Sin City vs. Smartphones

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Vegas is a visually captivating place in many different ways. From people to architecture to gardens and stunning fountains, there is so much to take in and plenty of things to capture with your camera.

I set out one night during CES 2014 to capture images around the Strip in Vegas with the Sony A7R and Sonnar T* 55mm f/1.8 ZA lens. After walking a short distance from my hotel room, I couldn’t get past the sheer number of people consumed by their smartphones. Some people were taking photos with their phones; however, there were so many others just locked into consuming Facebook, texting or whatever might be entertaining on their phones.

While you will see behavior like this nearly everywhere in the world, the juxtaposition against the backdrop of Vegas was too much to ignore. As a result, I spent a good bit of my evening capturing images of people in front of the magnificent scenes or highly social settings while engrossed in a small LCD screen in the palm of their hand. [Read more...]

CES 2013 Recap Video

CES 2013 was certainly too big for one person to cover everything. However, there are a ton of awesome things that a single person can see in a few short days.

I still have a few posts of product hands-on and new gear first looks to publish over the next few weeks. I was going through some of my video clips this weekend and decided to put together the recap video you see above. Every time I go to one of these shows, I always wish I had shot more footage.

What you see in this little 2+ minute video is only a fraction of all the gadgetry that’s at CES but, hopefully, you’ll get a little glimpse of what some of the photo and video gear presence was like at CES 2013. As always, Canon, Nikon and Sony had big and busy booths that were packed with reps and onlookers everyday of the show.

There are some other cool things that aren’t necessarily photo-related in there (e.g., AR.Drones, the Rocksmith video game that lets you play a real guitar on your Xbox or PS3, Sony’s waterproof Xperia Z phone, etc.), but I found myself ‘wowed’ by them.

If you’ve got any questions about something you see in the video, feel free to ask and I’ll do my best to dish out all the info I’ve got. Photography Bay’s CES 2013 coverage thus far can be found here.

Boris Continuum Complete 8 for Sony Vegas Pro Now Available

Boris Continuum Complete 8

Sony Vegas Pro editors can now get Boris Continuum Complete 8 to add onto Vegas Pro versions 10 and 11.  All BCC filters take advantage of either multi-processing or OpenGL acceleration.  The BCC 8 package retails for $995, but is now available at an introductory price $595.  Upgrades from prior BCC software is $295. [Read more...]

PMA Event is Now Called CliQ

PMA has rebranded its annual photo tradeshow event as CliQ.  So, we’ll be referring to what was previously known as “PMA 2011″ as “CliQ 2011″ going forward – although, you’ll have to excuse me if I mess up the letter casing on CliQ from time to time.  (They don’t really think of the editors at the keyboard, do they?)

I think Jeff Revell over at PhotoWalkPro has a pretty good perspective on this rebranding, which is worth a read if you’re interested in the nuts and bolts of this type of thing.

For those looking for the official line, you can read the press release below. [Read more...]

CES 2011 Camera and Photo Gear Report

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LIVE UPDATE:  Growing list of announced cameras and accessories below.

The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show takes place January 6-9 in Las Vegas.  While the show is massive, encompassing everything from video games to car tech to household appliances, there are a number of cameras and other photo products unveiled during or around the event each year. [Read more...]

PMA 2011 Gets Pushed to 3rd Quarter, Back to Vegas

There’s no doubt that PMA 2010 was a bit of a disappointment, particularly with the Anaheim venue, Canon’s absence, and some overshadowing by CES.  Something had to give.  And, well, it did.

According to PMA, industry buying cycles and technology developments have driven the show to a September date instead of residing in the post-holiday and post-CES season. As a result, PMA 2011 will take place from September 8-10, 2011.  And, better still, it’s back at the Las Vegas Convention Center. I’ll be there with bells on.

It will be interesting to see the impact on other photo trade shows around the same time of year, such as PDN Photo Plus on the East Coast.  No word though on what happens in 2012, which would put a September PMA dangerously close to Photokina.

The full press announcement is below. [Read more...]