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I just love it when art is used to make a social statement. Perhaps it’s the sociologist in me. I can really appreciate visual sociology when it’s used as art. Well, today, I have another excellent example of just such visual sociology from Chris Jordan. Be sure to check out the entire article on Lens Culture.

32,000 Barbies: Photo-Based Statistical Art

Seattle-based artist Chris Jordan has a provocative and thoughtful approach to using photo-based art to underline the excesses of human consumption and other atrocities. His series, Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait, uses cleverly designed huge images to convey the vastness of waste and other ridiculous human behavior.

Barbie Dolls, 2008, 60″x80″, depicts 32,000 Barbies, equal to the number of elective breast augmentation surgeries performed monthly in the US in 2006: (via Lens Culture)

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You know that 18-55mm lens that comes standard with the Canon Digital Rebel Cameras? Well imagine getting that same lens with Image Stabilizer? Sounds good? Now imagine getting it for $175 US? Sound even better?

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Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS At $175 (street), this digital-only wide-to-normal standard zoom offers Canon EOS Digital Rebel shooters image stabilization for only about $35 — and 1.3 ounces — more than Canon’s non-IS kit zoom. A 28-90mm equivalent, it isn’t designated as a macro, but with a maximum magnification ratio of 1:2.5 (tested), it could be.…

…This zoom exemplifies how far lens design has come in recent years. On virtually every front, this useful, light, and compact lens shows moderate to dramatic improvements over Canon’s earlier non-IS 18-55mm kit zoom. It’s a surprisingly good lens at an even more surprising price. (via PopPhoto)

Not to gross you out or anything but…

the Photocritic captured my attention with this recent article:

A peek behind the kitchen door would reveal the sometimes bizarre tools of the food photography trade that transform fresh baked brownies and juicy crown roasts into science fair projects masquerading as culinary delights. Food is among the more difficult of subjects for photographers. The laws of nature guarantee it: Hot foods cool, moist foods dry out, frozen foods melt especially fast under hot lights, vegetables wilt, and fruit turns brown. But determined food photographers rise to these challenges with their extraordinarily inventive bag of tricks.

And yes, that includes motor oil, spray deodorant and and brown shoe polish… [via The Photocritic]

You have to read the article to believe it. And then maybe you’ll want to try a few of these tricks out for yourself.

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Photopreneur has done it again. For those who use DSLRs (and that’s pretty much a lot of folks out there) you really should know the differences between film and digital. There are the obvious differences but Photopreneur goes on to explain some other very important differences like:

  1. The differences between saving in JPEG and RAW.
  2. Why sensor size matters.
  3. Did you know that commercial photography has extremely high quality demands that may prohibit hobbyists.
  4. Few digital cameras can compete with the resolution of digital cameras.
  5. Numbers 3 and 4 are likely why…Many leading photographers still shoot on film.
  6. You can’t have too much resolution.
  7. How come the number of megapixels listed for your camera isn’t really the number of megapixels in your camera?
  8. Keep in mind that megabytes are not the same thing as megpixels.
Jump on over to Photopreneur to read the complete article. It’s a very good read.

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Title: Umbrellas
Location: Lemoore, CA (Tachi Palace)
Taken: 18 February 2008 at 12:03 p.m.
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55 mm
EXIF: ISO 100; 1/2000 sec at f/4.5
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ShutterFug recently posted comments on four good books. Check out the comments and then perhaps check out the books too. They are:

  1. The Moment It Clicks by Joe McNally
  2. Light, Science & Magic by Fil Hunter, Steven Biver and Paul Fuqua
  3. Best Business Practices For Photographers by John Harrington
  4. Lighting and The Dramatic Portrait by Michael Grecco