BLACK AND WHITE OR COLOR?

As I read from other photographers about whether they should make a photo black and white or color, I think that maybe they overdo it a bit in the black and white option.

To me, black and white is not something that looks good as an everyday photo. I love to take pictures of old barns, or something that looks old, and make it look black and white. The two photos above are a perfect example. I found this old run down farm yard in a very old town, and created it both ways. And to me, this is a perfect example of what should be in black and white.

However, referring back to some of the photos that have won the annual “ART OF BLACK AND WHITE” Series (see: https://123photogo.com/gallery-end-of-2020/ ) there are many photos that qualify for black and white, IF done with the right amount of contrast and feeling.

This is one of those photos in the Gallery on my main page here. And notice the mood of the photo.

Here is how I feel you could or should do a black and white photo over color: IF IT LOOKS BETTER IN BLACK AND WHITE, THEN DO IT. IF IT LOOKS AS GOOD IN BLACK AND WHITE AS COLOR, THEN DO IT, AND LET THE VIEWERS DECIDE WHICH ONE THEY WANT TO PAY FOR.

I found another photographer on YouTube that talks about color vs. black and white. Please watch this video and then give me your feedback below.

A great video about “black and white vs. color”

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There’s a new “Big 3” in mirrorless cameras!

In Japan, OM Digital has leapfrogged Nikon and Fuji to join Sony and Canon as the “big three” in mirrorless cameras.

Now, I have owned Olympus before, and so I am not upset to see this, but, to overpass the 2 big ones: Nikon and Fuji, comes as a shock to me. I am also very fond of all these camera brands. I may have mentioned in a previous blog, that I have owned every major brand of SLR camera on the market while I was working in a Photo Store. And Olympus was one of my favorites, for sure.

As reported in Digital camera World:

The latest year-end report from Japan has revealed that OM Digital Solutions – new owner of the Olympus brand – has joined Sony and Canon as the “big three” in mirrorless cameras. 

Sony increased its first place share, with 32% of the market (up from 27.44% last year), while Canon likewise grew its second place position to 28.2% (from 23.78%). And making its debut, with the third-biggest share of the mirrorless camera market, was OM Digital Solutions with 12.7%.

There is, of course, more to this story than meets the eye. OM Digital purchase the struggling imaging division from Olympus, which last year held almost double the market share at 23.37%. So in that sense, OM Digital has seen an enormous drop.

However, the fact that the new ownership has maintained a lead over giants like Fujifilm and Nikon – despite a year that saw the turmoil of ownership transferral, negative speculation from the trade and press, and minimal product launches – is nonetheless a remarkable achievement. The question is, will the downward trend continue this year, or will the upcoming new OM System camera mark the dawn of a new era?

Canon is still (mostly) king

The rest of the report, from BCN Retail – which monitors point of sale data from some 40% of Japanese retailers, including the specialist camera chains – paints a mostly unsurprising picture with Canon at the top of the tree. 

When it comes to DSLRs, Canon firmly rules the roost with 59.8% market share (up from 51.91%), Nikon coming in second with 33.9% (down from 44.78%) and Ricoh (manufacturer of Pentax cameras) a very distant third, but with an increased 5.8% (up from 3% last year).

Canon also holds serve in the fixed lens camera category at 34.01% (down from 39.08%), followed by Sony at 23.1% (down from 19.65%) and Fujifilm at 11.6% (down from 11.41%).

Canon also sold more lenses than any other manufacturer, though its share dropped  slightly to 34.01% (from 39.08%), with Sony increasing its slice of the pie to 23.1% (up from 19.65%) and Fujifilm also making a minor gain at 11.6% (from 11.41%).

When it comes to video cameras, though, Canon is nowhere to be seen. The sector is ruled by the iron fist of Panasonic, which grew its already huge share from the previous year (32.17%) to an enormous 43.6%, eating into Sony’s second-place space of 26.3% (down from 37.27%), while DJI claimed its first ever noted share of 11.2%.

Special thanks to Digital Camera World for providing us with this information. I find it very useful and valuable to get this kind of information from a reliable source.

It will be interesting to see how the top cameras in the market react to different types of marketing in the next year or two. All of these manufactures are desperate to capture a big market in the photo world, and we intend to stay on top of it.

I do find it reassuring that whatever brand you pick for your camera is going to be something valuable to you. And I hope many more wonderful years of photo work.

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camera-brands

So many different camera brands out there, which one is the best? I have gone through this once before, and I love going over this again.

As you may know from my background, that I come from a retail outlet that sold cameras for over 20 years. And the question you have to ask yourself, and I told this to many of my clients: “If one camera is so good, why are there so many to choose from?”

I want to show you something interesting that I just found out. What are the top cameras in the United States? Here they are:

  • Canon.
  • Nikon.
  • Sony.
  • Fujifilm.
  • Panasonic.
  • Olympus.
  • Leica.
  • GoPro.

GoPro? Really? That makes it into the top 8 cameras here in the United States. Am I surprised? No, not really. There are a lot of people who use this camera brand because this country has a lot of “Adventure loving People” who want to record or take photos of their journey’s in the great outdoors.

Now, check this out: What are the top cameras in Japan? The place where they were all designed:

Japan’s favorite camera brand isn’t Canon. It isn’t Nikon. It isn’t Sony, or Olympus or Fujifilm. No, Japan’s favorite camera brand is Pentax / Ricoh. 

That’s according to the latest results in a survey being conducted by IT Media, asking Japanese consumers to choose their favorite digital camera maker. And despite the Best Pentax Cameras all being DSLRs, and facing quite a technological disparity compared to the likes of the best Canon Cameras and Best Sony Cameras, that hasn’t stopped Ricoh being Japan’s most beloved brand in the camera industry. 

Just a note: Any word in red is a link to find out more about that product. Just click on the words in red, and you will be redirected to a website that shows this product in detail.

The survey (spotted by Pentax Rumors) still has another ten days to run, closing on 27 May, but so far the results are pretty eye-opening. Almost a quarter of Japanese users say that Pentax / Ricoh is their favorite brand, with nearly a fifth pledging allegiance to Nikon. 

1Pentax / Ricoh24%
2Nikon19.8%
3Canon13.7%
4Sony13.6%
5Olympus10.2%
6Fujifilm9.6%
7Panasonic4.9%
8Sigma2.2%
9Leica1.5%
10Other0.3%
11Hasselblad0.2%
The top 11 cameras most loved in Japan

So, why are there still so many brands out there, when it is obvious, that people have their own favorite? The camera manufactures that are still left making cameras, are all good cameras. When someone came in to buy a camera from me, I didn’t try to sell them the one that made the most commission, I tried to sell them the one that they would be the most comfortable with, one that works with their hands, one that they can understand. To prove that all camera are good cameras, I have personally owned : Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Rollei, Pentax, and Olympus. And I liked them all. The one that I really fell in love with was the Minolta, because it was a special edition, and they made it in White, and they even made a couple of lenses with a white casing as well. It got noticed. And it took great photos as well.

So, the conclusion of this is: All cameras are good. Try them out, and see which one works best for you. How does it feel to you? And don’t let anybody talk you out of the one you like. Go into a photo store on your own. but, do a little research so you don’t get a “sticker price” shock.

What is the best cell phone camera for photography:

The best camera phones are pushing the boundaries of technology and are often capable of delivering better results than the ‘proper’ camera in your kit bag. As screens get larger, camera phone sensors get more advanced and chipsets get more powerful, it can be tricky to keep track of the latest and greatest handsets. Luckily, we’ve rounded up the best for you right here.

The best camera phones don’t just deliver pure power – they’re also a perfect package of convenience, with countless apps at your fingertips. However, one of the most impressive aspects of these handsets is their megapixel count. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has an impressive 108MP sensor – a megapixel count that most of the best professional cameras are nowhere near!

However, the S21 Ultra isn’t an outlier. Beefy sensors are becoming the norm for flagship phones, with most of the camera phones on this list featuring large megapixel counts. While the best camera phones aren’t yet able to beat the best DSLRs or the best mirrorless cameras for image quality, the technology is moving so quickly that it almost feels like it’s only a matter of time.

1. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

If you’re looking for the best camera phone, look no further

Release date: January 2021 | Rear cameras: 108MP f/1.8, 10MP f/2.4, 10MP f/4.9, 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide | Front camera: 40MP | OIS: Yes | Weight: 227 g | Dimensions: 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm | Storage: 128/256/512GB

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review - Pocket-lint
Samsung S21Ultra 5G – The phone with the best photography lenses, and features of any cell phone.

Here are some links to check out the products mentioned today:

FLOWERS: WHICH STYLE OF PHOTOS DO YOU LIKE?

2 different ways to take photos of flowers!  Which way do you like?

 

I am seeing two different ways of photographing flowers.  I would like to take a poll to see which way you like to see your flower photos.    Both are correct, it’s just a matter of which one you like the most.  I think there seems to be a trend one way or the other.  Let’s see which flower photo you like the most:

 

FLOWER #1:

flower 1

Do you like the way or style this photo is taken of this flower?

 

FLOWER #2:

flower 2

Do you like the way or style of how this photo was taken of this flower?

 

Can you see there is totally 2 different styles of photos in the way the photographer took these photos?  Which way do you like the best?

Please leave a comment below, just by saying #1 or #2 or even leave a comment if you like.

Results will be published next Wednesday, July 4th, 2018.