Pop quiz– How many times in an average day do you come across a photo on-line, put there by a photographer seeking critique, comments, suggestions, opinions, or input? Actually, it’s not a fair question. If your day is anything like mine, you lose track by lunch time. Between Flickr, 500px, my students, and the many photography-related pages I follow on Facebook, there are just too many to count. Despite the huge count (or maybe because of it) I find two things that resonate with me about these posts. The first– based on their reactions– is that most people aren’t really looking for an honest critique. They are looking for validation. The second thing that jumps out at me is that most people simply do not know how to give a proper critique.
If you were wondering how far 3D printed has come, here is a nice example. A fully working 4×5 inch Pinhole Camera made by maker Todd Schlemmer.
There are still no pictures from this camera, but it is an evolution of his former, 35mm 3D printed pinhole, so the concept should be solid (see sample shots below).
You’ve probably heard it before, you take really nice pictures, you must have a really nice camera.
As photographers we get quite angered by statements like this, and often compare it with other insults like “you make really tasty cakes, you must have a great stove” or “you build really great furniture, you must have a great screwdriver”.
Neil van Niekerk offers a different approach, suggesting that the other party is not insulting you, and that they are actually giving you a compliment and that this is their way to initiate a discussion or break the ice:[Read More…]
Here is a great free-lensing tip courtesy of DIYP reader Timothy Blair. In a nutshell, free-lensing is creating a tilt/shift lens by separating a lens from the camera body and holding it by hand. You can read a few tutorials on the method here and here.
The problem is that free-lensing with a full sized DSLR lens on a micro 4/3 body leave quite a bit of a gap for dust to sneak in on your sensor.
Timothy built a sweet and quick free-lensing adapter that stops both the light and the dust from creeping into the sensor. The adapter is built from a hollowed out rear lens cap and a bicycle inner tube. The two flaps keeps the light and dust out while hand holding that lens.[Read More…]
Like an infinite number of monkeys on an infinite number of typewriters, an infinite number of photographers snapping an infinite number of photos will sooner or later produce something worth viewing.
But who wants to be just another monkey?
Seize the Moment – Carpe Occasionem
Remember when I wrote about Quintessential Moments? It focused on benchmark or definitive moments in our growth as photographers. Maybe it was a photograph where a new concept fell perfectly into place. Maybe it was an image that had a profound impact on you– or someone else. One thing that I mentioned in passing at the end of the article was that you can’t force these moments. You can’t stack the deck and artificially create a defining moment.
I should have taken my own advice this past weekend.
Dragon*Con once again came to town, and with it came its annual parade. I have a pretty healthy comic book and sci-fi nerd streak in me, so it’s always a good time wandering around with my camera, getting fun shots of people with perhaps…well, let’s just say they take their love for these characters way more seriously I do. Way, WAY more seriously. And come on– who doesn’t love a parade?
Photographer Manjari Sharma just wrapped up one of the more interesting photography projects that I’ve seen, where she used her own shower as the location to shoot models for a year.
As this is quite an unorthodox way of shooting, we asked Manjari for some information about the series.
When we wondered about the motivation for such a location, Manjari shares that [Read More…]
If you were sent to one of the most beautiful cities in the world to shoot a time lapse what will you choose to shoot?
Joe Capra of Scientifantastic was sent to Rio De Janeiro to shoot 4K and 10K time lapses and chose every little piece of beauty of the city. He used the “usual” Canon 5Dmk2 and mk3 but in addition he also used a Phase One IQ180 back. As usual, sit back, go to full screen and push the volume to the max.[Read More…]
Here is a challenge for the sharp of eyes among you. Below you will find two tilt-shift photographs courtesy of Maciej Pietuszynski. Those are called tilt/shift or miniature effect photographs.
One of those photos is SOOC (Straight Out Of Camera). Maybe a little curves and minor crop, but it is basically as is. Maciej used his own Shower Head Tilt Shift lens to take it.
The other photo is Shopped (as in Photoshopped), with a method similar to the one in this tutorial.
So, which one is real and which one is fake? if the 512px across are not good enough for your peaking eyes, click the photos for a larger version. [Read More…]
We’ve seen our share of photo booths. While they come in all shapes, colors and sizes, they usually operate in the same manner and produce similar pictures.
The booth was installed for Quang and Ellie wedding reception and after the editing is done (featuring Robin Thicke’s appropriately popping “Blurred Lines” ) the result is something their grand-kids won’t be bored watching.[Read More…]