Items of Note: Today’s episode was heavily teased about a special guest, Claudia Wells. Unfortunately she wasn’t able to make it onto the show. Claudia Wells played Marty McFly’s girlfriend Jennifer Parker in Back to the Future.
Guys, Was listening to the Geekcast today and had some notes about photography and dSLR’s in general.
It’s not about megapixels anymore. Even at the consumer level you will have tons more detail than you will be able to handle. Most stuff done by amateurs and semi-pro folks is either fixed in post or actually turns into digital art at some point. i.e. Photoshopped to heck and back.
You must always remember that the photographer takes the pictures. Say it again: “The Photographer takes the Pictures”. The camera is just a tool in his hands. Beyond a certain point, its got nothing to do with gear. Sure the latest digital camera will have great ISO and let you jam on and zoom in on the LCD (live view) for perfect focus, but in my opinion those are crutches. A good photographer doesn’t need all that, it just makes life easier. I’m sure you’ve met folks who are born artists. They are just like folks who are born programmers, to me its like that – photography is something I dabble in, I think I’m able to get exposure right and have somewhat interesting composition and enough patience to get the shots from time to time. But while I put out 1 amazing photograph during a trip to the zoo – my wife puts out a hundred. She’s a born artist. She’s the “Programmer” that was born and possesses a spark that can’t be taught.
My wife is a fairly professional amateur. She’s more of a creative artist, but she has been doing photography for nigh on 20 years now. She only recently upgraded from the Digital Rebel XT (aka 350d) which is circa 2005ish. That one had about 90,000 clicks on the shutter when she upgraded to the 50d. I’m illustrating that you don’t absolutely need a brand new awesome top of the line camera to take good photographs. In fact a lot of very professional artists are moving back into film as it can’t be matched in the digital world in a number of aspects. We still have a Canon Rebel (film) SLR, I’ve gotten into rangefinders (Minolta Hi-Matic), and we both dabble with lomo stuff (she’s got a Holga, and I’ve got a Diana). A 35mm film negative contains somewhere around 20-30 megapixels, depending on the drum scan you can get, it’s ISO and dynamic range surpass that of anything digital, and its actually nearly impossible to get a blurry photograph.
Neat gee-whiz features like an IS lens are useless until you understand how they help you. If you shoot in the “green box” or “P”, then you’ve wasted your money.
One book to read if you haven’t already – is “Understanding Exposure” by Brian Peterson. Its far and away the best text on how to always get the photograph.
Everything is not a great photograph. Photography is more about environment and chance than anything else.
That being said, here are some great tips:
1. Don’t discount “Canon Digital Photo Professional” included with Canon dSLR’s. It’s a really great “preprocessing” tool.
2. Don’t be afraid to post-process in photoshop or lightroom. At minimum I do levels and sharpening.
3. The built in flash is practically useless. You’ll need an external shoe mount for decent portraits.
4. LEARN what exposure means/is. Its likely the biggest issue that point and shoots try to get right and never seem to get a handle on.
Great show guys, funny you mentioned looking for an SLR i’m sort of looking also since my favorite lumix kinda went down… Attack of the show did a review on one that I’m liking..
http://g4tv.com/attackoftheshow/gadgetpr0n/71317/Olympus-E-PL1-DLSR-Review.html Olympus E-PL1 DLSR, still looking, the review just got me excited.
Me and my wife were just talking about Back to the Future and thought it would make an excellent
Lego game. Unfortunatly it probably wont happen but below is some cool pictures of Back to the
Future lego models which I thought you might like. Love the show!
Geek This Week:
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Tech and Gaming News:
Apple to hold iPhone 4 press conference this Friday
LoopInsight, Engadget and others are reporting that Apple will be holding a press conference this Friday.
Apple on Wednesday invited select press to a special press conference to be held this Friday in California. Apple would only say that the press conference would be regarding the iPhone 4. No other information was available when I spoke with them tonight. The topic of discussion, of course, is the iPhone 4 which has received much press over the past few weeks regarding a signal loss issue when it is held in certain ways. A Consumer Reports article reignited discussion of this issue earlier this week.
Droid X available to buy now
Yes, the Droid X has joined the Kin… in being available to buy on Verizon’s online Wireless store. No shock or awe here, it’s a cent under two Benjamins with a two-year deal and you can give it the shopping basket treatment right now. Either that or wait in line overnight like a lovesick puppy, it’s up to you.
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