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diogenes replied to the topic 'ViewBug' in the forum. 52 minutes ago

Late to this discussion, but with my two cents on Viewbug. They've combined the social accessories of facebook (likes, followers, Pm's, peer awards) added a hierarchical points system ( a 'Wow, you progress to the next level!' encouragement system'),  using those, and zealous email promptings, to pamper your vanity and have you paying memberships to enter the Premium or Pro contests, a dream they encourage around you (using the above mentioned stuff). Their production line of contests often contain over 50,000 entries, and, on a contest completion, they're polite enough to show you a line graph depicting how many tens of thousands of entries had more family and relatives than you have, voting for their shot.   They invite professional photographers to judge the contests, which adds a bit of celebrity and star power to proceedings, and DO use advertising in offering sponsors gear prizes, and cash. They also interview professional photograhers in their blog (which doesn't allow comments/interaction), which constitutes a 'tutorial' on the photographer's work and chosen field. It is all carefully managed, easily digestible 101 stuff. Noticably, there's no forum for members to interact. You only get to one on one with other members, using Pm's. And managed further, in the sense that your comments, complaints or feedback (using an email form submission) are never heard by anyone else in forum. Viewbug is corporate, clever, slick and faceless ( emails signed, 'Your friends at Viewbug). It has you paying for the privilege of their packaging and social networking. Beneath its social networking, slickness and accessories, Viewbug's business isn't photography. It's money. The service it provides in the field of Photography is wholly in the eye of the membership buyers. And there's nothing of the Viewbug 'photographic dream' selling business that you can't get elsewhere on the web, for free and without the ego massaging. That said, its use of members and its money making model is the closest thing to a ponzi scheme that you're allowed to have now days. Bernie Madoff would be proud.

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Ryan OBryan replied to the topic 'Cameras that watermark as they take the photo?' in the forum. 54 minutes ago

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Daniel replied to the topic 'Sparrow Missile' in the forum. 1 hour 27 minutes ago

Yhea, It's not easy shoot this little BAstards :) They are very very fast, i took several shoots to get this one but hey that's thue fun ;)

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Ernesto replied to the topic 'Making photography more fun during creative ruts?' in the forum. 1 hour 32 minutes ago

I'm in my fifth straight 365 project...(366 2012 and 2016). When I get bored, I try new things.....

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Ernesto replied to the topic 'How do you know when it's time to replace your camera?' in the forum. 1 hour 39 minutes ago

I agree with Joves pretty much, but my D700 still works great but I wanted a bigger file so I got the D800. I sold my D300 to help fund it and regretted that the minute I sent it off. I picked up a D7100 a year later for something lighter, and though its sensor is twice the D300's resolution I don't consider it much of an upgrade. (I still love the camera though). I'll probably use these two bodies the rest of my days, but I said that six years ago when I got the D300/D700......
Call me fickled.....:dry:

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John Landolfi replied to the topic 'St. Maclou' in the forum. 1 hour 42 minutes ago

Thanks, Ian. That was the Nikon D3s with 24-70mmf/2.8, ISO 1,000, about 1/30s, f/3.5 for most of the shots. I didn't use the more appropriate apertures because I was handholding.

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Ernesto replied to the topic 'Shooting through glass question' in the forum. 1 hour 46 minutes ago

The issue is where the light is coming from. If its coming from behind you, pressing right against the glass is all you can do. If its dark behind you and the primary lighting is on the subject side of the glass, you'll not need any filters....just shoot away. All of the above advice is good for any particular circumstance.....

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