Opinion
#572. You’re not listening to us

#572. You’re not listening to us

But perhaps you should.   The ongoing behind-the-DS-scenes conversation regarding post processing applications has woven our week together, allowing new inductee (and soon to appear on our hallowed Web pages) Adam Bonn, to find his feet in this august gathering of sometimes-like-minds.   The pros and cons of Lightroom, Photos,

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#570. A beautiful rear can also endear

#570. A beautiful rear can also endear

Dear fellow photographer, if you read this blog, chances are you’re assigned as your family staff photographer. Whenever the pack moves, it’s your job to document the happening. That is a highly responsible task, no doubt. But we all also know, no one waits for the guy with the camera,

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#569. Putting a Pin in (my) Medium Format Ambitions

#569. Putting a Pin in (my) Medium Format Ambitions

Let’s keep this one short. Today, I feel the Medium Format offering is just not worth its price of admission.     Following my usual Modus Operandi, I recently sold lots of stuff (telescopes, lenses, HiFi gear) to finance the acquisition of one of the 2 recent contenders for the

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#565. On Digital Sharecropping and Cloud Photo Prisons

#565. On Digital Sharecropping and Cloud Photo Prisons

Sharecropping: the rental of a piece of land by its owner to a farmer, in exchange for a share of the crop. It can’t be considered slavery because (in theory) the farmer is always at liberty to buzz off and find new pastures to work on. Yet history has shown

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#561. The Adobe tithe

#561. The Adobe tithe

If memory serves, Adobe’s products have been sold in the UK and Europe at pretty much the same number as in the US, but with the currency symbol simply changed as appropriate. So, $49.99 became £49.99 and so on.   Those on the receiving end of this handy profit generator

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#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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