For the last two weeks of December and most of January, I was on the road for work, fun and family reasons. I learned a few new things—and reconfirmed a few old ones—while I worked in different parts of India and Vietnam, and spent some time in Singapore. Always the teacher, I was watching my own photographing process to see if there were any lessons worth sharing. One thing struck me as a potentially interesting lesson for any serious photographer.
I recently wrote about certain
We recently had the pleasure of talking to John Maloof, the young man who stumbled upon the work of perhaps one of the greatest unknown street photographers of the 1950's. Maloof answered questions about Vivian Maier, the great responsibility he just inherited, and more.
All photos in this posting were used with permission from John Maloof.
Chris: Why do you think Vivian never showed her photos
I was trained by the school of photography that forced me to try to create compelling images with any camera that was handed to me. My mentor is a Pulitzer Winner for New York Newsday and always shot Nikon, but I went with Canon. So as a 5D Mk II and 7D user, holding and using the
Maybe you're a technophobe and want your point-and-shoot camera to take great pictures with the least amount of work. Neither do you understand technical lingo, but you want your camera to capture better photos. Here are some simple tips to improve your images.
To start, it won't hurt to be familiar with a few common symbols.
Portrait Mode: You may see this symbol on a dial, or within the menus of your entry-level digital camera. This mode
Not long ago, I read a complaint about all the "manipulation" of photographs that is being done these days. The man who was complaining expressed a preference for unmanipulated, original photographs. I've heard similar comments on many occasions.
Let's take a look at that unmanipulated, original image.
Last summer, I took a photograph of a pretty mountain lake. Like many digital photographers, I shoot exclusively in RAW. Here's an approximation of the unmanipulated, original
There is an old saying amongst some photographers that using a UV filter will degrade the quality of your image. But is it really true? We put that to the test recently in the B&H Executive Offices. We'd like to know, in the comments below, if you can tell the difference between the two images, and tell us which one was shot with a filter and which one wasn't.
New Year's Eve is coming, and everyone will be out and about, celebrating! Now that you've just received new photo gear for the holidays, it's time to put it to good use. Here are some tips on how to shoot better photos of your New Year's Eve party.
Photo by Christopher Chan
Monitor Your Flash
Photo by Billread
There are a couple of
What if you woke up one morning, and the only way to look clearly into your significant other's eyes was to be about a foot away from them? In fact, imagine that the whole world looked like your lenses when they are out of focus. Though I wear glasses, my eyes are not as great as they used to be, and it has affected my photography.
Almost every photographer has a preference for which eye they use when they look through the viewfinder. Mine used to be the left. As time went on, it
In this second part of a two-part blog entry, I will be talking about the technological strategies I use when I organize my image archive. In the first segment, I explored the thinking points I had in mind when I was first organizing my archive. One important point I tried to make was that image archiving is one area of photography where you
Brrrr! It's winter, and there is bound to be snow, or you may be vacationing in a snowy region, for some good old skiing or snowboarding. I recently got to talk to Dan Carr, the famous winter-sports photographer, about himself, his photography, and some basic tips for enthusiasts.
Chris: How long have you been photographing winter sports?
Dan: About 5 years now.
Chris: What got you into it?
Dan: Before I went to university in the UK, I took a year out to come
People ask, "What’s your favorite place to shoot?" As a landscape photographer, you might expect me to name one of our National Parks—which I do love—maybe Yosemite. Could it be the beautiful ocean right in my back yard? Perhaps my favorite place on Earth, the Anza-Borrego Desert? No, I like all of those quite a lot. But my favorite place to shoot is…The Salton Sea.
Where’s that, near Saudi Arabia? Greece? No—actually if you drive to the middle of nowhere and continue another 50 miles you’ll find…The Salton Sea.
The Salton Sea is
Thank you for all the reads on our “Bare Tube Flash Head 101” article. This one is the obvious follow-up story. Without the power pack component, the flash head has no fuel. The pack’s the control panel for the system.
Most people who are new to AC flash get comfortable with the heads right away. Using them is second nature. The power pack, however, is a foreign object to the new user. It’s unlike familiar photographic tools, which are typified by refined glass. There’s nothing to be scared about when it comes to the power pack.
In the last few years, I've taken a number of photographs I'm pleased with. Even the best of those, though, can't compare to the photographs I didn't take.
There are many creative ways of not taking photographs. I discovered one of them after I'd driven an hour and a half to photograph a spot in Arizona's central highlands. As I was preparing the camera for action, I noticed that the battery was nearly dead. I chose the handful of shots I managed to take with care. They weren't nearly as good, of course, as the dozens of photographs I
With today's announcement of the Nikon P7000, amateurs and enthusiasts have a wide range of premium point and shoots potentially to choose from. The P7000 has its own strengths while the Panasonic LX-5 and the Canon S95 cater to a similar but different audience. So which one is for you?