The Week In Photography 28th March 2013

Here’s what caught my attention on the Internet over the past week and a bit about photography and related topics:

News: Sachtler Ace L and New FSB Tripod Systems at the NAB 2013

The Unbelievable Photos Taken by the Crazy Russians Who Illegally Climbed Egypt’s Great Pyramid

Life In LoFi: iPhoneography

Low light photography: 40 pro tips for any situation

David Saffir: Thinking and Seeing In Black and White – Part 2 of 3 « SpyderBLOG

Illuminating the Petrochemical Landscape: Places: Design Observer



The Week In Photography 19th March 2013

Here’s what’s been catching my attention about photography on the Internet in the past week (and a bit):

Gorgeous Photos Show An Arctic World That Won’t Be Around For Long | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation

Remarkable Images Of Volcanic Lightning, A Scientific Mystery | Co.Design: business + innovation + design

How The Impossible Project Gave Polaroid Cameras A New Lease On Life | Fast Company

How Using Color Relationships Can Impact Your Photography

Cardboard Hasselblad Medium Format Pinhole Camera to Be Sold as a Kit

Photographing Flower Blooms With A Lightbox

Rigwheels Is The Mother Of All DIY Dollies

Gorgeous New Planets? Nope, Just Frying Pans | Co.Design: business + innovation + design





The Week In Photography 10th March 2013

Here’s what caught my attention about photography and related fields in the past week:

Review: GoPro Hero3 Black Edition

Rare, Full-Color Photos from WWII

Phenomenal Photography by Finland Photographer Mikko Lagerstedt…

35mm Showdown: Canon, Canon L and Sigma Comparison

Big Bang: Abstract Photograms Created by Exposing Photo Paper to Fireworks

Guardian photographers share tips for getting a portrait in ten minutes

Innovative New Photo Sharing Site In a League Of Its Own

How to Freeze Motion in Water Photography

GifMill brings animated GIF creation to your iPhone

Selective Color Adjustment in Adobe Photoshop | David Saffir’s Photography and Printing Blog

With Dblcam, Use Both Your iPhone’s Cameras At Once | Fast Company

5 Ways To Improve Your Photography Without Touching Your Camera

Nikon COOLPIX A: hands-on with the latest large-sensor compact camera

Architectural Landscapes – A World Of Wonder

Satechi’s Bluetooth Smart Trigger turns an iOS device into a wireless DSLR remote














Some Interesting Photography Articles

It’s been awhile since I posted what was catching my attention about photography on the Internet. Well, here is a catchup, a roundup of what has caught my attention:

A Passion for Wrecks and Images Give a Photography Enthusiast a Second Career

Luxi turns an iPhone into an incident light meter

How To Approach Action Sports Photography

Conceptualize your compositions to improve your iPhone photography

Frame Rates vs Shutter Speed and Why to Care

Take A Look Inside the Suitcases of the Clinically Insane

Look At The World’s Greatest Skylines Without Any Lights On

Photographer Captures Detailed Photos of the Sun From His Backyard

Using Color Temp to Create Depth and Dimension with your HD Video

Make A Living In Filmmaking

Hddslr Filmmaking With Gale Tattersall

Rural Beginnings: Aesthetic Photography by Cally Whitham

An Inspirational Photo E-Book | Nature and Photography

Comparison: How Using a Lensbaby Affects Photography 

The Unsettling Beauty of Lethal Viruses

Turn your iPhone into a high-tech light meter

Long Exposure Photography of Stars

The CamRanger Lets You Wirelessly Control A DSLR From Your iPad [Macworld 2013]



The Time Of The App-Expandable Camera Has Arrived

Long-time readers of DImageMaker and of my contributions to HP Professional Photography blog may remember me talking of the need for cameras to become expandable in the same ways that phones are. We needed to be able to expand their functionality or just configure the existing capabilities in a way that better suited us, personally.

Finally the App capable camera seems to be arriving. Samsung has announced their Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100, an Android powered compact camera. This is an important step. It has compact camera image quality, rather than that of smartphones and it has all the connectivity and App options of a Galaxy phone, without the ability to make cellular phonecalls. I suspect that Samsung have screwed up by not having the phone call making capability in the camera, but we will have to wait and see. It certainly has most of the capability there, with 3G and 4G network connectivity, just not the ability to place cellular phonecalls, though you can through Skype. Gizmag has posted a decent review of the camera.


Users have really voted with their feet on this issue, as reflected in the falling sales of compact cameras and the wide takeup of people using their phones for photography, despite all the limitations this entails. Obviously the convenience of having a camera with you at all times and the instant sharing/modify capability more than offset the poor image quality, lack of optical zoom capability, etc. Which is why I think Samsung should have included the phone capability.

Now we need to see this App-centric approach expanded to dSLRs, where they can leave the phone capability out.

Coupling great optics, a large sensor and full customisability in a dSLR is a winner and I can’t wait for manufacturers to do this. What we do need is a standard phone API (applications programming interface) for Android for all the advanced features that high end compacts and dSLRs offer, so that app developers can concentrate on creativity rather than having to support all sorts of non-standard interfaces.

Photomatix Pro Coupon Code for 15% Purchase Discount

Photographers using high dynamic range (HDR) techniques to really make their digital images pop can now use a 15% discount coupon for Photomatix Pro, the special offer released today from have announced the release of a 15% discount coupon promotional for their visitors looking to buy the Photomatix Pro processing software to start with HDR. The code is available now to their visitors and can be used immediately for a discounted purchase of the software.


It is not specify how long the coupon will be available and people are encouraged to act now to take advantage of the savings opportunity. Photographers interested in taking advantage of the special offer can:click here for coupon code.

“The Photomatix software is amazing. We use it regularly, we love it, we recommend it. It is a natural starting point for photographers looking to start creating high dynamic range imagery, and we are proud to be able to pass on exclusive savings,” said Kevin Pryce with

According to the website, the software is easy to use, is customizable with a number of value laden plug-ins and helps the digital photographer with:

  • Tone Mapping
  • Exposure Fusion
  • DeGhosting
  • Produce Better Results


The software is a key tool for professionals and enthusiasts according to Mr. Pryce, adding, it is simply the leading HDR software available. Additionally, Photomatix works in conjunction with the widely used Adobe Photoshop.

According to Mr. Pryce, the only significant alternative option HDR Efex Pro by NIK software was purchased Sep. 17 2012, by Google, which has soured the enthusiasm of many photo experts and technology enthusiasts who fear for the fate of the popular processing software since the purchase.

One big plus for their HDR software is that it can be downloaded for free so users can try it and see how powerful it can be. There is no time limitation on the free trial. The saved photos have watermarks, but the watermarks can be removed once a license is purchased.

“My goal is for more talented, creative photo enthusiasts enter the HDR community. When people see what amazing imagery can be achieved, it’s just jaw dropping.” added Mr. Pryce, adding, “My favorite feature are the 1-click presets the software provides which really helps with work flow.”

At this time, Photomatix Pro can be purchased for $99, with the addition of the exclusive 15% discount coupon offered by, entering the world of high dynamic range photography has never been easier.

Visit for available discounts and coupons on the essential software and resources essential to a professional. From taking the shot to processing the image, learn how to avoid amateur mistakes and create amazing digital images like a pro.

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The Week In Photography 27th January 2012

Here’s what caught my attention on the Internet in the past week about photography:

Turn Your iPad Into a Second Monitor for Free

Here’s what your iPhone needs – a viewfinder

3rd Person View lets you star in your own action videos

iPhone Shutter Remote Wirelessly Takes Photos Up To 30 Feet Away

The Sunnist: D800 IR Monk Praying

Cameras offer advantages even to smartphone owners –

Berlin artist weaves immersive 3D matrix out of UV light

Humorous Portraits of People with Faces Pressed Against Glass

Parthenogenesis On An Ice Moon at 5x
Parthenogenesis On An Ice Moon at 5x

Review of the Canon MP-E65mm 1-5x f2.8 Macro Lens has begun

Yesterday I received a Canon MP-E65mm 1-5x Macro lens for review. This is an unusual lens, in that it focuses from 1x magnification to 5x magnification to a full frame sensor.

This is a manual focus lens that does not focus to infinity. It is exclusively for macro.


To start the testing process I grabbed some samples from our rock and crystal collection and started shooting. The results are in the gallery below. You’ll see more of these as testing continues and then read the full review once I am finished.

An Infrared Portrait Of The University of Melbourne

I’ve been the last two days at the University of Melbourne for a documentary film making course, and in my spare time I shot some infrared images of the university. Here is a selection of them.

They were taken with my converted for IR Canon 350D using a 720nm IR filter in the body and minimal processing (and no dust spotting, so if you see some, I just haven’t got to them yet :).