There has been much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth over the past couple days in relation to a new law in Arkansas that is awaiting gubernatorial signature. The online photo media is abuzz and replete with sensational headlines declaring the end of photography (again). Continue reading →
Late in 2014, an announcement was made by Google that the new ‘Android L’ mobile operating system, later dubbed Lollipop, would include a new camera API (Application Programming Interface – the building blocks of the camera software and what third-party app developers use in creating their companion apps). That new camera API would allow for the capture of true RAW images, using the Adobe DNG specification, by mobile devices. Continue reading →
Not too long ago I wrote a short article on the ills of social media for photographers. Recently I read an article by photographer Ugo Cei that discussed some of the same problems but went a bit further. He also decried the sameness of much of what is out there today in the world of photography. He also lamented the lack of soul in much of what he sees. Continue reading →
As I had mentioned in my write-up on the Fuji X-T1, I intended to order a lens adapter to use my Nikon lenses on the Fuji. After doing some research, I settled on the Metabones version. This is not the SpeedBooster, just the regular mount adapter so it has no glass element. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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. Continue reading →