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Gear, Hurricane Florence, And A Book Recommendation Are All In This Week’s Epic Edits Round Up

HARDWARE AND GEAR

Fujifilm’s 100MP Medium Format Mirrorless Camera

Fujifilm is wicked, and it seems that their roadmap has carefully been released to specific people who “leak” their information out. Just last week Fujirumors published a story about a 100 Megapixel medium format camera right after the leak of some information about their affordable medium format camera. We don’t expect that it will be cheap, but it will definitely be cheaper than the current 100 MP camera on the market from the exclusive Phase One.

Panasonic Lumix G9

This is a great example of what happens when a brand listens to its users. The Panasonic G9 is aimed at “still” photographers rather than video shooters. Based on the specs it seems that the G9 is possibly the best camera for still photography they have ever built. It keeps with Panasonic’s tradition of Micro 4/3rds sensors with 20.3 Megapixels and it uses the same batteries as other cameras from their lineup – like the GH3, GH4, GH5, and GH5S. This shows that they are very interested in their users’ needs.

Photo Studio by Konseen

One of the best things that technology has given to photography is portability. Just recently Konseen launched a pretty interesting tool, a pop-up tent that is a portable full-size photo studio. This takes the minimalist lighting approach to the extreme. This micro-studio could make professional portrait photography a more accessible discipline.

What About a Water-Resistant Lens Case?

Lenses need to be kept safe always, they are an essential part of your camera, and arguably the piece of kit you should invest in the most. Just recently, ThinkTank announced “Enhanced Camera Lens Protection”. These are called “Lens Case Duo“, and they promise to be great for storage or travel. Oh, and they say they are water resistant of course.

 

SOME STORIES

Artist Alters a Photographer’s Picture, Calls It Art, and He is Getting Away With It

Appropriation strikes back, this time Hank Willis Thomas is on the spot thanks to an altered photograph from Graeme Williams. Read the story here and make your own conclusions. Is it theft or art?

Raising Goosebumps

From Elina Brotherus project Annonciation to Sally Mann with her famous Intimate Family work, Motherhood has been an intriguing theme in contemporary photography. Here LensCulture interviews contemporary photographer Cate Wnek about her work titled Raising Goosebumps. Here she uses photography to cope with the fears and vulnerabilities of motherhood.

IN THE CROWDSOURCING WORLD

Lumapod, The Super Lightweight Tripod

What about an ultra-light tripod solution? Well, yeah, we are basically describing a lot of tripods by saying that, but what about a REALLY portable solution? Something the size of a flashlamp or even smaller? That is exactly what these guys have designed, and they got their crowdsource pledged in less than 90 minutes… And with lighter and more compact Mirrorless cameras, its maximum payload of 2kg in the larger size tripod is not a big problem.

THE WEEK IN IMAGES

Hurricane Florence

Hurricanes are never good news, and Hurricane Florence dumped high winds and rain on much of the American Carolinas. More than one million people where under evacuation orders, and here is a brief collection of images by The Atlantic. These photos are from the preparation, and these others are from the hurricane’s aftermath.

Behind the Image: A Moment of Quiet in the Madding Crowd

This is a really fascinating image by Nikos Economopoulos. He is a photographer from Magnum so you can expect some really interesting amazing images. Here he talks about his iconic image.

THE BOOKSHELF

William Eggleston, From Black and White to Color

William Eggleston is the king of the mundane, he captures seemingly banal elements that surround him with such a careful eye, that even the most ordinary things gain meaning.

Here in this book, you can delight in not only with his color work (which is his most famous) but also some really pleasant black and white images as well. Eggleston’s well crafted and consistent sense of aesthetic, which can take some time to appreciate, is really a wonder to view.

Grab A Coffee And Chill With This Week In The World of Photography

Image via Fujifilm.

Image via Fujifilm.

With Photokina getting closer, it is no surprise that we got a lot to talk last week in terms of equipment. This week we have a pretty techy digest for you folks, so sit back and prepare yourselves!

HARDWARE AND GEAR

Canon EOS-R

So, Canon finally decided to release their contribution to the Mirrorless world with much fanfare. This week they announced a very promising system that includes a body with a new lens mount, and of course, a new lens lineup to match.

Fujifilm XT-3

Fujifilm’s posture is clear, they are not interested in full-frame formats. This week they released their third version of their mirrorless flagship, the XT-3. This camera system has some legacy already, and we can expect nothing less than extreme quality.

Fujifilm GFX 50R

Is Fuji about to change digital photography forever? Last week we talked about the positive implications for photography behind this strategy of making medium format a way more accessible format for photographers all over the globe. We are just speculating here, but this could mean big things for cinematography if they manage to integrate their Cine lenses line-up with this camera!

Phase One IQ4 I50MP

Apparently, the adequate response for the exclusive brand Phase One is to simply crank sensors up to 150 Megapixels. Honestly, they’ll need to do more on the innovation side instead of aiming to reach the gigapixel camera with Fujifilm giving the masses the medium format they deserve. This is not a critique, it is just an opinion.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6 PF ED VR

One of the most valuable assets from Nikon is their NIKKOR lens lineup. Not this week exactly, but a couple of days ago they released a lens they announced the development of back in June – a 500mm f/5.6. If you are into action, sports and wildlife photography this could be a great solution for you.

Loupedeck+

Enabling image development in the digital age via a physical medium is an amazing experience. Fine tweaking an image with a precise graphics tablet is really satisfying. This week Loupedeck announced their new Lightroom Console, and it looks amazing!

A SAD STORY

A Photographer go Beaten Up after Publishing a Photograph

Jibon Ahmed, a Bangladesh based photographer got in some really messy trouble thanks to publishing a photo of a young couple kissing. We are not criticizing a foreign culture, but it is hard to hear that a fellow photographer was beaten for posting a photograph. Maybe what people can do when living within this hermetic cultures is to create an alias or a side account. This is very difficult and ultimately, what we don’t want to see is any more photographers getting in trouble for doing what they love the most. Our support goes out to Jibon Ahmed and we hope he continues publishing images.

THE WEEK IN IMAGES

LensCulture Art Photography Awards

For the first Art Photography Award from LensCulture, they selected 38 contemporary photographers from 18 different countries, which are making a pretty remarkable work these days.

Multi-verse

In this essay by Canadian photographer Amy Friend, you’ll find a series of particularly creative candid photographs with a very intriguing and illuminating twist.

Images of the Destruction Left by Typhoon Jebi in Japan

Watch this image selection form The Atlantic in order to reflect about how fragile we human beings are when compared to mother nature. These images are strong…

Photos of the Week: Hovercraft Racing, Mud Wallow, Balls of Fire

Another selection from The Atlantic showing some really interesting stuff going on all over the globe.

THE BOOKSHELF

California Captured

The style and mythology of Mid-Century Modern California architecture as seen through the eyes of American photographer Marvin Rand, one of the best architectural photographers ever.

This Week In The World of Photography

After a long time of being silent, we want to make Epicedits a great place again for you. Every week we get a ton of information about the world of photography, so we’ve decided to post a weekly briefing so you can stay up-to-date with the most relevant photography related news.

Photo By Gorup de Besanez - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Josef Koudelka photographed in Venice, Italy (1986) – Photo By Gorup de Besanez – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

EVERYBODY MIRRORLESS

Mirrorless cameras are no longer the future, they are the present, and some big characters have finally understood it. Due to their tradition we want to wish them the best of luck (you know who you are C and N companies), and we hope to see some great results in the following days

Nikon Z7 arrived

Nikon tried to make a breakthrough in the still incipient world of mirrorless cameras with the Nikon 1 series. That camera was like an odd attempt to make Point & Shoot cameras more capable in terms of lenses. Now we have the Nikon Z7, a full frame mirrorless camera with a new lens lineup. It will require some time for Nikon to validate their new lens lineup as a wise move or not.

Canon wants to be in the game as well

Canon also made a not-that-successful attempt on the mirrorless camera world with their EOS-M system. Just this week some information was leaked about how they might present a full frame mirrorless camera as well with something they are calling the EOS-R. This was supposed to happen on Photokina we guess, but since Nikon put one foot forward, they might release it prior to the big photographic event which will take place on September 26th-29th.

Even Panasonic wants to get in

Panasonic also wants to be on the full frame mirrorless camera league, and you guessed it, we could prove that rumor on… Photokina. This comes exactly ten years after Panasonic unveiled the world’s first micro four thirds camera, the G1.

Since the Full Frame Mirrorless camera field wasn’t that crowded, it seemed logical for both Canon and Nikon to make some interesting innovations there.

Fujifilm is Democratizing the Medium Format

On the other hand, Fujifilm never considered full frame in their road-map, and the rumors on the Fuji side is that they’ll release at even more accessible Medium Format Mirrorless Camera this year.

Medium format photography was extremely exclusive just a couple of years ago, until suddenly, Fujifilm shocked the world with the GFX 50S medium format mirrorless camera. After that, the game changed, and it is expected to be pivoted again thanks to a long rumored medium format mirrorless interchangeable lens rangefinder camera that is rumored to be announced before Photokina as well.

It is supposed to be only 10% of the regular medium format cameras (like Phase One or Mamiya). This makes full frame to be the new “cropped” as Fujifilm makes medium format a financially viable option.

A GREAT STORY

Yuri Cortez is having a great time

Do you remember how AFP’s photographer Yuri Cortez got crushed by the Croatia soccer team on the 2018 World Cup? Well, he got invited to Dubrovnik thanks to his photographs, and his cheerful attitude as well. Here you can see how awesome photography can be!

THE WEEK IN IMAGES

BRINGING FILM BACK TO LIFE IS HARD

On Ektachrome

A couple of weeks ago we noticed that the long awaited Kodak Ektachrome was finally in the hands of some really privileged test photographs. We really hope they are having some fun with those roles. And if you are wondering why this moments are so slow paced, well, then watch some of the photographs of the factory itself from the very inside, and maybe you will understand how complex film making could be.

On Ferrania

Ferrania Film built a site solely for keeping us posted about their comeback, how nice is that from them.

IN THE CROWDSOURCING WORLD

The team behind the full documentary on Josef Koudelka titled “Koudelka Shooting Holy Land” wants to make this documentary accessible to all of us via a DVD edition. You can back their project here!

See you next week folks!

Stepping Back for a Better Perspective

By the title alone, you may be thinking that this article has something to do with composition and perspective in photography. While that may be a useful topic at some point, that’s not what this is about… not directly anyway.

I’m speaking more about the big picture stuff here. Life in general.

My life has been in a state of drastic change over the last five months, and a lot of ups and downs have come with that change. The whole situation allowed me to really evaluate what was and was not important in my life. So here are a few thoughts on photography from the viewpoint of a hobbyist.

MY UNINTENTIONAL DISAPPEARANCE

Five months ago, I had no intension of putting the camera down or stepping away from my blogs. But life happens and I wasn’t left with much of a choice. Back in August 2010, I announced that I had packed up from San Diego and moved back to North Idaho where I grew up. That one event sparked a drastic change in my life.

Not only did we move (which is a painful and expensive process in itself), but I also decided that it would be a good time to become self employed as an engineer. It made a lot of sense because we live so far out in the boonies, the commute to the nearest city would eat up several hours of my day. I got all set up to pull work from my previous employer to get me off and running.

But then I started looking for work with other clients — more previous employers, previous associates and bosses, local companies. This takes a lot of time, and I don’t get paid to do it. But I did land a few other jobs via my contacts and I ended up being very busy. Not just a little busy — I’m talking 12-14 hour days, 7 days a week. Of course, that type of thing doesn’t go on forever, but there was a solid month where I couldn’t leave the house, watch TV, see friends, etc. Honestly though, I’m not complaining… the paychecks make it worth the effort.

It hasn’t been all profit though — it takes money to make money. The move alone set me back $15,000 out of pocket between all the house stuff and the move. Then I had to drop another $8,000 on a piece of software for my engineering business. So yeah, a couple hundred bucks for Photoshop looks a lot different to me now. At any rate, I’m finally starting to get caught up with the money situation.

In short, I’ve been busy either working or trying to scrape up future work for myself. I wouldn’t have it any other way though — I absolutely love working from home, setting my own rates, deciding what to work on, and wearing pajamas and slippers all day. So far, it seems to be working out and I plan to continue being self employed as long as I can.

THINGS THAT FELL OFF MY PLATE

With the self employed gig keeping me busy, I really had to evaluate what other activities were important enough for me to spend time on.

My family has to come above all else, so any small amount of time I have off has to be directed toward them. And now that I live across the street from my parents, next door to my grandmother, and within 30 miles of my brother and the in-laws, I have more family to spend time with on a regular basis. It’s great though, I do enjoy being back home (as does my wife).

The next two biggest things in my life are photography and blogging. With everything else going on, I just haven’t been able to justify spending much time on them. Sure, I posted a couple things here and there, shot a few rolls of film from time to time, but nothing at the level I was at before the move. Hell, I even managed to acquire a bunch of “new” film cameras and darkroom equipment in the last few months… but I’ll get into that on the film photography blog later this week.

Part of me feels terrible for letting things go for so long, but I always remember to take a step back and look at the big picture.

BIG PICTURE FOR A HOBBYIST

I’m not a professional photographer or blogger. Not even close. I make about 30-40x more per month with engineering than I do with photography and blogging combined. So when push comes to shove, it doesn’t make sense to spend a bunch of time on my hobbies. The first priority has to be putting food on the table and paying the bills.

I enjoy doing both of these things, and I don’t see myself giving up either of them completely. I just need to come to terms with the fact that they are, and will be in the near future, only a hobby. Just for fun.

The other interesting thing about photography and blogging, for me, is that they continue to make a small amount of money even when I stop doing them for several months. The blogs have been earning consistent numbers for the last five or six months — I even picked up a couple of direct advertisers and saw some spikes in affiliate payouts. Photography has been fairly even too — a couple of small sales plus a signed print.

So I don’t get terribly stressed out when I have to step back from my hobbies for a while… they seem to just keep going on their own at some moderate level. Of course, by taking time off, I’m not growing these hobbies. My goal is to eventually make a decent income from blogging and/or photography so I can decide if it’s a viable career path, but engineering is my primary career and money maker right now.

LESSONS FOR MY FELLOW HOBBYISTS

Most of you can probably relate to having photography as a hobby/passion. And most of you can relate to having ups and downs in your life.

So when you find yourself short on time, don’t sweat the small stuff. Photography shouldn’t come before the really important things, like your family or your job. Even if you have a lot of followers on a blog or on Flickr, most of them will still be around when you get back to it.

And taking a bit of a break from time to time might not be a bad thing. I’m getting to the point where I really want to get back into things — shoot some photos, get the darkroom up and running, post some stuff on the blogs. If you feel obligated to pursue your hobbies in rough times, they’re not fun any more.

Of course, it’s a different story for those making a significant income from photography and/or blogging. They don’t have the same luxury of choice — it is an obligation. As a hobbyist, be happy that you can choose where to spend your free time.

This is getting drawn out, so I’ll end it there. My big message here, is that I’m still alive and I plan on continuing with the photography and the blogging. I’ll be too busy for these hobbies from time to time, but I’m still around.

eBook Winners: Portrait Tips and Techniques

We had a great response on the “freebook” raffle last week! 76 photographers entered to receive a free copy of Wayne Radford’s Portrait Tips and Techniques eBook (see my review here). I said I had 3 free copies to hand out, and here they are:

Numbers 59, 6, and 69 match up with Connie, Marc H, and Adrian. Congrats to the winners!

For the non-winners, you can still buy the book at a discount price of $19.95 until December 12.

I have a few more book reviews to do in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for another chance to win some reading material.

Recent Drama, But All Is Well

Just a quick note to the regular readers of the blog about the commotion earlier today. I found some malicious code that had been placed in every single file on every single website today by some jack-ass hacker or something, so things were a bit wonky for a while. My web host (Media Temple) helped me clear out the malicious code, but a bunch of the files were still damaged.

Lucky for me, I carry backups and I only lost a few days worth of material. I’ve never had to go this extreme before due to an attack, but I had to delete the entire website and database before reinstalling my backup files. Everything seems to have gone smoothly and the site is back to it’s old self. I reposted the last 2 articles manually, so you feed readers shouldn’t be alarmed when you see those fly through again. Now to fix the other two blogs in a similar fashion…

I’m also extending the deadline for the current contest and giveaway for a few reasons. Mainly, because I don’t know if the site was reachable this weekend (I didn’t even turn on my computer on Saturday). Another reason is because I’m going to be busy over the next day or two fixing my other blogs that got screwed up. And also because we only have a few entries (like in the range of 4 or 5, and I’m giving away 3 prizes). So the new deadline is the 13th of this month — that’s only a few days away, so hurry up and get those entries in for a chance at some free software.

Photography Wonder: Photography Q&A Forum

A new photography website launched today, and this one is a bit different from others out there. It’s not a blog, it’s not a discussion board, and it’s not a typical forum.

The idea behind Photography Wonder is a Q&A platform just for photographers and all topics directly related to photography. You can ask questions, you can answer questions, and you can vote on the best answers. The model is similar to something like Yahoo Answers, but it has the benefit of being very specific to a single topic.

It’s free to sign up and definitely worth checking out. If you have some photography questions, you might get some good answers from the community. And if you’re the knowledgeable type, you can share your thoughts with others.

WWW.PHOTOGRAPHYWONDER.COM
(tipped off via Jake Garn)

Watch PhotoNetCast Live — Tonight!

[tweetmeme]Over at PhotoNetCast, Antonio has been making constant improvements and feature additions to the site. One of the most recent is “PhotoNetCast Live“.

This is a dedicated page on the site that holds a video feed and chat box. So when we’re recording, the video feed will be rolling and you can see/hear the show in real-time. You can also join in the making of each episode by asking questions or making comments in the chat box directly below the video feed.

So if you’re interested in listening to us record the show and seeing our faces, head over to the PhotoNetCast Live page at 9PM PST tonight. Again, the next show will be recorded at:

9PM PST (11PM CST), September 23, 2010

Swing by tonight and say hello if you’re a fan of the show.

Canvas Print Discount for the UK Folks

[tweetmeme]1ClickPrint is offering up a special discount code for the readers of Epic Edits. They provide all sorts of printing services, but this discount applies to their canvas printing. And since they are a UK based company, their offer extends only to the UK and Ireland. So here’s the deal:

Take a £10 discount on canvas prints. There’s no minimum purchase needed to use the code and they deliver for free. The offer is good for all of 2010.

DISCOUNT CODE: 1576646293

The code can be used online, over the phone, or in store. They have branches in Sheffield, Doncaster, and Dinnington. So if you’re out that way and you are thinking about printing on canvas, maybe give these guys a shot and use that discount!

Anybody have experience with 1ClickPrint and their canvas printing services?

A Preview of “Shooting Robert King”

I was contacted by Media Junction the other day about an upcoming documentary video on war photographer Robert King. Here’s a brief overview:

At times war photographer Robert King resembles a heroic misfit straight out of the pages of Scoop, thrown into the heart of battle, struggling to adapt to the brutal environment he finds himself in. Occasionally comic, often touching, more often dark, Shooting Robert King, the tale of Robert King, is a unique and personal journey, a film which follows him over 15 years and through three wars.

His journey starts in Sarajevo in 1993, a 23-year-old fresh out of Art College and prepared to dodge bullets on the front line dreaming of a Pulitzer Prize. His dream proves elusive. Fired by his photo agency and struggling to make ends meet, any swashbuckling allusions Robert holds for the career he has chosen quickly evaporate: as he realises this is one of the toughest professions in the world.

Despite himself, Robert stays in the game, over time establishing himself as a respected professional, his work making the front covers of global media titles. Over 15 years Shooting Robert King records Robert’s life from boy to man, to husband and father. It is a biography, which leads from reckless naivety to maturity hardened by war and softened by family. It is a story, which forces Robert to inevitably question why he chose a profession, which involves an endless trail of death and destruction.

I have a pre-release review copy of the video coming in the mail, and I’ll be doing a full review once I see it. In the meantime, be sure to follow the link below to the main site for a preview of the film and information about where you can purchase it. The release date is September 27.

SHOOTING ROBERT KING