Aspects of Digital Photography

Enhance! Superresolution Tutorial in Adobe Photoshop |
Ian Norman

In this tutorial Ian Norman shows us how to enhance the resolution of a camera sensor with a technique called superresolution. With this technique, it’s possible to mimic the sensor-shift high-resolution mode found on cameras like the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II to squeeze more megapixels out of the sensor. In his example, he increases the resolution of a 24 megapixel photo to more than 90 megapixels. See the full written tutorial here …..
NEW! Additional stuff: In this short clip, Ian Norman shows two different methods for averaging layers in Photoshop.

Source: Photon Collective

Book Review: The Decisive Moment by Henri Cartier-Bresson | Eric Kim

Wow— where do I even begin? I would say that “The Decisive Moment” by Cartier-Bresson is one of the most beautiful photo books I have ever handled— and it is a book that brings me extreme joy and happiness (you can see all the photos from the book for free on the MagnumPhotos website here). Sure I have seen many of these photos by Cartier-Bresson before, but to see them in a physical manifestation is a different experience. Not only that, but the original version of “The Decisive Moment” was nearly impossible to get (second-hand copies before the reprint were around $1000+). However now with this re-print by Steidl, “The Decisive Moment” is now open to everybody…….


10 Things You Might Not Know About Nude Models | DIY Photography

Yes, it is possible to make a living doing this. But it takes a lot of hard work and a good reputation. For every hour spent in front of the lens or canvas, roughly nine million are spent networking, updating portfolios, organising work, advertising, applying to castings, travelling to and from locations, packing/unpacking for jobs/trips (because even nude models are expected, often, to bring props/accessories/items of clothing) and attacking what I like to affectionately refer to as ‘the email mountain’. We are grateful for the email mountain; it keeps us in business; we just wish we could hire some hobbit minions to live underneath it and help us out every now and then (perhaps with purpose-built sticks and digging equipment) so that we don’t accidentally offend the creative types who grow more and more anxious by our lack of reply (because we are busy modelling by day, or sleeping by night, or, you know, doing other important stuff)……..


The Eye of a Photographer | Joaquin Duenas

Photographers explore the light and texture. Light is probably their most important tool. Photographers are intrigued by the way the nature of light affects the way things are seen. Intensity, direction, and type of light offer the photographer a potential for visual exploration. Photographers have mastered how to use the rules of composition and know when to break them. Photography is a process. Our eyes work similar to a camera. Here are some facts that you might even find amusing: Our eyes have a resolution of around 560 megapixels. They can differentiate around 10 million shades of colors. The ISO of an eye is not great; it can be measured at around 800, and in low light, our eyes do not see color. The equivalent of the aperture would be f/3.5 with a focal length of 20mm. The great thing about our eyes is that they have auto white balance, auto ISO, and a very high dynamic range…….


The Myth of Talent | Ugo Cei

The idea that some people have an innate talent and that you can’t be an artist if you don’t have talent is so ingrained in people’s minds that almost every time I mention my skepticism to somebody, they inevitably look at me like I had said the weirdest thing. “We have talent shows on TV, right? How can you not see that some people are just born with a superior talent and others aren’t?” I owe it to my mentor Robin Griggs Wood the revelation that talent is largely a myth. You should really watch the video below to hear it from her own voice. If you don’t want to watch the whole video, just meditate on this:

“There isn’t a single thing that I do that cannot be learned, practiced and achieved to great success by anyone.” …….


The Creative Trinity | David Johnston

Throughout my time as a photographer, I have learned several important lessons by trial and error — but mostly by completely missing the mark and trying to figure out a lesson I should learn from my failure! The most important piece of knowledge I’ve gained along the way is that when you continue to improve your creative eye, the importance of your photography gear ceases to exist. No longer do megapixels matter when you’re able to visualize a composition and then recreate it in reality. The distinctions between f/8 and f/14 are blurred when you can nail a subject on your first photograph. When you are are able to capture creative light using what the landscape gives you, you’re no longer bound by camera settings. Those are the three things that are most important to creating a visually compelling photograph. Trinities are nothing new. There have always been groups of threes throughout history. In the Christian faith, it’s Father, Son, and Spirit. In the 1980’s, it was the Little Shop of Horrors backup singers, the 90’s gave us the painful harmonies that got stuck in your head by Hanson and 3LW (remember them? I didn’t), and who knows what trio will come next to impact our lives forever…….


How I Found My Vision | DIY Photography

Why do I focus on Vision so much? It’s because I believe that Vision is what makes an image great. It’s what makes the difference between a technically perfect image and one with feeling. It’s what makes your images unique. Great images do not come about because of equipment and processes, but rather from Vision that drives these tools to do wonderful things. What good are great technical skills if you don’t have an idea worthy of them? If I had to choose between the best equipment in the world and no Vision or having a Kodak Brownie and my Vision…


‘F’ the Rule of Thirds | Jay Goodrich

The rule of thirds is probably the first and quite possibly the most popular compositional tool out there for photography. I don’t really know anyone who hasn’t started to become a decent photographer who hasn’t followed it, but like Vin Diesel said in The Knockaround Guys, “You learn a lot of things on the way to 500.” And as you progress as a photographer you too should learn to ‘F’ the Rule of Thirds. One of the largest issues we are faced with now is that even our cameras give us viewfinder and live view options to divide those viewing locations to our images up into a grid of nine little rectangles. This promotes an almost automatic placement of our subjects within the rule. And if you have ever taken a workshop with me you will quickly learn that I hate rules. Stop signs, speed limits, no parking zones – all mere suggestions in my world…….


The Digital Photographer’s Workflow For RAW Files | Todd Owyoung

As a music photographer, I’m often in a position where I shoot a large volume of images and have to turn them around in very short order. An efficient workflow for editing, processing, and delivering digital photography is therefore critical. Whether I’m shooting on assignment, for the band, or for a corporate client, my workflow is largely the same. Here’s what I’ve found to be an extremely efficient digital photography workflow, from file import to delivery and backup.
Here are the 9 main steps I’ll discuss in my photography workflow:

  1. Ingest
  2. Metatag
  3. Edit
  4. Catalog
  5. Process
  6. Export
  7. Upload
  8. Deliver
  9. Backup …..


How to Create a Cinematic Effect in Photoshop | Maryanne Wirkkanen

In this video, Jesús Ramirez shows us three ways to achieve a cinematic effect on your image in Photoshop. Ramirez goes in depth on using color curve layers and also shows us some shortcuts using color adjustment layers and color lookup adjustment layers. Color grading is an adjustment that is often used in film to give a particular cinematic effect. The example Ramirez uses here is frequently used for action movies. The teal/orange tones in the final image create a high contrast as they’re on opposite ends of the color spectrum, thus making the final image pop. This can be seen easily using a color wheel like the one that Adobe provides for free……..


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