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Tuesday
Jan112011

A Step Backwards or a Giant Leap Forward?

Advancements in DSLR technology have given us super high-resolution sensors, HD video capability, low noise at high ISOs, and rapid fire burst modes.  Yet, despite these amazing features, the number one most used camera in the entire Flickr community is... the iPhone 3G. 



As you can see in the chart above, the 2 megapixel iPhone is followed by the Nikon D90, and the Canon Rebel XSi.  Is this 2 megapixel camera with no manual exposure control a major step backwards or is it a leap in the right direction? Before answering, check out the reasons I think we are seeing this shift.

 

  • It's small enough to be taken anywhere.
  • Since it's a phone, it's always with you.
  • Built in 3G and Wifi makes uploading quick and convenient.
  • A number of mobile editing apps are easy to use, and encourage experimentation.
  • Back to basics, no worrying about apertures and shutter speeds.  Just point, shoot, and share.

 

All of this has me wondering if and when we will see this type of interactive functionality in newer digital cameras.  How big would the market be for a DSLR with built in 3G/4G capability? 

 

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Saturday
Jan082011

NYIP Contest Watch

NYIP's Contest Watch provides information on international, national and regional photo contests that you might want to enter. Here are the lastest photography contests to check out:

2011 World Press Photo Contest
If you're a professional photojournalist and can provide proof of such, then you may want to consider entering the 2011 World Press Photo Contest.You'll need to act fast as the deadline to submit your images is January 17. You'll also need to carefully check the rules to see if your photos qualify, but if they do, you might win 10,000 Euros, a Canon Camera plus an all expense paid trip to Amsterdam. The contest jury comprises 19 picture editors, photographers and representatives of press agencies from different parts of the world. Categories include Spot News, General News,People in the News, Sports, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Portraits, Arts and Entertainment, and  Nature.year. The contest jury comprises 19 picture editors, photographers and representatives of press agencies from different parts of the world.


Renaissance Photography Prize 2011
The Renaissance Photography Prize 2011 is an international photography competition that raises money for a great cause, The Lavender Trust. All funds raised go to support breast cancer, and which culminates in a one week exhibition and celebrity private view at the prestigious Mall Galleries, London. Categories include Environment, Expression, Shape/Form, Motion and Time. Prizes include £3,000 ($,4800), a Fuji medium format film camera and additional cash prizes. Judges for this year's competition include photojournalist and music photographer Brian Aris; Philippe Garner, Senior Director of Christie’s auction house who specializes in photographs, Michael Hoppen,  a professional photographer and owner of the Michael Hoppen Gallery in London; Brigitte Lardinois who works for Magnum Photos; and Rhonda Wilson, a graphic designer and writer, photographer and author. The deadline is January 17, 2011.


For tips on how to enter and win photo contests, check out NYIP.com's Contest Tip Collection.

 

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Saving Big Cats in Africa

Photography allows us to raise awareness of important topics and make a difference through our shared images and video.  A terrific example is the conservation work of Beverly and Dereck Joubert who have dedicated their careers to protecting big cats and their habitat.  In the video below, they describe the trials and tribulations involved with capturing some rare behavior and powerful footage. 

 

 

Don't fret if your frequent flyer miles won't get you all the way to Africa right now.   Perhaps there is a story in your hometown just waiting to be told.  As Elliot Erwitt said, "To me, photography is an art of observation.  It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place"

 

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Monday
Jan032011

2011 Resolution: Get Paid Fairly For Your Work 

We recently tweeted about a terrific service for photographers who need help pricing their services and  images.  It's called Shakodo, and they bring a fresh perspective to profitable photography.   For those of you who still need a resolution for 2011, I have a simple, but powerful suggestion:


Get paid fairly for your work.

 

If you're not sure where to start, Shakodo has you covered.  Head over to their website and poke around a bit.  There's a great deal of content, so you might be a while.  When you're done, follow it up with this terrific read by Seth Resnick, "The State of Business for the Digital Photographer Preparing For 2011". 

 

 

A blank slate of opportunity lies before us.  Seize the moment, and  prepare yourself for success in 2011. 

 

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Wednesday
Dec292010

Preparing Your Photography Business for 2011

If you are thinking about taking your business to the next level in 2011, I'd recommend checking out the Small Business Bible by Steven D. Strauss.  It's not specific to photography, and in some ways that makes it a refreshing read.  There are no references to which lens to buy, or what lighting kit is best.  It's strictly designed to help you get a firm grasp on the actual business side of things.  Legal issues, taxes, and marketing are all covered in great detail.  I actually found the audio book at my local library so you may want to look there first.  

Another terrific resource is the blog over at entrepreneur.com  Simply subscribe to their feed for timely tips, and useful articles.  You may want to start with this one about preparing an effective business plan.

I would also recommend downloading this free PDF ebook by HP SugarTone.  It features a wide variety of cutting edge methods being used by small business owners all over the world. 

 

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!