This Week in Photography 4th March 2012 and reflections on the 5D Mark III

A roundup of some of the things about photography on the Internet that I found interesting this week.

I guess the most interesting thing to occur this week was the announcement of the new Canon 5D Mark III with only a minor change in resolution compared to the previously announced Nikon D800’s massive jump in resolution. As you would imagine the debate has been furious on various discussion forums and blogs.

My personal take on this is that there is a place for both cameras and it would be a really good idea for Canon to bring out an additional model that ups the resolution massively. The 5D Mark III provides plenty of resolution for many situations. However, and this is a big however, there are many situations when a much higher resolution camera would be a real plus. I shoot landscapes a lot, so I am not so worried about shooting rates, time to write to the memory card or even HD video capabilities. I want a camera I can take into the field that works well and gives me more than enough resolution to be able to crop substantially later in the studio depending on my intended image use and still print at a large size. This means turning landscape to portrait orientations, as well as creating panoramas by cropping. Even in the landscape things can change in the time it takes to take both a landscape and portrait orientation shot, such as birds being in the perfect location in the sky. This makes the ability to radically crop very attractive. So I would love to see Canon produce a 6D (say) with a 40-50MP sensor and, ideally, the ability to remove the IR blocking filter from the light path at the press of a button. This would be a dream camera for landscape photographers, and also many others, such as people shooting art works and such.

Apart from the above, not that much caught my eye this week on the web, but here it is:

Seven futuristic camera concepts

http://photorumors.com/2012/02/26/seven-futuristic-camera-concepts/

Adobe introduces ‘Primetime’ end to end video publishing solution

http://9to5mac.com/2012/02/27/adobe-introduces-primetime-end-to-end-video-publishing-solution/

A Photo App That Makes “Awesome” a Verb

http://allthingsd.com/20120228/a-photo-app-that-makes-awesome-a-verb/?mod=tweet

7 new iPhone photography apps that you should download now

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2012/03/03/7-new-iphone-photography-apps-that-you-should-download-now/?awesm=tnw.to_1DX1Q

Beautiful examples of black and white photography

http://www.photopoly.net/black-and-white-photography-incredible-examples/

70+ Stunning Abstract Photographs

http://photo.tutsplus.com/articles/inspiration/70-stunning-abstract-photographs/

The Week in Photography 27 February 2012

Our new weekly roundup of interesting material from the web over the previous week to do with photography. In this series I’ll point you at the content on the web that has caught my eye that is relevant to photography in some way:

Like a Kickstarter for photojournalism, Emphas.is helps finance visual storytelling

http://thenextweb.com/media/2012/02/26/like-a-kickstarter-for-photojournalism-emphas-is-helps-finance-visual-storytelling/?awesm=tnw.to_1DSlx

A Brief History of Children’s Picture Books and the Art of Visual Storytelling

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/02/24/childrens-picturebooks/

5 Awesome Light Meter Apps for iPhone

http://www.iphoneness.com/iphone-apps/light-meter-apps-for-iphone/

20 HDR Photographers Worth Watching

http://speckyboy.com/2012/02/26/20-hdr-photographers-worth-watching/

Comments on the new Nikon D4 and D800

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/2896866820/nikon-d4-d800-what-do-the-professionals-think

DPReview’s Run Through of the Nikon D800

Almost enough to make me want to swap to Nikon 🙂

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/nikonD800/

Outdoor Photographer’s article on using sliders with dSLRs for video

http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/how-to/shooting/solutions-on-the-slide.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=OPeNewsFeb_022312

ConeSquid suction cup mount mini tripod for cameras

http://www.gizmag.com/cinesquid-suction-cup-tripod/21556/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=4432ef9bae-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email

Nice example of a photographer’s book selling website

http://www.inspiredexposure.com/

 

LoFi Gallery in London Call for Submissions For Their Opening Exhibition

LFG call for submissions

Are you a LoFi Fool?

iPhone photography by Wayne J. Cosshall

A brand new London gallery is looking for the best and most interesting images taken with LoFi cameras – that’s Holga, Lomo, Polaroid, Diana and iPhone – to display in their inaugural exhibition in August.

It doesn’t matter if you’re amateur or professional, young or old. If you have a catalogue of work or a single great image. We care about good pictures. Any selected photos will be featured on the online gallery, with a smaller collection featured in the gallery space itself.

All work featured will be on sale to the general public, and cash prizes will be awarded at the inaugural exhibition for the most interesting photographs in three categories.

If you have some great LoFi pictures, email [email protected] for details on how to apply.

Entry fees may be applicable.

LoFi Gallery, London Is a New Gallery for LoFo Photography

A brand new gallery celebrating the art of LoFi photography.

Jump Photo Arts, the team behind the phenomenally successful Starsnappers Project, is now launching a brand new art gallery in London dedicated to LoFi photography.

iPhone photography by Wayne J. Cosshall

The Starsnappers project began in 2003 when digital technology had already taken hold of the photographic industry.  Starsnappers developed its portrait workshops with the aim of allowing children to use state of the art digital camera equipment under the supervision of professional photographers.  The immediacy of the digital format allowed children to see the fruits of their creativity without the delay of image processing and printing.

Continuing their policy of embracing all things photography, Jump Photo Arts are now launching a brand new gallery celebrating artworks at the other end of the photographic spectrum. LoFi photography includes film cameras such as Holga, Lomo, Diana, and Polaroid.  iPhone photography will also be included due to the camera’s primitive lens.

Visitors will be able to view and purchase a selection of the most interesting examples of LoFi photography – all full-size and professionally framed.  It’s a great opportunity to pick up a unique, fascinating piece of art whilst fostering the careers of emerging artists and  talent alike.

It’s often difficult for artists at the early stages of their career to find professional outlets for their work. The LoFi Gallery, London will champion new practitioners who are keeping the art of analogue photography alive, whilst offering them a public platform to display their photos.

Artistic Director Marc Kenyon says: “In the age of instant digital photography, whereby you can keep clicking until you have a perfect recreation of your subject, we hope to bring back some of the mystery, spontaneity and magic to the craft. It’s about capturing a moment in time rather than replicating images. The photos we love are stimulating, beautiful, sometimes challenging, but always authentic.”

The LoFi Gallery, London is the first initiative from newly relaunched not-for-profit arts organisation, Jump Photo Arts. Formerly known as the Starsnappers Project, the change in name reflects the ambitious new rostrum of projects set to launch in 2012. Watch this space for more exciting new developments.

The LoFi Gallery, London will be based in Deptford, South East London. The inaugural exhibition will open on 1st August 2012.

If you would like to submit your Lo Fi images for consideration, please email [email protected]

For press enquiries, please contact [email protected]

Photography Wisdom Now Available As Five eBooks, a Print Book and an App for iPad

My Photography Wisdom book, containing 50 great chapters on improving your photography and digital art through a better understanding of the process, is now available in multiple forms.

Photography Wisdom itself is available as:

  • A print book from Amazon
  • An ebook for Kindle from Amazon
  • An ebook for Kindle and all other ebook readers, plus computer based reading programs from Smashwords
  • An ebook from Apple
  • An App for Ipad from the Apple App Store containing videos and soon to be updated to version 1.2

 

I’ve also published four smaller collections of ten chapters each selected from the full Photography Wisdom book on specific topic areas:

 

My author page on Amazon is here

In 2012 more books in the Photography Wisdom series will be coming out.

DIMi Is Now A Magazine

Yes, it is here. digital imageMaker international is now out as a magazine featuring profiles and interviews with leading photographers and digital artists of our time.

digital imageMaker international 01 brings you some of the world’s best photography and digital art in book form. This volume in an ongoing series brings you portrait photography by Nadia Salameh, art by Bonny Lhotka and David J. Bookbinder, insect photography by Jane Davenport, generative art by Don Relyea and a profile of the Digital Art Guild. Stunning images will stimulate and delight you while insightful interviews will educate and inform.

DIMi is available in three forms at the moment: print, PDF and eBook.

Print and PDF distribution is being handled by MagCloud

It is available for the Kindle from Amazon

It is available in all eBook formats from Smashwords

It is in the Apple ebook store

digital imageMaker international

By Wayne Cosshall in digital imageMaker international

60 pages, published 12 DEC 2011

DIMi brings you profiles of leading photographers and digital artists from around the world, with insightful interviews. Discover how the top photographers and artists work, their thought processes, favourite techniques and much more.

Blurb Brings Photobooks to iPad

Blurb has today announced that they will be providing a publishing option to iPad.

In the first iteration photographers who have used Blurb’s Bookify and BookSmart software will be able to publish in a way that maintains the formatting of the print version.

Emails go out next month with the details and support for photographers who upload a PDF rather than using the Blurb software will come later. It is unclear at the moment about whether this creates something sold through the iBookstore or whether Blurb will have their own app reader. Since they do say that such books will also be for sale through Blurb’s own store, I suspect they are going to be ePubs sold through the iBookstore.

More great news for photographers from the digital revolution in publishing.

 

 

Phoozl on Facebook a Photo Challenge

Phoozl Launches Unique “Alphabetography Photo Challenge” on Facebook


Photo games site Phoozl.com has announced the launch of its new, seasonal “Alphabetography Photo Challenge: the Four Seasons” contest as a Facebook Application. The first “Winter” challenge or contest has just begun after the start of the Winter 2010/11 season (in the Northern Hemisphere), and it runs for approximately 45 days to its conclusion in early March.

A Unique Alphabet Photo Concept

During each season’s contest (using “Winter” as the example), photo enthusiasts submit photos that apply or relate to the current letter that’s in play. So during the “W Letter Period,” entrants upload photos whose subject contains a word that starts with the letter “W” (examples: White, Winter, Wonderful). When the game-play moves to the letter “I”, entrants submit “I” photos. And so on through the six letters of the word “Winter.” Entrants are allowed up to 5 submissions per letter maximum. Photos can be submitted via Facebook or photo-sharing sites, or uploaded from local computers or mobile devices. Participants can even join the contest late as there are six Letter Periods in this (“Winter”) Challenge, so they have six chances to enter.

Voting, Judging, Gallery, and Prizes

The Winter 2010/11 Alphabetography Photo Challenge costs nothing to enter but is offering 11 different Prizes sponsored by such companies as: Blurb, Datacolor, Frame Destination, and Course Technology PTR. There are galleries and public voting, and the Top 5 vote-getting photos for each letter move to the Judging Phase where a panel of three professional photographers will judge and score the 30 Finalist Photos based on published criteria. Add any Extra Points, and the top scores win.

Contest participants need only a Facebook account to enter, and they must be at least 18 years old. Photo submissions are acceptable from anywhere in the world, and there are no restrictions on when photos are taken or if they have been manipulated.

“We’re super excited about this new contest that challenges photo enthusiasts around the world to sync up their creativity with the earth’s seasons and get recognition for their work,” says Phoozl’s Harald Johnson and the creator of the Alphabetography Photo Challenge. “Sure, there are other alphabet photo games out there, but there is nothing like this!”

Start Alphabetographing!

To learn more about the Alphabetography Photo Challenge: the Four Seasons, or even better, to take the challenge and to participate, go to Phoozl’s Fan Page on Facebook and click the “Challenges” tab to enter the Application:

http://www.facebook.com/phoozl

OR… go directly to the Facebook Application:

http://apps.facebook.com/alphabetography

(you need to “Allow” the Request for Permission screen that appears)

About this Contest and the Four Seasons

Each temperate, astronomical season (Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn) comprises its own complete Alphabetography Photo Challenge from photo submission to announcement of winners. A new contest will start with the next season in the calendar.

The four seasons are based on the traditional names used in the temperate and sub-polar regions on the globe. Taking Winter as the example, this is the season with the shortest days and lowest average temperatures, due to the tilt of the earth’s axis and the lower intensity of sunlight striking its surface during that time. In the Northern Hemisphere, Winter corresponds to the months of December, January and February. In the Southern Hemisphere it’s reversed: Winter is June, July and August. So even though the Winter game takes place December-February (actually, starting in January), a Southern Hemisphere resident could select photos from THEIR Winter, if they want to meet the “Wintery” judging criterion (there are four different criteria). However, photos from ALL seasons are eligible for submission regardless of the season or the player’s location.

About Phoozl

The Alphabetography Photo Challenge is run and administered by Phoozl.com. Phoozl is a website destination or portal that provides a safe place to have fun with photos and photography (and other visual arts). The core of Phoozl is the many online Flash or “videogames” organized in different categories. Games range from puzzles to quizzes to “click mysteries” to “first-person-shooters” and other unique categories. But Phoozl is more than just online photo games. There’s information and learning, too, in the form of Photo IQ quizzes, Photo Tips from experts, and educational games that even include “brain-training.” Plus there are contests, creative challenges, missions, hunts, and “secret events.” There is also a PhoozNews blog, and a Community section will be coming online soon. Phoozl’s tagline says it all: “photo games & more.”

Early Reviews for Phoozl:

“Loved the game [Photo IQ]… Finally a site dedicated to photo games!!!”

— Camillia

“Thanks for creating something totally different!”

— Nish