Light theme [beta]
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Scott Everett

DPReview Administrator
Lives in United States Seattle, United States
Works as a Product Manager, dpreview.com
Has a website at www.dpreview.com
Joined on Aug 10, 2004

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On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (546 comments in total)
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EskeRahn: Personally I like black themes, but as most pages are white I would say that it makes a lot of sense to not try to insist on what many may see as an outdated look.

So thumbs up for the initiative - and nice that you will keep both.
It is always nice with a choice.

But talking themes, what about a theme that uses more than a fraction of modern screen widths?

Wider layouts and mobile optimizations are next on the list!

Link | Posted on Apr 5, 2016 at 00:41 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (546 comments in total)
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notpc: Why are we limiting this to a choice between darkest black and blinding white? Why not something in between that's more pleasant to look at for long periods of time. Don't assume that because people have complained about the ultra black that they want its direct opposite.

For years I have filtered dpreview with a program called Proxomitron so that it will look more like what I want. Take a look at what I see whenever I visit dpreview: http://www2.pic-upload.de/img/30259483/dpreview.jpg It doesn't have to be exactly those colors, but I think the in between look is FAR easier to look at.

This is an option we are considering as we continue to work on the site, thanks for the feedback!

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 23:55 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (546 comments in total)
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faterikcartman: Still too much strain. I'm really waiting for the stories to be read to me so I can enjoy the site with my eyes closed. But only the stories I'm interested in without having to strain by clicking on anything. And be sure they're read at a pace I like. Hopefully enough people will complain so that this is the next thing the DPR staff works on. I've already changed my entire workflow over to an eyes-closed process. It would be nice if my favourite sites get with the times as well.
Fingers crossed...

Best comment so far.

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 22:52 UTC
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (546 comments in total)
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cantanima bis: It's about time. I know there are people who insist that light-on-black is more readable, but they remind me of Apple's onetime user interface guru, Tog. He insisted that shortcut keys were less efficient than picking your hand up off the keyboard, searching through menus, submenus, and sub-submenus to find the particular command you wanted.

Thank you for making the website readable!

Of course, if you REALLY loved us, you'd make the entire color scheme configurable, the way some websites do. That way I can go to black-on-grey, which I like most.

Out of curiosity, would you mind sharing a link to a site that uses this user selectable interface? Thanks!

Link | Posted on Apr 4, 2016 at 22:20 UTC
On article DPReview is hiring! Software development manager (109 comments in total)
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kingslayer: What's the compensation? You're looking at $140k/yr plus for the talent you are looking for.

Market rates + access to play with all of the latest gear.

Link | Posted on Mar 24, 2016 at 03:36 UTC
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Banhmi: "This is sponsored content, created with the support of Canon" since when did this start happening? Is this only being mentioned now as a result of the Lord & Taylor vs. FTC legal dispute?

@Gesture, I wish this were true, but DPReview's business model is based on selling online advertising. And banner advertising in general is dying a slow death. It will always be there, but the rates advertisers are willing to pay have been going down for years. This is a big reason for the rise in sponsored content. If you look across the web at different types of publishers, the ones thriving are the ones able to find a way to make sponsored content that their readers enjoy.

Anyways, our entire annual budget, beyond paying our staff, goes to freelance writers. Video production rates vary, but generally you will see about $1000/minute as the absolute lowest rate, and generally most production teams will not take projects below $5000-10,000, and this does not factor in travel expenses, paying the talent, etc.... So a 10-15 minute mini-documentary is a costly affair, much beyond our budget.

Link | Posted on Mar 18, 2016 at 00:32 UTC
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Banhmi: "This is sponsored content, created with the support of Canon" since when did this start happening? Is this only being mentioned now as a result of the Lord & Taylor vs. FTC legal dispute?

We feel good about the video series because we do not consult with the camera companies at any stage. Our editors choose a camera they want to highlight, an interesting match for a photographer and a location, and we go off and shoot. There's no additional layer of complexity or mystery.

So in the end, we are able to make videos that we'd love to be able to make anyways, and the feedback from our users has been extremely positive.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 22:39 UTC
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Banhmi: "This is sponsored content, created with the support of Canon" since when did this start happening? Is this only being mentioned now as a result of the Lord & Taylor vs. FTC legal dispute?

I'd be interested in learning more about why you cannot watch the video once you know that it is sponsored content. At a high level I understand the gut-response to words like "sponsored" or "marketing".

But the reality for us is that we had a relatively simple goal, to make incremental content about photographers and gear that we otherwise could not afford to make. So we sat down and asked ourselves what format would make sense, and settled on this video series, where we pair a camera with a photographer, and go off to use the gear in interesting situations.

Link | Posted on Mar 17, 2016 at 22:39 UTC
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Banhmi: "This is sponsored content, created with the support of Canon" since when did this start happening? Is this only being mentioned now as a result of the Lord & Taylor vs. FTC legal dispute?

The ongoing Field Test video series is DPReview's first foray into sponsored content. And no, DPReview staff do not receive "gifts" from brands. I am curious about your lowlight test reference nonetheless, care to link to it?

Link | Posted on Mar 16, 2016 at 23:01 UTC
On article Field Test: The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV in Mexico (135 comments in total)
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nimrod1212: So, apart from the stills, was the majority of video footage shot with the RX100 also, or not? Obviously if the camera itself is in the shot, then no, unless they had two copies. But it's not explicitly stated how the video sequences were made and this is a really crucial aspect, for me at least.

Footage from the RX100 is labeled in the video as "sample footage", so look for the text overlay to see specific scenes/modes that are provided as samples.

Link | Posted on Mar 2, 2016 at 21:59 UTC
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Flashback: Why do we have suffer that canned heavy metal music!

We're currently taking requests for the soundtrack of future videos, but keep in mind that licensing music can be costly. We would have to tax DPR users a bit if you want to watch Richard wear a cravat to the sound of Taylor Swift.

Link | Posted on Jan 19, 2016 at 01:33 UTC
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eazizisaid: At 0:48, HCB ?

I actually assumed the same thing, a quick ode to HCB. :)

Link | Posted on Jan 18, 2016 at 22:39 UTC
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xtoph: m-cameras are unusual, and most people are likely to misunderstand what they're capable of due to inexperience, not to say, ignorance.

which is why when a specialist site like dpr posts what is supposed to be an expert review or samples, it is all the more important to have some clue how to use the camera, since most folks can't be expected to have personal experience to go on.

you should pull these botched samples and re-do them properly. you also should not be guessing about the shutter speed--at least not with the whole stops.

That is the interesting thing about photography, what makes a shot work for one person, makes it crap to another. We do not claim to be veteran street photographers, that's for sure. But whether we shot in manual, aperture priority, shutter priority, etc..., is less a matter of ignorance, and more a matter of making the most of the few hours you might have with the gear. In a lot of cases, I think we each embraced the spirit of rangefinder shooting, insofar as, we looked through the viewfinder and focused on the composition more than we worried about perfect settings, potential shutter shake, a little blur, etc...

By the way, I looked through your site, and for what it's worth, I really like your point of view.

Cheers~

Link | Posted on Jan 13, 2016 at 21:51 UTC
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Skipper494: Where are the high-def samples? These are little snapshots.

Assuming you are here:

http://www.dpreview.com/sample-galleries/1533095747

Click on any image first, then in the upper left-hand side of the screen, click on "one hundred percent" and you can see a 100% zoomed in version of the image.

Link | Posted on Jan 11, 2016 at 22:37 UTC
On article Cast your vote: DPReview Readers' Choice Awards 2015 (50 comments in total)
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Ron Poelman: Let's see, DPR tests them, rates them, then we vote = profit ?
Redundant, at best, tautological, probably, productive, not really.
You could be forgiven for thinking we matter.
My vote is for a decent level of display quality in the Posts,
couldn't see the category, but.

Indeed, you are onto us, this was all about Half Life.

Link | Posted on Dec 17, 2015 at 18:36 UTC
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Joed700: If you look at the credits toward the end, it says it is supported by Sony. I wonder what equipment she actually uses on her own.

Cristina is a Sony Artisan of Imagery, has been for a long time:

http://imagingambassadors.sony.net/network/photographer-category-2/cristina-mittermeier/

http://www.cristinamittermeier.com/about/

Link | Posted on Dec 1, 2015 at 04:04 UTC
On article 4K video: What you need to know (286 comments in total)
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The Squire: Article is a bit piggy-ducky-horsey for the DPR audience, in my opinion. But I like the layout.

I dont think the Getting Ready for 4K is accurate, regarding PC/Mac specs. I've been editing 4K for a year or so and unless you are doing lots of channels and layering, a good dual core and 8Gb is plenty. You just need a fairly modern dual core which has more video codec support on-chip...

I think "piggy ducky horsey" is going to be my new saying.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 18:19 UTC
On article 4K video: What you need to know (286 comments in total)
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donutlover: I don't mean to sound aggressive or negative, but this "primer" seems like nothing but a Panasonic advertisement. It LOOKS like an advertisement, and READS like an advertisement. I know (and appreciate) that DPReview has a "sponsored content" disclaimer next to the story, but I'd be interested to know if DPR staff actually wrote this piece. The language is pure ad copy to my eyes; the text sounds like it came from Panasonic.

All criticism is fair game, but all of the content is written by DPR editors, as indicated at the top of the article. It's meant to be an introductory primer for those new to 4K, and so we went around the office and outlined what the key aspects of 4K are for photographers, and then went from there.

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 03:50 UTC
On article 4K video: What you need to know (286 comments in total)
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fastlass: Honestly, whenever I rent a movie on amazon I only choose SD, and my screen does 1080. I can tell the difference, but it really doesn't affect my perception of the film. I'd rather spend the extra dollar on some nachos.

I have a 50 inch plasma, and have been watching Walking Dead in SD, and it looks great. #morenachos

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 02:46 UTC
On article 4K video: What you need to know (286 comments in total)
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pierpa: Re the new design: why GREY type on white? Good old BLACK would be more readable.

All considered, I think the new design sucks: it's ugly, less readable, and after forcing myself to read the article nevertheless, my eyes ache.

:)

(no, seriously)

Any feedback is good feedback, sort of. Thanks for sharing!

Link | Posted on Nov 19, 2015 at 02:06 UTC
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