Anything to make money! Now we have a Porn Stick which is essentially a USB dongle you put in any computers USB port and using self-contained software it then scans your system, including deleted files, and looks for a pattern of flesh and skin tons.. which then recommends to the user what files have a high probability of being porn.  I have many issues with this technology.  First, real people have a hard enough time agreeing on what constitutes pornography much less a computer program.  Second, it’s potential for misuse by customs authorities, especially in corrupt countries (any come to mind?), is huge.  Third, as photographers nudes are often a mainstay of our profession as is client privacy.  Having some poorly educated and poorer trained government snoop ogling the images entrusted to me by my clients is a total invasion of privacy just not for me, but obviously for my clients.  I travel encrypted and I would advise you do too!

 

Anything to make money! Now we have a Porn Stick which is essentially a USB dongle you put in any computers USB port and using self-contained software it then scans your system, including deleted files, and looks for a pattern of flesh and skin tons.. which then recommends to the user what files have a high probability of being porn.  I have many issues with this technology.  First, real people have a hard enough time agreeing on what constitutes pornography much less a computer program.  Second, it’s potential for misuse by customs authorities, especially in corrupt countries (any come to mind?), is huge.  Third, as photographers nudes are often a mainstay of our profession as is client privacy.  Having some poorly educated and poorer trained government snoop ogling the images entrusted to me by my clients is a total invasion of privacy just not for me, but obviously for my clients.  I travel encrypted and I would advise you do too!

 

Sony announces a 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 variable aperture zoom lens for it’s NEX Alpha Series cameras. Personally I feel these zoom lenses while of a decent quality, are too large for the NEX series cameras and defeat its purpose.  I think Sony would do much better by releasing some high quality prime lenses such as a pancake 20mm, a 50mm Macro, and a 60mm portrait lens.  These would equate to a 35mm pancake, a 75mm Macro, and a 90mm portrait lens.  Now, make them as fast as possible, a decent price, and watch every pro out there buy them up for their “off-duty” camera.

 

Sony announces a 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 variable aperture zoom lens for it’s NEX Alpha Series cameras. Personally I feel these zoom lenses while of a decent quality, are too large for the NEX series cameras and defeat its purpose.  I think Sony would do much better by releasing some high quality prime lenses such as a pancake 20mm, a 50mm Macro, and a 60mm portrait lens.  These would equate to a 35mm pancake, a 75mm Macro, and a 90mm portrait lens.  Now, make them as fast as possible, a decent price, and watch every pro out there buy them up for their “off-duty” camera.

 

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere you’re in for a great light show in the form of the Perseid Meteor Shower in your evening sky.  This event is already visible and will peak this Saturday night right after this column goes live!  So if you’re reading this and it’s still Saturday night, and you live in the Northern Hemisphere, head away from the city lights and see if you can catch some images.  If you do, please send them in!

 

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere you’re in for a great light show in the form of the Perseid Meteor Shower in your evening sky.  This event is already visible and will peak this Saturday night right after this column goes live!  So if you’re reading this and it’s still Saturday night, and you live in the Northern Hemisphere, head away from the city lights and see if you can catch some images.  If you do, please send them in!

 

It’s interesting to read that Yahoo’s Finance section is predicting point and shoot cameras as one of the six high-tech gadgets soon to be obsolete. Why?  Because smart phone cameras are getting that much better all the time and may soon become good enough to render the point and shoot obsolete for the average user.  Makes sense to you?  I’ve already seen  some great images online from smart phones so perhaps..

 

It’s interesting to read that Yahoo’s Finance section is predicting point and shoot cameras as one of the six high-tech gadgets soon to be obsolete. Why?  Because smart phone cameras are getting that much better all the time and may soon become good enough to render the point and shoot obsolete for the average user.  Makes sense to you?  I’ve already seen  some great images online from smart phones so perhaps..

 

Nikon users can now download the ViewNX 2 software upgrade. Read more about it here 

 

Nikon users can now download the ViewNX 2 software upgrade. Read more about it here.

 

Adobe releases, free of charge, an Iphone ap called “Adobe Photoshop Express” which is basically an Iphone utility for image processing. You can download it here.  There is also an Android version but I don’t think I’ll be downloading it for my new HTC Desire because I just don’t know why I’d want to edit images on my phone.. How about you?

 

Adobe releases, free of charge, an Iphone ap called “Adobe Photoshop Express” which is basically an Iphone utility for image processing. You can download it here.  There is also an Android version but I don’t think I’ll be downloading it for my new HTC Desire because I just don’t know why I’d want to edit images on my phone.. How about you?

 

Fuji announces the release of its second 3D point and shoot.  With the advent of 3D HDTV’s being the “must have” feature touted with this years television model lineup you can expect more of these. Heck, even my Sony NEX-5  has a 3d Sweep Panoramic mode.  It’s a new era!

 

Fuji announces the release of its second 3D point and shoot.  With the advent of 3D HDTV’s being the “must have” feature touted with this years television model lineup you can expect more of these. Heck, even my Sony NEX-5  has a 3d Sweep Panoramic mode.  It’s a new era!

 

Not to be outdone, Nikon releases their second ‘projector’ point and shoot that not only has a LCD, but can also project the image on a nearby wall, notebook, sheet of paper, or perhaps even your tee-shirt.  Lots of new tech heading your way!

 

Not to be outdone, Nikon releases their second ‘projector’ point and shoot that not only has a LCD, but can also project the image on a nearby wall, notebook, sheet of paper, or perhaps even your tee-shirt.  Lots of new tech heading your way!