We all love contests and participating in one is a way to test our photography skills — and perhaps win a prize! But, beware because you may be losing the rights to your pictures just by entering the contest, whether you win a prize or not. This is not because companies want to steal your rights (though some shady ones do), but their lawyers are simply too lazy to word the rules properly. What do you have to look for? The following series of articles by Carolyn E. Wright, photo attorney, shed light on this issue:
How do you light up three separate rooms (Living, Dining and Kitchen) in one shot where there is bright natural light streaming into the Dining Room and an almost fully shadowed area in the hallway behind the fireplace in the Living Room, with overhead incandescent lamps and dark floors? Simple. Rudy Lopez explains his setup and equipment (Nikon D300, Sigma 12-24mm, Two SB-800 Speedlights, Tripod, and small tripod for slave).
Read the tutorial at: Rudy Lopez.
In his article at Black Star Rising, David Saxe gives “My Eight Simple Rules for Digital Image Alteration.”
It’s a great article and well worth a read.
For me, #4 and #5 are the most controversial. I struggle with these. Not to say that photographers who do them are wrong, it’s just me.
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Digital cameras have come a long way, and fast! It seems only yesterday we heard of Kodak’s 1MP digicam that cost as much as a high-end DSLR costs today. We’ve certainly made progress by leaps and bounds.
So, it is not strange when we look ahead and predict the future for digital cameras, as these two authors did:
We would all love for these wishes to come true — and one day they probably will. But how long are we talking about here? Next year? 2 years from now? How about 5 years? Certainly not more than 10?
Well, I don’t know the answer, but consider this:
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From the Q & A of Conference for the Medium Term Management Plan in 2010 (posted June 18), it seems that Nikon considered and then decided not to pursue at this time mirrorless interchangeable lens (“MIL”?) cameras, also dubbed as “new-generation digital cameras.”
Q: What can you tell us about the new-generation digital cameras?
A: Although we considered a variety of so-called mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras for the digital SLR camera market, we discern the appropriate timing for the launch of our new-generation digital cameras based on the direction of the market demand.
Yet on the very next question about what he intends to accomplish, the Imaging Company President answers, “to create differentiated products that are appropriate for Nikon and to live up to the expectations of Nikon enthusiasts around the world.”
Here are the last set of G20 photos. The protesters have probably done less to raise awareness about the deep issues discussed behind closed doors at the G20 than to regale us with photos about senseless violence.
The second picture on the Sacremento Bee is quite telling: the new arsenal for protesters seem to now be the digital SLR camera.