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Web developer for IBM


Sep
10
comment Recommended start point for sharpening RAW Images
I understand your point, but with Lightroom there actually are some specific values to know. For example, Amount must be above 0 for any of the other sliders to do anything, and Details has almost no effect when set to 100 (counter-intuitively). I've edited my response to be a little more vague, but the OP did ask for some rules of thumb and I've provided mine.
Oct
25
comment Is there a noticeable difference between 1.8 and 1.4 prime lenses?
@JoséNunoFerreira Most 50mm are basically "Double Gauss" designs. See lensrentals.com/blog/2011/08/lens-geneology-part-1
Oct
6
comment What are the cheap alternatives to DSLRs to get “large sensor image quality”?
+1 I do believe Micro 4/3 is what the author of the article was referring to, meaning "larger than compact" sensors. Some flirt with $500 (Olympus E-PM1)
Oct
3
comment What size is the Canon 550D sensor?
As written, this is a pretty simple question to answer, but can we have some more details as to why you're asking? You've presented a list of many generations of Canon digital cameras and generic film formats with no other context. What existing gear do you have? What are you trying to take pictures of? Why are these differences important to you? It'll help us give you a better answer.
Oct
3
comment Really? Why does a Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 cost almost $2,000?
+1 for mentioning that the image circle of the 35/1.4 FX is much larger than the 35/1.8 DX lens
Sep
23
comment How to focus manually on the eyes, for a self portrait without a remote?
Yes, step 11 is "Repeat multiple times" :-) Good luck!
Sep
23
comment What is white or black “clipping”, and how does one avoid it?
That's a nice photo. If you can't see the clipping that others are pointing out, it looks like there's white clipping in the shirt collar and maybe her earring, and black clipping in her hair in the upper left corner.
Sep
20
comment Are there any affordable digital rangefinder cameras?
We're almost certainly talking about a tiny market. But if Cosina were to produce a Zeiss-branded digital rangefinder that were a fraction of the price of a Leica (just like their current Zeiss Ikon rangefinder is a fraction of the price of an M7), I wouldn't complain :)
Sep
2
comment (How) should I start with film photography?
+1 for mentioning film rangefinders. I guess you could get a digital rangefinder if you wanted to spend $5,000 or more for a Leica, but there are tons of film rangefinders available for dirt cheap that can be a lot of fun.
Aug
18
comment Why does my Adobe Lightroom temporarily pixelate photos after every change?
Right, every change causes the preview image to have to re-render. With large files, it can take a while, especially for some of the more complicated adjustments like the sharpness tools. I've found the pixelated preview is sufficient for gauging most adjustments (exposure, color, white balance)
Aug
13
comment Suggestions for shared cross-platform photo management?
Lightroom is out for using a single catalog on two different systems. It stores file paths in the catalog according to the system its running on, so the Windows system wouldn't be able to read Mac file paths (opposite slashes) and vice versa.
Aug
13
comment What considerations are there when buying a polarising filter?
Yeah, circular polarizers let the light through in a way that any camera's metering and focus systems can still work. In some cameras (not sure if the E-PL1 is one) a linear polarizer can cause problems. Circular is the safe choice.
Aug
12
comment What to look for on a DSLR's LCD?
Oh, wait, there's a typo on the DPReview specs that incorrectly lists the LCD as using 230,000 pixels instead of dots (Nikon's specs here: imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/d3100/spec.htm). So, @ysap you're correct. What we're looking at is a roughly 320x240 pixel screen on the D3100 and a roughly 640X480 pixel screen on the D5100
Aug
12
comment What to look for on a DSLR's LCD?
Just to point out, those specs are partially inaccurate. The D5100 lists its screen as having 921,000 DOTS, not pixels. Those dots are red, green, and blue sectors that combine to form 1 pixel. So, the real comparison is 230,000 pixels on the D3100 against 307,000 pixels on the D5100.
Aug
11
comment What are the proper Photoshop settings for the most consistent color on screen?
True. Good practice anyway, since most monitors come out of the box with some pretty outlandish settings (especially brightness, saturation, and white balance).