Opinion
#552. Is simplicity dead ?

#552. Is simplicity dead ?

Simplicity is underrated. Or, maybe because it’s so hard to do well, it’s brushed under the carpet and replaced by a more marketable appearance of technicality.     Henry Ford largely contributed to the emergence of a middle class by simplifying the way cars were designed and built. His fortune

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#550. More on Smartphones as cameras – and the OnePlus 3

#550. More on Smartphones as cameras – and the OnePlus 3

4 ! Google “OnePlus 3” and the first answer you get is 4. Beyond the hilarious search engine quirk, I’d like to share a few photographs made using this Chinese phone to illustrate the continuing progress made by the Smartphone industry in the photo arena. These were made by Theo

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#542. The Monday Post – They are breaking the Internet, Man!

#542. The Monday Post – They are breaking the Internet, Man!

So, the Internet as we knew and loved it is dead. Or dying fast. It’s in-no-one-powerful’s interest to keep it alive. Have you asked Google a question recently? Wonder what the best inkjet printer is? Here’s the answer. If you don’t buy one from that list, you’re an idiot. It

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#540. Your experience may vary

#540. Your experience may vary

  Much of DS’ content this past year has been gear-related; lens comparisons, Zeiss’ Otii, Sony cameras v everything else, different software comparisons and despite our best intentions and efforts, little of it really conclusive. Personal preference remains the real test.         Trawling my usual list of

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#526. Good photography (starts) without a camera

#526. Good photography (starts) without a camera

American music journalist Bob Lefsetz recently wrote about Stranger Things. He makes the interesting point that Stranger Things is a show for people who want to go deep, as opposed to The Walking Dead, which is a show to be Instagrammed. This resonates strongly with both the marketer and photographer

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#523. The MacBook Pro. Overpriced gimmick or World’s best laptop for photographers ?

#523. The MacBook Pro. Overpriced gimmick or World’s best laptop for photographers ?

First world problems, right ? … My current workhorse laptop has been round the globe a few times, seen concrete floors close up too often and is in dire need of replacement. Having recently bought an amazing Dell XPS 13 which has a fabulous screen and a high power i7

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#522. 10 reasons to love your Smartphone camera!

#522. 10 reasons to love your Smartphone camera!

Smartphone cameras deserve a lot more love than they are getting from the amateur photographer community. The typical comment today is either “a handy visual notebook” or “a camera that trades quality for convenience”. And while the latter is partially true, Smartphones still deserve to be treated as valid photographic

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#521. “Moment” pictures Vs. “Performance” pictures

#521. “Moment” pictures Vs. “Performance” pictures

  [Rant: on]   Submission n°1: there are more photographers than ever before, and more pictures being taken than ever before, and viewed by more people than ever before. Yet camera sales are falling off a cliff, because people use cellphones, and the “standard of photography” is falling off the

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#518. Crowdfunding the perfect (Zen) camera

#518. Crowdfunding the perfect (Zen) camera

Having already firmly and definitively established that all sensor sizes provide adequate platforms to create excellent photographs and that the choice between them should be one of user experience and photograph aesthetics, let me expand my gift to the universe by describing the perfect camera. Oh, humility … [insert camera

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#516. Whither Sensor Formats? a.k.a Going Full Circle From Film

#516. Whither Sensor Formats? a.k.a Going Full Circle From Film

Has there ever been a more fun time to be a photographer? All the way back in the film-based middle-ages, it used to be that the medium and large format segments of the market offered tremendous a variety of shooting experiences that were not available in 35mm. These things came

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