Monday, December 22, 2008
January/February 2009A massive hard-drive failure can change your outlook on your digital life. Just after Thanksgiving, my system crashed and it crashed hard. My initial panic slowly subsided as I got a new hard drive, and with the help of a technical expert, we restored my complete hard drive. Complete except for the five days between the last complete backup and the time of the crash. Read More...
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Orphan Works Explored
How will changes in copyright law affect you and your rights over your photography?Editor’s Note: Of all the legal issues with which photographers are faced, perhaps none is so polarizing as “orphan works.” The U.S. Congress has taken note of the importance of modifying the current law, and new legislation is now in the pipeline. To help you make sense of the issue, Digital Photo Pro is putting together a series of articles on the subject, beginning with this one. Read More...
Monday, November 17, 2008
December 2008This is our second annual Masters Special issue of Digital Photo Pro, and like last year we’ve pulled together a collection of outstanding photographers for the magazine. The term “master” means different things to different people. To me it means someone who’s constantly looking for new ways to be creative. The quest for new imagery never ends, and in a world full of visual pollution and noise, it gets harder for the most interesting imagery to get seen and noticed. Read More...
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
November 2008A press release recently came across my desk about an exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery. It wasn’t the Ivy League headline that caught my attention, it was the title of the show, “First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography.” Here’s an excerpt of the show’s description: “By employing unexpected juxtapositions, novel vantage points, and unusual patterns of light, shadow, and texture, the photographs on view destabilize the viewer’s eye, causing it to question what it is seeing.” Read More...
Monday, September 1, 2008
Since the early days of digital technology, there’s been one simple rule of product design and marketing: More is better. Computers (more processing power), hard drives (more capacity), printers (more colors, more nozzles, more dots per inch)—the list goes on. When digital cameras came out, the key spec in the “if some is good, more is better” model, was the number of megapixels. Of course, there was a good reason for so much attention being lavished upon the megapixel specification.
Monday, June 23, 2008
If you want to see a photographer cringe, just look at one of their images and mention the word “noise.” For most of us, noise in an image is like having rust on a restored vintage automobile. It obscures the image and distracts the viewer such that the visual content of the photograph becomes the background, and the noise is what viewers notice first. Naturally, I'm talking about excessive noise that permeates the whole photograph here.
Monday, April 28, 2008
I don't know when it will happen exactly, but one day the last roll of TRI-X will come off an assembly line, get boxed up and head to a camera store where it will sit on a shelf, probably past its expiration date, and finally get snapped up by a lucky winner of an eBay auction. And with that, a chapter in the history of photography will be closed. When I think of all of the collective moments—instants really—that were captured and brought to the world on film, it's overwhelming. The history of the 20th century is written in slides and negatives.
Monday, March 3, 2008
I was at a cocktail party recently, and I found myself speaking with a few people about the current state of photography education. It's ironic that in an era of the most sophisticated tools in the history of photography, far too many instructors seem to cling blindly to the past. At the party, we talked about a program at a major university where the head of the program refused to allow digital tools to be used.
Monday, January 7, 2008
During the winter months, the photography market heats up. This is a time of year when the camera manufacturers often bring out their newest, trickiest, most advanced products to a waiting press corps. In the fall of 2007, Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Sony all made announcements about new high-end cameras, and by the beginning of winter, we were seeing these products in camera stores and rental houses.Read More...