Category: Asides

First Impressions of the Finepix X100 from a rangefinder shooter by Pieter Franken | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS

A master of feature photography, his images were clean, dramatically lit, and well composed. No one made a better group portrait. In a world of motor-driven cameras, Herde shot frugally, thinking before he pushed the button. And his captions were always impeccably neat. Photographers usually have bad handwriting. Tom Herde was an exception to the rule.

Link:
http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2011/03/04/first-impressions-of-the-finepix-x100-from-a-rangefinder-shooter-by-pieter-franken/

Rob Galbraith DPI: Macworld: two short articles on using Macbook Air for photographers

Avoiding clichés requires one of two things: An original approach or an unexplored subject matter and ideally, both. In other words, figuring out a new way to make pictures of a tried and true subject is one way. This usually means telling a specific, dynamic story. The other is to discover or conceive of a subject that hasn’t been trampled to stereotype. Do both and you’re a genius.

Link:
http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-11225-11300

David Griffin Joins Washington Post As Visuals Editor

Ed Ou and Scott Nelson, photographers on assignment for The New York Times, crossed from Egypt into Libya on Tuesday, with a Times reporter, Kareem Fahim. About five hours after they arrived, Kerri MacDonald interviewed Mr. Ou through an instant messaging service. His responses, somewhat condensed, are reproduced as they came in, line by line.

Link:
http://www.nppa.org/news_and_events/news/2011/02/griffin.html

Rob Galbraith DPI: LPA Design analysis details Canon Speedlite 580EX II design flaws

Since its publication in 1977 Nancy Rexroth's book Iowa has become an underground classic. Shot in the small rural country of Southeastern Ohio using a Diana camera with a plastic lens, and named after her childhood memories, the book is mysterious on many levels. It has long been out of print and copies are scarce. I found one at the University of Oregon library, quickly fell in love with it, and eventually tracked down its author to ask some questions about Iowa, Diana, and photography.

Link:
http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-11225-11285

Rob Galbraith DPI: Damon Winter of New York Times is POYi Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Amid all our positive observations, we became concerned about the state of photojournalism in the pages we saw. We missed emotional photographs. Glossy magazines and newsprint pages with vast, luxurious expanses of space were largely devoid of powerful photojournalism. The lack of strong, documentary images puzzled us. We wondered if this has something to do with reduced investment. The industry has lost so many positions for picture editors and others, and yet great photographs can’t be made without time, care and commitment. Perhaps in places where the work is being done, print space to showcase it is no longer available.

Link:
http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-11225-11272

Photo Mechanic for $60! 15th Anniversary Sale – A Picture's Worth | PhotoShelter

Russell Frederick has been documenting the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn as part of an ongoing project since 1999. Mr. Frederick, 40, is a member of  Kamoinge, a New York-based collective and is working on his first solo exhibition “Black.” Mr. Frederick spoke with me this week in New York.

Link:
http://blog.photoshelter.com/2011/02/photo-mechanic-for-60-15th-anniversary-sale.html