Parentography

Parentography
By J. Edward Romeo
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Jan. 2, 2009
News Fujifilm brings the Instax 200 camera to America http://www.fujifilmusa.com/press/news/display_news?newsID=879723 Polaroid files for Bankruptcy protection http://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/stories/2008/12/15/daily49.html Pentax K2000 brings the color (if you consider Black and White Colors) http://news.cnet.com/8301-13580_3-10124531-39.html Windows Live Photo becomes real competitor http://photos.live.com Flickr Pro no longer free for AT&T and Verizon broadband users http://flickr.com/help/account/#452229 Topic Cleaning your camera Tip of the Week Can the “Cheese” – The first thing we teach children, is to smile in a corny way that we come to regret later.  So, stop the “cheese”  Let them be themselves.  Or, tell them a silly joke or something to elicit a real response (if you have to draw it out at all), just don’t tell them to say “cheese” Site of the Week Teeny Tile – http://www.teenytile.com
Dec. 18, 2008
News No news seemed to come forth this week as everybody is in full Xmas promtion mode.   Topics Eye-Fi Card – Elizabeth gives her first impressions working with the Eye-Fi card   Beware of scams – If a dealer shows prices dramatically cheaper than everybody else, don’t think you got a deal, ask yourself why this one obscure dealer can offer prices that the biggest and best can’t.     Tip of the Week Pick a spot for an annual “marker.”  Yes, there are plenty of pictures that you take annually, Xmas pictures, school pictures etc.  But nothing really marks the passing of time, and to “witness” growing up in slow motion, than a series of pictures in the same location and setting.  Standing next to a tree, or sitting in a specific chair, or against a certain doorway.  The visual cues around your child will make it all the more obvious the growing up each year and at each stage.   Site of the Week Photoassignment.net – http://www.photoassignment.net/
Dec. 13, 2008
[display podcast] News Creative releases Vado HD http://www.gearlog.com/2008/12/hands-on_creative_vado_hd.php Sony sheds jobs and plans to increase prices Canon Rebate Checks Go Bounce http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=StandardDisplayAct&fcategoryid=2587&keycode=important_rebate_info PMA guesswork is already starting http://www.1001noisycameras.com/2008/12/pma-2009-rumors-speculation-predictions.html Flickr Updates Mobile Site http://www.mobileburn.com/news.jsp?Id=5848 Polaroid film stops production this month Topic Filters Buying used equipment. Buying from places like B&H, Adoroama, Midwest Photo Exchange or KEH versus eBay and/or Craigslist. Tip of the Week Shoot present unwrapping in burst mode, to capture expressions as present is opened.  Don’t try to catch it all in a single shot and risk missing, shoot it all. If using a flash, consider (if you are using an external flash) to set the power lower, and if possible bounce the light rather than shooting dead on.  The lower power will allow more of your burst shots to have flash, and the bouncing keeps you from blowing out your picture. Site of the Week Strobist – http://strobist.blogspot.com If you want to learn something about lighting, this is a excellent place.  Some of their stuff is complicated and over the heads of those that aren’t professionals or “enthusiasts” but they also have plenty of good tips for those of us with less that big budgets as well.
Dec. 5, 2008
News Firm creates software that makes you “look better” http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE4AO4MV20081125 Nikon Announces D3X http://press.nikonusa.com/2008/11/nikon_unveils_a_digital_master.php Canon says dSLR market may shrink in 2009 http://www.reuters.com/article/reutersEdge/idUSTRE4AO0C220081125 Nextar introduces Photo frame ornaments http://www.nextar.com/frontend/proddetail.asp?pn=N1-517&co=10000328 Contests PNY Celebrate the Children Contest – “submit inspirational pictures of your child” http://stjude.pny.com/ Pictures must be submitted by January 31st, 2009. Moments of Intimacy, Laughter and Kinship (M.I.L.K. contest) http://www.freshmilkphotos.com/ Pictures must be submitted by December 31st. Topics Geotagging, Macro Photography, dealing with snow Tip of the week Snow will often (if not always) trick your camera into underexposing a picture.  If you have exposure compensation on your camera (even many point and shoot cameras now have this feature), set your camera to a +2 EV. Site of the Week Photography Bay – http://www.photographybay.com
Nov. 29, 2008
News Circuit City “Giving Thanks” Photo Contest http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/genericContent.do?&plckGalleryID=d804b9e1-5ced-4d2f-a972-22831dc414b4&oid=192242&om_keycode=1018644 Runs now through the end of November IPNStock.com is running a “Go Indie” contest. http://www.goindiecontest.com/ There are fees involved in this contest however, $15 for Pro and $10 for Amateur entries. It should be noted for this contest (and it is a good thing to check for all contests that you may enter).  By entering the contest, you give the companies that are sponsoring this contest the right to use your image, whether it wins or not. Nikon lets go of 1500 workers http://www.photographyblog.com/index.php/weblog/comments/nikon_sacks_1500_workers/ Made the move to dSLR?  Your not alone http://www.photographyblog.com/index.php/weblog/comments/dslr_market_grows_by_40/ Consumerist put up for sale http://www.thestandard.com/news/2008/11/12/briefly-gawker-media-shuts-valleywag-offers-consumerist-sale Jill-e bags announces “Jack” line http://www.popphoto.com/photonews/5655/jill-meets-jack-at-jill-e-designs.html Topics B & W – Photgraphing in Black and White Site of the week Imaging Buffet – http://www.imagingbuffet.com – Andrew Darlow is THE expert on inkjet printing.  This site is the companion to his book 301 Inkjet Printing tips and Techniques. Tip of the Week When photographing pets, you don’t have to get their whole body.  Pet shots are often very similar and boring (LOLCatz aside of course).  So how do you get something a little more interesting?  Zoom in.  Don’t be afraid to shoot just head shots, or even shots that cut off part of the face, get different angles but try keeping it tight.  You will find some new looks and experessions you may not have noticed before.
Nov. 20, 2008
News Sigma acquired Foveon http://www.cameratown.com/news/news.cfm?id=6681 Eye-fi introduces 1 year anniversary 4GB edition card. http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/11-12-2008/0004923657&EDATE= Flip Mino goes HD http://solution.allthingsd.com/20081111/flip-camcorder-goes-high-def/ Taget offers gift card with built in camera http://www.target.com/dp/B001I7Y9QK?ie=UTF8&pf_rd_r=0K7SXSJP368QMZBGQFN4&pf_rd_p=451554401&title=view%20full%20details&pf_rd_i=B001I7Y9QK&pf_rd_s=popup-1&pf_rd_m=A1VC38T7YXB528&pf_rd_t=5301 Topics Winner of the Joby Gorillapod – Kathy Howe of Kazoofus. Shooting Video – Using your point and shoot vs traditional camcorder vs new single purpose recorders like Flip Mino or Kodak KI-6, Creative Vado Tip of the Week Making your own family portrait or photo of the kids… tie the picture together with color and style. Assorted shirt colors, etc give the picture mixed up mashed up look, but get everybody in a similarly colored theme (it DOESN’T have to be exactly the same), and the picture comes together more like a “matching set” Site of the Week Digital Picture Frame Reviews – http://www.digitalpictureframereview.com/
Nov. 13, 2008
  News   Circuit City files for bankruptcy http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE4A936V20081110?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=10339   Black Friday Camera Watch List http://www.1001noisycameras.com/2008/11/black-friday-digital-camera-deals.html    Aviary now open to all. http://aviary.com   Topics Panasonic Lumix LX3 – First reviews are in http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicdmclx3/ Canon A590 IS http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=183&modelid=16336   8 Megapixel resolution 4x optical zoom Image Stabilization Good Picture Quality   Digital Photo Frames Good and Bad.  Elizabeth has had good experiences with frames by LG Phillips, but my experience with SmartPart’s Frames was less than satisfactory      Tip of the Week Get on their level.  Many, Many, Many (dare I say too many) pictures you see of children are shot… down!.  While it is certainly a nice effect sometimes, it is not the most flattering angle for a picture, and can cast shadows.  When taking pictures of small children, try getting down to their level and shooting straight… or even if possible or necessary, bring them UP to your level, on a chair, a counter, table, etc.     Site of the Week Scrapblog – http://www.scrapblog.com/  Scrapbooking meets blogging.  Display online and/or turn into a print book.
Nov. 9, 2008
News Kodak sees spike in profits, but long term shorfalls http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D944Q8P80.htm Canon profits down 26% http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fc202708-a3f4-11dd-8104-000077b07658,dwp_uuid=e8477cc4-c820-11db-b0dc-000b5df10621.html Sony down 72% http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/30/technology/companies/30sony.html?em Panasonic down 19% http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/10/29/business/2395770&sec=business Nikon cut profit estimates by 40% http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssLeisureProducts/idUST23491120081030 Olympus Launches the e-30 http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10081393-1.html Circuit City Closing 155 http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE4A235120081103 Reviews In and Panasonic G-1 starts shipping http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/panasonic/dmc_g1-review/index.shtml Concord Camera closes http://www.photographyblog.com/index.php/weblog/comments/concord_closes_for_business/ Shopping for a camera  Part I. Nikon P6000 gets reviewed… and disappoints http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews_nikon_coolpix_p6000.php Site of the Week Zooomr – http://www.zooomr.com – The best way to think about Zoomr might be, Flickr meets Twitter.  It is a place to share photos as well as stories that go with them.  As well as discover other photographers that you enjoy their work and/or stories.
Oct. 30, 2008
PhotoPlus Expo New York Olympus Micro FourThirds – That nifty little camera that was showed at Photokina was there… under glass.  Nothing new until “early 2009”  Probably at PMA. Expo Disk – This is an awesome tool to have if you battle White Balance Issues (use a lot of mixed light).  It may seem a bit expensive, running $70 and up depending on the size you need, but if you value not having to spend time later fixing white balance, it may be worth it. Joby Gorilla Pod When you don’t have the time or space, or just can’t use a tri-pod, Joby’s Gorilla Pod just might be the answer. Plus Site of the Week and Tip of the Week, in this weeks show.
Oct. 24, 2008
News Canon announces fall rebates http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=PromotionsAct Rebates on lenses, flashes and high end camcorders.  Sale is now through Jan 17th, 2009. Microsoft releases Pro Photo Tools 2 http://www.microsoft.com/prophoto/downloads/tools.aspx Talk about a giant that has no recognition in Pro Photography. Reader’s Digest Photo Contest Halloween is right around the corner, and here is a chance to use that photo I just know you were going to take anyway.  You have until November 2nd to submit your Halloween photos of yourself, a family member or pet for a chance to win $100. http://www.rd.com/photo/submission.do?plckGalleryID=7e8e5c07-ac9d-4bf2-9264-232708786cc4 PhotoPlus Expo – October 23rd – 25th http://www.photoplusexpo.com/ppe/index.jsp The PDN PhotoPlus Expo will be happening this week at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC.  Unlike the PMA show (spring) and the recently closed Photokina show in Germany, not many new announcements are expected from this show.  I will however be attending and reporting back on it next week. Topics Where can you (or can’t you) take a picture? It has been reported (but not yet confirmed) that Disneyland and California Adventure parks have cracked down on their “no professional camera equipment” rules.  Depending on who you speak to, it varies from “no telephoto lenses” to “no zoom lenses” to “nothing more than 6 inches”  Walt Disney World in Florida does not seem to be affected.  So, if you are planning on going to Disneyland, be aware you may not be able to take the dSLR lens you want.  Otherwise, perhaps you could throw a small short lens (like a 50mm) on your camera, and pack away your longer lens and change it while in the park. Photographer’s rights sheet that you can download http://www.krages.com/phoright.htm Site Of The Week Kodak Tips – Photographing Children http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=92&pq-locale=en_US Tip Of The Week Halloween is a time for darkness and shadows.  You don’t want to mess with the mood of your pictures with a flash.  But if you have to, and are stuck with an on camera flash, try 1.  Use a piece of tissue paper or tracing paper over the flash to diffuse the light and make is less overpowering. or 2.  Get a piece of colored cellophane.  Red or Orange would probably work well, to give a warm glow rather than an overpowering white light.