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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

There has been a lot of outrage and concern online recently about the Transportation Security Administration's recent poster campaign depicting a hooded photographer shooting an image of a Gulfstream jet on a tarmac. "Don't let our planes get into the wrong hands" is the tag line of the ad. The National Press Photographers Association has expressed concern over the campaign which is aimed at smaller regional airports. The NPPA is currently engaged in a lawsuit against the TSA over their laptop search policy at the US border.

In this age of heightened security, a great deal of confusion exists over the rights of photographers in exercising the first amendment. In any public place, and from the vantage point of a public street, sidewalk or park, photographers are allowed to capture images.

A good clarification of photographer's rights appears online here. I recently came across the blog of Carlos Miller, Miami multimedia journalist, that uses his web space to report on abuses against photographers and videographers working in journalism. It raises some excellent issues related to the first amendment and its use by visual communicators working today.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Apple has apparently filed patents recently to radically update the functionality of the camera technology that is currently built into the iPhone and iPod platforms as well as their desktop computers. Writing in an article in the New York Times, Nick Bilton describes how this new patent includes a dedicated smart flash that can target poorly lit aspects of an individual image. Essentially, fill flash with a brain.

It is likely that Apple's new camera component in the iPhone will legitimately replace the popular point and shoot camera for photographers. Since the 3G iPhone, the camera has garnered a foothold with the photography community. Seattle-based photographer Chase Jarvis can take much of the credit for popularizing the device as he uses it as a sketching tool when working in the field. He has also published a book of iPhone images, launched a web community and created an iPhone app.

I look forward to the day when the camera in the iPhone can shoot RAW and create image files that I can actually use in my portfolio. Until then....

Friday, September 24, 2010

When you name your coffee shop after your dog, you have to be cool people. Dave and Susan Ward's new coffee shop at 2020 W. Kennedy Boulevard serves up a variety of artisanal coffees that are roasted on site. The company is also a supplier of coffees to several local restaurant establishments in the Tampa Bay area. Cool people and great coffee.

I recently had an opportunity to sample the exceptional coffee at Buddy Brew and take some photographs of them along with the company mascot and CEO. Please stop in on them and have a sip from a neverending cup or purchase a bag of coffee to brew at home.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

My friend Gil Williams forwarded a link from Fortune online to some of the most fashionable cases for the iPad. The roundup of cases by Philip Elmer-DeWitt range in price from $290 to $1,555. They are a bit on the pricey side as you can see if you check out the photos that appear online here.

The best case that I've seen and the one that I personally own is Fossil's e-reader case, which Apple employees typically encourage consumers to check out. I've attached a picture that illustrates the sleek leather design of this accessory. Cool stuff.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A terrific photojournalism workshop takes place this weekend in St. Petersburg at the St. Pete Times auditorium. New York Times staff photographer and Pulitzer winner Todd Heisler headlines an all-star lineup of shooters, producers, picture editors and photo nerds who will be sharing their wisdom for a $100 entry fee.

More information including the line up and schedule can be found online here.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Those final three rolls of Kodachrome 64 sitting in my fridge will be shot today as I head out into the field to do portraits on a friend's cattle ranch. Time is of the essence as I read today on Parsons, Kansas-based Dwayne's Photo web site that they will cease processing Kodachrome on December 30, 2010. It is truly the end of an era in photography as the unmistakable color rendition of Kodachrome fades into history at the conclusion of 2010, the year that is actually the film's 75th anniversary.

With little surprise, the final production roll of Kodachrome was given to National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry to shoot and process. He shot the roll earlier this summer and recently processed it but the results will not be published until spring of 2011 as part of a Geographic story. National Public Radio did a story on McCurry on this last roll here.

Photo appears courtesy of Daniel Bayer of the Kodachrome Project

Monday, September 20, 2010

Seattle photographer Chase Jarvis' video piece "Benevolent Mischief" gives the impression that Nikon has finally created a pro DSLR tool capable of high production video. The D7000 announced last week will do full 1080p HD video at 24fps as well as allow for an audio in line. Although the sensor on the camera is the DX format, which gives a 1.5 magnification to lenses, the video quality seems to imply that Nikon shooters like myself finally have a tool for professional level video work. I look forward to seeing some comparisons of the video quality to that of the Canon 5dmkII, a full frame DSLR which has been on the market since late 2008. Hopefully, Nikon is finally catching up.

Here is the video piece "Benevolent Mischief" courtesy of You Tube.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

It's no secret that photographers often live or die on location as a result of being acutely attuned to their environment. Coffee has aided me in that process on countless occasions with early morning location work. A few years ago, I even used a Starbucks venti cup as a lighting snoot when doing a location portrait. I was in a pinch and it saved me.

Nick Lucey, a good friend and host of the upcoming second season of Into the Drink, shared a link to a cool new coffee mug fashioned after Canon 24-105mm lens. One of several slick gimmicky items for sale online at Photojojo! Store, the Camera Lens Mug is the ultimate mug for any photographer's cup of Joe.

Now that is one cool cup!

(photo appears courtesy of Photojojo! Store)
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