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More topical than ever: David Maisel’s The Lake Project and The Mining Project

While I took a break from reporting on the record-breaking flood in Austria and my home country, I stumbled across two projects by David Maisel as if determined by fate. “The Mining Project” as well as “The Lake Project” both deal with the same topic: human-induced environmental destruction. © David Maisel © David Maisel From Maisel’s favourite ...

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Aware2: the GIGAPIXEL camera

Almost a year ago, the first reports on the gigapixel camera (Aware2), which a team at Duke University worked on, were published. It was aimed at continually enhancing the design, until the 50 gigapixel mark was reached. Last year’s prototype was nowhere near it: 98 14-megapixel sensors, in a 75x75x50 cm cube, that are provided ...

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Sigma DP3 Merrill Link collection: Reviews User Reports Sample Videos

Just like back then, when the 35mm f1.4 was introduced, I am grappling with my “addiction” again. The 35mm didn’t work out, I could only just resist. Currently, I am thinking of selling the 24-70 f2.8, which I hardly use anyway, and get a new Sigma DP3M. Thanks to the cashback on Merrills, my piggy ...

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The camera market is shrinking: compact camera soon to be an endangered species

According to Cipa, the interest group of the Japanese photo industry, 14 mio cameras have been delivered worldwide in the first quarter of 2013. Compared to the previous year, when 25 mio were shipped, this constitutes a sharp decline of an alarming 40%. Especially the demand for compact cameras has heavily decreased. While 21 mio ...

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Tip: How far may image editing go?

I found a very interesting article today on kwerfeldein.de (german): "Where does image editing begin and where does it end?" The entire editorial team discusses the boundaries of image editing, the point at which harmless retouching turns into manipulation. In a time where we build our opinions from photos or assume them for certain ideals ...

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Photography basics – part 7 – ways to achieve nice bokeh

Following megapixels, which every modern camera is equipped with in abundance nowadays, background blur, also known as bokeh, is currently on everyone’s lips. People talk of shallow depth of field (DoF) and of how large aperture resembles engine size/cubic capacity – in other words something you can never get enough of – and how you ...

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Tip: Laura Zalenga’s 1001 Strangers

Admittedly, portraits of strangers in public spaces are old hat. I seem to recall seeing similar projects by users on the DSLR-forum years ago. What I particularly liked about the kwerfeldein-article on “1001 Strangers” were Laura’s (both in GER) thoughts on the project.  © Laura Zalenga © Laura Zalenga Don’t get me wrong, the photos are awesome, just not ...

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Scanning film with a DSLR

Everyone who has ever tried to scan analog images for at least testing purposes knows how tedious and time consuming this might be. Therefore I was very excited when I have recently came upon the following articles: Why You Should Digitize Your Film Using a Camera Instead of a Scanner and How to scan films ...