Jogger: In 2000 years, this will look as ancient as cave drawing seem today.
The Soviets did not use suicide like current-day terrorists. They wanted to win wars, it was not good enough that the other side lost. Sane minds governed. So MAD worked. Today is worse: There are thousands of nuclear devices in this world and enough people willing to die for one or other religious/political cause. Look at 9/11. They dont care about winning, it is good enough if the other side lose. Lets hope the 2 never meet.
ljmac: IMHO, the amount of post processing on so many photos these days means they *are* more like paintings than photos. The only image I would consider to be a true photo here is the house one, and possibly the first one (if so this *is* a remarkable illusion). We need a new term for these sorts of images - they may be based on photos, but have been taken far from them.
The first picture could be straight out of camera. It really looks like that every morning. Sun on the dunes but shadow (caused by more dunes behind the photographer) on the salt pan with the dead trees.
First pic: Sossusvlei (Deadvlei is being pictured) is a wonderful place for photographers. Dont forget to visit Sesriem Canyon and eat the apple strudel at the nearby town of Solitaire while you are there.
A camera which was perhaps revolutionary only because of it's low price was the Canon 300D. It contributed greatly towards the end of large fixed-lens cameras. I recalled many years ago that I had to choose between the similar priced Sony-F828 and 300D. I ended up buying a 300D as they had no F828 in stock. What a well considered buying decision!
How much of what you buy you really need? I need oxygen, basic food, water and shelter.Life would be rather boring if we think this way.
jorepuusa: How to tell for whom this site is made.It is easy. Look at the picture of bald guy shooting with canon.He makes three fundamental ergonomic mistakes when holding the cam.First. His left eye is shut. Professionals and hardcore amateurs know that both eyes should be open.Second. He has his fingertip on release. Nope. It should be his first joint.Third. Left hand should be palm against the cam body.These are the basics.But then, site is for amateurs about cameras, not about photography.
Jore PuusaTeacher of photojournalism.Helsinki, Finland.
Well I should hand my DSLR in then. I have no left eye (unless you call a piece of expensive painted plastic an eye).
backayonder: So will the World be better off once the Photograph verification service have completed their work?
I suppose a picture showing you shooting JFK would also need no verification. The world will certainly be the worse if no-one even try to verify news (including news photographs).
Sdaniella: I have long lost interest in opaque image media, no matter how it is illuminated from the front, inconsistent as a matter of normalcy, and much prefer light displays of images where one can enjoy a broader, more natural perceived dynamic range, that better captures truer representations of what we see around us. Good riddance to low-representative unlit imagery... Opaque PRINTS... (I'm more receptive to well lit transparent prints at the worst, and light projection, so, in this sense, film transparency can always be used like 'stained glass' is used now, and make room for digital light displays instead (passive or active)... stills or motion. For basic text reading, non-lit media still has an important niche, so, opaque media will remain for that.
dmartin92: I wonder if there is any correlation between how much a couple spends on the wedding photographer and how likely the couple is to divorce.
That is to say, the more they spend, the more likely they will divorce.
You know, they want so much that there be some serious "documentation" that they are living "a fairly tale of happiness"... and they've got the photos to prove it.
Our wedding costed about $500 honeymoon included. We are 20 years married this year and unless death us part we will go for 30,40... . We have had fabulous holidays since then. My only regret is not having good pictures from that day. Even the honeymoon pictures we took ourselves was better than the wedding pictures!
Why dont the camera control aperture directly?
fmian: What happens in the Japanese market is meaningless to other markets in the world. Just because curious Japanese amateurs are buying into M43 and E-mount systems does not mean serious pros are doing so.
Look at sales of game consoles in Japan compared to the rest of the world for proof.Why would a pro change to a system that does not have an upgrade path to full frame? Why would a pro change to a system that forces them to use their camera at arms length? Why would a pro change to a lens mount that offers very little variety in lenses? Sure you can buy adapters to make other lenses fit, but why would a pro want to gimp their full frame lenses to only show a quarter (M43) of information that the lens is capable of bringing in?
I work in a camera store in Sydney and I sell cameras day in day out. Canon and Nikon DSLRS outsell M43, E-mount, Alpha-mount and Pentax mount systems by a factor of 1:10.There is no contest so far.
Canon and Nikon are not in the market to please serious pros. They are in the market to make money out of selling cameras. If there is a market for mirrorless cameras (there is) they will enter it. It is a matter of time.
Where they would alienate the serious pro (and a large number of others including myself) is when they discontinue traditional DSLRs. I can only see that happening when EVF is as good as OVF, if ever.