Side by Side The Movie

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A must watch! Click on the audio play button to listen to a review and thoughts by yours truly and guest contributor Author Eve O. Schaub.

Does Airplane Travel Damage Digital Sensors?

I believe this issue needs additional clarification from the Photo Industrial Complex… is the damage a result of cumulative exposures? are specific sensors more prone to gamma rays, CCD or CMOS? and at what point can software no longer “fix” dead pixels?… I don’t know the answer as of now (stay tuned) but I am glad that my trip to Italy on Sunday is all film!!

And for the crazy conspiracy theory readers out there: don’t forget that Kodak invented much of the digital technology used today and makes sensors for many camera makers to include Leica and the DOD… so this is not some PR push to sell more film.

Viva la Revolution- Stephen

PS- lots of good info covered in this video!!

The End Of Film? Or… The End Of Digital?

Click on the audio play button to listen to this 14 minute discussion on the future of photography by Stephen Schaub.

LINKS:

How Much Longer Can Photographic Film Hold On?

Traditional Camera Film Makes A Come Back

Article for Consideration

First click on the link below and read the article and look at the examples…

http://www.twinlenslife.com/2011/01/digital-vs-film-canon-5d-mark-ii-vs.html

Now here are my thoughts…

1. The film looks fantastic! The latitude is much better and I like the feeling of the film file much more.

2. The test was very good. It would have been even better if the film scan was done on a higher resolution scanner like say an Imacon. This would have also leveled the field a bit as the RAW processing done to the digital file corrects a lot (but apparently not enough) and the film image was stuck with a relatively middle of the road scan on a Fuji Frontier SP-2500. It is a shame that the scanned image had to be upsampled (due to the scanner resolution limitation) as this film has a lot of subtle detail that a higher quality scanner could have showed optically.

3. I would also like to hear their thoughts regarding a side by side print analysis say at 2 or 3 different sizes… the proof is in the print!

4. The digital wins in the high speed test but the film is still quite good.

In the end will this article sway any true blooded digital shooter to consider film…? I don’t think so, as there will be a myriad of excuses on the RAW conversion technique or other BS that really does not matter. It is a good solid test and it confirms once again the many strengths that film and the hybrid workflow provide for the working creative photographer

Viva la Revolution- Stephen

I’m Not Going To Say I Told You So

Click on the audio play button to listen to this 13 minute discussion on the future of photography…

Link to referenced article:

http://fstoppers.com/iphone/

Something for the Holidays

The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, Fourth Edition is a must-have for every serious photographer… period.  An earlier edition was a constant resource for me while at RIT and now this newer edition is my Xmas gift to myself this year… it is expensive but well worth it. It is quite thick and full of very useful content on just about every photographic topic imaginable from film to digital and beyond… and if the heat bills get too high this winter I can burn it to stay warm… or my wife could throw it at me to knock some sense into me or perhaps I could learn something about this wonderful medium we all love… either way it will be my constant companion for the dark winter months here in VT. Be sure to add this gem to your holiday wish-list today!

Viva la Revolution- Stephen

LINK to Amazon

PhotoPlus 2010 Review and Why I Shoot Film Part 2

Click on the Audio link to listen to a review of PhotoPlus Expo 2010 as well as Part 2 in my series Why I Shoot Film!

Viva la Revolution- Stephen

Stuff On Display at Expo…

PhotoPlus Expo 2010... Models??
Listening to the Photo Evangelists

Premium Inkjet Paper Tests Epson 9900

AudioBlogThe audio portion of this post contains my thoughts and test information on the following papers:

  • Crane Silver Rag
  • Canson Platine Fibre Rag
  • Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta
  • Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl

Gamut projections of tested papers in Chromix Color Think.

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All tests were done on the Epson 9900 using RIP and profiling software by Ergosoft.

Bad batch numbers for Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta 315 gsm:

  • 601.098-A
  • 601.099-A
  • 601.100-A
  • 601.208-A
  • 601.211-A

Note: As I mentioned in the audio portion of this post the new batch of paper supplied to me by Hahnemuhle is perfect and the issue of the black specs has now been corrected from what I can see. I was informed that the issue was “fixed” back in May/ June but unfortunately the bad stock does still exist so check before you buy!

The Scarlet Disclaimer

AudioBlog LogoThis audio blog focuses on a proposed French law that would require all Photoshop manipulated images of a person to carry a warning label- give a listen. One quick note, in the audio I say that taking two aspirins and eating a banana on one foot will make you 6 inches taller… I meant to say will not.

Link to Article on French Law:

http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/151446/france-floats-law-requiring-photoshopped-images-carry-a-warning/