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Flickr photo uploads by camera model

Over the past several months, I’ve been sampling the EXIF data of Flickr photo uploads. The Flickr API provides access to the EXIF data of all public photos uploaded to Flickr. Throughout the day, the EXIF data of recent uploads was sampled at a rate of about 9,600 photos per day. That’s approximately 1-2% of Flickr’s total daily upload volume. (Continue reading to see the chart.)

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Canon vs. Nikon

I’ve seen this debate come up a lot. Of course, it’s been rearing its head for a long time and will continue to do so far into the future, but it seems like I’ve been seeing more of it lately. Most people are pretty light-hearted when they talk about it. But almost everyone has at least some loyalty to the brand they’ve chosen. Partly it’s because cameras and lenses aren’t cheap and people have a psychological need to justify large purchases. Partly it’s about belonging to a “club.” There are a lot of factors.

My point of view is this: it’s a tool. I don’t much care what brand it is. The brand certainly doesn’t help me make photos. The brand doesn’t aid me in composition or help me see the world in a 4:6 ratio. I bought Nikon because the price/performance at the time I bought my original D70 (not the “s”) was better and the Rebel is too small for my hands. They both make excellent lenses and bodies. Both companies make equipment that far exceeds the ability level of 99% of their owners. Even though I have some money invested in Nikon glass, I’d switch without hesitation if I was looking to upgrade and Nikon equipment started to suck.

Anyway, I don’t mean to rant, but brand worship in general (and it isn’t restricted to just camera equipment) boggles me.

Thank you Photodoto!

Thank you Photodoto!
Thank you Photodoto!, originally uploaded by J. Star.

J. Star was one of the many participants in the Summer 2006 Photo contest. J. Star sends us this photo showing off a shiny new Sigma 10-20 wide-angle lens bought with the help of the B&H gift card prize. Don’t kick yourself too hard if you didn’t enter this time. There will be another opportunity soon!

Photos posted in this category are selected from the contributions of members of the Photodoto discussion group at Flickr.com.

Weekend assignment August 4, 2006: Ice cream!

Well, it’s our first weekend in August and it is hot! It’s like Africa hot. Tarzan couldn’t take this kind of hot. So I thought it would be fun to have a weekend assignment that would not only be fun, it’ll help keep you cool, too. This weekend, we’re going to shoot food. Specifically, ice cream. There are a lot of ways you can approach this subject. One way is as a still life. Most food photography you find in magazines or on restaurant menus falls in this category. Check out Still Life With… for a great source of inspiration. Another approach is to photograph people enjoying food. These types of photos typically have a more candid feel (if not actually candid) and are full of life.

Ice cream. 1/60s @ f/7.1
Ice cream. 1/60s @ f/7.1

However you decide to approach it, have fun with it and please share your results with the rest of us in the Photodoto discussion group.

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