This is The Digital Story Podcast #620, Jan. 30, 2018. Today's theme is "Camera or Computer?" I'm Derrick Story.
Digital photography is this murky mix of technology and art. We see a picture, press the shutter, and record it. Then what? Unless we're using a smartphone, something else needs to happen. And that something is firing up a computer to complete our image. Since it's a noteworthy part of the process, why do we treat it like tires on a car? I explore that in today's TDS podcast.
Camera or Computer?
If I were to give you $1,000 right now and say that you could spend it on either a new camera, or a new computer, which are you likely to choose? My informal research has led me to the belief that you would choose a camera or a lens.
Why is this? I have five theories why when it comes to camera or computer, we choose camera.
- Theory #1 - Computers suck.
- Theory #2 - They are more utilitarian than cameras.
- Theory #3 - Computers are messy.
- Theory #4 - Computers are not as much fun.
- Theory #1 - If we could live without computers we would. But we would never give up our cameras..
One of the reasons why we feel this way, however, is that we tend to hang on to old hardware while constantly adding new software. If we stayed a bit more current, our experience should be better, and in the end we'd be more efficient and happy. Maybe.
A Review of the Olympus Super Fan Weekend in San Francisco
This past Friday, I spent a day with the Olympus community for their Super Fan Event in San Francisco. Here's what I learned.
The San Francisco Street Photography Workshop
San Francisco Street Photography - April 26-28, 2018 - We'll work entirely on location in San Francisco. Our hotel in picturesque Union Square will serve as our headquarters during the event. No rental car will be necessary. We'll explore the City's hidden treasures and capture them through our lenses. As always, we're adding new shooting locations again this year, including twilight assignments. This is San Francisco like you've never seen it before. And as a bonus, Olympus Visionary Mike Boening will be joining the teaching staff and leading sessions on street shooting and night photography. Two instructors, three days, and all for just $695. (That's right, it's 3 full days in one of the most photogenic cities in the U.S.)
The 2018 Nimble Classroom Series
The 2018 Nimble Classroom Series begins in February. Here are the first three sessions:
- Layers in Capture One Pro 11 - Feb. 10
- BUILD YOUR DIGITAL DARKROOM WITH PHOTOS - MARCH 10
- Digital Asset Mgmt with Luminar - April 21
You can sign up right now for each of these and reserve your spot. Only 6 participants per class.
Updates and Such
Three new training videos are now posted for our Patreon Inner Circle Members:
- Tips for Importing Images into Photos for macOS
- Using Gradient Masks in Luminar
- Working with Light Adjustments in Capture One Pro
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