Does it make sense to use point-and-shoot to describe a professional photographer? Don’t we typically associate the phrase with average consumer or amateur photographer?

The difference between a professional photographers and an amateur photographer isn’t necessarily the difference in technical skills. The key difference is that a professional photographer make a living from photography work but an amateur photographer treats it as a hobby and his or her life won’t be disrupted if there is no business.

Amateur photographers have time to tinker and have fun with the learning process, professional photographers don’t have time to mess around since time is money. They have bills to pay and family to support from their jobs. In professional photography studios, the photo-taking process is pretty much streamlined. Most of the time is spent on posing the people rather than adjusting the camera or light settings. Read More…

Posted in Miscellaneous on December 6th, 2009. 3 Comments.


This isn’t really new. It has been floating around since mid October on the internet. But after a well know gadget blog picked this up today, its popularity seems to have soared.  If you haven’t seen it, the following is a Youtube video showing you what can be done with a dozen Nikon Coolpix S1000pj digital cameras with built-in projector attached to the back of a boy.

If you cannot afford a dozen of them yet, you may be ok with the normal usage of the camera. Some examples are shown in the following video.

Posted in Miscellaneous on November 29th, 2009. No Comments.

How passionate are you about the brand of your DSLR camera? Topics such as Canon vs. Nikon can often lead to very heated debate at online forums. In real life, can a Canon boy mingle with a Nikon girl? Check out the following music video. 😉 Warning: May not be appropriate for workplace. Read More…

Posted in Miscellaneous on November 26th, 2009. No Comments.

If your are looking for deals on digital cameras or other photography gears, or you are simply going after some therapeutic effects of spending money (shopping therapy), there may be something you can do on the coming Friday.

You don’t have to wait until Thursday to buy local newspapers to get started. The deals were all “leaked” way ahead of the time. Typically I check out If you know what you are looking for, you can simply search for the item you want. Otherwise you can browse the categories (direct link to Digital Camera category).

Another good site is Some relevant categories are digital camerasmemory cards, and photo frames.

It is perhaps no longer a secret about most of the deals. The stores don’t have more than a few of them and there will be no rain checks. If you want to try your luck of scoring a great deal by standing in line before the door opens, you have my best wishes. If you are too lazy to get up early or just being smarter, you may already know that there are lots of hot deals online as well. Many online stores also have sells going on before and after the Black Friday. For example, Amazon Black Friday Deals starts on Monday, November 23, which is just a few hours away. If that’s too long to wait, their Today’s Deals in Camera and Photo is going on all the time.

Posted in Miscellaneous, Photography Deals on November 22nd, 2009. No Comments.

Windows 7 was officially released on Thursday October 22, 2009. I pre-ordered it from Amazon back in June when there was a promotion. Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium cost only $50 back then. Now it is $120.

Amazon was nice enough to send me the upgrade Yesterday, the official release day. I started the upgrade process last night. First I ran the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to make sure I didn’t have hardware or driver issues. In a few minutes I was notified that I was all OK except that I should uninstall a couple of applications such as Apple iTunes and VMWare Player then reinstall them after the Windows 7 upgrade. I did that. The upgrade process took quite a while to preserve my 750K+ files so I went to bed. By the morning it was all done. During upgrade, the installer told me that my computer would need to restart a few times. It was all done without me acknowledging it with a click.

Just like what I heard all along, the new Windows is nice. It is uncluttered, snappy, and user friendly. My softwares all appear working. The only thing I found not working is Nikon Capture NX 2. Somehow the software thought my installed version was an expired trial version. Not a problem, I just had to re-enter the license key. If you don’t have the license key, you may be in trouble. Even if you have backed up the files, the key is likely hidden in the Windows registry.

I had little time to play with it before I had to go for work. Unfortunately things turned ugly by the time I got back from work. I saw an unresponsive dark monitor screen. I tried to power off the computer by holding on the power button. It did power off. But I was not able to power it on again.

This may not have anything to do with Windows 7 upgrade. It looks like the power supply is dead.

I really want to get the computer up running again. It contains all the photos I have ever taken. I have backup copies of them on an external drive. However they are in an archive format that I cannot easily access.

Update: The problem was indeed caused by a dead power supply. Replacing the power supply wasn’t a challenge but it did cost me $50 and a trip to BestBuy. At the end, I think the upgrade is well worth it.

Posted in Miscellaneous, Other on October 23rd, 2009. No Comments.

Remember the iPhone/iPod Touch application My Eyes Only Photo we talked about a while ago? The application allows you to encrypt sensitive images to safe guard your privacy.

Today I saw an inspiring story on The Arizona Republic about how the application’s creator, Joe Michels, started his Plan B as he saw jobs disappeared at his former employer’s firm. After spending a few months worth of nights and weekends writing his first iPhone application, he succeeded. When the development team he had supervised at his former job was laid-off, and his old boss was on his way out, Joe already had his Plan B on a firm ground.

He thought he made the right decision to quit his job last Fall.

My Eyes Only Photo was his second iPhone application. It was released this summer at $3.99 (currently $1.99 at App Store). There isn’t an exact dollar figure to show us how well it does but sales right now “are enough to make a good living” according to Joe’s words in the article .

Posted in Inspiration, Miscellaneous on September 13th, 2009. No Comments.

A while ago, I made a list of movies about photography and photographer. I wanted to make a list of songs about photography but didn’t really get a chance to do so. Now I have found a good list at Photo District News (PDN).

The songs have links to Billboard pages and in many cases you can listen to the full length songs. Alternatively you can go to Amazon MP3 to listen to samples or download the songs for $0.99 each. Direct links can be found below.

Posted in Miscellaneous, Other on September 12th, 2009. 1 Comment.

On the same day eight years ago, the World Trade Center attacks forever changed the World. For known or unknown reasons, the attitude towards photographers from some public and law enforcement seemed to have become worse. Knowing your legal rights is very important to avoid running into troubles and handle unfortunate situations properly.

We have in the past compiled a list of legal resources for photographers. One new addition is Legal Rights of Photographers written by Andrew Kantor. It is a 8-page PDF document clearly showing you what is legal and what is not legal to take photos of, what you’d expect, how to get yourself prepared for various situations, and some references.

Posted in Legal issues, Miscellaneous on September 11th, 2009. 1 Comment.
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