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Lens reviews

"It's such a benefit for low light and for longer focal lengths. If you want an all-in-one then this is definately the lens to go for. Great for travelling as you only need to take one lens and don't have to worry about changing lenses in dirty conditions. Highly recommended." -- fergusmacdonald about the Nikkor 18-200 VR

The lens review database is continuing to grow and has become a great resource for anyone doing lens research. Check it out if you're thinking of buying a new lens. And please consider contributing a review if you own one of the lenses. Your fellow photographers will thank you for your generosity.

End of Summer

Well, it's September. In the U.S. it's Labor Day weekend, a tribute to the American worker and the symbolic end of Summer. So relax this weekend. Fire up the barbecue. Open a cold one. And if you happen to pick up your camera and shoot some of the good times, share them with us in the Photodoto discussion group. Have a great weekend!

The difference between taking and making

"To take photographs means to recognize---simultaneously and within a fraction of a second---both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis." -- Henri Cartier-Bresson

You've probably heard people say they make photographs. Maybe you thought nothing of it. But making a photograph is a distinctly different approach to photography than taking. Taking implies coming upon or discovering something, lying in wait, to grab or trap. When you take photos, you go into the world and you find scenes to capture. Making implies building a scene from parts. Creating something from nothing. Choosing which elements to include and which to exclude.


Photo statuettes

StatuetteMpix.com has a neat new product called photo statuettes. These aren't fully 3-dimensional statues but rather 1/8" thick cutouts that are then attached to a base so they stand up. You submit any photo and someone at Mpix digitally removes the background to create the statuette. That's why pricing is "per head" starting at $16. Pretty neat idea. I could see doing this for some of the dance photos I've taken.

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