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Episode 65 – PhotoMagic Recap & Newly Announced Camera Debate

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013

Episode 65 – PhotoMagic Recap & Newly Announced Camera Debate

This week, the guys give a recap of the PhotoMagic 2013 event at Walt Disney World and discuss cameras that were recently announced by Nikon, Olympus, and Sony. After the PhotoMagic talk, this is basically shop talk about the future of the camera industry, with no one being especially keen on the direction of Nikon or Canon.

They start with the Nikon Df. Spoiler alert: they all hate the idea of this concept.

Sony and Olympus are the hot new camera brands, with Sony’s groundbreaking mirrorless full frame cameras, the Sony A7K and A7R being the hot new cameras the about which the guys are really excited. Sony also released another product of interest, the Sony RX10, and a product of suckiness, the QX100.

They also discuss the Olympus OM-D EM-1 (AM-E UM-2 IM-X OM-4), which really has their interest.

Finally, the guys threaten–err, promise–not to record any new episodes until receiving 10 new reviews on iTunes. SO GET TO REVIEWIN’, SLACKERS!

You can find Cory and his beard at Disney Photography Blog and on Micechat’s Dateline Disney World column. Tom’s inane ramblings are on Disney Tourist Blog and Travel Caffeine. Ryan shares his surf dude philosophy on Disney Photography Blog.

What Do YOU Think?

The future of DLSRs is a hot issue right now, and while none of the guys are ready to leave behind their DSLRs, they all feel the writing is on the wall (to different degrees). What do you think about the future of Canon, Nikon, and DSLRs in general? How do you feel about the new releases by Olympus and Sony…or even the turd of a camera in the Nikon Df?

Add to the conversation–leave a comment below–we might revisit some of this in a future episode, so having some perspective from listeners would be great!

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2 Comments

  1. I liked the talk about black and white, but I wanted to throw in my two cents. I generally use Black and White for two things:

    1) A crutch – if I have overblown colors, really bad chromatic aberration and/or flaring, or a really low exposure that’s going to result in a very high grain, I’ll use black and white and/or sepia to cover that up a bit. Taking any of those photos that might be on the edge of publishable can be fixed by making it black and white. The reason why that works is because in Black and White photos you’re dealing with a lot less. In color photos eyes have to distinguish between 3 colors and light and dark or 5 distinct channels across 4 dimensions. With black and white, you get two channels and one dimension – it’s a ton easier for a brain to decipher and use it’s “own unsharpening filter” on.

    2) To emphasize contrast. And guys, that should have been said – because that’s the #1 reason to use it ALWAYS! I mean, if you have a bunch of different colors, but you want to tell the story of the light, you always convert the image to black & white!!

    Realistically you can’t often look at a photo and say “this photographer shouldn’t have used B&W – there wasn’t a good reason to”. Take this photo of mine http://www.flickr.com/photos/ksher55/10356068384/ it looks fine, and probably wouldn’t pass a keen photographer’s B&W smell check as a result. But it’s not, the colors were all off,unfixable, and the sky was completely blown out and unrecoverable. So I converted the image to black and white to mask those problems.

    Does that make me a bad photographer? No? Does that make this piece of art distasteful? Not to me – since it certainly enhanced the image.

    • Hi Kyle,

      Sorry about the delayed response. We’ve been on sort of a hiatus for a while. Thanks for all of the feedback about shooting in black & white. You make some very good points–especially about emphasizing contrast, which we definitely think is key.

      As for the crutch part, unless the photo was of a fleeting moment that couldn’t be re-shot, I’d probably just trash the photo and retake in better light or conditions.

      Regardless, thanks for your thoughts! :)

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