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Daily Archives: May 14, 2012

Leica Announces World’s First Digital Camera Dedicated To Black-And-White

Another story about Leicas,

Leica has officially announced its new monochrome digital rangefinder—the world’s first digital camera dedicated to black-and-white photography.

Called ‘Leica M Monochrom’, the company said that the camera a full-frame, 35-mm format digital camera, “designed exclusively and without any compromises for black-and-white photography”. ” Full details here

Leica camera fetches 2.16m euros at auction

From the BBC website we learn that a Leica camera fetches 2.16m euros at auction

“A prototype Leica camera has sold for 2.16m euros (£1.74m), setting a new world record for a camera.

It was one of just 25 models created in 1923 as a prototype for the groundbreaking Leica A, which was the first commercially successful compact camera to use 35mm film.”….MORE

The best photogrpahy links and tutorials of the week

From via Lightstalking. Each week the Toad collects the best  from the web to share, this is from last week

What an epic week in the world of photography!  The folks at Toad Hollow Photography have been collecting links to tutorials, great photography and interesting blogs to share with everyone, and the result of all that work is this week’s list.  We really hope you enjoy looking at the images produced by these great artists as much as the Toad did in bringing them to you.

Check out the Toad’s latest photography adventure as he kicks off his inaugural post for TLC, The Land Conservancy.  They are a non-profit, charitable Land Trust working throughout British Columbia focused on preserving the history and heritage of the area.  The Toad begins his first assignment with the blog post “A New Beginning” which talks a bit about the group and shares a few details of upcoming posts that were a result of his first photo-shoot working with TLC.


Food For Digital Thought: 101 Things To Know About Photography – Joe Baraban shares an educational and insightful piece here, full of GREAT tips and pointers to give you that little extra edge in your practice.

Shutter Speed Explained: Easy and Simple – a brief but well-written piece detailing the effects of the shutter speed in photography.  This article is sure to shed some light on this topic for those who are in process of learning about the 3 keys to photography; shutter speed, aperture setting and ISO.

The Law Of The Light Part II: Lighting People – another brief but highly informative post from Joe Baraban shares some principles in using light for capturing portraits of people.  Great article, well worth the short time required to read and absorb it.

Ten travel photography tips that you need to know – Tristan shares a 5 minute video containing some gems for those who are doing or want to do travel photography.  Tristan’s videos are typically excellent, and this one delivers some useful insights.

The F.I.L.M. Project, VSCO Film and Lodge No 51 – Jim Denham shares a screencast presentation that shares some tips on using Aperture for image processing.  This roughly 10 minute video is definitely well worth the time to view.


Notes from the camera Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 – our very own Tom Dinning (@tomdinning) here on Light Stalking shares a new series of posts and images.  Tom has a wonderful and unique way of merging stunning photography with deep and profound words to create an entire vision and message.  These are wonderful posts that can each stand on their own, but when taken as a collection deliver a message of importance.

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How to Photograph Jewelry

Here is another excellent article by over at Lightstalking

In a previous article we covered what every beginner needs to know about product photography, a primer to this article.  Photographing jewelry is perhaps one of the more advanced and frankly frustrating disciplines one can try to master.  The practical uses can be applied to many aspects, both for fun and extra income.  This article should help you grasp a better understanding of how to create inspiring photography.

Why photography jewelry?  There’s a list of reasons, some more obvious like setting up an Etsy or eBay shop to sell items or being hired by a local jewelry store to provide photos for their website.  A less obvious reason would be to create a list of detailed photos for your home owners’ insurance, something most people overlook.  Another reason is for the sheer pleasure in taking on a challenge and successfully doing it.”