TWiP #183 – Size Matters

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This week on TWiP: Are 3D cameras the new HDR?, Size does matter according to the new Samsung Galaxy Tab, and the unfortunate photographers’ paradise… Detroit.

Hosts: Frederick Van Johnson, Tyler Ginter, and Tristan Hall.

CES 2011: Fujifilm Announces HS20 EXR
Fujifilm’s new HS20 EXR camera has a “Back Side Illuminated” sensor that will supposedly have improved light sensitivity because its photo diodes are placed in front of wiring layers instead of behind them as in traditional CMOS sensors.  The camera’s other features include a 30x optical zoom f/2.8-5.6 lens (a 24-700mm 35mm equivalent) and up to 11 frames per second at 8 megapixels.  The camera will be available in March for $499.95.

At CES, we also saw manufacturers like Sony reveal a line of cameras that are capable of taking 3D stills, not just 3D “sweep” panoramic shots created by panning the camera.  When you press the shutter on these new cameras, two images at different focal lengths are captured at once, which are combined in-camera to give a 3D perspective.

Some questions remain: once 3D photography catches on, how will output mediums keep up so these unique images can be displayed easily?  And like photographers new to HDR, will 3D shooters go through a learning curve to get past the initial “gimmick” of these kinds of images?

Samsung Galaxy Tab
Tristan shared his first impressions of his Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet.  He likes that it’s pocketable and that it suits his lifestyle better than the larger iPad.  As a tool for photographers, Tristan enjoys showing off photos on the device and being able to take photos on-the-go with the built-in camera.  Eye-Fi‘s new card, available this year, will be able to wirelessly transfer images from a camera to a device like the Galaxy Tab as you shoot.  Other potential iPad competitors announced at CES include the Motorola Xoom.

Detroit in Ruins: The Photographs of Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre
These almost post-apocalyptic photographs capture the profound disarray found in abandoned buildings of this major American city. Frederick called this an “unfortunate paradise” for photographers because of the understandable draw to shoot such scenes that were only possible because of a city’s demise. Tyler also saw this story is about finding a personal project that you are deeply passionate about and following through with it.  For example, gain inspiration for a specific topic by cruising around Flickr and seeing what photographers have done in a particular geographic area.  You would be surprised to see what you can find in your own backyard or what you pass on your commute every day.  Stop saying “I gotta shoot that someday” and make 2011 the year that you do it!

Every week our producers scour the TWiP forums to find the best questions for us to answer on the show. Here are this week’s questions:

Question #1: mojo from Des Moines, Iowa asked about recommendations for software to create slideshows which gives a good degree of control, but is not too expensive.  Tyler uses and recommends iPhoto because of its ease of use and its many handy presets.  Tristan does not make slideshows too often, but when he does, he uses Picassa’s movie mode for simple ones.  Besides iPhoto, Frederick also recommends that Mac users check out FotoMagico from Boinx Software.

Question #2: eric45 from Sandusky, Ohio currently owns a 28-300mm lens and asked for guidance choosing between a 70-200mm f/2.8 or a 24-70mm f/2.8 for city-style safari photowalks.  Tyler recommends a wide angle lens (to be able to shoot inconspicuously from your hip, from up high, and to experiment with other angles and with shooting with off-camera flash), as well as a 70-200mm to get shots from far away.  Once you gain confidence and photographic skill, you can move up to a 50mm or 85mm prime lens and get much closer to your subjects.  Going back to eric45’s question: if you could only pick one lens between the two, Tyler would recommend getting the 24-70mm because of its versatility and unique perspectives from being wide angle and because of its fast focus.  Try it out by renting before you buy though.

Question #3: Butch Gibson from Cincinnati, Ohio asked what to look out for when upgrading cameras, such as: is there a “formula” to consider when moving up from a point-and-shoot to a DSLR.  Tristan recommends to first focus on what your needs are and then identify what camera meets those needs.  Next, borrow or rent it and consider how that specific camera feels in your hand because you want to like its ergonomics and how it feels to shoot with it often.


Frederick: Kubota Artist Series: Michael Corsentino – A “recipe” book (with DVD) that is part of Kevin Kubota‘s series of books that shows before and after shots for photos taken by some pro photographers, in this case, Michael Corsentino.

Tyler: red centre podcast – A great resource for anyone who wants to learn more about filmmaking as the entire industry is starting to converge to multimedia and it’s good for photographers to have knowledge on a little bit of everything.

Tristan: Samsung Galaxy Tab – Tristan says it’s a bit odd-looking taking pictures with it but it’s loads of fun and it feeds him more news and photo blog inspiration than his laptop ever did.

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  1. Handing in my homework assignment from Frederick for this show, I haven’t tested it yet but Microsoft have Photo Story 3 for creating slide shows with your pictures that allows you to add music or record your own narration.

  2. Thanks for the mention and the feedback! I appreciate it. I’m actually doing all of what has been suggested (and keeping a log of it – including pictures and links in a note on Facebook). I’ve borrowed a Sony, a Nikon, and will be borrowing a Canon in a few weeks.
    I think the big thing for me has been listening to this podcast (and others) to help me to become familiar with the terminology and to understand what happens in modes other than auto.

    +1 for Photo Story 3 for Windows but another interesting online slideshow that I would assume would be for any platform is Animoto.

    Check out a sample of what I did with my wedding photos in Animoto at the following link:

    Thanks again!

  3. Glad to be of some assistance. I dont get into the forums as often as I used to so it was great to get this question. Its a rather important subject in my mind. I answered a similar from a reader of our magazine at on the mags blog not so long ago if you want a little more info head over to the Readers Questions under the Features section.

    Animoto looks interesting. Will check it out further.

  4. Just wanted to add a good windows slideshow option for y’all. ProShow Gold from Photodex is great, has a ton of options, and only costs around $70.

    Animoto is amazing but a little costly for your average Joe. In my opinion anyway.

    Thanks for another great show everyone!

  5. I just tried to search Flickr for geotagged photos in my area and it kept coming up with no results. Even when I zoomed out to the entire state and then to multiple states and it showed “no results.”

    What am I doing wrong? I simply went to the Flickr home page. Went to explore and then put a hometown in the map area.

    I like the idea of this and would love some help.


    PS I can’t wait for geotagging to be in our Canons and Nikons.

  6. I would like to add my support for Photodex ProShow Gold as starter slideshow software. Very flexible, powerful and intelligent software that I started using a few years ago. It is happy to accept photos and videos into the time line and produces great results. I am now using the big brother, ProShow Producer and that is spectacular in its versatility.


  7. Try this to get started with this technique:

    1. Go to
    2. At the bottom of the page you will see in grey “Search the map” Click on this button.
    3. Under “search for” put a subject like “landscape”
    4. Under “taken in” put a location like “Grand Canyon”
    5. The results will populate and you will get a great idea of where to go to get some incredible shots 🙂