Firefox 3.5: Faster, Safer, Smarter, Better

If you are using Firefox and haven't upgraded to the new 3.5 version you are losing out. Firefox 3.5 is allot faster than it's predecessors and carry extra security and video capabilities.

"Things move quickly online, and we’ve beefed up the engine that runs Firefox to make sure you can keep up: Firefox 3.5 is more than twice as fast as Firefox 3, and ten times as fast as Firefox 2.* As a result, Web applications like email, photo sites and your favorite social networks will feel snappier and more responsive." Download Firefox 3.5

Mostly True: The Lady GaGa Generation

Source: kennethjarecke.typepad.com by Kenneth Jarecke
"Making lasting images is a full-time job. There’s just no way to do great work if you’re a photographer only 40% of the time. You can’t do it if you’re worried about transmitting as soon as you have something that is “good enough”. That’s how standards get set, and now “good enough” is where the photojournalism bar is stuck." read full article

Not So Fast in Dismissing Moore’s Law

A very interesting article by Nathan Myhrvold on maximum resolution and lens diffraction. Source: www.luminous-landscape.com

"Ray Maxwell has written an interesting article on diffraction and the future of Moore’s Law in digital photography. While I agree with some of his conclusions, I think it is a bit premature to dismiss Moore’s Law and its effect on us. Moore’s Law covers the number of transistors than one can produce for a fixed amount of money (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore's_law for more details). Transistor count is important because almost all digital circuits use transistors as building blocks. Pixels on digital sensors are made using combinations of transistors. In fact the devices that Moore used to illustrate his point back in 1965 were CCD devices that were primitive ancestors of today’s digital camera sensors. Moore argued that the cost per transistor would drop by a factor of two every 12 to 24 months. Over time Moore’s Law has been generalized a bit to be more than just transistor count – most people in the technology world use the term “Moore’s Law” to mean the rapid increase in computing power at the same or lower cost. Transistor count is the primary driver of computing power but clock speed, bandwidth, latency, and parallelism also contribute to power, and also have been growing at a rapid pace – doubling the power of computing devices on roughly a 12 to 24 month time scale" Read full article

MY PHOTO FEST 2009

Parktown Girls is planning a brand new event in high school photography: My Photo Fest! My Photo Fest is a day-long event planned for the 15th of August.  We have experts on food photography, fashion photography and how to make photography a business! With breakfast and lunch provided the R40.00 entrance fee is a real bargain for 8:30-17:00!

We also have a QnA session where we let you discover what careers there are for you involving photography and an expo component where you can see special deals on camera equipment and courses.There will also be a competition running on the day that is open to all participants with great prizes to be won! This event is only open to high school pupils but other than that all you need to do is to drop us an e-mail on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  see, http://myphotofest2009.wordpress.com for more info

Leica S2 Makes Debut at Fotocare

Source: By Dan Havlik, PDN's Technology Specialist via PDN
"One of the most anticipated cameras of the year, the Leica S2, made a brief debut at a Manhattan photo retailer Monday, albeit in a still pre-production yet close-to-final form. The 37.5-megapixel DSLR/Medium Format S2 was on display at
fotocare as part of a special event to promote the re-opening of the store which moved to its new location at 41 W. 22nd Street in May." read full article