background preloader

What Works in Black & White

What Works in Black & White
Related:  Basic Photography TipsNew Photo Technicaphotography

100 Helpful Photography Tutorials for Beginners and Professionals Photography as both a profession and a hobby is an incredibly expansive topic that covers a remarkably vast range of subjects from science and art. No matter where you lie on the professional spectrum, there is simply always more to learn. We spent countless hours scouring the web for the best content we could find and share with you, and today we'll help you expand your knowledge with 100 photography related tutorials! "There are many composition guidelines which can be applied in almost any situation, to enhance the impact of a scene. "Graphic illustrations [and explanations] of the difference between RAW and JPEG (also called JPG). A basic discussion of white balance and how to respond to different lighting situations. "Use a simple device to get perfect color in all of your shots" "What you need to know to get the most from today’s amazing high-ISO settings" "A beginner’s guide to focal lengths and how they affect photographs" "Ever wonder what it is that actually makes a camera work?

How to Take Great Portraits Outdoors Have you ever taken a picture outside, only to realize afterward that the sky is white instead of blue? Or the subject of your image is too dark? Or that everyone in your picture is squinting because of the sun? These are common photography problems, but fortunately for you, there are easy solutions, following these few tips: “Amanda and Taras” captured by Tatiana Garanina (Click Image to Find Photographer) The first thing to learn is that your camera (no matter HOW expensive it was!) To compensate for this, your camera does something called “metering,” which means the camera picks a part of the image and tries to expose it correctly (not too dark and not too bright), and trusts that the rest of the picture will adjust accordingly. How does this translate into everyday use? Photo captured by Elena Kuznetsova (Click Image to Find Photographer) The solution to this problem is to make sure that everything in the scene is roughly the same degree of brightness. 2) Use your flash.

Focus Testing Again I'm not saying there isn't a problem with some 10D bodies, but it's yet to be determined how widespread the problem really is. Please note that focus accuracy isn't specified to be - and probably never is - absolutely perfect. From past statements by Canon it seems that the spec for focus on "consumer" bodies (and the 10D is a $1500 "consumer" body) is that focus is within the DOF. So the bottom line is that focus should be within the DOF, or to put it another way, the image should look sharp. The Chart I've written this article so that users can test their 10D under a set of "standard" conditions and compare results - or at least see if their 10D falls outside acceptable limits for focus accuracy. You can see two sets of parallel lines which are your focus indicators. The Test To use the chart you set it up at 45 degrees to the axis of the lens as shown below. Use is easy. The Results This image displays pretty much perfect focus. The Conclusion Add a comment Notify me of comments

The 20 Best Websites for Learning Digital Photography I’m beginning to warm up to cheesy stock photos… have you noticed that I’ve used some super cheesy ones the last few days? I’ve spent several days searching all over the Internet to find the very best 21 up-and-coming photography websites. Each of the sites on this list are well deserving of a good read. Here, I will use “up-and-coming” to mean websites that are not yet household names (such as Digital Photography School, Strobist, or Scott Kelby’s Blog) even if the sites are already somewhat popular. CurrentPhotographer.com – This site has a tremendous amount of quality content. EPhotoZine.com – This site has great information, especially for beginning and intermediate photographers. Photography.ca – I absolutely love this podcast by Marko Kulik up in Canada (eh?). PhotographyTalk.com – This is a large site with an active community behind it. PhotoNaturalist.com – This site is focused on outdoor photography of nature: wildlife, landscape, and macro.

Digital Photography Tips Defying gravity and weightlessness has always captured the imagination. These surreal compositions by Hungarian photographer Bence Bakonyi explore that theme. The idea of flying becomes a reality at least in the pictures of Bakonyi as his subjects are shown floating, appearing weightless. Check Out Our Exclusive Interview with 300: Rise of an Empire Still Photographer, Clay Check out our Interview with Flora Borsi, Budapest based Fine Art Photographer (Source: exposureguide.com) Ladies and Gentleman, drum roll please… The Internet has spoken and here are our top ten most popular posts of 2013! The Nikon D7000 and Canon 60D are the Most Stolen Cameras of 2013 Creative Retouching Essentials in a Day – 50% OFF!!! It’s finally here!!! Check out our Most Popular Photography Tips on Flipboard!!! NEW EBOOK: The Art of Color Processing by Christopher O’Donnell Creative Retouching Essentials in a Day – 50% OFF!!!

Quotes From Master Photographer Ansel Adams and How You to Apply Them to Your Photography A Post By: Bruce Wunderlich The technology of photography has been evolving at a very rapid rate. Most of our cameras are almost obsolete by the time we purchase them! But one thing about photography hasn’t changed over the years and that is the art of photography. We can learn so much about the that from the masters of yester-years. Ansel Adams was one of these great masters, best known for his iconic black and white images of the American West. This image by Bruce Wunderlich was part of a digital display that ran alongside the temporary exhibition, Ansel Adams: Photography from the Mountains to the Sea on at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich from 9 November 2012 – 28 April 2013. “Expressions without doctrines, my photographs are presented as ends in themselves, images of the endless moments in the world.” You surely have heard the expression, “A picture paints a thousand words.” “Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.” What a powerful quote!

Your Camera Doesn't Matter Home Donate New Search Gallery Reviews How-To Books Links Workshops About Contact Your Camera Doesn't Matter © 2013 Ken Rockwell Also in Spanish, Ukrainian, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Dutch, Hebrew, Vietnamese, Russian, Portuguese and Hungarian. Mono Lake, Saturday, 25 July 1993, snapped with a broken camera. bigger. tech details. Mono Lake, 11 August 2001, snapped with a floppy-disc camera. Dawn, Mono Lake, 12 August 2001, snapped with a floppy-disc camera. This free website's biggest source of support is when you use any of these links when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live.It helps me keep adding to this free website when you get yours through these links — but I receive nothing for my efforts if you buy elsewhere. Better Pictures: The Secret Composition Simplicity FART Shadows Lighting Adjustments It's Not Your Camera Exposure WB Don't Worry: Shoot NEW, 09 September 2013: Canon 5D Mk III/24-70 II vs. The shots at the top were shot 12 or 20 years ago. 1.)

Portrait Photography - 10 Tips to Capture Great Portraits - Portraiture tips and techniques 1. Make your subject comfortable Portrait photography is all about understanding people and capturing their character, life style, and mood in an attractive and pleasing way. So the first step to take good portraits is to get to know your subject well. 2. Many times it happens that an otherwise lovely shot is totally destroyed by the subject blinking at the right moment. 3. Even small things in a portrait photograph can impact the over look and feel of the image. 4. While looking at a portrait photograph the first thing that the viewers eyes travel to is the eyes of the subject. 5. Shift your camera to manual focus and pre-focus on an approximate area to shoot random, busy activity. 6. A Catchlight is like a twinkle in the eyes, simply put it is the highlight that appears in our eyes when a light source is reflected off the surface of the eye. 7. Remember the tip that advises you to shoot from the subject’s eye level while shooting kids and pets. 8. 9. 10.

chookooloonks :: discover your superpowers :: karen walrond Gather 'round, children. I have a secret to tell. As you know, on Occasionally Technical Tuesday, I've already told you tales of how to buy a camera and a lens, and we've discussed how a camera works. And the secret is: Now, when I say look for the light, I'm not just saying notice if it's sunny or overcast out, and then just go ahead an take the shot anyway. To illustrate, the following are examples. Okay, so this first shot was taken early one morning in Austin a couple of years ago: On this particular morning, my friend wanted to go kayaking. "Would you mind paddling out toward the sun?" She did, and then I composed the shot. Make sense? Now: later in the day, when the sun is high in the sky and is at its brightest, it becomes even more imperative to pay attention to what the sun is doing. The following shot of Marcus was taking midday, when the sun was right overhead: See all the shadows that are happening on his face as a result? See the difference? Or Marcus' orchids:

Digital single-lens reflex camera The photographer can see the motive before taking an image by the mirror. When taking an image the mirror will swing up and light will go to the sensor instead. A digital single-lens reflex camera (also called a digital SLR or DSLR) is a digital camera combining the optics and the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor, as opposed to photographic film. The reflex design scheme is the primary difference between a DSLR and other digital cameras. In the reflex design, light travels through the lens, then to a mirror that alternates to send the image to either the viewfinder or the image sensor. The alternative would be to have a viewfinder with its own lens, hence the term "single lens" for this design. The design of DSLR cameras[edit] Like SLRs DSLRs typically use interchangeable lenses (1) with a proprietary lens mount. Phase-detection autofocus[edit] DSLRs typically use a phase-detection autofocus system. Features commonly seen in DSLR designs[edit]

Shooting the Past: a filmic meditation on the power of photos: Design Observer Liam Cunningham as Christopher Anderson in Shooting the Past, directed by Stephen Poliakoff, BBC, 1999 There are plenty of movies featuring photographers as protagonists, but fictional film stories where the photographic image plays a central and pivotal role are not so common. There is, for instance, the darkroom scene in Antonioni’s Blow-Up (1966), while another 1960s classic, the late Chris Marker’s La Jetée, is the most famous case of a film constructed almost entirely from still photographs, although the pictures were specially shot to tell the story rather than “found.” Stephen Poliakoff’s three-part film for television, Shooting the Past, first transmitted by the BBC in 1999 and later shown on PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre, goes much further than any of these examples. Timothy Spall as Oswald Bates in Shooting the Past Lindsay Duncan as Marilyn Truman in Shooting the Past Marilyn Truman in the Fallon picture library. Oswald Bates examines strangers’ photos at the processing lab

Related: