jadot

jadot

Lives in United Kingdom Surrey, United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at http://alexanderleaman.com
Joined on Aug 27, 2010
About me:

Professional Photographer - Weddings mostly, Portraits of real people are high on the list.

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KubeKube: In the first sentence, "it had solid image quality" and then "respectable image quality" - which one?

There was an amount of quality inherent in the pictures you captured with the camera that was all about making pictures that you took.

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 12:33 UTC
On article Phase One introduces 'Styles Packs' for Capture One (62 comments in total)
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jadot: I'm usually fairly supportive of Capture One, but I think they're late to the game with this and have got the pricing completely wrong.

When you understand how presets work (you can make your own given a little time) the price looks cynical.

I understand that C1 is probably the benchmark in image quality and workflow together, and these presets will no doubt push the boundaries for some people, but if the tiresome ubiquity of VSCO in lightroom is anything to go by then maybe Phase One might have come up with a more innovative module that perhaps better analyses individual images intelligently. Otherwise it's just another filter in the end.

Bottom line - if it improves workflow speed, then I'm up for it, but not if it flattens my images into a common denominator reference point. The same as everybody else's, etc.

And ultimately, not at this price.

FWIW I think Aperture had a good, basic, simple to navigate interface - The Finder was particularly good, but then Apple gave up on Aperture and now that interface looks very outdated.

C1 could do with an overhaul - you're right, but the functionality - the access points to tools is fairly good as it is, so there's probably not much that they can do.
But...
Better Floating toolsets would be good. I Liked the tabbed 'Hud' that Aperture did so well.
User changeable colours/skins for all windows.
Better Folder Management in Catalogs - perhaps tabs or a column view.

Anyway, tweaking the interface would indeed be more meaningful than unnecessary and expensive presets.

Link | Posted on Jun 9, 2017 at 10:16 UTC
On article Phase One introduces 'Styles Packs' for Capture One (62 comments in total)
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LiangMing: If just for fun, why not use Meitu app, it is free and simple. For serious photo editing, Photoshop is the way to go.

I don't think you quite understand what C1 Pro is for.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 19:01 UTC
On article Phase One introduces 'Styles Packs' for Capture One (62 comments in total)

I'm usually fairly supportive of Capture One, but I think they're late to the game with this and have got the pricing completely wrong.

When you understand how presets work (you can make your own given a little time) the price looks cynical.

I understand that C1 is probably the benchmark in image quality and workflow together, and these presets will no doubt push the boundaries for some people, but if the tiresome ubiquity of VSCO in lightroom is anything to go by then maybe Phase One might have come up with a more innovative module that perhaps better analyses individual images intelligently. Otherwise it's just another filter in the end.

Bottom line - if it improves workflow speed, then I'm up for it, but not if it flattens my images into a common denominator reference point. The same as everybody else's, etc.

And ultimately, not at this price.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2017 at 13:47 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
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KubeKube: I am sorry to say it, guys, but it appears that this "story" is rather a content filling quota probably mandated by DPReview job-contracts. To describe these strobe photos as "dramatic" and to involve on top of it "pre-visualization" is rather ridiculous and I for one do not find anything thrilling in them. On the opposite, they freeze and deprive the sports action shoot of its spontaneity and immediacy. It is rather a senseless "see what I can do" approach without any justifiable aesthetic or other purpose. And as someone already mentioned - getting permission for these type of execution is probably only possible for someone of Mr/ Elwood's stature. His traditional body of work is way more interesting and fully deserves the credit it is bestowed upon.

Or: You're wrong.

nearly every article (that isn't a Sony camera review) that DPR put out is met with the same paranoid cynicism; "DPR must have been paid to write this" or "DPR have to write these kinds of articles to fulfill a mandate"?!

The actual truth is that DPR can do what they want, and if you or anybody doesn't like it then you are entitled to not read it. Or you are entitled to set up your own website and fill it with content that you want to fill it with. But be prepared for someone to comment on your 'content' because they're not pleased, because, you know, that's the internet.

As it happens, you are wrong, subjectively speaking. The images in this article are awesome, to me, and generally I am more right than you about this because why not?

That's the internet for you.

Link | Posted on Jun 3, 2017 at 13:31 UTC

Nice to see this. It's very well done, and his work looks consistently good to me. The Whale portraits really are stunning.

Link | Posted on Jun 2, 2017 at 10:53 UTC as 14th comment
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GodSpeaks: Today, anything with less than a 1" sensor is to be avoided.

Use a 1" sensor. throw in that 30 Meter depth rating and they would have had a winner. Just make sure it saved RAW and had an addon lens suitable for UW use. 24-120mm (eq) is great above water, but wider is needed UW.

And, where is the Nikon 1 AW2 (20MP sensor and 4K video)? Not to mention an AW version of the 6.7-13mm.

I have been a Nikon shooter since the early 70's, and now I am starting to lose faith in Nikon. Come on Nikon, get your ass in gear.

I can't see people avoiding smart phones in a hurry.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 17:14 UTC
On article How do you know you need a new camera? (409 comments in total)

Personally, I felt the same way when I finally got shot of my D700s.

Here's what I found.

I assumed that getting a D800, D600, then a D750 would be the obvious path to take, and in some ways it was, but the simple reality was that none of those cameras were as simplified or purposeful as the D700 to me. It turns out that the D800 had too much resolution, so I sold that and kept the D600, but the AF was woeful. Later on I even borrowed a D750 to compare against my Fuji's. It ticked more of the right boxes, but still seems to me to be a bloated version of the D3/D700 range.

Eventually I just got tired of calibrating lenses, and the actual size of the thing, and started shooting Fuji Mirrorless, completely switching when the XT1 was released with the 56.

It's a better system for me, now even more so with the XT2, but there's still a part of me that misses the D700 specifically.

All said, it sounds like the D750 would be the replacement camera for you, but then you're you and I'm not

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 12:13 UTC as 150th comment | 1 reply
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terence_boylen: And this has what to do with photography?

Yes DPR's "in Other News" section completely misses the point when they report on how photography is used in the wider world. Completely irrelevant. It's a conspiracy to get you to go and see Spiderman, and the staff at DPR are all getting paid handsomely for it. Or they would be, if only you hadn't stepped in and EXPOSED THEM FOR THEIR DASTARDLY WAYS.

/s

Link | Posted on May 27, 2017 at 11:50 UTC
On article Analog gems: 10 excellent, affordable film cameras (805 comments in total)

Nice to see some love for the Nikon L35AF. It's a great camera and worth the extra asking price it usually hits second hand.

My favourite here is the XA (and the other Olympus Mju) but I think the Nikon AF600 (Lite Touch) should get a mention here too. A great 28 mm AF Lens, really sharp, and pocketable too.

I still have the Nikons, though I don't shoot film any more. I suppose I should sell them. The Olympus cameras went a couple of years ago.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2017 at 10:28 UTC as 119th comment | 1 reply
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davids8560: There are things I cannot do which others can do well. So I need other people. But what if I can create technology that begins where my capabilities end? I will no longer need others to do things I cannot do or those things I wish to avoid doing. I will be able to direct my technology to do everything I want to do but don't do well myself. I will be an emperor in an empire of my own choosing. I will only see a world of my choosing. I will only interact with others I choose. There will be no uncertainty. There will be no inefficiency. There will be no accidental natural wonder. And I will never have to face my limitations, other than the limits of my own imagination, because I will have no limitations to know. Or will there?

Or you can choose not to. I wouldn't worry so much.

Link | Posted on May 19, 2017 at 07:43 UTC
On article Fantastic footage of fjords with the DJI Mavic Pro (55 comments in total)
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jadot: I really liked the video, but as others have suggested the actual IQ doesn't do the Mavic any favours.

I really want to like the portable, inexpensive drone, but I can't find any footage that sells it to me.

JackM - Thanks - I'll probably get one, but I'd be interested in optimising the quality. After looking on YouTube and digging into the huge amount of reviews it doesn't take long to see that you can get better results that the IQ in this featured video. It's a shame - I actually like the video and the production, It's just horrible compression and colour grading, apparently.
That said, for what I need to shoot, it will probably be enough.

Link | Posted on May 12, 2017 at 08:46 UTC
On article Fantastic footage of fjords with the DJI Mavic Pro (55 comments in total)

I really liked the video, but as others have suggested the actual IQ doesn't do the Mavic any favours.

I really want to like the portable, inexpensive drone, but I can't find any footage that sells it to me.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2017 at 11:58 UTC as 19th comment | 8 replies
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jadot: "A 20 fps bursts with continuous AF and no black out seems nice, but if you don't have the right glass for the job, that spec won't get you far".

I'm not a pro sports photographer, but I'm guessing that a single spec like a burst rate is so far from a good reason enough to have go through the ball ache of jumping from their tried and tested system, Canon or Nikon. Any photographer in that situation must surely know that the next time Canon release a pro camera the specs are going to be the same or better in some cases. I mean, what does the 1DXII manage - isn't 16 FPS in live view? Isn't that enough?

It's got to be enough to not want to throw $12K at a whole new setup, surely?

I don't think Sony's charging what they are for the A9 is *just* because of this particular feature, so I'm not sure that crippling their own FPS would be a good plan for them. Or you.

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 13:03 UTC

"A 20 fps bursts with continuous AF and no black out seems nice, but if you don't have the right glass for the job, that spec won't get you far".

I'm not a pro sports photographer, but I'm guessing that a single spec like a burst rate is so far from a good reason enough to have go through the ball ache of jumping from their tried and tested system, Canon or Nikon. Any photographer in that situation must surely know that the next time Canon release a pro camera the specs are going to be the same or better in some cases. I mean, what does the 1DXII manage - isn't 16 FPS in live view? Isn't that enough?

It's got to be enough to not want to throw $12K at a whole new setup, surely?

Link | Posted on Apr 25, 2017 at 11:32 UTC as 228th comment | 3 replies
On article SmugMug Films: The journey from food to photography (16 comments in total)

Have loved Eric's work for a long time, but I didn't know how deep he went into his art.
This is a real, passionate, story.

A much needed dose of positivity in a sea of negative criticism and all too often cynical murk.

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 13:37 UTC as 6th comment

If you zoom in on this you can clearly see that Earth is a white rectangular shape, which obviously proves that the planet we live on is flat.

( One for the YouTubers)

( /s )

Link | Posted on Apr 22, 2017 at 09:26 UTC as 42nd comment | 2 replies
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (359 comments in total)
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CaPi: I find the color rendition somewhat different to the x-t10.
Did anyone else experience that?

It's a completely different sensor. Better contrast, better resolution, better colour rendition (according to some). The same goes for XT1 vs XT2, and the XP1 vs XP2, and now the X100T vs X100F

The new sensor is reason enough to upgrade to the newer model(s).

Link | Posted on Apr 19, 2017 at 12:00 UTC

It's art and it's built into Warhol's statement. The most important thing is work.
Shoot, if Warhol started on one of my pictures I'd be over the moon.

Link | Posted on Apr 17, 2017 at 21:43 UTC as 51st comment | 8 replies
On article DJI launches Phantom 4 Advanced drone (66 comments in total)
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NickyB66: Within a few years these things will probably need a license to operate, even for recreational users. They are just a snoopers tool in the wrong hands, let alone a possible terrorist weapon, as we have already seen in some locales in the middle east theatre, let alone close prom flying to aircraft, these drones are a menace. If one approached my land I would happily take the thing down and track the operator and show him the error of his ways.

Sounds a bit militant/Threatening/Paranoid...

While it can be agreed that licensing or some kind of registration should be universal, it can also be argued that most people spending around £$2K (often more) on a personal drone are more often than not (semi) professional users who have a project or projects in mind for the kit. There's no doubting that high resolution filming has and will continue to open up creative possibilities and if people want to explore that there should be a way for them to do that without threats of vigilante violence and militant DIY policing.

Where does that end up? Cameras? CCTV? LAPTOPS? WEBCAMS? Or: "I don't like the fact that people can operate motorcycles in my town. Let's kill some riders - that'll teach them"

It says the same thing.

Link | Posted on Apr 14, 2017 at 14:18 UTC
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