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This Technology Can Make a Camera Resolve Terapixels, Not Megapixels

It’s possible very soon that a technology called Quantum dots could be implemented into making camera sensors significantly better than they currently are. For photographers, that means that higher end cameras with interchangeable lenses could take a quantum leap (pun intended) ahead of the smartphone world. Of course, if and when the technology comes to smartphones, it could also be quite disruptive. Internet speeds and services would need to do some massive compression to make the images displayed on their platforms easily loadable. But more than anything, it’s probably going to start the pixel peeping wars all over again....
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Review: BenQ SW240 Monitor for Photographers

Only a couple of years ago a high-end monitor with a built-in calibration and profile system which was also capable of displaying the entire Adobe RGB (1998) gamut cost serious money. And then BenQ upended that game with the SW series monitors. If you are in the market for a high-performance monitor, performance wise the BenQ SW models are right up there with the Eizo ColorEdge and NEC PA monitors but cost substantially less....
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How to Take the Best Photos of Fireworks That You’ve Ever Made

For the eyes there is the synchronized bursts of color and lights arcing across the sky, compounded by the light reflecting off the smoke, nearby buildings, and low clouds, but there is more to it than visual spectacle. If you are close enough you can even feel the concussive whump of the shells exploding overhead, smell and taste the acridness of fire and burnt chemicals. For the ears there are the irregularly syncopated booms and bangs of launch and explosion accompanied by the sliding whistle and sizzle of individual stars, and at the end the sheer fusillade of sound followed by silence at the show’s end. It is this sort of whole body experience that makes the show exciting- that and the primal psychological yin-yang attraction to and fear of controlled danger. As a photographer, I see it as my job as trying to transmute that full range of experiences into a visual document which communicates the excitement I felt, across time to someone who was not there. That for me the great challenge....
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How to Shoot Fireworks with Film: An Analog Photography Tutorial

With pyrotechnics, the stars of the show are quite literally, shooting stars, “stars” being the fireworks industry’s term for those bits of flying sparkly fire. As in any performance, stars need a stage, and in a photograph, the stage is everything else in the frame: the dark sky, buildings, or monuments, even your fellow audience members watching the show....
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Review: The BenQ SW 271 Display (27 Inch)

BenQ is making a really strong push to compete with the big boys — Eizo and NEC— in the high end, high resolution, large gamut monitor market segment. And they are doing so by bringing very competitive pricing to the mix. Selling for (as of mid-December 2017) $1,099.00, the BenQ SW271, a 27” (diagonal), 16:9 aspect ratio, 4K UHD monitor with an on-board color calibration chip. It is a powerful shot across the bows of the justly acclaimed but very expensive Eizo ColorEdge CG and NEC PA monitor series....
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Silver Gelatin Photography: The Medium That Changed the World

Article by Ellis Vener. Lead image by Mary Bailey Thomas. This is a syndicated blog post from La Noir Image. The invention of silver gelatin based photography as a ready made media changed the world as profoundly as the printing press, the cotton gin, the steel plow, the Wright Brother’s first airplane, the first controlled atomic...
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