TWiP #201 – Flashpoint

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This week on TWiP: Women Photoshopped out of a White House photo, Jason Groupp sets a world record in photography, getting the most out of your digital sensor, and Panasonic releases the new DMC-G3.

Hosts: Alex Lindsay with Joseph Linaschke, Jason Groupp, and Bruce Clarke.

NEWS & DISCUSSION
Women Removed From Iconic Bin Laden Photo
Hasidic newspaper Der Tzitung has a standard policy of not publishing any photos of women so when they printed the iconic image released by the White House showing President Obama and his staff in the Situation Room as the raid on bin Laden unfolded, the paper Photoshopped out the two women in the room – including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Joseph wonders what the paper would’ve done if Hilary was president! On a serious note, he says that news is news and when you manipulate a image like this, you are going against the accepted standards of photojournalism. Alex notes that the White House released the photo with the condition that the photo “may not be manipulated in any way”. He also says this emphasizes just how prevalent (and convincing) photo editing can be these days.

Jason Groupp’s World Record for Using the Most Flashes in a Photo
One of our co-hosts, Jason Groupp, recently set a world record by using 300 small strobes in a group portrait at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Getting into Guinness had been a lifelong dream of Jason’s. Two of the most interesting challenges to work out were finding a way to prove to the official from Guinness who insisted on photographic proof that all the strobes fired and then, after the shoot, handling all the criticism online from people who complained that the photo was more an image of the flashes themselves instead of a photo illuminated by them. Check out some of Jason’s photos here. By the way, Jason also wanted to point out that RadioPopper wired the receivers to a unique frequency so passersby couldn’t trigger them.

Panasonic DMC-G3 Offers Touchscreen Focusing
Panasonic’s newest Micro Four Thirds camera has all the bells and whistles you find in a lot of cameras these days like HD video, but it offers something unseen in DSLR: the ability to choose a focus point by touching the LCD screen. Bruce and Joseph are already used to selecting a focus point on their iPhone LCDs so they see this functionality having its place, especially when having to hold the camera overhead to get above crowds. Joseph also likes this kind of functionality for macro photography especially when the camera is all locked down on a tripod.

Proof That Multiples of 160 ISO Work Best on Canon DSLRs
Photographer Andrew Schär wanted to test the Technicolor guideline that ISOs in multiples of 160 produce the least noise so he shot video at multiple settings on his Canon 60D and published the results on Vimeo. His findings: besides multiples of 160 being best, the surprising result was he found that was that ISO 640 has about as much noise as ISO 100 and that it seems “ISO multiples of 125 are specifically bad. ISO 1250 is pretty much comparable to ISO 125!” Jason doesn’t see this kind of behavior so much with stills, but definitely with video. Alex theorizes this is happening because the camera is creating incremental ISOs by shifting gain up or down from the native ISOs of 100, 200, 400, etc. at the sacrifice of dynamic range.

Man Accidentally Captures Man Proposing to Girlfriend in Time-lapse Sequence
Videographer Michael Justin Porco was experimenting with time lapse photography of Bethesda Fountain in Central Park in New York City, but only captured 10 frames (spaced 5 seconds apart) before it started to rain. At home he reviewed his photos and he was in awe to discover he had accidentally captured a sequence of images showing a man proposing to his girlfriend. Porco has asked the power and reach of Facebook and Twitter to help find the mystery couple so that he can give them these once-in-a-lifetime images – so do your part to find them! Alex, a huge time-lapse fan, loves this story.

World Cleanup 2012
We also wanted to give a shout out to the World Cleanup 2012 Campaign. They contacted us to say they are looking for photographers to help record littering around the globe so an accurate map can be generated prior to the cleanup efforts. They are looking for both regional editors and photographers all over the world. More info can be found at: letsdoitworld.org.

TIPS OF THE WEEK
We’ve suffered some growing pains with our forums so we’ve temporarily taken them down until we find a replacement solution. Until we get that back up and running, we are bringing back our Tip of the Week feature.

Tip #1 – Jason: Shoot a lot! Instead of just talking about shooting, go out and create photos to get better and better.

Tip #2 – Alex: Process and rate your images quickly so you can learn from how you shot them and so you can do something with your photos while they are fresh in your mind.

Tip #3 – Joseph: For people new to DSLRs: experiment with the semi-auto, preset modes in your camera like “Sports”, “Portrait”, etc. and then study the settings that the camera chooses so you have a starting point to try on your own.

Tip #4 – Bruce: If you are shooting away from home, know what rental store or colleague you can turn to at your destination in case something goes wrong with your gear.

PICKS OF THE WEEK
Joseph: DIYPhotography.net: a great site that gives you DIY tips on creating your own photographic gear workarounds like how to use a Pringles can diffuser!

Bruce: Motibodo: a software and keyboard combination that replaces all the sliders in Lightroom or Photoshop with keyboard actions. Using Motibodo reduced by 50% the time Bruce spent on post-processing his last project. Bruce also wanted to recommend the new Kelby Training iPad app.

Jason: The book How to get Ideas by Jack Foster.

Alex: The Glif tripod mount and stand for the iPhone 4.

WRAP UP
Follow us on twitter.com/ThisWeekInPhoto
Join the Flickr critique group. You can also join our Facebook group.

Joseph: ApertureExpert.com or twitter.com/apertureexpert

Jason: jasongroupp.com

Bruce: momentsindigital.com or twitter.com/bruceclarke

Alex: twitter.com/alexlindsay

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Producer: Suzanne Llewellyn
Show notes by Ernest Aguayo: twitter.com/aguayophoto or www.aguayophoto.com
Photo above by Jorge Mejîa Peralta
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Intro Music by Scott Cannizzaro

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