Author Archives: Guy Lerner

Digital Divergence

by Guy Lerner

The camera is becoming almost incidental in the photo-making process. But don’t go throwing away your cameras quite yet – you’ll still need them for the first part of the job, getting the photo. After that, well, that depends on what you aspire to in the brave new world of digital photography, but chances are your camera won’t be of much else use.

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Sydney's Boom's a Bust

by Guy Lerner

I live in a little sleeper town in Australia called Sydney. At least, that’s what it was a few short decades ago. Today it’s considered one of the world’s fastest-growing conglomerations of human wealth.

Citizen’s Revolt
The transformation, for most Sydneysiders, has been remarkable, but then again, they only need look at themselves to know how they got their city in this big old mess in the first place. Like rabid dogs to a helpless rabbit, they’ve attacked the precious foreshores of their famous harbor with such vigor that the fact that anything is left at all for Joe Public to enjoy is a small miracle in itself.

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Digital Resolution: Can Less Be More?

by Guy Lerner

Most people buying digital cameras for the first time are lured by the numbers game. For them, the more megapixels, the better the camera. But not all pixels are created equal.

Unlike most things digital, when you’re talking pixels, smaller is not necessarily better. Pixels used by imaging sensors (the light-recording components found in most digital cameras) vary in size from one manufacturer to another and from camera to camera. I’m no scientist, but it makes sense that pixels used to convert light information coming from a lens would perform better if they had a larger surface area to capture as much light as possible. Put another way, given the same number of pixels on an imaging sensor, the sensor with the larger individual pixels will record more light information – and be able to produce higher-quality digital images – than the one with the smaller pixels.

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The Old New Face of Photography

by Guy Lerner

Listen up photo buffs: digital is here, it’s here to stay, and film is dead.

Don’t take my word for it, check out the facts: digital cameras are outselling film cameras by over two to one. That means two dads bought their kids a digital camera for Christmas for every one dad that shelled out tom for film.

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Crossing of the Lines

by Guy Lerner

In this time of contrast and conflict, where experiences that repulse and rejoice live side by side, the lines that keep right and wrong apart are dangerously entangled. Never has this been clearer than in the days and weeks following the senseless acts of violence by man on man in New York last September.

This may read to you like rehashed sentiment, but I’m not talking about the evils of terrorism or the heroism of the millions who revolted, united, against it. What I saw was hardly sensational; it didn’t make any headlines, wasn’t cited as a crime against humanity, barely fuelled a protest. But it was real all the same.

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