By Jeff Carlson | Monday, January 05, 2015
“What’s the most important thing to know about photography?”
The woman asking was in the back of a touring van with me, two of a dozen photographers bouncing along the highway between destinations on a photo workshop. She was relatively new to photography, enthusiastic about making images with a new DSLR that she was only just beginning to understand how to use.
I think she expected me to answer with something about lens choices or camera features. I had become an unofficial geek consultant during the workshop, happily fielding questions about camera gear, iPads, Macs, and software. Those things naturally shuffled through my brain, but after a moment I changed tack and said, “To go out and do it.”
Even as I spoke, I knew that sounded like the most obvious, clichéd, bumper-sticker answer one could come up with. Just do it! Carpé diem! Seize the sunrise! All that.
But to be a better photographer, you’ve got to develop and nurture a photographer’s eye. And to do that, you need practice, which means going out and making photos.
By Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Last week I gave you some advice on what to do when your photos are stolen and reused elsewhere—without your permission.
Here are some more options you have if you discover that someone has poached your photos.
By Joseph Linaschke | Sunday, December 21, 2014
I live in Southern Oregon, where we get these things called seasons. Not every place in the world gets them, but we’re lucky enough that we do. Fall just ended and boy, was it pretty.
The colors here are so vibrant that it’s not hard to make a beautiful image—which means if you want your photo to stand out from the others, you really have to work at it!
Outside of obvious things like shooting in the best light, getting a great composition, and nailing the exposure, there’s a lot you can do to a photo in the computer.
But it’s also easy to go way over the top, resulting in an image that just looks fake. There’s a very fine balance—and this article shows how that balance was achieved for the image above.
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 Jeff Carlson | Thursday, December 18, 2014
Traveling for the holidays? Do you feel obliged to bring your laptop to manage the photos you plan to capture? Sure, that’s the easiest way to store and manage your images, but lugging a laptop too often feels like bringing work along, too.
In a recent series of articles, I advocated how an iPad is a fantastic photographer’s companion when shooting in the field (see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3). It’s lightweight, powerful, and has a great screen for reviewing photos.
What it doesn’t have is a lot of storage. Even a 128 GB model can be limiting if you’re shooting many gigabytes of image files—especially if you capture larger raw images, or Raw+JPEG pairs. Using an iPad also doesn’t provide a good backup of your photos.
But that doesn’t mean you need to lug the laptop. I’ve been using the WD My Passport Wireless portable hard disk as an extension of my iPad’s storage and for photo backup. Unlike earlier drives that connect to mobile devices via Wi-Fi, the My Passport Wireless includes a component that makes a huge difference for photographers: a built-in SD card reader.
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 Carolyn E. Wright | Tuesday, December 16, 2014
The digital world has given photographers many advantages and disadvantages.
The pros: We don’t have to change film after 36 exposures or use harmful chemicals to process prints, and we can show our photos more easily via the Internet.
The cons: It’s much easier for others to copy our images—and they do. In droves. It’s not just the amateur blogger who’s using our photos without permission. Even renowned companies copy photographs to enhance their web pages or to make money directly.
So what can you do about it? You could never share your photos with anyone—but that defeats many photographers’ goals.
Here’s advice on what to do if you have photos stolen and reused without your permission.
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.
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