Archive for December 2012
Derrick Story, TechHive:
Pentax has created an ecosystem of rugged, weather-resistant DSLRs and lenses. The new Pentax K-30 fills a particular niche, as an affordable, versatile camera that you can take just about anywhere. With its weather-sealed, dustproof, coldproof construction, you might actually wait until the rain starts before you go outside to take pictures.
Samantha Waidler, TechHive:
Close-up photos pull you directly into a subject so you can examine its details from a unique perspective. A close-up tends to focus on a specific thing—an insect, a plant, a flower, or a face, for example. Or it can highlight something we don’t usually pay much attention to, but which turns out to be captivating, dramatic, or revealing when intimately
Jackie Dove, TechHive:
You want a camera with imaging power—something that offers a reasonably sized sensor, an advanced processor, a megapixel count that lets you do more than upload to Facebook and Twitter, a flexible instrument that lets you swap out lenses to suit a variety of shooting situations, and something with perhaps a bit of heft for better stability and ease of use.What you’re looking for is either a DSLR or one of the many compact interchangeable-lens cameras that have grown in popularity over the last couple of years. These are not pocketable point-and-shoot or smartphone analogs. These are sophisticated photographic devices that help you produce the images you envision. We’ve looked at a number of these cameras this year, and offer up our favorites here.
Michael Zhang, PetaPixel:
Every few months, it seems, a fine art photograph is sold at auction for an astronomical price and then takes its place among the world’s most expensive photos. The price tags are large, but pale in comparison to the hundreds of millions of dollar shelled out for the world’s priciest paintings. One reason for the price discrepancy may be due to the fact that art collectors are more wary of fine art photography’s long term value, and the fact that any reprints of the same images made in the future could drastically affect the value of their investments. However, a new report has found that confidence in the photography market is steadily rising, meaning we’ll likely see prices continue to balloon.
Fine art photography is a very good financial investment.
Candace Jackson, The Wall Street Journal:
Photographer Annie Leibovitz has listed her West Village compound for $33 million. Composed of three separate townhouses on a corner of Greenwich Street, the property is currently configured to include living space, offices and guest quarters. The buildings surround a slate patio and private courtyard garden. Inside the main home, there are wide-plank wood floors, high ceilings, a formal dining room and chef’s kitchen. The building that includes Ms. Leibovitz’s studio has a large reception room. The property includes 13 fireplaces in all and has a combined total of more than 10,200 square feet. “It’s very rare to have something like this,” says listing broker Paula Del Nunzio, of Brown Harris Stevens. “She created it.” The brick buildings, in a Greek Revival style, date back to the 1830s. According to public records, Ms. Leibovitz, best known for her celebrity photographs, began assembling the property in 2002, purchasing the first two buildings for $4.2 million. She later purchased the third townhouse for $1.9 million. She has since gut-renovated all three homes. In 2009, Ms. Leibovitz faced a wave of publicity when a dispute over the terms of the repayment of a loan involved her townhouses and photo archives, which creditors claimed she’d put up as collateral. The matter was later resolved. Ms. Leibovitz is selling because she plans to move uptown to be closer to the school of her three daughters, according to Ms. Del Nunzio. Guida De Carvalhosa, also of Brown Harris Stevens, shares the listing.
Michael Zhang, PetaPixel:
Reuters has published its list of the best photographs taken in 2012, a massive collection of 95 powerful images showing different events that have occurred around the globe over the past year. In addition to large photos, descriptions by the photographers, and the official captions, each image is also accompanied by information about the equipment and settings that were used to capture it. Photography enthusiast and Reddit user hallbuzz decided to copy, paste, sort, and tally all 95 EXIF data entries, and published a list with the ranking of cameras, lenses, and settings used. Another user named mathiasa then took that list and turned the data into a series of charts. They offer an interesting glimpse at how some of the most powerful photographs recently captured by photojournalists were snapped.
This is definitely very interesting to know. But does it really mean anything?
Joshua Schnell, TechHive:
While Will.i.am is off trying to make the ultimate iPhone-camera case, you can jump to the head of your class with the new TurtleJacket PentaEye case that just hit the market. The case includes a nice 5-lens wheel that lets you switch between a number of lenses in a fairly quick amount of time.