Welcome to episode 41 of The Circle of Confusion, the professional photography podcast.
For this week’s episode, we are down to two again as Peter is away in Iceland, so we can make fun of him again.
What do we talk about? Canon have another problem with their cameras and AF points. The Lego camera by Cary Norton. Yes, a camera made out of lego bricks. Yet again more problems with the Olympics and cameras. It just keeps getting worse and worse. Scientists have developed a method for authenticating digital images by analyzing ‘noise’. Roger finds the new Leica M10, or is it?
We talk about The Zack Rant. Zack Arias has a major problem, as do many others, with the “system” recommended by David Jay for starting a new photography business.
And we finally get some audio from Peter from a workshop here in Ireland.
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Canon and what the AF Point problem ?
It has come to the attention of Canon that some people are not happy with the new black AF points because they are finding it hard to see which point is in use under dark conditions. On the old 1D, the AF point turned red to indicate which point was being used. Canon is saying that a a solution coming that may not be ideal for everyone. We don’t know the time frame for the update release yet.
Cary Norton built himself a camera made out of Lego bricks called The Legotron. It started back in 2009 with a blog post. As he says himself.. It’s best you just jump over to his blog here and read the full story.
The Olympic Problem
The problem we reported about bringing your BIG digital camera to the Olympics has taken another turn. Now it seems that certain venues will prohibit any kind of professional-style camera, which means any DSLR, as well as mirrorless, compact interchangeable len cameras for all manufactures. And worse still, it is unclear whether the security guards, which they have only 4,000 of the needed 13,700 in place, will receive proper training less than two week before the games begin.
Authenticating Digital Images
Scientist Siwei Lyu from University of Albany Computer Science has identified a new way of using ‘noise’ to authenticate digital photography. Siwei Lyu says, “Whenever a photo is manipulated digitally, the underlying characteristics of the image pixels are disturbed in a way that they become unnatural. Though human eyes may not be able to detect such subtle changes, they can be readily picked up by computer algorithms. The techniques developed aim to make sure that more significant manipulations can be detected.”
The new Leica M10 ?
Is this the new Leica M10 spotted out and about over on the Leica-Rumors website? It does look different from any of the other M series digital out at the moment, and what about the way the person is holding the camera ?
The Zack Rant
Taken from Zack’s blog:
Recently a guy made a web site touting a top ten list of things you can do to help start your photography career. I’m going on a rant and it’ll be the last one for awhile. If you care to read it, hit “more”. If not, no worries. I need to get this out of my “system” and then I should be good to go.
So this guy makes a top 10 list for starting a photography business. Sound like a joke? Good. Because it is.
Go get him Zack, we’re on your side.
Here is the Zack Arias video “Transform” Roger was talking about so you don’t have to lease us alone.
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