photography

16 Camera Point and Shoot?

Light L16 Camera Concept

Light L16 Camera Concept

L16 camera combines 16 cameras into one small unit

A company called Light introduced a new type of camera this month that they say will offer the benefits of a DSLR in a pocket-sized camera. The camera, called the L16, packs 16 separate cameras with a wide variety of focal lengths into one compact unit. When you press the shutter release, several of 16 cameras (how many depends on the zoom you select) make a simultaneous image, and then merge them together into one high-resolution photo. Since the different cameras also shoot at different apertures, this allows you to actually change the depth of field after you take the picture.

It’s an interesting concept, and although I doubt that this particular camera will prove to be popular, it certainly gives us an idea of where cameras are headed in the future.

You can learn more about this camera on the company’s website.

– Dave Anderson

Great Price on Photoshop Elements

Photoshop Elements on Sale

We often mention Photoshop and its stripped-down Elements version in our APS classes. Actually, in many ways, Elements is not really stripped-down because it does have some special features that make it more automated than it’s big brother counterpart. While the full version is really designed for all types of graphic editing purposes, Elements is strictly for photography and is therefore easier to learn and use. It’s a simplified version of full-fledged Photoshop, yet is still very powerful and suits the needs of both beginners and aspiring amateurs. It is much more user-friendly while still offering a large number of tools.

Photoshop Elements 12 from B&H Photo

Photoshop Elements 12

For a limited time you can get the latest version, Photoshop Elements 12, for only $60 from B&H Photo.  This price includes shipping.

The Camera – Redefined

Lytro Redefines the Camera

In some of our Annapolis Photo School classes we have talked about new types of cameras that offer interesting and exciting possibilities for photography in the future. We have mentioned mirror-less DSLR cameras that have the potential to replace the traditional SLR style camera, but the most innovative system we discussed is the Lytro – a “light field” camera that you don’t need to focus because you can actually set the focus point AFTER you take the picture. Many of us have ruined what could have been a great image simply because our focus was off a bit.  With the Lytro, not only can you change what is in focus afterwards, you can also change depth-of-field after. Those who have taken our DSLR class will know what I mean by “depth-of-field”, but for those who may not, it essentially means controlling what is in focus in your image – foreground, background, or both. With a traditional camera, the photographer has to decide all of that before taking the picture and must set the camera appropriately. But with this new technology, you can decide all of that later.  Interesting, huh?

Original Lytro Camera

Original Lytro

The original Lytro was introduced two years ago and is basically a rectangle box that fits into your hand (see picture). Although you can change shutter speed and ISO settings, it is very much a “point and shoot”, with a lens on one end and an LCD screen on the other. Although very innovative technology, it has many limitations and produces relatively low resolution images. The LCD screen is also low-rez which sometimes makes it difficult to adequately see your image. I considered this first model to be just an introduction for better things to come, and it seems I was right.

Lytro has now made a gigantic leap in design and just introduced a completely new camera with significant improvements over that first step into this new technology. Besides adding a larger sensor with higher resolution, they changed the look and feel to more closely resemble a traditional camera – albeit with a sleek, modern take on the design. The camera includes a 30-250mm equivalent zoom lens, wi-fi, and even compatibility with an Android app. They also added a hot shoe to allow flash units for even more versatility.

Lytro Illum Camera

New Lytro Illum “Light Field” Camera

The Lytro Illum will be available for purchase in July for $1599, and can be pre-ordered now for $1499. If you have a couple of hundred dollars lying around and want to experiment, the original model can now be picked up for as little as $199 and Lytro will rebate that amount on the new model.

If you’re interested in learning more about this system, you can start by reading a summary on DPReview, or by visiting the Lytro website.

Although still pretty much in its infancy, this could be the one that really changes the course of camera history.

Two openings left for Sunday’s camera class!

Learning to Use a DSLR Camera

As of this writing, we still have 2 openings for this Sunday’s (April 27, 2014) “Learning to Use a DSLR” class. You can read more about current camera and photography classes and sign up here.

Also, please note that we are still offering a $30 off Introductory Special!

Past Students: Remember, you get $50 off the regular price of any future class! If you’re interested, just send me an email and let me know the class you want. I’ll then send an electronic invoice out to you right away.

Very few camera stores left in Maryland

Last month we posted on our Facebook page about the loss of yet another camera store in the DMV. Our friends at Service Photo in Baltimore wrote about this on their blog. Click here to read this interesting article from a camera store owner’s perspective.

Service Photo - BaltimoreThanks to Service Photo for supporting the Annapolis Photo School. All APS students get discount coupons for Service Photo!