Category: Still photography

Flickr to charge a fee to have more than 1,000 photos

Flickr’s new owner SmugMug has announced that free accounts will be limited to 1,000 photos and is doubling the price of “Pro” accounts that can have more than 1,000 photos. Accounts that have not upgraded to “Pro” by February 5, 2019 will have their excess photos automatically deleted by Flickr. I have a grandfathered “Pro” account but I am giving serious thought to deleting my Flickr account after these changes by SmugMug. Flickr’s large number of “free” photos had created a photography community – that community will now largely go away and be replaced by a mostly pro or semi-pro community of people seeking to promote themselves or their business. Flickr then turns into a cloud storage system for photos.

Common photography aspect ratios and print sizes are arbitrary

Still photography and motion pictures have, over history, used aspect ratios such as 4:3, 3:2, or for printing 4×5, 8×10 and what not. These choices were arbitrary – based on practical design and implementation considerations of the time. The popular 8×10 paper size came from how fine paper was originally manufactured and sliced down to size by hand, in Dutch paper mills and corresponded to the equipment size readily handled by...

Majority of Americans may not be able to use VR headsets

Most (nearly all?) virtual reality viewers available online can not be used by those who need to wear eyeglasses, which is a majority of Americans. The Problem VR viewers lack space on the face side to accommodate the wearing of eye glasses. VR viewers lack diopter adjustments. VR viewers lack inter pupil distance (IPD) adjustments. Who Does This Impact? 75% of Americans use some form of corrective eye lenses, split as 64%...

Using the Minolta 58mm f/1.4 lens on a Nikon 1 J1 camera

I like experimenting and using “non-standard” camera configurations. In a world of full frame DSLRs, I tend to use little sensors because its more challenging. Or something! Here, I shot a couple of test shots (JPEG mode, not RAW) using a Minolta f/1.4 58mm prime lens. Both photos were taken using an MD mount to Nikon 1 mount adapter on the Nikon 1 J1 (10 megapixel) camera with a 1″ sensor....

Learning to “see in 3D” to improve 2D photos

As a 3D stereographer, I am always aware of the 3D space in front of me. And when shooting 2D, I often wish I was shooting 3D! The key idea, in this linked column, is that by learning to see in 3D, we can improve our 2D photos. You might think “seeing in 3D” is obvious – after all we see a 3D world around us. But truly, as 3D photographers...

The demographics of camera users

The author, at the link below, notes that those under 30 predominately use their smart phone to take photos. Older travelers use compact point and shoot cameras, and middle aged and older often shoot with higher end DSLRs. One thing I noticed on my trip to the UK , specifically London, was the abundance of cameras. Source: Cameras, Cameras, Everywhere | Garden Walk Garden Talk A recent Nikon item said that 55% of...