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EOS Bodies / Re: DSLRs are a dying breed, EVIL is the future!
« on: January 13, 2012, 03:44:42 PM »
Can't we stop these childish and idiotic troll messages?

I agree: archangelrichard can you please not post childish and idiotic troll messages (as indicated by the insults and name calling.)

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Site Information / Re: Should karma remain on the forum?
« on: January 13, 2012, 03:00:33 PM »
Just an observation (I am not agreeing nor disagreeing) -- It's just more like FB, Google+, Yelp kind of thing where "Like", "+", or "Useful" are allowed at a thread's / post's level but not at a user level.

Doing it by post is fine (or maybe even more gooder!), but again only having positive makes it pointless.

E.g.: "27 people like this!"  Well, 27out of 28 is impressive, 27 out of 10000 is not, but with such a system you have no idea how many people absolutely despise it despite the 27 kooks that like it.

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Site Information / Re: Should karma remain on the forum?
« on: January 13, 2012, 11:17:38 AM »
Whether or not a result of the karma system, this is one of the most civil forums I've ever been a part of (or even lurked on.)  I suspect the karma does play at least a role in that.

And now to up my bad karma...

I vehemently disagree on the positive only concept.  It's "hey, we're all good, just some gooder than others."  If you've spent more than 3 minutes on the internet, you are well aware that there are a great number of people who love the anonymity it provides simply to stir up disention and boost their own fragile egos by belittling others, practicing their swearing, and making off-color jokes.  If we can't smite those people, then they just get included in the positive karma love-fest and we all pay the price.

So if we're going to have karma--which does seem to serve it's purpose--then it has to have both good and bad.

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Site Information / Re: Karma
« on: January 06, 2012, 05:48:03 PM »
Anyone thinks the Karma is annoying and serves no purpose?

I find it rather amusing but it doesn't serve acheive anything except perhaps put off people saying their mind if they feel they are in the minority (which may of course be the silent majority) for fear of being smitten

Dead-on in my case.  I usually re-edit over and over and just end up deleting and basically don't have any 'fun' slant to things I say anymore.

I console myself with the fact that there's a poster here who's opinion I value and can see *NO* reason for them to have negatives (never mean, when they're wrong, they concede) and they have more than a few.

It's a silly system.

Or you could just wait until your grumpy, and then you don't care nearly so much as to whom you might offend.   ;D

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Ah, I think I get your point.  You mean if I take pictures then I am a photographer.  Is that what you mean?
Bingo!  Although actually I think I would say if you have a hobby of or otherwise pursue photography you're a photographer.  There are lots of people that "take pictures" that I personally would not consider photographers.  Just like cycling--there are lot of people that ride bicycles that are not cyclists, but also many, many cyclists that are not professional.

I think it's just different social interpretation of "photographer" in each country / region.  In my country, it's more like a job.  It's exactly like what Oxford Dictionary describes (http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/photographer?q=photographer).

There definitely appears to be regional discrepancies.  But notice the definition in your link says "especially as a job", not "specifically as a job"--big difference.

Let me tell you my experience to understand my perspective.  My wife IS a photographer.  I'm a cyclist.  Last year my cycling team sponsored a race and asked if anyone could help take pictures.  Having access to my wife's L glass, I said, sure I can give 'er a go.  Showed up, pushed buttons and turned dials and had a grand ol' time.  We put them on our team's website, and all the sudden we were getting emails of "Can I buy that picture?"  Being generally opposed to turning down money, next thing I knew I had an extra $1000 in my account. 

So am I a photographer?  I certainly haven't quit my day job, and there's a whole lot about photography I don't know.  (Lighting?  Isn't that what the sun is for??   :o)     But I enjoy it, and if people are offering me money to take pictures I'm not likely to turn them down.  So I'd say it's kinda ambiguous at best.

BTW, I do use my DSLR to shoot landscape and street-snapshot.  But at the same time I collect cameras too so I am a collector too.   ;)

Haha!  I hadn't even thought of collector.  Landscape?  That's turning the piece of paper sideways, right?   ;D

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If you're not a photographer, why do you need a DLSR?   ???

Does that matter?  I use my DSLR for my own leisure and hobby.  I am just not a photographer.  It's just like people who buy Porsche or Ferrari (although they are totally in different class than any DSLR) for their own leisure and they are not necessarily car racer, right?   :)

So you don't take pictures with your DLSR?   What hobbies and leisure do you use it for??  ???

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I just a hobbyist and I always deny some of other people that call me photographer.

Me too.  But when I am around a group of people / friends (e.g. birthday party, wedding banquet, etc), I will carry my Sony NEX-5 only.  Whenever you carry a DSLR, people tend to think you're photographer and all of a sudden you're obligated to do a lot of things!

I use my DSLR only when I am travelling or by myself.   :D

If you're not a photographer, why do you need a DLSR?   ???

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Macro / Re: Water macro
« on: January 06, 2012, 11:55:28 AM »
Very nice!

Here's mine:


Very nice photo! Fascinating those reflections

Yeah, how did you edit yourself out of the reflections?   :o ::)

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Yes, yes, old school is always cool, and because the Photography world is driven my a mass flood of hipsters, anything retro is awesome.


LOL this made me laugh so hard :-) I'm guessing you're talking about wedding photogs, because I can't visualize too many retro hipsters shooting wildlife in Siberia or covering the Olympics :-)

I love still photography.  I love taking pictures that look good as poster size prints.  But I am not everybody else.  And for better or worse, the world is changing.  People don't have photo albums they have flickr pages and facebook.  They don't read books, they wait for the movie.  They think a quality MP3 player is the pinacle of audio fidelity.  And people want video with their SLRs.  The times they are a-changin', and if we don't adapt with them....well I think I can sum it up like this:  Kodak.   :-\

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Wayhay!! -  got 5 smites today and said nothing controversial  8) 8) 8)

I'm pretty sure claiming to say nothing controversial is controversial.   ;D

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ehm, forgive my ignorance but how does one give karma?  ;D

I believe one has to have a certain number of posts (5?) before they can give karma.

A number of us have decided to explicitly state when a smite or applaud is given to help understand the context and I find that quite helpful.

And as a side note, although I do not think the karma situation impacts it, this is one of the most civil forums that I have ever been a part of, so count me in on the group hug.  :-)  Every now and then I stop by nikonrumors and can barely stand to read thru the comments because the negativity and troll percentage; makes me appreciate what we have here.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Pre CES Week: Lenses, Cameras & Compacts
« on: January 03, 2012, 05:22:42 PM »
Waiting for this lens is a Sisyphean task.

Sisyphean=excellent word!  (Except when it applies to my job...) 

+1 for sheer vocabulary awesomeness.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Looking for a good monitor
« on: December 30, 2011, 05:14:29 PM »
I'd say pick one and stick with it. Adobe RGB gamut covers more and is therefore "better" for pros, especially in greens for landscapes. But you have to set your camera to AdobeRGB, computer to adobergb, monitor to adobergb, and make sure you're printing in adobergb, the whole toolchain has to match. Then what do you do with all the photos you've got already, which you shot in sRGB? You can convert the colour space, of course, and it may be worth all the time and effort to you if you manage to sell a lot of them, but for me it's not worth it and i'm sticking with sRGB...

I've been thinking about switching to AdobeRGB, but in reading thru your chain/workflow above brings to mind the question of--what happens to/how do you handle images that are delivered to clients as digital instead of prints?  Do you just convert and go, or would you have to redo any/all color corrections, etc?

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Using PowerShot SD1400 IS to replace camcorder
« on: December 29, 2011, 12:10:00 PM »
What are the disadvantages of using the point and shoot camera in place of a camcorder?

IMO, the biggest disadvantages to shooting video with a P&S are that during recording, autofocus and optical zoom are both disabled.

 ???  Only got to play with it for a few minutes at Christmas, but my sister's new SX40 (that does count as P&S, no?) had both autofocus and optical zoom while in video mode.

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Lenses / Re: Replacement for Tamron 17-55mm f/2.8?
« on: December 28, 2011, 10:26:42 PM »
By the way, how did tamron 17-55 work for you? I'm thinking of buying it for concert photography. Recommended (yes/no)?

It really didn't get much use.  Neither my wife or I shoot wide very often (planning to change that), and the IQ just didn't compare to the 24-105.  Which of course makes it that much more disappointing that it failed after probably less than a couple hundred photos (in 5ish years).   >:(

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