The Week In Photography 12th April 2013

Here’s what has caught my attention on the Internet recently about photography:

Colorful Long Exposure Photos of Glow Sticks Dropped Into Waterfalls

Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera

G-Technology announces new family of Thunderbolt-equipped docks, drives

NeroTrigger camera trigger is faster (and smarter) than your shutter finger

Canon XA25 HD and XA20 HD Camcorders:

Turn ordinary photos into extraordinary iPhoneography with textures

Trygger Camera Clip: a better polarizing filter for your iPhone 5

5 iPhone Photography Accessories for Better Pictures

PhotosNormandy: An Online Collection of 3,000+ Royalty-Free Photos from WWII

Eye-Popping Photographs of Hong Kong High-Rise Apartment Buildings

High-Speed Photographs of Ink Dropped into Water

Dreamy Photography by Weerapong Chaipuck



Current offers from Think Tank Photo


Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just made three announcements that I thought would interest you.

·         Free Shipping!  Yes, they’ve made it official that on all orders of $75 or more placed with Think Tank you will receive free shipping.  In addition, because you are my friend, when you click on this link you will also receive a free gift with your order!

·         $50 Rebate on the Airport 4-Sight rolling camera bagThe Airport 4-Sight, Think Tank’s first four-wheeled roller, was released to popular acclaim.  Between now and the end of April 2013, when you order one of these popular rollers you will receive $50 back!  With the Airport 4-Sight Think Tank set out to design a more ergonomic roller to reduce fatigue and strain on traveling photographers. The result is the first four wheel roller designed specifically for photographers. It meets International airline carry-on standards. Weight has been dramatically reduced through innovative bag design and a strict focus on features that photographers identify as most beneficial. A lockable zipper provides security.

·         Lucky 13!  With this promotion, which runs through the end of April, every other day Think Tank will randomly pull the name of one lucky person who will win an Airport 4-Sight, a Sling-O-Matic 20, and a Change-Up multifunction belt pack.  And that’s not all, in each prize package Think Tank will be including additional surprise gifts.


GalleryPouch Discount Code Lets You More Cheaply Protect Your Art

The GalleryPouch, a product for protecting everything from lenses to large framed art works and works on canvas, just reached a milestone of 12,000 bags sold and shipped. They are also great to use as a mat for cushioning/protecting knees/pants/elbows, etc., or as a shoot-through diffuser when out photographing nature or people.


There’s an article on my friend, Andrew Darlow’s blog.

The coupon code is “GPSALE”

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.