Welcome! You've reached the "About Us" page of The Online Photographer (a.k.a. TOP). TOP is a daily news website for photo enthusiasts, in blog format. Our past contributors number more than 50 writers, including professional photographers, several photography magazine veterans, and writers from other fields who have a special interest in photography. Our mission: to help connect today's photo enthusiasts to photography's culture: its tradition, history, industries, best practices, accomplishments, literature, theory, legal issues, and current events. Our main feature is the daily Weblog. and ...lead directly to the weblog page. Any time the top post on the weblog doesn't interest you, don't worry. History and business planSince its founding in November 2005, TOP has become one of the most popular "small" photography sites on the Web. Want to advertise? We cover anything and everything of interest to practicing photographers. What can you find on TOP? "...And a lot more," as they say.
Jay Maisel PhotographyDigital Photography Tips From The Top FloorCanon L Lens Series InformationWhat is the Canon "L" Lens Series? Good question - and many answers exist, but it is Canon's professional line (though used extensively by non-professionals) of EOS EF autofocus 35mm SLR and DSLR still camera lenses. Some say L stands for "Low Dispersion" - achieved by the UD lens elements found in these lenses. Watch the sidelines at the next professional sporting event you attend or watch on TV. About their L lenses, Canon says "these lenses use special optical technologies [such as] Ultra-low Dispersion UD glass, Super Low Dispersion glass, Fluorite elements, and Aspherical elements to truly push the optical envelope." OK so what does that mean - practically speaking? What you can get when you use Canon L lenses (if you do your part right) are amazing pictures. The above picture shows the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens (left) compared to the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens extended and retracted along with their lens hoods. Aren't they beautiful?!
A beginner's guide to wedding photographyHave you ever been asked to take photos for a wedding? For some, wedding photography is a casual affair. Take a point-and-shoot camera, then snap away when the opportunity arises. For others, it’s a serious, full-fledged business. Wedding photos are a challenge to take, simply because of the flurry of activities that go on and the wide variety of lighting conditions that may occur. The diagram below shows the 5 key tips which we’ll cover in this article. 5 important tips for wedding photography which you should keep in mind 1. One of the most critical elements in being a successful wedding photographer is preparation. How many photographers will there be? Asking pertinent questions like these will help you understand the requirements for the wedding photos and thereby take better shots. 2. Once you’ve understood what the wedding locations, events and times are, find some time to go scout around those places. Make sure you know the wedding locations inside out 3. This is a critical step. 4.