Through the Lens


August 10, 2010  10:04 PM

Canon EOS 7D takes on… Barbie?

Posted by: AllisonJo

Everyone loves a good head to head comparison – one camera taking on another camera spec for spec, pixel for pixel. It’s enough to get any camera enthusiast’s blood boiling.

In the spirit of a good head to head comparison, Brandon Bloch has posted a video comparison of the Canon EOS 7D and the Barbie Video Girl. You read that right. It’s in good fun and surprisingly delightful.

Take a look at the Canon 7D v. Barbie Video Girl comparison on vimeo. How can you resist? Both models even come with hot shoes…

(via The Daily What)

August 3, 2010  12:25 PM

A Photo Every Day

Posted by: AllisonJo

Digital photography puts an amazing amount of post-processing control into the hands of anyone with access to a camera and some photo editing software. Don’t like the white balance? Change it. Underexposed? Brighten it up. We can crop, rotate, flip, and even eradicate little flaws and blemishes with the push of a few buttons.

And then there’s the other side of the coin – the Polaroid. Point, click, done. No re-touching skin tones, no cleaning up noise. Everything the camera sees is what you’ll get, and you get it instantaneously. As much as I love the flexibility of photo editing software, there’s something mighty appealing about snapping a load of pictures and accepting them exactly as they come out of the camera.

Chris Higgins over at Mental_Floss stumbled across a unique collection of Polaroids credited to one photographer, Jamie Livingston, who took a Polaroid every day from March 31, 1979 to the day he died in October, 1997. The resulting quantity of photos – 6,697 to be exact – is unexpectedly moving. He chronicles everyday events along with photos of his wedding ring and scars from a battle with cancer.

Looking through the photographs feels intimate, almost intrusive. He captures candid portraits of friends, family, and strangers. Some are beautifully composed, some are just meant as a memento of the day, like a snapshot of a TV news report of Frank Zappa’s death.

I highly recommend taking a few minutes out of your digital day to check out the collection of photos online, posted by a friend to Livingston. Or, check out the article on Mental Floss for a little more background.

July 16, 2010  7:14 AM

Trains, Planes and Automobiles

Posted by: AllisonJo

My fellow editor Sarah Meyer and I scheduled a couple of meetings in New York the day before our group’s big quarterly editorial meeting in Boston. We figured we could fly into La Guardia, snag a cab into Manhattan, knock our meetings out and then take a nice, easy ride on the Acela up to Boston. No sweat.

Mother nature, as she so often does, had other plans. Our plane was put into a hold pattern when we approached La Guardia, forced to land in Hartford for fuel, and then finally assigned a gate at Bradley International and everyone was told to wait inside the terminal for fuel and more news.

Wait we did. We’d been hopeful that after a quick pit stop we’d be back in the air, but as several other east coast-bound planes also dumped confused passengers into the terminal, the truth became obvious. We could kiss our meetings goodbye.

We managed to get our luggage off the plane as gate agents kept announcing things like,

“The update from air traffic control is that we’ll have another update in an hour.”

Not promising words. Getting into New York in time would now be impossible, so we headed straight for Boston by way of Peter Pan bus.

I had packed the Sony H55 in my bag, wanting to give it a test run on the first leg of my trip in New York. The idea of it was kind of romantic – snapping photos in Manhattan, then later at Penn Station, and taking a train up the coast of the Atlantic. As the light dimmed, I could get a few low-light shots in Boston. A day of quick, painless modern travel and a little shooting thrown in too.

Yet when our trip started going horribly, horribly wrong, taking out the camera in my bag was the last thing I wanted to do. Unless you have superhuman patience, having your plane diverted will put you in a pretty foul mood. Giving the Sony a test run went out of my mind as I focused my energy on getting to the right city.

I’m back home after several days of editorial meetings, and the memory card sitting in the H55 is still blank. Pretty soon I’ll put on my sneakers and head out the door, camera in hand, and give it a try on a walk through the neighborhood. No hold patterns, no unexpected layovers, and definitely no bus stations. My speed and my destination are up to me. I find that very reassuring, and while the scenes in my neighborhood are all too familiar, I’ll be content to stretch my legs and just come home whenever I’m ready. And that’s a pretty good trip to take.

June 9, 2010  12:23 PM

Macro photography with the HTC EVO

Posted by: AllisonJo

Tiny smartphone lenses generally struggle in anything but ideal light, and they’re definitely not good candidates for close-up photography. With the help of a magnetic macro lens attachment, though, the folks at Good and Evo turned in some impressive results with the HTC Evo. It won’t be putting your 5D Mark II out of business anytime soon (or your PowerShot, for that matter) but take a look at their results.

Via Engadget

May 17, 2010  8:08 AM

Photojojo introduces laptop camera dial decal

Posted by: AllisonJo

Photojojo is now selling a laptop decal designed to look like the mode dial on your DSLR camera. They’re offering both Canon and Nikon designs (sorry, Pentaxians) and they promise that the matte-finish vinyl sticker won’t leave any unwanted residue on your laptop. Stickers are both PC and Mac-friendly, though they look awfully sharp positioned around a glowing white apple.

The decals are the work of Etsy seller SuzieAutomatic and cost $18 (not including shipping) for either design. Take a look at the sticker in action at the Photojojo store.

May 11, 2010  10:19 AM

NY Times Lens blog posts global snapshot

Posted by: AllisonJo

The New York Times sent out a request for readers to take a photo at 15:00 UTC on Sunday, May 2 and then submit it. They’ve compiled thousands of imagess and organized them by location, creating an interactive global snapshot of sorts. The results have been posted to the Lens blog. Take a look, it’s an inspiring glimpse of the planet.

Lens Blog: A Moment in Time


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