Camera Tech

Clicking the shutter at the right time is what matters the most

There are situations when it’s acceptable, and perhaps even encouraged, for pros to shoot on auto. While we’re certainly not going to argue that professional photographers should rely solely on the automatic settings of a camera, we would like to be devil’s advocate in this case to point out a larger truth. Often, overanalyzing can... Read more

Business Tech

Revolution Now! Learning to adapt is the key to survival.

The following aren’t myths, unfortunately. According to 2008 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (, there are an estimated 152,000 professionally employed photographers in the U.S., with projected employment reaching close to 170,000 by the year 2018. The median annual wage of salaried photographers was close to $30,000, with the... Read more

Film Tech

Film is a living, breathing medium in the age of digital

Life rarely provides one perfect solution to a problem, but success often means choosing the best of many paths toward reaching your final goal. Until his latest Sanctuary project, master fine-art photographer Gregory Crewdson’s laborious process involved taking many, many exposures at different focal lengths and then sandwiching digital scans of... Read more

Video Tech

You need more than just a video-capable DSLR to be a filmmaker

It’s an interesting time to be caught in the crossfire of two markets that have similar interests. Whether a photographer making the move into video or a videographer looking for an affordable, all-in-one video and photo solution, the time has never been better to invest in an HD DSLR. The latest photo/video hybrid entries of the Canon EOS 60D,... Read more

Camera Tech

Some healthy competition is good for business

Recently, RED Digital Cinema’s mercurial CEO Jim Jannard took to the RED forums to respond to a post asking if the company would ever go “head to head” with the DSLR market. In standard Jannard fashion, the magnate all but dismisses the convergence of technologies in DSLRs with the following quote: “I fully expect the DSLR mfgs to get it right... Read more

Camera Tech

Pro photographers should be paying attention to a new trend in mirrorless camera design

Developed as a compromise between the efficient size of compacts and the quality and compositional freedoms of a DSLR, a brand-new breed of camera has appeared over the last year or so. Sometimes affectionately dubbed “EVIL” as an acronym for Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens, these cameras have eliminated the mirror box of the traditional... Read more

Copyright Tech

You have to give to get. Sometimes gaining notoriety is worth losing some control over your images.

There’s no stopping the Internet. Just as independent musicians and the record industry have had to learn to work with unfettered downloading of songs, photographers have to consider the fact that there are a lot of fans out there who want stuff for free, despite what the photographer has invested financially, fiscally and even emotionally. Even just... Read more

Sensor Tech

There are fundamental differences between CCD and CMOS, but both are capable of pro-quality imagery

As is the habit in technology, there once was a war brewing between two competing technologies, CCD and CMOS sensors. Unlike the Betamax vs. VHS and HD DVD vs. Blu-ray wars, however, there has been no clear outcome in the battle for supremacy in camera sensors. Both CCD (charge-coupled device) and CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensors... Read more

Video Tech

Finding a resolution for video-capable cameras isn’t easy

Although 1080p has all of the buzz in the HD video world, it’s not necessarily the best format to be using. 720p offers some distinct advantages for a lot of photographers. Smaller file sizes mean faster processing pipelines and more streamlined workflows, and for photographers in the field, it can mean the difference between making a deadline... Read more