- Are You Holding Your Camera Correctly?
- Memorize These Simple Photography Lessons for Better Photos (Video)
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Pokot Woman Skeptically Holding a Ring Flash
- Photo Prank: Just How Many Photos Will a Stranger Take for You? (Video)
- Photographer Documents the Oldest Living Things in the World (Video)
Posted: 06 Jun 2014 11:28 PM PDT
How you hold your camera may seem like a trivial detail. But experts know that a proper hold and stable body position can result in crisper images. Take a look at this helpful infographic from Digital Camera World to see if you’re holding your camera the right way:
Stabilizing your camera with your elbows, maximizing points of contact, adjusting for vertical shots, controlling your breathing, and modifying your stance are just a few of the ways you can achieve sharper photos without using a tripod. Simply take some time to practice these techniques, and they’ll become second nature.
Do you have any other camera holding tricks for getting sharper images?
Posted: 06 Jun 2014 06:31 PM PDT
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. From a photographer's standpoint, it may also be worth several important photographic lessons. Joe McNally reveals the many basic photography techniques found within his photographs:
Using a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens and available light, McNally captured two seemingly straightforward images of Mexican cowboys or "charros." But as McNally put it,
Within McNally's images we discover some rudimentary teachings relating to color theory, the rule of thirds, image balancing, and subject placement. These elements may thoughtfully be put into motion before the shutter release is pressed. But after practice in the field, they may also start to become second nature.
In photographs, warm colors always resonate well with cooler ones. The warm golden glow of the cowboy's face works particularly well in contrast to the striking blue of the sky. In this particular image, the colors are quite complimentary, adding to the visual appeal of the image.
Rule of Thirds
The rule of thirds can be applied horizontally and vertically to images to ensure a dynamic balance of frame. In McNally's portrait, the cowboy is lined up on the first third while the rest of the image is clean blue sky, producing a simple and graphic image.
Foreground and Background Use
The detail shot of the cowboy's hands demonstrates another technique when thinking in terms of rule of thirds. An image can be anchored with a point of interest in the foreground, while a second item of interest holds the background. The close-up detail of the hands is balanced by an out-of-focus cowboy in the background, also adding information.
The placement of the subject is something all photographers have to think about. But if you're a publication photographer, like McNally, you may need to think a bit differently. Printed publications often have a fold, known as the "gutter", which will crop back a bit of the image. Avoid putting the item of interest in the middle of your image.
Although McNally’s images cover some of the most important and basic photography lessons, they’re certainly not the only guidelines for improving a photograph. What other photographic teachings have you come to use intuitively?
Go to full article: Memorize These Simple Photography Lessons for Better Photos (Video)
Posted: 06 Jun 2014 02:17 PM PDT
There are many reasons why a photograph may be thought-provoking, and of course, each image invokes different feelings and ideas for its viewer. It is perhaps the intense detail, emotion, and juxtaposition in this image of a Pokot woman and a ring flash that make it so interesting:
Photographer and ethnologist Eric Lafforgue set out to document some of the lesser known tribes of Kenya, like the Pokot. In an excerpt from his collection on Kenya, Lafforgue explains:
Go to full article: Interesting Photo of the Day: Pokot Woman Skeptically Holding a Ring Flash
Posted: 06 Jun 2014 12:23 PM PDT
We’ve all been the victims of seemingly endless photo shoots for strangers. We’ve been out walking when we’re asked to take a photo for someone. Before we know it, we’ve been handed several phones or cameras and perhaps even asked to do re-takes for a group of people on their special night out. And we’ve probably been the culprits, too!
As photographers, we readily help out others asking for a “quick” snapshot. But how far will some individuals go to achieve the group photo dreams of others? This is exactly what the hosts of The Chaser wanted to find out:
Passersby are put to the test in this hilarious social experiment to find out just how many photos we are willing to take for a random group of people. (Via PetaPixel)
The first individual stops to snap a single photo while on a run. The second person takes a generous (yet hesitant) 16 photos before hurrying off to work.
But apparently there are utter group-photo-taking champions that walk among us. One kind man captures a total of 39 photos with everything from a simple digital camera, a DSLR with a telephoto lens, a professional film camera (on a dolly!), and even a painted portrait! The best part is that he doesn’t even protest until after the thirty-ninth photo, complaining the group was "asking for too much."
Kudos to you my friend—we certainly know who to call to supply our ceaseless group portrait needs!
Go to full article: Photo Prank: Just How Many Photos Will a Stranger Take for You? (Video)
Posted: 06 Jun 2014 11:26 AM PDT
What does it mean to capture a multi-millennial lifespan in 1/60 of a second? Or for that matter, to be an organism in my 30s bearing witness to organisms that precede human history and will hopefully survive us well into future generations? These are the questions Rachel Sussman asks herself in her quest to photograph continuously living organisms that are over 2,000 years old:
Since 2004, Sussman has been making her way around the globe in search of some of the world’s oldest living things. Before setting off on her journey, she began researching continuous living organisms at length, beginning from year zero and working backwards through time.
She has been working closely with biologists, meeting them in dozens of countries, and she has photographed 30 different representative species that have gone far beyond the 2,000 year mark. Some of her favorites—and most memorable—are lichens in Greenland that grow only one centimeter every hundred years, a predatory fungus in Oregon, brain coral in the Caribbean, and an 80,000 year old colony of Aspen trees in Utah.
Her project really puts human life spans into a different perspective.
Sussman’s work spans disciplines, continents, and millennia. It has never been done before in the art and science fields, making this project incredibly unique and important. As Sussman herself says, it has an innate environmentalism, and it’s underscored by an existential journey into Deep Time.
Sussman says that choosing these ancient living things as her subjects is very significant because it is really about connecting to an experience of being alive through millennia.
Go to full article: Photographer Documents the Oldest Living Things in the World (Video)
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