external How the Camera Doomed Google Glass —The Atlantic

But Google Glass wasn’t just a way to keep a screen in front of your face all the time; it was also a way to record everything going in front of you. And it turns out very few people are willing to be viewed as walking, talking invasions of privacy.

Jan 25, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Costs $1,200 —B&H


Late last year, Tamron announced its new 15-30mm f/2.8 VC, the world’s first ultra-wide zoom lens with both a fixed f/2.8 aperture and image stabilization. Today the company announced the price: $1,200. It’s now available for preorder for Canon EF, Nikon F, and Sony A cameras.

Jan 22, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external Professional Photographers Challenge $100 Fee to Shoot in Fairfax County Parks —Washington Post

It’s not an easy life for many professional photographers in the Washington region. A recent survey of 346 local portrait photographers found that more than 55 percent of them make less than $30,000 a year. And now, a group of photographers is pushing back against the Fairfax County Park Authority’s demand for $100 every time they shoot in a public park.

Jan 19, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external Opinion: The Myth of the Upgrade Path —DPReview

Though this may sound odd, I’m not trying to argue for or against upgrading: it’s the path and the assumption of destination that I’m questioning. Don’t get me wrong, full frame cameras are lovely things that can give you the power to take much higher quality photographs. But don’t let the manufacturers’ marketing of a halo product trick you into thinking that it’s the right answer for you or that you can make incremental steps towards it.

Jan 16, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external Talking with Photo Editor Karen Mullarkey —Vantage

Karen Mullarkey is one of the most influential and respected picture editors of all time. In my opinion she’s a national treasure. Dozens, if not hundreds of photographers owe much of their success to her (including me) […]

This is a part of her amazing story as she told it to me. If you care about photography, photographers, the editorial world or history, read on.

Jan 13, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external I Don’t Want a Zoom Lens on My Phone —The Verge

I wouldn’t blame you for disagreeing at first — on paper, a legitimate zoom lens sounds like an objective improvement to one of the most important things that the most important device in our lives performs. After all, digital zoom is nothing more than a quality-degrading crop. But it’s worth thinking about how and why we use our phone cameras.

Jan 12, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external What’s Up With That: You Hate Pictures of Yourself —Wired

Don’t get me wrong, I think I’m a decent looking dude. It’s just that sometimes when I’m a little fugly on film. It’s like that episode of Seinfeld where Jerry’s girlfriend only looks good in the right light. I’m generally OK with the reflection I see in the mirror, but the camera casts a pall on my visage. To my surprise, science agrees that the mirror is to blame, but not for the reasons I’d thought.

Jan 10, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external Selfies on a Stick, and the Social-Content Challenge for the Media —NYTimes

There are now vast, automated networks to harvest all that narcissism, along with lots of personal data, creating extensive troves of user-generated content. The tendency to listen to the holy music of the self is reflected in the abundance of messaging and self-publishing services — Vine, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram, Apple’s new voice messaging and the rest — all of which pose a profound challenge for media companies. Most media outfits are in the business of one-to-many, creating single pieces of text, images or audio meant to be shared by the masses.

Jan 09, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external The Most Important Cardboard Box Ever? —BBC

boxcam“It doesn’t look very exciting – a cardboard box about 5in (13cm) tall, covered in leatherette, with a small round opening at the front. You might have some trouble working out what it was for if you didn’t know. But the Brownie might be the most important camera ever made.”

Jan 08, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external The First Family of Instagram —NYTimes

firstfamilyYou could call them the “First Family of Instagram” with mama Phillips toting both @food and @baking accounts with over 350k followers combined, her son Tom Eswein at @realestate with 4.2k followers and growing, and daughter Liz Eswein managing @newyorkcity with a whopping 1.1 million followers.

Jan 03, 2015 · Permalink · Comment