To HDR or Not To HDR?

Mon June 14, 2010

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.


Why Don’t Museums Allow Photography

Mon June 14, 2010

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:

  1. Over time, the light of the flash will damage the paintings and drawings
  2. Copyright issues

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.

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Keith Richards by Annie Leibovitz

Sun June 13, 2010

[ via Strobist ]


12 Things Your Camera Salesman Won’t Tell You

Fri June 11, 2010

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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Raw+Jpeg Workflow on an iPad

Fri June 11, 2010

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.”

Read the full article at: The Digital Story.

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Camera + app for the iPhone

Tue June 8, 2010

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]!


The Leica, er, Apple iPhone 4

Tue June 8, 2010

Apple iPhone 4

Apple iPhone 4

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.

[ via Steve’s Digicams ]

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Bad Photo Contests

Sun June 6, 2010

Many of us love to send our best pictures to Photo Contests. Sometimes the prizes are worth it, at other times, we just thrill to get credit. But beware, not all photo contests are good for you — or your pictures.

Most photo contests have submission rules. You should always read them carefully. Most of them are written so that contestants are judged fairly — and cannot sue the judges and participating sponsors. There are also rules on the use of the winning entries by the sponsors. Once you submit your pictures, you are granting the sponsors the rights to display these pictures to promote the contest. Usually, the winning entries can be used by the sponsors for the sole purpose of promoting the contest for a period of a year. The winners also agree that they cannot enter the winning entries into other photo competition during that time. After the year is over, the winners are free to use the winning entries as they see fit. At all times, photographers retain the ownership rights to their entries.

Then, there are the lazy [unethical?] sponsors who simply claim the rights to use your entries for anything they want — for perpetuity.

These are the bad photo contests you want to avoid. Unless you want to outright sell them your photos for the price of the prize, which is what it really amounts to. Still, some rules state that your entries (whether they’ve won a prize or not) now belong to the sponsors.

We admit we’ve been lax on this issue when featuring photo contests on this site, but we’re going to pay more attention and avoid those that are unethical.

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How to nail your Panoramic shots

Fri June 4, 2010

Nasim Mansurov has written what I believe to be probably the best tutorial on how to take panoramas using your P&S or DSLR. It’s concise, choke full of useful practical info and the example photos speak for themselves. There are no hyperbole, no lists, no Flickr pictures [a sure sign that the author is more “teacher” than “doer”], just sharing of his experience backed up by wonderful panorama photos.

Read the tutorial at: The Masurovs.


Photo Mechanic: there’s no app for that!

Thu June 3, 2010

Camera Bits, the company behind Photo Mechanic [QuickPrice Check] has written a letter of apology to its customers saying there will not be an app for the iPad. Reasons? Restrictions Apple has placed on third party apps to directly access photos. “At this point it is darn near impossible for us to provide what we would consider a useful app, something besides a gimmick or curiosity.

Read the letter at: Rob Galbraith.

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Teaching Photography in Jail

Wed June 2, 2010

[ via @_stephane_c ]


Google Chrome OS to rival MS Windows

Wed June 2, 2010

Is Microsoft’s dominance about to end? Google is releasing its Chrome Operating System to rival Microsoft’s Windows OS in the autumn. Price: FREE.

This is incredible and has a sickening sweetness to it. After all, it was Microsoft who continually bundled more and more free stuff into its OS and drove many companies who sold these “apps” out of business. Looks like the table is about to be turned.

It took Google less time to come up with a successful browser than it took Microsoft to build IE and get it “right.” And here is Google who is now offering a rival OS totally free. If you still think that Google is about search, think again. It has shown that it wants to own and rule it all. Microsoft, take note. Apple, take note. Nokia, take note. RIM, take note. Is there an area that Google will not stick its fingers in? The future, as Google sees it, is Chrome.

[ via PhysOrg ]

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