Category: Still photography

Common photography aspect ratios and print sizes are arbitrary 0

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...

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...

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

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...

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

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...

The demographics of camera users

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 |...