This Is Why They Continue to Fail
If I'm making a reference to Yoda you know it's bad. Today we're going to talk about just how little the companies that make cameras understand about how the people who buy cameras would like to be able to use them. A lot of recent camera bodies ...
2001 is the year when mass market digital photography began. This was the first year both Nikon (with the D1x) and Canon (with a EOS-1d) introduced DSLR cameras that for the most part handled and performed essentially the same as their film counterparts. Still, it was only a relatively small ...
I like to take pictures of things, but I would not say that I'm a photographer. Back when I carried a camera that was a bit too large people would ask me about the machine and remark that I must be a pretty serious photo person. I would usually ...
The Golden Age of Cameras Part 2
If you ask photo dorks of a certain age to name the golden age of film cameras they will usually tell you that it was the 1970s. In addition, if you talk to the right people, they will tell you that the camera that started the 1970s golden age was ...
The Golden Age of Cameras Part 1
I have always liked small cameras. All things being equal the smaller camera is always better. Over the years I have done my share of whining about how terrible the smaller digital cameras are. But now I am here to tell you that those times are over. We are in ...
The Camera Bag Problem, 2013
I bought a new camera, so I had to look at camera bags again. I was allegedly after something "smaller" to hold the new set of "smaller" equipment I would be carrying now. This is of course a lie. It's apparently been a few years since I looked at ...
The Camera We Want, Redux
We took a trip to Hong Kong and Singapore over Thanksgiving break. Ever since I did a trip to Hong Kong for work a few years ago this trip has been in the plans. If you have any interest in East Asian food, or any other sort of food for ...
The Walking Dead
Ever since Nikon put out the first usable consumer DSLR camera (the D1x, btw) what people have pined for is something that would shoot pictures that are nearly as good, but in a much smaller form factor. Over the last few years, several cameras like this have finally become available ...
Auto is a Four Letter Word
A recent article in The Online Photographer got me thinking about the
role of automation in those machines that take pictures for us. It got me
thinking about this even though the piece was supposed to be about [what
Things That Won't Make Your Pictures Better
My year in photography ended like it usually does, at my parents' house where
I took pictures of the Christmas festivities and all of the excessive
preparation of food. This year I sent the gallery to my parents, and then got
a curious email from my dad essentially asking me ...
If camera bodies and bags are the number 1 and 2 dork shopping obsessions related to photography, sharpness is probably a close third. It is probably the most popular purely technical aspect of actual pictures that makes it to the camera dork shopping list. People buy bigger cameras, more expensive ...
Too Much Camera
After a lot of deliberation, I decided to pull the trigger on a D700. After only two days, I haven’t used it enough for to provide you with a in-depth and comprehensive review, Top Gear style. But I can say this: Wow.
The D700, of course, is Nikon’s ...
The Camera You Need
If you hang around the Interweb forums related to photography long enough, you come to notice that the two most common questions are always first “what should I buy?” and second something like “what bag should I put it in?” or “I am going on a trip, what should I ...
You Can't Go Back
A couple of months ago Kodak announced that they would stop manufacturing Kodachrome slide film. Given that this is a product that has been continually available for longer than most current photographers have been alive, you would think that this was a pretty big deal. But no. The end result ...
Pictures of Paris
I was standing behind the Gare St.
last week looking around at the morning light in Paris. We were taking the
train to Vernon to go to Giverny, where Monet had his house and famous
gardens. There was a lot of construction around the train station, but I
Teaching the Less Important Lesson
Today over at The Online
Photographer Mike Johnston wrote a
post suggesting that spending a year using nothing but a Leica
and shooting nothing but black and white film could teach you a lot. I think
If there is something that photographers like to do more than shop for cameras it is this: photographers love to tell you why a given machine is not good enough for what they do. Cameras are too small, or too big, or too slow or too loud, or too “plasticky ...
Chase the Light
Our first full day in Paris was gray, wet, and cold. As a result, I didn’t
take a lof of pictures of the city. It’s hard to make nice landscape or
cityscape photographs when the sky is white. But, I dutifully carried my
camera into the early evening ...
The Camera We Want
I like Thom Hogan. He is an intelligent writer, photographer and fellow technical geek and his web site is one of the better collections of information about Nikon cameras. As a bonus, the overall design and layout of the site shows a lot of taste and restraint, unlike almost every ...
Point And Shoot
This week I found the first photographic web site to pique my interest in a long time. For a while now I had been ignoring most of the photographic web because there just wasn’t any content at an appropriate level of maturity. What I mean by that is that ...
Requiem for the Latent Image
I have a drawer in my house. I call it my “photo junk” drawer. Eight or nine years ago, it started out as an empty hanging file drawer where I started to file away the PrintFile slide storage pages that I had been collecting since buying my first real camera ...
The subject of exposure in photography is filled with confusion. On the one
hand, automatic exposure systems have largely freed the general public from
ever thinking about the problem except under dire circumstances. On the other
hand, beginning photographers who aspire to become serious workers in the
medium are usually ...
The Camera I Want
Back in 1998, I was shooting black and white film and printing in the darkroom and generally talking trash about how crappy digital capture was at the time. I put the digital takeover at least ten years out, although later I would update my estimate to only five years on ...
I had a feeling of nostalgia come over me a few weeks ago and got out the old manual film camera to shoot a roll of black and white and send it to a lab I found that does process-and-scan.
Aside from the Leicas, there is no current production camera ...
How to Take Good Pictures
The two best books that I’ve read about how to take pictures are Mountain Light by the late Galen Rowell and On Being a Photogapher by David Hurn and Bill Jay. The first is a book about landscape photography, while the second is a book about photojournalism. But I ...