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Monthly Archives: September 2008

See us and be seen – looks like we have more than a dozen UGA photojournalism students heading to the Flying Short Course stop in Boiling Springs, N.C., on Friday. Look for us there and say hello.

Flying Short Course schedule, for those heading there …

  • 7:30 a.m. Registration opens
  • 8:00 a.m. Exhibits open
  • 8:30 a.m. Welcome
  • 8:40 a.m. John Harrington
  • 10:25 a.m. Break
  • 10:45 a.m. Regina McCombs
  • 12:15 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:15 p.m. Kelly Jordan
  • 2:45 p.m. Dave Honl
  • 4:15 p.m. Break
  • 4:35 p.m. Jeff Siner
  • 5:55 p.m. Sessions End
  • 6:15 p.m. Portfolio Reviews 

I admit, it’s been years since I ran a roll through a camera, but this AP story on whether digital imaging has killed off Kodachrome has me thinking of ordering up a few rolls. 

For you young’uns, if you’ve never shot a roll of film, once, just once, borrow your parents’ (or grandparents’) camera and run a roll of Kodachrome 64 through it. Send it off and wait for that little box of magic to come back to you … so worth it.

John Spink at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has published an audio slide show looking at a homeless woman who lives by the CSX train tracks. All told through her voice in just over two minutes, pay special note to the opening image and the signs in the background. 

I would kill to make an opening image like that …

Ever wonder what it sounds like to be a celebrity photographer at a big red carpet event? Well, Max Rossi and Dennis Balibouse let you see and hear what the Venice Film Festival is like.

One of the featured stories on the Grady College web site this week looks at former student Rebecca Hay who spent the summer as the photo intern for the Atlanta Braves, which turned into a job with the Big South Conference this fall.

From the May graduates, Sara Guevara is working for the Gainesville Times, Lindy Dugger is at the Rome News-Tribune and Josh Weiss is at the Gwinnett Daily Post, all as staff photographers. Jake Daniels is off the campus for the fall as he completes his internship at the Birmingham News
Others I’ve missed?

Yep, they sent a notice to their employees yesterday and posted it to the web – if the Newark Star-Ledger can’t get a new contract with the driver’s union by October 8, the paper will be put up for sale or close by January 5, 2009. 

The Star-Ledger has been doing some innovative online stuff and isn’t a small paper – 350,000 a day and 520,000 on Sunday.

Canon has announced it’s replacement for the long-in-the-tooth 5D, the 5D Mark II. All of the goodness you’d expect are there – higher resolution (a whopping, card-massacring 21 megapixels), better autofocus, better shadow detail, better noise control at high ISO, etc., all with the pure joy of a full frame CMOS chip. 

As with Nikon’s D90, there’s now a video mode, as well, and it tromps the resolution of Big N’s camera –  1920 x 1080 pixel (1080p) resolution versus the D90’s 1280 x 720. But that’s not what has me tempted to call my Canon guy at 8 in the morning – it’s that the 5D has a microphone jack built into it. And that, as any video shooter knows, is the killer feature.
Every point and shoot camera, as well as the D90 has the ability to record ambient sound through a built in mic, but none (that I’m aware of) has the ability to choose the microphone and microphone placement that is optimal for the story you’re working on. Bad audio is something viewers just will not tolerate – shaky video is okay if they can hear what’s going on. 
With news shooters needing to do video and stills, this camera should allow them to do both with one kit. 
Of course, the price difference between the D90 (around $1,000) and the 5D Mark II (around $2,700) is substantial. But a high definition video camera is more than the difference between them in price. 
Update: Canon also revved their top of the line point and shoot, now called the G10. The big news is the lens goes wider (to a 35 mm/full frame equivalent of 28 mm), but they also crammed 14 megapixels onto a very small chip. I’d rather have the previous chip with this lens, but oh well … 

Honestly, this makes me pretty sick … 

It is hard enough to do what we do everyday without having “colleagues” gloat about making subjects look bad. 

CNN has a story on a group of Israeli photographers … who are blind.

Not journalism, but … interesting.

Google and YouTube have announced a video journalism contest, co-sponsored by the Pulitzer Center and Sony. First prize is a Sony VAIO laptop and $10,000 to do another story.

There are some flaws in the plan, but this may be the start of Google (who owns YouTube) pushing into the concept of  “citizen journalism.” 
(Thanks to colleague Kaye Sweetser for the link.)