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Picture This: Photography Podcast

Chelsea and Tony Northrup's photography podcast - dig deep into the history, science, and personalities of photography.
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Dec 1, 2021

Tony digs into why all the most successful camera companies, including Sony, Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus, Pentax, and Fujifilm, are Japanese.

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The answer is complex, with 4 major turning points: 1) In the 1940s, WWII's divided occupation of Germany set it back, while the United States' occupation of Japan seems to have helped the Japanese camera companies 2) In the 1950s, the Korean war brought many photojournalists to the US-occupied Japan, and David Douglas Duncan, in particular, had great success with Japanese lenses on their Leica cameras. In the US, Joe Erinreich promoted Nikon heavily. 3) In the 1990s and 2000s, US digital camera companies (such as Kodak and Polaroid) failed to transition to the digital era. 4) In the 2010s, the transition from conventional cameras to smartphones saw non-Japanese camera companies (such as Samsung) exit the market. Japanese camera companies didn't have the freedom to easily exit the industry because of the legal challenges around layoffs. Sources * Software is second class: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqMSWuSeDPA * This discussion https://www.photo.net/discuss/threads/the-quality-mechanical-camera-japan-vs-germany.416815/ * Ehrenreich: https://www.nytimes.com/1973/02/09/archives/joseph-ehrenreich-65-dead-brought-nikon-camera-here.html http://www.klassik-cameras.de/WestdeutscheSLR.html * By User:52 Pickup - Based on map data of the IEG-Maps project (Andreas Kunz, B. Johnen and Joachim Robert Moeschl: University of Mainz) - www.ieg-maps.uni-mainz.de., CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4951565 * By Yokosuka City Council - Welcome Yasuura House in Red Fox, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17725027

Nov 27, 2021

Chelsea & Tony Northrup discuss the pros and cons of buying used camera gear and give some tips on what to look for to make sure you get a good camera. Tony talks about why shutter count might not be as important as you think and how buying a used camera can save you money and frustration.

Oct 29, 2021

On this spooky episode of the Picture This! photography podcast, Chelsea & Tony Northrup talk about ghost phots, orbs, spirits, ectoplasm, and other spooky things caught on camera. The original spirit photographer, Mumler, is discussed. Abe Lincolns ghost is seen. And every type of ghost photo is analyzed, dissected, and explained so that you can recreate a ghost photo of your own!

Sep 30, 2021

We've made some mistakes buying gear: grey market lenses that couldn't be fixed, flakey adapters, off-brand batteries, the list goes on. We've also received many messaged and emails from YOU that outline how common it is to buy the wrong camera, incompatible lenses, features that don't work, and more. On this episode of the Picture This! Photography podcast, Chelsea & Tony Northrup talk about the most common gear buying mistakes and offer a few tips on how to make more informed choices when making your next purchase.

Sep 29, 2021

Polaroid started with a patent and a toddler's simple question, "Why can't I see the photo now?", and became one of the biggest companies in the world, suffered bankruptcy, turned into a multi-billion dollar ponzi scheme, and was saved by adoring fans. In this episode of the Picture This! Photography podcast, Tony Northrup and Chelsea Northrup take you through the highlights of Polaroid's exciting history.

Sep 3, 2021

They aren't pretty, you probably shouldn't try them, but these crappy camera/photo hacks actually got the job done! In this episode of the Picture This! Photography podcast Tony and Chelsea discuss the worst camera/photo hacks they've used to work around the mistakes that arise when you're out taking photos. Some of them are shameful, like using a table as a tripod, and some of them are clever but all of them are hacky.

Sep 3, 2021

Tony and Chelsea Northrup discuss the misunderstandings clients have that stress out photographers: editing our photos, asking for discounts on already underpriced shoots, wanting all of the raw photos, thinking the camera does all of the work, and more.

Jul 31, 2021

We've all seen naturally talented photographers take beautiful photos with ease but is that enough to support an entire career? In this episode of Picture This! Photography podcast, Tony & Chelsea discuss the many traits of successful photographers and how it takes much more than talent to have a successful career. If you are naturally talented, don't let overlooking other traits hold you back! If you don't think you're talented, don't worry, there are other things you can do to compensate and still find success.

Jul 19, 2021

Will canon always be the number one camera brand or will Sony pull out ahead? Which camera company is more innovative, popular, and invested in cameras? Tony & Chelsea debate which camera company will come out on top, Canon or Sony?

Jun 28, 2021

 We all see the latest and greatest features advertised every time a new camera comes out but which features actually work and which ones will you benefit from having? In this episode of the Picture This! Photography podcast, Tony and I delve into each feature we have tested, the ones that have disappointed us, the ones we love, and the ones that aren't needed for certain photographers. If you've found yourself wanting to upgrade for eye AF, higher frame rates, more megapixels, pixel shift, and more, you won't want to miss this one.

Jun 12, 2021

What is your dream photo experience? An African safari? A road trip across Iceland? Tony & Chelsea share their favorite photo experiences they have had and some tips on how to enjoy them yourself.

May 28, 2021

You've learned the rules of photography: the rule-of-thirds, how to level a photo, and how to use your shutter speed to FREEZE action. But have you learned when to break the rules to create more interesting photos? In this episode of Picture This! Tony and Chelsea talk about the most common photography rules and HOW, WHEN, & WHY to break them. We'll also talk about how breaking the rules can make your photos better and make you a better photographer. So put on your darkest shades, Baddies, because we're about to break the rules and *like* it!

May 19, 2021

Should you switch to mirrorless? Should you sell your DSLR and move to mirrorless before your camera loses too much value? Do mirrorless cameras have better autofocus or image quality? Tony & Chelsea review the most common myths and misunderstandings they hear about mirrorless cameras to help you make a more informed decision.

Apr 30, 2021

Great news! Canon released their financial report and they INCREASED their imagining division profits. We delve into why and how Canon increased their profits, what it means for the camera industry, and how it will impact Canon's future. Canon also releases some interesting new types of cameras that garnered enough attention and sales to make the financial reports. We're going to talk about those new cameras and give our ideas of what innovations Canon could come up with next.

Apr 27, 2021

Camera specs aren't always what they seem. We've already discussed crop factor but we're not done picking apart specs yet! Tricky specs could be keeping you from making the best gear choices for yourself. So settle in with a nice cuppa while Tony & Chelsea talk about AA filters, T-stops vs f-stops, focus breathing, EVF latency, buffer time vs size, real-world FPS, and the other camera spec details that can help you become a more informed buyer.

Mar 19, 2021

You DO need a website (this is your sign). Go to http://squarespace.com/Chelsea & save 10% off your first website or domain with code “Chelsea” Sell some prints. Look profesh. Just stop procrastinating. Spring SALE at http://Northrup.Photo 50% off presets: Spring50 25% off books, videos, etc.: Spring25 AH, the ole' DSLRs are dead debate. Don't let the title lead you astray, this is a complex topic! Tony & Chelsea are going to talk about what it means when technology is "dead", the difference between mirrorless and DSLR cameras, if DSLRs really need to die, and attempt to predict which camera manufacturers will continue to innovate the best camera tech in the years to come. Why do you need to know this? Well, it can save you money in the long run but it can also give you the ability to run really really fast (only one of those things is true). So cozy up with your favorite blanket and a snack or put in your headphone and let the chores begin because the Picture This! pod is here to dazzle you with more camera dorkiness. Subscribe to the pod. Tell your friends. Tell your enemies.

Feb 27, 2021

In a photo slump? Now is a perfect time to learn about the photography legends and analyze what made them so special. Chelsea & Tony Northrup talk about Gordon Parks, the highlights of his career, his driving force as a photographer, and pull away some key lessons they learned from Gordon Parks' photography that will help you improve your own photos.

Feb 19, 2021

The X-Tra Battery Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/x-tra/the-camera-battery-re-invented/) promises twice the battery life for your camera - but CanonRumors (http://canonrumors.com) discovered that the CEO's photo seems to be that of a stock model and the name doesn't seem connected to any real person. We dug deeper and found the true CEO, and the company's real address. Guess what? It's not a California company like they claimed.

DPReview, Petapixel, F-Stoppers and Canon Rumors, among others, publicized this kickstarter project that seems to have a fake CEO. F-Stoppers and Canon Rumors did sponsored posts, while DP Review and Petapixel.com's profits were based on advertising. How could these trusted outlets publicize a scam?

There's more to it than that, we found, and the real problem might have been calling it a scam without doing enough research. What can we do to prevent such problems in the future?

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Feb 3, 2021

Tony and Chelsea go over ways any photographer can improve their photos by asking for a little help!

Jan 16, 2021

Chelsea & Tony Northrup discuss the top camera companies from the past 3 years, Canon, Sony, Nikon, and Panasonic Lumix. Since 2018, big things have changed for each company! Innovations have been made, companies are fighting for sales, and Canon shocked us with some new tech. Which companies will continue to advance and innovate? What can we expect to see them do in the future? Which brand will you choose?

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