Posts Tagged ‘News’

Criticism of Photographer Behind U.S. Olympic Team Portraits

Photographer Joe Klamar has become the target of much scrutiny—and in some cases, ire—ever since the series of portraits he shot of U.S. Olympic team athletes was published by CBS News. The criticism is that the photographs fall short: they’re underwhelming both visually and from a technical point of view, especially when you consider that the occasion they represent (the Olympic Games!) has likely been a lifelong dream for these athletes. Not that you can tell from these awkwardly lit and posed shots. Also, note the torn seamless paper.

Much of the aforementioned ire, as PetaPixel points out, comes from other photographers, who not surprisingly believe they could have produced better portraits. In Klamar’s defense, he’s not well-known for his portrait work but rather for taking action shots, and he shot this entire series during a likely hectic and rushed session at the 2012 Team USA Media Summit in Dallas last month. But as his critics have already expressed—and I tend to agree—no professional photographer, no matter his or her background, would feel comfortable publishing this quality of work. And, well, the biggest complaint against him is that no professional photographer worth his or her salt would even produce this kind of work.

What do you think? Are we all being too hard on Klamar, or are these photos truly sub-par? Is there an impossibly high expectation when it comes to capturing the essence of world class Olympic athletes, or are these just run of the mill poorly executed shots? See the whole CBS News gallery of Klamar’s photographs here.

(photos: Joe Klamar)

(Solstice, via PetaPixel)

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Polaroid Announces the Zero Ink Z2300 Instant Digital Camera and a Free Giveaway

Polaroid has just announced the new Z2300, the latest offering in the company’s instant digital camera lineup. The 10-megapixel Z2300 features a 3-inch LCD screen and an integrated printer with Zero Ink (“ZINK”) Technology that lets you capture, edit and print full color, 2×3-inch prints in under a minute. Here’s how the ZINK Technology works: “The patented ZINK Paper® is an advanced composite material with cyan, yellow, and magenta dye crystals embedded inside. Before printing, the embedded dye crystals are clear, so the ZINK Paper looks like regular white photo paper. The Z2300 uses heat to activate and colorize these crystals, delivering clear, vibrant prints in less than a minute…The ZINK prints emerge fully developed and protected by a smudge-proof, water-resistant coating.” Neat. And there are a couple of printing style choices, including the iconic Polaroid Classic Border Logo or full bleed and contemporary 2×3-inch photos with a sticky back.

The Polaroid Z2300 camera is available for pre-order now for $159.99, with 50-packs of 2×3 premium ZINK Paper retailing for $24.99 and 30-sheet packs retailing for $14.99. Polaroid is also hosting a giveaway to allow fans the chance to get a free Z2300 before they hit shelves. Check out the sweepstakes rules at www.facebook.com/Polaroid.

(Polaroid)

 

 

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Nikon Announces New Superzoom and Standard Zoom Lenses

Nikon has just introduced two new NIKKOR lenses: the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR and the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR. The new superzoom 18-300mm offers Nikon’s longest focal range ever, expanding on two popular existing telephoto lenses in the NIKKOR lineup, the 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 and 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lenses. In addition to being a killer travel lens (assuming it’s actually as “surprisingly compact [and] lightweight” as Nikon claims), the 18-300mm is being marketed as a great lens for shooting HD video because the long focal range would allow for “wide establishing shots, medium close-up shots and extreme telephoto sequences when the users want to separate the subject from the background.”

The new, FX-format compatible NIKKOR 24-85mm lens is being billed as the go-to everyday Nikon shooter’s lens, with more range than the standard kit lens and built-in vibration reduction technology that recognizes and adjusts for tripod mounted shooting.

Both new NIKKOR lenses will be available at the end of the month, with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR priced at $999.95 and the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR priced at $599.95.

(Nikon)

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1923 Leica is the World’s Most Expensive Camera

Last week, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” became the most expensive work of art ever to sell at auction when it was sold at Sotheby’s for $119.9 million. Yesterday, we were exposed (photography pun alert!) to the world’s most expensive camera. Purchased by an anonymous European buyer, the above pictured 1923 0-series Leica (one of the first 31 cameras ever produced by Leica) went for a whopping $2.8 million. And we thought the Leica Hermés camera was pricey!

(tecca) (image via Westlicht Photographica Auction)

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Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS Camera was Made for Durability and Performance

Olympus today announced the latest offering in their longstanding tradition of waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof and dustproof compact cameras—the Tough TG-1 iHS. Built for durability, the TG-1 iHS is being billed as the toughest Tough model to date; it’s waterproof down to 40 feet, shockproof from drops of 6.6 feet or less, freezeproof down to 14 degrees (Fahrenheit), and can withstand being crushed under up to 220 pounds of weight. It features a 25-100mm, f/2.0-4.9 4x zoom lens, and with an available adapter ring ($19.99) you can add a waterproof fisheye ($119.99) or telephoto ($109.99) attachment.

The Tough TG-1 iHS is priced at $399.99, and while the camera body is rugged, a full underwater housing accessory will also be available for $309.99 in July.

(Olympus)

 

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