Sony Trade-In Program + Instant Rebates!

Sony Trade-In Program + Instant Rebates!

From now through March 4, 2017, Sony is having a “trade-in event” where you can save up to $480 when trading in any lens, mirrorless camera or DSLR. In addition to the trade-in bonus, the customer will also receive the value of their traded-in product as valued by Adorama’s used department. That’s right, you’ll receive […]

What Trump Means for the Media

What Trump Means for the Media

As photographers we’re all, in the broadest sense, media representatives. For this reason allow me the following thoughts. The 45th president of the United States of America isn’t a protectionist, but what can be produced back home shall be produced back home. Even before assuming office, POETUS Donald J. Trump received the support of car […]

What Really Matters

What Really Matters

What’s the point of New Year anyway. Next new day felt like the day before. Celebration? A break can help to adjust goals and leave sorrows, sadness and pain behind and restart with a smile. Yet pardon my French, I reckon many are forced into these behavioral patterns, such as having to celebrate Christmas and […]

The Camera Is Dead, Long Live the Camera!

The Camera Is Dead, Long Live the Camera!

Well, the consumer camera. Photokina this year? About two thirds the size two years ago, half the size four years ago. People take more and more pictures and use more cameras than ever before, yet the camera industry is in shatters. There’s hope though. There could be a “the best of all worlds”-camera. Why hasn’t […]

How Long Before a Phone Replaces the Camera?

How Long Before a Phone Replaces the Camera?

Must say I’m pretty impressed with the iPhone 7. Build quality is simply amazing, battery life way up and not to mention the haptics of the prime materials used with the tactile feedback. Beautiful. And then there is the camera. Awesome. And as you might know the latest iPhones with iOS 10 allow RAW photography, […]

Photographer Arrogance

Photographer Arrogance

Photographers, some, are a peculiar bunch of people. To call some of them snooty is a bit of an understatement. Because there is no easier way to show off money?! At least measurebators with their “my toy is bigger”-syndrome have luckily kind of vanished since the ascent of mobile photography. Still, the bigger the gear, […]

The Dark Side of Camera Lust

The Dark Side of Camera Lust

By OLIVIER DUONG It’s a good day to be a camera maker. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there’s Hasselblad who’s blowing full-frame out of the water, and Fujifilm is pulling out an X-T2. Cameras are supposed to be a companion to the photographer, or at the very least a tool, but, while I […]

A Disturbing Trend in Photography

A Disturbing Trend in Photography

By NEAL RANTOUL I’m old. Believe me, I know it. I’ll be 70 in a few months. That fact may make it hard for you to take me seriously, but bear with me for just this post. With age comes wisdom, right? What I want to write here is that I think the field of […]

Photography Makes Happier

Photography Makes Happier

Photographers are the happier people. So says an extensive study published by the American Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Take a picture, and you will enjoy everything more. “While you might think photo-taking would detract from the enjoyment of everyday activities,” the study says, “research (…) suggests that people who take photos of their […]

Did Steve McCurry Betray Photojournalism?

Did Steve McCurry Betray Photojournalism?

Everything we see, feel and experience is an interpretation of “reality,” or “facts” if you want. Our cognitive senses are like filters. Nothing is perceived as is. Not two people on the planet see the exactly same things. Goes for reporting. Not two news reports report the same things, even though they report on the […]

Meditation and Photography

Meditation and Photography

We all face difficult times in life. It can be a sudden tragic event disrupting our daily routine, or for years we lead a life that just seems wrong and unsatisfying, yet we don’t find ways to break out, to shake off our lethargy and live the life that reflects our self. Photography is an […]

When Images Speak

When Images Speak

Photography, or rather nature talks, and we better listen. Nature is now speaking through Hollywood: a celebrity-studded campaign called Nature Is Speaking by Conservation International is somewhat stern and belittles us people with our anthropocentrism, us people believing humankind is the most important thing on the planet and immune to ecological truths. Truth is, we […]

Photography’s Automation — We Snap Everything and Look at Nothing

Photography’s Automation — We Snap Everything and Look at Nothing

Interesting piece in The New Yorker about the photography blues hardly anyone realizes. Titled “In the Future, We Photograph Everything and Look at Nothing,” the democratization of photography is lamented in a way that something doesn’t seem to exist anymore if it doesn’t exist to end in a photograph. That’s a Susan Sontag quote from […]

Dear Apple, an Open Letter on Your Mac Update Fatigue:

Dear Apple, an Open Letter on Your Mac Update Fatigue:

I love your minimalism. No heavy designs, just what’s needed, and you Apple know what people need. Your creation of demands — iPod, iPhone, iPad — is unmatched in the consumer world. Yet there are two minimalisms you provide, and the latter one is disturbing. Love your clean, minimalist designs and UI without frills. But […]

Phoenix Hasselblad?

Phoenix Hasselblad?

Not too long ago it was difficult to not make fun of Hasselblad. Lunar, Stellar, you know. Now there is hope the venerable camera maker, under new leadership, might rise like a phoenix from the ashes — BTW, did you know there are 12 Hasselblad cameras left on the surface of the moon? The lunar […]

Sign of Life

Sign of Life

Dear all, apologies for not having written and posted anything for so long. Appreciate your the emails received, rest assured all is fine over here, it’s just there are times in one’s life when one has to set priorities that are not always compatible with everyday life. And then there is the family. What’s more […]

What We Lose When Technology Does All the Photographing for Us

What We Lose When Technology Does All the Photographing for Us

Try finding a place today without GPS — gosh, has technology made life easier. The world is so much less complicated to navigate but, arguably, harder to know. Just the other day I’ve decided to walk to a place in Bangkok I’ve been driving to countless times before. By walking there I was able for […]

Camera Industry’s 15-Year Cycle

Camera Industry’s 15-Year Cycle

By ERWIN PUTS When you review the development of the camera technology since 1960, one can discern a 15-year cycle. The period of the full mechanical precision engineered camera started around 1950 and ended in 1966 when Konica announced the Autoreflex. The trend to automation culminated in the Canon A-1 in 1978 and found its […]

THEME 2.0 Goes Responsive

THEME 2.0 Goes Responsive

Welcome to a THEME 2.0 facelift! We’ve polished the site a bit, made it look fresher, airier and newsier, rounded some edges and, yes, it’s now responsive. Let know what you think. Miss the old ways? Another alternative I’m still looking at is making the site lighter with less content, focused on the live feeds […]

What Makes a Photo Memorable?

What Makes a Photo Memorable?

Does a photo have to be shot by a pro photographer to be more memorable? Or you could ask: who’s driving the extinction of pro photographers? Because the question is legitimate whether advanced camera phones have stunted our abilities to recognize professional photography. A new study by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) explores the […]

Sometimes, Please Don’t Smile

Sometimes, Please Don’t Smile

The other day I had a short business trip to Bali. Lovely place, as you can imagine. Indonesia really got its act together lately. The government’s no longer focused on oil and mines solely to fill the state coffers with. A new focus is on tourism, and having been traveling to the mystic island since […]

A Few Words About Charlie Hebdo, the Prophet and Photoshop

A Few Words About Charlie Hebdo, the Prophet and Photoshop

How weak is your faith, how misunderstood your prophet and how lame a Muslim must you be to allow yourself to be reduced to a tool of butcherly ideology that kills for colorized ink on paper. The world’s — and Muslims’! — response to the coward execution of French editors of the satirical magazine Charlie […]

Another Year in Retrospect

Another Year in Retrospect

As a loyal reader of THEME it wasn’t hard to miss that my priorities since some time were less focused on maintaining the site than, well, doing other stuff. Been traveling a lot, exploring new ventures. I’ve been thinking a lot about what has been and what’s there to come. Instead of publishing daily about […]

On Reductionism and Photography

On Reductionism and Photography

Reductionism, as per definition, is the attempt to reduce subjects to their parts in an attempt to simplify the understanding of the whole. The opposite of holism. There is reductionism in cooking. Food reductionism, right, is a kind of puritanism. Cooking ingredients down, slowly, to get the essence of it. And that is what this […]

Who Needs a Display! Leica Walks the “Perfect Understatement” Talk

Who Needs a Display! Leica Walks the “Perfect Understatement” Talk

“Perfect understatement,” “perfectly understated” — do these marketing terms ring a bell? Leica M, right. The German boutique camera maker just announced the Leica M-A, a purely mechanical camera reduced to the essentials of photography with no monitor, no exposure meter, no battery. Alright, we have to bear with marketing phrases such as “the Leica […]

The Best Camera Can Be the One You Leave at Home

The Best Camera Can Be the One You Leave at Home

Much has been said and written about photography’s probably most quoted quote, “The best camera is the one that’s with you.” Or is it? This quote is a great equalizer. The image doesn’t matter. The quality of the image doesn’t matter. What matters is that a picture is taken at all cost. Shaky, blurry, highlights, […]

Mythbuster: Professionals Use Large Sensors

Mythbuster: Professionals Use Large Sensors

Could as well write: professionals never use Micro Four Thirds. There’s a lot of misinformation wandering around the business of technology. Fact is, as we all know, Micro Four Thirds, the pioneer of a truly digital imaging system, has grown into a formidable contender. Be it stills or video, only the practiced eye can tell […]

Crash Course in Philosophy — Photographs Are Neither True Nor False

Crash Course in Philosophy — Photographs Are Neither True Nor False

Filmmaker Errol Morris caused quite a stir. We photographers supposedly understand what we’re doing, yet there comes a guy like Morris telling us that, in the end, all photographs are posed. Doesn’t mean, he says, all photographs are manipulated. But they are neither true nor false. “False beliefs,” he says, “adhere to photographs like flies […]

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