"Top Stories of 2014, Lighting Q&A, Lens Tech" - Photo Podcast 459

This week on The Digital Story Photography Podcast: - Top Stories of 2014, Lighting Q&A with Leah, Lens Technology, Instagram Cleans House - All of this and more on today's show with Derrick Story.

Snapshot - Instagram Cleans House - My Instagram audience is organic. In other words, I haven't advertised or participated in any promotions to gain new followers. So I was a bit surprised when I lost close to 100 followers during the latest housecleaning. Here's a bit about that.

Weekly Update - Lens Technologies: Fluorine vs. Fluorite - Fluorine is a special coating that's applied to the surface of a lens that helps to repel things like dust, water, grease, and dirt. Fluorite refers to the mineral used to create the lens elements inside the lens. It's a monocrystal that has low chromatic aberration while being much lighter than traditional optical glass. Source: PetaPixel.

Also this week... The Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Gets an Official Price Tag and It's Lower Than We Thought - Tamron Japan has just released the official price tag for the lens, which will be $1,178. It is set to release just five days from now, on December 25. Source: FStoppers.com.

And finally: Apple Adds 7 Cameras with RAW Compatibility 6.02 Update - Canon PowerShot G7 X, Canon PowerShot SX60 HS, Fujifilm X100T, Nikon 1 J4, Olympus PEN Lite E-PL7, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM5, and the Sony Alpha ILCE-5100. Source: The Digital Story.

Story #1 - Top Stories for 2014 - What were the topics that caught the eye of TDS readers? Here's the top story for each month of this past year.


  • January 2014 - 5 Tips for Shooting Sports with the Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • February 2014 - DIY Slide Digitizer with Olympus OM-D and Leica Projector
  • March 2014 - How to Restore Old Photos in Aperture
  • April 2014 - There's More to Lightroom 5pt4 than Mobile Sync
  • May 2014 - Dust Off Your Old Glass
  • June 2014 - Can't Decide Between Aperture and Lightroom? Use Both
  • July 2014 - How Does the Olympus 75-300mm Stack Up?
  • August 2014 - New Uses for Old Camera Bags
  • September 2014 - What Not to Shoot with a Typical Zoom at Sporting Events
  • October 2014 - Long Telephoto for Landscape Work
  • November 2014 - Yosemite Compatibility with Google Nik Collection
  • December 2014 - Panasonic 35-100mm f/4.0-5.6 Field Test

Story #2 - Photo Q&A #3 with Leah - "Side Lighting vs Front" - Leah was admiring a photo that had lots of texture, and she was wondering how the photographer achieved the effect. An interesting conversation ensues. 

Story #3 - New SizzlPix Winners! Congratulations to the follow virtual camera club members who participated in recent Photo Assignments and have been selected as SizzlPix Pick of the Month.

  • October 2014 - "Water" - Carl Shortt
  • September 2014 - "Shot From Behind" - Shelle Singer
  • August 2014 - "My Favorite Close Up" - Gary Legere

Virtual Camera Club News

Photo Assignment for December 2014 is "Frozen".

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