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Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-24-2008, 02:13 PM  
My First-Ever Portrait
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 14
Views: 2,494
This is really well done. It exudes a form of elegance that would seem appropriate for a man of his stature.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 10-13-2008, 11:11 AM  
My brother's getting Married! (Pentax P&S related question!)
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 1
Views: 2,280
Nevermind. I failed to scroll down to see the huge thread about this camera!
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 10-13-2008, 06:37 AM  
My brother's getting Married! (Pentax P&S related question!)
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 1
Views: 2,280
So he's getting an xbox! Which leaves me to deal with subduing his fiance and my future sister in law! She has an older Optio. I believe in the 4 MP range. So I've been thinking of upgrading her camera to a W60. They are pretty adventurous outdoorsy people so I figure with the underwater abilities and the general ruggedness it would be a good fit (and comparable price as the xbox!)

But, there are only 2 user reviews on dpreview. One is good and the other is ok. The 'other' review mentions the IQ is considerably poorer than previous models. Can anyone confirm or disconfirm this? Any possible examples? This 'reviewer' is a pixel peeper, which my sister in law will certainly not be!
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 10-03-2008, 10:33 AM  
September contest
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 11
Views: 1,381
make that 6!
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 10-03-2008, 10:32 AM  
September contest
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 11
Views: 1,381
Anyone else get 5 emails informing that voting was open?
Forum: General Talk 07-16-2008, 10:11 AM  
photography "professional"
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 54
Views: 6,992
Gooshin's definition of a professional is not wrong, just very selective. As I mentioned in my second post, I believe it was derived from a glossary, not a dictionary. I believe that a definition found in a glossary is very accurate in context to what the subject of the book is.

Looking at the 'term' element. It will carry a very different meaning in regards to OLAP databases vs its meaning in science. (i'm an IT guy) Each text book is going to have a different definition for the term in its respective glossary and neither definition is applicable outside of that specific subject.
Forum: General Talk 07-16-2008, 03:51 AM  
photography "professional"
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 54
Views: 6,992
It doesn't necessarily matter the degree of competence and diligence. Reviewing your original definition of the word, is it safe to say you got it from a textbook, as in you "very simple and understood textbook definition"?

That right there is the issue. Textbooks often contain a glossary.

By definition:






QuoteQuote:

glos·sa·ry Audio Help /ˈglɒsəri, ˈglɔsə-/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[glos-uh-ree, glaw-suh-] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun, plural -ries.
1. a list of terms in a special subject, field, or area of usage, with accompanying definitions.
2. such a list at the back of a book, explaining or defining difficult or unusual words and expressions used in the text.



Looking at the first definition, the definitions located in a glossary are going to pertain to a special subject and therefore not necessarily applicable to anything outside of that special subject. Sure, you can use that definition, but its not going to make sense because its being used out of context. You stirred the pot back there at Dpreview because you undermined people's livelihood by applying the aforementioned definition of professional in the wrong context.

I feel that by restricting yourself to the definition of a word that you think works the best, your being naive or simply stubborn.
Forum: General Talk 07-16-2008, 03:28 AM  
Heart breaker
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 14
Views: 1,929
Apparently, you're cousin is not a chimper! Must go back to the film days! Any canon I've shot with does give a warning message. I'm willing to bet that your cousin didn't notice it due to lack of said chimping! Good luck with his wife!!
Forum: General Talk 07-15-2008, 02:00 PM  
photography "professional"
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 54
Views: 6,992
This brings it right back to the beginning. Definitions are taken out and/or used in the wrong context. One degree of accountability isn't the same as another. Nor is one definition of the term professional applicable to another usage.
Forum: General Talk 07-15-2008, 01:58 PM  
photography "professional"
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 54
Views: 6,992
touche! :D
Forum: General Talk 07-15-2008, 01:48 PM  
photography "professional"
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 54
Views: 6,992
[QUOTE=bigben91682;292491]Basically photography lacks the need for true accountability.
QUOTE]

Try explaining that to an angry bride if you miss a key shot! :lol:
Forum: General Talk 07-15-2008, 01:45 PM  
photography "professional"
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 54
Views: 6,992
You're applying the term 'professional' to a very specific context, one in which photography might not apply. I too am a business graduate. Words have many different definitions. Denying the usage of one definition is denying semantics itself. a quick search on a dictionary.com yields these results:






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pro·fes·sion·al Audio Help /prəˈfɛʃənl/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[pruh-fesh-uh-nl] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–adjective
1. following an occupation as a means of livelihood or for gain: a professional builder.
2. of, pertaining to, or connected with a profession: professional studies.
3. appropriate to a profession: professional objectivity.
4. engaged in one of the learned professions: A lawyer is a professional person.
5. following as a business an occupation ordinarily engaged in as a pastime: a professional golfer.
6. making a business or constant practice of something not properly to be regarded as a business: “A salesman,” he said, “is a professional optimist.”
7. undertaken or engaged in as a means of livelihood or for gain: professional baseball.
8. of or for a professional person or his or her place of business or work: a professional apartment; professional equipment.
......



Marrian-Webster might put it better with their second definition of professional:



In these definitions, photographers can absolutely become professionals. Not so in your definition above. Books, especially business books put definitions on terms as they apply to the subject of the book itself. This definition is by no means wrong, just in a different context.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-09-2008, 07:53 AM  
sand and snow
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 5
Views: 3,569
Yes, this is true and true for the opposite end of the spectrum as well.

Simply, the camera's light meter evaluates everything against medium grey. Its going to underexpose scenes heavily bright white and overexpose scenes heavy black.

So you can't listen to the meter in those situations. Manually dial in over or underexposure in those situations, via dial or ev comp
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-09-2008, 05:31 AM  
lightroom vs photoshop
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 39
Views: 5,226
This is along the lines of other's replies but I think it might say something else.

Aside from workflow and organizational aspects:

Lightroom edits at the photo level

Photoshop edits at the pixel level.

That being said, 95% of changes you make in Lightroom will affect the entire photo. The exception being the clone/heal tool. Adobe has included some additional pixel level tools in the new beta.

In Photoshop, you can restrict any changes you make to individual pixels or groups of pixels.

They are both very powerful tools. Photoshop can accomplish anything that Lightroom can at completely different scopes. With this greater power comes a larger learning curve. Lightroom is more intuitive in its design. One can open it up and immediately begin using it. Photoshop requires some degree of learning.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 07-03-2008, 11:15 AM  
Suggestion Business Forum
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 12
Views: 1,353
I think that's a good idea.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-03-2008, 08:36 AM  
my first photoshoot with a client.
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 14
Views: 1,847
Pretty good stuff. I think the studio style shots are great! I like the 6th shot for the city shots the best. Did you pick up a new camera?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-03-2008, 05:17 AM  
My first try with off-camera flash
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 6
Views: 1,786
I'm going to go against the grain here.

I prefer the second much much more. I think the black shirt helps frame the shot. Plus I think the whole subtleness of her right arm with the off cam lighting is a brilliant touch!

The first shot seems a bit too tight. I think the crop of her right hand is in a spot that exudes a large degree of tension. I think it would have been better had her whole hand been in the frame and cropped at the wrist. I also think the crop is a bit too tight on her mid section. She's carry child, let's see all of it.

The lighting is very nice though.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-01-2008, 02:52 PM  
Some From My Dorset Trip
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 9
Views: 1,224
that window shot is great! It might be more than just your best window shot!
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 06-30-2008, 06:13 AM  
Weekly Challenge #63 - Bodies in Motion
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 43
Views: 5,464
Even storm troopers get down!

Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-26-2008, 04:09 AM  
My Peeps =)
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 39
Views: 4,717
why stop?! These are great!!!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-26-2008, 04:07 AM  
Play Ball!!
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 18
Views: 3,251
AAAH! No helmets! Good series! I like the perspective in the second to last one!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-25-2008, 07:36 PM  
College friends wedding
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 9
Views: 2,809
Here's a few more

I was a guest so I was confined to my seat. A few things I was able to take away from the evening were: 1. watch composition, especially in regards to peoples feet. 2. pick an aspect ratio, landscape or portrait. Not in between. A slight angle maybe ok, but a completely diagonal angle can kill an otherwise ok shot. (see example in link!!) 3) converting to B+W can do wonders for high ISO noisy shots. (there is an example there. An underexposed ISO 800 shot. Auto toned in Lightroom. Wonders!) 4. go wide for the reception.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-24-2008, 10:35 AM  
The Gospel According to St. Matthew 7:7
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 20
Views: 2,377
very very cool shot!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-24-2008, 06:36 AM  
College friends wedding
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 9
Views: 2,809
well thanks guys. Its true! The photo galleries have been flooded with great shots lately!
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 06-23-2008, 08:08 AM  
POTW #16 - Shots from 06/15/08 - 06/29/08
Posted By jshurak
Replies: 87
Views: 12,128
Thanks everyone.


Dave I like the conductor shot. And now I have the urge to go to my local farmer's market. haven't been there in a while.

Alan, I like those macros. Does your friend have a site? I just started riding and am looking for some gear....and a bike too!

Woof, that first blackeye susan is fantastic!

Rosemary, I love the entire rustic feel of that shot. The old copper kettle on the brick floor. the peeling paint on the sets it out!
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