Finally, System Cameras End Reflex Camera’s 70-Year Long Dominance

Finally, System Cameras End Reflex Camera’s 70-Year Long Dominance

Canon and Nikon, world’s biggest, most powerful camera makers, tried to avoid the inevitable since the birth of system cameras. With the recent launch of own lines of compact system cameras they finally gave in to reality: After 70 years of SLR rule, a changing of the guard takes place in the camera market. The […]

The Full-Frame Revolution

The Full-Frame Revolution

Digital photography is not only a boon to camera makers, but also for us who are so lusting after ever new gear. Back in the days when you bought a film camera, the model’s next series could only have minor improvements. That’s the nature of film photography. Autofocusing was about the biggest revolution in decades. […]

The Unspoken Truth About Photography

The Unspoken Truth About Photography

By HANK FAN Consider this list of the most famous photographers in history: Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Steichen, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, William Eggleston. I know I missed quite a few. Talent aside, do you know what they all had in common? They all came from wealthy families. This is a theme […]

After the Apple vs. Samsung Verdict, Let’s Talk Knockoffs in the Photo Industry: Isn’t Everything a Remix?

After the Apple vs. Samsung Verdict, Let’s Talk Knockoffs in the Photo Industry: Isn’t Everything a Remix?

This post gonna be a bit longish, so let’s get on with it. At the recent Alpbach Forum, U.S. technology lobbyist Robert Atkinson did not haver. “The Asian economy is essentially based on the copying and stealing of intellectual property,” Atkinson said according to futurezone.at. “If you’re good at it and, as the Chinese, don’t […]

Fujifilm to Announce 2 New X Series Cameras for Photokina

Fujifilm to Announce 2 New X Series Cameras for Photokina

Not too much to disclose yet, but expect two major Fujifilm announcements for Photokina 2012. Models in question? It’s highly likely that two new X series models will be launched. One low-end, one high-end. It’s not that difficult to guess which one(s). My money’s first on the X100. Stocks run low and we had the […]

Thoughts on Photography, Luxury and Value

Thoughts on Photography, Luxury and Value

By MING THEIN What do cameras, watches and handbags have in common? Easy: for the most part, they’re luxury items. The most basic entry-level models have long past the point of sufficiency; if you can’t get a good image out of a Nikon D3200, then you should be examining your technique, not your camera body. […]

Bad Habits That Don’t Help Your Photography

Bad Habits That Don’t Help Your Photography

So you love photography. How about your gear? Are you pampering your camera more than your partner? One might come to think that the perfect condition of gear can be more important than images. There are other unhelpful photography habits, such as the camera without strap — doomed to drop — or lots of post-processing […]

It’s Like They Just Can’t Make Up Their Mind!

It’s Like They Just Can’t Make Up Their Mind!

There is no true photography. And that’s the beauty of it. Styles change. Remember the Group f/64. With one of the masters of 20th century photography, Edward Weston. Everything should be altogether sharp. Group f/64 was more than a club of artists. It was photography as a socio-political movement. The late 1920s and early 1930s […]

The Once But No Longer Money Cam

The Once But No Longer Money Cam

By JAMES DIGIORGIO There was a time, not too long ago in fact, when my camera was a money machine. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never made Annie Leibovitz money, not even remotely close, but my camera(s) afforded me a pretty decent living. Unfortunately, that was then. As for now? Well, let’s just say I […]

Why I Hate My Camera

Why I Hate My Camera

By STEVE GIRALT Unlike most photographers, I hate my camera. I have read hundreds of stories on the Internet where photographers argue about which cameras are the best and why. There are stories trying to prove Canon is better than Nikon, or that 4×5 film is better than medium format digital. Camera review websites show […]

Bokeh? Where’s the Challenge. Try Without!

Bokeh? Where’s the Challenge. Try Without!

It’s an easy way out to add that certain je ne sais quoi to images: bokeh. What looked flat and lost in an unattractive background suddenly looks nicer. Now here’s the challenge: Do you ever try, intentionally, to avoid bokeh altogether? Look at the world’s most famous photographers. They’re not after nice bokeh. Especially if […]

Sensor Equivalence: Size Does Matter. Or Does It?

Sensor Equivalence: Size Does Matter. Or Does It?

The recent spate of smaller and smaller and more and more powerful cameras has brought forth new talk about sensor sizes. Let’s assume sensor size does matter — or doesn’t it? Or only conditionally? The bigger the better? Greetings from Dr. Freud. The whole crowd will just stand back to make way for you with […]

Film Is Back — If You’re in No Hurry

Film Is Back — If You’re in No Hurry

Just when digital photography makes the life of a photographer easier than ever there is this new trend: film is back. Noisy, grainy, less convenient film. Not only is it more and more difficult and time-consuming to develop a role of film as compared to just uploading digital images. You’re limited to the 36 shots […]

Shoot First. Ask Later.

Shoot First. Ask Later.

There’s this ingenious marketing campaign by ingeniously named IT’SUGAR. The campaign is more than an eye-catcher. It’s a liberation theory. With one core phrase that looks like a variation of a good photographer’s mantra: “Shoot First. Ask later.” IT’SUGAR loudly suggests: Asking for forgiveness instead of permission. A kind of like Nike’s “Just Do It” […]

Move. Go Prime. A Single Lens Guy Is a Happier, Healthier Shooter.

Move. Go Prime. A Single Lens Guy Is a Happier, Healthier Shooter.

Granted, I’m in love with cheap point-and-shoot cameras — confessions right here. They’ve become so powerful, for desktop and Web publishing their output is good enough. On a recent U.S. trip we resisted the temptation of dragging along the big gear and were shooting exclusively with another Fujifilm FinePix F — love those cams. They’re […]

If Henri Cartier-Bresson Were Alive Today, Would He Be Using Digital?

If Henri Cartier-Bresson Were Alive Today, Would He Be Using Digital?

By RONN ALDAMAN Many people say today’s digital imaging sensors deliver quality comparable to film. Two of today’s questions on many a photographer’s mind are: 1) The difference between digital and film photography, and; 2) Would Henri Cartier-Bresson have used a digital camera today? Of course, we will never know. The master died in 2004, […]

Object of Desire: The Psychology Behind Wanting Leica

Object of Desire: The Psychology Behind Wanting Leica

Mortgage the house? Make that trip around the world? Or instead buy a single (!) camera body with a single (!) lens?! To buy a Leica or not… There’s hardly a photographer who has never fought with this question. The issue has been beaten to death. There’s no common ground between the yeasayers and naysayers, […]

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