An Android-Powered Camera

Normally I don't blog about new product announcements, but this one is notable in an pretty unique way. It's another story of the convergence of cell phone technology and digital cameras. But in this case, it's not another smart phone that's designed to take great pictures. In fact it's a point-and-shoot camera that's got a smartphone's Android operating system built in. It's the new Nikon Coolpix S800c, a compact camera that captures 16-megapixel stills and full HD video, and allows you to easily share them via wi-fi to upload them straight to the web. This makes sharing online with this camera just as easy as it is with a smartphone. Even more, it includes typical smartphone capabilities like email, gps positioning and more thanks to apps downloaded from the Google Play store. It's the first of something pretty unique, and I'm guessing this won't be the last of its breed.

http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Compact-Digital-Cameras/26356/COOLPIX-S800c.html
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Normally I don't blog about new product announcements, but this one is notable in an pretty unique way. It's another story of the convergence of cell phone technology and digital cameras. But in this case, it's not another smart phone that's designed to take great pictures. In fact it's a…

Shooting Day For Night

I love old westerns from the 1970s. Those movies are a guilty pleasure for an afternoon on the couch or a late night "work" session. One of my favorite techniques from many of those westerns is the "day for night" shooting trick. By photographing a scene in the middle of the day, but dramatically underexposing and shifting the tones to blue (presumably via the use of a filter or a processing adjustment) suddenly the good guys are outrunning the bad guys under the light of a full moon—not under a harsh midday sun. So this video by Jay P. Morgan of the Slanted Lens, about turning daylight into moonlight with a few simple tricks, really strikes a chord with me. Maybe I'll make my own westerns now? Or maybe I'll just put it to use as a way to understand illuminating subject and background separately by controlling ambient and flash exposures independently in the same scene. It's powerful stuff if you really want to be the kind of photographer who takes control of lighting, rather than the kind who just takes what he can get.

http://www.silberstudios.tv/blog/2012/08/turn-sunshine-into-moon-shine-all-in-camera/
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I love old westerns from the 1970s. Those movies are a guilty pleasure for an afternoon on the couch or a late night "work" session. One of my favorite techniques from many of those westerns is the "day for night" shooting trick. By photographing a scene in the middle of…

An Immersive Martian Panorama Photograph

Last week I mentioned a few of my favorite Mars rover links. If only this one had been available at the time! It's an interactive 360-degree panorama of the Curiosity rover's Martian landing site. And it's so unbelievably great! It provides a different way of experiencing the red planet, heightening that feeling of "you're really there" in a way that no amount of still photos can quite accomplish. I can only imagine that once we start seeing actual video from the planet that the feeling will be even more heightened. It's yet another reminder of what an amazing technological age in which we're living.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/08/an-interactive-360-panorama-of-curiositys-landing-site-on-mars/
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Last week I mentioned a few of my favorite Mars rover links. If only this one had been available at the time! It's an interactive 360-degree panorama of the Curiosity rover's Martian landing site. And it's so unbelievably great! It provides a different way of experiencing the red planet, heightening…

Photography Is Not A Crime

I've been reading a lot lately about the increasing criminalization of photography.
By William Sawalich
I've been reading a lot lately about the increasing criminalization of photography. It seems that more and more photographers are stopped by police officers all over the country for doing nothing more than photographing on public property. And many photographers, it seems, do not understand their rights: we have the…

The Philosophy Of Portraiture

I mentioned a great video yesterday about an early landscape master. So how about another phenomenal video today, this time featuring a current portrait master? Nadav Kandar is as accomplished and talented a portraitist as has ever walked the earth, I'd say. Produced as a tie-in to this summer's London Olympics, this 13-minute video features not only examples of Kandar's work, and the photographer at work, but mostly it features him discussing his philosophy of portraiture and photography. It's an intellectual study of a way of making portraits, and it's fascinating. If you're into portraits, this is probably equivalent to a whole semester's worth of a college class on portraiture—all in just a few minutes of YouTube video. Thanks to The Strobist for sharing it.

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2012/07/nadav-kander-on-portraiture.html
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I mentioned a great video yesterday about an early landscape master. So how about another phenomenal video today, this time featuring a current portrait master? Nadav Kandar is as accomplished and talented a portraitist as has ever walked the earth, I'd say. Produced as a tie-in to this summer's London…

Ansel On Video

Regular readers know how much I love a good photographic documentary. Getting a glimpse behind the scenes to watch a world-class photographer at work is about as good as it gets. Thankfully because of the age in which we're living, this sort of special glimpse into a photographer's workflow can happen fairly regularly as so many wonderful documentaries have been uploaded to YouTube. One of the earliest photo documentaries I've ever seen is this 1957 film by Beaumont and Nancy Newhall—the 20th century's first couple of photography—about iconic nature photographer Ansel Adams. Take a look at John Paul Caponigro's blog to get a glimpse into the master's working approach, a breakdown of his equipment, and even a few minutes of the man himself performing on piano. A worthwhile video for fans of Ansel and fans of good documentaries alike. It's full of wonderful little quirks about Adams. For instance, you may have heard that his preferred vehicle had a large platform strapped to the roof. But did you know that it was also an old eight-passenger limousine? The sight of the man himself loading his car full of gear to head out for work is simply wonderful. (After you finish this video, root around Mr. Caponigro's blog to find a few other videos of Ansel at work.) 

http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/9374/ansel-adams-photographer-1957-documentary/
DPMag
Regular readers know how much I love a good photographic documentary. Getting a glimpse behind the scenes to watch a world-class photographer at work is about as good as it gets. Thankfully because of the age in which we're living, this sort of special glimpse into a photographer's workflow can…
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