It has been a rule of thumb (some even believe a law of nature) since the dawn of the digital camera era at the turn of the past century, that for the highest possible image quality one needed to use the largest possible sensor…
But then a funny thing started to happen about three or four years ago. Many photographers started to find that they were getting truly excellent image quality from APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras. Once pixel count got to about 16 Megapixels, the number of pixels itself stopped being something to pursue just for its own sake.
Of course higher resolution sensors offering 24MP and 36MP allow one to produce larger prints, and crop severely if necessary. But, for most photographers somewhere in the 16-20MP range was sufficient at a practical level.
Answering the Question ‘Do I Really Need a Full Frame Camera’ —Luminous Landscape
With every passing year, the digital camera sales dataset offered by the Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) grows more comprehensive. These records are made available to the public by this coalition of camera manufacturers which includes Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, Sony, Sigma, Ricoh, Olympus, and dozens of other recognizable brands. Since 2002, they’ve been improving and increasing the scale of their database, which now separates digital cameras into fixed-lens, mirrorless and DSLR categories, and reports sales figures for different regions.
It sometimes seems that commentators are primarily interested in the CIPA data to prove just how far up a creek camera manufacturers are so far this decade. But these depressing pronouncements are just scratching the surface. Here’s some other things the data shows: Read more…
Dear Fellow Creative Professionals,
At this point, most of you have probably read designer and photographer Juan Luis Garcia‘s open letter to Spike Lee, in which he pleads with the film director to help resolve a financial and crediting dispute arising from on-spec (essentially) work he did “Oldboy.” You’ve also likely heard about Lee’s responses, on Twitter and Instagram, that amounted basically to, “Plausible deniability for me, s.o.l. for you. YO.”
You too were probably flooded with, first, incredulity, then indignation, upon reading of it. One artist taking advantage of another? It’s unbelievable, outrageous, unjust! Then though, sadly, like so many of us, the incredulity turned to recognition, because we’ve been there too.
As a self-appointed pundit, I spend a fair amount of time criticizing the photography industry, but I have a little secret … I love photography! And 2013 brought yet another year full of strange, interesting and inspiring moments in photography. Let’s go on a little journey … in no particular order. Read more…
“In Memoriam: Remembering the Photographers We Lost in 2013″ —TIME LightBox
There are some who would argue that every picture a photographer makes is a self-portrait, whether they intend it to be or not. What did this photographer mean to show us of themselves with a particular picture? What did another one unknowingly reveal? These questions resonate most fully when recalling the photographers we’ve lost each year — some better known than others, but all worthy of remembrance…
The photographers we lost this year pursued their craft with rigor and passion. Nearly all photographed until the very end, which for some came all too soon. They lived their lives with, and to varying degrees through, their cameras.
There’s nothing like the freedom of experimenting: nobody to please but yourself, and mistakes are fine. It helps you develop a repertoire of strategies, approaches, and ideas that come together in unexpected ways. And you don’t give up when something goes wildly wrong.
That’s just what helped fashion photographer and digital retoucher Julia Kuzmenko McKim create this image for her Flames portrait series. When shooting for clients, she posts a Pinterest “mood-board” to get everyone on the same page. But this personal project required only experimentation. “I really enjoy improvisations where we just get together and play,” she says.
I’ve just returned from Austin, TX after a whirlwind, post-Thanksgiving half-week at the “Masters in Motion” conference. I was also fortunate to not only attend the event but also to be a presenter. My presentation, titled “Inside the Mind of a Client” was focused on shedding light on the Client’s perspective.
In this post, I’m going to cover 5 important things that you can do to get your video or photography work in front of those Clients.
It’s been over two years since I cut the academic anchor and sailed away as an independent nature photographer. How am I faring? My little business is chugging along fine, thanks! I’m busy. I have an infant daughter, and I love that my new life allows the flexibility to work from home. Yet I still interact regularly with the university. I’ve just published a couple of research papers. Things are good.
I know from various conversations that some of you aspire to be photographers. This post is for those of you curious about what a transition to professional photography might hold. Read more…