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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-15-2022, 10:31 AM  
Contraction of the camera industry also affecting DPReview?
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 78
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they have the biggest names in photography hooked... that alone ensures success in what they do
Forum: General Photography 02-15-2022, 10:23 AM  
Untouched or post processing
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 143
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taking a black and white photo, instead of using extremely expensive color film and expensive color film processing, it was common and created an entire industry of painted film post cards..

take the image and paint in detail is NOT anything like modern digital editing. Sure you take the paint and color in the colors of the 34 buick and the ladies hats, etc.

But it is nothing like all the advertising i have seen for photo shop and lightroom where i can load a photo, change every light in the photo to a certain color, turn them off and on randomly, and have it actually change the lighting in the entire photo.

YOUR thought process is entirely delusional in that you constantly alter reality into thinking that complete digital creation, say adding a background of the moon walk, into a picture of your local dog park is completely fine and dandy and a realisitc photo
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 02-15-2022, 10:17 AM  
Reputations of individual films - are they based on fact, legend, or a mix?
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 47
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Actually he IS the best example to use to show that the appearance and "quality' of certain types of film are purely a myth perpetuated by both the manufacturers AND the users.

Look, his photos are in two styles of development. His black and white photos that i have seen ascribed to his output are all done in a classic black and white manner, ie like everyone else. His color work however was developed by a person for him using very peculiar technique NO one else had much access too.

Yet using standard color film in a 4x5 and bigger camera... and that special processing for his film.. his photos came out looking as if they were PAINTED in the 1890-1910 era. using standard scenes of those painters.

picasso can paint nude and semi nude teen age girls, but its bad for hamilton to do an identical photo ?
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 02-14-2022, 10:56 PM  
Reputations of individual films - are they based on fact, legend, or a mix?
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 47
Views: 2,091
Nothing illegal about his photographic output. Hamilton actually used adult supervision and contracts with the model and their legal guardian who was in the same room.

yet countries that MIGHT have an issue with Hamilton have no issue with sally mann, nor any issues with people doing things with animals that are contrary to nature.
Forum: General Photography 02-14-2022, 10:53 PM  
Untouched or post processing
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 143
Views: 4,959
hand coloring a developed film negative/print so that the cat or coat or robe has the right colors on it, is NOT the same thing as someone using photo shop to turn a persons hair orange, their eyes pink, and their t shirt green as has become a commong "artsy" photographic treatment.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 02-14-2022, 10:48 PM  
Mail order film processing labs - Post your reviews here!
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 22
Views: 4,083
either pro photo connection... although pro photo supply is giving nearly the same prices.. and mentions an "outlab" doing the work
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 02-14-2022, 10:44 AM  
Mail order film processing labs - Post your reviews here!
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 22
Views: 4,083
If you want the same service with a different name look into pro photo..

same people do the developing. the price isnt worth it..
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 02-14-2022, 10:42 AM  
Reputations of individual films - are they based on fact, legend, or a mix?
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 47
Views: 2,091
its mainly a myth, compounded upon by using VERY specific developers and processing methods.

For instance look at David Hamiltons color photo work, standard film, but the look was all done via the way it was developed.

True Fuji spent a fortune putting "accurate" film emulsion filters into certain cameras to give digital photos the "look" of specific emulsions of their past glory days. But the look was all particular upon "this lotdate did this with this processing setup,,, etc"
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-14-2022, 10:35 AM  
Contraction of the camera industry also affecting DPReview?
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 78
Views: 3,870
they dont do reviews.... never had really.

When the sight is just a quick retelling of a cameras factory spec sheet, and meaningless trite "observances" based upon how much advertising money the product will get... its like any physical magazine review..

ie, if the company buys a two page spread, its the greatest thing around. a single page means its "really good". half page means "great, but could be better if your really OCD on things"
Forum: General Photography 02-14-2022, 10:29 AM  
Untouched or post processing
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 143
Views: 4,959
an egregiously false comment..

The person you qouted had a point,, whats teh point of spending 5,000$ on a camera body/lens set up,. DESIGNED for low light shooting.. then spending hourse in photoshop to make a "worthy photo"?

Seriously, its sort of like the UHD blu ray players with dolby vision that have 4k upscaling for standard dvd and blu ray disks..

even if the original image was supposed to be darker shadows.. the upscaling processing section of the player turns it into a lighter, more easier to see section on screen. NOT the visual intent, but its still technically on the film storage device.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-14-2022, 10:19 AM  
New to film and photography, found this awesome community
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 10
Views: 533
when did hp5+ become "cheap" in price?
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 01-29-2022, 11:40 PM  
What am I doing wrong?
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 83
Views: 4,139
by multi point i assume you mean the stupid mode that has the view finder full of little squares that are constantly banging around and forcing the camera lens to refocus on things you dont want it on? thats why i chose to use the single focus point by Nikon.... so nice.

ill use my gear....
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 01-29-2022, 12:42 AM  
What am I doing wrong?
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 83
Views: 4,139
some dirty put downs there... its not hard to use some SKILL and APTITUDE and to take ranges on various spots of a location.

If your going to do a bird photo for instance, one would not be dumb enough to just focus on one spot. One focuses all over. And oddly you would assume a person would do a wide open shot, instead of the aperture that would give a 16 foot field of depth.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 01-27-2022, 10:59 PM  
What am I doing wrong?
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 83
Views: 4,139
Its a modern fallacy that bird photos need to be done with auto focus. or that humans cant focus on a bird...

go read a copy of the voightlander vitomatic 2 manual. you can easily set a lens up to have an eccelent reach at a preset level.

ie if you know that the bird will land or fly through a window at noon, and your going to be 20 foot from the window at noon. you adjust the aperture, shutter, film speed to what will give you afield of depth and cover anything coming in the window.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 01-23-2022, 11:48 PM  
What am I doing wrong?
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 83
Views: 4,139
Manual focus cannot be beat... the autofocus is fine for stationary stuff.. but for moving things keep to manual.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-20-2022, 11:01 AM  
Is photography dead?
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 147
Views: 7,577
Care to share how that photo montage to create the guy in a green suit is called photography?

Have seen alot of youtube experts, and online photo magazine websites saying that type of thing is the new mandatory way to "stay relevant" for a photographer.

Its not photography, sure each image was made on its own, but the combining of them is lazy and not so pleasing. But if the person who did that editing work, has the skills to do that in a computer, why dont they have the basic skill of finding a person, with a green suit, and then posing them in the real world..

THAT is photographic skill.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-19-2022, 10:44 AM  
Is photography dead?
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 147
Views: 7,577
once again the defenders of digital manipulation shine through and fail to save the day.

In those photos i linked too, you should have noticed a few things. In MOST of the after photos, you have facial parts removed that ruin the photo, remove the persons identify. And in 1 you have useless artifacts added, that technically could have been done as props via taking a photo in a butterfly filled garden. instead of using photo editing software.

Then that last one of the woman in the dark background, the before is atually better. You may say "highly done highlights" my 35mm kodak gold would say BLOWN/over exposed... Yet, with SIMPLE camera knowledge, even just a spot light, the photographer would have gotten a better image then the after photo shop.

SO explain to me, how images taken from "professional" websites using images from "professional photographers" as a means of advertising editing software... actually are better or a source of comfort that SKILL and KNOW HOW?

Back in the 70s 80s 90s there was a term "guy with a camera", Dude would buy a camera, flashes, lenses, and have no clue even as to how to take the lens cap off or to put the camera battery in.

Now , the PROFESSONALS all seem to be "GWC" whom cant do a photo unless they put it into photoshop or light room, etc.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-19-2022, 10:33 AM  
DPR - why we're changing the way we process lens images
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 89
Views: 2,625
they be worse then sales men, they be schills.

NOTHING will be considered bad if that company advertises with them...

Hence i have a feeling, Pentax will not be reviewed
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-19-2022, 02:46 AM  
Is photography dead?
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 147
Views: 7,577
Thats the problem. Everywhere. Its sad but just about everything you see is manipulated to such an extent that nothing matters anymore.

Its not the matter that they use a computer program to make a double exposure, or simply use their cameras built in double exposure function.. But the fact that they could not do it WITHOUT the program... hint they wouldnt know how to stage the scene for each seperate photograph to become the final image, nor the rules of background selection, etc.

---------- Post added 01-19-22 at 03:55 AM ----------

Before any more replies folks talk a look at this images of stuff that were photo shopped. Pay attention to the before images, see how they could have been improved on scene with perhaps a go box, or someone with a reflector. Or even with props. Then pay attention to the after images.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/c0/4b/a0/c04ba0225d80ca28e199d41e8f1cd2f1.png

https://www.retouchgem.com/wp-content/uploads/portfolio/portrait-edit-face-before-after.jpg

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/9d/69/67/9d6967176da92e3951913b7b1af8599c.jpg
IN this one, even the womans EYE COLOR is changed for "cuteness"

https://rebeccaannephotography.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/23-82618-post/...edFiles-19.jpg
The before is not the greatest, but at least it doesnt look as if its over exposed and blown out like the after photo.. If the after photo appeared on my nikon, id look at the exif data, hit delete and adjust the shutter and aperture a bit.

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/b8/2f/60/b82f602a7cb8a94395f1e1ad85811f69.jpg

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/L2j7U7ilRjY/maxresdefault.jpg i rest my case on that.... couldnt the genius photographer just find a dude wit an ugly green suit and get some props to use.. instead of just fake it..

---------- Post added 01-19-22 at 04:00 AM ----------

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d4/7d/52/d47d52240061a0fcbba6f86dcd91250f.jpg

person in shadow... hmmm the brown book of photograph making, says take the light meter reading on the subject then give two stops of extra exposure,,, ie if the before photo was f/11 @250 drop the shutter down to 1/60
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-18-2022, 10:52 AM  
Is photography dead?
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 147
Views: 7,577
have to skip in a bit, but there are things taken out of context from all of us.

How does one claim to be a professional photographer, when once relies solely upon photo editing to make an image? When basic skill and knowledge is replaced simply by the photo shop AI program...
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-18-2022, 10:47 AM  
Compact/Travel Tripod capable of handling 150-450 lens
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 30
Views: 1,595
though on that head of yours, how well does it really work at attachign to cameras... just a particular brand?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-17-2022, 11:16 AM  
Is photography dead?
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 147
Views: 7,577
how is it skill if every single basic knowledge of film photography is rendered unwanted and unused by photo shopping it?


There was a dispute a year ago on photo.net about a guy with a high end mirrorless camera who had a hard time getting good shots of a clump of trees. Most of which were in shadow and the gaps between them horribly bright. His best image took half an hour to make with photo shop... but was just as grainy as the two images i made in a rebuttal that "you cant deal with that in camera". All i did was follow the horenstein brown book of photography comments on taking pictures of a person in heavy shade with a bright background.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-17-2022, 11:11 AM  
Is photography dead?
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 147
Views: 7,577
LOL when the same moderator does the booting on two different sites, its a moderator issue. And ironically if you get booted from a site for "spamming" because you posted 5 questions in a single week, on an item or brand sad moderator despises....
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 01-17-2022, 11:05 AM  
reusable cassettes
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 10
Views: 3,375
Sent an email to ilford about the tales of them making the FOMA BOHEMIA reloadable cans, it was denied of course.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-17-2022, 02:00 AM  
Is photography dead?
Posted By filmmaster
Replies: 147
Views: 7,577
have been on many of them, some of them multiple times just for something to pass the time with.

Some have been extremely disgusting to deal with. Some have been riddled with politics that make Nazi Germany look like a nice place to live, Others have been controlled and manipulate din ways that only a KGB agent would appreciate.

One british site kicked me off because i suggested "get a dslr" to a person who asked why they couldnt find a BRIDGE camera such as a Nikon Coolpix couldnt be gotten with removable lenses.

Another british site kicked me off when a member, who was friends with an actors guild i a rather old coastal town in ireland asked for photo ideas, and i suggested historical based events to be used, such as press gangs at midnight carrying folks off. SOMEhow that got me the boot for "racial/sexual harrassemtn clause violation"

Purpleport has done me in several times. Once for asking why a person taking the photos has no right to pose a model via moving the arms.. Once for informing them that they needed to stop evaluating events in america based upon uk/eu POLITICAL BELIEFS.

other american forums have done me in quite a bit. Mostly for being some cranky guy for asking questions or openly doubting the ability of others. For example one bounced me out because i refused to listen to someone who was a "professional photographer" for taking iphone photos of his meals when i asked a film camera quesiton. And so forth.

Another nameless one, booted me for questioning the merits of using race and gender as a qualifier in determining who should get jobs in photography. For some reason, its racist to think that a persons SKILL should be more important then sex or race.
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