Workflow – What is it good for?

If you read the musings here you’ll know that I like to co-opt song titles and lyrics. So, with a nod to Edwin Starr we’re going to talk about the idea of ‘workflow’.

What is workflow? It’s a term used a lot in photography but is it a term that people generally know what it means? Continue reading

Arkansas SB-79, Photography is Not Dead

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

The Rupi Kaur/Instagram Kerfuffle

If the goal was Internet ‘fame’, then objective achieved.

Rupi Kaur has been the ‘belle of the ball’ this past week with the provocative photo she posted to Instagram. She’s even featured in the Washington Post. Continue reading

An Open Letter to Samsung

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

Where Does the ‘Soul’ Come From?

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

Mirror-Less is Not Always More

I’ve been reading blog posts and watching videos from people who’ve switched from Canon or Nikon to one of the mirrorless camera lines and it got me thinking about a number of things.

The advances in mirrorless cameras are great but are they ready for prime time? In all situations? Personally, I don’t think so. Continue reading

Metabones Fuji X to Nikon F Adapter

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

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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