Apr 07, 2011 — 5 comments
Posing is as integral to portrait photography as the right lens and the right camera angle. A lot of photographers learn this the hard way. If you’re a portrait photographer or do family and wedding photography you know how important posing can be.
Today, if someone’s getting into photography, it’s almost definitely going to be digital. It’s a great place to start, since you can afford to take as many photos as you like until you get the shot you like. And, it’s not as hard as you may think.
A photograph, like most everything, is often only as strong as it’s weakest point. How do you know your are perceiving a scene through your camera as sharp as possible? The shockingly simple answer is by adjusting the camera’s diopter. Here's how!
I asked Williams if he could share a few details about his process for PictureCorrect readers, and he kindly provided lots of background information for aspiring timelapse photographers.
Interestingly, Shindler says that the creating the plates is a quite simple process (they aren’t manufactured anywhere) and the processing afterwards is also quite simple. This begs the question: why aren’t many people doing it? It is obviously cool and unique. And it brings you back to the roots of photography. I’ll certainly try it out, if I can manage to find the ingredients.
This ability to identify a genuine smile has an obvious use in photography. In real life, there are way too many distractions that can help a fake smile pass as genuine—distractions such as sound, conversation, and so on. In a photo, however, the smile is frozen in time; there’s lots of time to look at it, thus the bigger the chance to spot a fake smile and therefore not capture the true essence of a person.
The still life is a genre that has endured over many centuries, from ancient Egyptian tomb paintings and Mediterranean mosaics, to Rennaissance and Impressionist oil paintings, to high-tech digital photography.
I’ve explained this so many times over, and every time it’s for the same reason: people dive into technical stuff way too early on and get confused to the point of quitting. It’s hard for somebody who doesn’t do well with electronics to understand sensor sensitivity or how the lens opening affects the depth of field. That is understandable because most of us are artists not professors in physics, after all.
Photographer Jeffrey Salter loves two things: his motorcycle and photography. Why? Because both activities cause him to experience wind-in-his-hair freedom. Photography, in particular, gives Salter the opportunity to relate to many different types of people and to creatively express his soul and the souls of his subjects in new and compelling ways—but for a vast majority of professional photographers, the craft is anything but seamless.
We all know that photography is all about the light. But not just the shape of the light, but the amount of it as well. Most of us photographers strive for faster and faster lens, mostly in order to have cleaner images. Faster lens also means more bokeh. And I don’t know a portrait photographer who doesn’t love bokeh.
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