Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Digital O'Camera Factor

In this new Distinguished Expert series, we profile one of the super-gurus in the world of photography and imaging, Beale O'Lierry. Beale has written a number of books on the subject, which we will profile below.

Just take a look at a photography forum and you'll notice how photographers are often mistreated and abused by the general public and by overly-reactive people with positions of authority. Beale knows all that, and in his book "Who's Looking out for Photogs" tackles all these issues and exposes the friends, enemies and frenemies of photographers in a fair and balanced way.

These, along with many other topics come up often in Beale's regular podcast, the "No DeadPixel Zone", and that has earned him a lot of critical acclaim for his independent style. Be sure to check it out.

One area that often gets overlooked is properly introducing kids to photography, and teaching them real photographic skills. That's where his book "Kids Are Photographers Too" comes in. Don't let your kids get indoctrinated by camera-phones and webcams and become mindless clickers. Let them learn photography the right way, the way the forefathers of photography like Ansel Adams have learned.

If you wish to opine on this or other topics, send us your slovenly comments. And don't be a deadpixel-head!

If you enjoyed this profile, stay tuned for our next Distinguished Expert profile featuring photography expert and analyst Annie Kolder, and her new book, "How to talk to an Olympus User (If You Must)". She will also be offering signed copies of her best seller "If Nikonians had any brains they'd be Canonites". And five lucky readers will win a pre-release copy of her 2009 book "Soul-less: The Church of Bayer Sensors".

Annie will also stress that photography should only be allowed between a 35mm full-frame DSLR and a 35mm full-frame lens, the way photography was Created. And she will explain why she thinks photography using an APS-C DSLR and a 35mm full frame lens should not be legal.

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