Spectre

Long exposures have always been limited by technical factors, from keeping the camera steady, to guessing the amount of light. We’ve taken care of all of that.

Spectre is an AI-powered shutter for your iPhone, letting you create amazing long exposures. From the team that brought you Halide… More here.

This looks ‘really’ good.

People Call My Photos Fake

People online judge you really easily. It used to really annoy me when people called my work ‘fake’ when I spent countless hours planning and executing that particular shot. Now I don’t care as much anymore as I used to. This is the Internet, after all. And if I think about it, often I can’t blame them… More here.

Decent article.

Apple’s ‘Shot on iPhone’ Photo Contest winners

iPhone photographers around the world shared their best photos for the Shot on iPhone Challenge, capturing remarkable moments with the world’s most popular camera. The 10 selected winners will be featured on billboards in select cities, in Apple retail stores and online. The winning shots came from a range of models, from iPhone XS Max to iPhone 7, showcasing the quality of cameras across the line… More here.

Some stunning photos in the link above, stunning. However, notice how favourable the lighting is throughout…

Are You a Photographer, or a Photo Editor?

I’ve been quietly contemplating the idea of whether someone is a photographer or a photo editor; and at the same time whether or not they have the right to say that they’re a photographer or if they’re indeed a photo editor. Go ahead and say “Just shoot and do whatever” but I think that this is a major part of one’s photographic identity. If you screw a light bulb into a lamp, you’re not an electrician. If you clean your apartment, you’re not hired help. If you cook for 25 people for a special dinner you are neither a woman of the kitchen or a chef (and I’ve specifically heard this said before by both genders.) So if you focus on your Lightroom, Photoshop or Capture One skills, are you really a photographer? More here.

Excellent article. I am definitely neither.

Snowy Tokyo

Tokyo is getting some cold weather right now, including a rare bit of snow. So it seems timely to introduce the photography of Yusuke Komatsu, who recently published a self-explanatory series of photographs titled Snow in Tokyo… More here.

Great atmosphere in these shots.

People usually shoot with smartphones

To survive, Mitarai says Canon, which produced pioneering autofocus gear popular with professional photographers, will shift its focus to corporate customers in fields like surveillance and medical care.

“People usually shoot with smartphones,” Mitarai said in an interview with Nikkei. “The digital camera market will keep falling for about two years. In our company, cameras have declined at around 10 percent a year in the past few years. Professional and amateurs use about 5 to 6 million units. Finally, the market will hit the bottom.” More here.

Can’t remember the last time I used a real camera. I, like most others, have gotten used to poorer quality photos as a worthwhile price for the ease of use. The same applies to poorer quality music on phones.

The same red cabin

It was in August 2013 that I by accident stumbled upon the red cabin and its surrounding lake. I assume the location has been photographed before my first attempts at capturing its inherent beauty and charm… More here.

Same place, stunningly different photos.

Tangled Mossy Trees

Wistman’s Wood in Dartmoor, Devon, England, has been the backdrop of countless folktales and myths involving the spiritual and supernatural. For his ongoing project titled Mystical, British photographer Neil Burnell has been visiting the forest and capturing the foggy, misty, twisted wood that has sparked wonder over the ages… More here.

Stunning photos.

Film photos

Fast forward a decade and a half, to an era when film is as nearly extinct as the planet we photograph it with, and I open that box to find twelve rolls of Ilford HP5 black and white negative film: seven of 36 exposures, five of 24, a total of 372 exposures to last me one single run around the sun. One for every day, and a week of wiggle room… More at PetaPixel.

No digital camera can recreate the film finish in any photo, but like almost everyone else I still go for the convenience and immediacy of my phone camera above a better end result. Sad really.