In this week’s issue, we explore paints and fabrics for super black backgrounds, ethical consumers diss the photo industry, drones get better every day, instant cameras play cool, Amazon picks and shovels its way into content creation, Olympus and Sigma make our hearts beat faster, I wish one video product existed for photography, and admire Alfred Hitchcock. And there’s more …
If you’ve never watched a Philip Bloom video before, grab a glass of something nice, light up a cigar and put your feet up before you click Play. They’re worth it 🙂
Drones are a fascinating case study in opposing forces. On the one hand restrictions are getting tighter everywhere in the world (and that’s a good thing, I’ve stopped counting the number of times one of those things made me miserable in what should have been a relaxing nature hike). On the other, they are getting better, and more interesting, every day.
My son is a qualified drone operator (he had to take two separate exams, and submit a 90 Page operations manual to the FAA, in spite of being an airline pilot, the UK don’t mess around, apparently 😉 ) He doesn’t fly for pretty pictures but for crop inspections, archeological or architectural surveys and other inspection services. But the results a mid range DJI drone produces are astonishing. Side note: he recently assembled a 31-frame pano for a farm, in Lightroom, in 90 seconds on a 1 grand 13″ M1 Macbook. How the competition can cope with the new ARM chipset is beyond me. Mighty impressive.
Instant cameras to live out your nostalgic analog dreams. At the other end of the image-making vibe scale, instant cameras seem to be enjoying a healthy revival. This post lists a few contenders, but I’d add Mint cameras, who are not sponsoring me in any way 😉 , but capture the vibe of old medium format bodies much better than the more mainstream brand. Though, I’d probably buy a film back for an actual old film medium format camera, if this was my ticket. You too? Check this video out 🙂
EarthCam’s new camera shoots massive 80-gigapixel images – Here’s one of New York to explore. Shake a Sony a7r4 about, stitch and Guinness-book the resolution out of it. Do they realize Adobe’s enhance could take that to 320 Gp ? New height in uselessness!
So cool. I’ve been wanting to use something like that in a telescope design for years, but it wans’t convenient. Now, though … The other information provided by this video is confirmation that there comes a point where bokeh stops being cool and just sinks into pointless ugliness. The specs look cool, in a specs dominated world, I suppose.
OM Digital to release new camera “in the next few weeks” and it’ll have Olympus branding. Significant new camera or meaningless compact? No one knows. But many will be watching this with hope in their hearts and tears in their eyes.
Ethical consumer have released a ranking of camera manufacturers. Verdict? “Overall, no company was eligible for the Best Buy label, and no camera stood out clearly as an ethical option. Our best buy is a second-hand camera.” Ouch! Still, among the more recommendable brands are Sigma, Hasselblad and Olympus. Three of my faves 🙂 🙂
Atomos Ninja V+ & Ninja Stream. The Atomos Ninja is the ONE product I’d love to see make the jump from video to photography. Imagine a big, crisp, super bright screen, with cheap and huge sotrage and the capability to record from your camera, all at a fraction of the price the cam? Now that the market has clearly missed the “mesh with smatphone” option, this is an even better option. A fabulous product, now made even more powerful.
SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG DN: the evolution of a classic. You’ve probably read about it in photo websites. Here’s another take, from a video point of view.
Interesting in the context of movies, but also in any content production endeavour. Photo exhibitions, blogs, book writing … Heck even marketplaces, ask Bezos. Agility is one answer to this question that’s not ‘depends on who you ask’ 🙂
AWS Introduces Amazon Nimble Studio. Not sure whether this is technique or gear, really. But it highlights Amazon’s ultra agressive push into the market of … everything. Start with books, then try to dominate hairdressers and video editing suites, after pushing through market places, cloud storage, AI … What makes Amazon so unvulnerable is their picks and shovels approach to everything. We’re about to enter an era of unprecedented personal and group storyelling. Guess who’ll be there to make this simple and initially cheap?
Alfred Hitchcock’s Directing Artistry, Dissected. Yes, all of this applies to photography every bit as much as it does to filmmaking, even thow still can’t flow through a back alley in time 🙂
As much as I love to steal ideas from the filmmaking universe and bring it into the photo world, and music is a huuuuge part of storytelling, this is one where I’ll just not mention crossing that chasm 😉
What Matters More: Finishing Art Or Selling It? – Chris Gore. Again, an interesting question asked in the fascinating land of filmmaking, but which transposes easily to other areas of creative pursuits.
Thank you to all who have already sent in your church photographs. For others who can be interested, here’s the idea again. I’m looking for contributions to this challenge in the form of photographs of churches that highlight local culture, or a story (either personal to you or to the church itself, or its community …), so that we can compare those different architectures, aesthetics and stories, throughout the world. We’ll give it another week or so and publish the results 🙂 I look forward to your photographs 🙂
Well, that’s it for now. Tell me what you enjoyed and what you didn’t. Tell me what you’d like to see in this column next time. And please share with your friends 🙂
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