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How Far We Have Come, Where We will Go Featured

31 May 2012 Written by :  Rosh Sillars
Published in : Electronic Market

In a quarter century, we've gone from lugging film canisters and developer trays to digital manipulation and cloud computing. What’s next on the photo technology horizon?

In 1987, photography was still a mystery to most people. The camera was a magical black box. The photographer was a magician who pushed the shutter button, which allowed light into the magic box and began the mysterious process of creating a permanent picture. The magic of photography took time. Photographers had more...

The Partly Cloudy Future of Digital Storage

04 October 2011 Written by :  Rosh Sillars
Published in : Electronic Market

Cloud computing may be the future of digital storage, but Rosh Sillars says there are some other important options to consider as a backup.

Image storage has come a long way in the last 15 years. Many photographers are comfortable using the standard optical media, such as CDs and DVDs, to share and store images. This streak may soon be over, with changing standards well under way...

Smartphone Apps That Will Change Your Life

05 June 2011 Written by :  Rosh Sillars
Published in : Electronic Market

Photographer Rosh Sillars lists some of the latest smartphone applications and discusses how they may change the way you manage your portfolio.

While Google and Apple battle for supremacy in the smartphone application wars, photographers have more mobile options than ever to manage their portfolios.

While your camera will take that great shot, it's the ubiquitous "smartphone" that...

SEO What? ...

04 April 2011 Written by :  Rosh Sillars
Published in : Electronic Market

Why Photographers Should Care about Search Engine Optimization

The majority of searches for a photographer and photography products begin with the internet. While they are online, approximately 70 percent of those people searching will use Google. This powerful search engine is helping brides, high school seniors, small business owners and other professionals find exactly...

High-Tech Goes Low-Tech

06 May 2010 Written by :  Richard A. Huston
Published in : Electronic Market

Capturing the magic of imperfection with iPhone camera apps

My Facebook page is filled with new comments: "Wow, that is a great photo!" "I can't believe you still have a Holga!" "You're still shooting slides?" "Where do you get Polaroid film?" "You have a darkroom?"

Well, not exactly.

My photographer friends' comments are a testament to something we have all lost in the digital age: the magic of an imperfect photograph. Like many professionals today, I started with film and toy cameras and developed my photographs in a darkroom. Many of my most cherished images had a magical quality, brought about by plastic lenses, light leaks...

Social Media: Don’t Be Left Behind

14 September 2009 Written by :  Rosh Sillars
Published in : Electronic Market

Social networking websites are the talk of the town, but how can they help your business?

Supporters exalt it as the great advance in communication. Detractors consider it a waste of time. Like it or not, the phenomenon of social media empowers the public at large to capture and disseminate information immediately.

But how do all these technological advances affect the photographer? Is the growth of social media killing our business? How do these changes affect the amateur?...

Is Video the Future of Still Photography?

14 November 2008 Written by :  Richard McEnery
Published in : Electronic Market

Microsoft expert, Kostas Mallios discusses the move to photography becoming one with video in the future.

At the Pro Photo Summit, Kostas Mallios, general manager of the Rich Media Group at Microsoft, talked about the direction he believes photography is headed and what he sees coming in the near future. Having video and still-image capabilities in the same product is something he saw as inevitable and very exciting...

Zero to Wow in Five Minutes

14 October 2008 Written by :  Richard McEnery
Published in : Electronic Market

News from Microsoft’s Pro Photo Summit

At Microsoft’s third annual Pro Photo Summit, held earlier this summer in Redmond, Wash., some of my favorite parts were the “Five Minutes to Wow” segments. Basically, each presenter had five minutes to demonstrate a product or technology and elicit a “wow” from the audience.

The presenters were from Microsoft’s research group and from several other companies, and they showed some pretty amazing things. Multigigapixel images; 3-D models of landscapes and cities constructed from hundreds of images; a new image file format; new and better techniques for sharpening images – all these and much more were presented during the two-day summit...

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