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Ok, photography students, who is Robert Capa?

Let’s think back to combat photographer, photojournalism, LIFE magazine and Magnum Photos.

Capa practically invented the image of the globe-trotting war photographer, with a cigarette appended to the corner of his mouth and cameras slung over his fatigues. His fearlessness awed even his soldier subjects, and between battles he hung out with Hemingway and Steinbeck and usually drank too much, seeming to pull everything off with panache. William Saroyan wrote that he thought of Capa as “a poker player whose sideline was picture-taking.” [via The New York Times]

To learn more about Capa check out the PBS American Masters SeriesWikipedia or Magnum Photos.

To learn more about Capa’s lost negatives, read the NY Times article linked above.

Shortly after I purchased my Canon Digital Rebel XT, Canon came out with their Digital Rebel XTi. The Rebel XTI  was a jump from 8.0  megapixels to 10.0 megapixels. But the real kicker, IMHO, was the exclusive EOS Integrated Cleaning System featuring a Self Cleaning Sensor. Imagine a camera that could clean it’s own sensor? How cool was that? Well now, Canon has come out with the Digital Rebel XSi. So what’s new and improved this time?

The EOS Rebel XSi brings staggering technological innovation to the masses. It features Canon’s EOS Integrated Cleaning System, Live View Function, a powerful DIGIC III Image Processor, plus a new 12.2-megapixel CMOS Sensor and is available in a kit with the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens with Optical Image Stabilizer. The EOS Rebel XSi’s refined, ergonomic design includes a new 3.0-inch LCD monitor, compatibility with SD and SDHC Memory cards and new accessories that enhance every aspect of the photographic experience.

 

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When I first heard about the Quik Pod, I immediately fell in love with it. I thought to myself, “What an ingenious idea!” The only downside was that it was only available for smaller, point-and-shoot cameras.

Well, now it’s bigger and better and can be used with DSLRs. You can even use it as a monopod or to hold a flash off of the camera. Hey Strobist, what do you think of that?

If you are any where near LaJolla, California on February 9th…

and you have your camera with you…

and you want to hang around like-minded photographers…

and you’d like to see southern California through your lens…

there’s a Photowalk coming up just for you.

dPS has the images. I had the privilege of using a wide angle lens while at a Canon workshop in Yosemite this past summer. Here’s a shot I took with a Canon 10.0-22.0 mm lens.

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Jörg Colberg is now offering portfolio reviews.

ADIDAP has 15 unique stair photos. Some of these were really fascinating so I cruised on over to Flickr and searched on the word “stairs” and found many more good photos.

Here’s a photo I took which got me to thinking later about differences between “stairs” and “steps.”

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