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DSLRphoto, latest news and reviews on DSLR Cameras & Lenses - DSLR Photography News & Reviews

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DSLRphoto, latest news and reviews on DSLR Cameras & Lenses - DSLR Photography - Canon Nikon Sony Pentax Olympus Panasonic Sigma Ricoh (Top 10 Sales Ranking Digital Cameras Nov 25 2012 - #1 Canon PowerShot ELPH 110 HS -

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Prix Picto 2012 - Mention : Alexandra Taupiac

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After receiving CAT and BTM degrees in photography, Taupiac presented at the end of her studies the exhibition Chaire en presse, a series of ten pictures where the compressed bodies question whether or not sensuality is a distortion.

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The Difference Between a Photographer and an Artist

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A photographer is someone who takes photographs. These days, anybody can be a photographer, and the reciprocal is also true—a photographer can be anybody.

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Iconic Images from the Most Valuable Camera in the History of Photography

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The old saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words, but does that make a camera worth over 2 million bucks? It does for this one, the favorite camera of LIFE magazine photographer David Douglas Duncan, known for his war photographs and intimate images of his friend Pablo Picasso. The Associated Press reports today that Austria's WestLicht gallery announced that a Leica M3D, which the gallery says belonged to Duncan, sold for $2.19 million over the weekend, setting the record price for a "commercially produced camera."


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Landscape Photography with a Mirrorless Camera | Ken Rowland

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There’s a lot of discussion out there about what makes a great landscape camera. This month’s Outdoor Photographer magazine has a feature article on which camera to buy. The article touches on a few mirrorless camera examples but they’re mostly fixed lens cameras. For whatever reason, given the mirrorless technology that’s now available, a full blown, mirror slapping camera body is still considered superior. In the article, the tips they share don’t lean towards landscape photography with a mirrorless camera. There’s even a story on PetaPixel about photographer Gordon Laing being denied a permit into Antelope Canyon because he had a mirrorless camera. Clearly, mirrorless cameras haven’t been embraced yet for what I’ll call “heavy lifting” in the landscape photography arena. The mirrorless camera category is a very exciting segment right now. It’s a rapidly changing, ever updating segment with a lot of fierce competition and oneupmanship taking place. Whether you like micro 4/3 cameras or something larger with a APS-C sized sensor or even a Leica with its full frame sensor, it all boils down to your needs, pocketbook and the subject matter you want to capture. In my case, I was lugging either a Canon 7D or a 5D Mark II and several associated lenses, along with a tripod, into the field. That kit weighed a lot and I’m not always interested in carrying that much weight on my back. I began to consider mirrorless options when I started carrying a used Fujifilm X100. I fell in love with the camera because of its simplicity of operation and image quality. But it fell seriously short for me as a landscape camera because I wanted the ability to zoom in and out without always relying on my feet to do the zooming. After a lot of research, I settled on a Fujifilm X-Pro1 and its APS-C sensor and the 3 associated prime lenses ranging in focal length from 18mm to 60mm. The combined weight of that kit was significantly lower which made hiking with gear more fun and easier on the knees.....


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53 Crazy-good Digital Photography Tutorials | Psdtuts+

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Though Photoshop has grown over time to become a many-armed beast of a program, it was first created with the modest aim of helping users to modify and improve...

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COMMON MISTAKES

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There are a number of initial mistakes that almost everyone will make when learning. With the advantage of digital photography you can overcome these and start taking striking photos.

 

Take Time to Compose Your Shot

 

Like traditional analog photography, good digital photographs rely on basics such as good composition. Many of the techniques of film photography apply to digital photography as well. Strive to get the best possible shot; don't expect to correct your mistakes later with image-editing software.

 

Get Close

 

Most photos miss the mark because the photographer did not get close enough to his subject. Your objective should be to fill the frame. This will result in photos that are better composed and provide more visual information to work with when you edit your images with your computer. Walk nearer to your subject or zoom in for tight framing. A closer shot creates a greater sense of intimacy. When shooting vertical images — people, buildings, trees — turn the camera for a vertical orientation and avoid empty space at the edges of the frame.

Beginning photographers often think they are close enough when they are too far away. This is because they concentrate and in a sense mentally zoom in on the subject instead of understanding that the picture will be exactly what is framed in the viewfinder.

 

Keep It Simple

 

Avoid clutter in your photos. To do so, change the angle of view or move closer to your subject. Aim for one strong focal point in your composition. Rely more on close-ups and simple compositions, and you will be pleased with the improvements in your photographs.

 

Experiment with Lighting

 

Try shooting at different times of day to see the effects on your subjects. Just be sure you are never shooting directly into the sun.

 

Plan Ahead for Action Shots

 

One way to avoid shutter lag is to prefocus the camera. If you can determine a spot where the action is apt to take place, such as the area around the goal at the end of a soccer field, you can prefocus on that area. Push the shutter button halfway down and wait for the action to occur. When you snap the photo, the shutter lag is reduced to only two- or three-tenths of a second.

 

On a digital camera, there is a delay after you press the shutter button (shutter lag) which can last as long as a full second. This lag is the result of the time used by the digicam to focus on the subject, calculate exposure, and adjust for proper color balance.
Avoid Stiff Portraits

 

When taking snapshots of a group of people, you'll get better results if they are involved in an activity or interacting with each other. Allow people to sit or lean against something so they will feel — and look — more relaxed. Be sure you are not catching them squinting into the sun.

 

Use flash outdoors to eliminate shadows.

 

Avoid wide-angle distortion.

 

Do not center all your pictures in the frame. Use the focus-lock feature to avoid this problem: Focus initially on people at the center but then move the camera to create a better composition.

 

Partial images can be very dramatic. Shoot close-ups or crop to provide interesting images.

 

At night, turn off the autoflash and use a tripod for better images.

Image-editing software is a great tool, but it will never replace a good photographer. Think about the composition when setting up a shot.


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What Makes A Great Street Photograph and How Do We Create Them

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So how does this story relate to you taking a 'great street photograph?' I want to share with you what I have learned, because it has nothing to do with tips, tricks, or techniques. The techniques are necessary to be able to take ...


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CreativeLive – Retouching and Creative Photoshop Techniques

CreativeLive – Retouching and Creative Photoshop Techniques | AlyssaBrandtPhotography | Scoop.it

In this workshop portrait and fashion photographer Lindsay Adler will cover essential retouching techniques and teach how Photoshop allows you to make the impossible possible!


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Whilst creativity isn’t about definitive or fixed rules, here are some fine examples using Photoshop, demonstrating the creative process from start to finish.

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Matthias Heiderich’s Candy Colored Photographs

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No these aren't digital illustrations for a children's book but the work of young self taught German (RT @newampaintings: Yes, awesome...RT @stevenhollman: Amazing photography that reminds me of a candy stripe world.)...

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Scrims, Reflectors and Natural Light Photography! Lightenupandshoot.com

http://lightenupandshoot.com We go over some different techniques to use with natural light in this video. Scrims, what aperture to use, reflectors, using yo...

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Online Classes Beginning Photography: The First Things to Learn in a Beginner Digital Photography Tutorial

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Explaining Photography to Beginners (I’ll give it a shot) Photography is a subject that involves a broad spectrum of both science and art. It is a delicate process that has much to do with chemistry and physics.

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EyedreamDesign » Night photography; techniques and experiments

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One of the things about photography that attracts me so much is the limitless potential for creative experimentation. As some of my friends know (because I take them/you with me), I find it especially fun to go out at night (with ...

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Should you be shooting RAW? | Digital Photography School

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You can find many articles online discussing the benefits of shooting in RAW and probably an equal number full of counter arguments stating that it is possible to obtain equally good results shooting in JPEG. Whilst that is definitely true, I want to discuss the reasons that pushed me to exclusively use RAW in the hope that it can persuade others to do the same. I liken RAW processing to taking the camera off ‘auto’ and shooting in ‘manual’ mode. When people are starting out in digital photography, it can seem like another area full of technical jargon that forms a barrier preventing its uptake. However, once you have an small understanding of the processes involved and how different settings can impact your results, you will find that letting your camera do the processing can be the limiting factor in achieving your photographic vision.


What is RAW?

A RAW file is an uncompressed image file that records the data from the sensor ‘as is’, with minimal processing. Depending on your camera, this file will most likely contain either 12-bit or 14-bit data. When shooting in JPEG, the camera will take the RAW file, process it with a number of generic actions (typically contrast/saturation adjustments, correcting for white balance and sharpening) before compressing the image down to an 8-bit JPEG file. That difference in ‘bit depth’ is the key here. The 12-bit image will contain 2^12=4096 tones per channel. Given that there are three channels per pixel (red, green and blue), that equates to 4096x4096x4096= 69 billion possible tones per pixel....

 

Now those numbers are almost too large to comprehend, however it is quite simple to consider in context. When you take a JPEG file from your camera into Photoshop to process, there are only 256 possible tones to define the colour for each red, green or blue channel, which means that when you start apply changes to contrast or brightness, there are a very limited number of possible tones for each pixel, which can result in obvious image degradation if pushed too far. With a RAW image, the number of possible tones is that much greater that more significant changes to can be made without any impact on the final image quality. This doesn’t come without a cost though. Due to the increased bit depth of RAW files, they are anywhere from 2-6 times larger than the corresponding JPEG when recorded in camera. This will make your vast memory card seem very limited. Additionally, where as a JPEG is typically printer-ready straight out of the camera, a RAW file will need to be manually processed in your digital darkroom. So, to answer the obvious question of ‘is it worth it?’, lets consider the benefits…


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Une bulle à Paris

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En 1963 le photographe Melvin Sokolsky a réalisé pour le magazine Harper’s Bazaar une série de photos de mode devenue iconique en plaçant Simone D’Aillencourt dans une bulle transparente de plexigl...

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Take control sharpening in Photoshop | Digital-Photography-School

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Most people who have experimented in Photoshop, especially those who shoot in raw, will have some experience of trying to sharpen an image. Sharpening increases the contrast between neighbouring pixels resulting in the visual effect of a crisper image. It is typically the last processing step that should be performed on an image and is often used to enhance already well-focussed images or in desperation to try and rescue elements of a photograph that weren’t captured in-focus when the shutter was pressed. There are numerous ways to sharpen images in Photoshop, so much so that there is a whole sub-menu of filters dedicated to sharpening, each offering a different amount of control and different levels of success. However, one of the most overlooked filters that can help you achieve better results with more control isn’t found in the Sharpen sub-menu, but is in fact found in the, usefully named, Filter -> Other menu: the high pass filter. I’ll take you through a step-by-step guide to using high pass filter and hopefully show you how simple and effective image sharpening can be.....

 

The benefit of using this method to sharpen your images is that the sharpening effect is applied in a non-destructive fashion, on a duplicate layer, with a very simple to understand parameter (in the Radius value) that controls the magnitude of the sharpening, as well as giving you the ability to fine tune the final effect using the Opacity slider.


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Nice Learn Digital Photography photos | Learn Photography

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Some cool Learn Digital Photography images: ECHS Photo Activity 28 Image by KCET Departures Departures Youth Voices works with high school students at (Nice Learn Digital Photography photos: Some cool Learn Digital Photography images: ECHS Photo Activity...

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Ten Top Autumn Photography Tutorials

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Ten Top Autumn Photography Tutorials - Here are ten photography tutorials that'll fill you with tips and ideas for shooting during the autumn. Posted: 19th October 2012. 0. Print Article Add Comment Jargon Buster: Off.


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'Masters of Wedding' Webinar Series | PhotographyBLOG

'Masters of Wedding' Webinar Series | PhotographyBLOG | AlyssaBrandtPhotography | Scoop.it

“Ray Lowe, Kevin Wilson & Martin Grahame-Dunn share their unique styles, experience & some of their best work, tips & techniques to take your wedding photography to the next level,” says SF Photo School's Uzair ...


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Photographer Has His Canon 5D Mark II Kidnapped and Killed by a Lion - PetaPixel

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PetaPixelPhotographer Has His Canon 5D Mark II Kidnapped and Killed by a LionPetaPixelAtlanta-based photographer Ed Hetherington makes a living photographing weddings, but earlier this month he traveled to Zimbabwe for a wildlife photography...
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Perfectly Colored Famous Photos Are So Much More Powerful Than the B&W Originals - Gizmodo

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Perfectly Colored Famous Photos Are So Much More Powerful Than the B&W OriginalsGizmodoI know many may disagree, but these colored famous photos are much more powerful than the black and white originals.

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Photography Coach — Helping Photographers.. One Question at a Time

Helping Photographers..One Question at a Time (Free Online Basic Photography Lessons - http://t.co/4Q0lMaIi http://t.co/GrdEnZzj...

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