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Archive for September, 2012

HDR – An Art Form and Valid Imaging Technique

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HDR – High Dynamic Range – Photography is something of a controversial subject and technique.  One reason is that critics think it has been overdone and misused.  Here they’re correct.  Others also opine that HDR is unnatural and false to reality.  On this point, nothing could be further from the Read more…

Industry News – Earth-Shaking and Otherwise

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Mere days after blowing up a storm about his impending nuptials with Dame Hasselblad, Monsieur ‘Casanova’ Sony has gone courting again, this time knocking on the door of Lady Olympus – and has scandalized everyone by offering her cash! Sony will pump $650 million into troubled camera-maker Olympus after three Read more…

Exhibitions and Photographs to Remember

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On our sister website BrilliantPrints.com.au, on the 21st I blogged about a photo-poetry exhibition that centred around Night Photography and on the 15th I had written about a woman who goes ghost-hunting with a camera.  Let’s bring the eerie theme here to our Pro-oriented site.     John Allan Faier’s inspiration Read more…

Of “Monster,” Midgets, and the Gimmick that’s not

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  Peter West Carey gives a rundown on this 400mm lens; this focal length is regularly used for field sports photography and also for wildlife photography.  Also, Canon telephotos are a particular favourite of sports photographers. If you’ve used pro lenses you know they come with a couple of switches.  Read more…

Of Lytro, Megarays, and ‘depth of effective focus’

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If Lytro has its way then focussing and depth of field is about to become old paradigm!  “Light field capture” is going to be the new paradigm, Lytro style.  This startup has perfected a 25-year-old technology to invent and market a radically new way of camera-based imaging such that what Read more…

“For Pros Only” — High-End Product Announcements

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It’s photokina week and new product announcements are flying thick and fast.  Let’s take a three-stop tour of new products with a unifying theme: ‘For Pros Only’.  However, just one of the products was actually announced at photokina so let’s start with that. Actually this is not a product but Read more…

The Vietnam War’s ‘Napalm Girl’, Sony, Hassy, and more

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A few works of art are both iconic and history-altering.  “A few,” did I say?  Off the top of my head I cannot recall any other than the Vietnam War photo of a naked girl running towards us in the middle of a path; she is accompanied by a few Read more…

. . . 4, 3, 2, 1 — it’s photokina!

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The world’s premier photo festival and big bash gets underway in less than 24 hours in Cologne.  That’s – of course – photokina.  photokina (no caps, please!) has been held biennially since 1950 and will run from 18th to 23rd September. This trade fair will boast “a total of 1,251 Read more…

Henri Cartier-Bresson and Richard Avedon Auctions

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Richard Avedon (1923-2004) is one of the biggest and most instantly-recognizable names in photography.  Avedon was one of those rare artists who defined a style – an exuberant style of portraiture that cried out ‘fun’. That came later, of course.  Avedon started off as a realistic portrait photographer – witness Read more…

Introducing “the largest digital camera ever” (quote)

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Remember when 5 megapixels was considered state-of-the-art digital capture resolution?  Well, now they’re talking gigapixels – and petabytes and torrents.  But not to worry, this camera won’t be coming to a store near you soon (or anytime).  You see, we’re talking about the LSST – Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. Though Read more…

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