On this episode of TWiP, documenting the Pakistan floods, photographing motor sports, and wedding photography hits and misses.
Hosts: Frederick Van Johnson, Steve Simon, and Ron Brinkmann
NEWS & DISCUSSION
Ron has posted photos from his Venezuela trip at www.flickr.com/ronbrinkmann
The group discusses taking your camera equipment on vacation and insurance coverage for your gear.
It is only the start of the monsoon season, but already Pakistan is experiencing some of the worst flooding it has seen in over 80 years. Entire villages have been washed away, an early estimate of over 1,600 deaths so far and over 2 million displaced or otherwise affected.
Not only is the immediate water damage causing havoc, the floods have inundated crop-producing areas, dealing a crippling blow to the agricultural-based economy and threatening a food crisis. The Pakistani government now struggles to rescue and provide aid to millions – while still fighting with militant Islamist forces in many of the hardest-hit regions. With even more heavy rains predicted in the coming days, here are a handful of recent photographs of Pakistanis as they cope with this latest disaster.
MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) officials today hailed people using social media to post photos of alleged exposers and gropers, although they said they’re prefer if the photos were forwarded to them before being posted to social-media site.
At the same time, officials say there are limits to photography underground: Try taking photos of power panels or locks or tunnels and don’t be surprised if a T worker tells you to knock it off.
LIVE INTERVIEW — Photographer Mike Doran – Shooting Motor Sports
Mike started his sports photography business 22 years ago because he rode motorcycles and started going to races and thought he could do better. He discusses his experiences as a race photographer with the group.
INTERVIEW — Roger Cicala – LensRentals.com
Frederick talks to Roger about how the lens rental business has gone well beyond lenses. He also get’s Roger’s insight about the wedding photography business and moving to video.
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Question 1: To tripod or not to tripod? EricP from Edgewater, NJ asks: Is it silly to get caught up “psychologically” with needing to shoot on a tripod for the sharpest image? I know using a tripod can be beneficial if not essential when shooting at night, HDR, etc., but is that the case during the day or in most situations?
Frederick and crew: You don’t need a tripod all the time. If you want something to stay in the same spot (from one photo to the next), the tripod is the way to lock down the shot. Having a tripod with you is a good idea. Steve adds with the new VR lenses, using a tripod is not always needed to get a stable image. The tripod may limit your freedom to move around to get a good shot.
Question 2: From Jens Marklund in Stockholm, Sweden: I am going traveling this autumn, mostly to South Asia. I will be there for 2-3 months and live in mostly cheap bungalows. Before then, I will upgrade my gear (body) and get a new photo bag. I’m thinking of getting a used D700, and some older lens to use as a normal range lens (as well as using my other lenses). I am looking for a bag that can hold some gear and a 15″ Macbook Pro. I came across the Think Tank Antidote, but it looked a bit too big to bring everywhere. My largest lens is 80-200 2.8, and i will have about 4 lenses with me.
Ron: I travel with a big backpack and a smaller camera bag. I travel with three lenses: 17-85 mm, 10-22 mm, and a fast 50 mm. For bags, the best thing to do is go to a camera store and check out the bag that will fit your needs.
PICKS OF THE WEEK
o Frederick: Yogile — Simple photo service for group sharing.
o Ron: Tamrac ZipShot Compact Tripod.
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This week’s photo mission is “Disturb.”
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Producer: Suzanne Llewellyn