What Photographers Actually Mean When They Say…

What Photographers Actually Mean When They Say…

For once, let’s not be too serious…: Check this camera’s dynamic range. (Technology will compensate for my inability to get an accurate exposure on my own.) I’m a street photographer. (Tried portraits, landscape, sports, still life, but it’s so much easier to just shoot strangers and stuff.) Honey, where are my umbrellas? (Bounce and shoot-through, […]

The Internet, Killer of Creativity

The Internet, Killer of Creativity

You Internet junkies and gear freaks, imagine how much creative time we waste sitting in front of our computers trying to find out how nearly perfect pixels can be rendered even better. Instead of talking about photography, why not just doing it? Right, new gear gives us better images… How can we make something already […]

Confessions of a Camera Geek — Or Am I Taken for a Ride?

Confessions of a Camera Geek — Or Am I Taken for a Ride?

Must confess, I take above-average care of my gear. Don’t like unnecessary wear and tear. The lens is clean, dust is annoying, even the viewfinder eyepiece is cleaned now and then. The day I sell the camera the buyer gets good hardware. Doesn’t mean that I’m as obsessive in the field. The tools are here […]

Are Camera Geeks Obsessive People?

Are Camera Geeks Obsessive People?

By MARTIN KALAYDJIAN Since I’m one myself, I get the impression that we camera geeks are a lot more obsessive than people who pursue other hobbies. We have raging debates here about “which is better” when the difference may not even be discernable to the naked eye. In fact, this may be the only place […]

The Sky Is Falling — Or Is It?

The Sky Is Falling — Or Is It?

By MARTIN KALAYDJIAN I just took a look at the CIPA shipment numbers for April 2014, and they really are depressing. CIPA reports that new camera shipments continue to fall, losing about a third of their market each year. This isn’t meant to be about doom and gloom. It is only “crying wolf” if the […]

A Hobby for the Very Wealthy

A Hobby for the Very Wealthy

Holy consumerism. Sometimes you wonder how much people of the first world still have to work. In some countries it’s down to a few hours a day while people enjoy lots of spare time for recreational pursuits, such as sports, outdoors, video games, smartphones, travels — and photography. Electricity lets us people of the first […]

The Electronic Lens

The Electronic Lens

By BENGT NYMAN This probably makes you think of a miraculous electronic device mounted in place of the lens on your camera. Maybe some day, but not today. My thought today is to take the lens correction technology offered by DxOMark and others a step further to solve a problem with long focal length lenses. […]

Men and Women in Photography — Still a Man’s World?

Men and Women in Photography — Still a Man’s World?

By LEANNE COLE This is not a discussion about whether men or women are better photographers, I think we have proven time and time again that gender has nothing to do with it. I am more interested in the bigger picture and how the world perceives women photographers and men photographers. They have been saying […]

Photojournalism Code of Ethics

Photojournalism Code of Ethics

Photographs must provide an accurate and comprehensive representation of their subjects. Photographers and editors will not stage photographs or digitally manipulate them in a way that alters their meaning. Photographers must avoid scenes staged by them, the subjects, or another party. Artistic direction is acceptable for portraits as long as the portrait is not presented […]

The Ultimate Camera

The Ultimate Camera

By BENGT NYMAN What is taking so long? The DSLR is big, heavy and slow but takes superb pictures, unfortunately accompanied by a loud, clacking sound. The mirrorless camera is small, light, fast and in some cases totally quiet and vibration-free. However it has difficulties matching the viewing clarity and image quality of the DSLR. […]

What Is a “Pro Camera?”

What Is a “Pro Camera?”

By B. D. COLEN There is practically no Internet photo site on which the term is not thrown around, but oddly enough, I have never seen it defined. Yes, I see various cameras labeled “pro cameras,” either by marketers or by owners who want to be thought of as “pros.” But I have not a […]

For Whom the Bell Tolls — On Ernest Hemingway and Camera Makers’ Future

For Whom the Bell Tolls — On Ernest Hemingway and Camera Makers’ Future

Current sales figures for serious cameras are troubling, to say the least. They nosedive. While we photography enthusiasts are a niche who cares about nice ISO values, good glass, proper processing speeds, form factor and accurate image rendition, most people don’t. Significant inventories of the established camera brands remain unsold, not least because a bloated […]

Photographer’s Etiquette — Crimes Against Photography

Photographer’s Etiquette — Crimes Against Photography

Really. Good manners and etiquette may very well lead to a better photography yield. Here’s the anti-photographer’s code of conduct. Quarter, tar and skin the photographers who: think shooting professional gear already equals conducting themselves in a professional manner, blabber nonstop about technique and gear while others are trying to concentrate on their landscape shot, […]

It’s Still a Canon World

It’s Still a Canon World

Canonites and non-Canonites alike may deplore Canon’s lack of innovation. World’s market leader in cameras and imaging technology churns out serious gear at snail’s pace while the likes of Sony, Fujifilm and Olympus keep on innovating to gain new market share. For Canon, it seems, photography is not so much about innovation. It’s more about […]

The Digital Trap

The Digital Trap

Not a week passes without a camera or lens being announced that seems more desirable than what’s already in our bag. Take the just announced Sony A6000 claiming world’s fastest autofocus. A hybrid phase and contrast detect system takes no more than 0.06 seconds to focus. A few days earlier the Fujifilm X-T1 was announced, […]

Me no Leica… Ubiquitous Cameras: The People’s Panopticon

Me no Leica… Ubiquitous Cameras: The People’s Panopticon

In this digital day and age, not only smartphones and consumer cameras are booming. Surveillance is big business. As cameras become ubiquitous and able to identify people, more safeguards on privacy will be needed. It is getting ever easier to record anything, or everything, that you see. This opens fascinating possibilities — and alarming ones. […]

What’s the Point of 4K Video in a Quality Still Camera?

What’s the Point of 4K Video in a Quality Still Camera?

By RUSSELL You see it on photography forums all the time: “Look at the 13MP Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. It has the ability to record 4K video. Well, 5 minutes at a time. Why doesn’t the (Nikon/Canon/Sony…) professional still camera do this?” Really? The big manufacturers of professional quality digital still cameras should pour […]

The Photographer’s Ten Commandments

The Photographer’s Ten Commandments

Reductio ad absurdum? Learn new things always. Practice, practice, practice, strive for simplicity and thou shalt know the holy trinity of aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Rule of thirds, why should it matter. Break those rules of composition. Your feet — and be it your knees or your stomach! — are your zoom. Do not […]

The iPhone Takes Great Images — Why Full-Frame?

The iPhone Takes Great Images — Why Full-Frame?

Only a year ago digital full-frame was hardly affordable for many photographers. With lower production costs for 35mm equivalent sensors and camera makers jumping on the full-frame bandwagon a large sensor camera can be yours for less than $2k. The Sony A7 and A7R, Canon 6D, Nikon D610 or the nostalgic Df, it’s no rocket […]

A Nikonist Going Canon 5D

A Nikonist Going Canon 5D

By LORENZO MOSCIA We all know that what is really important about taking pictures is not the camera but what you put in the frame. Given that I still think that I like to work with tools I feel comfortable with. For example, I cannot stop thinking about my days in Cuba, Haiti or Brazil […]

Photographic Fiction

Photographic Fiction

By BENGT NYMAN My next camera is going to be a main brand, full-frame, mirrorless, high resolution camera. The choice of brand will be decided by DxO Labs, the presently only trustworthy source for objective evaluation of image quality. The brand decision is going to be based on camera sensor performance as well as performance […]

Boycott on Officially Issued White House Photographs — Obama, President of Soviet-Style Propaganda?

Boycott on Officially Issued White House Photographs — Obama, President of Soviet-Style Propaganda?

Politics and photography don’t mix… I’ll give it nevertheless a try. You might wonder why he got the Nobel Peace Prize, but overall he may still be the better option and lesser of other evils. Problem is, White House photographers enjoy unobstructed access while nearly 40 news organizations accuse the Obama administration of improperly controlling […]

7 Golden Photojournalism Rules by a Reuters Chief Photographer

7 Golden Photojournalism Rules by a Reuters Chief Photographer

What are the key tips to shooting great news photography? This video by award-winning Reuters photographer Damir Sagolj, an experienced Asia hand, shares his seven ideas on how to shoot news photos that engage audiences and tell a great story. Damir Sagolj’s golden rules are: Anticipate Research Reach Out Prioritize Practice Interact Be Invisible Watch […]

Longing for the Perfect Camera — Expectations and Reality

Longing for the Perfect Camera — Expectations and Reality

It’s a new industry in itself: the market for what’s not here yet. The camera industry in particular plays with the hopes, doubts and expectations of photographers. In part because ever new improvements, functions and promises make believe a photographer’s work improves proportionally to the money spent and technical improvements gained. Fact is, chances are […]