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TOP Classic: Creative Livings

The Online Photographer - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:39
[Originally written in 2007. Re the last paragraph, at the time I did not envision that this site would provide me with a living. —Mike] "Along with teaching creative thinking, art schools should encourage creative ways of making a living."... Michael Johnston
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10/10/14 The Morning Coffee: Home Again

The Online Photographer - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 20:43
I'm finally back home in Waukesha, having driven 2,759 miles (4,440 kilometers) since Friday September 26th. I saw five sets of friends, one twice, and had a grand and meaningful vacation. It's done me a world of good. I must... Michael Johnston
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Hipstamatic updates Cinamatic with manual video controls

DPReview News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 16:01

Cinamatic, Hipstamatic's iOS app for capturing short video clips, has been updated to implement manual control over focus, exposure, white balance, shutter speed and ISO. This has been made possible by changes to the camera API in iOS 8. After the launch of the new OS manual control had been implemented in several still photography apps very quickly but Cinamatic is now the first video app to come with the additional controls. Read more

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HTC introduces the RE digital camera

DPReview News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:56

Smartphone maker HTC has introduced its first stand-alone camera in the shape of the HTC RE. With no viewfinder, screen or controls other than a shutter release button, the RE is designed to be used either as an independent still and video camera, or as a connected device controlled via a smartphone. Housing a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor that features 16 million pixels, the RE uses a fixed-focus f/2.8 lens that HTC says has a 146 degree angle of view - equivalent to a 6.5mm focal length on a full frame body. Read more

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Tiny fps1000 high-speed camera boasts 18,500fps

DPReview News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 02:00

Graham Rowan of Hertfordshire, UK has created a small camera dubbed the "fps1000", and as its name suggests, it is designed solely to record high-frame-rate videos. The goal is to open up high-speed shooting to a wider market by offering a relatively inexpensive product that is highly portable. Learn more

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Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday

DPReview News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 17:55

This Thursday and Friday October 9-10th, DPReview is teaming up once again with CreativeLive on a live streaming broadcast. We'll be talking with industry experts and pros about current technological advancements and what they mean to photographers. Additionally, we'll have on hand plenty of new gear announced at Photokina and DPReview editorial staff will discuss the highlights and trends seen at the show. Learn more

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Ricoh announces WG-30W and WG-30 rugged compacts

DPReview News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:01

Ricoh has announced the WG-30W and WG-30, expanding its rugged compact camera lineup. The WG-30W provides Wi-Fi connectivity while the WG-30 doesn't, but outside of that the two cameras are identical. Offering a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, the WG-30W is waterproof to a depth of 40ft / 12m, shockproof to 5ft / 1.5m, crushproof to 220lbf/100kgf and coldproof down to +14F/-10C. Read more

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Nikon D750 real-world samples gallery posted

DPReview News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:29

Nikon's newest full frame camera, the D750, made its debut at Photokina this year. It borrows features from the D810 and combines them with a 24MP sensor, boasting a comprehensive video and still photo feature set. We've had access to a full production unit long enough to put together a gallery of real world sample images. See gallery

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On the Road Again

The Online Photographer - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:48
I'm on the road again today (sob!), but, to speak to John Krill's question yesterday as to what an enthusiast is, I had to think about that once for a survey. What I concluded is that if you name all... Michael Johnston
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Sensor Size

The Online Photographer - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:02
I saw that DPReview asked an interesting question the other day. It was a poll, and the question was: what do you think is the minimum sensor size for an enthusiast camera? I'm not even sure I quite understand the... Michael Johnston
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'See Impossible': Canon counts down to... something. *UPDATED*

DPReview News - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 07:44

UPDATED: When Canon's countdown clock reached zero this morning, the big surprise turned out to be... a 'marketing initiative.' Canon wants to remind consumers that its products can help them 'see impossible,' and it is doing so with an interactive website. The campaign will also include efforts in print, digital and live events. If you were waiting for the next big thing in imaging, it looks like you can keep on waiting.

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'We Make Money Not Art'

The Online Photographer - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 06:04
The title of the post is the name of one of the presentations at the BPB14, the current Brighton Photo Biennial. Ought to be the name of a category. There's nothing wrong with making money not art, but I've always... Michael Johnston
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Canon PowerShot G7 X real-world samples gallery posted

DPReview News - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 22:46

There's a lot of excitement surrounding Canon's recently announced PowerShot G7 X. This compact camera features a 1" BSI-CMOS sensor and fast 24-100mm F1.8-2.8 lens. We've been using a production G7 X for a few days and ahead of our usual round of studio tests and hands-on assessment, we've created a quick gallery of real-world photos. See gallery

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Print Sale Update

The Online Photographer - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 16:07
Carl Weese reports that the first 30 prints from his platinum palladium print sale have shipped. He's way ahead of schedule on the rest,and expects to have the rest of the prints shipped way ahead of schedule. Also, Carl has... Michael Johnston
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Drobo launches Mini with 8TB pre-loaded

DPReview News - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 16:00

Digital storage company Connected Data has introduced a version of its Drobo Mini that will come kitted with 8TB worth of hard drives. Small enough to be portable and used by photographers and videographers on location, the Drobo Mini 8TB Bundle will be packaged with four Samsung Spinpoint M9T 2TB drives for the four 2.5-inch memory bays of the device. Read more

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Computers Don't Need Lenses

The Online Photographer - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 09:00
TOP is unfortunately overdue for a new computer. My AppleCare ran out last February, and that's what sets the pace for my computer replacements. I don't know when I'll actually be able to buy a new computer, but I do... Michael Johnston
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Adobe rolls out CC update with new desktop and mobile tools

DPReview News - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 05:00

Adobe has announced updates to several of its mobile and desktop software applications, just in time to kick off the company's Adobe Max conference. While Photoshop itself only receives a couple of minor updates, such as more 3D printing profiles, there are some interesting new features added to the Adobe ecosystem. Among them is a new Libraries feature, making it possible to save layers and graphic elements for use across apps and platforms. Read more

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UPDATED: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 real-world samples gallery posted

DPReview News - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 21:41

UPDATED: The Panasonic Lumix LX100 topped our reader poll as the most interesting product to come out of Photokina 2014. Indeed, the LX100's combination of a Four Thirds sensor and 24-75mm equivalent F1.7-2.8 lens is big news. We've been testing out this intrepid compact for the past few days; take a look at a gallery of real-world samples and see what it can do. See gallery

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Catching Up With the Brown Sisters

The Online Photographer - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 07:50
Nicholas Nixon has revealed this year's addition to his long-running multi-year portrait of his wife and her three sisters, and Susan Minot, whose writing I have loved for many.years, has used the occasion to write an ideal short essay of... Michael Johnston
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Post-Photokina polls - Tell us what you think

DPReview News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 15:56

We're planning some post-Photokina content and wanted to understand what you're thinking. We've created two polls, both looking for your take on the products and trends of Photokina. Let your voice be heard. Cast your vote

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