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The Uninvited Camera as Art

Last weekend, my mother held a reception in honor of my having gotten married. A little before the reception actually started, a good friend of my mother took what seemed like a thousand pictures of my wife and me with various other people who were there: My parents, my stepparents, my second cousin, and of course just the two of us — in countless configurations. Everything was posed as he told us where to stand and where to look and, in some cases, what to do with our arms. In contrast, the Tate Modern is now featuring an exhibit called Exposed, which is entirely filled with photographs that were taken without the subjects being aware of it at the time.

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Poking the Red Eye

In a great civilian uprising against — the Panopticonic Red Light Camera — those unblinking red eyes are being closed in the polling place by voter fury.

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The Whiteness of Technology

We are a nation of masks — we repress our true feelings and protect our basic being. On the surface, we claim we are all equal and that skin color doesn’t matter and that technology is agnostic, non-atavistic, non-discriminatory and non-evangelistic. Today, we have been forced to know better by peeking out from behind our masks to divine the reality before us.

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Covering the Austrian Panopticonic Eye

In London, two Austrians were detained because they were taking digital images of buses.  The police invoked “fighting terrorism” as the reason they required the deletion of the images from the tourists’ camera.

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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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The Canon D30, Digital Cameras, & Printing

by Mike Exner

Last week I picked up a new toy: The Canon D30 digital camera. I am having a lot of fun taking pictures. This camera is just awesome in what it can do and the quality of images is unreal. If you’re serious about taking pictures and have the means then this is the camera that I recommend.

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