Aram Pan Goes to North Korea

Aram Pan Goes to North Korea

We reported on Aram Pan in the past: an energetic young Singaporean and photographer who, accidentally, kind of fell in love with North Korea. Right, the hermit regime where no one dares to travel to. Must admit, travelled to North Korea twice and it was a unique experience. Now Aram Pan is a North Korea […]

Extreme Footage — Dying for Red Bull

Extreme Footage — Dying for Red Bull

Ride or die. As imaging technology advances and gets ever more powerful, so do the challenges promoted by action sports. Higher, faster, ever more foolish. Equipped with the latest action cam, people risk their life for the ultimate footage. The images we enjoy are breathtaking indeed. A millisecond separates the daring stunts from the abyss. […]

Kodak Renaissance

Kodak Renaissance

It once was the biggest name in photography. Kodak. Gone are the Kodak days, yet the prominent victim of the digital era celebrates a kind of comeback. Not like Polaroid, a company that as well is back from the dead, but licenses about every product imaginable, such as a Polaroid 3D printer, a Polaroid drone, […]

On Cameras, Primates and Names

On Cameras, Primates and Names

Here is some potentially scientific research on the naming of cameras. You know, Nikon has a D5, Canon a 5D. A Canon Rebel camera in the U.S. is a Kiss camera in Japan. And an IXUS PowerShot camera in the U.S. is an IXY in Japan, and for the rest of the planet a 1300D. […]

iPhone, What Have You Done to Photography

iPhone, What Have You Done to Photography

If you’re a Leica lover on a tight budget, you can now get a P9 instead of an M9. The P9 is a new Leica-accredited smartphone by Huawei, the M9 a Leica rangefinder that set you back nearly $7,000. That’s how fortunes change. Leica, badging a smartphone? This once unthinkable adoption of consumer trends by […]

Who Needs Pentax

Who Needs Pentax

Pentax is a lone wolf out there, the plucky underdog. Swallowed by Ricoh in 2011, Pentax kept on churning out slowly what they always did best: solid, resilient gear, not top of the line, but innovative in its own right, practical, sturdy, and with its K mount compatible with a huge array of lenses — […]

How to Get Your Photos Into Art Galleries

How to Get Your Photos Into Art Galleries

Another goodie by DigitalRev’s Bokeh blog on how to get your photos into art galleries. Not that art isn’t subject to commercialism. Galleries have to pay bills and sell the art exhibited, which might hold some photographers off some compromises necessary to get accepted by art houses. Uniqueness, difference and inspiration are key to get […]

The Photography of Health

The Photography of Health

Well, did a routine medical the other day. The whole program. One value was a bit elevated and required follow-up tests. In the course of more exact health screening at the hospital I came across two familiar names: Canon and Olympus. And you can also find Nikon Instruments‘ microscopes, super-resolution systems and other medical equipment […]

Tilafushi — The Other Maldives

Tilafushi — The Other Maldives

It was one of those moments I wished for an even wider lens. 28mm were just too narrow. Trying to capture the scope of environmental disaster in the pristine Maldives would even ask for panorama format. Alas, the 28mm had to do to document the poisoning of the Maldives’ unique coral world. I’m talking about […]

Photography or the Difference Between Capturing and Drawing With Light

Photography or the Difference Between Capturing and Drawing With Light

In the gold rush, neither the gold diggers nor buyers of the gold made the most money. It was the grocers and hardware stores who made the money, those who sold food, shovels, buckets, hammers, nails and tents. Similar dynamics can be found in today’s photography industry. It’s neither the photographers who make the big […]

Want to Make Money With Photography? Then Buy These Stocks:

Want to Make Money With Photography? Then Buy These Stocks:

It’s always a gamble with new technologies. If you were an investor in the 90s and believed in the then nascent digital imaging technology, chances are you got your fingers burned. It was two U.S. scientists who developed the first imaging sensor already in 1969, but it took until 1986 when Eastman Kodak launched the […]

Leica in Troubled Waters — Strategic Investor Blackstone Ups Pressure

Leica in Troubled Waters — Strategic Investor Blackstone Ups Pressure

Looks like major management changes could be ahead at the German boutique camera maker Leica who’s increasingly troubled by QC issues, supply chain problems and dissent between strategic investor Blackstone and the current Leica leadership under CEO Alfred Schopf and chairman Andreas Kaufmann. German business insider newsletter Der Platow Brief was first to report the […]

The Future of Imaging

The Future of Imaging

Remember when Nikon president Makoto Kimura in 2013 confidently said, “We want to create a product that will change the concept of cameras.” The company, under pressure by the proliferation of mobile devices, was working to “find an answer” to the rapidly changing photography. Not that Nikon launched a game-changer technology since, but maybe they’re […]

Adobe Photoshop Turns 25 — Imagine a World Without

Adobe Photoshop Turns 25 — Imagine a World Without

Imagine a world without Adobe Photoshop? Five years ago, with Photoshop turning 20, some folks asked the exactly same question — see the video further below. The constantly evolving imaging software that continues to redefine creativity in the digital age turned 25 on February 19, 2015. It began in 1987, when a certain Thomas Knoll […]

Do CaNikon Have to Take Mirrorless Seriously?

Do CaNikon Have to Take Mirrorless Seriously?

One could argue that with arrival of the Canon EOS M3, the world’s imaging technology leader is finally taking mirrorless a bit more seriously, as suggested by Damien Demolder’s op-ed on DP Review. Right, that rather sounds like wishful thinking. The simple fact that the M3 won’t be available in the U.S. suggests the camera […]

A Camera Industry Dragging Their Feet?

A Camera Industry Dragging Their Feet?

By BENGT NYMAN The camera industry supports a number of rumor sites to influence as well as to opinion-fish among their customers. Ford Motor company did something similar years ago when they came up with the Edsel, the biggest new car flop in automotive history. The problem with the camera industry today is not that […]

Lofty Ideas, Poor Execution — How to Not Market a Camera Brand

Lofty Ideas, Poor Execution — How to Not Market a Camera Brand

It might be the most commented post ever on DP Review, and even Canon gets its fair share of malice and rancor on it’s own marketing platform. Not undeserved, Canon. Go figure why the world’s leader in digital imaging allows comments on a See Impossible: Beyond Photography, Director promotion video. A marketing campaign out of […]

“See Impossible” — It Can Be Done, Says Cryptic Canon:

“See Impossible” — It Can Be Done, Says Cryptic Canon:

+++ UPDATE: As I see it, the See Impossible campaign is a rebranding of Canon as a multi-tasking do-everything conglomerate… “Mission impossible” by Canon — Mixing marketing with wit and philosophy, not something you see everyday in the photography industry. Now Canon, world’s digital imaging leader, does exactly this with a new countdown campaign. Whatever […]

The Essential Photokina Recap

The Essential Photokina Recap

Here a few lines I’ve received from a friend, a longtime Photokina enthusiast who had this to say (we initially planned to meet up in Cologne for the world’s biggest photography industry exhibition, yet on short notice I had to commit to other obligations): Dear Daniel, You did not miss much by not going to […]

Prelude to an Obituary? Nikon’s Latest Financial Results

Prelude to an Obituary? Nikon’s Latest Financial Results

Can it get any worse? Another huge loss and forecast drop for Nikon, the camera industry’s number two whose authority no one would have questioned only a few years ago. From the latest financial report for Q1, 2014: Net sales for the three months ended June 30, 2014, decreased by 61,536 million yen (25.7%) year-on-year […]

Ready to Make Money in Photography?

Ready to Make Money in Photography?

All a photographer needs are a camera and a lens. Take Henri Cartier-Bresson, he was a one lens shooter. On rare occasions he used a 35mm, otherwise all the way through the trusted 50mm. Times have changed, everyone’s a photographer today, but success in photography still doesn’t depend on bags full of gear and stuff. […]

Paper Shoot — Design Your Own Digital Paper Camera

Paper Shoot — Design Your Own Digital Paper Camera

If someone crowdfunds tens of thousands of dollars for a potato salad, why not for a digital paper camera. That’s exactly what Taiwanese entrepreneur George Lin did. He founded Paper Shoot. Now everyone can create an own personalized digital camera. With customized paper casings. Paper Shoot, which cost round $50 each, targets creative customers that […]

“Light” — Silicon Valley Veterans Aim to Reinvent Photography

“Light” — Silicon Valley Veterans Aim to Reinvent Photography

In this Kickstarter era, going public with great new gear ideas and consumer hardware startups is extremely hot. GoPro is the latest American dream of a now self-made billionaire who had a great idea, believed in it and made the dream come true. Especially in the field of photography many gifted innovators are courting the […]

The Decline and Fall of Kodak Town, the City Photography Built

The Decline and Fall of Kodak Town, the City Photography Built

Interesting Guardian article on the city of Rochester, New York, home of film giant Kodak which collapsed in 2012. Now, using Kodak film, Magnum photographer Alex Webb and his wife Rebecca Norris Webb have captured the streets of the rundown town, creating a eulogy to the days of transparencies. Either see the death of the […]

Hands-On Photography Tour in Asia, Anyone?

Hands-On Photography Tour in Asia, Anyone?

Sorry everyone for not updating THEME daily, got way too many things at my hands these days. Awaiting a Df delivery that might not happen in time before a longer trip, then paperwork, bureaucrazy, real work, etc. The other day though I had an idea and, well, why not share it with you. You can […]

New55 FILM — An Instant 4×5 Film Project Reviving the Polaroid Classic

New55 FILM — An Instant 4×5 Film Project Reviving the Polaroid Classic

Here’s an exciting crowdsourcing project for not only film aficionados, but for all lovers of fine photography and distinct gear: New55 FILM is a Kickstarter project that needs $400,000 to fund manufacturing. As a backer you will not only receive boxes of first-run manufactured New55 FILM “First Edition,” you’ll also be making history by constructing […]

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