HDR, or High Dynamic Range, photography has become something of a pariah in many photographic circles. Some photographers continue to use HDR to great effect; some continue to (according to some) heavily overuse it; and still others roundly criticize any and all who use HDR as individuals who are responsible for the systematic destruction of photography as an art form.
My name is David Taylor. I’m a professional landscape and travel photographer and author of 12 photography books, based in Northumberland, England. Welcome to an extract from my new MyPhotoSchool 4 week online course Beginners Guide to Digital Photography. In this course I’ll be introducing and explaining concepts, such as exposure and white balance, shutter speed and aperture.
A number of factors led to the use of 2MP sensors in the main imaging cameras used on NASA's Mars rover, Curiosity, says the project manager responsible for their development. The slow data rates available for broadcasting images back to Earth and the team's familiarity with that family of sensors played a part, says Malin Space Science Systems' Mike Ravine, but the biggest factor was the specifications being fixed as far back as 2004. Multi-shot panoramas will see the cameras deliver high-res images, he explains, but not the 3D movies Hollywood director James Cameron had wanted...
This morning I received an email from a dPS reader who was heading to New York for the weekend ahead. She was seeking a little inspiration and advice on taking cityscape shots. I pointed her to some posts in our archives but thought it might be fun to find some great cityscape images on Flickr too. Of course there’s so many different approaches to photographing a city – but here’s some of what caught my eye.
While not every shot will be to everyone’s tastes my hope is that this city skyline image collection might inspire some photographic explorations of the cities we live in and travel to.
As regular readers know, the judging for the BIRDS AS ART 1st International Bird Photography Competition has been complete for some time. All of the judges including me were stunned by the quality of the images. We have been and will continue to be posting all of the images that were sent to the judges category by category. Each of you will have a chance to judge each category. Please read the directions below carefully. Your votes will not determine the winning images but it has been and will continue to be fun to see how everyone’s votes compare to the votes of the judges. So far the top pick of the public vote has matched the top pick of the judge’s panel in three of the six categories. I am betting that they match up perfectly in Small in the Frame.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the ins and outs to capture gorgeous wedding details shots of rings and jewellery. We discussed the elements of clarity, depth of field, environment and background, light, and composition and how each can influence the success of a detail shot.
Taking photographs during nights or low light situations can be lots of fun captured by specialized equipment such as SLR cameras, tripods, cable releases and flashguns. After sunset, as the light that passes brings a special quality to our everyday world magically transforms all buildings, fireworks and the northern lights becoming popular subjects. For this post, we have compiled a collection of striking examples of low light photography.
Every once in a while a photographer comes along and makes you drop your jaw. You stare flabbergasted at the screen and for long minutes try to understand how the hell did they accomplish this shot. How he had you stop and marvel a new thing after you think you've seen it all.
We live in an era where sharpness, literalness and hyperrealism dominate the modern photographic terrain. In spite of this, my own photography is actually informed by the golden age photojournalists of the 1930s and 1940s, post-war photo essays from the 1950s, and John Szarkowski’s New Documentarian leanings of the 1960s. I wasn’t always this anachronistic. Rather, I used to be even more so.
Before we jump into Lightroom and start adding keywords I need to say a few things up front:
* Keywording isn’t fun. I have yet to meet a photographer who enjoys this exercise but where people do agree is that keywording is essential, especially if you have a sizable collection of images.
* Keywording can be incredibly time consuming and that’s why software companies such as Adobe have invested lots of effort into making it faster and easier. It’s really to your benefit to learn how to get the best out of the tools they have created. Read on and I will explain how.
* If you don’t plan your keywording strategy in advance you can quickly get yourself into a mess and find what should be a simple task grows out of all recognition.
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