Minggu, 14 Agustus 2011

Comparing Film and Digital Photography

Making the transition from film to digital photography wasn't easy when I was in photography school. It was like learning a new language. Sure it was easier in that you didn't have to buy film and load it into the camera, yet with all the new-fangled gadgets attached to digital cameras, I found it a bit intimidating. There will always be an argument that film is better than digital. Digital cameras have all but replaced film cameras, yet in photography schools, both film and digital are still taught, so that students are aware of each format's attributes.

I went to a camera show recently knowing that film cameras had fallen out of favor, but I was somewhat surprised to see the total lack of interest. Ten people (in addition to the vendors) were at the show besides myself. The sad truth is that even though film cameras are still being used in photography schools, most professional photographers rarely use film anymore, for many reasons, including expense and lack of resources for developing the film.

Senin, 01 Agustus 2011

Buying Art - What and Where Should You Buy

As in life, nothing concerning the world of art is ever certain. While art prices have remained relatively buoyant, even in this difficult economy, things can always take a turn for better or worse at any moment. Despite this fact, many people have become very rich over the last few years due, in large part, to the rising popularity of art as an investment with affluent Chinese, Russian, and Indian collectors. When the economy is in trouble the stock market is a huge gamble, and many traditional investments are a lot riskier as well, but art and gold bullion are safe and stable investments. Things that are real, solid, and have concrete value are much safer bets in an ailing investment marketplace. Because of this, buying art is still a safe bet, and should remain so for quite a long time to come. For those who wish to begin investing in art, the question then becomes what to buy.