Category Archives: Philosophy

Why I canceled Sony A7r camera order

When Sony announced their new A7r, I got excited and placed an order. I was going to use it with my Leica M lens collection.

But a week later I realized that what new camera is not really that much more than my old one (I use Ricoh GXR with M module). Tech is the same, I decided to wait out for something Revolutionary, not just evolutionary.

So the camera order got canceled, and the money will be saved for something more useful.

What I would like to see from Apple

All these years I have been trying to justify owning an iPad.

Sure, they are cool, but I could do most of things  on my iPhone.

I thought I could use an iPad when iPhoto came out as my mobile processing station, but, alas, iPhoto for iPad just did not have enough functionality to replace my laptop with Aperture. And iOS 7 still does not have color management built in, so editing photos on unmanaged device is like playing catch in the dark – you might get lucky once in a while, but there will be no consistency.

So this is what I would like to see: a color managed iOS device that would be supported by X-Rite colorimeters  (via USB), mobile Aperture, SD card slot for accessing raw files to be edited.

If iPad can not do it, I would wish for – a 11-12″ retina Macbook Air. But seriously, I need a productivity tool, not a gaming platform. For games I still prefer dedicated game pads and high quality games of Nintendo 3DS.

So there, I am still waiting for that killer photo app for iPad. C’mon Apple, you can do it, and free us from looming Adobe Opressive Cloud.

What can iPad do for me?

At the moment, not much.

Every time I handle one, I marvel at design – smooth lines, familiar OS and beautiful screen. The problem lies in its application – iPad is excellent for browsing the web, reading books or watching movies but doesn’t have any kind of screen color profiling, and image processing apps are amateurish.

That leaves me confused no, not really – my iPhone is device I take with me that does 95% of things iPad does but is more portable; for reading I have a Kindle e-ink reader, and for image processing I use Aperture and Photoshop on my MacBook Air. iPad just doesn’t fit into my the scheme of things.

What would make me buy an iPad? New apps that would replace my MacBook Air, but there is just not enough power in iPad to do heavy lifting of RAW files at the moment. Maybe I wanted to play Candy Crush Saga, which I am not into, or watch movies on the road with a bigger screen. It needs to be able to reduce my gear I carry, plain an simple. Right now it just does not.

Jack of all trades, master of none

Many people are good at many things, but are not great at anything. That concept carries over to businesses where there is a lot of “good enough”. Usually those businesses fail as there is nothing that sets them apart from the rest. After someone comes out with superior service we wonder why we even bothered with previous one.
My focus is on inkjet printing. Of course “printing” is a wide discipline encompassing understanding of media, inks and color management. At the end we have a beautiful print as the result.
Photographers job is to capture the moment and achieve the look they are after. The rest is up to me – the printer.
By doing something exceptionally good I want to rise above mediocracy.

Canon Professional Services (CPS) experience in Hollywood

Once you start noticing dust spots in your images, it is time to get your sensor cleaned.

You can try doing it yourself with a big illuminated loupe and SensorKlear pen or SpeckGrabber Pro Kit yourself, but at some point you get these persistent dust specs that just refuse to go away. What then?

Being CPS (Canon Professional Services) Gold level member I am entitled to 2 free camera checks and cleanings a year. Before the closest location to drop off the camera was in Irvine, but now there is an option in Hollywood. That’s 15 miles away instead of 40! Yay!

Yesterday I made an appointment over the phone (1-877-277-8122) and today I dropped off the camera at 6060 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. The whole check in process took less than 15 minutes! Camera will be shipped back to me in 3 business days, so no need to drive to Hollywood (or Irvine). Worth $100 a year membership? Heck yeah! The only bad thing is that there is no reserved parking, but I just fed the meter in front of the building and that’s that.

If you are not CPS Gold or Platinum level member, then you are out of luck with Hollywood location. Irvine is your closest choice, or you can give your camera to enterprising dealers like Samys.

Small steps…

There are so many things I still need to take care for the Beach Pro Lab, but the most important thing is quality of the prints which I got nailed. Profiles are coming out terrific too, I am so pleased. Now I have to focus on other things like marketing. Details, details…