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7 Tips for Sharper Photos

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How to take tack sharp photos with a DSLR camera.

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5 Essential Tips for Black and White Photography

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Black and white photography offers a unique perspective on many subjects. Removing colour brings out the hidden details, textures, and shapes.

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The Bastards Book of Photography by Dan Nguyen

The Bastards Book of Photography by Dan Nguyen | Photography Matters | Scoop.it
Table of Contents Photography is for Anyone A reflection on whether it’s worth learning photography Read on → Why Even Buy a Camera?

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Scenes from Bulgaria

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"So forward now, with spirit and ideals" reads a line in a poem by Hristo Botev, a Bulgarian poet and national hero.

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Random D30 vs. 1D Mark IV Techy Post // Photographer : David E Jackson #HDSLRscoop

Random D30 vs. 1D Mark IV Techy Post // Photographer : David E Jackson #HDSLRscoop | Photography Matters | Scoop.it

I wanted to showcase a little camera comparison I used to illustrate my points on gear acquisition. We are all at fault for lusting after the latest and greatest gear available to us on the market. I know I have, but that lust comes with a price tag and a trade-off.

Having dusted off my very first DSLR (Canon D30), I put it to the test against my current Canon 1D Mark IV. In doing so, I made some startling and not-so-startling discoveries (as one could only imagine)…


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Afghanistan: May 2012

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US and NATO forces continue to train the Afghan troops in advance of the handover of the country's security in 2014.

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Photographic Tips Digest: How to set custom white balance for perfect colours

Photographic Tips Digest: How to set custom white balance for perfect colours | Photography Matters | Scoop.it

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FIAT LUX Slide Show - Ansel Adams

In 1964, Ansel Adams was commissioned by UC President Clark Kerr to document the people, nine campuses, and state-wide research stations of the University of California. Adams took over 6000 photographs, making the project second in scale only to his iconic images of Yosemite.


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Tom Waits Narrates A Brief History of John Baldessari

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Tom Waits narrates this five-minute documentary about Baldessari and his work. Considered by many to be the godfather of conceptual art, his work goes far beyond photography.


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Photography Shooting Modes: What Those Icons on the Dial Mean (Infographic)

Photography Shooting Modes: What Those Icons on the Dial Mean (Infographic) | Photography Matters | Scoop.it
Photography shooting modes on the Canon and Nikon are slightly different. This infographic explains the differences between the two and what each icon means.

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Photos: “Ring of fire” solar eclipse - Pioneer Press

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KATUPhotos: “Ring of fire” solar eclipsePioneer Press(AP Photo/Toru Takahashi) A partial annular solar eclipse is seen over Beijing on Monday. Millions in Asia watched as a rare "ring of fire" eclipse crossed their skies early Monday.
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The Beautiful Shapes of Paris by Philipp Klinger

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Philipp Klinger has an eye for beautiful lines, shapes and patterns. In this series, he captures one of the most iconic cities in the world: Paris, France, and does it great justice. Instead of taking conventional shots of the city, Philipp goes out and captures the things you might never notice.


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Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D Specs [CR2.5]

Canon EOS Rebel T4i/650D Specs [CR2.5] | Photography Matters | Scoop.it

I received a good bit of info about the next Rebel. I put it at CR2.5 just until I receive a bit more confirmation...


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25 best extreme weather images 2012

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25 best extreme weather images 2012


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Extraordinary Microscope Photographs

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The Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition winners are currently on display at the New York Hall of Science. This competition, in its ninth year, is a dynamic international photo competition which honors the world's most extraordinary microscope images and videos of biological subjects. The Olympus BioScapes exhibit will be on display through August 31st. You can see the winners and many honorable mentions on the Olympus Bioscapes web site. -- Paula Nelson


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Canon Updates The EOS 7D Manual via @Canonrumorsguy #HDSLRscoop

Canon Updates The EOS 7D Manual via @Canonrumorsguy #HDSLRscoop | Photography Matters | Scoop.it
New features added to the manual Canon has updated the Canon EOS 7D manual and made it available for download.

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Tilt-shift: A DIY Guide

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Have you ever wondered how tilt-shift miniature photography works and why it looks so strangely convincing? Have you ever wanted to have a tilt-shift lens but couldn't afford the hundreds of dollars needed to buy one? Have you ever wanted to take real tilt-shift photos? Then this short introduction to tilt-shift photography and DIY tilt-shift lens building is probably for you.


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Night Crawler by Takehiko Nakafuji - British Journal of Photography

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The Japanese photographer perhaps best known for shooting at night and on the street is Daido Moriyama, so it’s appropriate that Takehiko Nakafuji studied under him. Nakafuji recently published a two-volume book of photographs of nocturnal Tokyo called Night Crawler, the first volume containing images taken in 1995 and the second images taken in 2010. The combination shows changes in both the city and the man, evoking by turns the restless excitement and raffish charm of Tokyo’s underbelly, and a lonely, sombre place.


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Burma In Transition

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"Burma (also known as Myanmar) appears to be on a fast track toward openness and democratization, after decades of harsh military rule that left it one of the least-developed countries in the world. Although the military still holds most of the power, President Thein Sein's new civilian government continues to pursue a broad campaign of political and economic reform, reconciliation, and engagement with the rest of the world. In January of 2012, more than 20 years after withdrawing its ambassador, the United States restored diplomatic relations with Burma. But with change comes challenge, especially for a nation mired in poverty and ongoing sectarian disputes. Collected here are recent scenes from Burma as its people struggle to emerge from 50 years of oppression."


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Jeffrey's Exif viewer

This online tool displays Exif data fron a wide range of image formats and allows you to check a file on the web (Image URL) or check a file on your local disk.


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A Toast to Ray Bradbury (OT)

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Ray Bradbury has passed away at age 91. I attribute my love of reading to Mr. Bradbury. He wrote about three dimensional screens that could turn a room into the projection of one's own imagination including sound, smell, and emotion.

In Fahrenheit 451, he warned us about the consequences of the technological, totalitarian state.


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Ron Martinsen's Photography Blog: FAIL: Nikon D800 Live View vs Canon 5D Mark III

Ron Martinsen's Photography Blog: FAIL: Nikon D800 Live View vs Canon 5D Mark III | Photography Matters | Scoop.it

"Cityscape shots are a little tricky because it’s tough to get a good overall image focus. In the shot above, I used my Canon 5D Mark III to dial in focus to get the best focus possible before taking the shot. After focusing, the only variable I couldn’t control was the wind, but for a 30 second exposure the result was okay – not great, but okay. (NOTE: The shot you see above is cropped and edited – click the image to see the out of camera original)

Once I have my settings dialed in, I switch to manual focus and use Live View at its maximum zoom to adjust my focus on items in the foreground and background to get the best balance of focus across the entire image. This is the greatest reason to use Live View in my opinion, so it’s automatic anytime I’m doing any shot that will allow me to use it (typically landscape or other static subject work).

For this to work my camera must be on a tripod and my subject must be static. The scene above of Seattle is a great test, so I took a few shots. While I’m not super happy with any of the shots I took due to wind, one of the huge problems I had during this test when comparing the Canon 5D Mark III against the Nikon D800 was the performance of the Live View on the D800.

Simply put, I found the Live View feature on the D800 to be unusable at maximum zoom under low light conditions like these. When I would zoom in with the Canon I’d get great detail and could easily dial in my focus on a detail like the people in top of the Space Needle. However, when I zoomed in with the Nikon all I could see was noise like you’d see on a old analog color TV. It was horrible and unusable..."


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Black and white street photography by Piriskoskis

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Barcelona-based Piriskoskis is a street photographer documenting the human condition, interaction and relationship to the surrounding environment.


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LEICA M MONOCHROM: The future of black and white photography

LEICA M MONOCHROM: The future of black and white photography | Photography Matters | Scoop.it
Pin It Solms Germany (May 10, 2012) - Leica Camera AG presents the Leica M Monochrom, the world’s first digital camera exclusively for full-frame, 35 mm black-and-white photography.

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Scanning Film Negatives With A DSLR - A Maker's Guide

Scanning Film Negatives With A DSLR - A Maker's Guide | Photography Matters | Scoop.it

"Well, lets just say I've gotten better at this over the last couple of years..."


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