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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-08-2014, 07:43 PM  
Rod Stewart Sued for Copyright Infringement
Posted By asaru
Replies: 86
Views: 7,756
Yes. Because documentation (which is what photography is, regardless of pre- or post-processing) is not an art form. Well, not a "fine art" in any case. And for all the reasons I have already gone through.

I will make no reply to any of that. I'll only say this:

An absence of copyright no more demeans the value of photography or anything else than the presence of copyright somehow confers such value.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-08-2014, 04:43 PM  
Rod Stewart Sued for Copyright Infringement
Posted By asaru
Replies: 86
Views: 7,756
^You have fallen into exactly the easiest and most predictable fallacy. You seem to think that just because I don't believe photography should be copyrightable, it also follows that there should be no copyright at all. That's not what I've said and that's not what I think.

Fiction, the performing arts, software are not documentary, and so the basic problem of copyright in photography -- that the subject does not own the image -- does not come up. Copyright poses other problems in those areas, but I don't believe they are so fatal that copyright should be discarded.

The documentary problem in copyright, the ownership of issue by subject, does come up in news and investigative reporting. The laws of libel, however, exist to control it somewhat. (To be sure, some would say libel chill is a fatal problem. I don't want to go there for the present.)

Photography is, I believe, unique among the representational arts for the documentary problem because the image is so easily reproducible, whether by copy or copycatting.

This is why copyright in photography does not work and should be abolished.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-08-2014, 02:21 PM  
Rod Stewart Sued for Copyright Infringement
Posted By asaru
Replies: 86
Views: 7,756
^You can't improve it. How?

The problem is that the subject is not allowed to own his own image.

Let's say you fix it. The subject now owns his image

The cost is obvious.

The entire genre of street photography is made largely illegal.

And that's the point. You are good at shooting. Shoot! But everything you make, you can only sell once. After that, it's in the public domain. Just as, for example, a potter can sell each pot only once. After that, it's out of his hands.

Yes, I know, you'll tell me once again I am ignorant, irresponsible, trying to drive your livelihood away, and the rest of the slanderous lies.

But if you pause to think for a moment, you'll see I'm right.

Because that's how the law -- any law -- works.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-07-2014, 10:44 PM  
Rod Stewart Sued for Copyright Infringement
Posted By asaru
Replies: 86
Views: 7,756
It is ludicrous to argue that a person cannot authorize an image of part of his body.

If this notion is allowed to be entertained in any way, the system is so broken that it must be eliminated altogether.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-07-2014, 07:23 PM  
Rod Stewart Sued for Copyright Infringement
Posted By asaru
Replies: 86
Views: 7,756
^ You see, it's nonsense like this that condemns the existing copyright system as broken, and requiring abolition.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-07-2014, 12:06 PM  
Rod Stewart Sued for Copyright Infringement
Posted By asaru
Replies: 86
Views: 7,756
Anyone who wants to sell an image should be able to sell it. Once. Once it's sold, that's it.

Anyone who wants to publish an image should be able to buy it and publish it. Once. Once it's published, that's it.

The choice on whether to sell or not, to buy or not, to publish or not, can be made, but it should only be made once.

If anyone can't make enough working that way, one should really look for other work.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-07-2014, 09:12 AM  
Rod Stewart Sued for Copyright Infringement
Posted By asaru
Replies: 86
Views: 7,756
Photographs should have no copyright, period.
Forum: General Photography 09-06-2014, 11:05 AM  
How do you deal with your models?
Posted By asaru
Replies: 27
Views: 2,217
YES! The four basic discomforts are all there: the photographer with his subject; the subject with the photographer; the subject with the photographer's equipment; and the photographer with his own equipment.

They explain perfectly why there is no "universal" camera, and no standard way to photograph.

If you are more comfortable shooting with your phone, shoot with your phone. Learn its technical parameters and make them work for you, not against you.
Forum: General Photography 09-05-2014, 08:45 AM  
How do you deal with your models?
Posted By asaru
Replies: 27
Views: 2,217
You cannot really take good shots of people who consciously don't want to be photographed, unless you are aiming to document discomfort, anxiety, annoyance, or anger.

Similarly, you can not take good natural photos of people who will not let go their posing instincts.

My suggestion about the three models in the original story is simply never to tell #1 or #2 they are being photographed, and to work with #3.

I realize the trick is in the communication and in putting the subject at ease. But not everyone has the knack of making people relax. In that case it may be better (or certainly easier) to work as a candid cameraman.
Forum: General Photography 09-04-2014, 09:29 AM  
Has the art gone out of Potography?
Posted By asaru
Replies: 122
Views: 9,150
Um, forgive me for interrupting your stream of consciousness, but I never once brought up human emotion.

The degree to which it should be suppressed is an entirely different topic.

If, however, you are equating emotion with artistic intent, you are in grave though predictable error.

The intent is to create something, right? It is a form of doing, not feeling.
Forum: General Photography 09-04-2014, 08:46 AM  
Has the art gone out of Potography?
Posted By asaru
Replies: 122
Views: 9,150
Everything unnecessary is harmful. You may quarrel with that, but it is my main principle.

The appreciation of art is perfectly subjective. Please don't argue against that, whatever else you do.

So does art itself (as distinct from its appreciation) lie in the object or in the mind of the contemplator? I don't know how to answer that. However:

If art lies in the mind of the contemplator, then there is no need for an artist to have artistic intent whatsoever, since the contemplator will decide what is art at will and only at will. (Therefore, since everything unnecessary is harmful, the less art in the artist the better.)

If art lies in the object being considered, then, since its appreciation is quite subjective, it follows that art lies in the result, not the intent, of the artist.

And that is the crucial point. For to achieve a good result technical (documentary) skill is essential, whereas artistic intent is not, since the eventual contemplator will supply all the artistic intent required or possible. (Therefore again the less art in the artist, the better.)

This is why I have said the less art, the better. I meant, of course, in the would-be artist.

If you find the preceding step-by-step logic excessive, here it is in one sentence:

The appreciation of art being purely subjective, artistic intent in the artist as opposed to the contemplator is irrelevant; everything unnecessary is harmful; therefore, the less art, the better.

I hope this clarifies what I said earlier. I spoke purely of artistic intent, as my rephrasing of the topic about art possibly going out of the photographers should have made clear.
Forum: General Photography 09-03-2014, 10:46 AM  
Has the art gone out of Potography?
Posted By asaru
Replies: 122
Views: 9,150
I think the real question is whether the art has gone out of photographers.

To me photography is essentially documentary -- whether of people/places/things/events or abstractions like mood, color, and air -- and so as far as I am concerned the less art, the better.
Forum: Sold Items 09-02-2014, 03:46 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K-500 body only
Posted By asaru
Replies: 0
Views: 1,087
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
K-500 body only

Asking Price
250.00 USD

Item Location
Edmonton (Canada)

Item Description
Very clean K-500 camera, serial number 4768737, purchased new January 2014, shutter count < 500. Works flawlessly so far as I know.

Body only with the following accessories included: Body cap; printed manual; battery charger with cord; battery; USB connection cable.

I am selling it because I am switching to a Fujifilm system.


Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

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Selling

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Excellent

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

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Included XPresspost to Canada and USA

Shipping Services
Canada Post

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Return Policy & Additional Details

The price is fixed. Please do not haggle. All sales will be final.

Shipment internationally or via UPS can be arranged for extra cost. Contact me for details, including your country and postal code.

Will ship within 3 days of receiving payment.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-18-2014, 04:41 PM  
Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review
Posted By asaru
Replies: 178
Views: 22,774
I couldn't resist. I held it, took a few in-store test shots... Bought it after extracting a 14-day return promise from the good folks at the store. Carried it around for the next three days everywhere I went, and shot everything I could find.

With the 35mm/1.4 prime, the feel is as close to the digital MX as it can possibly be.

The EVF is exactly the same in daylight. A little noisy at night -- but life isn't perfect. Love the split-screen and the dedicated button for magnified critical focussing.

The manual focus, aperture ring, shutter ring, and ISO ring each have the A setting. Remember who introduced that as the program mode equivalent?

The "look" settings have matches for all the Fuji films -- which are the only ones easily available nowadays anyway -- as well as B/W with auto Y, R, G filters and sepia. Image quality given my skills is as good or better, I don't know and it doesn't matter.

Multiple exposures, burst and bracket modes (with options), self-timer, colour-balance, even in-viewfinder chimping are available through dedicated hand controls.

It is utterly brilliant.

Yes. It really is the digital MX.

I've ordered two K-mount converters: the straight attachment and the Novotex concentrator. So I can keep the Pentax glass, at both APS-C and FF magnifications.

I'll also keep my MX.

But otherwise I guess I've switched.

Photography for me is a personal commute with... something. Probably as a way not to record the world, on balance, but to measure it, in a certain way with certain tools. I would not presume to suggest everyone should or must switch. But I have the tools I have wanted since film became impractical
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-15-2014, 10:46 PM  
Head turned by mirrorless APS-C
Posted By asaru
Replies: 57
Views: 8,852
The X-T1 vs Pentax thing boils down to what you need.

I bought an X-T1 when I realized that with it Fuji has answered my long-standing wish for a digital MX. Or within tolerance anyway.

Your mileage may vary.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-23-2014, 02:41 AM  
K1000d
Posted By asaru
Replies: 79
Views: 7,973
Film did not have EXIFs, the stamping of which onto the image ensures compliance with the instructor's hypothetical demand the students shoot in manual mode.

And if shooting in manual is somehow a prerequisite for taking good pictures independently of being told it is to be done, then it's the student's -- learner's -- responsibility to do so.

In this case I agree that a K500 is as good a learning camera as the K1000. Much better, actually, because it forces you to confront white balance and other issues of development you could once leave to the professionals in their darkrooms.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-02-2014, 12:00 PM  
Caption Contest Weekly Caption Contest January 29 to February 05, 2014
Posted By asaru
Replies: 19
Views: 2,373
I ride RAW.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-31-2014, 02:53 PM  
Caption Contest Weekly Caption Contest January 29 to February 05, 2014
Posted By asaru
Replies: 19
Views: 2,373
Spike is my hero, because he is so big and so strong.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-27-2014, 11:17 PM  
K-500: $399 on ebay
Posted By asaru
Replies: 14
Views: 1,929
The K-500 has a mode in which it auto-focusses on one of multiple focus points, but it doesn't tell you which one.

It's a feature that can be "almost" completely worked around (if you really need to know where your camera focusses its lens) by setting the auto-focus point in the middle, and then recomposing each shot after it has focussed -- kind of the way manual focus cameras used to work :).

Unless you shoot fast-moving objects AND want to use auto-focus AND don't want to keep it in the middle, it's not a feature you'd really miss much, I should think.

And YES there IS a green hexagon for in-focus confirmation when you're in MF mode. That's a pretty essential feature if you don't upgrade to the non-standard split-image focussing screen and always compose through the viewfinder.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-20-2014, 10:14 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Caption Contest January 20 to January 27, 2014
Posted By asaru
Replies: 64
Views: 5,447
I photograph in the nude.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 01-14-2014, 05:14 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Caption Contest January 12 to January 19, 2014
Posted By asaru
Replies: 21
Views: 3,760
These days, a kinder, gentler Wall Street.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-14-2014, 02:09 PM  
site name concerns
Posted By asaru
Replies: 33
Views: 2,521
May I repeat advice already given?

Use your name.

The neighborhood doesn't work, because any toponym will likely be taken as negative by at least some of your prospective clients -- it's a classist thing.

Puns are puns. They are cute but I think they work better in the slogan than in the brand.

Your upstroke idea has some possibilities. Make a slogan with it!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2014, 09:37 PM  
Treading the digital waters...
Posted By asaru
Replies: 30
Views: 3,172
No, off the jpegs. See, I'm still in the film workflow. Scan, then adjust in software, as a last-ditch editing salvage operation, not as integral workflow. The preliminary in-camera adjustments, on the other hand, are akin to using filters and whatnot.

But thanks for the pointer. I will switch the internal format to raw, and then, perhaps, work my way up to photoshopping as a normal exercise eventually.

For now, the first new parameter I'd really like to come to grips with is instantly-variable light sensitivity,

By the way, that shot was set at asa 1600. That's what blew me away. So little noise!!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2014, 09:06 PM  
Treading the digital waters...
Posted By asaru
Replies: 30
Views: 3,172
Actually, I preset the color balance for the above picture in the camera by focusing on a white paper I put on the desk and selecting the area as white (following the instructions in the manual). Strangely enough, doing it in Gimp after the fact gives different results. Somehow I prefer the in-camera balancing, at least here.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2014, 08:08 PM  
Treading the digital waters...
Posted By asaru
Replies: 30
Views: 3,172
Yes: white balance, for example, immediately becomes a huge concern. I was warned about this, but it became obvious with my first shots.

As for image quality... After making do with scans for a few years, the quality of my first test shots literally blew me away.

I attach a silhouette (in theme this week, it seems) and the 100% small crop:
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