The PayPal Pre-Order Bruhaha – Setting the Record Straight

On September 23, 2014, photography blog site The Phoblographer posted a story with the headline “PSA: Don’t Pre-Order Anything at B&H Photo with PayPal (for the moment)”. The story goes on to explain that a Reddit user was charged immediately when s/he wanted to pre-order a Canon 7D MkII and that “…due to Paypal’s terms of service that states that they charge when the transaction happens.” the customer had no choice. The posting concluded by saying, “But this is also a unique quirk of ordering from B&H Photo. In contrast, Adorama will not charge customers immediately when ordering with Paypal.” Question: How can Adorama have a different process from B&H if it is a PayPal policy? We’ll come back to that. In fact, it is not unique to B&H. Continue reading

Social Media is Bad for Photography

One of the worst things to happen to photography is the Internet and in particular social media.

As photographers, we need to be able to self-curate. It’s hard to do. Very hard. We get attached to the pictures we take and sometimes it’s difficult to let go because we have a connection to the image or with the circumstances in which it was taken. But we must do it.  Continue reading

Fuji X-T1, My Thoughts

There are several articles and videos on the interwebs about the Fuji X-T1, Fuji’s new flagship in its wonderful X-Trans sensor line of cameras. This isn’t going to be a hardcore, pixel-peeping, measurbating, test-bench jockey review like some of the others. I will go through some of the performance aspects of the camera but I’m also going to discuss some of the user-related aspects. I’m more concerned with how the camera operates in actual shooting conditions. At 16 megapixels, the pixel pitch, or size, is the same as on the full-frame Nikon D800.
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On Writing, A(nother) Personal Essay

A couple days ago, I posted a personal essay about the state and future of the book/publishing industry. A friend pointed me to this essay on another blog about the work of writing and the value of being rejected.

I’m a proponent of the ability to self-publish. To an extent. I plan to put out a couple short, tutorial-type e-books later this year or early next via the self-publishing portals at Amazon and Indigo. These will be relatively short, highly focused e-books that wouldn’t otherwise be able to be published via traditional methods. And largely, that’s what I think self-publishing is best for.

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The Book Industry – A Personal Essay

With, I think, one exception – a short note in support of Pat Burns being elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame before he died (he did get in, but posthumously unfortunately) – all of the articles on this site have been photography-related. While I do freelance writing work and have one book to my credit, I’ve never considered myself to be ‘a writer’ and certainly not ‘an author’. I wrote an inscription in a signed copy of my first book to a friend who is an exceptional writer and who has encouraged me over the years to write: ‘The word writer will never be more than a marketing term for me, but I thank you for the illusion.’ As my second book is set to come out in a few months (December 2014) – and hopefully more to come – I’m beginning to cotton on to the idea that I may have to start considering myself a ‘writer’ and maybe even an ‘author’. Perhaps ersatz writer/author. Whatever descriptor is used, I do have a bit of a vested interest in the future of the book/publishing industry.

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4 Top Camera Control Apps for Android

The world of mobile photography has moved far beyond simply taking pictures with a smartphone.  Today, there are apps for editing of RAW images and numerous apps for controlling a DSLR camera remotely.  Today we’re going to look at four of the top camera control apps for Android.  I cover each of these in much more detail in my upcoming book on mobile photography. Hover your cursor over the slide to pause. Use the arrows to move forward and backward at your own pace. Continue reading

PowerTrip by PowerStick

In my ongoing research for the new book project, I began looking for portable power options that could help in situations where phone or tablet batteries are running low and you’re not close to a wall outlet. There are a few such options out there. Mophie makes a line of portable travel chargers as does Veho. A little more digging and I found a Canadian company called Ecosol with a unique product. Being Canadian, the idea of a product from a Canadian company is, of course, appealing. What sets this one apart though is that it also can be configured with storage and has a unique charging feature. Thank you to the folks at Ecosol for agreeing to send me one to evaluate. Continue reading

HDR – How Many Images to Use

Bottom line:  There is no hard and fast rule.

HDR has been a part of photography, in one way or another, for over 100 years – since the 1880s.  But in our modern form of photography, it’s been around for about 10 years.  There are all kinds of thoughts and theories about HDR.  Some hate it, some love it.  Those who hate it typically don’t know a lot about it and are opining based on a very limited exposure to it.  Those who love it may do so because they like the surreal, grunge look that – still – is popular in some circles.  Others, rightly, view it as a tool among the many available to the photographer. Continue reading

The RAW Goods – Nokia 1020 Raw Capture

If you read my write-up on the camera in the Nokia 1020 from back in November, you’ll know that I found a number of shortcomings with it.  At that time, I noted that there would be a firmware update coming that would give RAW capture to the phone in the form of DNG.  It was called the Lumia Black update. Continue reading

Backing Up Lightroom

I’ve been seeing a number of articles recently dealing with settings for Adobe Lightroom and backing up of the Lightroom catalogue.  There are certainly a wide variety of opinions about how to go about these tasks.  I’m going to give you my solution for backing up the Lightroom catalogue.  It works for me, it may or may not work for you.  I’ll also provide my thoughts on some alternatives with respect to using the cloud for back up.

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