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Tip of the Week (#008) - White Balance

White balance. On digital cameras you can select from a variety of white balance settings (e.g. Daylight, Cloudy, Shade). When shooting DNG, it's not that important since you can change it during import - but if you are shooting a series of photos in similar light, it's worthwhile to select the proper white balance so you don't have to change every image you import and because the "Auto" setting might set the exact balance differently between them all. Shooting JPEG, it's important to select the proper white balance before shooting!


Tip of the Week (#007) - Metering

Metering. Some times you have a tricky lighting situation or need a convenient "grey card." Use what's around you and meter the sky or the back of your hand, and add one stop - or just meter some grass - to get a roughly 18% exposure. If you don't have a meter, use the "Sunny 16" rule which states that at f/16 you set the shutter speed to the reciprocal of the ISO (e.g. 1/125s for ISO 100). You can adjust from there and if the lighting doesn't change - neither does the exposure. Both film and digital have enough of a latitude to make up small differences.

Film: not dead yet

While checking out the latest, depressing news headlines - I came across an interesting video featured on CNN called film: not dead yet that offers "a unique look into New York City's still vibrant analog photography community." Really nice production value, and starts off with a guy (Colin H) shooting a Mamiya C330 TLR... Features a Leica briefly, familar scenes and Erwin Elliot. Works for me.


Leica Sells Approximately 40 M9 Bodies Per Day

An interesting statistic, based on a recent statement from Leica on M9 battery issues they state, "There have been 15 cases of this problem, which is equal to 0.05% of the total units sold." We can extrapolate and conclude that Leica has sold roughly 30,000 M9 cameras since 09/09/09. This comes out to approximately 40 cameras a day!

Leica Temporarily Halts MP Production Until 2012

In an interesting tidbit, courtesy of the Leica MP product page at Robert White (a UK-based and online Leica dealer) we learn that Leica has temporarily halted production of the stock and "a là carte" MP bodies until "early 2012." Leica "a là carte" lets you customize your MP or M7 camera...

Leica Issues Statement on M9/Low Battery Issue

Leica has Issued a statement on the M9/low battery issue. This issue indicates a rare hardware issue (0.05% of bodies) and manifests itself as the camera reporting a "low battery" when it is, in fact - fully charged...