By Derrick Story | Friday, December 19, 2014
What if you weren’t bound by budget when shopping for your favorite photographer?
If a sudden windfall has blessed your bank account, or you have a new credit card in need of a proper maiden voyage, there’s no shortage of extravagant gifts for photographers with terrific taste.
Or just maybe, you’ll want to add these to your own holiday wish list—and send it to a generous aunt.
Hey—it’s fun to dream.
By Derrick Story | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Instagram users who update to 6.4.1 have a handful of new filters and a nifty way to manage them.
The latest effects are more subtle than their older siblings, such as the classic Lo-Fi that is heavy handed, to say the least. We have delicate choices such as Slumber, Crema, Ludwig, Aden, and Perpetua. The Instagram update has thoughtfully placed them at the front of your filter list so you won’t overlook them.
Above, I’ve applied Ludwig to my latest post.
By Derrick Story | Friday, December 12, 2014
For years, Kodak Tri-X film was my favorite. I bought 100’rolls, then loaded my own 35mm cartridges. Each roll was hand-processed in Kodak D-76 developer, then printed using an Omega B22 enlarger. I still have many of those prints in my collection.
Since those days, I’ve moved from analog to digital, and without complaint. Photography is as exciting today as ever. But I do miss Tri-X film the same way that I miss my 64 blue VW bug and Yashica SLR (which, ironically, was stolen out of my VW, but that’s another story).
Like skinny ties, though, the good things in life have a way of coming back. I’m printing Tri-X again. This time the “darkroom” is DxO FilmPack 5 running my Mac laptop, and the “enlarger” is an Epson 13” printer.
By Derrick Story | Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Photographers aren’t the easiest people to buy for. Ask them what they want, and you’ll most likely be greeted with a grin and a request for a $2,000 camera.
Fear not! The following gifts for photographers are sure to please the most finicky enthusiast. And with every item here priced below $100, you’ll both be smiling as the wrapping paper falls to the floor.
By Derrick Story | Monday, November 24, 2014
Traveling photographers and those who just want to lighten the load are taking interest in the current class of premium compact and mirrorless cameras. Because of their popularity over the last few years, there are plenty of options with a variety of features and prices.
If you or someone you know is hoping to get one of these powerful, compact image-making machines as a gift this season, here’s a guide to help you find the right one.
By Derrick Story | Thursday, September 25, 2014
Thanks to a major overhaul, the Edit button in the new Photos app for iOS 8 actually means something. What was once just a cropper, magic wand, and handful of subpar filters has blossomed into a decent image editor.
To demonstrate, I’m going to start with a landscape shot displaying on my iPad mini, then edit it using only the tools in the new Photos app. Let’s see how it turns out.
By Derrick Story | Friday, September 05, 2014
That’s the one thing all digital photographers need. So I’m going to show you a couple “off the beaten track” power sources for your digital devices.
I also have a quick tip for creating an on-the-go LCD magnifier and a handy MacGyver kit that fits in a repurposed filter box.
By Derrick Story | Saturday, August 30, 2014
Problem solving is an important part of photography. Most of us have had to overcome contrasty light to capture a pleasing portrait, or work around intrusive power lines that mar an otherwise beautiful landscape.
But devising creative solutions isn’t limited to working behind the lens.
How, for example, can we compose a shot on an LCD with intense sunlight overhead causing glare on our screen? Or what’s a safe and convenient way to transport our spare batteries?
Instead of spending time and money shopping for accessories that may or may not work, why not create the solutions ourselves? After all, we’re photographers. We solve problems.
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