IEBA1: Pocket superzoom indeed.
Something with 10x + and stellar image quality. Fast shutter and multiple FPS. Great JPEG right in camera, without having to resort to a RAW workaround/workflow just for some great shots of the weekend trip to the zoo with the kids.
I have the ELPH 110 HS, an earlier version. I like it enormously, though I have to be careful in low light and use all my photographer's tricks. There is an ELPH/IXUS fan base over at Flickr who get amazing photos out of these great little cams.
Love these! And shot with a mid level point & shoot too -- wonderful!
What an exciting new series -- good blend of ability and portability. While I love my new a77, I have some regrets that I didn't get a full frame camera. But I was leery of spending $$$ for the a99 that would be, for me, a big honkin' lug that I wouldn't enjoy carrying around or traveling with. It will be nice when it comes time to upgrade from the a77 -- I'll definitely look into this line from Sony. Now if Sony could just invent a good adapter for the great old Minolta Rokkor lenses...
Re criticisms that the a7/a7R is ugly, it's no worse looking than most modern cameras, and IMO, looks sleek and trim. Could be cool with some beautiful camera leathers or leather holster. But, honestly, who the heck cares what your camera looks like -- unless you put more importance on your image as [sniff] a *Photographer* versus the images that you make with a camera. The world isn't looking at your camera (or you).
This was my favorite of the challenge. Clever subject, subtle colors, exquisite lighting, fine detail. You took it with a Canon S95?! Excellent!
I thought this picture was very beautiful -- love the colors, the lighting, & the composition.
I love comment sections. The reactions to an article sometimes tell more than the article itself. Often the comments will discuss a subject with more depth than the article or will bring up good counterpoints. Also, commenters can be very witty.
scrup: Why all these negative comments directed to the newspaper. Markets are changing, newspaper advertising revenue shrinking every year. They need to do what any business will do to survive. They saw an area that could save costs and made a decision.
For those that say quality will be suffer. Is it better to have a crap picture or no picture. News is global and people want to know what is happening around the world and not just their backyard. 27 photogs no matter how many cameras or zoom lenses they have can't be everywhere. A picture is still worth a thousand words no matter who takes it.
"News is global and people want to know what is happening around the world and not just their backyard. 27 photogs no matter how many cameras or zoom lenses they have can't be everywhere."
True, there is something to be said for spontaneous, on-the-spot image capture. I also understand the economics of transitioning to digital from paper. Still, I'm baffled why news operations don't see the value in fine imagery with good color, detail, & composition. Having the best imagery should be even more of a selling point in the internet, HDTV age. Monitors display images so beautifully. Skilled professional photojournalists can deliver this kind of high quality with consistency
Which is more compelling -- general snapshots or a well-composed image? Which news site would you click on -- one with amateur pictures, or one with powerful pro photography? . Life magazine dominated the competition for a reason back in its day. The modern news site with the best images will dominate now too.
tmaras: JKoch said: KR has so many stalkers. They pretend to disdain him, but read everything he writes and obsess over it for days. It's spooky.
It's funny how some people have forgotten that criticism doesn't mean someone wants to kill a person he criticized. Personally, I'm occasionally reading Ken Rockwell's pages, like some if its content and found some things very relevant at different stages of my introduction to photography. Still, he's bullsh*ing a lot, making his site a place with lower value he can, actually, offer. That's sad. Typical american "this is the best, f* the rest" stuff is not convincing, it's sad from a person of his knowledge and experience as he claims it.
Trying to sell the content using pictures of children also isn't something I would support, even if he, as it seems, takes a good care of his beautiful and creative kids. So what if I said all this? Nothing, its another opinion, maybe worthy of a discussion or switching to http://www.photozone.de/ and other sites.
So do you believe in typical Chinese behavior? or typical Jewish behavior? Or typical Afro-American behavior?
Using stereotypes to make overbroad generalizations is never good analysis.
dylanbarnhart: Time has changed. Photography isn't just about the absolute image quality anymore, just like cars aren't just about horse powers anymore. There's a threshold where megapixels are enough and low light performance is adequate. Today, most people usge photography as a way to communicate rather than as an art. As a communication device, the GALAXY S4 ZOOM is king.
How do most people use photography today? They snap what's happening, add some descriptions, optionally perform post processing, upload to facebook/instagram to share with their friends, then read friends comments on the picture. Can a D800 do that? Sure, but it's a lot more klunky. The amazing D800 doesn't have 3G/4G connection, nor does it have facebook built-in. Can an iPhone do that? Sure, but headshots look bloated and bird shots look like a dot in the sky.
Thus is the raison d'être for this hybrid camera. It's not about 2 devices in one, it's the one device that works best for today's typical usage of photography.
"How do most people use photography today? They snap what's happening, add some descriptions, optionally perform post processing, upload to facebook/instagram to share with their friends, then read friends comments on the picture."
In Chicago, this is called photojournalism. :)
It's sad to think how the art of photojournalism by talented professionals is withering away to mere snapshots from the average Joe.
My favorite comment from the web:
"I can haz Pulitzer?" + cat avatar
RichardBalonglong: In the years to come, expect crappy published photos and expect articles to have lesser quality...Expect missed-out right-time-right-moment photos because the reporter was busy interviewing, and also expect missed-out essential interviews because the reporter was busy taking photographs...
Well, no. Among the million kids with phones, maybe 10% will have fine visual talent. And of these 10%, how many will be at the right spot at the right time? A staff of 30 pros will have 100% fine visual talent (or at least significantly better talent than the average phone user). And the staff has critical experience. And they will be in the right place at the right time because their f.v.t. & critical experience has honed their sense for that.The cream rises to the top.
Reg Natarajan: Supply and demand. When there are cameras everywhere, the need to pay people a lot of money to take photos ends. And no, the marketplace does not care about the talent of these photographers. Get over it. The photography most people want to see is the video of Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack. You can bemoan that fact, but it is true, and there's a lesson there that everyone involved in photography should learn.
Very well put. I admire your succinctness.
I got this to work in PaintshopPro x5 with a little help from this tutorial:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXCIiTavAS
Woo hoo! First time I've ever used a mask or a gradient!
garyknrd: I think for most folks like me and millions of others, photography is a serious hobby. PS is really not necessary. I am so glad I learned on PS. Now I am finding I can switch much easier. So! Really thanks PSBut! No thanks PS.
Good point about the skills being transferable from one program to another. As a beginner, I found I could watch tutorials on PS and apply them to PSPx5.
Not ever having used imaging software before, I tried Paint.net. But trying to learn from Youtube tutorials is spotty -- there isn't a good basic overview, or what's available isn't what you need, or the quality varies. Same with the forums -- info is cursory at best. So I bought PaintShopProx5 and a good book to learn step by step, building on skills as I acquire them. I love AfterShot Pro the best. It really is intuitive enough that a beginner can just get on it and go. It's speedy too.
rrr_hhh: "The negatives in the so-called 'Mexican suitcase' were from Capa's coverage of the Spanish Civil War. He travelled to Spain in 1936 and shot hundreds of rolls of film during the conflict, which these days is relatively little-known outside Spain."What !? Relatively little-known ? This can only be true for the Americans who were brainwashed by years of anti-communist propaganda and whose government cared for good relationships with fascist Franco government.
This tragedy is well known in the EU, where official government kept quiet while the progressists and democrates were massacrated. The controversy is still raging in Spain, where the history of those crimes need to be revisited.
I find Robert Conquest more convincing than SheikYerbouti.
" I wonder if humanity will ever learn that war is never worth starting and causes loss we will never recover."
Abolition of slavery? Stopping the Nazis? Some things are worth fighting for. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live under a dictatorship. I like my life in a democracy very much.
I bought X4 last fall. For this beginner, the basics were easy to use. The learning curve is very steep, though, if you want to learn all the bells and whistles of the full editing/drawing program. That is probably true of any full featured photo editing software. Fortunately I bought a good book to go with the software, and hopefully some day I'll have a great set of editing/drawing skills. On the whole, I'm happy with PSPx4 and plan to stick with Corel for a long time. No Adobe for me!
As much as I like PSPx4, I love, love, love AfterShot Pro. Super easy, super fast, wonderful results. One can't say enough good things about ASP.
maniax: Kodak was known about having the simple family pictures. Even 50 years old albums its a pleasure to watch. Now look at today. You make 350 pictures of one birthday and throw it once on facebook. Yes you make a backup of it and who knows you can find/recover it back 25 years from now on an almost unreadable dvd since the online-backup service changed owners and went bankrupt.
But who is going to look through 350 pictures of a single birthday. Some people click brainless around and have so much mess that eventually they will never look back.
Which brings the question... who is still printing/selecting their fotos for family albums?
Good point about 350 lousy pictures of a kid's birthday party. Editing isn't as much fun as taking pictures!
For display, I love digital picture frames scattered about the house. I want to get a big one for my family room.
John Mackay: I wish I could afford to fly to London to see this exhibition. I was so sad at his passing. I remember Yul Brynner mainly for his portrayal of the rogue cowboy in the movie Westworld and for for his role in the TV anti-smoking campaign when I was a kid (I'm 50 now) His words still ringing in my ears "Whatever you do, don't smoke." I never knew he was an avid photographer. I wish some of these exhibitions could make it online so to speak so everyone could enjoy them.
re Brynner's average skills, don't forget the rest of the world outside of photography enthusiasts can't take good pictures at all. Brynner's photos are still good enough for the average person to enjoy. It's fun, too, to have a glimpse of a famous person's world. Glamorous subject matter, celebrity photographer, nostalgia for a cinematic heyday, sounds like a good exhibit to me.
Westworld! I'd forgotten about that movie. I'd like to see it again.