Join Melissa Niu of Photofocus and Chase Reynolds of LensRentals.com as they talk with concert photographer Alan Hess about the future of cameras and the advantages of using autofocus over manual focus. http://youtu.be/aFAjIvV8Jds Gear Discussed Nikon D4 - http://bit.ly/1ugXiTz Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 - http://bit.ly/1ugWWwt Brought to you by LensRentals - http://bit.ly/pflensrentals SongFreedom - http://bit.ly/songfreedom Photofocus - https://photofocus.com About Alan Hess Alan Hess is a San Diego-based commercial photographer … [Read more...] about The Future of Cameras and Autofocus over Manual Focus | Alan Hess – What’s in Your Bag
Today makes 25 years with Adobe Photoshop.... quite a feat if you think about all the ways the tool has affected the media landscape. From photographers and designers to architects and doctors, Photoshop has become synonymous with digital imaging. I've been a Photoshop user since 1991... it's amazing how much has changed in that time. Let's take a look back at its history and some cool moments dug up from the archives. In the Beginning Photoshop began its life in 1987. Thomas Knoll developed a pixel imaging program called Display. This … [Read more...] about Photoshop is 25 Years Old Today
Every year I post a list of predictions for the photo industry. Before I post next year's predictions, I thought I'd do a post-mortem on my 2012 photo predictions. https://photofocus.com/2011/12/04/10-photography-predictions-for-2012/ I score myself as follows 100 if I think I got it mostly right. 50 if I think I got it half right. 0 if I think I got it less than half right. 1. A major camera maker in Japan will either fail as a company, face reorganization, bankruptcy, or be acquired by a larger company. Score: 100 - Olympus lost a major … [Read more...] about 10 Photography Predictions For 2012 – How Did I Do?
The Internet is abuzz - people are concerned - photography is changing. Kodak is no longer making cameras - or Kodachrome for that matter. Lytro has developed a camera that lets you focus in post. Experts predict that photo journalism as we know it is a dying craft since so-called "citizen journalists" report with their smart phones. The traditional stock photography market is all but dead, replaced with a business that pays photographers pennies where it used to pay them hundreds - even thousands of dollars. Still cameras now almost all shoot … [Read more...] about Photography Is Changing
It's a done deal. The war on photography is in full swing. Mindless, mind-numbing attacks on all sorts of photographers and their photography occur world wide. Even here in the USA where we are supposedly a "free" people, we're not THAT free if we have a camera in our hand. Whether it's just badge-heavy cops who want to throw their weight around, or poorly-trained security forces who think that a camera means there is a terrorist nearby, it really doesn't matter. The consequences are the same. It's harder than ever to get the picture. I've … [Read more...] about How To Protect Yourself From The War on Photography
I used to make photographs with film that I developed and printed in a wet dark room. When I started photographing art for painters I used polarized lights to provide non-reflective illumination on the art work. When I first switched to digital, I scanned all my photos on a drum scanner, then stored them on floppy disks or magnetic tape drives. These are but a few of the examples I can think of that point to technology and tools that are for me at least, gone by. I know there are people still using all of these tools. But I am not and nobody … [Read more...] about What Photographic Tools & Technology Will We Use Today And Lose Tomorrow?
Never one to shy away from controversy, I want to point to a well thought-out and well-written piece by my pal Trey Ratcliff. He says he doesn't plan to buy any more DSLR gear. He thinks the future is mirror-less cameras. Trey believes - as do I - that within five years, most people won't need a DSLR to get great images. His reasons are well stated and match some of the things Ive said about the Olympus micro 4/3 cameras here, here. and here. Trey isn't saying YOU shouldn't buy a DSLR. Hes not saying NOBODY should ever buy a DSLR. Hes not … [Read more...] about Future Cameras – Is The DSLR Bound To Go The Way Of The 8-Track Player?
The NPD Group's new "Imaging Confluence Study" shows that the percentage of photos taken on a smartphone grew from 17 percent last year to 27 percent this year. What does this mean for those of us who are serious about photography? Is there going to be a time when a smart phone (please remember these next words) OR SOMETHING LIKE IT replaces the traditional real camera? Will technology like light field or holography be a factor? Will stills be replaced by movies? There are many possibilities. If you went back to my grandfathers generation, … [Read more...] about The Smartphone/Camera of the Future
It's been a while since I wrote one of these posts about the camera of the future. In the past, I would approach this with a "Here's what I want" approach. This time I'm going to take it a little differently. I am going to create a list of what I actually think we will see coming. In no particular order, here's what I think we'll see soon. 1. Cameras with built-in HDR. There's no need to do this in post. The camera should be able to handle it just fine. We're already seeing this feature in compacts and it will soon be in DSLRs. 2. DSLR cameras … [Read more...] about Seven Features You’ll Find in the Camera of the Very Near Future