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

Comments

Total: 401, showing: 21 – 40
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »

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

The mediocre to poor street photos here just simply show that the camera is irrelevant, the photographer’s eye is the key.

Link | Posted on Apr 1, 2020 at 00:42 UTC as 14th comment
In reply to:

xeppelin: Adobe trying to slightly ameliorate a problem caused solely by its infamous subscription scheme that would have never existed with perpetual licenses.

Adobe has triggered a global pandemic with its subscription virus. Milions of bank accounts are infected. Strictest isolation required. Stay away from Adobe websites and keep a safe distance from their subscription scheme. oO

Hostile energy that would probably be more productive in some other direction.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2020 at 18:26 UTC

I bought old version of this a few years ago but, honestly, haven't used it much. It’s for when you need a little more light out in the field that is more controllable than onboard flash.

Link | Posted on Mar 15, 2020 at 18:22 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
On article Loupedeck+ review (134 comments in total)
In reply to:

AnOpticalView: A cute accessory but not necessary apart from those editing without a keyboard such as a tablet. Even then a (much cheaper) wireless keyboard is a better solution.
However as a gadget lover I want one.
Video editors will take to this easily as similar items have been in use for years to scrub through video etc.

Comparing LD with a wireless keyboard is just plain ignorant. Toys? Pretty much every “enthusiast” on DPR who is not a pro is just playing with toys! LOL!

Link | Posted on Mar 7, 2020 at 01:29 UTC
On article Loupedeck+ review (134 comments in total)
In reply to:

AnOpticalView: A cute accessory but not necessary apart from those editing without a keyboard such as a tablet. Even then a (much cheaper) wireless keyboard is a better solution.
However as a gadget lover I want one.
Video editors will take to this easily as similar items have been in use for years to scrub through video etc.

This console is nothing like a wireless keyboard which is not “a better solution”. It has real knobs and sliders that can be assigned to almost all keyboard functions. It is in no way “necessary”, as one can use a keyboard and mouse, but having real tactile controls makes editing easier, faster, more precise and exponentially more creative and fun.

Perhaps if you actually do get one you can make a more informed assesment.

Link | Posted on Mar 3, 2020 at 07:33 UTC
On article Loupedeck+ review (134 comments in total)
In reply to:

il mando: Why not reviewing their latest Loupedeck CT instead?

Different beast - and $500.

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2020 at 20:44 UTC
On article Loupedeck+ review (134 comments in total)
In reply to:

Rob de Loe: I tried it for use with Lightroom but returned it.

It's a well-built piece of equipment, and the software is solid. But for the kind of work I do, I found myself having to go back to the keyboard and mouse far too often. I was hoping I'd be able to push my keyboard and mouse out of the way, but that's not possible. So I ended up with a keyboard, mouse, Loupedeck+ and my Wacom tablet in front of me -- which doesn't work. It's probably a much more useful tool for people who have to do the same basic things to a lot of photos (e.g., open, adjust exposure and white balance, crop, move to next).

Another thing to keep in mind is you can only set up a button to do something that is already built-into Lightrom. For example, if a function (like 1:1 previews) doesn't have a shortcut key, you can't assign that function to a button.

No pics possible here, but my desk with a pullout shelf lmakes it easy to have Loupedeck and keyboard plus mouse at your hands’ disposal. Works great!

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2020 at 01:21 UTC
On article Loupedeck+ review (134 comments in total)
In reply to:

Himynameismarv: Build quality was awful. Feels very plastic and cheap.

Subjective. Mine feels quite solid.

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2020 at 03:03 UTC
On article Loupedeck+ review (134 comments in total)

I absolutely LOVE the Loupedeck, have been using it since it’s inception, and would not consider editing with LR without it. No, it is not a complete replacement for keyboard and mouse, but an adjunct. But what an adjunct it is - totally changes the way you use a computer program. You can keep your eyes on the photo while making accurate adjustments with knobs. You are not continually looking to the right of the screen at the sliders on the screen. This makes for faster, more accurate, and more creative editing - which is 100 times more pleasurable. While not 100% customizable (later updates) you can customize much of it to your liking. The company is continually improving the software based on user input. A wonderful device!

Link | Posted on Feb 14, 2020 at 19:37 UTC as 34th comment
On article Hands-on with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 III (188 comments in total)

Don't really get the idea of a fixed-lens camera for $1500 when one could get a comparable camera with interchangeable lenses for the same price.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 19:07 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
In reply to:

Zoom Zoom Zoom: :
Great article, well done DPreview!

A very unfortunate move by Fujifilm IMO. I fully agree that the man is eccentric and his methods are less than polite. But in the grand scheme of things, everyone is welcome to walk away from him or express discontent directly on his face, simple. And no matter personal likes or dislikes about his shooting style (or lack of), he takes awesome photos and is passionate about what he does.

Fujifilm's move proves that they are not a "photographers company" as many claim including Fujifilm itself and in fact no more than another business entity for which political correctness and corporate image self-protection trumps the basic notion of freedom of expression, which is the bios of photography itself.

The biggest hypocrisy is not Fujifilm banning this guy, but what they stand for by doing it. And ironically they might get even more backslash by their action now, than what they originally got by having this guy in their program in the first place.

I now have a negative connotation against Fuji now that they have not supported their photographer, and it may influence (subconsciously) my purchasing decisions.

Link | Posted on Feb 12, 2020 at 03:12 UTC

I used to drive a cab in NYC, and have lived in dangerous neighborhoods. I’ve been robbed with guns, mugged, and hit over the head with a police baton. The last thing I ever worried about was having my photo taken by a photographer.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2020 at 23:47 UTC as 34th comment | 1 reply

Every culture, city, neighborhood has different norms. Each street photographer navigates them as he shoots according to his own methods, style, and artistic vision.

There will always be ignorant, righteous indignation, and hostile comments by people who know little about shooting street photography. Fuji has acted to protect their bottom line, not their photographers. IMO, cowardly.

Link | Posted on Feb 11, 2020 at 23:17 UTC as 35th comment | 1 reply
On article Video: 20 couples poses in under 10 minutes (36 comments in total)

Too much “directing”. Spend some time with the couple, get them comfortable, so they act naturally and communicate with each other, catch the moments. This seemed contrived.

Link | Posted on Jan 28, 2020 at 04:52 UTC as 7th comment
In reply to:

RolliPoli: I'm old enough that I have difficulty understanding how MF is a negative or barrier to be overcome or avoided, assuming a photographer doesn't have vision problems.
I shoot using MF and 'needle-match' metering as often as I use AF and aperture priority on my DSLR. An 'Automatic' feature on most devices means 'convenient' rather than 'more precise' or 'more durable'.

Speed! Try shooting moving fast-paced street photography subjects with manual focus. In can be done with great DOF and zone focus. But not as effectively, at least how I want to do it.

(Fine for stationary subjects).

Link | Posted on Jan 27, 2020 at 04:58 UTC

Vintage lenses (or vintage anything) are fine and can be quite fun and useful. I just sold two vintage computers - Amiga and Atrai - from the 1980s. But no one NEEDS them, so the title of the video is either thoughtless or clickbait.

Link | Posted on Jan 26, 2020 at 19:28 UTC as 58th comment

My father went to summer camp with Ed Land in the 1920s. Later Land asked my father to invest in a new invention - an instant camera. My father thought it sounded unworthy and refused.

He did eventually have a Polaroid camera and took thousands of instant family photos with it.

Link | Posted on Jan 25, 2020 at 07:58 UTC as 4th comment

“most important cameras of the decade”

Any camera that’s been in your hand.

Enough gear obsession - use your eye and brain to create compelling photos.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2020 at 01:49 UTC as 42nd comment | 1 reply

“Visualize spots” has always worked for me. The “trick” not really necessary.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2020 at 05:49 UTC as 11th comment
Total: 401, showing: 21 – 40
« First‹ Previous12345Next ›Last »