Aspects of Digital Photography

My Photography Workflow With Smugmug, WordPress & The Creative Cloud | Dave Kai Piper

The first thing I want to say is that this blog has taken nearly a year to put together. Not through a lack of will power but mostly as I thought it fair to write a viewpoint after extensively using the set up giving me more time to fine tune the system. This is long blog, I would suggest getting the coffee ready now before starting !! Also… I guess I should be upfront about my relationships with SmugMug & Adobe – I am part of the Community Pro team in the UK and have done a talk for SmugMug at the photography show and do use the affiliate program. However, I all genuineness, I do love the products that these companies provide and this blog is only about how I use them. The workflow is built around 3 key elements , or 3 keyneeds. I want my images where I need them, looking good at all times and safe…….

Source: www.diyphotography.net
 


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Editing is an art, not a process | Bruce Percy

I think there is power in the written word. In fact, the decision to use one word or term over another can have profound implications for the way we think. I mention this, because for a long while now, I’ve really grown to dislike the term ‚post-processing‘. I’ll explain why, but before I do, let’s consider what the editing stage of a photograph actually involves. Firstly, I consider the editing stage as interpretive. Just as you chose which composition to shoot and therefore give the viewer a particular angle or story, so to does editing your image give you another level of conveying your story. Often I find that by darkening and brightening areas of the frame, I choose how the reader’s eye should be led through the frame. Secondly, I think of the editing stage very much as an art. I’ve been editing work now for more than 15 years and I still learn new ways to approach editing my work every week I work at it. So to me, not only is it an art, but as art forms go, it is a life long journey of discovery in visual awareness skills, interpretation skills and above all, developing one’s own style. So let’s get down to why I dislike the phrase ‚post-process’……….

Source: www.brucepercy.co.uk

How I Became a Location Independent Travel Photographer |
Elia Locardi

Naomi and I just celebrated our 40th month of being on the road full-time and living a 100% location independent lifestyle. Looking back, it seems like a lifetime ago when we made that crazy decision to sell nearly everything we owned and adopt a life filled with travel photography. In a way, it really was a lifetime ago because we were completely different people back then living very different lives; two people with a dream of what could be, teeming with optimism, but with no real idea of how it would all work out in the end. What most people don’t know is that it was an incredible struggle for us to get to where we are now. Success has not come easily and before we made the decision to become location independent, we had spent a few difficult years trying to cope with an impossible amount of debt, losing nearly everything to the housing crisis and eventually having to file bankruptcy. The video explains that journey and how those hardships ushered in a transformation not only to our lifestyle, but our priorities and a complete shift in our ideas of success. It’s weird to think that we had to lose nearly everything to gain what would become the greatest collection of experiences and memories of our entire lives…….

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Capture One Pro 8 software review | Damien Demolder

If you aren’t familiar with Capture One Pro, it’s a software package designed to perform as a Raw processing application as well as a host for those who like to shoot with a camera tethered to a computer. Created by the Danish company Phase One that also makes medium format backs, cameras and lenses, the application emerged first in the professional studio environment. Now it’s gradually expanding into the enthusiast/consumer arena as it broadens its compatibility with a more encompassing range of cameras and develops a wider range of features that will appeal as more general processing tools. Currently the software can handle Raw files from over 300 cameras, including a decent back catalog from all the major brands. Tethered shooting is reserved for the more modern of the Sony, Nikon and Canon models, with no mirrorless support even for models that are well capable of performing direct output. You can see the full list here. A notable absence from the compatibility list is Hasselblad – perhaps too much of an arch rival in the medium format world……

Source: www.dpreview.com
 


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André Kertész – Inspiration From Masters Of Photography | 121clicks

André Kertész was one of the finest Hungarian born photographers known for his astounding contribution towards photographic composition and photo essays. During his earlier days in photography,André never gained the apt recognition he was meant to get because of his unorthodox style of photo compositions and framing but today he is known to be one of the masters of photography in the circles of photojournalism. His life is actually divided into 4 periods known as the Initial Hungarian Period, the french period, then the American Period and well towards the end of his life called as the International Period. The French period happened during 1925 when Andre moved to paris and started working for numerous magazines. Later he emigrated to the United States in 1936 due to the threat of World War II and the persecution of Jews by the German was the reason behind it. Towards the final stages of his life, he was very well recognized among fellow artists and his work gained immense acclamations………

Source: 121clicks.com


Leica M Type 240

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We Asked 18 Photographers: Do You Always Get Permission From
People That You Photograph? | Feature Shoot

Ayesha Malik: It depends on the situation. If I am walking around with a small camera or my iPhone, I do not necessarily ask. I value the lightness of that process. Sometimes I will exchange a glance of acknowledgement if I sense a person would prefer that. In my more recent work exploring/documenting Saudi Arabia, I have chosen to actively ask my subjects to be photographed. I do not want them to be stolen moments…..

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Fuji X100T

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How to Take Criticism to Improve as a Photographer | Michael Zhang

If you share your photography in any public manner, you’re bound to run into critics who point out things you should improve in. While some of the critiques aren’t worth listening to and should be tuned out as noise, others may be from more experienced people who have genuinely valuable feedback that could help you grow. Photographer Don Giannatti wrote about this subject a few months ago, but here’s another take: above is a 3.5-minute video with tips on how to take criticism without getting defensive. It’s about criticism in general and is by the website The Art of Manliness, but the advice can be applied by photographers of either gender…….

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Top 5 Fuji camera bags | Dave Kai Piper

Once you have your Fuji Camera or Fuji Cameras, one of the first things you will need to look at is a safe and secure way to transport and store your kit. Your main options are going to be if you want to carry the kit on your back, shoulder or roll it behind you. The bags below are all bags I have used or own. They are all great and have different benefits – click the links to see more or order from a trusted store. Overall there are 5 bags I really love, these are:

  1. Peli S115 Ultrabook Camera Backpack
  2. Peli 1510 Roller Case (if you have lots of kit)
  3. Domke’s The Chronicle
  4. Domke’s F-803 
  5. Think Tank Airport International V2.0 ……

Source: ideasandimages.co.uk
 


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Understanding AF and MF: focusing aids tested | Ming Thein

Right after the question of ‘what X should I buy?’ comes ‘how do you manually focus your lenses?’ in popularity. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to dismiss everything under the sufficiency banner; contrary to the trends in image quality, we’ve gone the opposite direction away from sufficiency. There used to be a time when viewfinders were actually very good for acquiring focus manually; there was no choice because there was simply no other way to focus, either. That required a few things: firstly, a focusing screen with adequate coarseness (sometimes also referred to as ‘snap’); the same distance between flange and focusing screen and flange and imaging plane; adequate magnification, and fast lenses – to compensate for the coarseness of the focusing screen making it somewhat dark. Looking through the viewfinder of an F2 or a Hasselblad is a revelation compared to the drinking straws of modern finders. It seems we barely have the latter these days. So what can we do? ……

Source: blog.mingthein.com
 


Fuji X-T1 Graphite Silver

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A guide to perfect panoramas using nodal shift | Damien Lovegrove

By using the latest software like Lightroom 6 (cc) with built in RAW photo merge we can create stunning multi image panoramas. No matter how good the software is it needs great source images to work with. Here is my guide to making great panoramic photographs using Nodal shift. In days of old, roll film cameras with panoramic proportions 6×17 or even 5″x4″ cameras were used to create negatives large enough to make immensely detailed prints for display. Nowadays we can use carefully shot multiple exposures of a scene taken on a small easy to carry camera and stitch them together however there are problems to overcome. When you shoot multiframe or sweep panoramas with the camera panned on a standard tripod the side swipe of the lens introduces parallax errors at the image join points. The post production software tries to fudge these irregularities and often delivers panoramas that look great at a distance but suffer at the detail level where the individual frames join. It doesn’t have to be this way because with the rotation of the camera around the nodal point of the lens such distortions are completely eradicated leaving perfect joins. This even works for the panoramas created in camera with the panorama function……..

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