Instagram and Black and White Hashtags

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 for a small billion dollars in April 2012. Everybody said that Zuckerberg is an idiot and overspent by a lot. 7 years later, Facebook and Instagram represent 80% of all the images on the Internet and 95+% of all the advertising related to images. Nobody competes with Facebook/Instagram when it comes to advertising and photos.

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The New Nikon Z6 & Z7

Everybody and their dog is reviewing the new Nikon mirrorless cameras, the Z6 and the Z7. The main problem is that very few people have seen one, let alone used one.

31-Aug-2018: Google search:
nikon z6 review
About 650,000 results (0.59 seconds)
— Google

Very few people have received it, definitely not 650,000 people. So people look at some the technical specs and decide if this is a …

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Flash Maintenance

The flashes are very old technology. Flash started in 1864 with magnesium wires. The first electronic flash tube was created in 1931 by Harold Edgerton.

I’m talking here about pocket flashes, aka Speedlites for Canon, Speedlights for Nikon and speed lights for Sony, Olympus…

Flashes haves shrunk in size. Power has improved with new power sources like batteries. Flashes can last for years and decades. There are three major …

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The Power Strip

I’ve always been taught that I should not overload a power strip by plugging too many things into it.

It’s supposed to be only a ‘short term’ solution according to health and safety.

Power Strip for the movie industry

Power Strip for the Movie Industry

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Telephotos for You: Vancouver, BC

These people belong to a photo club. They came to make photos of people rowing in False Creek, Vancouver, BC. There were 2 groups. This group was the ‘more bunched up’.

  • ¾ of these photographers were guys and the other ¼ were women but all of them where in their 50+.
  • The vast majority of these photographers were using Canon with 2 or 3 of them using Nikon cameras.
  • Only one person was using a mirrorless. It was a Sony A7II with some adapter for his Canon lens, but he was not happy with the autofocus missing far too many photos (I could hear him complaining to his neighbour).
  • Half of the people were using tripods. My problem with tripods is that once they are ‘planted’, people (including me) stay where the tripod is planted.

A bunch of people taking photos of people rowing

Photographers: Vancouver, BC

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Most Stolen Cameras of 2015

2015 — stolen cameras

Most Stolen Cameras of 2015

This infographic is published by Lenstag: https://www.lenstag.com/ a company that register cameras, lenses… The registry is free. It’s also possible to use Lenstag when buying used equipment on Craig’s list or eBay to see if it was stolen.

“I’m much more interested in solving the problem of camera and lens theft with Lenstag than making money,” Trevor Sehrer (Lenstag founder) said. “The site doesn’t cost a lot of time or money to operate since users only need it when their set of gear changes and the verification system can scale quickly to as many verifiers as I need to get through any backlog.”

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The Upside of Selfies

In 2014, InfoTrends predicted that that people will upload 1 trillion photos in 2015. That’s one thousand billion photos with 80% uploaded to Facebook and the other 20% to the rest of what used to be called the Information Superhighway. That’s Flickr, Instagram, Google+, websites…

The vast majority of these photos are selfies, are they the bane of the modern age.

The problem with selfies is that they …

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Raw and Colour Space

Almost all dSLRs (except some of the really, really old dSLRs from the early 2000) provide two colour spaces, the ubiquitous sRGB (standard RGB)1 and aRGB (adobe RGB)2. aRGB was developed by Adobe as a colour space that would cover the full CMYK colour space used by printing presses like magazines…

A raw file has a much larger colour space than either sRGB or aRGB. The raw file …

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