With Atomos announcing their Flame series of video monitors/recorders at NAB 2016, HDR is the talk of the town. Most photographers, be it professional or amateur, will know what the acronym HDR stands for: high dynamic range. Dynamic range is defined as the ratio of the largest value of a signal to the lowest measurable value. The dynamic range of luminance in real-world scenes can be 100,000 : 1, while our computer screen or TV set is limited by technology to a ratio of 400 : 1 or even less. With HDR rendering, bright things can be really bright, dark things can be really dark, and details can be seen in both.
It’s been a while since EditReady was first released. Since then I’ve only used Squeeze and Episode. I have them on my machine and they’re industrial workhorses so why would I choose something else? Speed could be a significant factor and quality of output of course. I decided to try them all with a GoPro HERO4 UHD clip and the results sort of surprised me.
When I think of printers, I don’t think of equipment in the first place, but of craftsmen like Christophe Plantin, Jan Moretus (Museum Plantin-Moretus), Aldo Manuzio and Henri Estienne. True, printers rarely publish polyglottal bibles in Hebrew, Latin, Greek, Syriac and Aramaic these days. Equally, few of them count world-famous painters and cartographers among their friends. However, they are every bit as much experts in a range of disciplines as their famous predecessors were. Although the terminology they use and the problems they encounter these days has changed a fair bit — from colour management to colour registration errors, a problem that appears to occur even with colour laser printers — printers or printer operators are multi-disciplinary craftsmen as the Renaissance printers before them.
Are you reluctant to go mainstream and join the millions of cloud users? It depends. Let’s see what we learned of public cloud service providers over the past year… First there were the disclosures of Edward Snowden and the subsequent questioning of online security. Then we had cloud service providers admitting they’ll disclose your data to government officials in a jiffy. Some also admitted to shamelessly use your data for their own commercial purposes. Might that mean cloud computing/storage has been somewhat over-rated?
All that expensive video and/or photo equipment you’re carrying with you in the wild runs on electric power. Keeping it alive in Western urban areas can’t be that difficult, although it comes with its own problems. In some areas of the world it can be quite a challenge to power your cameras, monitors, lighting equipment and everything else involved. How do you go about planning for electrical scarcity?
In August 2015, the pilot of an airplane in the midst of its landing procedure at Ben Gurion near Tel Aviv in Israel, suddenly saw a quadcopter flying right of the plane at a dangerously close distance of about 100m (33ft). In compliance with aviation rules, he reported the incident to airport authorities. They started an investigation. Certainly in Israel, drones could be used for anything from plane spotting to terrorism. Drones are increasingly becoming a problem and they should not be unleashed to the broader public without establishing ground rules for their usage.
Who taught you photography? Are you an autodidact? In that case you are vulnerable to a disease that exists only on the digital waves of the Internet. It’s called amateurs teaching amateurs and it leads to photography that is mediocre at best.