Creative Sharpening, Part I - Digital Photo Pro Tuesday, April 12, 2011 By John Paul Caponigro Final Sharpened Image The vast majority of photographic images benefit from sharpening. Before you decide how and when to sharpen images, you need to decide why you’re sharpening them. The goal is to enhance detail rendition without producing distracting visual artifacts. Should you sharpen once or multiple times? Capture source, output device, substrate or presentation device, presentation size, subject and artistic intention all play a role in sharpening. So, if sharpening is a complex subject, how do you simplify your sharpening workflow to one that’s practical without compromising quality? Bruce Fraser and Jeff Schewe offer the best advice in their definitive volume on sharpening, Real World Image Sharpening with Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, and Lightroom, which is highly recommended reading for every photographer. Their philosophy of sharpening is perhaps the soundest in the industry.
18 Photography Apps Each Smartphone Photographer Should Consider If you stop to think about it, that little eye on the world on the back of your smart phone is a technological wonder– particularly if you grew up in an era when leaving the house or office meant nobody could reach you until you surfaced somewhere with a land line. Even when compared to point-and-shoot digital cameras of just a few years ago, these cameras which are constantly with us keep advancing at an incredible rate, creating images often indistinguishable from those taken with our DSLRs. But it’s not perfect– and never can be–.since perfection means drastically different things to different people, Thanks to ambitious app creators, though, we can trick out our smart phone cameras with a seemingly endless supply of options. I don’t think there could ever be a definitive list of the best and worst– what follows are my own personal impressions. Instagram I guess this one goes pretty much without saying (yet I’m saying it anyway). Camera + This is, by far, my favorite photo app. Path On
Harold Davis Webcasts and Video | Photoblog 2.0 Sunflowers #5, photo by Harold Davis. View this image larger. You may be interested in some of my webcasts and video appearances that you can find online. These are all sponsored as noted in the listings, and free to watch. Please let me know what you think! Nikon Pro Spotlight interview (Nikon Camera USA): KQED-TV Quest: Night photography (O’Reilly TV): Upcoming: On Wednesday, August 18 I’ll be presenting a webcast sponsored by Focal Press explaining the Photoshop techniques behind the images in my new book Photographing Flowers.
Damir Sagolj Editing your digital images without the mystery Welcome to Ars Workshops, and thank you for paying at the door. While you're taking your seats and SPITTING OUT YOUR GUM, I'll explain a little what the Ars Workshops are all about. This is the first of a series of digital imaging guides I'll be doing that take the knowledge gained after years of banging my head against the Photoshop wall and put them together in a non-ouchy format for you to enjoy. This first one outlines a number of typical tweaks, enhancements and fixes done by consumer-oriented imaging programs that get decent results, but do a better job of keeping you in the dark about how images work or what the actual problem was. We'll cover a number of goals like adjusting contrast, warming images up and reducing noise from shadows in a more accurate and controlled way. Then we'll get into advanced stuff like masking but all explained in an almost-too friendly, "why are you touching my arm?" First up on the digital imaging goals: Enhancement enchantment
10 Things Street Photographers Can Learn From Magnum Contact Sheets One of the most valuable books I currently have in my library is Magnum Contact Sheets. It is a book that was put out by Thames and Hudson in the last year or so, and contains over 139 contact sheets from 69 Magnum Photographers. For those of you who are not familiar with contact sheets, they are a direct print made from a roll or sequence of images of film. The book is a hefty behemoth full of knowledge, insights, and philosophies of the Magnum photographers within. What is a contact sheet? Henri Cartier-Bresson looking at contacts at the New York Magnum Office. 1959. © Rene Burri / Magnum Photos To clarify, a contact sheet is a direct print of a roll or sequence of images shot by a photographer on film. “This contact sheet, a direct print of a roll or sequence of negatives, is the photographers’ first look at what he or she captured on film, and provides a uniquely intimate glimpse into their working process. Why are Contact Sheets Important? “Usually when you shoot, you work the image.
Understanding & Using Ansel Adam’s Zone System The Zone System is a technique that was formulated by Ansel Adams and Fred Archer back in the 1930's. It is an approach to a standardized way of working that guarantees a correct exposure in every situation, even in the trickiest lighting conditions such as back lighting, extreme difference between light and shadow areas of a scene, and many similar conditions that are most likely going to throw off your camera's metering giving you a completely incorrect exposure. Today we're going to explore this system, and investigate how it can help you with your photography! Republished Tutorial Every few weeks, we revisit some of our reader's favorite posts from throughout the history of the site. Your camera's metering modes are built to give you a correct reading under most average situations. Capturing a correct exposure every time, even in the trickiest light or scene situations. The camera metering is designed to give correct readings under average circumstances.
Photo Expert Stephen Mayes on the Changing Future of Photography © Woongjae Shin In a fascinating interview with Image Source Art Director Stephanie Cabrera, Photography expert Stephen Mayes explores the work of photo-journalist Tim Hetherington, the wider impact of stock imagery and the rapidly changing future of Photography There’s one name that connects many of the major players in photography over the last 25 years. This is just to say, that when Mayes reflects on the current state of commercial photography, and on where it might go, it’s worth paying attention. In the following interview, Image Source Art Director Stephanie Cabrera, asks Stephen Mayes about his discussions and explorations with Hetherington in essays such as The Theatre of War, where Mayes was a sounding-board for some ‘disconcertingly honest’ ideas Hetherington was working through. Could you outline a few key ideas from your essay The Theatre of War, and what what kind of response it received? Sleeping Soldiers, Tim Hetherington Tim Hetherington Dan Pangbourne / Image Source RF
Stephen Eastwood|Beauty and Fashion Photographer | Tutorials Lenses and perspective, or distortion on a face for beauty. Q. Why do you use long lenses and what's the advantage or disadvantage for it? A. I use them because the allow for a more comfortable working distance, and more importantly, they diminish distortion of the face and the compression allows for a more flattering perspective. What does that mean? OK Real World Numbers On a 35mm full frame 24mm x 36mm chip or piece of film. I use them because the allow for a more comfortable working distance, and more importantly, they diminish distortion of the face and the compression allows for a more flattering perspective. Lens tip to subject, not making allowance for background here. Lens tip to subject 7 feet 300mm 11inches 200mm 17inches 135mm 24inches 85mm 40inches 50mm 65inches average head from tip of head to chin 10 1/2 inches 1 inch above head to nipple line of average large (tall) woman, average 6'2inch male, 18 1/2 inches 50mm ___24inches at 3 feet 36inches
Peter Bialobrzeski photography - work The photographs show houses on the verge of demolition to create space for new appartment house developments. Informal Arrangements features the interiors of South African shantytown shacks. These photographs speak of the desire to arrange one’s home comfortably using the few means available. Case Study Homes is actually a sketchbook. Having a home means having roots, which is not the same as being rooted to the spot. Paradise Now presents fragments of nature—some of them mise en scène, others untouched by urban growth—on the periphery of the artificially illuminated infrastructure of large Asian cities. In new project, I examine the transformation of urban wastelands, many of them located on the peripheries of cities. In Neon Tigers, I merge the seven Asian cities of Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Jakarta, Singapore, and Shenzhen into a virtual megatropolis. The Project “Eden” explores the boundaries between picture taking and pictures making.