Aspects of Digital Photography

Camera sensor cleaning | Neil van Niekerk

You say you love photography? Well, a sure way to kill your enthusiasm is to waste hour upon hour cloning out dust spots in photos. All because you haven’t cleaned your camera’s sensor in a while. Then when check your camera sensor with a sensor loupe, you’ll realize there are even more specks of dust than you thought! Therefore you need a thorough method of cleaning your camera’s sensor. When you clean your camera’s sensor, you want to do better than just swirl crap around on your sensor with a swab. Here are the tools I use, and the method I use to clean my cameras’ sensors with a good measure of success and the minimum of frustration. Oh, for the pedantic photographers – I know we aren’t cleaning the sensor, but rather, the protective filter over it……

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Why Do You Need More Likes or Followers? | Eric Kim

One thought that I’ve been thinking about: why do we “need” more likes or followers? Do we desire more likes or followers because it boosts our self-esteem? Or because it helps validate our photography? Or because we want to gain more power, fame, money, and influence with our work? Or a little bit of everything? Why do we need to upload a photograph everyday? One of the things about the internet is that we always expect things to be updated. We love visiting blogs (myself included) where there is always “new content” everyday (sometimes several times a day). With social media, we love the dopamine hit we get from our daily fix of likes/favorites/comments/new followers. It gives us a sense of progress, a sense of meaning, and happiness to get that feedback and external affirmation…….

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Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-2 Finally Here | Xavier Lum

My personal view on this Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-2.Unfortunately i have sold away my SP-1 printer earlier and so i cannot make a one to one comparison between these 2 printers.Connectivity was a breeze, just download the Instax Share App for your mobile iOS or Google Play.The SP-2 printer prints at a faster rate these round approximately 10 sec for each print. I didn’t really notice my films has already printed out, the printing motor is really quiet and sleek compared to the old SP-1. I am sure the Fujifilm Instax SP-2 will be more productive during events when high demand mass printing is required….

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Die AmazonBasics Kameratasche Medium | Patrick Gorden

Was für Frauen Handtaschen sind, sind für Fotografen Kamerataschen – man kann nie genug davon haben und die perfekte Tasche für die eigenen Ansprüche gibt es nicht.Ich setze standardmäßig einen Rucksack von Crumpler ein, der auch Platz für alltägliches Zeug bereithält. Somit habe ich, egal ob ich nun bewusst auf Fototour gehe oder nicht, immer alles parat.Der Nachteil an einem Rucksack ist das dauernde Auf- und Absetzen, wenn man spontan etwas in das gute Stück packen oder rausnehmen möchte.Das geht auch bequemer. Zum Beispiel in Form einer Kameratasche.Wie praktisch, dass im Rahmen des Amazon Prime Days vor einigen Tagen die Amazon Basics Kameratasche Medium im Angebot war.Regulär kostet das Teil knapp 21 Euro und stellt damit bereits ein Schnäppchen dar. Ich habe sie im Rahmen der Amazon-Aktion für knapp 16 Euro erstanden, was erst recht keinen Grund zum Meckern geben sollte.Aber neben dem Preis ist auch die Qualität wichtig.Einen Tag nach der Bestellung kam ein großer Karton via DHL bei mir an, der einen kleinere Karton beinhaltete. Amazon typisch super sicher verpackt.Nach dem Auspacken der erste positive Eindruck:Ein hübsch anzusehendes und stabil gefertigtes Äußeres…….

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On the Creative Thought Process Behind a Photograph | Bryan Minear

In today’s world where we are constantly bombarded with photos of spectacular locations, it takes nothing to pull up a location search for an area you are visiting, find the shots that you want to take, and go shoot the same thing that a hundred people before you have taken.But that doesn’t mesh with me. As an artist, I hold my personal creative vision above all other things. It far surpasses the gear that I use as well as the locations that I visit. The majority of the personal work that I shoot, I do so within 15 miles of my house. And I don’t live in a particularly “epic” location that is known for its scenery (i.e. the PNW or Cali). But even though I only live in the midwest, I still get to be an artist. I just have to try harder and put a ton of work in to my craft. A lot of that comes down to scouting my locations in advance, and waiting to shoot at the perfect time, with just the right combination of weather and light to add that dynamic mood and interest. I’m not saying that taking the iconic photos is bad, but it can put you in a rut where you are only going through the motions……..

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Travel Photography… So What’s Changed? | Jason Row

Travel and photography are a match made in heaven. In fact, travel photography has been around nearly as long as photography itself and therefore has changed a great deal. Today we are blessed with such amazing equipment that we can go virtually anywhere easily, to shoot images. We can take cameras up mountains, shoot from hang gliders or drones, even underwater but it has not always been that way. Today we are going to take a look at the evolution of the equipment that travel photographers use. There are some pretty amazing photographs of locations worldwide from the mid 19th Century onwards. These are made even more remarkable by the equipment needed to create them. The two main techniques for photography in those early days were Daguerreotype and Calotype. The former literally required carry an entire darkroom with you on location. The  cameras were huge and required big tripods to keep the camera steady during the very long exposures……

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Whither Adobe? Issues With Accurate Printing From Lightroom and Photoshop | Luminous Landscape

Over the past 25 years the photographic industry as a whole and Adobe in particular have invested a fortune of time, resources and money to perfecting the digital imaging workflow, to the extent that we can now reproduce image files on inkjet printers with a very high degree of fidelity between the colour values in the image file and the rendition of those values from the printer. When you think of it, this is a remarkable achievement given the large number of components that need to cohere and work properly, and the fact that there is no one company in charge of all these inputs. As consumers of these products we have come to take the current state of progress for granted and we become justifiably irritated when “things fall apart”…….

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Adobe boosts Lightroom Mobile with Raw editing for iOS | Damien Demolder

Adobe’s Lightroom Mobile apps for Apple and Android mobile devices have both been given significant updates that allow users a much wider range of controls when editing and shooting. The company has quite different apps for the two operating systems, and while Android users have been able to edit Raw files for some time the facility is now offered to iOS users via version 2.4. Owners of Android devices can now install version 2.1 which offers what Adobe calls a ‘Pro’ shooting mode that allows much more detailed control over the way pictures are recorded. Adobe says the version 2.1 for Android has a completely new Lightroom Camera function that features a mode that gives the photographer access to shutter speed, ISO, white balance and focus so that they can all be adjusted manually. Aperture isn’t listed as few mobile cameras have significantly variable apertures. The company also says it has improved the app’s ability to export high resolution files……

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How to Use the Full Dynamic Range of Your Camera | Nasim Mansurov

Suppose you have read somewhere that the dynamic range of your camera at a certain ISO setting is 11 stops. And here comes the immediate question – how can one use such a treasure to its full potential? Optimal exposure for RAW is the answer. But now we need to explain what we mean when we say, “optimal exposure for RAW”. Let’s start with one of the problems, which arises as a result of non-optimal exposure for RAW. Here is a typical wide dynamic range low-light scene. According to Sekonic spot-meter, it is wider than 11 stops……

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Comparing yourself won’t make you a better photographer | Faby and Carlo

I have often spoke about comparing yourself and how this can negatively affect you. Comparing yourself to other photographers has a lot of disadvantages. More importantly, comparing yourself rarely take into consideration one important detail: you. You are a unique person, with unique traits and capabilities. You have your unique story and an unique view of life. The moment you start comparing yourself, you remove what’s unique about you. You stop being a unique being, with a unique style, and you become one of the many. The worst thing is that you are bringing this on yourself by yourself. Why comparing yourself and your style won’t make you happy? The difference between comparing yourself and getting inspired is thin. A lot of photographers who tries to climb the ladder often saying: “I am getting inspired by other photographers”. Getting inspired and comparing yourself are often the same thing. Falling in a spiral when you are influenced by other photographs is very simple. Especially if you obsessively follow what they do. It is also something we often lie to ourself about…….

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