Apr 07, 2011 — 5 comments
How many times have you heard the proverbial quote, “the best part of a camera is the 12 inches behind it”? I bet not enough. If you’ve been complaining that your APS-C camera doesn’t shoot that well and you might need to upgrade to a full-frame, or that your smart phone isn’t a serious camera and you should at least purchase a DSLR, think again.
Digital photography has done us all a great disservice. Yes, digital has certainly made the craft more accessible to artists of all experience levels and it has birthed technological advancements that the old masters probably never even dreamed of—but it has also arguably made photography too “easy.”
If you’ve ever wanted to explain how the aperture on your camera works but didn’t quite have the words, or you’re looking to understand the science behind it just a little better, don’t miss this video by the folks at MinutePhysics.
Calibration, color space, color profiles, soft proofing. To most of us, they’re some of the least fun aspects of photography. But a little education can go a long way in making your photos looks great whether you’re displaying them on a computer monitor or printing them.
Creating visually stunning effects in your photography doesn’t have to be expensive. If you haven’t got a studio or your own personal smoke machine, don’t sweat it.
Back in the day, Ansel Adams created the zone system for seeing light, processing negatives, and darkroom developing to get really high contrast, beautiful prints. Since film and digital are so different, we don’t talk about the zone system so much anymore, but photographer Mark Wallace has come up with his own abbreviated version.
As a portrait photographer, you probably know how difficult it is sometimes when you try to improve your pictures with the right pose. Portrait photography can be quite challenging sometimes, especially when your mind goes blank and your creative ideas run amok.
Price defines composition here as “arranging elements in a scene in a pleasing and easy-to-read manner.” He explains that there are three parts of successful composition: focal element, structure, and balance.
The four intersecting points are considered the “sweet spots.” Placing the subject of focus at any one of those intersecting spots or along the grid lines makes the whole composition appear a whole lot better.
With cameras and digital formats and gizmos being “smarter,” are we all now professionals behind the fancy new digital cameras? The truth of the matter is that just because we have a fancy camera doesn’t mean we can shoot like the professionals. Yes, more and more cameras are getting smarter.
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