Will the New Apple iPod Touch Weaken the Point-and-Shoot Market?

Take a look at the way that the majority of people take photos. I’m not talking about the photo enthusiasts. I’m talking about the average person that has a camera and isn’t a total photo nerd. After careful observations, you’ll notice that they take a majority of pictures with their phone. This goes double or triple for iPhone, Android or Blackberry users. The reason for this is because of the instant sharing capabilities. As you know, most point-and-shoots can’t do this. Sure, a standard point-and-shoot can deliver better quality images, but this group of users won’t be able to tell the difference. Apple doesn’t seem to have incorporated any of the features that I asked for a while ago, but the audience of people I’m talking about here just want to point, shoot and share. So does this mean that the new Apple iPod touchwith its snazzy new camera could in turn destroy the point-and-shoot market?

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Which One Should I Get?: Canon S95 vs Panasonic LX-5K

 

Both the Canon S95and the Panasonic LX-5are available for purchase now at Amazon and readers may perhaps be confused as to which one to get. Though we do not have image quality comparisons to show (and we’ve only handled the S95 and the Leica D-LUX 4 which compares to the LX-3) we can compare and contrast specs.

Editor’s Note: Reviews of both cameras have been fully completed.

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Keeping My Distance: Shooting Justin Long On a Movie Set

Justin Long on the Streets of NYC

So I’ve blogged before about Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker, and even Gerard Butler. With Going The Distance coming into theaters later on this week, it is time that Justin Long and my encounter with him be shared. In general, my experience has been that male celebrities couldn’t care less about being photographed. As you’ll read, Justin doesn’t exactly like having a 5D Mk IIpointed at him.

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Why Shooting Celebrities Sucks: A Reflection Photographing Julia Roberts on the Set of Eat, Pray, Love.

Julia Roberts: close up side shot

If you’re a reader of this blog, or if you’ve followed my work for a while, you’ll probably know of the dark secret in my time as a photographer. When I was right out of college, I had an extremely brief tenure with an agency as a celebrity photographer. One of my gigs was shooting Julia Roberts on the set of Eat, Pray Love which is now in theaters. The photos in this story were shot a year ago in Carrol Gardens in Brooklyn, New York where part of the movie was filmed. Though not my worst gig, it was a huge learning experience and began to solidify my exit from celebrity photography.

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OKCupid Finds Some Amazing Facts About Attractiveness in Photos

Alex and Serenity

A friend linked me to an article that dating site OKCupid has on their blog about how photography can make you more or less attractive. According to them:

– Panasonic/Micro Four Thirds cameras make their users look the best. Second being Leica.

– Interchangeable lens cameras make users more attractive.

– iPhone users have more sex (which makes sense because of Facetime)

– Android users like me have the least sex (no comment)

The posting goes on to talk about things like Bokeh, flash, and the times of day to take your photo. Bokeh does tend to mesmerize people when they look at the photos and flash (well, lighting in general) needs to be used to the best effects.

What do you think makes people be perceived as attractive in photos? Admittedly, a pretty girl holding a Nikon DSLR, Micro Four Thirds and Leica is attractive to me. Those myspace shots and the duck lips, not so hot.

My First Attempt at a Self Portrait

I did it—I took my first self portrait and maybe we don’t need to sing the doom song when looking at my picture. My camera did not melt! No fire and brimstone came down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! No 40 years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes… none of the dead rising from the grave!

My first thought was that the image was an utter failure. But after some reflection and encouragement from friends and colleagues, my first endeavor at a self portrait was not as bad as I thought.

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A Photographer’s Request From Apple For the Next iPod’s Camera

There have forever been rumors of the next Apple iPod touch having a camera—and a good one at that! In my recent review of the Apple iPhone 4’s camera, it was concluded that for a cameraphone, the performance was really quite good. Further, the high ISO abilities were better than some compact cameras thanks to the new back-lit CMOS sensor. Despite all this, there were still some major flaws. Here’s a list from a photographer on what the next iPod Touch should have.

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How To Document/Organize Your Summer Misadventures

It’s been summer for a little bit now. You’ve most likely gone on some wild and crazy misadventures and taken your camera along with you. To keep the memories in tact and easy to get to, there are a couple of things that you could do. Here are some tips to document and organize your summer misadventures and keep them easily accessible.

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The Great Debate: Prime Lenses Vs Zoom Lenses

Here we go: a giant can of worms is about to be opened up. The inbox has been flooded with questions asking about primes vs zoom lenses and there have been endless debates about it on threads I often visit. Now it’s getting to the point where questions are being asked in person. So to settle the fight once and for all here are some pointers.

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Why Everyone Needs an 85mm Lens

During the course of time that I’ve been a photographer, I’ve blogged about the 50mm lens and just how incredibly useful it is. Overtime though, the 85mm F1.8 for Canon has steadily become my go to lens for many situations. Not only is it sharp, delivers wonderful color and very useful, but it gives a different perspective on the things you photograph.

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Shooting Sarah Jessica Parker on the Set of Sex and the City 2

Sarah Jessica Parker on the set of "Sex and the City II"

With the imminent release of Sex and the City 2 on May 27th, I’d thought I’d share my experience of photographing Sarah Jessica Parker on the set of the movie while it was filming last summer. Those of you that are fans of the series and the movies may be delighted to know that Sarah is actually a very pleasant, sweet and nice person. In fact, she was one of my few positive experiences when photographing female celebrities back when I was a celebrity photographer.

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SnapKnot: A New Resource for Wedding Photographers

As a wedding photographer, I was recently friended on Flickr by SnapKnot, a new website designed for photographers to better market themselves and for Brides to (very) easily search for the type of photographer that they want based upon a large number of criteria. Impressed with the site, I decided to interview Reid and Michael, the founders of SnapKnot.com. If you’re a wedding photographer or looking to get into it, hit the jump. For a quick demo, take a look at my own SnapKnot page.

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The Best Budget Camera Lenses for Your DSLR and Mirrorless Camera

If you’re on the hunt for some of the best budget lenses, you’ve come to the right place!

If you’re shopping for the best budget lenses, you’re going to love this roundup of the best options across multiple platforms. It doesn’t matter if you shoot with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and more, we have found the best budget lenses for your platform. The roundup is easy to read, and we have given you the links back to our original reviews so you can see why we think they deserve to be in this list. Pull up a chair and check out the best budget lenses for your platform.

Original Post: 4/16/2010

Last Update: 5/15/2020

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If you’re on the hunt for some of the best budget lenses, you’ve come to the right place!

If you’re shopping for the best budget lenses, you’re going to love this roundup of the best options across multiple platforms. It doesn’t matter if you shoot with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and more, we have found the best budget lenses for your platform. The roundup is easy to read, and we have given you the links back to our original reviews so you can see why we think they deserve to be in this list. Pull up a chair and check out the best budget lenses for your platform.

Original Post: 4/16/2010

Last Update: 5/15/2020

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If you’re on the hunt for some of the best budget lenses, you’ve come to the right place!

If you’re shopping for the best budget lenses, you’re going to love this roundup of the best options across multiple platforms. It doesn’t matter if you shoot with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and more, we have found the best budget lenses for your platform. The roundup is easy to read, and we have given you the links back to our original reviews so you can see why we think they deserve to be in this list. Pull up a chair and check out the best budget lenses for your platform.

Original Post: 4/16/2010

Last Update: 5/15/2020

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If you’re on the hunt for some of the best budget lenses, you’ve come to the right place!

If you’re shopping for the best budget lenses, you’re going to love this roundup of the best options across multiple platforms. It doesn’t matter if you shoot with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and more, we have found the best budget lenses for your platform. The roundup is easy to read, and we have given you the links back to our original reviews so you can see why we think they deserve to be in this list. Pull up a chair and check out the best budget lenses for your platform.

Original Post: 4/16/2010

Last Update: 5/15/2020

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Questions With Christian Erhardt: Vice President of Marketing Photographic Division, Leica Camera USA

I recently had the pleasure to chat with Christian Erhardt who is Vice President of Marketing Photographic Division, Leica Camera USA. On the agenda were questions about how Leica has changed recently with the success of their new products, their growing userbase, and tactics to lure in the average American consumer. Hit the jump for the full interview.

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My Favorite Photo Sites To Check Out

Olympus's Micro 4/3rd's camera

As a tech blogger for years that’d had primarily online experience, I’ve developed quite the taste fora number of photo blogs in my Google News reader. I’m just going to get straight into this: here’s a list (in no particular order) of some of my favorite photo blogs and websites.

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