For photography, one continues the never ending journey in learning about new techniques and skills.
For the month of August 2015, I have included some most recent articles relating to photography tips with associated videos.
Exposing To The Right (ETTR) Explained – Exposing to the right, or “ETTR,” is an approach to photography that is as helpful as it is controversial. On one hand, exposing to the right is yet another technique to remember while shooting, and it can potentially ruin your exposure if utilized incorrectly. On the other hand, at least in theory, ETTR is the epitome of digital exposure. With proper ETTR, your images have as much detail in the shadows as they possibly can, without any of the highlights losing information along the way. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Megapixels:Does Size Matter? – Back in 2009, when I made my living photographing stock imagery, the size of the images we could license made a difference in our potential for sales. Photos were sold based on how big the file was (in megapixels), so photographers with large-megapixel cameras had a more competitive edge over those of us who did not. At the time, I was using a Nikon D200, a 12-megapixel camera, and felt pressured to upgrade. When it was obvious that Nikon (at the time) was not going to come out with anything with more than 12-megapixels, I decided to make the move to Canon, which already had a hefty 21-megapixel 5DMarkII in their inventory. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
I Bought A Fake DSLR: My Experience With Gray Market Imports – So, the Nikon D7000 I bought, brand new in early 2014, is a fake. Unbeknownst to me until very recently, of course. Let’s start at the beginning — it being the most logical and traditional place to start.
I’d been shooting with my trusty old D70 for a good few years since I got into photography and felt it was about time to upgrade and start taking this whole silly hobby thing a bit more seriously. I settled upon a D7000 and, in February 2014, made a purchase from an online retailer who deals specifically with those mysterious and opinion-stirring items: The Gray Market Import. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
6 Things To Look Out For When Buying Used Lenses Locally – Buying used gear is always a balance between risk and potential reward. There is always a chance the lens will be defective in some way or another, but there is also the potential that you will get a perfect lens at a great price. When buying online, you are at the mercy of the seller, but when going out to buy used gear in person from local classifieds, there are several things you can do to decrease the chances of getting a lemon. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
10 Tips For Cleaning Your Camera Lens – A well maintained, clean lens is vital to any photographer. Here are 10 simple top tips for cleaning your digital camera lens. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Best Camera Settings For Freezing Action – When you’re freezing moving subjects you need to be in control of your camera’s shutter speed, so start by selecting shutter-priority mode. Then set a fast shutter speed such as 1/1000 sec, although you may need to alter this, depending on the speed of the subject.
To enable you to use a fast shutter speed you’ll also need to set a high ISO in all but the brightest of lighting conditions. The precise setting will depend on the amount of light, but try ISO 800 as a starting point. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Back Button Feature And Why You Should Consider Using It – What operation on a camera could possibly be more simple than pressing the shutter button to take a picture? There’s not much to it, really – you look through the viewfinder (or at the LCD screen on the back of the camera), press a button with your index finger, wait for the camera to focus, and voilà! You’ve got a photo.
Well, as the popular saying goes, what if I told you there was a better way? Hidden deep within the settings of most cameras is a feature called Back Button Focusing, and enabling it can transform your approach to photography. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Minimalism With A Wide-Angle Lens – When you think about minimalism in photography, photos taken with a macro or long lens often comes to mind. These lenses can easily blur the background into a single color and make the subject stand on its own. In addition, the narrow field-of-view presented by a long lens can also help to create minimalistic images.
On the other hand, when you are outside shooting with a wide-angle lens, it’s tough to imagine creating a minimalist landscape image. No matter what composition you pick (other than a close-up macro or a detailed shot), isolating a single element with a wide-angle lens can be challenging. Despite this, it is possible to create minimalist images with a wide-angle lens. All you need are the right conditions and a bit of creativity. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Tamron 15-30mm Zoon Lens Awarded European DSLR Zoom Lens 2015-2016 EISA – Tamron has announced that the European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) has presented its “European DSLR Zoom Lens 2015-2016” award to the world’s first* f/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom to offer image stabilization – the Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A012). – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
SIGMA 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM – Sports – Specially designed for wildlife and sport photographers, this state-of-the-art lens is a new standard for telephoto zooms. Build quality is exemplary, with dust- and splash-proof construction for use in the great outdoors, and the zoom can be locked at all marked focal lengths. Images are very sharp, aided by an improved Optical Stabilizer (OS) that helps to avoid blurring from camera shake. Autofocus is fast and quiet, and compatibility with the SIGMA USB DOCK gives scope for user customisation of settings, along with the possibility of firmware updates. For sports and wildlife photographers it’s in a class of its own.- CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
How To Get The Most Out Of Your Wide Angle Lens – Wide angle lenses are an obvious choice when it comes to landscape and street photography. They offer a wide angle of view thereby getting everything (with a capital E) in the frame. That’s an excellent thing. However, it also has its downsides. Photographer Mark Wallace shares a few simple tips on how to get the best images with your wide angle lens – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS AND VIDEO HERE
Six Lenses For Photographing Buildings And Architecture – When it comes to photographing architecture and real estate, wide angles are very important. Capturing the grandeur of a place and making it look inviting is important. Some of the best real estate photographers say that every light in the residence should be on if possible while others tend to add flash to other areas (like behind a couch) to create an even more inviting atmosphere. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Master Urban Abstracts With These 8 Tips – To help you give your urban photography an abstract feel, here are 8 tips on what, how and where to take your photos when out exploring a town or city. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
30 Symmetrical Photos So Good They’d Make Wes Anderson Weep – Director Wes Anderson is known for crafting near-perfect symmetry in many of his scenes, so much so that an entire video has been created to show off just how often he does this.
It’s easy to see why he does this: symmetry is beautiful. So balanced it’s somehow deeply satisfying to those of us who like things in perfect order. And so we wanted to support Mr. Anderson’s love of symmetrical composition with a photo collection from the 500px archives. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Peculiar Notions: 22 Eye-Catching Examples Of Abstract Photography – I’m not sure how many of you (hopefully none of you) actually lose sleep thinking about abstract photography and trying to determine exactly what it is — and what it isn’t. But abstract photography is indeed something that lots of people have mulled over rather extensively since the earliest days of photography; it is something that has the potential to simultaneously puzzle and captivate anyone who encounters it. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY
5 Simple Ways To Create Expressive Photos In Black And White – Can you visualize the world around you in black and white? It’s not easy to do at first with an array bright colors competing for your attention. Look a little closer however, and you may recognize the broad potential for expressive imagery. Of course, not every situation lends itself to this artistic style. There are however, certain characteristics you can look for, to identify the best opportunities. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Tips For Black And White Wildlife Photography – South African photographer Heinrich van den Berg once said, “I believe that if black-and-white photography is done correctly, it can convey much more emotion and a deeper meaning than color ever could. It’s as if by subtracting color, the viewer is forced to add his own emotion to the images. Color photography is like a novel that spells everything out in detail, whereas black-and-white photography is like poetry—its strength isn’t in what’s said; it’s in what’s left out.” – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
SMART PHONE PHOTOGRAPHY
7 Ways To Take Better Shots With Your Smartphone – Some of us love them, some of us hate them but the fact is mobile photography is here and it is here to stay. The vast majority of us carry a smartphone with us all of the time. That means we are all carrying a very useable, indeed very capable digital camera wherever we go. However, because the primary function of these devices is not photography, they need a different approach to setting up and taking pictures. Today we will explore some of the things to look out for. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Take Better Smartphone Photos -When you think about smartphone photography what comes to mind? My guess is you probably think about Instagram, photo filters, bad selfies and any number of other keywords that describe this new wave of photography.
Today, I’m going to share a few tips on how you can improve your smartphone photography and start capturing interesting photographs wherever you are with whatever you have in your pocket. If you like this post you might also want to check out this DPS eBook specifically written for improving your iPhone photography. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
NATURE & WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY
How To Photograph Flowers – When you first discover how to take photos of flowers it can give you many days of wonderful enjoyment. Flower photography is a favorite type of photography that many people love. It’s not difficult to take photos of flowers if you get all the key elements right. If you don’t have any close to you, or you do not have a garden of your own, then try a nursery or a park. You’re bound to find many varieties of flowers there. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Use A Low Camera Angle For Landscape Photography – It seems as if everyone is trying to be a landscape photographer these days. With the advent of digital imaging and the corresponding ease in cranking out pictures, photography is everywhere. Because of this, it’s getting harder and harder to create landscape images that are different and not the same old stereotypical stuff that everyone else is shooting. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
Find And Photograph Patters In Nature Like A Pro – Learning to photograph patterns in nature is one of the most powerful ways to add drama and substance to a photograph. Once you understand how patterns work to improve composition and where to find them you’ll wonder how you ever created images without them. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE
10 Items You Need For Your Night Photography – Louis Pasteur famously said that “chance favors the prepared mind.” This statement definitely applies to photography, as there is always an element of chance, with the odds of success growing with preparation. The quote seems particularly applicable to night photography, which has unique requirements for exposure and stability. Preparation is everything.
Your odds of getting a great night photograph are greatly improved if you have taken the time make sure you have the tools needed to get the job done. In this article, you’ll learn the tools of the trade for the night photographer. You many not need all of these, but you will find most of them helpful – and some essential – for getting great pictures at night. – CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE