Everything you need to know about buying a camera
Vlad Savov has really done a great job of laying out the pieces of this puzzle you need to think about and in what order.
Ultimately, the number one lesson in photography is that there are always tradeoffs. If you want the best possible image quality, you’ll need specialized and bulky equipment. Should portability be your highest priority, you’ll simply have to accept that some photos and creative ideas will be beyond your reach.
In other words, there is no one camera that’s perfect. This is why I use three: iPhone 4S, Canon S100 (and S95) and Canon 5D (at some point upgraded to the next Canon 5X). Each has its place.
B&H Photo has a free iPhone app that’s quite good and if nothing else allows you to check out your wish list(s) while browsing around the store, instead of printing them out as I usually do.
Tip: consider making wish lists of things you buy often, like ink and paper for for your printer. That way you’re not searching all the time for things. I have four wishlists:
Stuff I want (camera gear)
Stuff I have (camera gear
Ink and Paper
Other stuff (other electronics)
I now have access to these lists on my iPhone. Useful and no doubt useful for B&H too.
B&H Photo app in iTunes
Know Your Rights: Photographers
The American Civil Liberties Union overview of your rights as a photographer in the United States.
That famous space shuttle photo: When is sharing stealing?
Stefanie Gordon took a picture of the Space Shuttle taking off from a commercial airliner. No doubt some of you have seen the image. She tweeted it to friends with Twitter when she landed and didn’t think much more about it.
By the time she was out of the airport she was getting congratulatory messages about the image from people she’d never met. The image went viral in a matter of minutes and has been viewed over a million times.
The linked to piece above discusses the legal technicalities of taking pictures, sharing them and having them lifted by third parties you don’t know who see them on the web. Fascinating stuff and well thought out. Bottom line:
The mere act of taking a photograph means the photographer holds the copyright for that picture. Sharing it on a social media site does nothing to limit or reduce that fundamental right.
[via Coudal Partners]
Self-Publisher Comes to SoHo
Blurb, a popular self-publishing company based in San Francisco, has tried to assuage that fear by planting a pop-up store, its first, in the middle of SoHo in New York. It will be there until the end of the month, complete with displays of finished books created by real customers.
5Dmk2/7D lens comparison test from Mike Collins on Vimeo.
This is a short test with the tripod in the same spot switching between prime lenses to show how the crop affects the 7D. The subject, ace stand in Chris Clement, was roughly five feet from the camera. This isn’t meant to be an aesthetic test to show the difference in image quality between the two cameras. It’s a down and dirty field guide for myself and the other shooters we work with so we can quickly figure what lens we want to use on each camera.
We go from 20mm all the way to 100mm with a Lensbaby composer thrown in at the very end.
This is quite useful and for all who fog over when they hear someone attempt to explain what a smaller sensor does to the image a lens projects onto the back of the camera, this excellent video should help.
Boxes of old photographs – and a simple solution
Watch the video (flash) at the bottom of the article.
ScanMyPhotos is a photo scanning service that will scan as many photographs that will fit into large USPS flat rate box for $149. And, they do it fast with 24 hour turnaround.
They also do slide scanning with prepaid USPS boxes for a flat rate: Prepaid Slide Scanning Box.
[via Lens Culture]
Harry Ransom Center unveils the Magnum Archive
Vish Vishvanath has written a wonderful appreciation to this most important archive of historic Magnum photographs that was bought by Michael Dell and loaned to the University of Texas at Austin and are now open to the pubic.
The Impossible Project
Nice documentary on The Impossible Project which is the new, reinvented Polaroid.
[via Daring Fireball]
Unofficial Flickr App Approved for the iPad
No doubt flickr will have an “official” app but this one looks fine and may be better than whatever flickr produces.
ND Filters, Top to Bottom
Aaron Bieber explains neutral density filters: what they are, how they work, and why one might want to use them. Clear and excellent.
Vowl is a free Macintosh application from stevenf (Panic) that given a tag or list of tags will display a random flickr slideshow in a window on your computer. Simple, clean, well designed and fun.
If you click on an image you go directly to that image on flickr.
If this becomes popular it will hopefully push people on flickr to use tags more effectively. Most flickr users have little idea of the power of tags, both within the flickr universe and with apps like Vowl, outside it.
The Zone System
Developed by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer in 1941, the zone system is a systematic way work with exposure and processing to get the right gradient of tones from white to black.
Most of us are just trying to get a handle on the different light meters in our DSLRs, let alone using them more proactively to create a range of tones but in face, getting a handle on the light meter is exactly what Ansel Adams was thinking about when he came up with this.
Maybe the best way to think about this is in its historical context and when Adams and Archer were working on this there were no film or digital cameras that had a mode dial with “automatic” on it.
Depth of field iPhone apps
Useful iPhone apps for calculating depth of field for a given focal length and aperture.
[via Edward McKeown]
Flickr Officially Comes to the iPhone
I think it’s fascinating that the camera in the iPhone is the most popular (used) camera on flickr. I do think it would be fun to use this app for taking pictures on hikes and uploading them on the hike. Might have to try that.
Flickr app at iTunes Store (free)
[via Jon Moss]
Roger Cicala of Lensrentals.com has posted an excellent article on
Controlling Depth of Field.
All photographers, beginning to advanced should read this. Roger is a clear thinker, good explainer and a terrific writer.
[via Leandro Karunungan]
Photography Tips From National Geographic Experts
Actually, aside from a stupid multi-page web presentation, the tips are quite useful. Basic but good, basic information here.
[via Leandro Karunungan]
Adorama, Blurb & Lulu – Book Printing Review
A well written review by Raoul Gatepin including video of three web based photo book services. His conclusion is they all have enough weaknesses so that none is the overall winner.
[via Lens Culture]
jeff.stiefer has posted a useful comparison of what the Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens will do at different apertures.