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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Human Creativity
Humans don’t have the ability to govern themselves adequately (and never will), but creating and inventing, at these we excel. Chris Anderson’s enlightening talk on TED.com explains the collective creative power of humanity. We have always had this power, but have lacked the means to harness it.

For example, earlier ways to learn Photoshop were either struggle through a 4 inch thick “PS for Dummies” manual or attend an expensive PS course at a local college and hope the instructor is any good.

Then we had how-to blogs on Photoshop techniques to help make learning this big program easier and photo sharing sites like Flickr to provide a format for millions of examples of good and bad photography and forums to discuss and critique.

Now add video, a voice and a moving image, and learning and exchanging ideas improves infinitely. Millions of YouTube videos freely and easily walk us though every function and tip of PS. With the ubiquitous video enabled camera, we are seeing glimpses of what our human mind is capable of.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The folks at Canon labs have been busy.

Aug 24th was the press release for Canon's newly developed CMOS sensor with approximately 120 megapixels. 120 megapixels! Some top pro digital cameras have 21 megapixels. This is just nuts. In a good way.


http://www.canon.com/news/2010/aug31e.html

What is the benefit? Examining a fashion model’s skin pores? Actually there are many. For example it enables cropping images and videos with relatively no loss of resolution.

The press release states, “Canon's newly developed CMOS sensor also incorporates a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) video output capability. The sensor can output Full HD video from any approximately one-sixtieth-sized section of its total surface area.”

Imagine a wide view video of a soccer match with the ability to zoom in on any one player and still maintain HD.

The August 31st press release is also notable - an 8 inch x 8 inch CMOS sensor with ultra high light sensitivity.

http://www.canon.com/news/2010/aug31e.html

Translated for us laymen:

- Full Daylight is about 10,000 LUX
- Cloudy day is about 1,000 LUX
- A lighted parking lot at night is about 10 LUX (average)
- A full moon is about 1 LUX

This sensor can record shooting with a mere 0.3 lux or half the light of the moon!

“The sensor makes possible the image capture in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor, facilitating the shooting of 60 frame-per-second video with a mere 0.3 lux of illumination.”

Have you ever seen a beautiful moonlit mountain range or valley? Imagine low light underwater photography in lifelike detail and clarity. These beautiful scenes can now be captured in a large, large format. Think “Ansel Adams already has one on order”.

But on another note, this mad rush to capture images that are “lifelike” has what motive? Because we can? Or because the beauty of this world will soon be gone?

 

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Canon 5D Mark ii

A long time ago when cameras used film, I was a wedding photographer. When shooting an afternoon wedding we often had a photo session before the dinner. By that time the wedding party had had a few drinks and everyone finally started to relax.

Summer evenings in Vancouver are magical. The sun bathes everyone in a golden glow and light breezes caress like fine silk. But it is at this fleeting moment that wedding photographers have to work as fast as possible, burning through film and profit, hoping to capture 2 or 3 truly memorable moments. I can remember daydreaming about a digital camera that could capture in a few seconds hundreds of images of a glowing bride. Then afterwards pull an image from this brief “video” (or series of images rapidly taken) at the exact moment everything was perfect. All without film.

At that time I was shooting formals with a Bronica 6x6 SQ system and my candids with a Canon EOS 1n and L lenses. Generally we shot 20 rolls of 36 with the Canon and 10 rolls with the 6x6. At a pro lab, this cost about $300 for processing and print proofs.

Old news, but guess what, pro-series cameras can now do just that, rapid shooting and HD video. Engadget reported that the last season of the TV series “House” was shot with a canon 5D Mark ii. The 5D Mark ii can also shoot 30 frames a second!


Until recently, this has come at pro price of about $3000.

While watching the 2010 US Open tennis (http://www.usopen.org/en_US/index.html ) an Olympus EP2 video ad caught my eye, it stated that this little camera was used to film the ad in HD video. It can be bought for about $550. Amazing stuff. My dream came true quicker than I thought.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/13/canon-5d-mark-ii-used-to-shoot-entire-house-season-finale-direc/

 


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Sunday, August 29, 2010
How to choose your SLR Digital camera.

Here are wise words you should not forget: Buy the cheapest digital camera that will do what you need and the most expensive lens you can afford.



In other words, put your money in the lens. Entry level cameras made by the big companies are all pretty good. But we can’t say that for all entry level lenses. In fact many kit lenses are very poor. It’s all in the “glass”! For a well developed argument and longer explanation follow the link. (
20/09/08 Entry)  http://lyndersaydigital.com/brain/pix_files/lens_primacy.html


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Sunday, August 22, 2010
Camera War.



September is almost here, and this year is especially interesting. Two great camera companies have released upgrades to two fantastic compact cameras. We have the new S95 (was the S90) and the new LX5 (was the LX3). The battle for the best compact is set to start  in Cologne, Germany at Photokina in September. You can already hear the saber rattling in the forums, but until these two guns come to market it will be just talk. Looks to be an action filled fall for camera lovers!


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Thursday, August 12, 2010
The 2.5 is here!


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Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Top 5 Best Compact Cameras
The cameras presently on the market are excellent, almost approaching the perfect everyday camera.  Here is a list (debatable) of 5 compact/smaller cameras that I really feel will take some great pictures and be small enough to use keep close by and use everyday.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Canon S90 + Flipbac


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Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Olympus E-P1 + Flipbac



Here are some more images and a video of the Flipbac on the new Olympus E-P1.


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Monday, June 01, 2009
Panasonic Lumix LX3 / Leica D-Lux 4:
We get emails daily asking about how the Flipbac works on this popular camera. We decided to see for ourselves. If you are interested in reading our observations, have a look over here. Any others out there who have tried the Flipbac on their LX3? Send us your comments and we will post them for our readers.


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