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Friday Grab Bag

British Metropolitan Police anti-terrorism campaign“There’s a great deal of paranoia around but the police are on alert for anything that vaguely resembles terrorism. It’s difficult because the more professional a photographer, paradoxically, the more likely they are to be stopped or questioned. If people were using photos for terrorism purposes they would be using the smallest camera possible.” Read on at BBC News

In other anti-photographer news: Stadium Visitor Told To Hit Delete Button.

Digital Photography School explains why you should set up a photo blog.

Photographer Rob Goldman organized a photo exhibition by and about the homeless while volunteering at a shelter. “I don’t propose to have any answers; that’s the beauty of art,” Goldman says. But perhaps the show, he adds, will “force people to look at their own questions and see if the solution can begin.” Read more and watch the video at Newsday.com

Your contest ideas wanted

I’m planning on running a contest in the next couple of weeks here at Photodoto.com. Besides everlasting fame and glory I’d like to give actual prizes to the winners as well. So far though, I only have some vague ideas about the format of the contest and what the actual prizes may be. This is where you come in.

I’d like to find out what you’d like in a contest. Please share your ideas in the comments about contest format, possible themes, judging, prize suggestions and anything else you can think of. Is it just a photo competition or something else photography related? Should we allow photos from the archives or only new photos? How should winners be selected? Skill or chance? Should there be a judging committee or some kind of open voting? Is there a theme? Should we have contests regularly?

Please share your thoughts in the comments. Thanks!

Compact Camera It Is, But Which One?

So the consensus seems to be that I should spend my money on a compact camera. Which is a consensus I am quite happy to go along with. The problem is that, as is often the case, answering one question has led to another. Namely, which compact camera should I buy?

I’ve done a little research into cameras in my price range ($150-$300) and this is a brief summary of what I’ve found:

Camera Optical Zoom Shutter Speed Aperture Price (est.)
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC E90 3x 1 – 1/1600 sec 2.8(W) 5.2 (T) $220
Casio Exilim EXZ100 4x 2.6 (W) 5.8 (T) $280
Samsung i8 3x 1~1/2000 sec 3.5 (W) 4.5 (T) $200
Panasonic DMC-TZ4S 10x 8 – 1/2,000 sec 3.3 (W) 4.9 (T) $280
Canon Powershot A590 IS 4x 15-1/2000 sec 2.6 (W) 5.5 (T) $180
Nikon Coolpix S550 5x $230

I didn’t include megapixels because all of them have at least 7MP, the blank spaces in the table are bits of information the manufacturer’s website didn’t provide (or at least not where I could find it).

Out of this lot the Panasonic appeals to me because of it’s large optical zoom but it’s at the top end of my price range and the Canon, which sits at the bottom of the price scale, looks like great value especially considering this isn’t going to be my primary camera. I’m not quite ready to part with my cash yet so leave a comment and tell me which compact (in the $150-$300 price range) you think I should go for and why. Although I’ve just read a review of the Sigma DP1 so maybe I need to keep saving and aim for that!

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