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Canon Goes Mirrorless!

I know I was supposed to wait until at least August 1 to have a new favorite camera of the month, but I couldn’t… As you’ve probably seen, Canon has finally announced their first mirrorless EOS camera. In case you haven’t been following along, Canon is the last major player to jump into the digital rangefinder market, and between you and me… it’s about time!

Here’s what I love about the digital rangefinder in general, and this camera in particular:


· Compact size, large sensor – This means it’s little and unobtrusive, yet packs the same image quality punch as a DSLR. In fact, the new EOS M shares the sensor and processing innards as the Canon T4i.
· Quiet – The shutter in a mirrorless camera is built differently, making it significantly quieter than its DSLR friends.
· Lens Selection – The mount on the EOS M is different than any other EOS mount, meaning that new lenses are in the works. But, and here’s what I love about this camera… all my current Canon lenses will fit with an adapter. Yes… this means that I can toss a tiny EOS M in my camera bag as a backup or more mobile second for the after party, etc…




The camera isn’t out quite yet, but I cannot wait to get my hands on one!


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Camera Lust

It seems as though I find a new must-have camera about once a month. If that’s true, the Samsung EX2F has taken care of July!


I have never used a Samsung camera, but I am seriously impressed with the lens on the EX2F. The 24-80mm lens will open up to an astonishing f/1.4 at wide angle and maintain a best-in-class f/2.7 when zoomed all the way in. Even if the rest of the camera was just mediocre, we’d still have a new pocket-sized, low-light champion. Now, let’s add in ISO up to 12,800, fantastic glass elements in the lens, wifi control, and full manual control to make the camera simply amazing. Congrats Samsung!






The one downside to this camera is the small sensor size. But to be honest, I’ll take the tiny sensor for an f/1.4 lens. Let’s hope this is a new trend in the world of pocket sized cameras!

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Photo Stealers

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Have you ever been wandering around the Web only to discover one of your photos on someone else’s website? Without permission??

This has happened to me a few times… Usually it’s family portraits we’ve taken that are now showing up on the dad’s business site. Once I found a series of my images being used on billboards, websites and brochures for a resort in Malaysia. Most recently, Taylor Guitars was using one of my images as their Facebook profile image.

It can be really hard to know what to do when stuff like this happens. Here are some of the things I take into consideration:

1. Relationship // What is my relationship to/with the offending party? Is it my mom? Are the images/usages in question worth damaging the relationship? Do I really have a relationship if someone is willing to steal my images?

2. Knowledge // Does the offending party know that what they are doing is wrong? Did I have them sign a release? Have they violated the terms of our agreement? Do I simply need to educate them for the situation to be resolved?

3. Money // This is actually the biggest one for me… Is anyone making money on this? If someone is going to make money on my images, it needs to be me. If the images are being used in a way that’s outside of my terms of use, but no one is making money on them, I’ll usually let it go, but that will depend on the answers to some of the other questions…

4. Fair Use // This is a tricky one, but relates back to the Freedom of Speech protected by the U.S. Constitution. As an example, if you are reviewing a book, you have the right to quote limited amounts of text from the book without permission from the author.  How does this impact images? If you are Andreas Gursky and just sold a photo for $4.34 million, people are going to write news reports about it and include the image and there’s nothing you can do about it. The news reports aren’t stealing the image, they are telling the story about what happened.


If you decide that the usage is unacceptable and you want to do something about it, here’s a really helpful article:



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How Canon Makes Cameras and Lenses

How Canon Makes Cameras and Lenses

Benjamin Derkin just shared this video with me and I wanted to pass it on to all those who have ever wondered how a lens or camera is made. This fantastic video by Canon takes you into the heart of Canon’s factories in Japan, showing you how they make the lenses, cameras, and sensors millions of people use every day. It’s a bit long, but super interesting!!




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Lens Fogging makes it Better

Lens Fogging makes it Better

Usually lens fogging is a bad thing in photography, but on a very grey shoot in London last month, it made my day!

A group of IPS students and I were on a photo shoot near Tower Bridge in downtown London. We were excited to get to put away our umbrellas for a bit in between rain bursts, but there was no chance of sun, blue sky, or one of those iconic post card shots. My best shots looked something like this:

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Then, I realized that all I needed for a good old iconic Dickens’ version of London was a bit of fog. I turned my camera around and blew a blast of warm, moist air onto the front of my lens, giving it a fantastic covering of fog. My next photo looked like this:

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This isn’t a technique that you’re going to use every day, but it’s a pretty handy trick to have on a rainy day.



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