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ghidorah's Avatar Picture ghidorah – January 07, 2008 11:55PM Reply Quote
his tongue went click click click as his head hit the basket after the guillotine's blade had sliced it cleanly. for a few seconds his eyes blinked and a reddening of the cheeks was noted by the attending physician. the crowd howled in glee...

oh, i'm sorry, wrong topic. click click click is for camera/photo/digital photo discussions which seem to have a place in our hearts.

Originally started by Baha at the old site, I thought it was time we brought it to the new boards

Mokers (Moderator) – February 12, 2009 11:58PM Reply Quote
Formerly Remy Martin
I'm confused by the new Microsoft commercial with the 4-1/2 year old girl supposedly demonstrating how easy it is to send a digital photo of her tropical fish to her family.

She demonstrates how you put the memory card in the computer and then you, "click here."

They show her clicking the "Cancel" button on a window that says it's transferring the photos. Huh?

I want to know why she says that she is e-mailing the pictures to her parents.

Mighty Mouse – February 13, 2009 01:17AM Reply Quote
I'm confused by the new Microsoft commercial with the 4-1/2 year old girl supposedly demonstrating how easy it is to send a digital photo of her tropical fish to her family.

She demonstrates how you put the memory card in the computer and then you, "click here."

They show her clicking the "Cancel" button on a window that says it's transferring the photos. Huh?

Not only that, but it clearly shows her hitting "Send" with a blank "To" field. That ought to work real well.

I think they are going after the "Windows is simple" angle, but missing it in a big way. More proof that whoever is doing the advertising for MS just doesn't get it.

Oh, and then there's the MS Retail stores opening soon near you. Those should be awesome! /sarcasm

stan adams – February 13, 2009 11:57AM Reply Quote
I think it is even more sinister than the "advertising people of MS not getting it". I think they DO get it, but they deliberately have the stuff set-up to get criticized by those of us who can very well SEE that they have the ACTORS do these stupid things is to REASSURE geeks that are even more insecure and geekier than us that MS will NEVER EVER make things SIMPLE ENOUGH FOR NORMAL PEOPLE the way, oh say APPLE does, so that MS's real TURF in the the ENTERPRISE is NEVER a threat...

Of course this could just be my own special form of "counter FUD" paranoia ...

El Jeffe – February 15, 2009 12:24PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
New iPhoto 09's face recognition is like a MS first release. Not sure it will be as helpful/used as I had hoped. Sometimes less than 10% recognition. Might approach 30%.

Bruce Robertson – February 15, 2009 12:39PM Reply Quote
Can't figure out how to use it. The NAME button is always disabled.

Bruce Robertson – February 15, 2009 01:19PM Reply Quote
OK, it indexed/reviewed all the images now it works.

El Jeffe – February 15, 2009 01:50PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Big word for me and iLife 09 this weekend is PATIENCE.

iPhoto takes a long time to index the faces, like you said.
And iMovie takes a long time to take out the shakes. But the iMovie shake remover is amazing. The FACES detection, nsm.

I need more variety in my subjects, I guess. Too many white people with the same hair! :)

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/15/2009 01:51PM by El Jeffe.

tomierna (Admin) – February 16, 2009 01:23PM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
I'm back from my trip to Greece (and North Carolina) and as promised, I'm selling my Canon 30d on eBay.

There's no reserve on it, so if you want to try and snag it for less than the Sporker-deal I offered above, good luck!

Canon 30d with Kit Lens and 8GB Card

The "buy it now", if it's not there when you check the listing, was set to $559, so the Sporker deal was pretty good.

I'm hoping I get at least $500 for it - B&H has the equivalent of this used kit for about $650.

Mighty Mouse – February 16, 2009 01:34PM Reply Quote
Face recognition is OK, for the most part, but it does have issues.

For one, it focuses on certain attributes like facial hair, glasses, etc. For example if you have someone in your collection with a beard, you tag him, and then some time later he shaves the beard, iPhoto will likely have problems recognizing him. Same apparently goes for glasses.

My wife has been going through our library (10k+ pictures) and is pretty satisfied with the results. She's enjoying it, anyway. But just last night I heard her saying one of her friend's collection got all messed up. Apparently iPhoto thought my wife and this friend looked similar. They don't look anything alike.

The best advice I can give is to go through every picture iPhoto offers up and tag it yay or nay. It is tedious and time consuming, but the more data you give it, the better it will do.

Regarding iMovie's anti-shake feature: if you stop and think about what iMovie is doing, it requires a ton of calculations. The faster your machine is, the better off you'll be. If you're doing this on a low end Intel machine, it's going to take a long time. Of course, the length of the clip will also play a role in how long it takes. If you've got a really long clip, consider breaking it up into smaller clips. After you've fixed the smaller clips, put them all together and do it again to get rid of any inconsistencies between clips. NOTE: I have not tried this, but in theory it SHOULD work. Proceed with caution.

El Jeffe – February 16, 2009 01:47PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Look at the size of your iPhoto library before and after 09/face recognition.

Ideally, iMovie will work wonders on running our old 8mm FILM back through it. The shakes are pretty bad in those. Now, I need to know the best way to bring out the colors. iMovie stabilization is great for the basketball game I videoe'd Saturday. Just remember a wider angle is best for it to crop wisely.

Mighty Mouse – February 16, 2009 04:12PM Reply Quote
Final Cut Pro can help with color saturation. I think Final Cut Express can do some stuff there, too. I'm not sure iMovie will ever have those capabilities, particularly now with the hurry-up-and-get-it-posted-on-youtube crowd they seem to be targeting. And, too, the current generation of consumer camcorders, especially the three-chip models from Panasonic, do a pretty good job with color saturation.

Dr Phred (Moderator) – February 16, 2009 06:19PM Reply Quote
owned by the mothership.
Faces has been buggy for me. On Two different computers it has erased whole entries for a person. In one library, it deleted one of my sons and reassigned all his photos to his brother. On the other, it just deleted any references to my other son.
I'm going to start taking in personally. iPhoto doesn't like my kids!

stan adams – February 17, 2009 10:20AM Reply Quote
This is guy is not as good as the Fake SJ, but he has apparently hit a very raw nerve at the Canon...


tomierna (Admin) – February 23, 2009 12:13PM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
(Also posted in the Deals thread...)

Sorry to shill again like this, but there's less than an hour left in my Canon 30D auction:


It's still well under what B&H would charge for a similar used system!

El Jeffe – March 26, 2009 05:55PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
I just took 360 photos of the kids playing outside, in about 45 minutes.
Darn D50 does not take photos fast enough. 3 fps? More like .5, even with fastest exposure, f1.8 glass. My N90 film seems faster.

El Jeffe – March 26, 2009 06:26PM Reply Quote
What a journey.
Here are some that I like so far

bahamut – March 26, 2009 06:28PM Reply Quote
nice shots. you've got the focal length right there, for the most part.

i don't like the bokeh in #5, but #1 and #3 are truly great.

for family snapshots they're all good. but i do a lot of relatively professional stuff, so that's where i'm coming from.

rino – March 26, 2009 07:21PM Reply Quote
In America, the only respectable form of socialism is socialism for the rich.
Fun. Love it...
Where is your snow?
What's with green grass?
I thought you lived in el norte!?

What lens? The bokeh is all smoothed out...

Our snow is still melting, picked up so much poo today.
I've not organized or taken as many pix lately. Got a Flip MinoHD -- it is what it is ... a pocketable video camera that's better than the one on my point and shoot. I presume I'll take more stuff with this since I can't schlep around my nicer Sony.

Once I get over buying a new Mac Pro I'm going to start pondering the 5D MkII ... cue Homer sound now. I'm still shooting a 10D -- it's still very good but really like the notion of full frame.
Now and then I toy with getting a 4/3 -- the compactness reminds me of my OM-1 which is by far my favorite camera of all time, a beauty, and small.

Hmmm, the Canon 500d to shoot 1080 video too! That leaves the 50D swinging balls out ... no video.

tomierna (Admin) – March 26, 2009 07:58PM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
I went to Greece recently (did a search, but looks like I didn't mention it here?) and took some pictures with the 5d mkii. I also took some video, but I haven't posted that yet.

My Greece photos...

BTW, don't get caught like I did and think that Apple supports sRAW1 or sRAW2 in either iPhoto or Aperture. I shot about 200 frames of sRAW1, thinking that I would get the best of both worlds, size vs. post-processing. Neither Aperture or iPhoto would open them. The trial of CaptureOne would open them, but it was laggy as hell. Adobe Lightroom ended up being my savior, though I don't like its adjustment palettes as much as Aperture. The crappy thing about it is now I have quite a few images where all of the adjustments live in Lightroom, and only 16bpp TIFFs as my "masters" in Aperture. Despite having huge dynamic range, 16bpp TIFF can't be adjusted with as much range as a RAW file.

tomierna (Admin) – March 26, 2009 08:02PM Reply Quote
Hideously Unnatural
BTW, nice pix, El Jeffe. I like the saturated skies. The kids look happy, too. That's tough for me to capture with mine, they are always being hammy.

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