jadot

jadot

Lives in United Kingdom Surrey, United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at 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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IdM photography: Don't forget Pentax (the 645z is the best camera for studio work...)

Huge market for Elinchrom to focus on there.

Link | Posted on Nov 24, 2016 at 09:14 UTC

Cool. Where do I sign up?
What's that? - Another kickstarter thing? Oh.

Sorry. Forget it.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2016 at 19:39 UTC as 6th comment | 1 reply
On article Vivo Xplay6 features 4-axis stabilized 12MP dual-cam (33 comments in total)
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barrym1966: just a question, but why dont sony/nikon kill this little camera revolution before it takes off?

How hard is it do build a phone into a DSLR body? :) would even give youa touch screen too :D

@vscd - come again?

Link | Posted on Nov 21, 2016 at 13:50 UTC
On article Vivo Xplay6 features 4-axis stabilized 12MP dual-cam (33 comments in total)
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barrym1966: just a question, but why dont sony/nikon kill this little camera revolution before it takes off?

How hard is it do build a phone into a DSLR body? :) would even give youa touch screen too :D

...unless you don't happen to have a dslr.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2016 at 14:49 UTC
On article Vivo Xplay6 features 4-axis stabilized 12MP dual-cam (33 comments in total)
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barrym1966: just a question, but why dont sony/nikon kill this little camera revolution before it takes off?

How hard is it do build a phone into a DSLR body? :) would even give youa touch screen too :D

This falls into the "This would be a really great idea but for the fact that it's actually probably one of the most useless ideas ever thought of" category.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 16:33 UTC

"There are NO issues" he pleads somewhere into the horrific video sales pitch for an item that nobody will ever see.

Link | Posted on Nov 18, 2016 at 11:39 UTC as 33rd comment

Nadav Kander or Sally Mann.
Then I'd like to take that portrait to Rainer Andreesen. Then I'd like to photograph him.
Completes a circle for me.

Link | Posted on Nov 17, 2016 at 10:03 UTC as 36th comment

If I hadn't already bought the excellent DJI OSMO Mobile I'd probably jump on this, but there's no reason to trade in. The Vimble doesn't look better than the OSMO, but it's certainly cheaper and if the feature set is as good as advertised, especially the facetracking, DJI may have a problem...

Link | Posted on Nov 16, 2016 at 10:14 UTC as 19th comment | 1 reply
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ttran88: I'm waiting for an update to have PDAF when face detection is on for my XP2 and simple face detection for my X100S. But Fuji is telling me to buy X100T for face detection. Kaizen has failed for me.

Which film simulations are you hoping for? Didn't Fuji suggest that Acros, for example, can't work on the 16Mp sensor?

As for Fuji being done with the X100s, that's kind of fair don't you think? It's a relatively old camera by now, and they updated it pretty much until they couldn't any more. Sometimes older cameras with older sensors and processors just can't be improved by a firmware update. Sometimes they can, but it's not an indefinite solution for updating old tech. hence new cameras. Like the X100T, for example. Or fairly soon, the X100(whatever) which will no doubt be announced next spring, probably with the X-trans III - 24mp sensor, and so on...

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 14:58 UTC
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10zero10: How do you Fuji a spot the user type? Easy, you got a photo of them because your Fuji was on you, not at home because it weighs 4.5 kilos!

@10zero10 - Come again?

Link | Posted on Nov 9, 2016 at 14:51 UTC
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JBrown86: I shoot film all the time and one big reason is work flow. Post off film, gets processed, scanned and high resolution files sent back to me boom done!

This is another tool to waste more time sat infront of your screen tweaking n twerking photographs to look like something thier not.

Spend more time out shooting and if you want the film look, shoot film!

Yake - As nice as it is to make this stuff sound as mysterious as you have done, photography isn't actually turning light into something "it is not".

A rendered image is in reality, reflected light. It's a recording of a scene set in a moment in time, which in this case uses what is widely regarded to be the most realistic way of representing that concept - photography, or light drawing.

Conversely it could be argued that any photography can only be authentic BECAUSE of a given capture medium, and the photographer in your scenario is merely an operator. It's what makes it a 'Photograph'.

It's an argument that goes around in circles, but it's probably philosophically impossible for a photograph to appear or exist without a capture medium, as you put it.

Lately it seems Film photographers have taken to the idea that their chosen capture medium, or memory/recording material is more real than the digital version of the same purpose. It's simply not true.

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 17:48 UTC
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JBrown86: I shoot film all the time and one big reason is work flow. Post off film, gets processed, scanned and high resolution files sent back to me boom done!

This is another tool to waste more time sat infront of your screen tweaking n twerking photographs to look like something thier not.

Spend more time out shooting and if you want the film look, shoot film!

Sometimes I shoot MF film and sometimes I shoot digital, but the argument that film is the best way to slow down and 'make it count' is silly by now.

(Exclusively) Film photographers are still peddling this Authentic vs disposable stuff, and it really grinds my gears!

Link | Posted on Nov 8, 2016 at 10:21 UTC
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jadot: Lovely footage, terrible editing.
A lot of the clips are too short and the length of the piece is too long at over 4 minutes.

When scenes are cut specifically and erratically to the timing of the music like this it gets tiring very quickly. Chop Chop Chop, same thing in winter.

Don't get me wrong, I actually appreciate the way that drones are enabling us to see things in a way that might have only been possible by helicopter before, but sometimes shooting a whole load of footage is one thing - being able to edit is another.

Thanks Scottelly - you win the pedantic forum post award today!

I said "...see things in a way that MIGHT HAVE only been possible by helicopter before..." actually inferring that drones are enabling ordinary Joes to go about shooting footage that they/we previously wouldn't have the resources to be able to, at least in the case of live capture.

Of course, the problem with ordinary Joes shooting just about anything they/we like is that suddenly everybody starts describing themselves as a pioneering cinematographer. Which more often than not, they/we are not.

The other problem is that image making often becomes more about how it was made, the likes of which you will see after nearly every wildlife documentary, or ice cave BTS.

FWIW I find that hearing someone map out how they managed to get camera X into position to film the never before seen footage of animal Y just makes me think that they're padding this 30mins out for 15 seconds of interesting footage.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 16:42 UTC
On article DPReview Asks: What was your first camera? (764 comments in total)

This was it : http://ebay.eu/2el0vjv

It was a birthday present when I was 7. I remember it really well - I absolutely loved it, and it definitely probably set me down on a path. Of course the pictures were forgettable, although I still have one picture from that camera that I took. In any case, the process of taking pictures started here for me, and I have fond memories of that time.
Eventually I got a Nikon FM with a 50mm 1.8.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 11:45 UTC as 659th comment

Lovely footage, terrible editing.
A lot of the clips are too short and the length of the piece is too long at over 4 minutes.

When scenes are cut specifically and erratically to the timing of the music like this it gets tiring very quickly. Chop Chop Chop, same thing in winter.

Don't get me wrong, I actually appreciate the way that drones are enabling us to see things in a way that might have only been possible by helicopter before, but sometimes shooting a whole load of footage is one thing - being able to edit is another.

Link | Posted on Nov 4, 2016 at 09:33 UTC as 7th comment | 5 replies
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Rob: I have to say, it seems I've gotten used to seeing high-quality 4K videos at this point (or simply sharp HD resolution videos), and seeing the 5DMKIII's relatively blurry HD resolution is kind of disappointing. Also, it's such a heavy camera and today we have many 4K capable alternatives that are much lighter (much easier to use with a drone) and shoot far better video.

@DesterWallaboo - I think you just did.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 18:02 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D40 (174 comments in total)
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jadot: Rockwell built an entire website and career around telling everyone that the D40 was all the camera you'd ever need, so I guess you can thanks the D40 and Nikon for that.

Truth is, the D40 with the 35 1.8 was a joy to use, give or take a few focus points. I never had a problem with the (at the time, high enough, but today, low) resolution. What I really loved about the D40 was it's simplicity and apparent lack of unnecessary features.

Wouldn't it be great if Nikon released a new iteration of this camera? A D40 with a few more AF points, a well integrated AUTO ISO, and a 12MP sensor with great Low light performance. Throw on a secondary wheel on the front and some good manual shutter/aperture options and you're good to go.

You could never make Ken cringe as much has he's made the internet groan!

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 12:56 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Nikon D40 (174 comments in total)

Rockwell built an entire website and career around telling everyone that the D40 was all the camera you'd ever need, so I guess you can thanks the D40 and Nikon for that.

Truth is, the D40 with the 35 1.8 was a joy to use, give or take a few focus points. I never had a problem with the (at the time, high enough, but today, low) resolution. What I really loved about the D40 was it's simplicity and apparent lack of unnecessary features.

Wouldn't it be great if Nikon released a new iteration of this camera? A D40 with a few more AF points, a well integrated AUTO ISO, and a 12MP sensor with great Low light performance. Throw on a secondary wheel on the front and some good manual shutter/aperture options and you're good to go.

Link | Posted on Nov 3, 2016 at 12:26 UTC as 86th comment | 3 replies
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mike emerson: Tunnel after tunnel of equipment and loads of wires...probably one of the most boring videos of the ISS ever made. Plus a terrible choice of music compounds the problem.

Hahaha - "Most boring utility EVER!" - what were you hoping for? Laser beams, droids, and wormholes? The ISS is beyond most people's comprehension when it comes to the sheer feat of engineering that it is. The fact that it's even there is impressive enough for me - but I'm sure NASA will get back to it and try harder to amp-up the whole space-station-in-4K transmitted back to earth thing and get closer to the drama you need.

Show me a better, more informative video tour of the ISS and I'll happily watch that too.

Incidentally Jason Candler may not be topping the album charts any time soon, but I doubt he cares, especially when NASA are asking him to fit some atmospheric awesomeness over their UHD Film of The ISS. Perhaps a bit of pop music over the top, of some overhyped Lord of The Rings style Melodrama would excite? Or just throw in some John Williams, and be done with it...

Link | Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 12:46 UTC

I like this FWIW - it's a lifestyle curiosity more than anything else where the BTS becomes as much a part of the success of the images as the images themselves.
That's OK, I suppose - it's what people are doing today to go the extra mile publicity wise. I'm all for it.
The images aren't really my kind of thing, but I like number 2. It has to be said that with a bit of a set build and some smoke bombs this could probably have been achieved in a car park at midnight, but that's not the point is it?

Link | Posted on Oct 20, 2016 at 12:50 UTC as 36th comment | 6 replies
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