Archive for the 'Digital Photography' Category

May 3, 2006

On Safari in South West Africa

What Worked, and What Didn’t– especially what didn’t

Long Shadows. Namibia, April 2006 © by Michael Reichmann

Michael Reichmann of The Luminous Landscape has just returned from three weeks of shooting in South West Africa. As he usually does, he reports on the relative success or failure of his choice of equipment and his shooting.

May 1, 2006

National Parks To Start Charging Photographers “Location Fees”

Source: National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
Written By William Campbell

LIVINGSTON, MT (April 20, 2006) – The National Park Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of the Interior, has published new rules authorizing the NPS to begin collecting location fees for video, film, and commercial still photography projects. The new regulations appeared in the Federal Register (Vol. 71, Number 71) published April 13, 2006, and will take effect on May 15, 2006.

Apr 28, 2006

New Chip Gives Sharper Pix on Less Power

Source: Computerworld
Written by Tommy Peterson–Geek’s Garden

Imaging chips revolutionized the photography industry, and now the chips themselves are being revolutionized by researchers at the University of Rochester.

A pair of recently patented technologies may soon enable power-hungry imaging chips to use just a fraction of the energy they use today and capture better images to boot — all while enabling cameras to shrink to the size of a shirt button and run for years on a single battery.

Apr 28, 2006

Send us your poor, your tired, your haloed images…

…yearning to blend free.

Source: John Nack on Adobe (John’s Adobe Blog)

We’d like to ask your help in improving HDR (high dynamic range) imaging in Photoshop. The halos produced by many current HDR conversion techniques (see the Flickr HDR pool for some examples) are kind of cool and wonky, but to make HDR more than a fad, we need to produce more reasonable results.

Apr 28, 2006

My terrorism act

The snap-happy readers of Amateur Photographer magazine keep being mistaken for security risks. James Sturcke sees if he can get apprehended

Source: Guardian Unlimited
Written by James Sturcke

I never guessed when I bought my camera last summer, a few days after the July 7 bombings in London, that I might come to be seen as a terrorist threat.

Apr 27, 2006

Back to basics on World Pinhole Photography Day

Source: Daily Yomiuri
Written by Julian Satterthwaite

Stop counting your megapixels and shut down Photoshop. All you need to create beautiful pictures is a cardboard box, a sheet of photographic paper and a pin–the three ingredients for the most basic kind of pinhole camera. And since this coming Sunday (April 30th, 2006) is Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, now is the perfect time to celebrate a technique that has roots going back to the fifth century B.C.

Apr 26, 2006

Kodak aims for iPod-like simplicity

Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronical
Written by Ben Rand

(April 26, 2006) — NEW YORK — For all of its mind-boggling advances — such as letting users know instantly whether they got the shot and being able to send pictures across the world at the click of a mouse — digital photography makes you work. Hard.

Just ask yourself: How many digital images are quietly sitting on hard drives around the world, carrying strange file names such as 1000014a.jpg, perhaps never to be seen by the naked eye again?

Apr 25, 2006

OpenRAW Releases Initial Results of 2006 RAW Survey

OpenRAW Releases Initial Results of 2006 RAW Survey – Over 19,000 Photographers and Imaging Professionals Provide Data on their Experiences, Preferences, and Concerns regarding RAW Imaging Technology

Will the digital camera you buy tomorrow fairly serve the future of photography? Are today’s camera manufacturers making decisions that may adversely affect the preservation of photographic works for future generations? More than 19,000 digital photographers and preservationists from around the world have now weighed in with opinions on RAW imaging technology, a concept that many compare to a “digital negative.”

Apr 24, 2006

Mamiya to sell camera business

Source: Imaging Resource
Written by Michael R. Tomkins, The Imaging Resource

A press release posted on the Japanese website of Mamiya-OP Co. Ltd. today announces that it is to sell its optical instruments business to another company.

Mamiya-OP was formed in October 1992, after the merger of Mamiya Camera Co. Ltd. with Olympic Co. Ltd., a company that manufactured both electronic equipment and fishing tackle. The newly formed company withdrew from the fishing tackle business in December 2000, and currently sells optical equipment including both film and digital cameras in medium format, as well as lenses, tripods, golf equipment, and assorted electronics.

Apr 3, 2006

Film canisters: Tiny canisters full of big uses

Source: The Orange County Register

We know film has gone the way of memory sticks and Photoshop. But keep those traditional cameras around – if only for the convenient reuses of the plastic film canisters.

Here are the 10 best tips for reusing the tiny containers, sent to us by you, the readers.

Read entire article

Editor’s Note: one glaring omission from the list is a container for elicit agricultural material-a use perhaps few would admit to.

Mar 27, 2006

Photo Talk Radio-in case you missed it

In case you missed the live Photo Talk Radio broadcast with Jeff Schewe and Gil Smith, the show is now available for listening (Windows Media Player required) on the March 25th episode web site.

Mar 27, 2006

Counting Ants

Following up his original article titled The Ultimate Digital System, Michael Reichmann of The Luminous Landscape has posted a new article called Counting Ants – Seven Days in the Field with a Digital View Camera.

Rain, Snow, Sleet, Hail, High Winds
Seven Days in the Field with a Digital View Camera

In mid-March, 2006 I spent a week shooting in central and northern California.

Our travels took us to Redwoods National Park, the northern reaches of coastal Highway 1, Yosemite National Park, Big Sur, Point Lobos, and numerous points in between.

Mar 24, 2006

Photographer held for hours by police

Spokesman admits the officers were out of line, union disagrees

Source: ABC 7 News
Reported by Joe Torres

(White Plains, Westchester County -WABC, March 21, 2006) – A local photographer is looking for an apology after he was held for hours by police.

He was taken into custody for questioning because of what he decided to snap a couple of shots of.

Mar 24, 2006

Soldier’s imagery from Iraq dominates All-Army Photo Contest

Source: U.S. Army MWR
Written by Tim Hipps – USACFSC Public Affairs

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Soldier deployed in Iraq discovered the beauty of digital photography and dominated the 2005 All-Army Photography Contest.

Sgt. Nicholas Sendelbach mail ordered a digital single-lens-reflex camera from New York to the Middle East and all but swapped munitions for lenses to document his Army unit’s humanitarian missions.

“I would either shoot with my machine gun or my camera, whichever was useful at the time,” he said.

Mar 14, 2006

Fade to Black-The twilight of film photography

Source: Opinion Journal
Written by Douglas Gantenbein

Weston Naef sounds almost misty-eyed when discussing Kodak Tri-X, a black-and-white 35mm film first made in the 1950s and a staple of photojournalism for decades. “It was a wonderful 400-speed film,” says Mr. Naef, curator of photography for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, referring to Tri-X’s ability to capture an image in low light, known as its “speed.” “And then it could be ‘pushed’ [chemically altered during development] to 1200, or even 2400″–meaning it could be used in even lower light.

Mar 10, 2006

OpenRAW Survey

Update: Due to an overwhelming response, with 18,000 replies so far, the OpenRAW Survey will now close on March 15th, 2006.

RAW Survey launched: An International Study of the Experiences, Requirements, Preferences, and Concerns of Photographers regarding RAW Imaging Technology

Mar 8, 2006

Micron Technology Buys Lexar Media

Press Release: BOISE, Idaho, and FREMONT, Calif., March 8, 2006 – Micron Technology, Inc., (NYSE: MU) and Lexar Media, Inc., (NASDAQ: LEXR) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for Micron to acquire Lexar in a stock-for-stock merger. Under terms of the agreement, each outstanding common share of Lexar will receive 0.5625 shares of Micron stock. Micron anticipates issuing shares in exchange for 81.6 million Lexar shares outstanding. Additional Micron shares will be issued upon the exercise of assumed stock options.

Mar 8, 2006


Possibility of a Record-Breaking Year Sets Aside Predictions of Soft Sales Performance within Digital Imaging Industry

Press Release: PORT WASHINGTON, NEW YORK, March 6, 2006 – According to leading consumer and retail information provider The NPD Group, forecasts show the U.S. digital camera market will generate close to $6.8 billion in revenue and sell a record-breaking 29.5 million units in 2006. The digital camera market is expected to increase by eight percent in revenue and 17 percent in units over 2005.

Mar 7, 2006

Cleaning your digital-camera sensor

Removing dust from your digital SLR is tricky—but it can be done
Source: Macworld
Written by Christopher Breen

I recently found myself on board a cruise ship packed not only with Mac experts but also digital-camera gurus as well. With so many of the brightest brains in the business on board for the MacMania/Photoshop Fling cruise—and with nowhere but the Pacific Ocean for them to flee—I took the opportunity to confide my dirty little secret about my digital SLR camera: I had gunk on my sensor, and I didn’t have a clue how to safely remove it.

Mar 1, 2006

PMA 2006-A View of the Photographic Industry From 30,000 Feet

Source: The Luminous Landscape
Written by Michael Reichmann

Trade shows are always a good opportunity to gauge the state of health of any industry. Walking the isles and talking with both exhibitors as well as attendees provides insights into what people are thinking as well as what they may appear to be doing.

With this as preamble, here are some highly subjective observations on the current (March, 2006) state of the photographic industry. No gospel here, just opinion.

Feb 27, 2006

RAW processing improved in upcoming update of Apple Aperture

Written by Rob Galbraith

Apple has revealed that the next release of Aperture, the company’s pro photo workflow application, will be about more than just support for Macs using Intel processors. During a press briefing yesterday at the PMA 2006 trade show in Orlando, Florida, Aperture product manager Joe Schorr showed off numerous refinements in the upcoming v1.1, including what appears to be much-improved processing of RAW files, as well as greater control over contrast, sharpening and noise reduction during the RAW conversion.

Feb 27, 2006

Lexar Smart Download To Offer ActiveMemory Functionality For Adobe Creative Suite

New Module Will Improve Digital Imaging Workflow for Photographers Using Adobe Bridge

Press Release: ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 27, 2006–Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEXRNews), a world leader in advanced digital media technologies today announced Lexar® Smart Download, an intelligent acquisition plug-in module that will allow photographers to rapidly download and manage images directly from their memory cards via Adobe® Bridge, a component of Adobe Creative Suite (CS2). On display at the Photo Marketing Association International Show (PMA), the new plug-in will make it possible for photographers to leverage advanced features offered by Lexar Professional ActiveMemory(TM) CompactFlash® (CF) and Secure Digital(TM) (SD) flash memory cards and will provide a productivity boost with the ability to manage multiple concurrent downloads using Lexar’s Professional Firewire and USB 2.0 CompactFlash Readers.

Feb 21, 2006

Canon Debuts 22 New Products and Expands Its Presence in Professional Printing Market

Press Release: LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 21, 2006–Canon, America’s choice for digital cameras(1), will showcase 22 new products at the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) trade show, February 26th – March 1st (Canon Booth #3509), in Orlando, Fla.

Feb 20, 2006

Digital Moves to Top-Tier Cameras

Source: The New York Times
Written by Ian Austen

Like many serious amateur photographers, Chad Marek has a sense of brand loyalty that rivals the attachment of many sports fans to their home teams.

Feb 19, 2006

Here I Am Taking My Own Picture

Source: The New York Times
Written by Alex Williams

MORGAN ADAMS, a recent college graduate, decided that her picture on her home page at had lingered a little too long, a full month. To snap a new one she called on the only photographer she thought she could trust: herself.