Some pixelated ramblings from Piazza.
1. First up is mention of a great blog by my friend Scott Parsons. Scott has been very involved in photography, having seen it from both the retail and dealer side. He is writing a blog which is really quite amazing. His writing has a philosophical bent that is engaging and thought-provoking. Most of the blog photos were shot with an iPhone. You can read more and sign up here: Espyworks
2. Canon announced a new high-end camera today. At nearly $7000, not many of you will rush out and buy it but it is always interesting to see how far the science is being pushed. Called the 1D-X, it is an amalgam of their 1.3 D series and their DS full frame sensors. It has an 18 mp full frame sensor and can shoot 12 frames a second! For a while at least, it will likely feature the lowest noise of any camera. It would also appear the megapixel race is slowing down, since this new 18 mp body is replacing a 21 mp model! Recently I was visiting with my friend Jack Kingsley who was involved with early digital sensor research; their sensors had something like 256 pixels! A far cry from 18 million.
What is perhaps more relevant to us is the fact that soon the 1D MK III and IV and 1DS MK III models will appear in larger numbers on eBay at great prices. A year ago, I bought a used 1D Mark III for about $1,900 (new ones were $4,500) and it has become my favorite body. I could never have afforded a new one. Be warned though that once you work with a pro level camera, it is hard to go back! You can read about the new camera here: 1D-X On the other hand, this is not to say that a nice “point & shoot” isn’t the way to go! Pick the tools for the job. Often “less” camera is better than “more”! For instance, I have my eyes on a new offering from Fuij: the X10 Compact.
3. Another great blog I subscribe to is by Art Morris. Art is an amazing bird photographer and I am always learning something from him. Yes, the blogs have lots of advertising but you can ignore that.
4. More Adobe magic. In case you thought the wizards at Adobe had been napping (a reasonable assumption given the underwhelming features in the new Elements 10), fear not. They are working on a technology that will remove the blur from a photo. Read that again. I don’t mean the optical illusion of unsharp masking or “smart sharpen” which just add some edge contrast on the pixels. This is actually analyzing the blur in an image and then rendering a sharp rendition.
The best way to understand this is the watch this 6 minute video: Image Deblurring If your jaw does not drop, then you probably should have gotten a tetanus shot! Will this show up in CS6? Who knows. But it is enough to get your salivary glands pumping. I don’t need no stinkin’ tripod!
5. I recently came across an online camera simulator. CameraSim teaches you how ISO, shutter, focal length, aperture and other settings affect your photos. It is free and pretty darn cool. Especially great if you are new to all this nonsense of f-stops and such!
6. Lightroom is an amazing program but to use it effectively, you need to get your photos organized first. This seems to be a big issue with folks. I frequently work with photographers who have their photos scattered all over. Some are on the desktop; some under “my pictures”; some under other folders. This sort of chaos is not conducive to efficient management, to say nothing of making proper backups. I just posted a short article here, Getting Organized, which will point you in the right direction.
7. Next Lightroom Basics class. I am tentatively planning my next Lightroom class for Friday, Nov. 18. Only six students. Visit my Class Page for more info and to register.
8. Happy Halloween!