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22 July 2016

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at the price of cameras, most popular gear and settings, a Sony for the theater and an introduction to metadata.

  • Derrick Story confesses Even My New Camera Is Used after buying an Olympus Tough TG-4 at the company's outlet store. But even at $230, he hesitated. Why? "It's the darn film camera thing. I tell you," he writes. Film cameras are going for $50-$75 these days.
  • ExploreCams has published an infographic analyzing the Exif data (using Phil Harvey's ExifTool) of 6,412,983 photos taken so far this year which have been posted on Flickr, 500px and Pixabay, among other sharing sites. The report lists the most popular cameras, lenses, camera settings (ISO 100 on Auto) and focal lengths (Other).
  • Shooting theater (and concerts) is not for the faint of heart but Kirk Tuck got some great shots with two different Sony models. Low noise and zoom were the two features he most appreciated in the RX10 III.
  • The Getty Research Institute has updated its Introduction to Metadata, available free online. Marissa Clifford and Melissa Gil provide An Intro to 'Intro to Metadata' to get you started. The Exif header of your image files and the keywords in your catalog are metadata but this work explores the role of metadata in preserving our cultural heritage, with a chapter on rights metadata, that's worth a peek.

More to come (although much later today as we escape the bunker for a few hours)! Meanwhile, please support our efforts...

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