Shutter Speed Chart as a Photographer’s Cheat Sheet ~ Viktor Elizarov

When we talk about the Shutter Speed in photography the first thing that comes to mind is its is relationship to Exposure. The Shutter speed is the essential part of Exposure Triangle (Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed) and it helps photographers to get perfectly exposed photos. Best I have seen with downloadable chart…

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GUIDE TO BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY 2 – TECHNICAL ESSENTIALS ~ Joel Tjintjelaar

This article aims to give some insight into the technical essentials and logic behind black and white photography and also tries to establish an overview of the commonly available methods for processing to black and white. It describes why a black and white photo is not a color photo with the colors removed, but that a color photo is originally a black and white photo with colors added to it. This will form an important premise for the further discussion of black and white techniques. I will discuss the pros and cons of commonly available methods and also take the available plugins into the equation. I won’t go into much detail on how to process black and white photos using the various methods, that’s outside the scope of this article. Furthermore, when processing to black and white I will start from another important premise that it’s about working with luminance differences, or differences in intensities of light. Read More…

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IN DEFENSE OF BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY – GUIDE TO BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY 1 ~ Joel Tjintjelaar

Part 1 of a guide to give some insight in black and white photography and how to create better black and white photographs.
There are so many tutorials on the Internet on black and white photography, also my website has quite a few technical black and white photography tutorials. But what is really important to know about black and white photography and where do I start? What is black and white photography and why should I use it instead of color? In the first part I will try to answer a few elementary questions regarding black and white photography, demystify some myths surrounding black and white versus color and I will also go into how art relates to black and white photography. In part 2, due to be published in two weeks, I will give an overview of black and white processing techniques, I will compare them and give you some pointers on how to start and if you’re an advanced photographer, also on how to improve. Read More…

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A century of the camera: Amazing new digital archive of more than 2million images highlights the best work from the first 100 years of photography ~ Luke Barnes

Stunning images have revealed the amazing work of photographers around the world in era before iPhones and Instagram.

The photos are part of a library of nearly 2.3 million pictures, all compiled by Europeana Photography as part of an ambitious archive project.

They show an array of images from the late 19th to early 20th century, when photography was still in its infancy and cameras were still delicate and extremely bulky.

The archive shows pictures from all over the world including the scenic nature of Yosemite Valley, California, children in Copenhagen and a royal wedding in Bulgaria.

The collection aims to help people, ‘explore remote eras and locations, and better appreciate the value of their continental, national and local cultural heritage.’ 

It also promises additional themes in the coming months as well. At the moment users can browse through ‘Industrial Photography in the Machine Age’ and ‘Vintage Postcards of Southeastern Europe. 

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RETOUCHING RAW FORMAT PHOTOS WITH HISTOGRAMS ~ Andy Lim

Histograms are like road maps. You need them in order to see where you’re going. Without them, you’re just guessing.

OK, I suppose with some experience you can get a pretty accurate guess. But if you’re a perfectionist like me, you’d feel way more comfortable if you knew you nailed the shot with the perfect exposure. Shooting RAW does give the photographer more latitude in making exposure errors, but let’s not use that as an excuse for sloppy exposure judgment. Check it out…

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Lighting 103: Using Gels to Shift the Ambient ~ Strobist

Abstract: By combining a white balance shift in your camera with a complementary gelling of your flash, you can easily and efficiently alter the ambient color temperature of an entire environment.

In addition to controlling the color of light from your flash, gels can also allow you to alter the color of the ambient areas of your frame. The portrait above, done for the Baltimore Sun, is a good example. I made it as a storm approached, and the light was gray and pretty neutral. Read More…

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Step-by-step Guide to Long Exposure Photography ~ Francesco Gola

In the past few years, thanks to the diffusion of useful accessories and photographic filters with good quality and low prices, the technique of long exposure has become increasingly popular among photography enthusiasts. Even if this technique can be used both in studio and in a urban environment, the perfect playground of long exposures is landscape photography.

Unfortunately often it happens that the result we get is far from our expectations, and we end up classifying the long exposure as a demoniacal technique. However, following this step-by-step guide to long exposure photography, you’ll see how easy it is to get a good result on the first attempt (or almost). Read More…

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5 Simple Techniques for Leading the Viewer’s Eye in Your Images ~ Erin Fitzgibbon

As photographers, it’s easy for us to make conscious composition choices that allow us to balance our photographs or to create harmony within them. It’s is more difficult however to try and lead viewers through your photographs. We rarely consider how to influence the viewers of our photographs. When composing images, we don’t think about the different elements in our images and the order by which we want viewers to see those elements. Check them out…

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Wow! 2017 underwater photo contest winners ~ Eleanor Imster

Last week, the winners of the 2017 Underwater Photographer of the Year (UPY) contest were announced. This year’s competition had entries by 4,500 photographers from 67 different countries, the most since the contest’s start in 1965. Check these out…

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Color Theory Tutorial for Photographers (Video Tutorial) ~ Meghan B

Dave Morrow has made a career for himself by photographing serene landscapes and teaching others how to do so from start to finish. For this reason, many people are surprised to discover that one of the elements Morrow considers to be key in the making of a great image is color. Although color is one of the primary components we perceive in a photograph, photographers often overlook the treatment of colors in their own work. In this in depth guide, Morrow shows viewers the dramatic effects that a working knowledge of color theory can provide: Watch…

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