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The Future of Photography

In “Where the Photo Industry is Going in Five Years,” Chris Gampat talks about the future of photography. “The industry and the state of technology is evolving or developing so quickly I frankly cannot guess what will be five years from now. I am not certain if you’d asked me this during January 2014 I […]

Exploring Tokyo, Japan

Brent was in Japan for a work project this spring for a couple months. These are a few of the images from his trip.

Letter to Those Desiring a Career in Nature and Travel Photography

On a regular basis I get emails and comments from students attracted to the photography bug. To them, photography represents the exotic, exciting, and adventurous. While there are some aspects that involve travel, adventure, and excitement, for the most part photography as a hobby is fun. Photography as a business is hard work and boring. […]

The Bridge Over La Conner, Washington

I’m a little uncomfortable sharing this photograph. My cousin, Don Lee, looks at this view daily. It’s his favorite in the world, right outside his home in La Conner, Washington. Helping him with his photography, I encouraged him to photograph it every day as a photo montage for a year. If you sat only a […]

No More Blurry, Out-of-Focus Photographs in Our Future?

Wired’s “Say Sayonara to Blurry Pics” says that out-of-focus and blurry photographs might be a thing of the past in the future: Ren Ng calls his creation the “light field camera” because of its ability to capture the quantity of light moving in all directions in an open space. It stems from early-20th-century work on […]

Saying Bye-Bye to Film?

News is out everywhere over the past few months. Nikon announced it will stop producing most of their film based cameras in order to devote more creative energy into digital cameras. Konica and Minolta, long an embattled pair, are also quitting production of analog cameras. Kodak has practically given up on making film and cameras, […]

Cancer Cell Photograph Wins Nikon Small World Competiton

BBC News announces a “Cancer cell image wins top award” in an international photography contest. Dr Paul Andrews, from the University of Dundee, won one of the prestigious awards from the Nikon Small World Competition The School of Life Sciences researcher took the photo using a digital deconvolution microscope. A university spokesman said understanding the […]

Judging Photographs – It’s Now About the Back Story

I’ve been working as a photography judge, reviewer, critic, editor, and even helped teach others how to judge and review photographs, since I was in high school. While there are a lot of points to consider when judging and evaluating a photograph, they basically boil down to: Composition Light Capturing a “moment” Focus Product Quality […]

What Can You Photograph and What Can You Publish

James Stephens’s post, “Where and What You Can Photograph – Aspects of the Law”, points to some really good articles discussing the legal issues and rights of where you can photograph, what you can photograph, and what images can be published. They are: USA Today – New digital camera? Know how, where you can use […]

The Power of 1000 Suns

Imagine. Collecting the power of 1000 suns to generate electricity in something the size of an old satellite radio dish? Well, experiments are underway in Israel to test such a device. Israel’s National Solar Energy Center will start testing a 400 square meter (4,300 sq ft) solar collecting dish, the big dish, capable of achieving […]

Standby Mode Wasting Energy

The Economist reports “Pulling the Plug on Standby” will help save billions of dollars in electrical costs. Strange though it seems, a typical microwave oven consumes more electricity powering its digital clock than it does heating food. For while heating food requires more than 100 times as much power as running the clock, most microwave […]

Thinking Green a Hot Topic in the UK and Europe

A favorite website of mine is called Tree Hugger and it is constantly updated with “tree hugger” news, news that comes with a techno-meets-eco theme. Here is one prime example that got me thinking. Something is happening in the UK that we are missing in North America. Where we are all single issue types, worried […]

Photography Technology Helping NASA and Solving Crimes

Reading an article from ZDNet, “How NASA Can Help Detectives”, I ran across some interesting ways that photography plays a part in helping NASA help detectives solve crimes. With a new photographic laser device developed to check damages on the Space Shuttle, NASA is going to help the FBI to investigate crime scenes. The Laser […]

Guide to Selling Digital Cameras on eBay

Stella Kleiman’s article, “A Guide to Selling Digital Cameras on eBay”, has good tips for selling all cameras, not just digital cameras, on Ebay. As is often the case with consumer electronics, the technology is steadily improving while prices are dropping, leading many shoppers to eBay in search of newer models at bargain prices. There […]

A Good Travel Photograph Makes You Want to Go There

I stumbled across an old Oregonian’s Travel Focus Photography Awards announcement recently. Over 10,000 photographs from all over the world, including Namibia, Peru, Cambodia, and the Antarctic, as well as the United States, are submitted annually. One of the comments made by a judge in the competition caught my attention. “When a travel photo makes […]