TWiP #171 – Crack, Sacks, and Sensors

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On this episode of TWiP, big trouble with small sensors, Photo GPS data as a treasure map to your goodies, and the return of guest host Nicole Young.

Hosts: Frederick Van Johnson, Ron Brinkmann, and Nicole Young


Crack and Small Sensors
Inspired by an on-air wager between Frederick and Ron many months ago and a recent listener question, the crew dives into an animated discussion on the future of small image sensors. TWiP Community member Jessie Peters wrote in to ask if he should hold off on purchasing a Canon 7D camera because crop sensor cameras might be disappearing in the future. Ron weighs in on the technological growth and limitations of small sensors and Nicole highlights that you can use full-frame lenses on either format camera to effectively future-proof your investment in photography.

Digital Photos can Reveal your Location, Raise Privacy Fears
Some online photo services can automatically transmit GPS location information embedded in EXIF data which might open pandora’s box for personal privacy. As photographers is there a line in the sand when it comes to personal vs professional data collection?

Nikon’s My Picturetown Photo Storage and Sharing Experience Is Enhanced
The panel discusses how photo services from brand-oriented companies can differ from brand-agnostic companies. When tying a particular online photo service to a camera brand how does it promote inclusivity versus exclusivity in the larger market?

The Truth about Overheating DSLRs
Continuous recording time can be a major consideration for HDSLR video so the panel examines the types of video workflow that exemplify these limitations as well as future advances to mitigate those limitations.


QUESTION #1: kcpurcell: I’m curious about how many of you out there still feel limited by their equipment. I realized this month that I’m more into photography than digital cameras, and for what I need (family shots, landscapes, photos of my pots, 8×10 prints) I don’t need or want to lug an slr camera. So I downgraded, sold my Canon SLR kit, and use a Canon G10 or Panasonic LX5. Again, for what I need, these cameras are now good enough that they are not the limiting factor. Over on dpreview I’ve found a couple of threads of people who have done the same. Of course for photos of birds, sports, rock concerts, toddlers in low light, etc., the latest high ISO DSLR with fast glass is still king. And pros making large prints need more resolution. I’m well aware of the benefits of good tools – in my ceramics studio I have a fairly large kiln with high tech shelves that are open in the middle so I can fire large platters. But having a nice kiln doesn’t automatically make you a good potter! And big kilns have drawbacks. In a similar vein, have high end compacts reached a level that they’ve crossed a threshold for some of you, or for some of your photo taking?

Ron: This is a very valid question as the high-end compact cameras reach the level of DSLRs. You don’t always want to carry around a bigger camera and in some cases this form factor can be your primary camera. The important factor is to carry a camera with you and continue taking better pictures.

Nicole: Choose the gear that’s important for your goals. It’s not necessary to bring everything and the kitchen sink in order to get the perfect shot. The separation of personal and professional photography can define which gear to bring on a shoot.

QUESTION #2: RichardF: I heard a presenter talk about a photo book provider. Does anyone recommend a quality photo book provider so i can do an album of the kids with all the photos i have taken over the year. Am looking for high quality cover, quality paper options as well as good arrangement software to allow multiple layout options.

Nicole: Blurb.com There is software available for offline editing as well as integration with Adobe InDesign, PDF, and other templates.

Ron: In Aperture you can layout a book as PDF which can export to the in-application book service as well as the book service of your choice.



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