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Monday
May272013

Equipment: An Essential Digital Tool or Totally Unnecessary?

If you're not shooting in black and white right now, we encourage you to try your hand at it. But many photographers prefer to shoot in color, and then use their image-editing software, the digital lightroom, to change an image to black and white and enhance the tonal values. But for about a year now we've had the Leica M Monochrom, designed to "create authentic monochrome photography in digital form," billed as the first digital 35 mm camera developed for the sole purpose of shooting in black and white. Its features include

  • Full-format sensor
  • No color filters
  • Truer black-and-white images
  • Strong sharpness and dynamic range

Is this the perfect tool for the art and everyday photographer? Is this something you would want to add to your photographer's bag, or would you prefer to use Photoshop or a similar lightroom tool to start with RAW color and work from there? Are you a current user and, if so, what has your experience been with the camera? (Click here to read one photographer's personal review.)

 

WHO ARE WE?

We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience.

 Click here to watch the New York Institute of Photography video.


Tuesday
Jun052012

The Gizmon iCA Leica-Inspired iPhone Case - What Do You Think?

It seems that retro camera styling is hipster chic all of a sudden. Japanese manufacturer Gizmon has developed the iCA, a three-color-choice polycarbonate case (with functionality) for the iPhone. Turning your iPhone into a Leica look-alike - Steve Jobs said that the iPhone's design was inspired by Leica to begin with - certainly takes the product design full circle.

Our opinion? Well ... there are cases to trick out your iPhone to no end, from burnished wood and metal cases to rubbery skins and stickers, so this fits in with the customization trend. But is it necessary to turn a SmartPhone into a camera? How's this for a concept: try buying a camera to function like a camera. Yes, your iPhone has a camera function, but it's not a dedicated device, and it won't be one in the near future. A rose is a rose is a rose.

Your Comments

What do you think? Is the Gizmon iCA iPhone case for you? 

 

We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do.

AUDIO LINK: WHAT IS THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY? [20:58M]