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National Geographic Interviews Jeff Hogan on the Ethics of Wildlife Photography

Sun January 19, 2014

Is feeding killer whales to lure them closer to your boat so you can film them ethical? A U.S. marine biologist did just that and was fined $12,500.

Is it OK to pass off a tame wolf as a wild one to win a Natural History Museum Photographer of the Year award? How about staging a photo about ivory poaching using tusks borrowed from wildlife authorities? Or, suggesting that a polar bear den in a zoo was actually in the wild?

Is it always wrong to feed or handle an animal to benefit a film or photo? Is moving an animal over a foot or two, for a prettier backdrop, a big deal?

Some of the most famous wildlife moments caught on film are probably baited or staged. Throw in digital manipulation and you wonder whether the masterpiece you are watching is in fact real.

National Geographic has an interesting interview with professional photographer Jeff Hogan on the ethics of wildlife photography and film-making. Jeff has been shooting wildlife for over 30 years.

Read the interview at: National Geographic.

Interviews, Videos

Interview with Hiroshi Kawahara, Fujifilm Operations Manager

Tue December 17, 2013

This is a very interesting interview by about the direction of the Fujifilm X-System mirrorless cameras. Though I don’t read Thai, I can guess at the questions from the answers given by Mr. Kawahara.

The gist of the interview:

  • Compact camera market is going down but mirrorless camera market is on an upswing.
  • Fujifilm listens closely to its customers as it improves its cameras, often by a firmware upgrade.
  • Three categories of X-Series: Pro with the X-Pro1 (and X-E1 and X-E2); Mid range (enthusiasts?) with the X-E1, X-E2 (and X-M1); and Entry-level with the X-M1 and X-A1.
  • A new category to expand user base.
  • Signal Processor accounts for the success of the image quality of the X-A1.
  • X-E2 has more than 60 improvements over the X-E1. Faster AF is thanks to both the new signal processor algorithm and hybrid sensor with Phase Detection pixels.
  • No planned successor for the X-Pro1 except thru firmware upgrades.
  • 16MP resolution is enough (I love how he emphasizes this), however customers demand more, so expect a higher resolution sensor (and hence an X-Pro2?).
  • Twelve lenses are enough, but again customers demand more, so more will come. [Editor’s note: I quite agree that there are “enough” quality lenses for the X-Series. Where Fujifilm can improve is providing lenses for specialized photography: the fast super long zooms that will take the X-Pro1 a step further into the realm of professional sports photography; the 1x macro/micro lenses for super closeup photography; the accessories to use the X-series cameras for astrophotography. These are the photos that wow and will establish the Fujifilm brand.]
  • It may be difficult (optically impossible?) to have a small XC lens with a large aperture value.
  • X-DNA Design focuses primarily on the operability of the camera.
  • Concerning a full-frame X-Series camera, the problem is that the current XF lenses will not work and so new full-frame lenses will have to be developed. This will come at the detriment of current APS-C X-Series camera users. So, unless customers can make a convincing argument why X-Series should go to full-frame, there are no plans to do so “just now.”
  • Fujifilm likes the X100s camera size and is reluctant to increase it. Going full-frame will require a larger camera body.

Read the article at:

Interviews, Videos

Interview with Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York

Tue December 17, 2013

When Brandon Stanton was laid off from his job as a Chicago bond trader in 2010, he decided to turn to photography full time and get working on an idea to take 10,000 portraits of people around New York City and plot them on a map like a census of the metropolitan area.

TIME interviews him for their 30 Under 30 World Changers.

Read the whole article at:


Interview of Toshiyuki Terada, Olympus, @ Focus Numérique

Wed October 2, 2013

Focus Numérique has published an interesting interview with Toshiyuki Terada, who is responsible for the development of Olympus DSLRs and mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Cameras, about the latest OM-D E-M1. It’s in French but a Google translation makes a good read.

Main highlights:

  • It took up to 3 years to develop the TruePic VII engine, relying on an image sensor that had not yet been produced and that existed only as technical specifications on paper.
  • Olympus will stay for now with its hybrid AF: Contrast AF for micro 4/3 lenses and Phase Detect AF for 4/3 lenses. It believes it can further refine Contrast AF so as to increase its performance.
  • It has no plans to build its own image sensor, like Fujifilm did with the X-Trans sensor, but will adopt whichever it believes is the best.
  • It removed the low-pass AA filter because its Fine Detail II Processing engine is now powerful enough to remove moiré in software. You may therefore see moiré in your RAW files.
  • Olympus cannot use an electronic shutter for now because the image sensor cannot handle it.
  • No flash on the E-M1 because it believes that pros prefer to use natural light. But it is interested in the twin led flash of the Apple iPhone 5S.
  • There is only one card slot because they lacked space for a second one.
  • Olympus will concentrate on making the best still camera for now, leaving the video aspect to Panasonic.
  • Sweep panorama? Who wants it?

Read the whole interview at: Focus Numérique [Google translation]


Interview With Kayce M. Baker, Director of Marketing for Fujifilm North America Corporation

Tue October 1, 2013

Like many of you, we welcomed the Fujifilm X-PRO1 and X-E1. Their return to a more intuitive design and the use of the X-Trans sensor set them apart from all other cameras. We even liked the X-M1 though it went back to using a more contemporary Mode Dial. But the introduction of the X-A1 (which does not use the exceptional X-Trans sensor used in the other 3 cameras) had us wondering just where Fujifilm was taking their X-Series cameras.

Puzzled, and a bit concerned that the X-Series brand was perhaps being diluted, we reached out to Fujifilm to hear their side of the story. Turns out, we needn’t have worried: Fujifilm stands firmly commited to the highest standard of image quality in their X-Series cameras irrespective of what image sensor is used and, if the reviews of the X-A1 that are beginning to trickle in are any indication, the X-A1 should be able to proudly wear the X-Series badge.

Here are the interview questions we asked Kayce M. Baker, Director of Marketing for Fujifilm North America Corporation, and his answers.

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Interview with Dr. Andreas Kaufman, owner of Leica @ Focus Numérique

Thu July 11, 2013

The French photography blog Focus Numérique has an interesting interview with Dr. Andreas Kaufman, owner of Leica.


  • Asians see colors slightly differently than Europeans [say what!?!!] and so some sensors are not calibrated the same way in Europe as in Asia.
  • Leica M has a waiting list of one year. Still waiting for his own. Prefers to travel light with the X2.
  • Opened a new factory in Portugal in March 2013 and the new plant in Germany will be completed by the end of the year.
  • Research: perhaps add archiving info on each picture, aside from date [Metadata?]
  • Still mulling over the addition of video.
  • We have a lot of very interesting products in the pipeline.
  • Leica will not make a DSLR. Not only is it a money-losing proposition but “today we have mirrorless technology that can do everything a DSLR can do.
  • “Mini M” was a marketing fiasco. The X Vario is an X-series not an M-series.
  • High praise for the Sony RX1: “We believe that Sony has really made a technological leap with the RX1.
  • No full-format X-series since Leica would have to manufacture its own sensor (as it did for the M), whereas APS-C sensors are readily available.
  • The turnaround of digital cameras is too fast in Japan and, as a result, they cannot make a reasonable profit.
  • High praise for Fujifilm “because they had the good idea to copy us.
  • A put down toward Asian manufacturing: “most devices are built in Vietnam and the Philippines and the final quality is not excellent.

Anyway, if your French is good, read the article at: Focus Numérique. [Or, read the Google translation.]


Is the Canon EOS M a “Woman’s Camera”?

Fri August 17, 2012
Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M

An interview at DC Watch with those responsible for the product design of Canon’s compact mirrorless camera, the EOS M, seems to be saying that Canon is mainly targeting women in the 20 to 30 years old demographic as the primary buyers and users of the camera. A slide also seems to indicate that the EOS M is viewed as an entry point to users later upgrading to an EOS traditional mirrored DSLRs. Seems to me a strange way of positioning the EOS M, but time will tell how successful that positioning is.

Read the Google-translated article at : DC Watch.


Canon Hopes Its Video Success Will Rub Off on The EOS M

Fri July 27, 2012

In this video from, Ben Thomas of Canon gives us an insight on how Canon is viewing its mirrorless entry with the EOS M. It especially hopes that the video success it experienced with its HDSLR models will rub off on the EOS M.


Greg Gorman’s Highly Acclaimed Art of Photography is Perfectly Produced By Epson

Thu June 21, 2012
©Greg Gorman: "Tony BentOver"

©Greg Gorman: “Tony BentOver”

For over four decades, highly acclaimed photographer Greg Gorman has continued to master the art of photography. From personality portraits and advertising campaigns to magazine layouts and fine art work, Greg has developed and showcased a discriminating and unique style in his profession.

I met Greg Gorman after his 2.5 hour keynote address at the Profusion 2012 Pro Imaging Expo in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In his address, Greg discussed his Portraiture, Celebrity and Nude photography as well as his ever-growing bibliography of photography books.

©Greg Gorman: "Grace Jones"

©Greg Gorman: “Grace Jones”

Greg’s work documents that peculiar obsession of the 20th century –  celebrity. The roster of celebrities he has captured reads like a Who’s Who of Hollywood and the recording industry. He has lectured and conducted seminars and workshops throughout the world.

Timeless. His photography is timeless and not confined to has-beens, hot properties, and wannabes. Each shot gives a picture of human nature in its infinite range. Each picture is also a testament to the individual character.

“For me a photograph is most successful when it doesn’t answer all the questions, and it leaves something to be desired.”

©Greg Gorman: "David Bowie"

©Greg Gorman: “David Bowie”

Born in 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri, Greg attended the University of Kansas from 1967-69 with a major in photojournalism. He completed his studies at the University of Southern California in 1972, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in cinematography.

At the Epson booth in the Profusion 2012 Pro Imaging Expo on Tuesday, June 19, I had the pleasure of talking with acclaimed photographer Greg Gorman.

Here is my interview with Greg Gorman:

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Interview with Apple’s Jonathan Ive @ London Evening Standard

Thu March 15, 2012

London Evening Standard interviews Sir [he’s been knighted] Jonathan Ive [“Jony”], Apple’s Senior Designer of many of the successful iconic products. He talks about the design-prototype-make process as being integral, about being inquisitive, the need to make products that are “better” rather than “different” or “new”, the challenge of creating a need from opportunities, a fanatical attention to detail, why Apple does not do focus groups, spending months solving a tiny problem, how success means the user is not aware of the product anymore, and how users can “sense” the care and work that have gone into the design of Apple products.

Read the Interview with Sir Jonathan Ive @ London Evening Standard.

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Interview with Steve McCurry @ Focus Numérique

Wed March 14, 2012

Focus Numérique has an interesting interview with Steve Curry. It’s in French but you can read the Google English translation. Curry speaks of using natural light to bring out the dramatic in his photos, on how digital is “better” than film, working with the Nikon D3x and Hasselblad, the iconic young Afghan picture, on working alone in the field and on the need to keep an emotional distance from your subjects.

Read the: Interview with Steve McCurry @ Focus Numérique | Google English translation.


Interview With Toshiyuki Terada About the Olympus OM-D E-M5 @ Focus Numérique

Fri February 17, 2012
Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Toshiyuki Terada is the person at Olympus responsible for the development of DSLRs and mirrorless DSLRs. Renaud Labracherie of Focus Numérique interviews him and discusses mostly missing/future specs: electronic shutter, multitouch gestures, a larger (OM-1 SLR style) EVF, GPS and Wi-Fi capabilities, focus peaking, separate external microphone jack, and built-in flash, among others.

What is interesting (and a tad disappointing) is how Terada seems to have a ready answer for every “missing” specification as he keeps differentiating the E-M5 from “professional” cameras.

Read a Google translation at: Focus Numérique.

Lisez l’article chez: Focus Numérique.

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