If you’re someone who believes that the only way to create memorable or interesting photos is to travel to a tropical paradise or scale a mountain or go on safari, you’re quite mistaken. Not that there’s anything wrong with those activities and they’re sure to yield some incredible photo opportunities, but if those were the […]
Photographers who are dedicated to their craft spend copious amounts of time and energy trying to improve. The specific skills that one seeks to improve upon will vary over time, but the drive to become a better photographer in general will always be there. Serious photographers take their artistic growth seriously. This doesn’t mean that […]
Photo projects always sound like a lot of fun, but there are times when the weight of a project eventually becomes too much to bear. This is particularly true of 365 projects. While making a photo everyday for a year can be fun and educational and tremendously rewarding, it can also grow burdensome and not […]
Love it or hate it, Apple’s iPhone sits atop the list of most popular cameras by Flickr members. While some photographers have taken a hardline stance against so-called iPhoneography being counted as “real” photography, there is clearly a thriving community of iPhone (as well as Samsung, Sony, HTC, Motorola, LG and others) shooters who take what they do seriously; recognizing that earnestness is important. But there’s also an element of good ol’ fun associated with mobile photography. Indeed, the versatility of such devices sits high amongst the traits that make them so popular. As one might expect, there is a seemingly bottomless pool of apps designed with iPhone photographers in mind, apps that cater both to more serious users looking to maximize their creativity and those just looking to have some fun — not that the two are necessarily mutually exclusive. Here is another round of iPhone apps that will appeal to a wide range of iPhoneographers, regardless of your skill level.
Sheen Watkins recently wrote brilliantly about the way photographers see the world; the way we feel about our subjects — animate and inanimate; the way we identify and interpret beauty; what motivates us and keeps us passionate about the craft of image making. As Sheen revealed, a photographer’s vision is a direct extension of the way she thinks about photography. It all starts in the mind, abstract thing that it is. So, there’s a mental element to photography. What about the physical aspect? I don’t know about you but I’m fascinated by watching other photographers. I watch them bend, stretch, double over, contort in ways that sometimes seem almost inhuman — or superhuman. I always assume that such displays of concentration are representative of a good idea; otherwise, why get your clothes dirty just for a shot of a flower? Well, to that photographer it’s obviously more than just another flower shot; he’s got a vision he needs to realize. This collection of images is about photographers in action, doing whatever it is they do to get the perfect shot. Surely, many of you will be able to relate.
“What’s the best _________ for _________ ?” Can you fill in the blanks? Even if you stay well within the realm of photography you could rattle off an endless stream of possible answers. We’ve all heard them, we’ve all asked them: what’s the best lens, camera, focal length, aperture? For birds, flowers, fireworks, sports? I understand this sort of question gets asked so often, particularly by those who are in the early phase of their photographic evolution; it’s natural to look at all the impressive work around you and want to replicate what others have done. You figure if you can use the same gear or settings, you can achieve the same results. That’s a rather shortsighted way of looking at things but, again, I understand it because I’ve been there. To make matters worse, there are those who will happily dole out similarly shortsighted advice about “bests” simply because it’s what works for them, not because there is any objective, universal truth to it.
The seashore. The coastline. The oceanfront. No matter what term one prefers to use, the seas have long been a favorite subject for photographers. The sea, much like the cosmos, represents a mystery as most of us have little firsthand insight as to what goes on beneath the surface. The sea is also a locale marked by ever changing mood and drama; it is, thus, no wonder why photographers are so enraptured by the sea. Photographing seascapes is, of course, comparable to landscape and cityscape photography in its treatment of the subject, but it also shares similarities with event photography or street photography insofar as the need to be patient and observant so that you capture the perfect moment. The following tips will help you with that.
Cities are transformed by the cover of night; these labyrinthine centers of concrete, steel and glass seem to magically morph into mazes of colorful light once the sun sets. A photographer doesn’t need to live near mountains or canyons or prairies in order to have access to grand, imposing, natural subjects. Cities, with their bridges, skyscrapers, and highways, provide their own brand of topographical texture. While there are certainly no rules about what time of day you can photograph various city scenes, you might want to be mindful of the role that natural lighting — even just a bit of it — can play in the making of your images. If you are looking to maximize the impact of color and contrast in your cityscapes, consider the following.
I know not everyone shares this opinion but I think frogs are captivating creatures. As a kid, anytime someone asked me what my favorite animal was, I replied very self-assuredly that is was the frog. I’m not sure why this was, considering pigeons dominate New York City wildlife, not frogs. And whenever anyone used the words “frog” and “toad” interchangeably, I was quick to let them know that frogs are not toads and toads are not frogs! My obsession with frogs has diminished considerably, but I still find them quite photogenic — their big eyes, their astonishing variety of colors and skin textures; they are ornate amphibians. So, if frogs don’t make your skin crawl, you will definitely enjoy the following images.
The incredible assortment of buttons on your camera can be intimidating. We’re not talking about just pro level DSLRs, either; even entry level cameras really pack it in when it comes to button array. It can be overwhelming, especially for those just getting started in photography. How do you know, of all the features available on your camera, which ones you should learn first? While some might suggest it’s worth the effort to learn everything your camera is capable of, the more measured approach is to master the essentials first then move on to other features. The importance of being comfortable with your camera cannot be understated; mastering the following DSLR features will help you take control of your camera and, by extension, your creativity.