Opinion
  • #611 The Monday Post (26 June, 2017) Where is our industry going?

#611 The Monday Post (26 June, 2017) Where is our industry going?

Where is our industry going? Sales have started falling off a cliff some years back, and give no signs of recovery. Indeed, smartphones are getting better with time, whereas mass-market compact cameras are not, so the trend is unlikely to reverse itself. What triggered my thinking is this post, from

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#610. Is a wall-hanger the best I can do?

#610. Is a wall-hanger the best I can do?

The “wall” theme is currently in the news. To build or not to build the wall, that is the question. Well, my version of it is slightly different: to hang or not to hang on the wall, that is the question. It all started innocently enough during a free-rein discussion

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#607. WIP: Order in chaos

#607. WIP: Order in chaos

What is WIP Work In Progress (WIP) is a new series I just came up with. The goal is to share ongoing long-term concepts and photo series. We at DS talked a lot about personal development as a photographer, and, in my opinion, there’s little more pro than thinking in

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#605. The powers of darkness

#605. The powers of darkness

This is a new very interesting guest post by our now regular contributor Adrian. I think you’ll find the very personal perspective and strong images as profoundly compelling as I do. Thanks for sharing this, Adrian.   Until April 2017 I had not picked up a camera since June 2016,

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#601. Once upon a post processor

#601. Once upon a post processor

    If you were half as angry with Apple abandoning Aperture as I was, then any kind of rant about the subject is likely to still be quite acceptable. So, there we all were, Aperture users as one, looking for an alternative. Something friendly, useful, predictable, understandable and most

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#599. When what you get is more than what you see …

#599. When what you get is more than what you see …

When I shoot a subject, it is obviously because, with my eyes open, “I see something in it”. Then I look at the subject again through either the viewfinder or the LCD. And there a first culling happens, when this second look is disppointing, and a dead end. Then, if

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#596. Why am I such a bokeh slut?

#596. Why am I such a bokeh slut?

I love bokeh. I am a Bokeh Slut, with BS in capitals, as in … you know what…  Better photographers are critical of that. My friend Boris leans the other way (all sharp), and I didn’t start that way, so, why is that? The first reason is: because I can.

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#590. The AF divide: A conversation of two convictions

#590. The AF divide: A conversation of two convictions

I recently overheard a conversation in a pub between two photographers which went like this:* #1 … It doesn’t matter! Imagine that on the upcoming model of the camera with vastly improved AF! Faster, more focus points, 98% coverage, always on-point … #2 But 6 months ago you said, the

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#585. How many cameras do you own?

#585. How many cameras do you own?

By “own”, I actually mean “use”. So, how many cameras do you own and use, on a regular basis? And why?     On the top shelf of my home office lies a lovely Fujica 645 film-era camera, with bellows and with a superb 75mm lens. It’s there because the

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#584. The Sony A9 is here. Is it time for me to start painting ? Or curating Google Earth photographs ?

#584. The Sony A9 is here. Is it time for me to start painting ? Or curating Google Earth photographs ?

So, there we are, Sony has just dealt a potentially huge blow to Canon and what remains of Nikon. First, a range of native and non-native lenses that has probably seen no equal in photographic history. Now the mother of all bodies, if stats are to be believed. So many

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