Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

Verizon iDon’t Ad & Other Tech Mistakes

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

I recently read a Chicago Sun Time’s Article by their tech writer Andy Ihnatko. It takes a close look at the latest Verizon ad for the Motorola Driod. Great writer and a great article. It got me thinking about the ad. By now, I think most of us have seen the iDon’t Driod ad.

I found the ad irritating the first time I saw it and found myself wondering why. I use an iPhone and love it. Was I irritated because of the attack on the iPhone? Talk about fan boy. I don’t think that was it. The Driod looks ugly in the ads to me. Square and kind of clunky. I have not seen it in person so I could be wrong. I think what irritated me is that I really want the iPhone to have some competition. I think it is better for any geek if Apple is pushed, and then Apple pushes back. We get better toys, and we all love toys. It seemed to me, from the moment the ad ended, that the designers just didn’t get it. iDon’t have this, and iDon’t have that. The ‘iDon’t’ list is pretty long too. But here’s the thing… I don’t care about half the things they list.

I don’t need a physical keyboard. The Pre has a keyboard and it’s crap. Seriously, try it and then picture an ad saying ‘Buy a Pre for the keyboard’. Comedy. A physical keyboard means nothing. A useable keyboard is the claim I want to hear. Blackberry users aside, most people, that give a virtual keyboard the time it takes to learn it, end up likening it. The Driod has a virtual keyboard too, but they were pushing the physical one. Just tell me you have a great keyboard and I don’t care what form it takes.

The ad goes on to mention the iPhone is lacking a 5 megapixel camera. Again I say, so what. It was not long ago I had an actual camera that was 3 MP. I am happy with the camera I have. What do I gain from 5 MP? A larger print. I don’t print my phone photos. More detail? I have an SLR if I need a real image. My phone camera is not for critical images and if it was, the 3 or 5 has nothing to do with it. Tell me you have the greatest image quality ever on a phone and you’ll have my attention. The Driod does have a flash, and that would be cool.

I should say that I have not used the Driod. For that reason I should stop here. I just wish tech companies would listen listen to their customers. I will have a 99 mega-pixel camera soon and that is crazy. Give me 15 megapixels and great low light quality. Give me a cell phone that doesn’t drop calls simply because I was breathing. Let me own the movie or software I ‘buy’ so I can view it, or use it, when and how I want. Don’t tell me you don’t have a “system” for me to block a prank caller, and then tell me you do have a “feature” that costs $8.95 month. Google Voice lets me do it for free. Don’t fight Net-Neutrality with claims it hurts business, and then lobby Washington to pass legislation blocking the FCC from enforcing a neutral internet. AT & T should not be allowed to block me from using my internet connection when it conflicts with another area of their business. This post took a weird turn somewhere. I was going to just point you to the Andy Ihnatko article. I hope the Driod is a good phone, but it has to give me features I want. You sell a product by fulfilling the customers needs. When will they get it?

ThinkTank Airport International V2 Camera Case

Monday, September 21st, 2009

This summer we were taking a family vacation to the Caribbean. A cruise that I figured would be great for taking photos. The problem was not just getting the camera gear from California to Florida safe and secure, but storing in the stateroom safely. I normally have two camera bags, a Tamrac sling and a Tamrac backpack. Sometimes I just wear the backpack all day on a shoot, but mostly it’s for getting a larger quantity of gear to the hotel or general area and then I choose the gear for that day and put it into the sling for the photo walk. If needed, I also have a few lens tubes. For this trip I thought about carrying my gear on the plane in the backpack but it was not big enough because I wanted the family video camera, my wife’s G10 and all my lenses in one case.

With the idea of using the sling on excursions, I set out to find a good travel case.


BlackRapid R-Strap Review

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

I enjoy photography as a hobby. I make no claim that those viewing the photos get the same enjoyment, but hey, if it were easy everyone would be good. When I first bought the Canon I immediately knew I was not going to be happy with the stock neck strap. It was thin and uncomfortable, very uncomfortable for long wear. Not being a pro, I decided I should just live with it. Then it happened. I wore that thing in San Francisco during a family vacation… all day. We went to Alcatraz and walked that island up and down. By the time we were back at the pier, and waiting for a ride back to the hotel, my neck was killing me. I started looking for a new strap that day and I actually settled on two. The BlackRapid R-Strap and the Optec Pro Loop Strap. I will review the Optec soon, but first the R-Strap.

This is not a normal strap. It is worn from one shoulder to the opposite hip – diagonally. This places the camera weight on your shoulder instead of your neck, and it is very comfortable. The interesting part is the camera attachment. It screws into the tripod mount on the bottom of the camera or lens. Yes, the camera hangs upside down. The strap allows adjustment so the camera hangs where you want. For me that is just around my back pocket with the lens behind my belt.