On this episode of TWiP, FujiFilm sets it's sights on 3rd place, Google+ and what it means for photographers, Pentax sells to Ricoh, a lens mount for your iPhone, photographing your own heart surgery, and a conversation with Jack Hollingsworth about iPhoneography.
Hosts: Frederick Van Johnson, Nicole Young, Robert Evans, Bruce Clarke
NEWS & DISCUSSION
Fujifilm Aiming to be No. 3 in the World in Cameras
Fuji looks to be making a comeback and is poised to re-enter the interchangeable lens camera market with goals of moving up to the number 3 position behind Nikon and Canon. Is aiming for 3rd place a viable market strategy for FujiFilm? The panel shares their thoughts on FujiFilm's chances at taking over the 3rd spot and whether there is still room in the space to innovate.
Google introduces Google+
Recently Google launched their Facebook competitor – Google+. There have also been stories floating around the Internet that their popular photo application Picasa will be re-branded. What does this all mean for photographers? Frederick points out that everyone should review their Terms of Service and decide for yourselves whether you want to share your work on Google+. Many photographers including Trey Ratcliff have been very active on the site since it launched. Thomas Hawk conducted an interesting experiment comparing the traffic he received when he posted a photo on Google+ vs. Facebook vs. Twitter vs. Flickr vs. 500px.
Pentax Imaging Systems business goes to Ricoh
Pentax USA announces that HOYA Corporation and Ricoh Company have executed an agreement as of today to transfer the Pentax Imaging Business to Ricoh. The group is responsible for developing, manufacturing and selling optical instruments such as digital cameras and replacement lenses, accessories, security cameras, and binoculars.
Photographer Captures Images of His Own Heart Surgery
In a series of award-winning pictures, the 41 year-old photographer documented his own heart surgery – from the moment he left his two young boys at home in Northern Ireland and arriving at the hospital in Belfast, to being prepped on the operating table and witnessing his own body being cut open. If you were having some sort of a procedure would you want to document it? Leave your comments and thoughts in the Facebook comments.
iPhone SLR Mount
Photojojo has released an iPhone SLR mount that will let you attach your Canon or Nikon lenses to your iPhone. Plus, you'll be putting the SLR lenses you already have to use with the camera you use the most — your phone.
INTERVIEW WITH JACK HOLLINGSWORTH
Recently, Frederick connected via Skype with photographer Jack Hollingsworth to talk about mobile photography – specifically iPhoneography. Here are some of the links that were discussed during Frederick's interview with Jack:
Favorite books on iPhoneography
Jack's favorite camera replacement/overall app (Camera+)
iPhone communities Jack supports and is involved in:
- http://www.iphoneography.com/ (leader)
To learn more about Jack you can follow him on Twitter @photojack or visit his website at http://jackhollingsworth.com/. You can also find him on Instagram: @jackhollingsworth or view his stream in your browser at www.gramfeed.com/jackhollingsworth.
Question 1 – Wireless Flash Triggers
Arthur Gonzalez writes: My question is about wireless flash triggers. The options and features confuse me quite a bit. Could you break down the main options for wireless flash triggers (including a cheap option, i.e. yong nuo) and how they differ?
Bruce – There are several options ranging from Pocket Wizards to the less expensive Yongnuo triggers. Cheaper options like the Yongnuo don't support options like hi-speed sync but they are also 1/10th the price of Pocket Wizards. Basically you need a transmitter and and a transceiver as a minimum if you want to get started with wireless flash triggers. Canon and Nikon have wireless built into their systems so if you have a flash already you can start with that but be aware that there are limitations.
Question 2 – Light Meters
Corey writes: I've been listening to you guys for a while and haven't ever heard you address light meters. I've just bought a studio light setup and wondered if they are still useful in today's situation? I'm shooting with a d700.
Nicole – Yes, they're useful. I have one and use it when I'm shooting in a studio (especially people). They're great for when you are using more than one light and when setting light ratios (hair lights, isolated backgrounds, etc.)
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