What My Camera Saw as My Parents Died of Cancer from Nancy Borowick

Please do not turn the page, click through to another story because the word Cancer is in the title of this article because this is about a dignity that rarely ever gets recorded.  I do not know anyone, any more who has lived their lives without either themselves or someone they know who has fought this battle.

I am not saying that I could every muster the mental or physical strength to do what this incredible photographer did, but my heart felt feelings go out to her and her family as a 74 year old man who has always treated photography as an art and even more so a documented history of my life and the lives of others.

I would not assume that this was easy.  But it seems that she took the tools of her profession and mustered all her skills  to tell a story that not only was about her family, her life, but so many others as well.

 

There is a whole range of feelings that happen with the delivery of bad news. In my case, like many others, knees lock, the heart speeds up and the hairs o

Source: What My Camera Saw as My Parents Died of Cancer

AND IN NANCY’S OWN WORDS ON NPR.

Airline Passengers and batteries FAA_airline_passengers_and_batteries

In light of Nikon’s announcements of a recall once again for lithium batteries that go back as far as 2012 it does not hurt to keep up to date with FAA regulations.  Info on DPREVIEW

Batteries – These are FAA  rules governing batteries on USA airlines from 2015.  I do not believe too much has changed but it does not hurt to be reminded.

Source: Airline Passengers and batteries December 1 2015 – FAA_airline_passengers_and_batteries.pdf

When to Use a Higher ISO for Landscape Photography – Spencer Cox

 

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A question was texted to me today.  While I have my own opinion on how and when to use high iso for landscape photography, the author of this article really nails it in my opinion.

For landscape photography, most of the time, you’ll end up using your camera’s base ISO. That’s the power of a tripod; it lets you set long enough shutter speeds to capture a bright photo, even in dark environments at low ISO values. However, settings like this do not work for all images. Sometimes, depending upon the landscape, you’ll need to raise your ISO in order to capture a successful photograph. This article dives into the most common of those situations.

Source: When to Use a Higher ISO for Landscape Photography

every so often everyone needs to move away from the norms of their lives and take a break – here is a break you should not miss

every so often everyone needs to move away from the norms of their lives and take a break – here is a break you should not miss

Every once in a while I use my computer for things that are not photography related and this video below happens to be one that my wife directed me to. I watched this very young and talented young lady and she absolutely mesmerized me.

In the end I not only watched this video but quite a few of her in other videos performing very diverse acts with very diverse characters and voices.  I just could not stop watching and I have to say, she made my evening.

So stop looking at images for a while.  Shut off the TV set and spend some time with this young lady.  Not only should you watch this video but the others of her that get streamed on Youtube.

CAMERA SMASHING – It’s not a sport – it’s down right stupid – and why I use a Camslinger

I cannot even begin to count the number of times I have smashed my camera and lens against something.  I have had zoom lenses stop zooming, prime lenses get stuck on my camera, and even worse I have seen lens mounts bend and / or go out of alignment.  All of this because I wanted to always have my camera and lens at the ready so I would not miss the shot.

Of course like most other people I had a camera bag or backpack and when the day started out the camera gear I wanted to shoot with for the day was safely tucked away until I got to where I wanted to go.  It could have been the streets of Washington DC or a local forest like Prince William Park or Shenandoah National Park or sometimes even at a studio shoot.  When I got to where I was going I would pull the camera and lens choice, sling the combination across my chest so I could easily grab them to get the shot.  And there is where it stayed for the duration.

It was always without fail that as I hiked through the woods that my camera would slam against a tree. It was always without fail that while getting into my car the camera would be slammed on when I closed the car door.  It was always without fail that as I walked the city street and decided to go into a store for a coffee that I would slam the camera into the door jamb.  I knew better so why did I not do better.  Having worked for Nikon I used to hear the stories told my pro photographers (photo journalists) who were running through the halls of congress or in the white house getting their great gear slammed into door jams and some even described the shock and awe of seeing their lenses in pieces lying on the floor next to them because the lens separated from the mount.  These are real facts.  Too often I got to see the end and expensive results.  Impossible to repair lenses and expensive lens mount replacements.  And let’s fave facts. Nikon cameras were built like tanks but most cameras today are not.

Over the years I have tried way too many camera bags and carry solutions.  I have invested tons of cash on bags and straps of all types from a great many manufacturers but virtually none of them really provided me with the safety my expensive camera gear deserves while still giving me the ability to quickly get to my camera, get the shot and put the camera back in a place of relative safety.  That is until I came across a not very well known company called Cosyspeed that was founded by a German entrepreneur named Thomas Ludwig.

Camslinger bags come in several shapes and forms but the overall concept is the same no matter which  version of the bag you decide to purchase.  I have the Streetomatic Pus which was designed with the street photographer in mind or for that matter the urban dwellers.  The video is about a new bag that is coming to market in July.

The CAMSLINGER Outdoor is a camera bag designed for quick, one-handed access just like the Streetomatic. “You need just 1 hand & 1 second to open the bag and grab your cam. It’s almost as quick as a sling strap, but provides the safety of a bag against bumps and rain. This 1 hand/1 second concept makes the CAMSLINGER the fastest camera bag in the world. You can wear the CAMSLINGER Outdoor super comfy at the hip or as a sling bag over your shoulder. It fits all kinds of Mirrorless Cameras, mid-sized DSLRs and Superzooms.”

If you like to go hiking, climbing, cycling, motor biking, horseback riding or simply traveling. And you want to have your cam at the ready within a second, but safe against rain and bumps at the same time? Then the COSYSPEED CAMSLINGER Outdoor is without any doubt in my mind the perfect camera bag for you!

Put in your Mirrorless, mid-sized DSLR or Superzoom and hit the trail. The CAMSLINGER Outdoor is incredibly fast when it comes to getting out your camera and lens for the perfect shot you should never have to miss.  Quick accessible, super comfy and super safe.

If you want all the details about this great carry method then click on this link.   Link

 

 

What Happened To Turn Your Really Great Camera Into A Piece Of Crap – in your mind?

What Happened To Turn Your Really Great Camera Into A Piece Of Crap – in your mind?

Actually more than likely not a darn thing

Before I even get started I shall admit to everyone that I too am a part of the problem and that there truly is a problem.  Guilty.  Myself and many others always want the shiniest and most advanced products being offered and can easily justify why they have to drop big bucks in order to be “ahead of the curve” what ever that curve may be,

I certainly understand why we all tend to think that newer is better.  I understand that technological advances in camera sensors and computer technology in the cameras can make differences in performance, but I have to question just how much of a difference makes a difference in the overall photography that the majority of us do.

Just to be clear, I am not against purchasing the latest and greatest and I have friends who do just that.   Perhaps if was still making 16×20 or larger prints like they do, which I used to do often, I would be overjoyed at owning a very high megapixel camera that would allow pulling details from a file for such larger prints much less painful.  Perhaps if my personal images were very poorly shot (and they are not) and I needed to do major cropping and tonal corrections I would find higher megapixel a benefit.  Or maybe I would need an incredibly high frame rate if I was a sports photographer or wildlife photographer or a photo journalist desiring to capture the most decisive moment of the action in the scene.  This all speaks to very specific needs and to fulfill those important needs in many cases the technology advances in cameras for some are a must.

But for the majority of people involved in photography either as a profession or a hobby or for simply recording everyday moments of their lives it is my personal opinion that most technology is of no benefit to the final image and will not make a significant difference.  That goes for all kinds of imaging devices whether they be a dSlr, mirrorless, compact, or phone.  Perhaps one point of clarity is that the better the glass in front of the sensor the better the imaging sensor will be able to produce a more refined image.

I wrote above that I was guilty.  In the past, but not anymore I was one of the great many people that had to have the newest and the greatest.  It cost me and others a lot of money to keep up with the technology and perhaps when digital cameras first appeared as a consumer item there was a reason for that.  I think the same was also true when it came to owning the latest and greatest computers.  The more power the better. 🙂

So how did I get to the point of writing this blog article?  I have reached a nice stage of life where what I own I consider sufficient to do the things photographically that i want to accomplish whether that be printing large, enhancing an image, or stopping action as it happens. Today I went for neighborhood walk.  I strapped on my Cosyspeed Streetwalker plus + camera bag which hold my small Fuji Xt1 with an 18-55 zoom attached and a prime lens next to it, a couple of cards and a couple of batteries and my iPhone 6 plus.  After walking a couple miles with one of my best friends, my Jack Russel named Ginger, and having shot about twenty images I uploaded the SD card to my computer and processed some of those images.  I can honestly say that I am not able to see where these images are any better or worse than what I could shoot with my 24mp sensor camera (Fuji X pro 2).

I have three cameras that I work with.  A Fuji X100s fixed lens camera (actually given to me recently), a 2014 Fuji Xt1 (16mp) and a Fuji X pro 2 (24mp)  If there is a question in your mind as to why I kept the 16mp Xt-1 after buying the more advanced Fuji X pro 2 it was to have a back up body available should something go wrong with the Fuji X pro 2.  Having a back up camera has been one of my “things” for as long as i can remember, and in this case also led me writing this article.  There are megapixel as well as structural differences between the X Pro 2 and the Xt1 and the one that is most important to me is the articulating monitor on the Xt1 which was a feature left off of the X pro 2.

Had the X pro 2 never been introduced with the 24mp sensor I would not have missed it.  Knowing what I know today, for my shooting and processing purposes i would have not traded up to the X Pro 2.  I love the X pro 2 and hindsight is just that.  The X Pro 2 remains my primary camera because I own it and the XT1 has actually resurfaced as a primary camera as well because it is terrific.

But what you have to think about before putting down big bucks for an updated camera body is whether or not it is necessary for your photography pursuits.  If it just to make you feel all warm inside of having the latest and greatest then take a deep breath before performing the act.  Maybe you would be better off with a better optic, a more advanced electronic flash unit, or maybe putting the cash towards a terrific photography workshop.  If it not going to truly enhance your photography because it is more technically advanced then you probably can do without it.

 

 

 

 

Opinion: Thinking about buying medium format? Read this first: Digital Photography Review

Like many others who love photography, when something new, different, but not that different comes along the excitement level elevates and the must have  buttons get pushed and only intense self control saves your relationships.    In the case of medium format that I shot years ago when film was everywhere, the larger size negatives were pretty desirable.

But with Medium format digital, a photographer really has to think a lot more than just twice about the many thousands of dollars that a system would cost.  I mean some folks could by a nice Harley, or small car for the same amount of money.

This opinion article from a pretty respected author really breaks down the why and why not of making a medium format decision.  As much as I love my Fuji X system gear, and as much as all my buttons got pushed heavily with the introduction of the Fuji GFX medium format gear, common sense prevailed as well my budget and now I am even happier about that after reading this article.

But it is not just about Fuji medium format. It is also about all the others that are out there as well.

I hope you find the author’s article as enlightening as I did.

 

Recent medium format digital announcement has turned a lot of heads, and for good reason. However, some of us are less excited than others. Technical Editor Rishi Sanyal explains why he’s not quite convinced. Read more

Source: Opinion: Thinking about buying medium format? Read this first: Digital Photography Review

Great photographers: An Excellent Slideshow! | Chris Kapetanios photographer

If you love photography you will fall in love with this slide show of past photography masters.  I hope you find it as inspiring as I did.

A truly wonderful slideshow in Ilias Kapa’s YT Channel This is a slideshow, with great photographs of the greatest photographers in history. Sample work from Bill Brandt, Ansel Adams, Julia M…

Source: Great photographers: An Excellent Slideshow! | Chris Kapetanios photographer

Electronic shutter, rolling shutter and flash: what you need to know: Digital Photography Review

This article from DPREVIEW helps to break down the complex nature of electronic shutters and their interaction with sensors.  For those who care this reference material can be very educational and explain some of the issues that affect your images both still and video.

Whether you’re syncing a flash, wondering why banding is appearing in your image or getting strange images from your camera’s silent shutter mode, the way your shutter works has a role to play. Here’s what happens when you press the shutter button. Read more

Source: Electronic shutter, rolling shutter and flash: what you need to know: Digital Photography Review

(15) Lighting Tips: How to Capture that ‘National Geographic Style’ – YouTube

I have been practicing photography on both a personal and professional level for over 50 years.  Notice I said practicing.  Each time I log into an educational piece presented by  knowledgeable photo I learn something new, or get reminded of something I worked at a bunch of years ago.  But one should never stop practicing, exploring and learning from others.  I always can learn something pretty much every day and I worry about those who cannot. To often people carry an attitude that they know it all but you and I know that it is never the case.

So I hope you enjoy this video and learn perhaps just one thing that will make your life in photography more creative.

Always remember that your film camera or digital camera does not see the way you do and those great photographic instruments can always use your help.

Sean Tucker Photography-One Camera and one focal length – A thoughtful short video about life made easy

Sean Tucker Photography-One Camera and one focal length – A thoughtful short video about life made easy

 

I have been a very strong advocate of traveling light, being a minimalist and finding out just how much better your photography might be without a 20 pounds of heavy zooms on your back.

One of the most successful workshops my company gave was in Annapolis Maryland, usually on a Saturday or Sunday morning before sunrise and the students had the option of either using only one prime of their choice or a zoom lens of their choice which would have the zoom taped down at a focal length they preferred.  So several hours of shooting a large variety of subjects with only one focal length was the challenge.  The students came back with some incredible images but only after first grumbling about how they were to work.

Mr. Tucker talks about his experience of doing just this to shoot both video and stills with what he calls an older Canon 5dMarkII and one prime (50mm) lens.

I enjoyed his experience and I hope you do as well.

 

Sean Tucker Photography provides product photography, portrait photography, headshot photography, food photography, event photography, wedding photography, photo retouching and promotional videography to London and the UK.

Source: Tutorials — Sean Tucker Photography

In Defense of Post-Processing author Mitch Green for Petapixel

This article is of course one persons opinion, take on post processing but I think it is well thought out and beneficial to those who do post process and take the heat for doing what they need to do to enhance an image within the range of reality.

I have to admit that quite a few years ago I held the opinion that making ANY changes to an image was not the right and ethical thing to do.  My belief was based on people who alter an image to such a point that it leaves no real reference to what was originally captured.  I still feel that way but there is nothing wrong with removing dust and perhaps a tree limb here and there.  There is nothing wrong with boosting the color of a sunset, or the change the focal point of a scene  by adding a vignette as long as the base capture remains pretty much the same.

The linked article below pretty much sums up how I feel about processing an image.

There will more than likely be those who continue to frown on your artistic choices but in the end if you are doing it right then you will not have changed the whole concept of the image you first recorded in your camera.  That being the case I would tell your critics to move on.

Think about it.  Why add spices to a good piece of meat before or after cooking. After all the meat did come spiced.  Why add butter to a baked potato which did not grow with butter in it.  Why add accessories to your computer or car instead of using them as they came to you?  I am just saying.   Enhancement is quite often a good thing.

 

Post-processing has become part of the trade for photographers. Whether it’s something as seemingly innocuous as tweaking the white-balance, or something m

Source: In Defense of Post-Processing

Women in Photography: Street Photographer Michelle Groskopf of Los Angeles

Great Article – Read it and be inspired

Way to often the world looks at photo journalism as a mans way of recording the world forgetting that there have been so many women photographers, historians, guardians of life who have made incredible contributions to the art and to the world.

 

I grew up in Toronto Canada but moved to NYC to go to College. I spent most of my youth studying and working in Film and Television production, including teaching in a graduate department. As I got older NY changed and I changed. After 15 years I made the difficult decision to jump ship and move to LA. That’s when I shifted from moving images to still. Best decision I’ve ever made. LA is my muse. When I’m not photographing stories for magazines I’m in the street shooting. I always have to be shooting. It’s my outlet and main form of communicating with the world. I’m also a member of the Full Frontal Collective.

Source: Women in Photography: Street Photographer Michelle Groskopf of Los Angeles

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The Print – They confront us esthetically and emotionally with wonderful memories and stories-They are there screaming look at me again.

The Print – They confront us esthetically and emotionally with wonderful memories and stories-They are there screaming look at me again.

This is a difficult subject. It shouldn’t be but for the fact that prints seem to be a very minute part of the photography process in this day and age. More and more people rely on some form of digital to see their images.

Images that other people make get shared through digital media devices such as pads, phones, computer monitors, and the like and it is pretty instantaneous. For some that is enough.

The stroke of a finger or mouse allows anyone today to rapidly cross over large amounts of images in a single press. Two seconds or less and they are on the way to the next image never lingering to study or imagine.

The amount of time is really a few seconds. That’s long enough to know that you saw a familiar person or place or maybe something close to unique in its presentation and you gathered all that up for a matter of seconds and then moved on. You will more than likely never refer back to those images. They will be stored digitally for however long digital storage is (no one really knows) and those memories will be forgotten as we move on to today and tomorrow.

I am seventy-four years old. My years in photography are extensive and like many others from my era, I can remember the family pulling out the big black albums when “family circles” got together. They were big heavy albums with thick black pages and had “corners” that pasted to the pages and pictures were inserted in the “corners.”

My uncles & cousins (all of us between 5 and 18 years of age) would carefully go from page to page, slowly, looking at pictures of the family and friends of the family dating back for so many years. Memories of the children, aunts and uncles, family friends, grand parents, their parents and each picture caused lingering looks once again offering up their stories that we had seen before and heard before.

There were plainly framed pictures on the wall from years past showing baby pictures, graduation pictures, and the like that were always there as constant reminders of our lives. So yes between albums, wall hanging, coffee tables, dressers, there were stories for us to be reminded of.

While recently preparing to downsize to smaller home, my wife and I began to go through lots of boxes that were in the basement. These boxes had traveled with me from New York to Ohio, then to Atlanta and finally Washington DC. I moved so much that some things never got unpacked.

In those boxes were slides, negatives, and prints of all sizes. There is a lot of really old stuff shot by my dad. Besides the fact that he was a part time professional photographer he was also anal about documenting our family and friends, relatives as well every day life around him. In some ways he could have been considered one form of a street photographer.

Instead of packing stuff, this great find had me sitting down on the cold basement floor going through images and sorting them and remembering years past from childhood, and on. Thank you dad once again for teaching me photography and showing me the value of the print on paper.

To clarify all of this before you begin to think I am a against digital media presentation, I AM NOT. I think all forms of presentation have their place and it is more than possible that some day digital presentation, without prints may become the only method of viewing your photography. But we are in the here and now so let’s get your really terrific images on to the wall or into albums.

I still feel that printing images brings out the true essence of the image.

Prints draw a person’s eye’s to an image and makes that person linger to study and admire what you have accomplished.

We look at images that are printed, differently than we look at images that are not. I find that I have a tendency to stop, and look for a much longer time at a print than I do an image on a tablet or phone. Prints endure. They stay in our homes and businesses as well as albums and require little effort for us to view them and study them. They confront us and insist that we do look at them more often and to delve into their meaning and the artists meaning.

Making a conscious effort to select images you want to print (because you just can’t print them all) makes you focus on those images that are most appealing to you.

Images that get printed and displayed carry greater meaning and are always going to open your mind to contemplate the moment the image was created.

This leaves us with decisions to make. Print or file digitally. If you do not care about your images and do not want them to have the ability to truly stir emotion and meaning then just leave them as cold ones and zeros that form the image that will be get the 2 second view from you and others. But if you would like your work to be recognized and be appreciated by others as well as yourself then you must consider making prints of those images that mean the most to you. Whether they are for hanging or becoming part of coffee table albums does not matter. What does matter is the ability to look upon them and remember things past and be warmed by their meaning.

Should you decide that making some prints and keeping the rest as digital information, then there are printing options available.

You can print your own images at home. There are printers available in all shapes and sizes. However, printing at home is time consuming and to get images to be correctly interpreted one should have the printer, computer, and screen properly calibrated. That is easy to do when you have a calibration tool like X-rite.

You could settle on a small and portable printer that makes just 4×6 prints virtually automatically or you could opt for one that makes murals. The small printer that I would recommend is the Epson PictureMate Charm Photo Printer. Test reviews indicate the best color and speed and cost per print.

However you could decide that you really want to become a print master and go for the larger Epson or Canon printers that are very capable of surpassing lots of the bigger professional labs.

If printing your own work is not for you and you want great results without spending hours learning, experimenting and ultimately printing then bring your images to a local camera store like District Camera in Burke Va. as well as many web based labs.

Sometimes it is well worth it not to invest in expensive printers and inks for the occasional special image.

Finally there are some excellent on line services. Mpix seems to be one of the more popular ones, but there are plenty for you to Google. The only problem with on line services is you do not have the local contact to discuss what you are trying to achieve.

In the end, just print some of your great images and make a conscious decision that while saving your digital images you should also be printing them for others to enjoy them as much as you had creating them. It is the best way to truly preserve your precious memories.

addendum:  I shoot Fuji X cameras.  Other folks shoot other brands.  It does not matter which mirrorless or Dslr you use.  They are all capable of producing prints of most any size you want.  What is important is understanding image quality.  Everything looks good on computers, phones and tablets, but pictures taken with tablets and phones simply do not bode well for printing a really great image.  They look the phone, computer screen or tablet.  So if you do not own a great Dslr or Mirrorless camera then you should consider one so you get the best of the best for printing your memories, your masterpieces

Another article of interest on this subject is HERE

 

It’s Spring And With Spring Come Ticks And Other Insect Problems And It Best To Know What They Are And How To Deal With Them

Almost every year I have posted my own article about tick bites and mosquito bites.  But everyone, including myself have a tendency to forget about the nasty ramifications of not remembering especially in our part of the country (Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, etc..)

These nasty creatures can leave us pretty sick in some cases so best be prepared to prevent bites and how to deal with bites you may get.

This time I have posted what seems to be a pretty good web site to go to to learn more.  DO NOT MAKE THE MISTAKE THINKING  TICK BITES AND MOSQUITO BITES ARE NOT GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU.  They can happen in your own backyard.

Have a great spring and summer.

 

Read about tick bite prevention, and learn symptoms, signs, and treatment of tick bites. Find out about types of ticks, and learn how to remove a tick.

Source: Tick Pictures and Treatment and Symptoms of Tick Bites

Sharpness is Not Overrated and Why I Care About Image Quality — Thomas Fitzgerald Photography

Mr. Fitzgerald all I can say is well written and to the point and I agree completely.

If you’ve been a long-time reader of my blog you’ll know that I’m a bit of a stickler for image quality. A lot of what I’ve written has been about maximising image quality and how to get the best possible results. For some of you, this may seem like an obvious thing to care about, and yet, for

Source: Sharpness is Not Overrated and Why I Care About Image Quality — Thomas Fitzgerald Photography

4 Rangefinder Inspired Digital Cameras For Those Tired of The DSLR Lifestyle

I  L O V E  the rangefinder style digital cameras and use the Fuji X pro 2 but without a doubt everyone of them in this article are terrific.

For many, the same old SLR/DSLR look and build is boring and uninteresting. Functional and practical, sure, but generally not the most stylish.

Source: 4 Rangefinder Inspired Digital Cameras For Those Tired of The DSLR Lifestyle

The Ethics of Photojournalism

This article that I am re publishing is by Sebastian Jacobitz and it really knocks the ball out of the park.  It is lengthy but well worth reading by everyone and anyone who points a camera and lens a the world around them.

At one point he makes reference to an image that came from an area called Sudan and it tells a brief story of a photographer and an image he took that ultimately led to his suicide.

The story about this photographer and his fellow photo journalists was brought to us in the form of a movie called the BANG BANG CLUB and one which I have watched over and over again, and also shared with paid for copies, with other fellow photographers.  It is worth watching.  It also available as a book, but watch the movie.

About the author: Sebastian Jacobitz is a 28-year-old hobby Street Photographer from Berlin, capturing the everyday life in the city. The opinions in this post are solely those of the author. To see more of his work, visit his website or give him a follow on Facebook and Instagram. This post was also published here.

Source: The Ethics of Photojournalism

Fuji Xt2 and xpro2 Digital Camera Firmware Firmware Upgrade – Now March 30, 2017

Just in case some of you Fuji X shooters have not been keeping up with the firmware upgrade news this is a link to the page that has the Fuji X pro 2 and the Fuji Xt-2 Firmware listed for download.

Just scroll down to your camera model, do the download, format a card in camera so it is clean, load the firmware file on to the card and while turning on your camera, hold down the Disp/back button and follow the steps.

There is supposed to be another Firmware Upgrade sometime in May 2017 as well

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A FULLY CHARGED BATTERY IN YOUR CAMERA BEFORE DOING THIS DOWNLOAD.

 

  This is your download link:   Digital Camera Firmware : Interchangeable Camera Body / Lens | Fujifilm Global

The Exposure Triangle: Making Sense of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO-via PetaPixel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are about to learn something new, or are revisiting what you may of have sort of put aside for the love of automation it is always a smart thing to do learn or relearn the basics.

This article posted on PetaPixel is going to do just that for you.

How important is exposure in photography? What are the components of exposure? What is the “Exposure Triangle”? These are the questions I will attempt to a

Source: The Exposure Triangle: Making Sense of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

How to Use a Wide-angle Lens for Street and Travel Photography

Interesting take.  Makes sense if you prefer the inclusion of the surrounding area or if you do not mind getting up close and personal with your subjects.

 

Out of all the lenses it is possible to use for street and travel photography the wide-angle lens is the one I struggle with the most.

Source: How to Use a Wide-angle Lens for Street and Travel Photography

100 Years Later: Remembering the Struggle of Jewish Soviet Photographer Yevgeny Khaledei – Resource

I came across this while reading through photography blogs.

Let us not forget what history has taught us about human monsters who are racist, brutal cowards who spend their lives hating even themselves.

And please do not forget that the pictures you take today are tomorrows history and you are the artists that can keep the world honest.

Source: 100 Years Later: Remembering the Struggle of Jewish Soviet Photographer Yevgeny Khaledei – Resource

A CALL TO ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS – Malta’s Famed ‘Azure Window’ Collapses into Sea During Storms

CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS

IT IS JUST TOO IMPORTANT TO PHOTOGRAPH THE WORLD AROUND YOU.  THE IMAGES YOU MAKE TODAY MAY EASILY REPRESENT THE ONLY HISTORICAL RECORD OF EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE AROUND YOU.

 

ALWAYS HAVE YOUR PHOTO GEAR AT YOUR FINGER TIPS

Residents, tourists and leaders expressed sadness over the loss of Malta’s Azure Window.

Source: Malta’s Famed ‘Azure Window’ Collapses into Sea During Storms | The Weather Channel

Rangefinder – How to Beat That Dreaded Creative Rut in Your Photography

Let’s face it.  From time to time we have all been knocked in the head by a total block when it came to getting out and about to create images.

Unfortunately, creator’s block knows no bounds. Photographer Ben Sasso offers some advice on what to do when it inevitably comes to you.

Source: Rangefinder – How to Beat That Dreaded Creative Rut in Your Photography

Are you dedicated to your art? Are you learning everyday? Are you capturing a world that only your eyes can perceive?

Are you dedicated to your art?  Are you learning everyday? Are you capturing a world that only your eyes can perceive?

Then you will want to watch these videos about life on the streets with dedicated photographers who face the challenges of recording that life everyday.

 

 

 

Do You Have A Signature, A Style, A Look to your Images? UPDATE

There have been some incredible photographers throughout the years and a great many of us have admired their work, technique, compositions, lighting, etc.  Besides their photography there are more than enough articles to read and digest about how to do almost anything in photography.  All of this is great to learn from and I am a strong advocate of constantly increasing one’s knowledge levels.  But that is where it should end because it is now for you to tell us who you are and what your look and style is that separates you from all of those educational sources.

Quite a few years ago I met a wonderful lady who was sort of just getting started in photography.  She had a passion to learn and learn she did.  But she also had desire to separate herself from the pack and create her look, her style and her signature.  By signature I mean I could  look at a bunch of photographs and immediately pull her work out of the batch.  She had created her own signature.  I used to joke with her about her approach to her images as being color creative as well as abstract.  And the more I joked the more I happily watched her develop her technique.  Her specialty was and still is flowers, yet she has diversified some what and she is doing excellent work within that diversification.

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So let’s everyone and anyone have at it. Begin to think about your photography as your own and not something that you are trying recreate as opposed to creating.  It requires some time.  It requires dedicating yourself to shooting for at least an hour a day, every day.  Shoot the things you like, create little projects for yourself.  Experiment with black and white, color, fiddle with composition, and work with as little gear as possible so you have the time to concentrate on what you are shooting as opposed to what you are shooting it with.

Don’t shoot the mountains because Ansel Adams did.  Unless of course you have a unique way of seeing and creating a great landscape.  Work on your street photography, not a famous street photographer’s work.  The lesson there is F8 and be there and the rest is up to you.

Work on architecture and learn how to apply tones in a way you want to see them.  Make black and white one of your signature moments.  Of course architecture can also be great in color but nothing beats black and white for tones and detail.  Study angles, crevices, play with shadows.  Have a ball.

Develop a style, your style.  Develop a look, your look.  And have your signature which combination of all the factors that put an image together the way you see it and the way you feel it and perceived it, which will become your signature.

In addition for this re-post I cannot stress enough the importance of a final print.  Nothing speaks more to your talent and your style than a print hanging on a wall.  Either do it your self or send a file off to a good printing service.  Be proud of your work and hang it.

Most of all love what you are doing, don’t take yourself to seriously and always remember it is not your gear that makes an image special, it is your signature.