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In a recent podcast on High Dynamic Range I mentioned Michael Freeman's book Mastering High Dynamic Range Photography, which is an excellent book on HDR. But I recently got my hands on another Freeman title published by Ilex - ”The Photographer’s Eye” - and I have to say that this is the best how-to book on photography that I have read in a very long time.
The scope of the book is to get the reader to think about the process of creating an image – outer and inner frames, the dynamics, the composition, the exposure, the decisive moment – everything that makes a great picture. Freeman refers to it as designing pictures, and I like that term because it so strongly implies that there is more to it than just pointing the camera and pressing the shutter release.
Continue reading The Photographer’s Eye.
These ten rules were originally made for Lomo's and Lomography. If you are not familiar with this concept, check it out. I'm not going to cover it in depth here. But I will happily steal the Ten Golden Rules of Lomography and rewrite them to Ten Golden Rules of Photography.
Like the Lomo, these rules are kind of anarchistic and definitely against the establishment. But they are still very much in line with my recent entry "Exercise your photography muscles". These rules are kinda "Exercise your photography muscles in a fun way".Continue reading 10 Golden Rules.
You should eat fresh fruit every day!
You should be out of breath once every day!
You should kiss your spouse every day!
You spend time with your kids every day!
You should take pictures every day!
Yep, I truly think you should exercise your photographic muscles every day. In this digital age, there are no problems in shooting at will, and just "wasting" images on things less important.
As I mention in my latest podcast - Storage Blues - the only problem with shooting a ton of pictures is that they take up space.
The series "How to look good in pictures" created by Nikon is simply brilliant! This little online show focuses mainly on the models: expression, clothing, poses etc. and contains all kinds of neat and easy tricks to look good in good portraits. But it also gives the photographer a lot of hints to how he or she can get a good shot.
The host of the show is Carson Kressley, who is just perfect for the role as an instructor. Carson used to be one of the hosts in the surprise hit show "Queer eye for the straight guy", which started back in 2003. In this show five gay men helps a straight guy get some style in his appearance, home, cooking and other things in order to impress a girl.
Carson's manners are, eh... manners... A bit exaggerated, maybe, but close to perfect for the concept. He is very nice and engaged and does indeed "strike a pose" every time the camera points at him. But no matter what, he gets the message over, talking to celebs, pro photographers or just people in the streets of New York.
If you think that any of those many great press bureau pictures that you saw from the Olympics in Beijing were just lucky punches, think again. This little video from Reuters shows with all possible clarity that it's hard work and tonnes of resources that gets the photographers 80% of the way towards the great pictures - the last 20% is skill and some luck.
Reuters brought 40 photographers and 25 people to edit, process, transfer etc. to the games, and the video illustrates some of the efforts and preparations made to grab the right shot of the right person in the right moment. Impressing!
One of my absolute favorite photographic blogs is iheartphotograph - like in I love photograph with the heart symbol. Iheartphotograph is a daily dose of different photography gathered and published by New York based art curator Laurel Ptak.
And when I say different I really mean it. This huge collection of photographs and display of photographer's works is quite far from what I shoot myself (and then again, see later), and quite far from the type of photos I mostly look at in galleries, on the web, in books or in magazines.
Continue reading iheartphotograph.
So you didn't go to Photokina? Well, no worries, because the International VR Photography Association (IVRPA) will gladly take you there - virtually.
They have a ton of VR-shots on their special Photokina panoblog, and whether you want to check out Nikon's booth, look at Kata bags or join a Phase One shoot, IVRPA offers the opportunity. And of course IVRPA's own booth. No, unfortunately no Nikonian's booth anywhere.
Just click a thumbprint and start maneuvering in this virtual world of Photokina 08.
A blog reader and podcast listener - Chris from the UK - wrote me an email pointing my attention in the direction of Denis Darzacq's fabulous images of people hovering.
You have to see them to get the idea. They are fantastic.Continue reading My "want-to-shoot-list".
A photowalk or a photo meetup is a social event where a bunch of photographers agree on joining forces and shoot a certain subject, a certain location or a certain theme together.
Typical photowalks bring people together to walk a certain route or neighborhood. You walk along and shoot, trying to avoid getting too many other photographers in your pictures.
At a meetup you usually agree on meeting and staying in one place and shooting with a planned technique or shoot particular subjects. Strobist meetups are becoming particularly popular these days.Continue reading Photowalks, meetups - what and how.
Yesterday I was shooting at night having fun with light painting together with a bunch of other photographers. I will return to that in a later post.
But the evening's activities reminded me that I have to make up some kind of method to avoid being Over-ISO'ed.
I was shooting next to Silas and had a nice setup that gave some fine shots at f11 and some 15 seconds. For some reason he was getting way dark images at even though we shot exactly similar lenses and almost similar cameras.
We couldn't see what the difference was until I checked the ISO on my D200. Duh! 1600! No wonder I had had problems with noise in the dark part of many of the images I shot for my flash modifier theme the day before. I had been going steady on 1600 ISO for days...
Duh! Continue reading Over-ISO'ed!.