Lens Tech

High-quality manual-focus lenses available at lower prices

On a film, professional cinematographers must be able to rack focus between two or more points as the talent or subject moves through a composition. They use a variety of tools like follow-focus units, focusing marks and cine-style lenses with oversized barrels and precision scales in order to make this happen. The highest-budgeted films even will include... Read more

Image Tech

Despite the economy, it’s business as usual for photographers

It never has been easy to pursue a career in the arts, plain and simple. Whether the economy is booming or faltering, a career as a visual artist, playwright, musician or any other arts-based avenue is fraught with pitfalls and traps. Even if you’ve become successful in a particular area, the taste of your audience may change, or suddenly a particular... Read more

Gear Tech

Modern memory cards for massive capacities and fast data

For such a simple part of the imaging chain, it’s ironic that there’s so much confusion about memory cards. Capacity is simple to understand, but card speeds are quite a bit murkier. They’re determined by read and write times, the speed at which a digital device can access digital files (read) or capture information to the card (write).... Read more

Watermarks, Help Or Hindrance?

If you get three photographers into a room, you’ll probably have four opinions on the topic of watermarks.

If you get three photographers into a room, you’ll probably have four opinions on the topic of watermarks. For some, there’s simply no question that every photo you post online or share in social media should have a watermark, and the rationale for that point of view is that it protects you against unauthorized use of the photos. On the... Read more

Business Tech

Choosing to ignore the market is to do so at your own peril

This last December, Instagram infuriated its base of smartphone photographers when it released a newly revised terms of service that appeared from the language to reflect an extended rights grab by the service. The response went as quickly viral as the social media giant’s offerings, with everyone from National Geographic to Justin Bieber threatening... Read more

Business Tech

Sometimes you don’t need a model release, but it’s still a good idea to have one on you

The Right of Publicity is the control over the commercial use of your identity, which can include your image, likeness, name and any identifying features like your voice, signature or even mannerisms. There are several difficulties inherent in interpreting the Right of Publicity, especially since it’s a state matter rather than a federal one,... Read more

Video Tech

Shutter speed is one of the two most basic concepts in still photography, yet when it comes to video, there’s a lot of confusion as to what the shutter speed will bring to a motion image and what the difference is between shutter speed and frame rates, as well as which is the best shutter speed and frame rate to use when shooting video.

Shutter speed is one of the two most basic concepts in still photography, yet when it comes to video, there’s a lot of confusion as to what the shutter speed will bring to a motion image and what the difference is between shutter speed and frame rates, as well as which is the best shutter speed and frame rate to use when shooting video. Quite... Read more

Camera Tech

New cameras aren’t the only mark of innovation

2011 was something of a perfect storm for the camera industry. The earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan directly affected plants from Canon, Nikon, Sony and other manufacturers, and it was followed quickly thereafter by a global shortage of electronic parts caused by three long months of monsoons in Thailand. The rains drowned a large chunk of... Read more

Business Tech

Traditional media isn’t the only outlet for reportage

We know the familiar archetype of the photojournalist—the grizzled war veteran who has seen it all and captured it with his lens. The die-hard, rugged type has been personified memorably by John Malkovich in The Killing Fields, Nick Nolte in Under Fire, Joaquin Phoenix in Hotel Rwanda and the poignant ramblings of Dennis Hopper’s character... Read more

Camera Tech

Exciting new developments in computational photography may render aperture irrelevant

In early July, researchers at Cornell University were able to develop a lens-free camera that’s literally pinhead-sized. At 100th of a millimeter thick and one-half a millimeter on each side, the microscopic camera uses no lenses or moving parts, and is said to cost pennies to manufacture. Affectionately dubbed the Planar Fourier Capture Array,... Read more

Business Tech

Despite a news market flooded with photos from anyone with a cell phone, telling the story right matters most

In mid-April, the field of photojournalism lost two of its most important luminaries, Tim Hetherington, photographer and co-director of the Oscar®-nominated documentary Restrepo, and Chris Hondros, a 2004 Pulitzer Prize nominee for his work following the turbulent strife in Liberia. Both were killed while covering the recent conflict in Libya. Photojournalists... Read more
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