One of the coolest new products available for those of us who like to share our photographs is the photobook. Instead of keeping our prints loose in an album, we can self-publish our work, add text , graphics and special effects, and have the whole thing hard or softbound. And for very reasonable prices, I might add, especially compared to what a one-off kind of project would have cost ten or so years ago.
A page from 2010 Photography Book Now winning photobook by Judith Stenneken
Well, one of the largest British photobook publishers, Photography Book Now, has a contest for photographers around the world for Best Photobook. There are four categories – Fine Art, Documentary, Travel and Student. First prize is a whopping $25,000! If you are seeing three zeros after the “25”, you are reading with good comprehension skills! If you enjoy creating photobooks, or have been thinking about getting started with one, now might be a good time to take action. Entries are open until July 14th, 2011. More info here.
What do Leonardo Da Vinci, Roger Bacon, and Matthew Broderick all have in common? They all used the Camera Obscura to help them in their careers, that’s what. In 13th-century England, Roger Bacon described the use of a camera obscura for the safe observation of solar eclipses. Leonardo Da Vinci (1452–1519 AD) described camera obscura in Codex Atlanticus as an aid for artistic drawing. And Matthew Broderick put one to even more dramatic use – he used a room-sized one to spy on his girlfriend across the street in the movie Addicted To Love (1997). How cool is that, minions of camera geekiness?
Matthew Broderick and Meg Ryan spying on Matthew's girlfriend
Of course, they took some liberties in the film – the image displayed on the wall of Broderick’s apartment was not upside down, as it would have been in real life. Continue reading
Sporting a side-mounted hinged LCD screen, the new 16.2 MP Nikon D5100 sits squarely between the entry level D3100 and the more expensive D7000. Key features of the D5100 include:
- 16.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor
- Side-articulated 3.0″ LCD monitor (920,000 dots)
- 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
- IS0 100-6400 range (Up to 25,600 equivalent when expanded)
- HD movies (1080p, 720p or WVGA)
- 4 fps continuous shooting
- In-camera effects filters in both stills and video modes
The nifty new Nikon D5100 to the left of its predecessor, the Nikon D5000
Compared to the D5000, the D5100 expands available ISO two full stops from ISO 6400 to ISO 25,600, ups sensor resolution from 12MP to 16.2MP, has a larger jpeg and RAW shooting buffer, full 1080p HD video, and has a greatly improved LCD – improving from 230,000 pixels to 931,000 pixels. Significantly, the D5100 now features a 14 bit image processing engine which should add significant smoothness to its files compared to its predecessor. Not bad for about $800.00. Dpreview has a nice preview of the camera here