All animals are equal but some are more equal than others, as a certain Mr Orwell once wrote. If he had been a photographer, he may well have substituted the word animal for the word lens. You see in terms of what lenses do, they are all equal, their sole purpose is to focus the light from the scene in front of us onto the sensor or film inside our camera. Today, however, we will take a look at what makes some of these lenses more equal than others.
I think we are in danger of losing something. Something rather important to photography, something that has been around since the early days of photography. That something is technical perfection. At the risk of sounding old, when I was studying photography, the most important thing that was drummed into us, was aiming for technical perfection.
Like any other main stream activity, photography goes through phases both artistic and technological. Some of these trends end up becoming long lived, HDR is a prime example, whilst some tend to fade off into obscurity. While we had earlier predicted what we can expect in photography this year, today we’re are going to attempt to track down some of the more important of the current trends in photography.
It’s a fact that even the most beautifully composed image will fall apart if it includes a dull, lifeless sky. A great sky, on the other hand, can boost the impact of an image immensely. The problem is that we are at the mercy of Mother Nature and she is not always forthcoming about giving us the sky we need. Today we are going to look at some ways to improve your skies using Lightroom.
Taking photographs on holiday or whilst traveling for any other reason is one of the things many of us look forward to. The problem is travel, and in particular air travel, has become hard work. When you get to your destination, it may be hot and full of tourists, not the sort of place for carrying a heavy load of kit. Today we are going to look at some options for traveling light.
To a novice photographer, Photoshop can seem daunting with its countless tools. To many experienced photographers, Photoshop’s curves can bring similar feelings of dread, yet for all it’s apparent complexity, curves are not only incredibly powerful but also not as difficult as you might think. Not only can you control exposure and contrast but also color, all using this one tool.
Portrait format, sometimes called vertical format is for portraits, right? Well, of course many portraits are shot in that format but not all. By the same token, not all landscape shots need to be shot in landscape format. One of the things you often see with people starting out on their photographic journey is a reluctance to turn the camera upright when shooting. Today we will look at some reasons to shoot in portrait format.
One of the things we often say about the cities that we live in is that we rarely go out photographing unless we have to. The irony is that these very places that are on your doorstep are often chock full of photographic opportunities. So how can you motivate yourself to shoot your home town? With this in mind, today we are going to take a look at photographing your home city through new eyes.
Travelling with your camera is one of the great pleasures in life. Capturing the sights and emotions of far flung cultures is a great way of learning and understanding the world around you. When you are travelling, photography seems somehow easier, you take more images. However, with this glut of new shots, how can you manage them whilst on the move?
You look through your viewfinder, and you take pictures. Sounds simple, right? The viewfinder on your camera is not just an interface between you and your subject but also a repository of important information that will help you make that shot much better. Today we are going to take a guided tour of your camera’s viewfinder – what information it displays and how to make the most of it.