- Infrared Photography: 2 Ways To Modify Your DSLR
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Chicago Painted Gold
- Could the Sunny 16 Rule Solve All of Your Exposure Problems? (Video)
- An Intimate Photo Shoot With Vladimir Putin (Video)
- Comedian Surprises Strangers with Sudden Selfies (Video)
Posted: 26 Mar 2014 10:32 PM PDT
Infrared photography is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas of photographic art, and there are many ways in which you can shoot IR frames. However, if you have a DSLR camera and you are not willing to invest in state of the art equipment designed especially for infrared photography, then you should know that you can easily convert your camera.
Here are two ways to modify your camera for infrared photography:
Get An Opaque Infrared Filter
This is by far the easiest, cheapest, and the most efficient way to shoot in infrared mode. Opaque infrared filters are readily available at almost every specialized store, and the results are impeccable. However, in order to achieve the best results you will have to practice a lot with your opaque infrared filter. Simply place it in front of your lens and start to shoot.
It is essential to properly adjust the camera settings before you place the filter in front of the camera. Make sure to set the composition right before you start shooting, just to prevent grab shots and to get the best image quality available.
The main benefit of using the infrared filter to shoot IR photos is that this method is temporary; you can convert your camera whenever you want without worrying about permanent results. Besides this, the opaque infrared filter is also more cost-effective and the entire process is basically a do it yourself project that you can do without the assistance of a professional.
Detach The IR Cut Filter That Comes With Your DSLR
Every digital camera nowadays has a special filter that is designed to block infrared light. By removing that internal cut filter (ICF) you can basically convert the camera and use it exclusively for IR photography.
In a nutshell, you have two options: you can either remove the filter yourself (which is not recommended unless you are truly experienced with DSLRs, otherwise you might permanently damage the camera) or take it to a local professional who specializes in camera conversions. The service can cost a few hundred dollars. These professionals will remove the filter and replace it with a special glass.
Either way, it is essential to keep in mind that this will permanently convert your camera.
These are the most common and efficient ways to modify your DSLR camera for infrared photography.
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Posted: 26 Mar 2014 04:20 PM PDT
March 20 was the spring equinox, the first official day of spring in 2014. While it didn’t immediately warm things up around Chicago, it did line up the sun’s rising and setting perfectly with the city’s east-west streets. The proof is in this brilliantly symmetrical image:
The shot, entitled “Chicagohenge,” was captured by a Chicago photographer with his Nikon D3 and a 70-200mm lens. The beautiful image was snapped with a 1/100 of a second shutter speed, at ISO 200, and f/4, giving viewers the detail of city life below while the brightness of the sun is blotted out by the impeccably-timed L train.
Go to full article: Interesting Photo of the Day: Chicago Painted Gold
Posted: 26 Mar 2014 03:31 PM PDT
One of the hardest obstacles when shooting outdoors is balancing a correct exposure in extreme sunlight. When there’s heavy white snow on the ground, it’s even harder. Luckily, there’s a mathematical equation, dubbed the Sunny 16 Rule, that solved the problem over 50 years ago. Check out Bryan Peterson explaining it here:
What is the Sunny 16 Rule?
It’s simple, really. The Sunny 16 Rule states:
“On a sunny day, set aperture to f/16 and shutter speed to the reciprocal of the ISO setting for a subject in direct sunlight.”
In other words, on a bright sunny day, with your camera on manual mode, set your aperture to f/16, then adjust your ISO to 200 and shutter speed to 1/200. Or, staying at f/16, set your ISO to 100 and your shutter speed to 1/100, and so on. Bryan is using a Nikon D800E, but this works with any DSLR–or film camera, for that matter.
It’s a great tip for beginner photographers who are dealing with harsh outdoor conditions. And the rule can be elaborated upon for different lighting conditions. Apply the same rule with an aperture of f/8 on an overcast day, for example. Using the rule, you should achieve a perfect exposure with this setting, regardless of a light meter.
Check out Bryan’s images below. For the first, he didn’t even glance at the light meter; he just lined up his shot and clicked.
Now see what his in-camera light meter recommended he shoot—a shutter speed of 1/640.
Cameras’ automatic settings are geared toward grayscales. They aren’t built to manage extreme blacks and whites. Just another example of how the camera isn’t always right.
Go to full article: Could the Sunny 16 Rule Solve All of Your Exposure Problems? (Video)
Posted: 26 Mar 2014 12:38 PM PDT
In December 2007, TIME Magazine named Russian president Vladimir Putin as Person of the Year. Photographer Platon was flown to Moscow for the shoot. He approached the massive fortress-like wall covered with snipers. At gunpoint, he was led through the gate and told to wait until Putin arrived; when he finally did, he walked in surrounded by a posse of translators, advisors, and bodyguards. The resulting portrait wound up on the cover of TIME and will probably remain Putin’s most enduring portrait:
Platon, whom some might incorrectly call a photographer, (“I’m known as a photographer, but really I’m a storyteller,” he says in a statement that would sound horribly pretentious if he weren’t so incredibly talented), broke the ice with the Russian strongman immediately. He asked him if he liked The Beatles. Putin said he did, that his favorite Beatle was Paul and his favorite song was–no, not “Back in the USSR”–the delicate ballad, “Yesterday”.
The editors at TIME, for their part, took a lot of flak from the Western world over their decision to put Putin on the cover. (All this seven years before the Crimea debacle of 2014.) But the editors were confident in their choice and offered the following justification, which speaks beautifully to Platon’s portraits:
The close-up headshot has since been appropriated, contorted, and Photoshopped by Russian protesters and gay rights activists in an effort to break his conservative ideals. That face has been colored in makeup and burned on the bodies of dummies. Platon, meanwhile, is thrilled:
Go to full article: An Intimate Photo Shoot With Vladimir Putin (Video)
Posted: 26 Mar 2014 12:16 PM PDT
The selfie craze may have reached its zenith with Ellen’s most-rewteeted Oscar pic, but that hasn’t stopped Seattle-based YouTube comedian Jason Rodjanapanyakul from keeping the trend alive. Recently he traipsed alone around a local mall, yelling “selfie!” at strangers and surprising them with self-portraits:
It’s actually a strangely fascinating social experiment. Not so much for the bored guys whose looks of confusion never change before, during, or after the shot; they look something like this fella:
But what’s interesting is to watch people’s faces instantly snap on in less than a second, as if there’s some Pavlovian response–like a call to action–once the word “Selfie!” is shouted at them:
All around, it’s a pretty charming video, whether Jason is being glared at by misanthropic teenagers or immediately surrounded in a group shot that scores him the phone number of a few cute girls (via PetaPixel). Just goes to show what the power of a smartphone can do.
Go to full article: Comedian Surprises Strangers with Sudden Selfies (Video)
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