In Focus: All-Request

The regular In-Focus from the Atlantic has a crowd-source topic this time called All Request. You ask it via twitter, you get it, if the editor finds it. He has access to a powerful database of images from press agencies ; and as a last resort, uses Flickr.

This regular In Focus has joined The Big Picture in my list of feeds a while ago.

Getting to know the face behind the photograph

Phaidon has an article about this Famous photographer portraits series I linked previously.

It all started with.

“I really missed the tactile nature of shooting large format and wanted to try a 20×24 Polaroid camera for fun and get back to something old school.”

Relationship between the photographer and his medium or tool did catalyst the start of the project.

Goodbye Kodak, Hello Fujifilm

A quick explanation from Michael Krigman as to why Kodak is dying and Fujifilm is doing well. Michael bought a Fujifilm X-100 made of a Fujifilm sensor. But what did Kodak do?

As Kodak fades, FujiFilm embodies a new generation of photographic technology driven by genuine innovation rather than strict adherence to marketing formulas. A powerful lesson is hidden in this story.


Riffing in the key of Ricoh

Gregory Simpson explains how he found himself to buy a Ricoh GRX.

And, truth be told, when Ricoh released the GXR in late 2009, my impression was one of disinterest. Although I found the idea intriguing (a user replaceable sensor), I didn’t much care for the execution — I simply had no need for any of the camera’s available lens modules.

I you read the other writings from Gregory, you’ll realise he is not a big fan of digital. Yes it is a tool, but the trend of treating digital cameras like consumer electronic let him (and other photographer) disappointed. But…

In actuality, my interest wasn’t fully aroused until a second year passed and Ricoh released yet another new module for the GXR — one with a new sensor designed specifically to take advantage of M-mount lenses.

Read the rest.

A strange copyright case

DPReview has a report of a strange copyright case where a picture has been found infringing on another picture because they have a red bus on a monochrome background of the London Big Ben and Parliament. Not the same vantage point nor even the same bus. The bigger problem is that the court found it infringing. Read it and now worry. A very unfortunate precedent.

A few thoughts on time stamps

George Jardine (a Lightroom export) wrote A Few Thoughts on Time Stamps, how he manages time stamps and deal with timezones.

It is a personal thing, and my personal choice is using UTC in the camera and timezone in the library to have the local time (local to the location of the picture). This raise a problem in Ligthroom, but it works in Aperture. And it matches with geo tagging using GPS traces.