Nokia Lumia 1020 – Does it Live Up to the Hype?

In a word:  No.

EDIT:  I’ve received comments that are critical of this review.  I’ve been told that it was written as a ‘gotcha’ piece to try and attack Nokia.  I’ve been asked why I even wrote the review when I knew the RAW update was coming out.  Continue reading

Matrix Metering – The Silver Bullet?

This post was inspired by a conversation I had with another photographer recently.  He had taken some outdoor portraits and placed his subjects in a shaded area.  The background was in sunlight.  He used flash to light the subject but the background was, predictably, still quite bright.  He spot metered on his subject to come up with his exposure settings. Continue reading

Arrrrrggggghhhh…. Where’s the D#@* Charger for this: Keeping Gear Straight

Camera makers are well-known for making slight changes to gear and components from camera to camera. It’s a good move on their part because it means you have to buy different accessories for each camera. I’ll give Nikon credit for making the grip on the D300 and D700 the same, but other than that, they all get a failing grade.

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Cash Over Credibility

I’m thinking of starting a new photography group.  The name needs a bit of work but the gist is ‘The No Shill Group’.

It seems an increasing number of photographers are entering into affiliate relationships with as many companies as will have them, putting advertising all over their websites or have extensive product sponsorship arrangements. At the same time these photographers are, of course, ‘reviewing’ or otherwise writing about/promoting the gear or software. The net result is that it’s nearly impossible to determine when the comments being made are objective and can be trusted. Continue reading

Patriot Gauntlet WiFi Hard Drive

As I noted in my last article reviewing the RAM Mount Universal X-Grip system, mobile is advancing at a very rapid pace in the photography world. Not just taking pictures with a mobile device but the use of mobile devices in workflows.

As I continue to research and experiment with different mobile options for my new book project, I’m pretty much at a point where I think a laptop on the road is unnecessary, probably, 90% of the time or more. Really, the only time I think I might need a laptop is if I were doing a live software demonstration.  And even then, quite possibly not. Continue reading

RAM Mount X-Grip

The world of mobile photography continues to grow. And I’m not talking about taking pictures with a smartphone or tablet. I’m talking about the ability to use mobile technology to help in the workflow. Using tablets or smartphones and associated apps to help make photos or videos with a DSLR.

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Internetworking Pt X – The End of Social Media?

This may be the last post in the Internetworking series.  Why?  Because I may be exiting the social media scene.  Why?  Because I’m just not finding it effective.  I’d love for someone, or several someones, to tell me I’m wrong.

I’ve been active on social media for a number of years now and while it hasn’t been effective in helping grow my commercial photography business, it has helped make my photography known to more people and I’ve enjoyed the conversations that have taken place, mostly on Facebook, with people.

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Why You Want to Hire a Professional Photographer

Would you do your own appendectomy?  No?

While the results of a mistake aren’t nearly as potentially serious the point is it makes sense to hire a professional to do the job.  You want your product or service to look as good as possible when you’re trying to attract new customers.  You work very hard to do the best job for your customers and clients.  Why short change yourself when you present your work to prospective new clients?

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Anatomy of a Restoration

Image restoration is a task that has been made easier in some ways with digital tools but even though it may be easier, it’s still not a 5 minute exercise as some may want to lead you to believe.  In a past article I discussed the process of recreating a photo of a mural that had been damaged.  That project took about 9 hours of editing time to complete.

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When Perfect Isn’t

An architectural firm hired me to shoot one of their projects which entailed some redesign work in part of the library at a local university.  I prepped the images, which included some stitched panoramics.  The architect had told me they wanted me to have some fun with the shoot.  So in stitching the panos I purposely left curvature distortion where there would normally be straight lines.  As I always do, I posted the proof images onto a non-public, password protected area of my site for the client to view.  After doing so, the client came back and asked if they could get one specific image at full size before I delivered everything on CD.  The image they wanted was one of the panoramics with the curved lines.

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