It was a fairly innocuous start. A hastily assembled, last-minute project conceived and shot in 14 straight hours, edited together in three hours (no time for color correction) and a quick posting to a blog with the link to the completed five-minute short. This was as close as you could get to a straight line from the camera to the web. Read More...
In the lead-up to the huge Photokina 2008 trade show, there were a number of big new camera announcements—more megapixels and better image quality, and in the spirit of convergence, HD video makes the leap to still cameras!
This was a Photokina year, and Photokina 2008 included a number of exciting new camera introductions (even if they actually appeared a bit ahead of the actual show). On these pages, you’ll meet new low-cost, 20-megapixel-plus, full-frame D-SLRs from Canon and Sony, versatile new mid-range D-SLRs from Canon and Nikon, new D-SLRs with movie capability (and HD, no less) from Canon and Nikon, and 50-, 56- and 60.5-megapixel, medium-format entries from Hasselblad, Leaf and Phase One. Read More...
Pixel count certainly plays a key role in photography, but we’re approaching a point of diminishing returns and potentially reduced image quality as more pixels are packed onto a sensor
It’s time for the “megapixel wars” to end once and for all. You can bet the march of technology will continue to give us imaging sensors with ever-greater numbers of megapixels, but for most photographers, more pixels won’t give us better images. Sure, more megapixels generally are welcome. But the reality is that we’ve reached the point where most photographers won’t benefit from more megapixels. Read More...
New technology, a commitment to developing the very best image quality possible and a thriving rental market all have contributed to a renaissance in the digital medium-format category
It's no secret that the medium-format industry has experienced dramatic changes since the advent of digital. Open camera systems (think Hasselblad's H2 series) became closed, leaving players such as Phase One and Leaf no access to Hasselblad's systems. Additionally, the disappearance of beloved medium-format models signified harsh times in the sector as Contax, Bronica and Pentax fell by the wayside.
At the heart of it all, the tiniest technology makes every picture possible
Though image-sensor technology has been well used for years now—after all, the digital revolution is old news—it hasn't been well understood. Today's image sensors are more sophisticated and powerful than any that have come before. The current generation of turbocharged sensors is at the heart of the modern, sophisticated D-SLR. As with any photographic process, though, a complete understanding of how the tools work can lead to better results, both when purchasing a camera and when using one.
Have you ever wondered what's inside your memory card? How can they keep cramming more storage in the same space, or how much further can the prices fall? It seems like, only yesterday, we needed to take out a second mortgage to buy a 256 MB CF card. Now you can find 2 GB cards for as little as $15.
Resolution always will be a buzzword for digital cameras, but the current crop of professional-quality D-SLRs is about much more than advances in megapixel counts
The war of technology is raging with renewed vigor as the next installment of weapons has come to the battlefield. Product development, with its furious and relentless pace, has taken us one step further into the golden age of digital photography. But that step is now at least as much about features and new onboard technologies as it is about gains in resolution.
Infrared photography has been transformed from a finicky medium full of frustration and technical difficulty into a field where anyone can try to expand their portfolio and creativity
Infrared camera conversions are for the professional trying to obtain a unique look. The results give you an array of imaginative pictures from a portion of the spectrum of light that the human eye can't see. Through a conversion process, a standard D-SLR can be converted to a dedicated infrared camera that records images in that part of the spectrum. These conversions have become more popular as photographers have been attracted to the evocative results. Cameras can be converted to black-and-white or color infrared.