bay Photo through Smugmug. Fine quality - and prints are guaranteed, they will do it over if you don’t like it.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2020 at 02:29 UTC
On article Adobe launches Lightroom Ambassador program (227 comments in total)

Using LR for decades - glad to pay 10 bucks/mo for it. With Loupedeck console, a pleasure to work on photos, so intuitive.

Link | Posted on May 16, 2020 at 00:34 UTC as 38th comment | 2 replies
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mxx: The woman with all her guns is scary.

Sure - she looks like a fun gal!

Link | Posted on May 6, 2020 at 07:29 UTC

1) Nikkormat, 1965 - my first good camera given to me by my father as a high school graduation present.

2) Photography Professor in college - photo editor of a Washington D.C. newspaper, he taught me about darkroom techniques, and dedication.

Link | Posted on May 4, 2020 at 02:27 UTC as 50th comment

Sometimes technology is not the answer.

Link | Posted on Apr 23, 2020 at 18:23 UTC as 22nd comment | 2 replies
On article How HDR display could change your photography forever (220 comments in total)

B&W to color was a big deal. SD to HD was a big deal. After that - BS.

Link | Posted on Apr 8, 2020 at 07:31 UTC as 18th comment | 1 reply
On article Fujifilm X-A7 review (269 comments in total)
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CaPi: The flippy screen on this stills body is to me
A bad call. Its not discreet nor is it helpful using the touch screen.

Flip-out screens vs tilting make a camera pretty useless for street photographers who need to be discreet. A shame, would have neeb a nice street camera.

Link | Posted on Apr 7, 2020 at 04:43 UTC
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entoman: I'm wondering if Lovekin is in a high rise building photographing all these people with a 2000mm telephoto. Or is he perhaps roaming the streets with his camera?

Is he somehow excluded from the regulations that are confining all his subjects to their homes?

As a freelance photographer (?) is he classified as an "essential service" or a "key worker" and thus able to gain exemption?

Just wondering....

NYC is not on “lockdown”, but “shelter in place”. One is advised not to go out, but getting exercise or walking the dog is - keeping a distance - considered OK. Walking and taking photos is a grey area. Let’s not be judgmental when we don’t know all the facts.

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2020 at 19:05 UTC

It’s hard to fathom that there are so many ignorant comments about street photography on a photography forum. It’s as if the genre did not exist, or people thought photographers were stealing people’s souls by taking candid shots.

Try looking at some of the great street photographers of the 20th century before making silly comments about being “sneaky”.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2020 at 00:48 UTC as 13th comment | 1 reply
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