Aspects of Digital Photography

Adobe Releases Major Photoshop CC Update Today | Adobe

From the ethereal work of Flora Borsi to the bold and bright art of Fredy Santiago, Photoshop is used to create much of the creative and outlandish visuals that surround us every day. Virtually every customer I meet can tell me about their “Photoshop moment.” That moment in time when they discovered they could use their creative talents, paired with the power and freedom of Photoshop, not only to bring their vision to life, but in many cases to also make a living. It’s these Photoshop moment stories that inspire me most. Recently one of my colleagues visited an orphanage in Vietnam where they teach the children how to use Photoshop. When the children age out of the orphanage, they can use the product and the skills they learned to earn a living, making almost 600% more per week than an unskilled worker, to help lift themselves out of a future life of poverty. It is a great privilege to work on a product that has such a positive impact on so many people’s lives and livelihoods, which is why I am thrilled today to announce a new release of Photoshop……

Source: Adobe Releases Major Photoshop CC Update Today and Announces More Digital Imaging Product Features Coming Soon | Photoshop Blog by Adobe

How to Use the Zone System to Learn about Metering and Exposure Compensation | Daniel Smith

When you first move off auto, you realize how much control you have over your camera. You get to choose the aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and be able to manually select the autofocus point, among many other things. In short you get control over everything! You also get full control over the exposure, or brightness, of the image. You decide you where to set the exposure for each image – something that the camera does not always get correct. The reason the camera doesn’t get it right all the time is because the in-camera light meter doesn’t always know how the brightness level of the subject. What tricks the light meter is bright or dark tones. So how do you take back control of the exposure, and compensate for the camera’s errors? The process of correcting your exposure is referred to as Exposure Compensation. For more on that read: How to Use Exposure Compensation to Take Control of Your Exposure…….

Source: How to Use the Zone System to Learn about Metering and Exposure Compensation

Printer review – Epson SureColor P800 A2 17 inch | Keith Cooper

Using the SC-P800 A2 17 inch printer – the replacement for the SP3880. The Epson P800 was announced in April 2015 and brings Epson’s new UltraChrome HD ink set to a 17″ A2 printer. The inks are designed to give denser colours and deeper blacks than the UltraChrome Vivid Magenta inks in the SP3880. Keith has been testing a pre-production P800 on a wide variety of papers, seeing how the printer performs, along with changes/similarities to the very popular SP3880. Epson UK contacted me a while ago, after I’d written a lengthy review of the SC-P600 and asked if I’d be prepared to test a new printer, the long awaited replacement for the SP3880, which I’d also reviewed a few years ago (and the SP3800 before that)………

Source: Printer review – Epson SureColor P800 A2 17 inch

Photoshop is Photography; and This is Why | Chris Gampat

There are many schools of mind and thought when it comes to defining what a photograph is. Some say that a photograph is exactly what comes out of the camera and nothing more. Others tend to argue that using Lightroom is alright. Still others continue to say that the world of presets, HDR and other methods are untrue to what photography is. Photography in its colloquial term basically means painting with light. It started with the obscura, moved onto things like tin types, then film, and now digital. For most of photography’s years, the darkroom was the king. We base a lot of what we do in Lightroom and Photoshop off of Darkroom methods. But to this day, if you say that some concepts in Photography result in not an actual Photo being created, then there are years and years of darkroom photographers that would prove you otherwise…….

Source: Photoshop is Photography; and This is Why

Why Envy Any Other Photographer? | Eric Kim

One of the most toxic feelings that a photographer (or human being) is to feel envy. Apparently envy is a trait that is deeply embedded in us, even as babies. But why is it that we feel envy, what are we envious about, and what can we do about it? First of all, realize that it is totally normal to feel envy (wishing you were in someone else’s spot) and also jealousy (fearing that someone else is going to take your spot). After all, it is a great human adaptation that has helped us survive through the millennia. If humans didn’t feel envy, then we would probably be exited from the gene pool (survival of the fittest). Envy is what probably kept us from dying (if everyone else is eating the huge bison your entire tribe hunted but you, if you didn’t feel envy you would starve to death)…….

Source: Why Envy Any Other Photographer?

Night Photography – 12 Essential Techniques | Sebastian Boatca

I often discuss with my friends about the tips and tricks in all kind of photography fields. It is good to share your knowledge within a group of photographers. “Let the envy go away and act like a true member of a growing family of photographers”, I say. Each one has its own vision and original concepts and it is very profitable to share some of the techniques you have, based on your own experiences, which most of them were acquired on a trial and error approach. We often make our own mistakes, even if we were taught about them in the first place. It is good to make mistakes in photography – this is the most powerful way to learn, for good, the correct ways. As a travel photographer, dealing with situations and places that might never occur again, you have to be prepared to record the relevant moments of your journey. You get driven to quiet places, crowded places, during sunny days or in the shade, even rain…….

Source: Night Photography – 12 Essential Techniques | Sebastian Boatca

How to find your vision in Photography | Mikko Lagerstedt

How to find your vision in photography, art, and life? One of the most common questions I get from people is: What should I do to find my vision as I’m just starting in photography? In this guide, I have gathered some tools you can start to use straight away. Without further ado, let’s cut to the chase!

1. Practice your craft DAILY

When you are first starting and want to find your unique vision. Try any kind photography you can think. Keep your camera with you everywhere you go. If you already know what kind of photography you want to focus on, then you just keep on doing that and there is no point on not to photograph another type of photography. Start with what you got. No matter if it’s a camera, mobile phone or a pen. The key to success is not to wait…….

Source: How to find your vision in Photography — Mikko Lagerstedt

What to photograph? The dilemma of (almost) every photographer | Faby and Carlo

Have you ever been haunted by the dilemma of what to photograph? have you ever asked yourself: what kind of photographer am I? What to photograph means knowing who you are and what you want to do. If you are one of the few that never asked herself/himself this question, it is good for you, but experience taught me that knowing what to photograph changes in time. In this article I will give you an insight in my personal struggle in understanding who I am through what to photograph. If you are one of the many who struggle pinpointing what to photograph, be reassured: there is nothing wrong with you. As we grow old, as we evolve, our vision of the world changes with us. What to photograph tells you a lot about you? ……

Source: What to photograph? The dilemma of (almost) every photographer

Everyone is a photographer nowadays: get over it!

The meme “everyone is a photographer” is on the mouth of many so-called professional photographers. Too many times I have heard that the market is not good as “everyone is a photographer”. To all them I generally say: Get over it!. Nowadays everyone has an oven, but I don’t hear cooks complaining that people don’t eat at restaurants because everyone is a cook. The fact that everyone is a photographer is not true, the only true statement is that everyone has a camera, but the two things are not the same. Everyone is a photographer or everyone has a camera? Saying that everyone is a photographer implies that everyone has the technical and psychological know how to take amazing photographs. Now, correct me if I am wrong, but it takes time and energy and a lot of experience to know how to handle a camera. It takes even longer to be able to master the camera while directing a subject. It takes even more experience to feel confident enough to master the technicalities, directing a subject and capturing the right moment at the same time……..

Source: Everyone is a photographer nowadays: get over it!

A Guide to Mastering Manual Focus | Lukasz Palka

Have you ever cursed your camera for missing that special moment in the streets? Do you ever struggle to get the subject quickly in focus before the fleeting moment is lost forever in the aether? Well then why not try manual focus? My name is Lukasz Palka, and I’m a Tokyo photographer working for EYExploreTokyo. Below is a guide to a few key focus techniques that can help you capture the decisive moment and master the art of manual focusing. Before we can look at the benefits of manual focus, we first have to discuss the use of prime lenses. The reason prime lenses have become a staple of street photographers is simple: speed. Without the need to select a focal length, and forcing yourself to work with one field of view (FOV), you can drastically reduce the time necessary for framing the subject……..

Source: A Guide to Mastering Manual Focus

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