With many camera manufacturers embracing retro features and looks, Nikon has stepped up their game with the new Nikon Df. I found a great Nikon Df review that as you can see, reveals why this camera is a much needed innovation in camera design.

So far recently we’ve seen offerings from Olympus and Fuji, but rather than give something truly useful, they’ve designed nice point and shoot cameras that embrace the retro “look” and basically are a nice cool package. Nikon has taken this a step further and delivered a camera that photographers have been wanting for years now.

Nikon Df Review

Basically Nikon has taken the familiar camera design of the old pro 35mm cameras like the Nikon FE and F3HP and put them into a modern digital format with the top of the line sensor from the Nikon D4. This is what photographers have been asking for for years now. So that means that most used camera functions such as ISO, bracketing, white balance etc can now all be accessed and assigned to buttons and dials that sit physically on the camera body! This is mixed with the more stealth and low profile design of the older 35mm cameras which implies that this camera could be used in situations where a big, bulky DSLR might seem inappropriate.

There’s no video on the camera which is an interesting move. But really I don’t think Nikon ever really got the video market down like Canon did so it will be interesting to see if this feature is actually missed or not.

Anyway – check it out. This camera is quite impressive!

http://theartofphotography.tv/nikon/df/

It seems that supplies of the Nikon flagship, the Nikon D4 are getting to be short. This is a possible indicator that a newer D4X is on its way in. It will be interesting to see that in light of the new retro and innovative Nikon Df, what possibly Nikon has up its sleeve for its top of the line flagship camera.

Personally I can’t afford the top of the line though I’m sure they are nice. But a top of the line Nikon usually runs over $6000 and that doesn’t even count for lenses! I can’t imagine a “pro” photographer actually buying 2 of these (using one as a backup).

And honestly I think there is a little bit of the Leica syndrome going on here. Its really expensive, therefore it must be incredible. Honestly – in terms of image quality – I dare anyone to compare 2 photographs made from different cameras at any level and tell the difference. Sure a monster like the D4 has tons of feature including speed and usability that make getting difficult shots really easy for the photographer, but unless you’re a press photographer, paparazzi or just unusually wealthy – you simply don’t need it.

But it is interesting since it tends to set the tone for camera models below the flagship, so in this sense I am very interested to see what Nikon puts into the next generation of top-of-the-line camera models.

Check out the latest from Nikon Rumors – http://nikonrumors.com/2013/12/30/nikon-j3-discontinued-d4-hard-to-find-d3100-to-be-removed-from-map-pricing.aspx/

Its hard to believe that in the year 2013, there are still photographers who don’t have their own work online. As competitive as photography is as a business, there is no excuse not to have your work available for people to view. Especially considering you can build a photography portfolio online in about 5 minutes and maintain it at very little cost. This is something everyone should be doing if you’re a photographer.

The tutorial I’m giving the link to shows you how to build your own and it does cost a nominal fee. I see photographers using free alternatives – I actually argue against the “free route” for several reasons. First – lets look at the cost. The 2 costs you have to deal with when building your own website are the domain name and the hosting service. You can use WordPress for free and there are free themes available.

photography portfolio

So to break that down, domain names cost about $15 a year to lease a “.com” and you can get hosting for about $5-$10 a month. This comes out to $60 or $120 a year depending on who you use. Even on the high side – that’s still a VERY reasonable cost for doing business. In fact, if you get one job shooting photos – or for that matter – sell 1 print and you’ve covered your expenses right there. So for the sake of arguing here, a website pays for itself.

The free alternatives include the hosted version of WordPress, Tumblr and photosharing websites like Flickr. These alternatives are for the most part free. Is this how you want to look as a photographer though? Lest be honest – when you come across being cheap, its most likely that your work will be perceived as being cheap as well. Its about appearance and professionalism. Look your best.

The following tutorial will get you started with your own custom site in no time. Its quicker, cheaper and easier than you might thing. Check out the photography portfolio tutorial here:

http://theartofphotography.tv/5-minute-portfolio/

Its amazing to me how often I hear from people who say that photography as a professional business is now dead. This makes me somewhat sad to here and at the same time I couldn’t agree less with that statement. I believe that the power of image is greater today than at any time in history. Sure, business practices have changed. Photography is a very competitive business and its really difficult to make a living. But this by no means makes it impossible.

Think about all the noise we have in our visual culture. We are bombarded with images every day. Yes, this does make it difficult to be unique and to stand out, but look at the value that image has in our lives even though it might seem abundant.

Several years ago, the US captured and killed Osama Bin Laden. President Obama was faced with the decision of whether or not to make the images public. Ultimately he decided not to for fear of terrorist uprising, but think about this. Basically the power of the image created a global delima. On the one hand, it could cause further violence, but on the other hand not having these images sparks doubt and skepticism. This is a giant attribution to how powerful the image can be, or in this case lack of image.

Another popular example is the Zapruter film. Abraham Zapruder made a 26 second home movie of President Kennedy being assassinated in 1963. To this day controversy surrounds this event because we have an image. Zapruder was lucky, he was in exactly the right place at the right time and look how powerful this film was. It literally changed the world.

I’ll be writing more about this subject, but I think its important to note – image is much more powerful than we give it credit for in this day and age.

Sources:
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-i-wont-release-bin-laden-death-photos/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zapruder_film