Those nice bright colours…

109110Sorry, Mr Simon, but Mama took our Kodachrome away a couple of years ago and it now looks as though the company that made it might be going the same way.

I could hardly write a blog about photography without mentioning Kodak, who have just filed for bankruptcy protection. Although that doesn’t mean the end of the company, it certainly isn’t looking good.

I was never a major user of Kodak’s products. By the time I started shooting on slide, Fuji Velvia seemed to be the film of choice for landscape photographers. I mainly used it, along with other Fuji films such as Provia, with only the occasional excursion into Kodachrome. Read More…

Compact vs. Smartphone – round 2

102Round two of my smartphone vs. compact comparison, and I’m doing the same as I did in round one, this time pitting my phone against a Canon Powershot SX230. The Canon is what is often termed a travel zoom – a compact with a huge zoom range that’s ideal if you need a small but versatile camera. It came out well in a group test, and while it won’t compete with my DSLR, or even the GF1, it’s much easier to fit into a pocket!

So, first up, here’s the image from the phone (click for the larger version). At web size, it’s perfectly adequate and again shows how handy it is to have a reasonable camera constantly to hand. Read More…

Compact vs. Smartphone – round 1

98Apparently the cheap compact camera is soon to be no more, thanks to the rise of the smartphone.

With that in mind, I thought I’d do a little experiment and pit my phone, an HTC Desire, against a small camera. I say small camera, because I’m cheating. I didn’t use the sort of cheap compact referred to in the article but my Panasonic GF1 which really isn’t what they had in mind, especially with the prime 20mm lens on the front. Still, it is quite compact!

First up, here’s the image from the phone, taken at full resolution and on the finest jpeg setting then resized for web use (click to see the 700px version). It’s pretty good at this size, and for happy snaps it’s perfectly adequate. Read More…

Poor man’s tilt and shift

95Bit of a techie one today! As anyone who’s ever tried to take a picture of a building will know, unless you can shoot from a height or a long way back converging verticals are a problem. As soon as you tilt the camera upwards to get the whole of the building in shot, you get that characteristic “leaning over backwards” look as lines that should be parallel converge. Read More…