IP Roundtable (EP-223)

Topic 1:  Let’s get ethical (haha)

    • Sal Cincotta


  • https://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2017/04/28/ethics-conversation-sal-cincotta-just-won-his-own-photography-contest
  • “The answer is simple for me. I am a competitor. Competition pushes me and it pushes the people around me to raise the bar. I have been entering competition for 7+ years… Why would I not enter ShutterFest? I want it to be a major competition and if I don’t believe in it enough to enter – why would others? While I realize everyone may not share this philosophy, again, it’s pretty standard.”
  • “We are all hired to judge the event,” he said. “Each with a different line of work and portrait photographers judge portrait, wedding judge wedding. I judged fashion, engagement and beauty and landscapes. There are four judges to every room. Everything is blind judging, no names, no information. About 97% of our judging was within 3 or 4 points of one another,” Rojas explained. “Judgement was based on only what they saw, nothing else. So being so close in judgment to me, was huge,” he emphasized. “Any of us can challenge a judgment on an image and call for a rejudge of an image. Total throughout the day, we had that happen less than 10 times and we judged about 300 images. So for us to be that close on blind judging was huge.”


Topic 2: Jeff: Surface Laptop

  • 13.5” 2256 x 1504 PixelSense display (beautiful)
  • 14.5 hours battery life
  • Surface Laptop (Core i5)
    • Specs: 128 GB SSD, 4 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 620
    • Color: Platinum
    • Price: $999
    • Specs: 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 620
    • Colors: Burgundy, Platinum, Cobalt Blue, Graphite Gold
    • Price: $1299
  • Surface Laptop (Core i7)
    • Specs: 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
    • Color: Platinum
    • Price: $1599

    • Specs: 512 GB SSD, 16 GB RAM, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
    • Color: Platinum
    • Price: $2199
  • Jeff’s Thoughts
    • No TB3??? Come on!  Actually, where is all the TB3 we were supposed to be getting in 2017 in general!
    • No USBC ports, proprietary Surface Connect for charging
    • Like 2016 MBP, not enough RAM
    • Touch screen but no 360 degree hinge to make it feel more like a tablet?
    • Copying Apple, including the terrible price to performance, paying a premium for style

Midroll: Skillshare

Topic 3:  Scanning the family film collection

Flatbed scanner options, Epson V800

Dedicated film scanner option, Plustek 8200i Ai – includes better software than SE

Dmax rating, what’s that?

Film duplicator, lens attachment

Jim: Why not use a camera?

Jim: Photo Scan app

Jeff: What about outsourcing?  I get this question regularly, any experience sending shoebox of photos off and getting digital images back?



App release is under 30 days

IP Retreat tickets on sale next week

Price $459

Location will make this trip much cheaper

Alumni and IP+ members get $50 off.  Check your networks.

BRENT: New Lens in the inventory. Fuji 100-400. Don’t forget to, I include a solar filter with a one-week rental for the solar eclipse happening Aug 21.

Free meetup. Miami. Wednesday, June 7. 6:00 p.m.  South Pointe Beach to start. Working north towards the great neon lights for blue hour and night shots. A listener, Randy, has helped point me in the right direction.

Workshop. Chicago Botanic Gardens. Friday, August 18. Details are on my website. www.brentbergherm.com/tours
Acquatic Garden, Bonsai, Prairie, English Oak, Roses, English Walled, Greenhouses, Japanese, Butterflies and SO MUCH MORE. Trails, lakes, ponds, islands, waterfalls, rivers.

Doodads of the Week!


  • Jim:
  • Brent: Portable Hard Drive case
  • There is a Plus version priced at 40 British Pounds which was about $50 US
  • Then there is a Pro version priced at 70 British Pounds or about $90 US



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