Recently in Photography Category
December 3, 2013
I like this:
Lovely example of both how similar photos taken of certain sights can end up, even when "filtered" by Instagram, but also the creative potential of this vast online wealth of creative material we're building up.
[Found via Neil Perkin's e-mail newsletter]
Here's another example in a similar vein:
October 8, 2013
National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson left his Nikon at home, and has been capturing a trip to the Scotland with an iPhone 5s. It's not all been plain sailing, but the results are pretty impressive:
What surprised me most was that the pictures did not look like compromises. They didn’t look like I was having to settle for second best because it was a mobile phone. They just looked good. Nothing visually profound is being produced here, I would have to say. But it feels good, and I even noticed some of the folks on our tour putting big digital cameras aside once in a while and pulling out their cell phones when they just wanted to make a nice picture.
I've not had much time to play with my iPhone 5s - having been laid up in bed sick for days on end hasn't helped - but I've been quietly impressed by what it can do. It's a huge jump in quality from my old iPhone 4.
September 26, 2013
Rather to my surprise, I took delivery of an iPhone 5s from 3 yesterday. Why surprise? Well, according to the last e-mail from them, it wasn't due for another 12 days... Still, I'm certainly not complaining, and it's a huge improvement on my aging iPhone 4, which is somewhat sluggish under iOS7.
The thing I was most excited about, though, was the camera. So much good new stuff in there, from burst mode to the slowmo video camera, all of which strike me as useful for mobile reporting. I've been somewhat busy over the past 48 hours, so I've only had a few brief moments to play with it. Fog was rolling over the Adur yesterday, which seemed like a pretty good test of the camera, as it's challenging light to get right. How did it perform? As you can see from the above image, pretty damn well.
Seemed churlish not to follow-up with a panorama...
OK, serious impressed now. I'm going to have a lot of fun with a camera this good in my pocket...
July 19, 2013
For the last couple of years I have been slowly - very slowly at times - working my way through the final few rolls of photographic film I possess. On Sunday, finally, I exposed my very last film frame, finishing off a roll of Kodak T-Max 100. I packed it up, sent it off for dev and scan (I don't bother with prints any more), and the results arrived back this morning.
The image above is what I expect to be the very last image I ever take on film. I do love some qualities of film - the grain and the way it makes you focus on exactly the image you want, because you have so few exposures to play with. I even enjoy the process of loading a camera with film, leaving you ready to go. But I don't love the time it takes to turn things around, the extra costs involved and the lack of embedded metadata.
Something like 38 years ago, I took my very first photo on film, using my Mum's camera, while toddling round the streets near our house in Hazel Grove. It was of a flowering plant in the border of a neighbour's garden. To honour that moment when my three-year old self discovered something that has been an obsession for the whole of my life since, my last film photo was of flowers, too, this time in the window box on our balcony.
Thanks, film. I had great fun with you. I enjoyed shooting on you, and developing you, and printing my own photos on my own enlarger in a spare cupboard at home. I enjoyed running the school darkroom, and quickly turning around prints for college magazines. But we're done. From now on, it's digital all the way.
July 11, 2013
While we're on the subject of phone photography, here's a really excellent guide to taking great photos from your phone.
There's plenty in there that's applicable to any photographic situation, too.
May 29, 2013
So, I wrote a long thing about the new Flickr elsewhere. The TL;DR version is:
- Evidence suggests that the new Flickr is successful
- Many old users aren't used to change
- Not significantly evolving your service for half a decade was probably an error
- It's all down to what they do next...
You all busy hating it still?
January 29, 2013
On its earnings call today, Yahoo reported that its Flickr product has enjoyed a resurgence in the mobile space, with iOS usage spiking a full 25% in terms of uploads and photos viewed, measured on a daily basis, since the company revamped its app for Apple's mobile devices.
Not quite what the headline promised - which suggested that the app was resposible for a 25% growth of the site - but this is still interesting news. Flickr has had an app for years - but get the app right, and you can see genuine growth. Can they keep building on it? I hope so. Flickr's fine-grained privacy controls and robust searching are a far more interesting photo medium than Instagram. They just need to keep making it easier to use without losing the sophistication.
November 22, 2012
Seeing through another’s eyes is one of the perennial wonders of photography. Between the frames of an image, we are invited to consider a constructed reality offered by the photographer; what they chose to include, exclude and deem worthy of record or consideration. For those very same reasons, the art of curation often shares the same point of interest: the chance to explore someone else’s vision.
November 10, 2012
I asked him if it was embarrassing as a pro to be carrying an iPhone when most of his colleagues are into Nikon and Canon gear. "People don't think twice about it," Lowy told me. "It's a fast little camera and I do like that on a tough assignment." At times though, he says, "pros will push me aside" assuming he is a tourist or amateur.
It's a nice counter to the gear fetishism that seems to be rampant at the moment - and maybe always has been.