Terada: New 4/3's body (bodies?) in the pipline for 2013

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Re: niche for DSLRs agree completely
In reply to erichK, Feb 28, 2013

erichK wrote:

A Riley wrote:

I'm an editor for a nonprofit and I need photos all the time. Volunteers send in photos for the newsletter and we just can't use them -- because they're low-res shots from smartphones. They might be nicely composed, but they're not high enough IQ to reproduce well in print. Facebook or web, maybe, but not print.

That's where the niche for DSLRs still is: Print-quality photos for glossy magazines and newsletters, not snapshots for the internet or for facebook.

I'm sure before long smartphones will be able to do it all and then my worries will be over. In the meantime, I wish I could put a DSLR or MILC in the hands of every single volunteer. Then maybe I'd get plenty usable photos for the newsletter, and I could put out one, just one, issue with all high-quality images. Sigh. . .

In quickly looking over potential prints of Siena, Italy, I found a number of what looked like pretty usable images...until I actually tried to start PPing them, and noted how little "substance" was actually there. Then I realized that these were taken on a day I only brought along the LX-3.

By the same token, before Christmas, I had to enlist the help of a couple of friends, one of them endlessly patient, the other a real Photoshop whizz to somehow generate a decent, medium sized (12x12inch) print from a beautiful image our daughter had taken of Amsterdam from a ferry porthole: with a lottle Canon P&S.

There in lies the heart of the gear thing. I often see the statement "I only publish on the web and print a max of 8X10 " so its OK. Or I only use the center of the image so who worries about soft corners . .

For most picture takers that is fine. However as a photographer you know what is good and what is not.   Some one asked me why I said that a picture I had taken was not that wonderful as he thought otherwise . I said " it will not print well ".

I printed a whole lot of stuff on canvas last weekend , and holly cow what a difference to viewing  them on a sterile  screen . Fabric texture and natural light brought out a whole different dimension and actually gave me some Ideas on processing and lighting.

I realized again that there is more to photos as  light  than web publishing. ( I seem to keep on rediscovering this and then forgetting it again )

Hmm now for the A2 printer.

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