For my part, I would have thought the "gear of the year" could have been the Pentax K-3 that offers a lot to very-demanding-but-not-so-rich photographers. Even if I mainly use Canon and Fujifilm, I like a lot Pentax while I feel this brand is a little bit underrated on websites as well as in stores. Am I wrong ?
Anyway without discussing the outstanding quality of this year winners photos, I just want to say that as far as I'm concerned, photo contests (and maybe almost every contest that can be) are suspicious. The WHO judge, the WHY and the WHY NOT and possibly the HOW are too ambiguous if not shady.
Eventually do we have to remind some striking scandals like the issue that occurred not so long ago (for the ones who missed this episode): http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/22/a-prize-winning-ethics-lesson/?_r=0
Juck: Nice, but Alpha 7 is much better.
Right. Moreover Blair's Ultra Death Sauce is wa---y better than, say, Newman's Own Bombolina Pasta Sauce. So what would one say ?
BobT3218: Companies go bankrupt all the time with little warning. When this happens the receivers lock the gates and any assets therein are at their disposal. If Adobe becomes insolvent the cloud effectively goes poof. Wise users will have raw backups off line, however any PP changes in the cloud are at risk of being lost forever. So if using the cloud one might be wise to have backups of finished jpgs as well as raws. This could double off line storage requirements adding to cost and time.
Correct. Cloud working doesn't bring us security, but one more care. Cloud should be used as an accessory if needed, but never as a main tool.
Greg in London: so what if I want to go "off grid" with my mac......now I have to be wired in full time for Adobe.....I don't think so. Get with the program Adobe , we don't like it and we have a choice !
Right ! And not just A choice, but PLENTY of choices. Adobe is losing its grabbing of reality, which often happens with age.
PC Wheeler: $120 a year? I'll pass.
Not just a bad price: a bad joke !
HubertChen: In a photo news the catching of the moment from the right angle is more important than composition and bokeh. If there are 10,000 people at a major event with a phone camera and one photo journalists, then chances are one of the 10,000 people just gets the better shot. The crowd is everywhere, the photo journalists is only in one spot.
And that is for a planned event. For an unscheduled event, the difference is even more stark. Someone with a phone camera is there and takes the shot, the photo journalist is not there.
It seems for run of the mill photo coverage the method of collecting best shots of phones is not only lower cost, but results in images with better coverage. An unbeatable combination.
Photo journalism needs to change to offer value in a different area. Only offering better value will ensure survival. Complaining that 10 years ago there was less competition will not help. Who adopts to the change will continue his business.
What you tells is right. BUT things are not only obvious as mankind has the ability to take choices in a view to put some order in society. If the sole ability to take a picture - not even a good one - is enough to satisfy the needs of the mass-medias, couldn't be regulated by a sort of "gentlemen agreement" as to proctect the photographers profession ? Why should we, one may say ?
Well, imagine that we use the same unregulated way to do things to every profession and you will see a surge in unemployement then a civil war in no time. If anybody owning a car can take the job of a regular cab, why not after all ?
We have to remember urgently that work is not only a question of ability and a means to satisfy a need to "found ones place in the society" but OVERALL a way to structure society, and to feed the "units" called "fellows" and "families" that make that society turn round and exist on the long term. Basic wisdoms are the corner stones of life, and forgotting them costs a lot !
larrytusaz: Maybe the market forces dictate this, but you can definitely tell that quality of the photos have suffered. What makes me laugh & roll my eyes, although maybe it's not the same thing, is when news outlets go all crazy "Britney posts a sizzlin bathing suit pic on her Instagram," and when you see the photo, it has awful quality, I mean it STINKS, and you're thinking "wow, a star posts an Instagram shot and with their high public profile & image they post that lame of a photo? Couldn't they afford a pro photographer to post a high quality image? Doesn't anyone in their crowd own a DSLR or a mirrorless at least?"
Anymore, the more your photos suck, the more people like them. If you try to get a high quality image, you're a "snob." Thank goodness McFurry didn't think that way & photograph the "Afghan girl" with a Kodak Instamatic or Polaroid. No one called him a "snob" for using a Nikon FM2 & prime lens & capturing that incredible eye detail.
That's right, but look at how people became lately: tattoos, piercings are among us. Music is more noisy than melodic. Even new churches architectures are bizarre. Good taste has been overpowered by bad taste everywhere. The only good point I see in this, is that nice things (clothes, furnitures, deco items etc.) are now cheaper than ugly things.
Call me pessimistic if you want, but for my part, I'd say that things will be worse before becoming better. And photography won't escape the general rule, I fear that things will change the day people will be bored by this "gothic" atmosphere and hubris that have impregnated the whole society. In 10, 50, 100 years ?
Franka T.L.: Reportage photography and as well almost all gene of photography is a classic example of the bad coins pushing off the good coins on the market
Well said !
Jun2: Everything will be online. Newspaper will soon be history. Doesn't really matter if it has pictures or not.
Are you sure you have well thought to what you're telling ? Can't you imagine a second people prefering still images to videos for any reasons (no time to look at a video, quiteness of a photo that doesn't disturb or interfer with the internal process of analysing information etc.) ? With a way to think like yours, with the invention of trains we should have slained every horses, and then detroyed every trains with the invention of planes.
Yet, there are still some horses, trains, boats etc. around. Doesn't it mean something, I don't know, something like "not everyone on earth has the same needs/tastes/rythm/feelings" for instance ?...
Raymond Cho: would not a die hard fan just shoot film film and lab services are readily available in cities plus b/w processing is easy, got my first one done without issues just a few months back. it's like getting a mustang and put in a electric engine with builtin satnav and complaining that it doesn't have auto wipers or it may well have that too .. that may be $3,000 per product cycle into film and lab cost.
Exactly, a lot of people love riding a Yamaha because it's nice and convenient, but some do prefer Harley Davidson for the big thrill !
vFunct: Nikon makes the best cameras - better than Canon.
Nothing else is even in the same league.
Whenever I go to a press event, all the professional photographers are using Nikon or Canon.
There is absolutely nothing else.
Mirrorless cameras are garbage, strictly used by amateurs that do not know professional photography.
This new Nikon is just icing on their top-shelf cake.
To vFunct: Oh, my ! How old are you, dude ?
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mpgxsvcd: When your only update to your product is to offer it in a variety of colors you know that things are not going well.
Anthony is right, the K-30 and the Pentax Q proposed in tens of different colors sell like hot cakes. It's beyond me, for sure, but I guess that's because we, humans, have different tastes and different needs...
No camo ? Big, big mistake ! Why no sand-camo and jungle-camo, it would make more sense than a lot of these flashy colors ! Anyway if we go this way, why not trying textile patterns like tweed or tartan ?
WilliamJ: When did The Beatles disbanded ? 43 years ago ! Thus why should we feel the need to talk so much about this group 43 years later, while several "scoops" are flooding the press ? Have a look at that article of The Japan Times, published the same day than this topic (cf: http://tinyurl.com/cnfjmp3 ). Seriously ? The very day there was an ubiquitous topic about Yoko Ono and the way she uses every single remaining of her died husband for any cause she wants ? (cf: http://tinyurl.com/d2s8csc )
I don't believe in coincidences...
To Seagull TLR: "Their partnership was not legally dissolved until 1975."--> So what? Didn't you ever learn one has not to talk to tell nothing ?
"You mean it is another conspiracy? "--> Firstly is "conspiracy" an insanity, nowadays ? Thinking this way IS insane as the full humanking history is a long list of conspiracies, some discovered and written down in textbooks, some unknown but nevertheless real and effectives. Have a little culture, boy !Secondly, I don't talk about "conspiracy" (the big word !) but of media plan, of MARKETING. Oh, my ! Your world is collapsing as "marketing" is an allowed concept (even if it's all about trading "conspiracy", but that's too paranoid to think that more than 2 actions could ever be synchronized, that' never been seen before).
To bobbarber: so what? Do you intended to be fun ? Epic fail, mate, epic fail ! And the two ones who voted for your message should be ashamed for laughing to your joke. But, hey, we have the followers that we deserve ?
Paulo Ferreira: $47,000/61=$770 per picture! Cheap! Either the Beatles are not what they were or the photos are not what they should.
Right ! No reason, no GOOD reason at least... Money laundering then ?
When did The Beatles disbanded ? 43 years ago ! Thus why should we feel the need to talk so much about this group 43 years later, while several "scoops" are flooding the press ? Have a look at that article of The Japan Times, published the same day than this topic (cf: http://tinyurl.com/cnfjmp3 ). Seriously ? The very day there was an ubiquitous topic about Yoko Ono and the way she uses every single remaining of her died husband for any cause she wants ? (cf: http://tinyurl.com/d2s8csc )
Mrchillisauce: No RAW :-(
Oh ! Stop it Rodin ! It's clear you don't know to read, and don't know what you're talking about.
As for echolalia that you repeat with "" that show enough that's a too difficult world for your level of thinking/speaking, two years ago it was still to ask for more mpx, but nowadays it's the exact opposite: mpx is evil, mpx is satan ! See what you're belonging to, mate !
I don't know whether you're talking to me... Anyway ! I do talk about a 1/2.3 that is small enough to slip in a pocket. With that sort of device I've been able to take surreptitiously some shots I would not have been able to otherwise: in the japanese diet, for instance; of a yakuza leaning on a police car in a strange complicity; and yesterday of real geishas just two seconds before they enter a taxi. Can one imagine these forbidden/dangerous/rare&quick views could have been photographed easily, safely without a P&S ever ready and discreet enough to be almost invisible (or at least other people think you are just a stupid tourist and don't bother your taking pictures) ? For sure, after cropping and reframing, the picture quality has to be improved with LR, DxO-Pro or anything you want.