Robert Mapplethorpe Revival

Robert Mapplethorpe Revival

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946 – 1989) wasn’t the easiest of characters. The American photographer challenged conventions and feared no controversy. In the mid-1970s, he acquired a Hasselblad (Mr. Mapplethorpe’s camera) and began taking photographs of artists, composers and socialites. Be became known for his sensitive yet blunt, highly stylized black-and-white photography. His work featured celebrity portraits, […]

Dear Apple, an Open Letter on Your Mac Update Fatigue:

Dear Apple, an Open Letter on Your Mac Update Fatigue:

I love your minimalism. No heavy designs, just what’s needed, and you Apple know what people need. Your creation of demands — iPod, iPhone, iPad — is unmatched in the consumer world. Yet there are two minimalisms you provide, and the latter one is disturbing. Love your clean, minimalist designs and UI without frills. But […]

Nikon DL18-50 — That Little Camera to Always Be With You

Nikon DL18-50 — That Little Camera to Always Be With You

In case you’ve missed it, Nikon introduced a gem of a premium compact camera, the DL18-50 F1.8-2.8 with a fast wide zoom, ideal for reporting, street work, family snaps, travel, you name it. Nikon lauds the camera’s lens as the fastest ultra wide Nikkor lens ever. The mirrorless series’ DL name stands for, well, Digital […]

Nikon D810 42% Off!

Nikon D810 42% Off!

Better hurry, such deals don’t last long — from premium eBay seller with 99.9% top rating: Brand new Nikon D810 List price: $3,299 Special price: $1,899 Details and order here.

Who Needs Pentax

Who Needs Pentax

Pentax is a lone wolf out there, the plucky underdog. Swallowed by Ricoh in 2011, Pentax kept on churning out slowly what they always did best: solid, resilient gear, not top of the line, but innovative in its own right, practical, sturdy, and with its K mount compatible with a huge array of lenses — […]

Phoenix Hasselblad?

Phoenix Hasselblad?

Not too long ago it was difficult to not make fun of Hasselblad. Lunar, Stellar, you know. Now there is hope the venerable camera maker, under new leadership, might rise like a phoenix from the ashes — BTW, did you know there are 12 Hasselblad cameras left on the surface of the moon? The lunar […]

The Secret Behind Anton Corbjin’s Signature Look

The Secret Behind Anton Corbjin’s Signature Look

You may have missed it, but Anton Corbjin bowed out of professional photography. Might be because photography as a slow, analog form of art is dead. Over 200,000 photos are uploaded to Facebook per minute — that’s six billion each month — , and there are over 16 billion photos on Instagram. Thanks to digital […]

Premium Nik Collection Photo Editing Plugins Now Free

Premium Nik Collection Photo Editing Plugins Now Free

Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine — do those ring a bell? They’re the Nik Collection, and now Google is making these seven desktop plugins available to everyone, for free. Silver Efex Pro is certainly among the class-leading editing applications to master the art […]

Aggregated Images — Mixing Photography and Deep Data

Aggregated Images — Mixing Photography and Deep Data

In a new book, data-viz guru Nicholas Felton highlights a wave of photographers mixing deep data into their art. The infographic designer is the ohor of Personal Annual Reports that weave measurements into a tapestry of graphs, maps and statistics to reflect the year’s activities. Now the creator of the Reporter app and Facebook’s Timeline […]

How to Get Your Photos Into Art Galleries

How to Get Your Photos Into Art Galleries

Another goodie by DigitalRev’s Bokeh blog on how to get your photos into art galleries. Not that art isn’t subject to commercialism. Galleries have to pay bills and sell the art exhibited, which might hold some photographers off some compromises necessary to get accepted by art houses. Uniqueness, difference and inspiration are key to get […]

Don’t Think 360° Video Is Just a Trend

Don’t Think 360° Video Is Just a Trend

Following up on the last post on virtual reality, 360° videography is its sibling. If you’re about to make a decision about where to take your photography, I’d give 360° videography a very close look. Yes, in many aspects it’s a still experimental field, yet sure if you’re doing it with the right equipment and […]

Leica Goes Mobile

Leica Goes Mobile

Hipsters beware, you’ll soon be able to call a Leica smartphone your own. Or at least a Huawei smartphone fitted with Leica camera and optical technology. Or a Huawei phone with a red dot. The two are teaming up. It also didn’t escape Leica that smartphone sales eat into the boutique luxury segment the venerable […]

Meet the Camera With No Lens

Meet the Camera With No Lens

Nothing short of potentially heralding a new age of camera design? As we all know there is no camera without a lens, a physical necessity carved in stone since the invention of photography. Lenses today are near perfect, we think, and we’re willing to spend top dollars on them. Now a team of U.S. engineers […]

Olympus PEN F — World’s Probably Most Beautiful Digital Camera

Olympus PEN F — World’s Probably Most Beautiful Digital Camera

There’s always a better time to buy a digital camera. Something better, faster, technically more advanced is always around the corner. Not so this time. Chapeau Olympus to the Olympus PEN F. What an iconic piece of beautifully crafted and designed precision engineering. A tribute to the original PEN F produced between 1963 to 1966, […]

The Photography of Health

The Photography of Health

Well, did a routine medical the other day. The whole program. One value was a bit elevated and required follow-up tests. In the course of more exact health screening at the hospital I came across two familiar names: Canon and Olympus. And you can also find Nikon Instruments‘ microscopes, super-resolution systems and other medical equipment […]

Just Announced: High ISO Monster Sony α7SII

Just Announced: High ISO Monster Sony α7SII

The camera that sees at night. 12.2MP on a full-frame sensor with a maximum ISO sensitivity of up to 409,600… Flabbergasted, to say the least. Add the 5-axis in-body stabilization, 4K internal video recording and the solid lineup of new and legacy glass that excels on the α7 series… The Sony Alpha α7SII is available […]

Why Color When We Have Black and White

Why Color When We Have Black and White

The recent National Geographic Travel Contest, edition 2015, made me think. How come that the first prize of such a certainly prestigious contest goes to a black-and-white photograph, a photograph of divers swimming near a humpback whale off the western coast of Mexico. What a capture. The winner a black-and-white image; this in the days […]

Sign of Life

Sign of Life

Dear all, apologies for not having written and posted anything for so long. Appreciate your the emails received, rest assured all is fine over here, it’s just there are times in one’s life when one has to set priorities that are not always compatible with everyday life. And then there is the family. What’s more […]

Tilafushi — The Other Maldives

Tilafushi — The Other Maldives

It was one of those moments I wished for an even wider lens. 28mm were just too narrow. Trying to capture the scope of environmental disaster in the pristine Maldives would even ask for panorama format. Alas, the 28mm had to do to document the poisoning of the Maldives’ unique coral world. I’m talking about […]

Changing Lenses in the Field? Only at Gunpoint

Changing Lenses in the Field? Only at Gunpoint

One of the great achievements of the first truly digital camera system, Four Thirds, was the invention back in 2003 of the supersonic wave filter, the first dust reduction system ever that cleaned the sensor at each camera startup. Right, it came with the honorable Olympus E-1. Today that’s standard equipment — not entirely foolproof, […]

Vienna Ball and the Nikkor 50mm F1.8G SE

Vienna Ball and the Nikkor 50mm F1.8G SE

Another outing with the Nikkor 50mm F1.8G special edition (the one with the silver ring), this time the Vienna Ball Bangkok. It’s a solid no-nonsense performer with buttery smooth bokeh and reasonably fast autofocus. Very light with just 190 grams, it doesn’t feel like a cheap build at all. Knurling used in manual-focus lenses is […]

What We Lose When Technology Does All the Photographing for Us

What We Lose When Technology Does All the Photographing for Us

Try finding a place today without GPS — gosh, has technology made life easier. The world is so much less complicated to navigate but, arguably, harder to know. Just the other day I’ve decided to walk to a place in Bangkok I’ve been driving to countless times before. By walking there I was able for […]

A BIF Hole in the Market

A BIF Hole in the Market

By BENGT NYMAN Bird photography is one of the most challenging and rewarding kinds of photography. Free range, hand-held, birds-in-flight photography requires long reach, high resolution, fast and accurate autofocus and effective vibration reduction. Today this equals big and heavy equipment, similar to that used for professional sports photography. However, as opposed to sports, BIF […]