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Differences between digital photo formats
It goes beyond simple losslessness--with a good RAW converter (one comes bundled with Photoshop CS), most RAW files allow for 12-bits of color information (as opposed to 8-bits compared to JPEG, and probably 8-bits for the TIFF as well depending on camera model), easy adjustment of white balance, control over the sharpening applied to images, and so on. The camera must apply a series of algorithms to produce a TIFF file (often irreversible--for example, colors may be clipped, sharpening can't… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 7:24 AM on August 7, 2004

Someone clarify this for me, please--is it maleness or size that women find threatening? As a small and skinny guy (5'6" 130 pounds) I'd be quite surprised to find women, many of whom are bigger (and stronger) than I am, to consider me a threat at all when I'm walking all by my lonesome self at night, as is my wont--and yet the brush of "men are dangerous" in this thread is painting things alarmingly far and wide. Am I somehow more… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 9:13 PM on August 5, 2004
Honestly Dashiv, your alarm sounds either naive or disingenuous.

I don't know if "alarm" is the right word--with so many others here expressing so many reservations about their fellow man though, I'm wondering if I'm not being alarmed enough for my own well-being or something. After all, I've never considered myself any more or less vulnerable to violence on the basis of my gender--but I've also had female friends express… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 10:18 PM on August 5, 2004
Yeeeeees, but: other things, such as a genuinely greater propensity for violence, also reinforce those stereotypes of men. Those stereotypes do not spring out of a vacuum, they are informed by unpleasant experiences, catalogued above.

Which also reminds me: why is it not okay to make the stereotype that Blacks (or insert your favorite ethnic minority, depending on where you live) are potentially violent or criminal--even if you've… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 11:18 PM on August 5, 2004
Thanks for the responses--when it comes to the "every man is a potential rapist" phrasing, it seems that there's a line between "prepare for the worst" and "assume the worst" that got lost in the rhetoric for me. I can certainly understand the former but am a bit puzzled by the latter.

i know several guys who've been mugged. but they all felt it was a fluke--that they hadn't been a target before; they aren't one now; they just… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 3:19 PM on August 6, 2004

Help with projector/setting up a movie club
Quoting orange swan from a different thread:

Um, NGnerd? I like movies.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 1:04 AM on August 2, 2004

Falling in Love
You begin to fall in as soon as you lose your center of balance, so the answer is "nearly instantaneous." However, the question remains as to how long it will take to hit bottom, and whether you will reach terminal velocity before impact.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 12:57 AM on August 2, 2004

Can good photography make me beautiful?
The rise of onboard flash to accomodate crappy f/6.3 zoom lenses in contemporary point-and-shoots has dealt a terrible blow to the quality of everyday photography. It's pretty easy to get great shots under a wide range of shooting conditions using, for example, a Canonet G-III from the 70's that has a fast, non-flash-mandatory fixed lens. As Kwantsar says, death to onboard flash.

It's really not about the camera though. Lighting and posing (and sometimes, retouching)… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 3:10 AM on July 24, 2004
Two more quick nuggets:

1) Have someone else grab candid shots of you if you can. Posing is hard!

2) Pay attention to your background. Look at how big of a difference the simple backgrounds make in the before and after pics. Even a brick wall is better than an apartment interior (if you like your picture to have that indy-band album cover feel, but that's another issue). The most mundane things can make the photograph (and hence, you as its subject) "look" better.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 3:15 AM on July 24, 2004
Gah! Upon re-reading the thread I noticed I had mistyped "zoom out" instead of "zoom in". Follow everyone else's suggestion about using the longest focal length possible (i.e. "zooming in"), not what I wrote!

The tips about shooting from an elevated position are great, especially under available (i.e. ambient) lighting.

Sorry, I usually shoot with primes so my brain momentarily interposed this whole "in/out" business with zooms.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 1:51 AM on July 25, 2004

Shutter lag on digital cameras - normal?
Yep, it's typical for a non-SLR digital. Even the fastest ones (like the Nikon Coolpix 5700, which was my first digital camera) have way too much shutter lag for some kinds of photography. However, unless you're prepared to spend substantially more money than you spent on your current camera for a digital SLR, there's no point in taking it back, since you won't see a truly significant decrease in shutter lag with a non-SLR, no matter how good it is.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 8:32 AM on July 21, 2004

Multitasking vs ADD
I've recently finished my undergrad in English, and I've definitely noticed the "grazing" syndrome while wading through my reading list as well. But for me it's hugely tied to my personal interest in the subject matter--I grazed and nibbled at Faulkner but devoured huge chunks of Beckett* in one sitting without any lapses in concentration. I can't even sit through web-length articles linked off of MeFi half of the time, but still re-read Lord of the Rings recently in long sittings… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 7:10 PM on July 17, 2004

Help me give away my gmail invites.
Will keep everyone posted on the next batch of invites!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 9:58 AM on June 9, 2004

Lens advice for a Nikon D70?
Nikon's 18-70 DX "kit lens" that comes with the D70 package is a steal at $300 more. It covers an excellent range (27-105mm equiv after crop factor) at reasonable (not wonderful) sharpness and fairly reasonable aperture range, good build quality, with some moderate barrel distortion on the wide end and minor pincushion on the tele end. In terms of cost-effectiveness and versatility, this one has my vote. FYI, Adorama is selling the 18-70 alone for $600 without the body.… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 3:02 AM on April 1, 2004

Favourites photography discussion forums?

Not email-based, but manages to be a fairly high-traffic forum without being drowned out by noise. So far, that is.

There's a digital bias on there (and among gearheads and buyers/sellers, a Canon one) but that doesn't get in the way of discussions. Mostly Americans but a fair number of Europeans, Aussies, and some from various Asian countries as well.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 4:03 AM on March 24, 2004

Recommendations for a man purse?
I think a smallish messenger bag is your best bet for hauling loot around (although this is more of a "hip" thing than a "manly" thing). With all the electronic gadgets you're toting, a bag that looks like it's holding nothing more important than a couple of books and a moldy sandwhich is a good thing. If you're feeling brave, be outlandish: black and brown bags are the ones that tend to scream "I have a camera in here."
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 7:00 AM on March 23, 2004

What awesome documentary-style photographic lenses should I get?
Since I assume you are on 35mm, a fast prime wide lens is going to be the most versatile (like a 28mm), and also a prime 50mm.

yep. at least 35mm. Better to have 28mm and even 24mm isnt outrageous. The faster the better.

Bingo. Ultra-wide focal lengths are especially crucial for documentary-type work if shooting digital, and speed counts for available light. Both the Nikkor 17-35 and the Canon 16-35 are… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 12:20 AM on March 17, 2004

Do You Keep Your Computer Running All the Time or Turn It Off?
I leave it on 24/7 to fold. Glaciers vs cure for cancer and Alzheimer's--decisions, decisions.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 6:44 PM on March 8, 2004

Organizing Digital Images
I second the nod for IMatch. Gone are the days when I shuffle through my folders/CD's/DVD's looking for a certain image--IMatch's database and search features makes finding them a snap.

One caveat is that IMatch can be a bit unwieldy and over-featured at times.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 11:11 PM on March 7, 2004

New Digital Camera
I'm assuming you're looking at the Canon G3/5 and Sony V1 because you're interested in a "prosumer", high-featured, and extensively accessory-capable digicam, one that is relatively compact and conventionally shaped. They are essentially the top picks within their category, and they compete directly against each other. As always, I highly recommend DPR as a starting point:

G3 review
G5 review
V1 review

Reviews… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 5:20 PM on February 23, 2004
BTW, my current recommendation for an "all around" camera (as a compromise between size, features, and price) is the Canon PowerShot A80. The G3/5 and V1 obviously offer more for their higher prices, of course.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 5:24 PM on February 23, 2004

Help with noise and thermal problems with a new PC
Third that recommendation on SPCR. (And consider joining our Folding@Home team if you have a few cycles to spare--we're currently ranked #26 and can use all the help we can get.) Before you go nuts about replacing and/or fiddling with the fans though, what brand/model hard drives and PSU are you using? "Continuous, loud hum" could be anything from hard drives to power supply exhaust. Your PC is only going to be as quiet as your loudest component.

In… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 5:00 PM on February 22, 2004

Web Design Critique
Regarding an earlier suggestion: ix-nay on the ash-Flay, please.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 5:54 AM on February 17, 2004

Focused on a Game
My cure: stop reading gaming web sites. When I don't know which other latest and greatest releases (or even demos) have hit the shelves, I'm more focused on finishing what I've already started.

Having said that, FF3 and Zuma aren't exactly the latest big-hype shooters either. FF3 is such a classic though that it's worth the attention. Try zooming through it without getting bogged down by the optional locations, side quests, and bonus characters so that you can focus… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 4:31 PM on February 5, 2004
Yeesh, Snyder, and I thought I took my gaming seriously. I have 17 games currently installed on my system right now (plus 5 mods) and I just click on whatever tickles my fancy when I have some time to kill. (Currently it's an old favorite, Medieval: Total War.) It doesn't bother me to drop stuff and pick it up again though, so that's where we differ.

Re FF3 and Floating Island: If memory serves, you're near the end (assuming you're at the part where… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 10:57 PM on February 6, 2004

What type of DVD burner should I get?
Thanks guys, this looks like a good start for my research.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 4:08 AM on February 5, 2004

Pronounce Forte
FOR-tay from the Italian. Even outside of musical contexts, I've never heard the FORT pronounciation from anyone--except in French class so many years ago.

I don't see how either pronounciation could be "incorrect" if they stem from acceptable pronounciations in two different languages. But if you're adhering to common usage, the Italian version is overwhelmingly more popular in my experience.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 11:54 AM on February 2, 2004
You don't need to know any other language to speak English correctly.

Thanks! That's a saying I can keep in mind for dealing with Correctness Mavens.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 10:07 PM on February 2, 2004

What is the best semi-pro photoprinter?
If you're really interested in do-it-yourself, the Epson 2200's prints will equal or even beat the prints from Fuji Frontier in terms of archival quality, depending on what type of paper you use. Generally though, at-home printing is more worthwhile the higher the quantity you print. If you'd just like to print some family snapshots every once in a while, it's much easier (and probably cheaper) to just get it printed at a local lab with a Frontier.

You didn't mention… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 10:02 PM on February 2, 2004

Are flash cards "designed" for cameras worth it?
It depends a lot on the camera. Most consumer cameras don't support the increased write speeds (for example, Lexar's Write-Acceleration format), but this varies tremendously from model to model. For DSLR's, there are benchmarks available at

There are a few benchmarks for different consumer cameras (examples: Nikon Coolpix 990, Nikon Coolpix 995), but since consumer cameras go through models so quickly, I don't know of any site that specifically tracks… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 10:46 PM on January 31, 2004

What's the best way to get to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco via public transit?
Thanks guys--took the 6/7 aboveground today, hit the Conservatory, and hung around the Haight for a bit and dropped in on a friend at Cole Valley. Will be exploring the park and the city some more in the coming weeks.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 3:45 PM on January 25, 2004
Burrito at Gordo's, peanuts for Arboretum squirrels, check. Any other suggestions welcome (before this thread scrolls too far down). :)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 5:10 AM on January 26, 2004

Public photography laws
As mentioned, legality and rudeness are two different things.

IANAL but AFAIK, you have almost carte blanche to take whatever photos you want in public places (unless public places where people have reasonable expectations of privacy, such as in dressing rooms or bathrooms), so long as they're for personal (including fine art) or editorial use (i.e. news, etc). Commercial use (including selling to stock agencies) require model releases. Also, you are legally culpable… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 8:00 PM on January 22, 2004

What kind of camera is best for digital photography?
Ditto on the DRebel recommendation. In response to your two criteria:

Shutter lag: All the consumer digicams have rather horrid shutter lag. The only consumer camera so far with any responsive shutter response is the new Sony F828, but it produces rather mediocre images despite its high megapixel count (Review), in addition to costing as much as a DRebel anyways. The prefocusing advice often given to remedy slow focusing only works if you have a setup shot--I've found… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 8:46 PM on January 20, 2004
10D's are notorious for focusing problems affecting a small but apparantly significant percentage of bodies, which lead to symptoms like continuous hunting and front/back focus. Rumor has it that Canon has ironed out the focus quirks with the Digital Rebel, and mine certainly has been free of focus issues (as are most 10D's, from what I've heard). It's definitely not supposed to hunt and hunt while focusing (when using center focus spot pointed at a contrasty edge). I get… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 4:24 AM on January 21, 2004

Photo Equipment
In short: B&H, Adorama, and KEH, pretty much.

There are alternatives, but their selection tends to be more limited. A discussion on reputable online dealers. (Note: I'd recommend avoiding Abe's of Maine, contrary to what the original poster in that thread said.) Reputable dealers should all identify gray market items as such, and very clearly. Most of the smaller reputable dealers listed, such as Beach Camera and Canoga Camera, have rather limited selections,… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 8:24 AM on January 9, 2004

Should I get the kit lens for my Rebel or save up for a better lens?
Get the kit lens because it, if nothing else, is a safe investment that will greatly improve the resale value of your DRebel some day. People have auctioned their kit lenses alone for as much as $176 USD (!) on eBay, although most go for around $120-130 or so. There are some various third party "upgrades" to the kit lens (of equally varying quality), but the next Canon upgrade in this range is the 17-40/4L, which is a whopping $750-$800 USD. Get the kit lens and curse the crop… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 8:08 PM on January 1, 2004

Parking Drama
I live in one of the permit zones here in Berkeley, and I've gotten a ticket for just that--driving and returning to the same spot. Supposely they use a chalk mark on the tires in these permit zones to figure out whether or not you've moved your car within a certain interval, and if that's the case I have no idea how I got nailed for supposely not moving my car.

However, I'd still rather deal with the parking police than vengeful neighbors. I doubt your neighbor needs… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 11:32 PM on December 16, 2003
Well damn, I might have to be nicer to my landlord now.

Since the Berkeley parking police are renowned for their merciless enforcement of all manners of parking infractions, I doubt they'll "require" much proof once a complaint is filed. And you never know what kind of dirt people with too much time can dig up on you as evidence. Maybe you can start a thread asking how to get back at your neighbor without incriminating yourself. :)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 4:37 AM on December 17, 2003

Digital Rebel Lens
I must disagree with y6^3 about the 50/1.4. If you find that the kit lens on the DRebel is too slow (i.e. aperture is too small) for you, the 50/1.4 is your best solution bar none without getting into serious money. You can only bump up the ISO so far on the DRebel, and you better be ready to post-process ISO 1600 and some ISO 800 shots. The DRebel is very clean at ISO 400 and below though. Having said that, if you don't use the 50mm focal length much, shoot outdoors in good light most of… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 6:39 PM on December 15, 2003
Since 50mm = "effective 80mm" with the DRebel's 1.6x crop factor, it's a nice length for full-body portraits. It also means it might not be wide enough indoors for group shots. You might want to see what 50mm looks like on your kit lens before you decide to plop down some cash for either the 50/1.4 or 50/1.8, so that you can make sure it's a useful focal length for you. There are wider primes available, but I find I really need something faster than f/2.8 to shoot indoor without… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 6:55 PM on December 15, 2003
It's a great walkabout lens. Good luck!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 7:53 PM on December 15, 2003
No argument there, f/1.4 has a tiny DOF. But when you need speed you need speed (we're talking shooting by candlelight speed in a lens here), and the results at f/1.4 are wonderful when you get lucky. :)

Lenses are an intensely personal choice, but that the 28-135 has such a huge fan club should be indicative of something. I think you'll be pleased with the 28-135, stonerose.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 8:22 PM on December 15, 2003
I did mention that part about the 50/1.8 already--"It'll give you most of the performance of the 50/1.4 for a quarter of the price." :) I do own a 50/1.4 because of the extra 2/3 stop, full-time manual focus (useful for fine-tuning DOF), sharper at f/1.8-2.8 than the 50/1.8 version, micro-USM for quieter operation, metal mounts instead of plastic, and rounded bokeh on highlights (instead of the artificial-looking pentagram bokeh on the 50/1.8). All this was worth the money to me but… [more]
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 1:08 AM on December 16, 2003

Resources for getting prints from digital photos
Many different photo forums have suggested Costco and Walmart as cheap places to print 4x6's. I haven't tried them myself, but quality was reputed to be acceptable-to-good.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by DaShiv at 8:16 PM on December 15, 2003

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