Inspirations from Science Fiction

Elizabeth Case joins me this week as we talk about ideas from science fiction that have inspired us in our daily lives. Science fiction has been about “what happens if…” — but what we often forget is that it’s also about “what happens to people if…” We’d like to share some ideas from science fiction that inspired us in different ways — not always positive inspirations, to be sure, but inspirations that sent us in a (we hope) positive direction.  We […]

The Insanely Fast Nikon D500 Autofocus

I’ve used a variety of digital SLRs over the years in a seemingly endless quest to capture my daughters in action. Whether indoor sports (volleyball), nighttime marching band, or winter guard inside dimly lit gyms, I believed I fought for better low-light captures. Each camera body upgrade and better quality lens netted slightly better image quality in low light. I was so, so wrong about my photographic priorities. I wrote about the D500’s impressive ability to minimize noise in an […]

The Evolving Photographic Pipeline

Meaning People shoot literally billions of photographs each day. Whether they know it or not, people use some flavor of the photographic editing pipeline, whether it’s applying a simple Instagram filter or creating elaborate art from their photos in applications such as Photoshop. Eric, David, and I explore the photographic pipeline — its origins, where we are today, and how we might make it easier in the future, including a lively discussion about how using cameras can become easier. Tools […]

Going Home: the Nikon D500 DSLR

Welcome to Photography Week at Uncertainty. I’ve been writing about the cameras in my life for several months now, but decided to wrap up the series with two more camera stories, thoughts on photographic workflow, other photographic gear, and the new camera entering my life.  I’ve waxed a little poetic about the Nikon D300 I used for several years. So when Nikon announced the spiritual successor to the D500, I decided to return home. I’d been a Nikon user for […]

Photographic Holding Pattern: Olympus OM-D EM-1

Welcome to Photography Week at Uncertainty. I’ve been writing about the cameras in my life for several months now, but decided to wrap up the series with two more camera stories, thoughts on photographic workflow, other photographic gear, and the new camera entering my life.  As a tech geek, sometimes new technology appeals to my lizard brain more than practical sense. Sometimes, though, my interest in different tech lines up with the needs of the day. So it was when […]

Camera Gear and Gadgets

Welcome to Photography Week at Uncertainty. I’ve been writing about the cameras in my life for several months now, but decided to wrap up the series with two more camera stories, thoughts on photographic workflow, other photographic gear, and the new camera entering my life.  In addition to cameras and lenses, photographers use a lot of other gear. These include lighting equipment, camera bags, straps, software, and PC hardware. I’ll cover software and PC hardware for photography later; today is […]

My Camera Mistake: Nikon D600

Welcome to Photography Week at Uncertainty. I’ve been writing about the cameras in my life for several months now, but decided to wrap up the series with two more camera stories, thoughts on photographic workflow, other photographic gear, and the new camera entering my life.  File this under “it seemed like a good idea at the time”. In reality, it was nowhere near a good idea. I sold what’s arguably one of the best Nikon DSLRs of its day and […]

I Should Have Kept my Nikon D800

The Nikon D800 I owned turned out to be a perfect lesson about learning to be happy with what you have. The D800 is the camera I should have kept. I decided to make the leap to full-frame DSLRs with the Nikon D800. I’d been shooting with the Nikon D7000, an APS-C sensor body (Nikon calls them “DX format”) which I used extensively, but never really warmed up to much. The D800 offered amazing specs for the day: a 36mpixel sensor […]