How Olympus designed the PEN-F for 'timelessness' ...


"I’ve always found Olympus cameras to have excellent quality. But when I first picked up the PEN-F, it was immediately apparent that the quality of this camera is of a higher caliber. The PEN-F oozes quality.

"The attention to detail, the way it feels in my hand, the satisfying heft of the camera, I knew, was all deliberately designed. I wanted to find out more about the thinking behind the PEN-F because I felt that there was something special going on.

"The allure of small cameras have always revolved around the possibility of having a high quality, precision photographic tool that doesn’t get in the way and thus, ready to go anywhere with you. There have been many small cameras over the years, especially point-and-shoots that were the mainstay for the general consumer for decades. Of course, these cameras fell by the wayside with the arrival of the smartphone. But the essence of small cameras, or compactness — of something that is well made and efficiently packaged — continues to entice photographers around the world. Like luxury watches and jewelry, small products have a magnetic quality that many people around the world feel drawn to."

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How I choose my photography jobs ...


"In the beginning of my transition to becoming a full-time photographer, I took every job I could get my hands on in order to pay the bills. Over time, I started to find my own direction, which led to me being slightly more picky with the jobs I took. Even now, while I'm primarily focused on family and engagement photography in my paid work, I still take a lot of other odd jobs to help with my career and my ability to put food on the table. When choosing whether or not to take any job, I tend to focus on three factors when making my decision."

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Soon, another presidential race ...


"No, not for President of the Republic of the Philippines, but, for some Filipinos, an almost equally significant post—that of President of the University of the Philippines System, who will be chosen by the UP Board of Regents in a meeting in mid-November. Standing at the forefront of Philippine higher education, UP—recognized by its new Charter as “the national university”—very often sets the standards and the tone for other Philippine universities, especially State-funded ones, to follow. Thus, the position is much more than honorific or ceremonial; the UP President is expected to be a visionary, an executive, a manager, a motivator, a mentor, a democrat, a disciplinarian, a nationalist, and an internationalist all at once."

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On the future of cameras, and how it hurts progress to treat digital like film ...


"The digital revolution—and a revolution it was—enabled photographers to immediately start saving money fter new equipment purchases. Sure, the quality sucked initially (and convenience was overstated) but after a few years, the whole thing really started to work properly, for the most part.

"So that’s all good, except that we photographers ripped ourselves off in a few ways over the past 15 years ..."

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The EOS M5 is Canon's best ever mirrorless camera, and a big disappointment ...


"What a long, strange trip it's been. Eight years have passed since Panasonic unveiled theLumix DMC-G1, the world's first DSLR-style mirrorless camera, and for much of the intervening time, Canon has appeared content to let its competitors lead the charge away from traditional DSLRs. In that time, mirrorless cameras have gotten faster, their sensors have gotten bigger and the introduction of 4K video has created a new class of genuine 'hybrid' products that have carved out a distinct technical niche compared to their DSLR forebears.

"In 2014, Canon's then-Chief Executive Masaya Maeda promised us a serious mirrorless offering 'in the very near future,' but until now, the closest Canon has come to delivering on this promise was the EOS M3. Canon has never seemed to know how to market the EOS M series, and insisted at launch that the M3 would not be available in the USA even as Maeda claimed he was telling his global divisions to 'sell it!' Six months later, they finally decided that perhaps they should.

"Now, a year after the EOS M3 belatedly entered the US market, we have the EOS M5 - the '4' having being skipped over, possibly in deference to a rather inconsistently appliedJapanese superstition. The EOS M5 is a fine product, and one that I think arguably represents Canon's most sure-footed move in the non-professional space for years. But it is also a massive disappointment."

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Why you shouldn't study photography, and what you should do instead ...


"So, you are an aspiring street photographer? Street photography has become an important part of your life, and now you want to shift your passion to the next level and want to study Photography? Forget about it. I had exactly the same thoughts a few years ago. Here are the reasons from my personal point of view that changed my mind."

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Standalone camera losing fight with the iPhones ...


"My article outlining the rise of the computational photography for The New Yorker prompted many readers to write and point out the camera phones were essentially a pre-iPhone phenomenon. I don’t disagree, except for the fact that iPhone made it possible to do higher quality photography easier and simpler. And it is not just the iPhone – other smartphones have dramatically enhanced their photographic capabilities.

"The rise of the iPhone camera was inversely proportionate to sales of standalone cameras, as I outlined in a piece, Standalone Camera: Shot dead by (i)Phone, eighteen months ago. Things have gotten progressively worse for the camera industry. When a massive earthquake hit Japan’s Kumamoto region in April 2016, it seemed as if divine forces were conspiring against the camera business. Kumamoto is the heartland of Japan’s camera industry. Earthquake might have added to the miseries but overall troubles are pretty deep rooted."

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