Saturday, December 29, 2012
The enduring question: to upgrade or not to upgrade.
Q. Should I by the LX-7 [any camera may be substituted} or should I buy it's successor?
A. Sure, why not wait for the successor's successor ad infinitum so you can always window shop and never buy. Gee you do not even have to go through the annoyance of taking photos...
Seriously, there will always be a successor but in the meantime you can enjoy this little gem of a camera.
My sarcastic initial reply is not as off the wall as it appears as there are such people. I'm not implying that the poster at dpreview.com is one of these as I'm sure he was looking for an honest response. The problem with digital cameras is that there is always something "better" on the horizon. However, this "better" camera will not, necessarily, make you a better photographer. Too often we get rid of equipment before we have fully mastered it and before we have explored it's true capabilities. In a way, we are afraid to see what the camera can do as not to dissuade us from the purchase of that new model we lust over. We need a 12 steps program. Any idea what to call it? The reality is that it' the photographer who takes the pictures.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Kodak Patents Bought by Companies Including Apple, Google, Facebook, and MicrosoftIt looks like the worst is finally over for Kodak. The company has managed to sell off its patents, which was a condition in its recent financing option, and managed to drum up the $525 million it needed.
The list of purchasers is huge, and it includes a good many of the folks that you'd expect to see bidding on Kodak's patents - Apple, Google, Facebook, Samsung, RIM, Adobe, HTC, Fujifilm, Huawei, Amazon, Shutterfly, and Microsoft. One thing worth noting is that there are a significant amount of cell phone makers in the bunch.
Kodak isn't tapped dry just yet. Though they sold off their digital imaging patents, they still hold around 9,600 patents in other areas.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Just when you thought it was safe to use Instagram....
Instagram's New Policy Gives Them the Right to Sell Your PhotosAdmit it, you don't read the Terms of Service agreement when you sign up for a new site or service. You put in your info, you hit "OK" and you get to work. Hey, we do it too. Luckily, there are folks out there that not only read them - they decipher the legalese and translate it for the layman. And, it's a good thing they do, because Instagram's latest is making more than a few people upset.
Starting January 16th, anything you put up on Instagram will fall under a new rule that allows Facebook to sell your photos to other companies and organizations for purposes including advertising. Think of it like a stock photo site that doesn't pay you.
If you wish to opt out, your only option is to delete your account by January 16th - otherwise you're considered automatically opted in.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
|Luca, 2 and a half years old|
|Sebastian, one year old|
|Doyle, four month old|