Driving Your Camera by Sean Reid
Sean Reid first began writing essays and reviews for Luminous Landscape in 2004. Today, we're publishing the second essay in a series called "Common Sense" which Sean is writing specifically for this site. In this series overall, he'll be looking at camera design as it relates to aspects such as ergonomics, controls, seeing the subject and focusing effectiveness. Readers who find this article interesting may want to look into Sean's own subscription site, http://www.reidreviews.com where you will find some of the most insightful camera reviews and essays anywhere. One of Sean's newest articles for his own site is an extensive review of the Fuji X100 which was recently updated with the results of various field and studio tests (including a file quality comparison among the X100, Leica X1, Sigma DP2s and Leica M8.2). He also has recently published a comprehensive review of three fast 28 mm lenses on the Leica M9.
As I've written before, this X100 review is an opus – without doubt the most in-depth report yet. Reid Reviews is a subscription site. The price is modest though for the depth of insight that Sean provides when it comes to camera design and lens performance.
The Frame - Use Of by John Paul Caponigro The influence of the frame can be strengthened or weakened to emphasize specific aspects of images. As the frame is emphasized, images tend to become more graphically oriented prioritizing the structure of the image; the image as a thing in and of itself; picture perfect. When the frame is deemphasized, images become more strongly oriented towards the literal informtion they contain; the things the image contains; highly informative. Exaggerating this tendency can create significantly different kinds of images.