Apr 07, 2011 — 9 comments
If you’re a portrait or PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHER who uses seamless white backdrops for your subjects, you might have noticed that after a few hours of shooting, your nice CLEAN backdrop has morphed into something with smudges, footprints, and other detritus, creating a post-processing headache.
With the Canon 85mm f/1.2, for example, you really can’t see a whole lot in the way of lenses inside and it’s quite an expensive lens, but you’re still losing a little light. This lens has a t-value of 1.4, which means that even though it will open up in terms of aperture, with an f-number of 1.2, you’re losing .2 on the way through the lens.
Sometimes an amazing photograph has everything to do with skill, and sometimes it has to do with being in the right place at the right time. Photographer William Follett combined the two factors in this amazing photo of the Cape Spear Arch iceberg collapsing off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada.
In 1971, a 24-year old photographer by the name of David Hume Kennerly was sent to cover the Vietnam War by his then employer, United Press International.
It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words. More than words, though, photographs can stir up countless feelings. Photojournalists are especially skilled at choosing just the right time and angle to suspend time and set a compelling scene. This compilation of 40 of the most powerful pictures ever taken will flood you with a sea of emotion:
With so many advancements in camera technology, there are more and more options and possibilities for the macro photographer. From expensive lenses to fancy equipment to help maximize depth of field, macro photography is made easier every day. That being said, it is still an art form. One that requires a creative eye, a willingness to experiment, dedication, and practice, especially if you can’t afford the fancy equipment.
Mike shoots with a Canon 5D Mark II, along with a host of lenses, including Canon’s 70-200 f/2.8L IS for zooming and Sigma’s 17-50 f/2.8 IS for closer portrait angles. For a strong variety of shots, you need a strong arsenal of lenses.
Have you ever looked at a photo and wondered what it might sound like if you could somehow convert the digital image file into a music file? Someone did. And I guess they assumed that at least one other person in the world did, too.
When’s the last time your printed one of your photographs? We live in an age of immediacy. It’s not unheard of to take several pictures a day and share them on Facebook within seconds of their capture. But with the speed of life, our online images are also quickly forgotten. Gone are the days of the printed snapshot.
Being aware of their surroundings, the photographer will use a shorter time to make important decisions, such as how to use the natural light, or which foreground and background to use. This is necessary, mostly when composing an image involves the subject itself at the very end.
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