One of the more common questions that new photographers ask is, how many pictures can I fit on my memory card? There are two answers to this, the easy one, which is to quote a specific number or the accurate one. The accurate answer is, there is no way of telling. The reason this answer is not often used is because explaining it can be complicated. Its complication stems from the fact that the most popular image file format used by photographers today, is of course, the JPEG, and JPEG files rarely have a fixed file size. Today we are going to attempt to explain the mysteries of the JPEG and why it is important to understand them.
We all love a lens. After all, they are, arguably, the most important part of our photographic equipment. Most people will start off with one, maybe two lenses and usually these will be a standard zoom and a telephoto zoom. However, as you grow as a photographer, you come to realize that there is a whole world of creative possibilities being denied to you using the “usual” lenses. Today we will take a look at five lenses that you should consider adding to your kit.
Those of you, who use Lightroom, will know what a powerful and multi-faceted program it is. It is fair to say that along with its now discontinued rival Aperture, Lightroom revolutionized the way we manage our images once they have left the camera. We can now upload, edit, manipulate and export images so much quicker than a few short years ago. Doubly so for RAW files which were once clunky awkward images to edit but now are treated no different to a JPEG. Being such powerful piece of software, there are always some little features or functions that can speed your workflow up even more. Today we will have a look at some of them.
In our last article, we took a look at the logistics of photographing in this busy, bustling city. Now we are going to take a look at some of the more iconic locations to shoot from and discuss best time of day and position in which to shoot from.
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” A cliche perhaps and what is not mentioned is how tiring London can be. That said, it is a phenomenally photogenic city, a place where you can photograph Roman ruins alongside some of the most modern architecture on the planet. It is a place of pomp yet poverty, a place where any photographer will find his subjects in abundance. A few weeks ago, I shared my experience of a stock photo shoot in London. In this two part series we are going to give you some ideas on the logistics and locations of shooting in London. Starting with this article, we will take a look at the logistics of shooting in this vast city.
The Golden Ratio is also known as the Divine Proportion. This is because it occurs virtually everywhere in nature. When we are shooting, our eyes are naturally accustomed to seeing this proportion wherever we look. If in our compositions we break this natural ratio, the image will look uncomfortable, jarring our eyes. The rule of thirds is one of the most fundamental composition techniques in photography. It works because it is very close to the Divine Proportion and our eyes accept it as natural. However, if you want to take your compositions to the next level you can apply Fibonacci’s rules to two more advanced techniques, the Golden Rectangle and the Golden Spiral.
There has been a bit of a fuss recently over Flickr’s decision to start selling prints of it’s members photographs. There is a potential 50 million images that Flickr can sell but the uproar has come from the fact that the photographers will not see a single cent of any picture sold. The reason for this? The Creative Commons license. Flickr is exploiting this license to monetize the images it hosts and despite the protestations of the photographers who will lose out in this, they are legally within their right to do so. Whether they are morally right is an entirely different question and one that is not for this article. What they are in fact exploiting is the fact that a significant number of photographers do not understand Creative Commons. With that in mind, today we intend to give you a brief overview of that license and how to avoid being exploited by it.
Geotagging, a relatively new word to the ever increasing lexicon of photographic terminology. It is a relatively simple term that means adding GPS co-ordinates to your images. In practice, it can sometimes be quite a complicated procedure involving bulky devices attached to your camera or manually adding photos to a map in Lightroom or Aperture. There is a better, cheaper option however, using an app. Today we will look at a recent addition to my iPhone, Geotag Photos Pro.
The rise of cameraphones has had two significant effects on photography. First it has dramatically increased the number of images that we are taking and, secondly, it has changed the way many people first get into, what we might call, proper photography. Before, most people that took a step up to an SLR or a DSLR, did so from a compact camera. These days they are much more likely to be doing it from a smartphone. Because of this, entering the word of the serious camera may seem quite daunting to the first time buyer so, with apologies to our many experienced members, today we are going to look at some useful advice on buying your first camera.
All lenses distort. Most have some degree of barrel distortion as well as pin cushioning. They often also have other issues such as chromatic aberration and vignetting. Modern day lenses keep these issues well controlled but can never eliminate them entirely. For this reason we have lens correction software. Until recently this software often took the form of standalone apps or plugin for Photoshop. Nowadays, however, most higher end software will have lens correction built in. Today we are going to take a look at one of the most powerful of the built-in tools, Lightroom’s Lens Corrections.