NarrBL

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Have a look at some of his photographs.
Have a look at how women and girls are treated in them. And others.
Notice that this whole smokey fire is started by cheating
How? By publishing confidential notes before a judgement is finished.

http://www.billfrakes.com/moments/

Something doesn't look at all fair here.
Some persons clearly wanted to get out ahead of decisions.
Evidently, this fellow comes across as quite masculine, of a type that bothers some.
I have no idea what he did or didn't do. How do you?
Can you escape today's automatic social response?
I feel it was very unwise for DPReview to join a rush to outside judgement.
He has a family, as the photos will teach.
Consider them, to begin to frame another view.

Link | Posted on Aug 13, 2017 at 04:05 UTC as 20th comment

If you were wondering how 'limited' free HitFilm might (not) be -- or how limited your free time could get if you play with it, have a look here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7hNaJ1sDQY

before someone complains, yes, they used one inexpensive effect, but also told how to do it with no purchases at all.

Link | Posted on Aug 7, 2017 at 10:36 UTC as 2nd comment
On article Nikon 8-15mm F3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom sample gallery (64 comments in total)

On another note, this is reminding me somehow of how well I enjoyed a much milder fisheye borrowed for a day's journey, after seeing what that guy up in Alaska, James Mason, could do with one as a journalistic photographer.

Also it is much easier to de-fisheye, keeping an amount of wide, when you want that.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 03:13 UTC as 6th comment
On article Nikon 8-15mm F3.5-4.5E ED fisheye zoom sample gallery (64 comments in total)

This is really giving your shapes/patterns/colors eye new fields, isn't it, Dan.

I continue to enjoy it...quite a lot; and wherever it shows, the sense of it jump right out.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 03:10 UTC as 7th comment

I've been liking HitFilm Express, also free. Besides working well, it's pleasant that you can get minor or larger additions to it for fair prices.

I've also still got DaVinci Resolve -- it seemed to me that many, many of the useful abilities are not locked, but producing preventative overlays on the video. So, you can try them, but not use them. Fair enough, but good to know before diving in.

Two people complaining this Avid thing broke their machines, Mac and Win? Think to pass on that adventure, and not from naïveté...

ShotCut may need a tryout -- since it has a Norwegian Bokmål translation... :)

p.s. be sure to watch out for all the big colorful false Download buttons all over ShotCut, not just on the first download page you encounter.

They are all come-ons. The real downloads are text with links under them.

Link | Posted on Aug 3, 2017 at 02:56 UTC as 15th comment
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Biowizard: Sad to think that collectors in 90 years' time from now, on finding a Canon or Nikon DSLR, will find not film, but a little memory chip for which, likely as not, there will be no available reading hardware.

Brian

He future is Cloudy, would think...

Link | Posted on Aug 1, 2017 at 09:06 UTC
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Thematic: How is it that these scanners are confused so easily when items are in one bin? Can anyone explain this? Last trip I (and everyone around me needed 4 bins) it was getting ridiculous.

One bin for shoes.
One bin for belt and other pocket items.
One bin for tablet and phone.
One bin for laptop.
Then the carry-on bag.

If we add this camera bin many travelers are now at 4 or 5 bins.

And guess what happened once people were at the gates....announcements for lost items was like a laundry list of travelers....DOZENS of people called back to collect items.

The billions of dollars of lost time and wages to economies has to be staggering.

maybe, three dimension and the possibility of shadowing from a second item. Those x-rays are not exactly easy to interpret anyway, if you watch.

Plus, just possibly, discouragement of anything that makes their job harder?

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 23:49 UTC
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Dave: Boy do I feel safe.

Details:

Caps on or off?

Extra lenses too?

Flash?

When it comes to airborne weapons, no-one has any humor.

I can remember being posted on military flight in early 1970s, when signs warned you about making jokes, and there were no-tell leave-here bins in the rest rooms for soldiers who'd brought along something.

At Schipol (Amsterdam) I had an experience much like yours with a 1990s tone dialer I needed then for some reason, maybe cellphones that wouldn't do tones -- a small keypad with sound. As you, i started to touch the keys to show the woman, and she became very excited indeed. You can understand, given the similarity to keypad detonators favored then in films as the 'distanced yet powerful evil touch'.

Link | Posted on Jul 26, 2017 at 23:47 UTC
On article Phase One introduces 'Styles Packs' for Capture One (62 comments in total)
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NarrBL: I'm late to this, unfortunately, as I think there's considerable misunderstanding of the potential value of presets. Although I do agree the price should be lower, so that more could have the advantage.

Capture One is most of all about subtlety, and this doesn't finish with the original results that many appreciate.

If you try on some of their excellent video lessons from differing professionals, you can get a real sense of the value in color grading, as an approach. You go for the best base image you can, of course. But then, the ability to quickly scan through a wide group of presets often can really show something.

I think the key is that these presets aren't simple color washes. Instead, they combine emphases, as well as gamma and exposure 'shoulder' treatments. The result is that you can find surprising emphasis of what may well be hiding, which can very much bring out the interest in a shot.

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Of course mood itself can be important also, and here the consistency of presets surely can be a big help for a display or publishing layout.

A lot of discovery in both, and likely in other views. Capture One is particularly adept as a tool to find these, with both the 'scan through' ability of the presets, and its freeing variants creation enhancing also making a final selection. Then, as easy to group apply to all the images out of a shoot as you want -- as variants also, instantly arranged.

I just did this, using the CM03 sample filter, on some late afternoon snaps around a coastal town. The originals weren't bad, but this brought out much more flavor of the moment, more depth dimensionality, and also the brilliance of many flowers -- without disturbing the sky or smoothness.

I think this you will not easily find such balances with sliders, nor be prepared as often to take the advantage.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 07:47 UTC
On article Phase One introduces 'Styles Packs' for Capture One (62 comments in total)

I'm late to this, unfortunately, as I think there's considerable misunderstanding of the potential value of presets. Although I do agree the price should be lower, so that more could have the advantage.

Capture One is most of all about subtlety, and this doesn't finish with the original results that many appreciate.

If you try on some of their excellent video lessons from differing professionals, you can get a real sense of the value in color grading, as an approach. You go for the best base image you can, of course. But then, the ability to quickly scan through a wide group of presets often can really show something.

I think the key is that these presets aren't simple color washes. Instead, they combine emphases, as well as gamma and exposure 'shoulder' treatments. The result is that you can find surprising emphasis of what may well be hiding, which can very much bring out the interest in a shot.

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Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 07:34 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On article Shooting experience: how the Nikon D7500 won me over (194 comments in total)

Dan, just want to compliment here. That painterly eye is really showing, always gives a smile. You make real interest with it, and the pleasure that art is.

You're doing it with what accounts these days as a mid-level camera, also.

I don't imagine there's anything DPReview can sensibly do about the degree of persons venting their frustrations, in seemingly all directions these days.

But what you and the other staff do is most worthwhile in the face of it. You are going where interest is, and where expression is improved by the work others make to advance technologies. Levers for the mind, and the heart even.

It occurs to me that bringing in a lively anthropologist, to talk about our extensions moving us through time and the world, might not be off the mark. A chance to better understand, and appreciate, ourselves.

You can talk it over with Barney, who also does his interesting journeys, and by no means alone, either...all of you have a great, quiet thing going.

Best, my friend.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 04:40 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (450 comments in total)
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chshooter: Great! 20fps that gives you photos that have to be all edited and adjusted for white balance because the colours​ are off. Just want professional photographers want

Have to say, as meant to, that I've been enjoying more and more of your photos in recent months' galleries, look to see what you've done.

Not a bribe :) And I quite enjoy the personalities and arts that come through individually from the staff persons each who are now contributing. It adds, in this time of things new and very welcome from DPReview. Thanks all...

Link | Posted on May 8, 2017 at 05:04 UTC
On article Updated: Sony a9 samples with Raw support (450 comments in total)
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chshooter: Great! 20fps that gives you photos that have to be all edited and adjusted for white balance because the colours​ are off. Just want professional photographers want

Carey, I hope you'll try Capture One Pro, along with Rishi.

Possible it could be an eye-opener, no?

Link | Posted on May 7, 2017 at 23:26 UTC
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Photo Pete: Personally I'd prefer one button for custom mode recall, with the option to scroll a dial to select which mode is being recalled. It may take a fraction of a second longer but it would leave the other buttons free to be assigned to other functions I would like to directly access.

Alternatively I would prefer to have the custom modes on the mode dial so that I can see exactly what settings I'm in before picking up the camera.

Sprawling custom mode buttons all over the camera is not necessarily an improvement and unfortunately reporting on it as being a significant advantage to Sony is a little bit silly, undermining dpreviews appearance of impartiality.

The A9 is clearly a very capable camera and this sort of blind worship from a review site is not doing it any real favours...

Watch out for protesting too much, Rishi.

And how you take others to task...

Editorially, all this detailed enthusiasm for what Sony's tech can deliver is tough to balance, no question. Keeping level heads in several senses must form a good bit of that, no?

On the other hand, I remember Phil Askey's tribune to big Canons of the day, with all their imaging flaws we can allow to understand now. While innovators like Sigma and Minolta were thoughtlesslylplowed under.

I don't dislike Phil, and I do rather like what you are doing now. It's the humor and human interest of so many shoots and videos that are the real leavening for degrees of enthusiasms, and there one could only enjoy more.

Thus, also quite well done, Barney...

Link | Posted on May 3, 2017 at 21:33 UTC
On article Throwback Thursday: Minolta DiMAGE X (134 comments in total)

A smile for this article for sure. I had one of these just getting back into photography, living in Switzerland. Many, many memorable shots, including ones in night Fasnacht parades, where the autofocus was so slow that you just panned with the walkers, waiting for the camera to go off. But again, useful and sometimes striking results.

Looking at the samples makes you think of old days and Ektachrome. But at the time, just a little tweaking with Photoshop gave quite a nice look. And the camera actually lasted for many years.

I forgive Phil Askey his rating -- he was too busy those days not explaining how Canon DSLRS just mudded out small details in landscapes or even cruise ship images. And the fan 'discussions' rolled on...

Thanks again. This was great.

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 00:51 UTC as 30th comment
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tailings: Amusing, but too obvious. It's a joke, but who have you fooled?

...but that was the funniest part...

I think we need something past the bear necessities here, @tailings

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2017 at 09:46 UTC

This was interesting -- and definitely including Barney's honest stand-behind.

I remember choosing for an original OM-1 (film) two lenses which turned out entirely appropriate: f2.8 each, a 35mm and 100mm also from Olympus.

Both of these were tiny by present standards, and entirely suitable to this camera, so much smaller and lighter than the Nikon that preceded it before being left behind in a taxicab travellling away from Korea. Of course it was the film in the bag i missed most.

These two and the camera were a wonderful combination. I know I had chosen for what I felt two natural ranges were that my unaccompanied eye seemed to see: the general sense and the attention-focused sense of a scene.

I wonder if this framing reason doesn't line up with the way most staff choices turned out?

Anyway, thanks for sharing -- enjoyed.....

And I just realized, the same focal length range nearly fits my XZ-2 of today also.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 19:34 UTC as 110th comment
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stadlereric: You have to applaud Nikon for their subject tracking capabilities. I shoot an A7RII and the subject tracking pales in comparison to a friends D500. Why can't a mirrorless camera subject track like a DSLR? The mirrorless gets access to the data more of the time than the DSLR right?

Seems there surely could be an alternate readout mode with much lower resolution information - just some of the rows and columns of pixels. Maybe Sony and otehr mirrorless will come to do something of the sort.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 02:47 UTC

Well, Dan, that eye...

Fresh venue in this lens brings it well...

There's one subject we miss, maybe later.

These are very fine, many of them.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2017 at 01:16 UTC as 37th comment
On article Sony FE 100mm F2.8 STF bokeh demystified (355 comments in total)
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Flashback: To get this level of creamy bokeh with a conventional lens, you'd probably have to go Leica Noctilux.

That's going to cost you 6x times the price and suffer a degree of softness wide open. In its favour however, it's much smaller and maintains its speed.

Androole, that's interesting.

How would you avoid the image itself vignetting, though?

May be able to compensate in post, perhaps, as it would not be as severe as some I worked out by better fitting a filter mount...

(Edited back out that iPad had made you Androcles, if you may enjoy that ;) )

Link | Posted on Feb 17, 2017 at 21:11 UTC
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