CNET Senior Editor Dan Ackerman did a little experiment at E3, ditching his Netbook for an iPad. The purpose was to see how well the iPad fares as his writing, reporting, blogging, photo uploading device.
The attraction is definitely there and I understand fully why Ackerman did this experiment. I wouldn’t. A few minutes typing on the iPad at the Apple Store quickly answered that question for me. It’s a PITA just correctly typing out a URL, never mind an entire article. But I admire his courage. [Wonder if he cheated some nights and switched to his Netbook, which he did bring with him also?]
Read his story at: CNET.
In response to concerns that its contest rules simply appropriate entrants’ photos, Adorama has changed its rules so photographers retain the rights to their submitted pictures while granting Adorama the rights to use them in a non-exclusive [though regretably still “rrevocable, perpetual”] license.
We still believe there should be a maximum of one year beyond which the pictures cannot be used without remuneration. Just our opinion.
Read the article at: Photo Attorney.
Scott Kelby has a great article on “HDR” — you know the over-the-top-kind — and whether to HDR your image or not. I like that part of his article:
If someone shows me a great HDR image, I’m like “Wow!” If they show me a few more, I’m like, “Those are good.” If they show me a book of them, after about the eighth page, I’m dying to see a regular un-HDR’d image. The novelty can wear off fast on me.
But read the surprising conclusion at: Photoshop Insider.
It’s always been a mystery to me why some museums do not allow photography. I’ve heard various reasons through the years visiting museums and art galleries. The two main reasons given are:
I understand and fully agree on the first reason. I am stymied on the second (unless you are of the same mindset as the sculptor who sues photographers). The act of taking a photo of a painting is one thing. Using this photo to do some illegal copyright activity is another thing.
Anyway, interesting article over at BlackStar Rising on this subject by David Saxe.
Read the article at: BlackStar Rising.
12. Just because the camera has ISO 6400 does not mean that you’ll be able to take low light pictures without flash.
11. When the features read ‘Digital’ and ‘Electronic’, er, it’s usually bad.
10. A Superzoom will not necessarily allow you to capture great sports pictures. You’ll also need to be able to use a fast shutter speed and/or fast Continuous Shooting.
9. Scene Modes do not always allow you to capture those shots.
8. AF Tracking on compact digicams tracks subject in [very slow] movement.
7. There may not be shutter lag but is there Autofocus lag [time camera takes to lock focus] or shot-to-shot lag [time between shots]?
6. The Live View on a DSLR sucks, period.
5. Not all “DSLRs” today have a mirror. [I expect lots of disagreements on this one.]
4. There’s really not much difference between the top DSLRs.
3. The manufacturer does not [necessarily] make the cameras it sells.
2. “I’m pushing this camera because I get more commissions” or “Because that’s what the boss says.”
1. You’d get a better deal online [from reputable sellers].
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Derrick Story has an interesting article about using the iPad in the field. While other photographers have tried and declared the iPad as not yet field ready, Derrick Story shares his workflow, which includes shooting in RAW+JPEG and saving both to the iPad (a 64GB version is needed here).
The reason he uses an iPad is to travel light and to be able to show images immediately on the iPad. “Then when you’re back in the office, offload the Raws to your computer, and leave the Jpegs you want on the iPad.”
OK, getting back on track, here is Camera + for the iPhone, probably the one app for the iPhone you’ll ever need.
It’s done quite cleverly: it displays the picture of a DSLR (viewed from the back) on the iPhone screen to make it look like you’re looking at the LCD display at the back of a DSLR to select functions, then it zooms thru the viewfinder of the DSLR so you feel you’re looking thru one to take your pictures. Well done, Lisa [Bettany]!
You’d forgive Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, when he launches into hyperbole, which he did yesterday when he introduced the [already leaked] beautiful and standards-setting iPhone 4.
“This is beyond the doubt the most precise thing and one of the most beautiful we’ve ever made,” he said. “Glass on the front and back, and steel around the sides. It’s like a beautiful old Leica camera.” Grzzzzz. Rewind. Replay. “It’s like a beautiful old Leica camera.”
Does he mean that the new Leica cameras are not beautiful. No, no, he is just laying claim to the legendary Leica badge for the iPhone 4.