September 19, 2016 Donald Scarinci

Nikon recently introduced several new entry-level products aimed at budding photographers, including its new D3400. While the DSLR is not as advanced as Nikon’s professional cameras, it offers a great introduction for In marketing the D3400, Nikon is clearly targeting casual photographers who tend to use their smartphones to take pictures most of the time and are looking to improve image quality. “Before the D3400, you chose your smartphone camera for convenience. Zooming was clumsy. Shooting in low light was nearly impossible. Capturing fast action was a game of luck. But after the D3400, you’ll see that you were compromising…

September 7, 2016 Donald Scarinci

Robert Mapplethorpe, known by music lovers for his relationship with Patti Smith in the 1970’s, had a profound impact on the art world in his short life. While his pictures once spurred protests and even prompted the arrest of one museum curator, his graphic depictions of sex and nudity are now displayed in the world’s fine art museums and sell at auctions for more than $300,000. This spring, HBO released a documentary retrospective entitled Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. The film coincides with exhibitions at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, both of which…

May 23, 2016 Donald Scarinci

What is the difference between Cannon 1DX Mark2 and Nikon D5? Nikon and Cannon both announced new full-frame flagship DSLRs this winter. Canon’s 1D X Mark II and the Nikon D5are both top of the line. However, there are a few key distinctions that are worth considering. To start, both DSLR’s are powered by new technology. The Canon 1D X Mark II features Dual Digic 6+ processors, while the D5 introduces Nikon’s new Expeed 5 engine. Key differences in specs Below are some other differences to consider: • Exposure metering sensor: The Cannon’s RGB metering sensor has a total of…

October 5, 2015 Donald Scarinci

Whether you use a Mac or Windows, your computer likely came with a very clear warning: “The color on the printed document may not match the color that you see on your monitor.” For photographers, the difference between what you see on the monitor and the images you print or post online can be significant. It can also be extremely frustrating to spend hours editing an image only to have the printed photo look nothing like you intended. The problem comes from the fact that standard settings for most monitors are extremely bright and often oversaturated. In addition, ambient light…

September 21, 2015 Donald Scarinci

Flickr is one of the most popular websites for posting and sharing photographs on the Internet. However, despite the application’s widespread popularity, many users are unaware of the full range of features web site offers. www.flickr.com Flickr allows users to upload up to 20 MB a month for free. If users want additional storage and features, the application offers an upgraded Pro Account for only $25/year. To get started, simply create a profile and upload pictures using a web browser on your computer or directly from a camera phone using email. Last year, Flickr also introduced…

August 24, 2015 Donald Scarinci

Every summer, photographers from all over the world gather in a small city in the south of France. They go to attend a photography festival known as the Rencontres d’Arles (formerly known as the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles). Arles photographer Lucien Clergue, author Michel Tournier, and historian Jean-Maurice Rouquette first organized the festival in 1970, and it has since grown into one of the most unique and influential yearly exhibitions in the photography world. Because the Rencontres d’Arles has a policy of featuring almost exclusively new work, it is known for displaying groundbreaking work and launching careers. Every…

August 10, 2015 Donald Scarinci

Thanks to technology, you can click on basically any image on the Internet and download it to your computer. However, that does not mean you have permission to repost that image on your own website. Many bloggers (even lawyers) fail to consider copyright law when posting images online. A Washington, D.C. patent attorney recently paid $8,000 to settle allegations that he used copyrighted stock images without authorization. According to the National Law Journal, image-licensing company Masterfile Corp. initially filed suit in September, seeking $150,000 in damages for two instances of willful copyright infringement. Attorney Jerry Joseph allegedly used two of…

February 2, 2015 Donald Scarinci

Understanding Exposure, by Bryan Peterson is a classic “must read” for every serious beginning photographer. The latest edition of the book is now available in hardcover. As on line classes became popular, Bryan Peterson started the Picture Perfect School of Photography (PPSOP). Without doubt it is one of the best online photography schools on the internet. Its founder, Peterson brings more than 30 years of professional photography and teaching experience to his classes. His instructors teach with the same clarity that Peterson uses in his books that have made him so popular. While there are a variety of YouTube videos…

January 19, 2015 Donald Scarinci

Many states have old, outdated laws on the books as lawyers in New Jersey can attest. While hundreds of new thousands of state and federal statutes are enacted every year, lawmakers are notoriously bad at spring cleaning, when it comes to outdated laws. While clarifying and modernizing our statutes is serious work, photographer Olivia Locher reveals that it is also fun to celebrate their absurdity. She satirizes the most outlandish and outdated laws from across the country in an ongoing photo series, I Fought the Law. According to Locher, the idea for the series sprung from her discovery that it…

October 13, 2014 Donald Scarinci

What if Edward Hopper had used a camera rather than a paintbrush? A new exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art explores this exact question by pairing Hopper’s paintings from the museum’s permanent collection with the work of contemporary photographers. Edward Hopper, an American realist painter, is known for his use of light and shadow to create mood. While his paintings depict everyday American life in the 1920s through 1960s, they are anything but ordinary. Through the use of light, shapes, and angles, he conveys great beauty and deep emotion. “Nighthawks,” one of his most famous paintings, depicts customers…