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The First Amendment

The Online Photographer - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 11:27
Are there any First Amendment lawyers in the audience? At the suggestion of reader Ray Bosch, here is the text of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of... Michael Johnston
Categories: Photography

See Color in a B&W Image

The Online Photographer - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 10:53
I love this. (Be sure to keep your eyes fixed in the same place when the image switches; you can't "look around" the faux-'color' image.) I do this every time I convert an image to B&W. Except of course what... Michael Johnston
Categories: Photography

University of Missouri Student Tim Tai Stands Up to Bullying Mob

The Online Photographer - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 08:25
Here's a fascinating six-and-a-half-minute video that provides a perfect microcosm of the challenges photographers face in standing up for their First Amendment rights. I think it provides a manageable opportunity for analysis and discussion of the issue. It shows a... Michael Johnston
Categories: Photography

Playing the Ace? Sony a7R II Review

DPReview News - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 07:10

Though it's the fifth model in Sony's full-frame E-mount lineup, the a7R II arguably represents just as much of a technological leap forward as its first mirrorless full-frame predecessors did. Its 42MP full-frame BSI CMOS sensor, 399 on-sensor phase detection point AF system and 5-axis IS are just a few reasons why the a7R II is one of the most talked-about cameras of the last year. See how it performed in our comprehensive testing. Read more

Categories: Photo Gear News

2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-$1200

DPReview News - Mon, 11/16/2015 - 16:44

In late 2015, many (if not most) consumers are likely to shop based on price and capability, rather than according to whether a certain model contains a mirror or not. In this category, you'll find both mirrorless and DSLR cameras that are highly capable under a variety of shooting situations, offer built-in high-spec viewfinders - either optical and electronic - and a bevy of external controls. Read more

Categories: Photo Gear News

Huawei demonstrates ultra-fast charging battery technology

DPReview News - Mon, 11/16/2015 - 14:05

While processing power and camera quality in smartphones have been improving at a fast pace in recent years, battery life and charging times have only made comparatively small steps forward and remain a major bottleneck in smartphone performance. Chinese manufacturer Huawei has presented some potential battery tech advancements: two prototype removable lithium-ion batteries that can be fully recharged in only a few minutes. Read more

Categories: Photo Gear News

Tamrac retires Gura Gear brand, introduces G-Elite Series camera bags

DPReview News - Mon, 11/16/2015 - 12:05

In June 2014, Gura Gear acquired the Tamrac brand and assets as part of the latter company’s bankruptcy proceedings. Now, more than a year later, it has been announced that the two brands have been consolidated under the Tamrac label, as the Gura Gear brand is retired. Read more

Categories: Photo Gear News

Canon PowerShot G5 X and G9 X added to studio comparison, real-world G9 X gallery published

DPReview News - Mon, 11/16/2015 - 11:22

Canon's PowerShot G9 X and G5 X offer two distinctly different shooting experiences, but are based around the same 20.2MP 1"-type sensor. The G5 X provides an SLR-style grip and an EVF with a 24-100mm equiv. F1.8-2.8 lens, while the smaller G9 X offers a 28-84mm equiv. F2.0-4.9 lens. We've put them through our standard studio scene testing. Read more

Categories: Photo Gear News

'Moments of the Human Condition' in Havana

The Online Photographer - Mon, 11/16/2015 - 07:37
Peter Turnley with Liliany Rodriguez Mola, 29, and her baby, Lia Tenay Diaz Rodriguez, subjects of the photograph behind them on the wall, at the opening last Friday. The picture was taken at the Iglesia Merced in Havana when baby... Michael Johnston
Categories: Photography

Open Mike: OCOLOY Show in Sicily

The Online Photographer - Sun, 11/15/2015 - 06:02
I was sitting at a table in a hillside vineyard restaurant the other day waiting for the TOP reader who was scheduled to be my third portfolio review client (more about those in a future post) when the mail alert... Michael Johnston
Categories: Photography

Readers' Showcase: Tudor ApMadoc

DPReview News - Sun, 11/15/2015 - 05:00

Tudor ApMadoc's usual photo haunts include the iconic architecture and gritty abandoned structures of Detroit, but a recent trip took him to an entirely different landscape - the canyons and big skies of the American Southwest. He brought a Canon 5DSR, 11-24mm F4 and a bag full of favorite lenses to capture Arizona's colors. Read more

Categories: Photo Gear News

To Our Friends

The Online Photographer - Sat, 11/14/2015 - 05:53
Solidarité - Members of our "community of interest" span many divides. We come from different countries, we're different ages, we speak different first languages, we practice different religions or no religion. But all of us know how it feels when... Michael Johnston
Categories: Photography

Out of Africa: The black and white nature photography of Laurent Baheux

DPReview News - Sat, 11/14/2015 - 05:00

Laurent Baheux began in photography as a sports writer and photojournalist before a safari to Tanzania in 2002 changed his life. There he fell in love with photographing the exotic animals of Africa, preferring a fine art approach that gives his wildlife images a portrait-like quality. Read more

Categories: Photo Gear News

LucidCam stereoscopic 3D camera brings VR content creation to the masses

DPReview News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 12:32

California-based startup LucidVR recently showcased its consumer-level camera for creating virtual reality content, LucidCam. The camera, which is nearing mass production, is one of the first to enable anyone to create VR content, something that has thus far been limited to those with expensive VR camera rigs. Read more

Categories: Photo Gear News

Apple iPad Pro

The Online Photographer - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 06:41
B&H Photo is accepting Pre-Orders for the iPad Pro. The thing appears to be made for showing photos. I read a claim somewhere recently that many iPad users consider their iPads a) their least essential device, but b) their favorite... Michael Johnston
Categories: Photography

Talking photography: PhotoPlus Expo 2015 interview with John Keatley

DPReview News - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 05:00

Each fall, PhotoPlus Expo brings together some of the top working photographers and industry experts under one roof. We took the opportunity to sit down with some of these pros and have a conversation about what they do, what inspires them and gather some insights on their specialties. Kicking off the series, we talked to fellow Seattle-ite John Keatley about his work in portraiture. Read more

Categories: Photo Gear News

Olympus shows gains in first half financials

DPReview News - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 16:41

Olympus has released its Q2 results for the financial year ending March 2016, showing some positive growth in OM-D and PEN series camera sales in Japan and Europe. Read more

Categories: Photo Gear News

Happy Neil's Birthday (OT)

The Online Photographer - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 14:23
Photo by Gary Burden Neil Young turned 70 today. Happy Birthday Neil and Happy Neil's Birthday to everyone. In the spirit of celebration, here's a nice article from last year by Matt Ashare that tries to deconvolute Neil's compulsive eccentricity... Michael Johnston
Categories: Photography

Holdfast Gear's new Maven Strap is made with bison leather and brass hooks

DPReview News - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 11:27

Holdfast Gear, a maker of high-end leather camera straps, has launched its new Maven Strap. The thin leather strap is designed for smaller cameras and is made from American Bison leather alongside a cream-colored glove leather lining and brass u-hooks. Read more

Categories: Photo Gear News

2015 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $500-800

DPReview News - Thu, 11/12/2015 - 10:29

The $500-800 category (based on US MSRP) features quite a few strong offerings, some of which should satisfy first-time camera buyers with easy-to-use interfaces and point-and-shot style functionality. Others are aimed more at seasoned enthusiasts, offering direct manual controls and high-end features. Read more

Categories: Photo Gear News
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