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Good lord! It must be hard to be a reporter/photographer

10 Mar

Out of curiousity, I went to the press conference held by the CM-designate of Penang. A friend told us to join him and since both hubby and I were so hype up over the landslide win in the election, we headed over there.

I have never seen that many photographers in one place before. There are reporters from the local news and even Reuters. They swarmed the incoming Member of Parliament and Assemblymen like a pack of flies on a piece of meat.

Some of them climb over tables and chairs to get their best angles. Most of them are men but there are a few women photographers who are just as agile. I notice they wear almost the same style. They will have their vest with so many pockets to fit their lenses and hoods. Then, loose pants which I believe helps if they need to climb over fences and walls. In fact, you know a photographer when you see one from the fashion they wear. Dull, boring, brown, blue, black but functionable.

I wonder why they tend to be casual most of the time? Maybe they should get some Cavender’s cowboy hats to give them a more unique look instead of their caps? And I wonder why they like to wear caps? Maybe those huge rim of the cowboy hats or caps help to shield the lights? Or it is just another boring uniform?

 
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Wordless Wednesday

22 Feb

I heard about this site through Osman, a fellow postie from PPP over at PPP’s forum. I am sure many of us who takes photographs will like the idea of Wordless Wednesday. It is basically a submission of one of your photo to the pool. Then, the site administrator will include all your links onto the same page.

This will get others to check out your photo and exchanges of comments. A pretty neat way to socialise, increase traffic and also an avenue to share your thoughts.

It is call Wordless Wednesday because a photo is worth a thousand words, right? Check out what they have for February 21, 2007. It is still Wednesday in some countries. Not too late to submit your photo.

 
 

Flickr having massage

04 Feb

I love Flickr’s sense of humour in their 404 page. 404 is a dreaded message that tells you that you cannot access the site due to downtime.

I can’t show you the screenshot now because I cannot upload my screenshot to Flickr. What it says is just a simple ‘Flickr is having massage’. You can surf over now to Flickr’s main site at http://www.flickr.com/photos. You may or may not see it.

Anyway, they have the announcement on their Flickr blog that they are :

but we’re making some big changes which will enable us to roll out new features faster. So … it’ll be worth it!

As usual, photos will still be served, but you won’t be able to access Flickr site or API. We’ll post here once we start and when we’re ready to come back up. Thank your for your patience!

It is 1 pm Malaysian time.

 
 

Image file formats

05 May

This is a rant post.  If you are buying a digital camera that can capture video, do check what format it capture.  *slams head on the PC*

My Konica-Minolta Z3 captured video in .MOV format which can plays on Quicktime and Picasa.  The quality of the video is not bad and I have no complaint about it.  However, the file format is huge and I need to convert it to MPEG if I want to share the video online.

The frustrating thing is I cannot convert it using Windows Movie Maker eventhough I had downloaded the latest Video Encoder (yeah, I use licensed Microsoft).  I can’t use several freewares because they don’t recognise the MOV format.  The only one I can use was Videozilla but my trial expired and I can’t download another trial. (my PC registered it and no matter how, I can’t wipe off the record, the bane of licensed software, I suppose)

Image file formats

Common formats for digital camera images are the Joint Photography Experts Group standard (JPEG) and Tagged Image File Format (TIFF).

RAW may be confusing as it describes a general group of formats rather than a single file type. A RAW image is one that captures the data directly as it comes from the sensor, with no post-processing. The Nikon RAW format is NEF, while Minolta is MRW. RAW files can be processed in specialized image editing programs and allows much more flexibility in settings such as white balance, exposure compensation, color temperature, and so on. In essence it lets the photographer make major adjustments without losing image quality that would otherwise require retaking the picture.

Formats for movies are AVI, DV, MPEG, MOV, WMV, and ASF (basically the same as WMV).

Other formats that are used in cameras but not for pictures are the Design Rule for Camera Format (DCF), an ISO specification for the camera’s internal file structure and naming, Digital Print Order Format (DPOF), which dictates what order images are to be printed in and how many copies, and the Exchangeable Image File Format (EXIF), which uses metadata tags to document the camera settings and date and time for image files. (wikipedia)

So, I am constipated from downloading other trial softwares and none work.  I had googled, read forums after forums and still searching for some miracle.
Therefore, if you are buying a digital camera which capture video, REMEMBER TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS A COMMON ACCEPTABLE FORMAT LIKE MPEG!

If you have a solution for me, please tell.

 
 

Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ7 Digital Camera

27 Apr

Boo_licious mentioned about her intention to get the above camera. It got me curious and I thumbed through Digital Camera Magazine (Malaysia) and found it featured. So, Boo, do grab a copy of the mag and read to your heart’s content!

Boo said some people’s comments about ‘noise’. What is noise? It is those grainy spots that you see on photos when you enlarge it. Say, it is like dust? (this is my own layman term of explanation)
Here’s what Mark Harris wrote in the April issue of the mag:

Nestling among the various potrait, beach and landscape mode is High Sensitivity. This boosts the usual ISO 400 maximum to either 800 or 1600 and cleverly, also incorporates noise reduction, creating images that are lively and impressively grain-free….

Frankly, unless we are printing huge prints of the photos, I don’t bother so much about these noise and whatnots.

This model has received good reviews and price wise, is comparable to the below two models:

  • Sony Cyber-shot H1 – Price RM1,699
  • Kodak P850 – Price RM1,899

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 is priced at RM1,799

Other stuffs I picked up from the net:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 – Stabilizer and Shutter speed – MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer), that Panasonic thinks it indispensable for all digital cameras, is subsumed under Lumix all line-up. Now this hand-shake correction system, which accompanies no deterioration of image quality, is appreciated by the users of the world and positively getting to be the standard of digital camera photography. Every slight hand-shake movement is detected accurately with the sampling frequency at 4,000 times per second and will be compensated to render clear, sharp images.

source

Remember – if you are buying camera, always find one with Image Stabiliser because you do not want blurry photos.

Great choice, Boo!  Looks forward to super sharp food pics from you.