This week your photographic challenge is to take and share an image on the theme of ‘Speed’.
Feel free to interpret the theme in any way that you wish.
Once you’ve taken and selected the ‘Speed’ image that you’d like to share – upload it to your favourite photo sharing site or blog and either share a link to it or – embed them in the comments using the our new tool to do so.
If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSSPEED to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.
Also – don’t forget to check out some of the great shots posted in last weeks challenge – Best Friend challenge where there were some great shots submitted.
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
The Australian press presentation of this design landmark was a glamorous affair, embedded in the annual fashion week and held in Sydney’s Overseas passenger terminal at dusk, overlooking the Sydney Opera House.
As the drinks flowed and the canapés consumed, examples of the new camera, resplendent in its signal yellow and black livery, were handed around to the eager journalists. Along with most other people at the event, I was startled at the new piece of technology. Not so much at the colour scheme, but at the physical aspects of the new interchangeable lens snapper … but more of that later.
Pentax describes the camera as being “designed in collaboration with world-renowned designer Marc Newson.” Newson is an interesting cat: Australian-born, London-based, he moves around the globe on various design projects covering the transportation, fashion and luxury goods sectors. Recently, he was included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is best known for his iconic Lockheed Lounge chair, dating from 1986.
The review camera arrived and surprised me for being impressively styled in a matte black finish — the alternative colour. The lens supplied with it was the impressively flattened Pentax-DA f2.8/40mm pancake lens; to call it a pancake lens is a misnomer … it more accurately resembles a beer coaster! At 9.2mm in depth, it’s the world’s thinnest interchangeable lens.
But back to the original yellow and black beasty. I was, I have to admit, initially taken aback by its fairly heavy weight and chunky appearance, possibly due to the use of the venerable K-mount, which of course leads to its ability to take an enormous range of heritage lenses.
The K-01 is an interchangeable lens, mirrorless camera and is possibly the largest of its type on the market. Some may niggle at the control layout, with oversize buttons, especially those on the K-01′s top surface but the benefit is visibility.
It may be that the use of the K-mount and its generous gift of lens adaptability initially led to Pentax’s engagement of Newson to visually downscale the somewhat obese look of the camera to appeal to potential buyers. IMHO this has worked but it does lead you to think the camera has uncanny and unnerving style similarities with the cheap and cheerful placcy cameras from the LOMO range! There, now I’ve got that off my chest!
The whole lens story includes compatibility with K-, KA- KAF, KAF2, and KAF3- mount lenses, while screw-mount lenses, 645-system lenses and 67-system lenses can be used with an adapter. However, some functions may not be available on certain lenses.
Pentax K-01 Features
The camera is built around an aluminium chassis, wrapped in a ribbed, black rubber skin; the top deck has patches and buttons of aluminium, with most centred around the onboard flash cell. Patches of this skin lift to reveal access ports and the memory card slot. On occasions, these flaps don’t sit flush and my guess is that, with wear, they may not behave as intended!
There are 13 external control points, with most of these at the rear, with a placement and configuration familiar to most digicam users. Colour coding is evident: there are two key buttons for instant recognition: red for video recording and a green function button. Stabilising is via an image shift device.
There are 16.28 million effective pixels on its CMOS image sensor, which measures 23.7×15.7 mm. Maximum image size is 4928×3264 pixels, enabling a 42×28 cm print to be output. Movies at Full HD size of 1920×1080 pixels can be recorded.
Speaking of which … you can’t use the shutter button to alter focus mid-shoot; one way is to preset focus before rolling or set the lens to manual focus and pull focus during the recording. Camera operation during a video recording is also recorded; you can use an external microphone. I also found the stabiliser in movie mode to be less than effective.
Directly accessible from the mode dial is HDR shooting, using three exposures, with varying exposure increments; an extra ‘goodie’ is an automatic position adjustment function which assures precise alignment of three images even when they are taken with a handheld K-01.
Yet another effects range is available via the scene modes: here you can access settings such as night portrait, macro, night scene HDR etc.
There’s also a Custom Image function that gives access to such effects as Bleach Bypass, Cross Processing, a reversal film look, mono etc as well as 19 digital filters like Miniature.
Not seen as regularly these days is an intervalometer, with access to settings in seconds, minutes and hours.
You can also capture multiple exposures on the run, from a selectable run of two to nine shots. The composite picture is displayed as you progress and unwanted shots discarded as you go. I can see many skilled photographers lap up this feature.
It took the K-01 about three seconds to get ready for the first shot, then each shot took about a second and a bit to be captured. Far from fast!
Pentax K-01 ISO Tests
OK until we hit ISO 3200 at which point noise is becoming slightly noticeable. ISO 6400 I figure to be useable but when ISO 12,800 is reached the show is over! Noise is well up, sharpness down.
Pentax K-01 Review Verdict
Why you’d buy the Pentax: stylising, access to K-mount lenses.
Why you wouldn’t: clunky and noisy AF correction; heavy weight; bulky shape; poor high ISO performance.
Nice try! But not for me!
Pentax K-01 Specifications
Image Sensor: 16.3 million effective pixels.
Metering: Multi zone, centre-weighted, spot.
Lens Mount: Pentax KAF2.
Exposure Modes: Program AE, shutter and aperture priority, manual.
Effective Sensor Size: 23.7×15.7mm CMOS.
35 SLR Lens Factor: 1.5x.
Shutter Speed: 30 to 1/4000 second.
Continuous Shooting: 6 fps.
Image Sizes (pixels): Stills: 4928×3264 to 1728×1728.
Movies: 1920×1080, 1280×720, 640×480.
Viewfinder: 7.6cm LCD screen (921,000).
File Formats: JPEG, RAW (DNG), JPEG+RAW (DNG), MPEG4.
Colour Space: sRGB, Adobe RGB.
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100 to 25,600.
Interface: USB 2.0, HDMI mini.
Power: Rechargeable lithium ion battery, DC input.
Dimensions: 122x79x58 WHDmm.
Weight: 561 g (inc battery).
Price: Get a price on the Pentax K-01 – Body Only or Pentax K-01 with 40mm Lens at Amazon.
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
Every few months we take some time to analyse the cameras that dPS readers are buying over on Amazon. What follows is the most popular DSLRs purchased in the last 3 months on Amazon*.
2. Nikon D5100
3. Nikon D800
5. Nikon D3200
6. Nikon D7000
7. Nikon D3100
10. Canon EOS 60D
*Note: these lists were compiled from reports supplied to us from Amazon.com where we are affiliates. One of the ways dPS is able to cover its costs and be a sustainable business is that we earn a small commission when readers make a purchase from Amazon after clicking on our links (including those above). While no personal details are passed on we do get an overall report from Amazon about what was bought and are able to create this list.
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
Previously in this posing guide series we took a look to posing women, posing men, posing children, posing couples and posing groups of people. In this article let’s address a popular photographic event – wedding.
I would like to state from the very beginning, that weddings in general are a major commercial industry to many professional photographers. Shooting wedding photography professionally is a much, much bigger topic than just 21 sample poses. The aim of this article is only to provide you with some initial guidance and ideas to take some nice bride and groom pictures.
1. The wedding veil is a superb accessory for a bride’s close-up portrait. You may want to use manual zoom to focus on the eyes, otherwise the auto mode will focus on the veil’s texture.
2. A very good opportunity for a great picture is photographing the bride or both newlyweds in the wedding car.
3. The romantic and passionate kiss is another must-have shot from the event. Definitely try to capture both faces including the eyes. Without that you will probably produce a dull shot.
4. Very easy and kind pose. The newlyweds simply and naturally embrace while bringing their cheeks together. Take care that the bridal bouquet is nicely placed and turned towards the camera.
5. Another beautiful pose with the groom embracing the bride from the back. The newlyweds may look romantically at each other or straight to the camera. Or they might kiss for an even more affectionate pose.
6. Just a slight variation of the previous ones, keep the newlyweds close together, but find a way to get a shot from an elevated angle.
7. In weddings you can’t really go wrong by asking the newly weds to kiss for a shot whenever there is an appropriate moment. They won’t complain anyway!
8. If possible, arrange an outdoor shot, take some pictures of the couple from a distance and use some open space in a background.
9. Absolutely easy and a bit more formal pose, creates a calm and intimate mood.
10. The groom holding the bride in arms, easy to pose, however be careful choosing the right shooting angle – both faces should be visible.
11. A pose with the groom holding the bride works not only from a distance, but makes a very nice pose for a close-up as well.
12. Certainly a staged pose – the bride falling into the groom’s hands. But if the newly weds are responsive, poses like that could work out extremely well.
13. Weddings don’t need to be and sometimes really aren’t at all that serious. Don’t be afraid to make some fun, ask the newly weds to loose their shoes and just run around a bit and snap some frames.
14. Never forget that there often are good opportunities shooting from the back.
15. A fun pose with the newlyweds kissing passionately. Pay attention to the wedding dress: It shall look free-falling and natural, as opposed to stuck and creased under the groom’s leg.
16. A gorgeous pose for a bride’s portrait. The bride should sit on the ground (or a very low stool) with the wedding dress nicely arranged around her. Shoot from above with the bride looking slightly upwards.
17. Fun and simple pose, the newlyweds clinking champagne glasses. For a more creative shot you could get real close and focus on the glasses, leaving the portraits blurred.
18. Another creative way to play with a shallow depth of field. Use the widest possible aperture and keep the groom in a distance from the bride. Focus on the bride, leaving him slightly out of focus.
19. The newlyweds dancing is just another must-have shot. Take pictures with the bride and groom facing towards the camera, making both faces clearly visible. They may look to the camera or at each other.
20. For some creative results, don’t concentrate only on bride and groom. There are many interesting corresponding objects to shoot, and these photos especially will make the event’s photo album far more engaging. Thus, take separate shots with single objects. Examples are the wedding bouquet, jewelery, clothing details, champagne glasses, wedding rings, wedding car elements etc.
21. The final point isn’t about posing proper, rather just an idea for a post production. Most probably you will have a bunch of photos from the event, so use them to make a small collage (or several ones). Pick only some objects or crops from other pictures and combine them into a balanced composition. Use some unified filter effects or simply convert them to black-and-white in order to achieve outstanding results. Such collages indeed are pure pleasure to an eye!
And furthermore take a look also at the other articles in posing series, particularly posing couples. Many of those couple poses can be used perfectly for bride and groom. And, of course, take a look to articles on posing female subjects and posing men. You may find there some appropriate poses for individual portraits.
Check out our Other Posing Guides in this Series
- Posing Guide: Sample poses for photographing Women
- Posing Guide: Sample poses for photographing Men
- Posing Guide: Sample Poses for photographing Children
- Posing Guide: Sample Poses for Photographing Couples
Kaspars Grinvalds is a photographer working and living in Riga, Latvia. He is the author of Posing App where more poses and tips about people photography are available.
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
An absolutely wonderful week passes us by, and Toad Hollow Photography has been busy online seeking out tutorials, great photography and interesting blogs to share with everyone here. This weeks list is a comprehensive selection of some of the best pieces encountered, featuring some really wonderful photographs captured by truly talented artists. We really hope you enjoy viewing this list as much as the Toad did in compiling and bringing it to you.
Check out the Toads latest 3 part series (“Tea At The Villa” | “Dinner With The Roscoes” | “Catching Butterflies“) highlighting an original house built in 1865 that was saved from demolition and now serves as a cornerstone to local heritage. Over 10 years of dedicated efforts by TLC The Land Conservancy of BC is showcased as the immaculate home is readied for the upcoming Canada Day long weekend events, and the Toad takes us behind the scenes to see the beautifully finished rooms, grounds and gardens of this lovely historical villa.
Photographing Smoke for the first time – Dru Stefan Stone creates such a great post here it actually belongs in two categories for this week’s list. This post would be equally at home in the Great Photography section below due to the wonderful photos that accompany the information, but due to Dru’s fairly comprehensive look into how she achieved this, it also stands as a tutorial.
Screencast – Integrating SmugMug hosted images with WordPress powered blogs – Scott Wood delivers a great screencast here that outlines his reasons and methods for using his SmugMug based galleries as sources for his popular photoblog. Setting up a photography site can introduce many challenges and questions, and posts like this one here from Scott can go a long way to helping answer these issues.
On Foreground Elements – another incredible post that belongs in two categories in this week’s list, this one from Adam Allegro. Adam shares a stunning series of landscape photos, but in doing so he also shares some tips and insight into composition. These thoughts are well written and leave the reader with a new outlook on this aspect of photography.
Life Before Photoshop: The Saturn In Front Of The Diner Ad – Joe Baraban creates another informative post that discusses techniques and concepts to use to get the shot right in-camera. Many of us use modern software programs to adjust our images in post-processing, and having good technical, conceptual and compositional skills makes our work that much better.
Graduated Toning – Short and Simple HTDS – Mark Neal creates another one of his post-processing video primers on photography, today tackling the subject of graduated toning. These presentations are brief but are full of great tips and tricks that will be of help to anyone interested.
Monochrome Through Color – CJ Schmit writes a great article here that discusses the methods and workflow behind creating dramatic monochromatic imagery. CJ is a leader in this particular field, and his article goes into great detail in this genre, creating a post that is sure to teach almost everyone something. He also includes several of his best B&W shots for everyone to view and enjoy.
The Powder House – Andy Hooker (LensScaper) brings us along on a wonderful adventure exploring the sea coast. Andy’s extensive set of images really brings the sense of scale and beauty of the area to life. He punctuates the fabulous photographs with some very, very interesting facts on the area… I won’t spoil the surprise on this one, you’ll have to discover it yourself.
Water’s Up – a gorgeous landscape photo taken in Hazen P. Mooer Park on the southernmost spot of Cottage Grove, MN awaits the viewer in this post. Jim manually blends two exposures in this shot trying his hand at a new technique with simply stunning results. Jim also produces and shares a short video showing the viewer a few details of the area in question.
… streets of Maó (Menorca) – a dramatic photo of a bicycle creates an unexpected dash of drama in this picture from Tomàs Rotger. The black-and-white shot posted here delivers a delightful break from the usual for the visitor, creating a picture that is sure to be enjoyed by all.
The LOUD Teenager ! – one of the best bird photos I’ve seen in awhile is shared in this picture from Dean Mason. Crisp details and a masterful use of depth of focus converge in this shot to really bring something very special to the viewers screen.
Head space – once again our very own Tom Dinning (@tomdinning) creates a magical post by weaving his wonderful photo through his poetic words. Sure to leave the viewer with a strong sense of question and intrigue, this picture is without doubt a must-see in this week’s list.
The End of the Line – an abstract piece from LensScaper (Andy Hooker) shares something wonderful with the viewer. As he sat on a train at high speed, he took this image and through careful post-processing has created something very unique with great colors, tones and subtle lines.
Felicitous Favourite Fridays – a beautiful vivid flower is presented here by Sarah Ria. The rich colors in the flower are truly accented by her delicate composition, creating a very mesmerizing picture that is sure to be enjoyed by all.
Fields of Green – an iconic American farm scene is captured and shared in this shot from Steven Perlmutter. The wonderful colors of the barns and outbuildings really come to life in the great natural light that Steven captures in this picture.
Weekend Relaxer #25 – a vintage ale, literally, poses on a window sill for Chris Nitz to photograph. In turn Chris creates an image that is really rather compelling, and when coupled with his beer review we find a post that is a real joy to visit.
DDR Hörsaal B (De) – we’re not sure how long this school has been left abandoned in Germany, but it appears to be decades now. Still in remarkable condition, these skeletons of the past produce the most striking photography subjects.
Prison H – textures, grit and decay… all masterfully captured, processed and shared in this fabulous post from Scott Frederick. Scott’s Urbex work is second to none, and this shot really exemplifies his style and work to a “T”.
Bill and Karen’s – a colorful and mesmerizing classic Ford drop-top is delivered by Bob Byington. Seemingly an instant classic, this picture is full of great colors and details that are sure to be a delight for anyone who loves this genre of car.
Santa Maddalena Morning – what appears to be an old historic church forms the perfect subject matter for the photography of Hans Kruse. The beauty of the surroundings is punctuated by the church nestled deep in the valley, all of which is brought together with a majestic set of mountains as a backdrop and dramatic clouds looking in the sky.
The “Big Picture” of Shanghai Detail – the true scale of this epic modern city is revealed in this compelling photo from Viktor Lakics. Viktor captures some great natural leading lines with the architecture and busy roadways below, creating a very dramatic scene.
Julia Ideson Building – fabulous textures and details are all captured in this wonderful image from Tim Stanley. Tim shares an architectural study with his visitors here, captured in the blue hour to really accent the tones and colors.
A Horse – Helene Kobelnyk creates a fabulous photograph of a horse in a stall. The natural expression on the horses face serves to create a compelling piece, sure to be thoroughly enjoyed by all who visit.
First Bank of the United States – a great architectural study is performed by Mark Garbowski in this wonderful face shot of an iconic bank. The grand and magnificent stonework that has gone into this building’s construction forms a huge element of interest in this scene.
Barred Owl Pair – a pair of gorgeous owls poses in a tree for Steve Creek to capture in these images. The character that Steve has managed to grab in his frames here really helps bring these glorious feathered-friends to life.
Park Accessories, Toronto – juxtaposition is the word for this photograph from the studio of Ren Bostelaar. The clever composition featuring an old film camera is offset by the peek of a modern tool in the world of photography, a cell phone.
No Bait and Switch Here – wonderful natural tension is expressed in this picture from Mark Neal. Mark explores a most beautiful park, and finds a fisherman sitting on the shore biding his time. Mark uses HDR techniques in this shot to really bring all the elements of the scene out for everyone to really enjoy.
Still In Love After All These Years – a rather rare big-block convertible Corvette graces the viewers screen in this fabulous photo from Wayne Frost. This classic muscle car is carefully shot and processed here, producing a picture that can keep my gaze for quite some time, that’s for sure.
The Colors of Life – wonderful motion and vivid colors are brought to life in this mesmerizing piece from Erik and Kathleen Kerstenbeck. One of the best parts of photography is its ability to share an entire story in a glance with the viewer; this is a great example of this.
A gate on Canyon Road – great colors and tones as come together with great textures in this shot to deliver a scene full of rich character. Jim Nix really does a top drawer job on this shot, taking the viewer directly to this captivating part of the world in an initial post that he promises to follow with much more.
USS Constellation – Tall Ships are one of our favorite photography subjects, they are full of great character and wonderful lines. Jimi Jones takes us along as he captures a pair of great exterior shots of one of the most iconic ships in the States, now on display as a museum. These are exquisite photos, guaranteed to delight and amaze everyone.
Longview Lake – Blake Rudis brings us along on his excursion to a place full of great architecture nestled amongst nature’s beauty. The great details and textures in the columns and stonework really helps to create a set of totally unique pictures.
Antique Car Shows Part 1 | Antique Car Shows Part 2 – we get to tag along with Mark Summerfield in this great pair of posts that highlights a set of photos of really classic historical cars. Mark performs detailed studies with some of the cars bringing all the intricate details and interest that the original designers included out for everyone to enjoy.
The Forgotten Trulli – history is carefully captured and shared in this post by Adam Allegro. Adam takes us along as he encounters long abandoned ancient homes in the outskirts of cities in Italy. An absolute must-see in this week’s list!
Entering the Enchanted Realm – the bluest of blues are captured and displayed in this fascinating photograph from Christian Klepp. Christian does a wonderful job in composing and capturing this scene of a natural wonder, guaranteed to delight and amaze everyone who visits.
Frederiksborg Castle, view from across the lake – a stunning architectural study of a historic European castle is accented here by a beautiful reflection of it in the lake. The intricate architectural details captured here by Steve Clark are full of character making this a real must-see image in this week’s list.
lost in time – what appears to be the bedroom for a long abandoned manor is presented in this great photograph from Daniel Schmitt. The dichotomy of finding the weathered and decaying structure alongside the interest in the remaining furniture really poses a strong image sure to be enjoyed by all.
The Well – this is truly one of those scenes that if you didn’t see it for yourself, you’d have a hard time trying to grasp the notion. Brian Adelberg captures and shares a shot of a natural wonder that truly defies description.
Rose and Guitar – a picture that presents both wondrous romance as well as intense drama is shared here by Anita Megyesi. Anita uses a very shallow depth of focus in this monochrome picture to create the strong emotion found in this picture, one that is a real must-see in this week’s list.
Into the Mist – a dramatic rock emerges in the mist in this great minimalistic abstract piece from Rick at Hansrico Photography. Wonderful colors in the surrounding sky is diffused in the fog, creating a lovely effect that is guaranteed to delight everyone.
Golden Hour Reflection – the natural and intense beauty found in the Canadian Jasper/Banff National Parks is something that is difficult to comprehend if you don’t have a chance to see it yourself. Len Saltiel captures and shares an epic landscape shot in the early morning light complete with a dramatic reflection in the still waters of Herbert Lake.
Flat Fins – Tim Stanley takes us along as he captures an iconic shot of this classic American car. The sharp lines and rich colors of the car combine here to really deliver something that represents the styles of this time in a truly wonderful photograph.
26062012 – the teaming rain converges with the stark contrast introduced by the tones of the scene in this picture by Ken Lau. This is a truly captivating picture, one that delivers more to the viewer as you spend time taking in the subtle details and elements of interest.
My Old School – what appears to be an abandoned school room is the focus for this great photograph from Raymond Jabola. Rich textures and details in the old items are all accented with Raymond’s careful processing of this scene.
PERAHU – a boat sits almost looking as if it floats on a beautiful blue mirror in this absolutely captivating piece from the studio of Muhamad Azri. This is really a completely surreal scene that gives the viewer the illusion of no horizon, of a planet that seems to go on forever.
Overlook – something slightly nostalgic, slight romantic awaits the viewer in this picture from Rich McPeek. Rich takes a shot of an overlook with a viewfinder and does a great job in post-processing the picture in black-and-white. The results are a scene full of natural tension.
The Getaway Car – Keith Cuddeback shares a writeup of the ioSafe backup device that seems to come with some pretty lofty guarantees that speaks directly to the issue that many of us face in terms of storing all our images. He then shares a picture so full of character, details and interest, that I had a real hard time figuring out how to classify this link for this week’s list. All I know for sure is this is one of those must-see shot’s.
Badwater sky – two exposures captured at different times are blended together to create something mystical and mesmerizing in this shot from James Lake. Rich blue tones in both the sky and reflected back off the ground here combine to really create something ethereal that is sure to be enjoyed by all.
Running Out of Titles – I just love Mark Garbowski’s work in the realm of Urbex photography. In this shot of an abandoned building with few anecdotal details Mark creates a picture that truly stands on its own as a work that is both incredible as well as mesmerizing.
the rose . . . – flowers of course create the perfect subject for photography, but when composed just right and processed delicately, they can really produce images that hold the viewer. dragonflydreams88 does a marvelous job in creating and sharing one such picture here in this post.
Kayak Amelia – Jay&Jacy Photography captures and shares a study of color and shapes in this great picture. A stack of kayaks poses, full of bright color, creating the perfect subject for this picture.
Who lives here? – some of the finest elements of a photograph are all found here in this great shot from clickonthe… Northern Lights gently light up a beautiful snowscape with a wonderful little character home that in turn helps to cast a scene that is purely magical.
Ghost Ranch – Jim Nix transports us through his photography to a place where the landscapes are breathtaking. This post features a pair of images he captured at Abiquiu, NM, just a bit outside of Santa Fe. Both pictures included here are exquisite and really showcase the grandeur of the area marvellously.
Land’s End – an epic picture that leaves the viewer certain they’ve escaped planet Earth and have found themselves on a foreign planet. This long exposure shot from Mark Mullen is minimalistic in nature, but deep with drama and inherent emotion.
Middletown Cruise Main Street: Part 2 – if you love classic cars half as much as I do, I apologize in advance for this link; bring a beverage before you click, the next 20 minutes of your life is about to disappear! Jason Knight takes us along on a wonderful tour of some truly incredible cars in this post.
Eye – just because my name is Toad and I love amphibians doesn’t mean this is the only reason this picture was selected for this week’s list. Steve Beal does a wonderful job in creating and capturing this shot of a wonderful Tree Frog, sure to catch the eye of everyone who visits.
Country Road – Heather Neil photographs and processes a lovely shot of a winding country road that she then processes in monochrome. The end result is a nostalgic image that is full of character and interest.
Disney’s Fort – a very carefully composed and delivered picture is presented here from Len Saltiel. A plethora of details is captured here, producing a truly mesmerizing scene that continues to give gifts of wonder to the viewer as they spend time taking it in.
iCrash – everything about this photograph is great. The name of the shot, the cute little sleeping puppy… it’s all here for everyone to enjoy! Rob Nopola captures and shares a really wonderful picture of a little fur-friend, sure to be enjoyed by all who pop by for a visit.
A Night at the Museum – Trey Ratcliff delivers another one of his epic HDR photographs, this one of the Museum of Natural History. Taken inside the museum, this shot delivers a wonderful collection of details and elements of interest to captivate the viewer making this a true must-see shot in this week’s list.
Bridal Veil Falls – a gorgeous waterfall creates a dramatic mist through which Jason Hines captures this wonderful landscape scene. Using a pair of green trees to frame this setting, Jason has created a very beautiful artistic piece that is an absolute joy to view.
Marrakech – a great collection of images captured in Marrakech by Craig Desjardins is on display here. These are truly wonderful images, taking the viewer to a place full of wonder and romance.
Field Of Sunflowers – a colorful and beautiful collection of photos is posted here featuring a field of sunflowers and a pair of great birds. Steve Creek does a top drawer job here in capturing and sharing these pictures, creating a series that is sure to be a delight for all who visit.
Up North – a fabulous cityscape is captured from a very elevated position in this post from Dave DiCello. This expansive image covers a huge amount of the north side of Pittsburgh, and reveals a ton of great details and interesting elements for the viewer.
Kenilworth Castle – Bob Lussier whisks us all away to a magical place in the UK, full of gentle rolling hills and castles long left to ruin. Bobs fabulous composition on this shot brings all the inherent character of the scene to life, creating a picture that is sure to delight everyone.
waiting at the gates of Desire … – the black-and-white aspect of this compelling piece bring drama and the silhouettes bring natural tension. This great shot from the studio of Tomàs Rotger is slightly abstract in nature, creating a wonderful image that is a real must-see in this week’s list.
Eyes As Black As Coal – I often wonder why as a kid I touched the stove, even though my mother warned me it was hot. Same here. I knew what we were to find, yet I clicked anyways. Aaron Barlow creates and shares another of his macro pieces detailing a furry and creepy Wolf spider. Awesome!
Turret Arch – Anne McKinnell captures and shares a picture of a natural rock formation that is compelling both in shape and color. Anne’s spot-on composition really brings all the drama inherent in the scene to life, creating a wonderful picture.
American Classic – classic, indeed! The 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air is an icon of Americana, and CJ Schmit creates a fabulous image of one using classic architecture as a backdrop to add interest. CJ’s careful processing of the image is highly sympathetic to its nature, helping to round out a captivating and nostalgic piece.
The Donkey Conveys – an old, forlorn house sits high atop a hill, and Rob Hanson is right there to capture this detailed and dramatic scene of it. As the house continues to decay, elements of interest rich with texture begin to take shape, creating a piece that is a must-see in this week’s list.
Landscape With Repose – this is absolutely lovely. A gentle path leads the viewers eye naturally through the frame, with a short rest partway through on a bench that is just so full of wonderful character. Gareth Glynn Ash creates an image here that is a pure delight to view.
Classic Car Graveyard – nature reclaims all, as evidenced in this epic series of photographs taken of a long forgotten car graveyard. Sometimes it takes awhile, but nature always wins. This series is highly compelling with some really fabulous compositions here that are full of drama and emotion.
Good morning from Cowichan Bay – a gorgeous set of ocean based photos is captured and shared just a few short miles from our home here by local photographer Joseph de Lange. Each picture posted can stand on its own in terms of inherent beauty and interest, but the very first shot presented here has the most incredible reflection.
Moonrise – glorious colors are captured in this shot from Scott Wood of a sunset on the ocean. The blues of the water are mesmerizing and we get an added bonus of a moon cresting the horizon, bringing a little extra interest to an already fabulous setting.
The Embudo Gas Museum – incredible colors and details are all brought to life in this pair of shots taken of artifacts hosted in a gas museum. These classic and antique gas related accessories are full of great colors, details and textures, and Jim Nix does a fan-flippin-tastic job of bringing it all together in this post.
Exposed – a beautiful and colorful pair of landscape photographs are posted and shared in this post by Jerry Denham. Jerry does a wonderful job in composing these shots of the waterfall, and he also discusses exposure techniques at a high level.
Otherworld Dreams – great vanishing points can add so much tension to a photo, and this picture is a great example of this. Adam Dobrovits creates a scene that is beyond captivating with elements of fog, color and depth.
Kitten – cute. Seriously, seriously cute. You’ll be inclined to try and reach into your monitor to scratch the ears on this cuddly lil’ kitten, as captured and shared here by Dany Caramete. Dany does a great job in capturing a fabulous natural expression on the kitten’s face that takes this picture to the next level.
Caroline and Pie in a victory lap – my good friend aguden1 just posted a great series of equestrian themed images to his Flickr account. This picture of a rider atop a horse is perfectly composed and takes the viewer right to the event. Great, crisp details round out this image, making it one of our must-see shot’s in this week’s list.
Lionshare Dressage (HDR) – the perfect blending of inside and outside exposures in this shot by aguden1 showcases the subtle nature of HDR perfectly. Great details in both the indoor and outdoor highlights of the scene are enhanced by the wonderful framing that he has used to achieve this shot.
Rolling In – an absolutely breathtaking landscape scene is carefully captured and delivered here by Scott Ackerman. The wonderful details in the forest scene is punctuated here by a beautiful reflection that is host to the most interesting rock, adding a little something extra.
Lightning Strike – Chris Frailey risks life and limb to head straight into a serious lightning storm to grab this dramatic image. The tendrils of the strike create a crisp silhouette against the dark sky, almost coming to life in a dance of the ages.
From Grey Cloud – Jim Denham takes us along on an adventure during sunrise to see an image that contains some really fabulous elements to view and enjoy. Jim’s photo features a really great sunburst, a deserted road that creates a compelling natural leading line and some gorgeous natural colors and tones.
White Gyr – an amazing bird is meticulously captured and presented in this post from Bev. We get an up close and personal view of this majestic bird, full of great details to be enjoyed by all.
High Energy – a member of the frog family is captured in a photograph here by Kat White. The perfect depth of focus here really brings all the character and interest of this lil’ frog-friend to life.
Heart Of Gold – Kerri Farley does a wonderful job in capturing a macro shot of this beautiful flower to post and share here. The composition Kerri uses to create this image serves to add an extra dimension of interest here, producing a very compelling piece to enjoy.
Julia Longwing – incredible details are presented in this macro shot of a butterfly close-up. We get such great details in the eyes here, making it seem that you can almost read this tiny creatures mind! John Mead captures and delivers a photo that is guaranteed to delight and amaze everyone.
She shoots wildfire photos amid the flames – this CNN article shares a bit about the life of a fire photographer. Kari Greer braves thick acrid smoke and hot flames to get right to the heart of the fire and in turn she creates images that are both educational as well as engrossing. This is a very inspiring piece.
Photographic Bliss in Bodie California – a ghost town forms the basis for this epic series posted here by Lee Brown. This old town is now long abandoned, and the remaining buildings and artifacts housed in them are protected and provide a great setting for photography. Lee does a wonderful job in bringing this truly haunted and long forgotten town back to life, even just briefly, for us all to enjoy here.
Vintage Car Wrecks – automobile accidents from the early 1900’s look a lot different than they do today with all the technology and safety advancements that have come along over the years. This is a really amazing post, full of compelling photos of accidents from these early times.
Water Screen – this is one of those epic blog posts you encounter every once in awhile that features both great photography and truly interesting writing. Local photographer Ehpem while out on assignment in a remote location working with a group of archeologists captures and shares this in-depth post. This is both a great post to view for entertainment purposes as well as educational.
Goldstream Park, Coombs, and Parksville – I love how photography can shrink the miles and bring the world together in one neat little package. Local island photographer Keith captures and shares a large series of images taken on our very own island, many of these places are very familiar stomping grounds to us.
Harvest – a fabulous collaboration between a group of great digital artists is displayed in this post hosted by Blake Rudis. Each personal interpretation of the base frame is crafted into each artist’s personal vision, creating a series that is very compelling and enjoyable to view.
Monks Point Park – Tofino BC – this is a video journey to a semi-remote spot here on Vancouver Island. The great folks at TLC The Land Conservancy of BC maintain this wonderful heritage facility, presenting the visitor a chance to rent it out to enjoy personally. This house sits on a gorgeous bluff overlooking the oceans and mountains of Vancouver Island and its surroundings. This YouTube video does a great job featuring this facility, bringing you right along to see a place that is as beautiful as it is enchanting.
See more from Bill Pevlor at Pops Digital Photography
I’ll be the first to concede, I am not a great photographer. The eternal optimist in me likes to think all things are possible. The pragmatist in me realizes I have a long way to go on my personal journey to photographic greatness. It may be a long way to go, but I’m on my way and serious about improving. I subscribe to photography magazines, glean articles and tutorials online and follow the work of some truly great photographers. All of that is valuable, but I’ve stumbled upon something that has dramatically improved my images more than everything else, combined.
I use an incredibly simple, two-step program. I revisit the plan every now and then and always gain something new. I believe it is essential for beginners, will advance the intermediate and can even boost top professionals a notch or two. As powerful as I believe this program is, it comes with a natural deterrent – its simplicity.
This program is so simple I’m afraid many will dismiss it without giving it a try. So, before I lay it out, take a moment to relax, inhale deeply, find your happy place and open your mind to a novel concept. Resist the urge to roll your eyes and scoff when you realize how simple it is. I guarantee, if you put it to the test and follow each step fully, your photos will immediately improve. (I’m already upgrading my account to handle all the flood of “Thank You” emails.)
Alright, enough of the sales pitch – let’s move on to my incredibly simple, two-step program for better photos. (Remember, no scoffing.)
Step One: Read the Manual
I’m talking about the operator’s manual for the camera you use. The most difficult part of this incredibly simple program may be locating your camera’s manual. Make the effort. Maybe, it’s a printed booklet, maybe is on CD, maybe you’ll have to go on line and download one.
If you’re like most people, when you first got your camera you couldn’t wait to flip the switch and start snapping. Today’s cameras are so easy to use, that’s about all you have to do – turn it on, push the shiny button and…voilà. That’s what I did. That’s what we all do. And maybe later you got around to reading the manual – at least certain parts.
Today’s digital cameras are easy to use but also very advanced. Even the least expensive point-and-shoot models are packed with incredible features. I’ll bet a majority of camera owners don’t know half of what their cameras are capable of. It’s a shame to let all those bells and whistles go to waste.
So, the first step is to read your camera’s manual, cover to cover. In fact, I suggest you do it with your camera in hand, experimenting with each setting; even the things you’re sure you’d never use. It’s funny how those obscure settings come in handy when you know they exist. You’ll soon be ready to move on to step two.
While you’re waiting, keep your camera busy. If you’ve faithfully performed step one, you’re already realizing the benefits. You are more aware of your camera’s abilities, you’re confidently moving through layers of menu items with ease, able to switch settings without ever taking your eyes of your subject. Your images will steadily improve as the relationship with your camera matures.
After approximately six months of this maturing process, you should be ready for my incredibly simple second step – where the greatest improvement is made.
Step Two: Read the Manual – Again. (Remember not to scoff.)
Yes, dig out that manual again and reread it. You can skim over the areas you’re familiar with, but take time to look, again, at the other settings and features that you’re not using on a regular basis. With the past six months of maturing under your belt you’ll begin to uncover possible solutions to situations you’ve experienced.
When I moved to step two, I discovered several settings I hadn’t used that would resolve problems I’ve been trying to overcome or had given up on. For example, I learned a default setting (D-Range) in certain situations could be causing some noise problems I occasionally have trouble with. Just last week, I took a nice photo of a bird. It was a rather bland cowbird but the setting and lighting was superb. I thought I had a real keeper until I looked closer and found the level of digital noise to be unacceptable.
Keep in mind, I had completely read the manual before. The D-Range setting issue didn’t register then. Today it’s an issue I’m dealing with and it practically jumped off the page at me. I’ve experienced the same kind of epiphany with auto-focus settings, flash intensity adjustments, histogram views, and countless others. Each discovery has helped improve my images.
Try my two-step program. Read your camera’s manual and let all that technical info ferment for about six months while you ply your craft. Then go back and read the manual again and discover all you overlooked or didn’t remember from the first time; the back room stuff that has suddenly moved to center stage. I know it’s incredibly simple, but it’s been incredibly productive for me.
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
I love to look at travel photography, but man, sometimes it can all just seem mind-numbingly similar.
Put a cabin, some rocks, grass, or sand in the foreground, a lake or ocean in the middle ground, and a sunset or mountain in the background, preferably during a slightly cloudy day.
Shake. Rinse. Repeat.
I do this frequently; everyone does. But that’s the problem. Sometimes we need to break away from the formulas of what we think photographs should look like. We need to think outside of the box and try to do things a little differently.
So here are a few tips and thoughts to help you create unique travel photos.
1. Forget the stock photos and focus on daily life.
When we’re in a new place, sometimes all we can think about is taking photos of the beautiful architecture, the monuments, and the wonders that we travelled to see. We have these thoughts from the countless guide books we’ve read and from the imagery we’ve seen over the web. We want to take those same pictures to have for ourselves (and we should take these photos.) But these things are not necessarily what gives a place its essence and its soul.
Stop and think about how you feel. What is it that is creating that feeling? Is it that tiny, bustling restaurant, lit up at night and filled with regulars? Is it the well dressed men in expensive suits and shoes riding their bicycles to work? Is it the chaos and constant traffic on the streets? Is it the food vendors on the side of the road? Is it the fresh bread and cheese?
For instance, what describes Italy better? Is it your typical capture of the Duomo or the Ponte Vecchio, or is it a detail shot of an older man in a well-made suit walking on wet cobblestones and bringing home fresh bread at the end of the day?
2. Combine the old with the new.
We all want to photograph another time period. I would do anything to photograph the Venice or Florence of a couple hundred years ago. Unfortunately, we can’t and we need to come to terms with that. If we are walking around searching for only painterly moments that look like they were taken fifty or a hundred years ago then we will miss out on so many fascinating modern and poignant moments.
Try to seek out moments that combine the old and the new – that pay homage to the past but update it with a modern twist, such as the above shot of the old, ornate Florence door combined with the modern pizza delivery menu – a quirky take on a classic city.
3. Turn your camera away from the sunset and shoot a tryptic.
Sunsets are gorgeous but they can also be cheesy. If you are like me then you’ve shot hundreds of them and they all sit on your harddrive, all looking basically the same. Instead, turn your camera around and focus the colorful effects of the sunset on the local architecture or landscape.
Then, take this further by creating a tryptic. Over the course of a couple hours, the light from a sunset will constantly change colors, from orange, to purple, to blue. Set up a tripod, grab a good book, and take identical shots of your surroundings with different color pallets. Then, frame them side by side on your living room wall. They will look stunning.
4. Combine a simple detail shot with a great story.
In 2005, I crashed a moped on the swirling roads outside of Siena. My left arm and my Canon EF 24-70mm F2.8L lens still hold the scars to show for it (both are fine). You know you’re a photographer when you crash a vehicle and the first thing you do is check to make sure your camera equipment is okay.
Arriving in Montalcino a couple days later and deathly afraid of mopeds, I intelligently decided that it would be a fun idea to rent a crappy bicycle and ride it down one of the tallest hills in all of Tuscany with a tripod and a huge bag of my heavy (and most of it unneeded) equipment.
The ride down was fantastically fun, speeding without ever having to pedal and stopping frequently to photograph the freakish grapes and old wineries. After a significant amount of time going downhill, however, I suddenly realized that I would eventually have to return the way I came. By this point I was too far invested and so I kept going downwards and photographed in the surrounding area for the rest of the day.
I returned to the gigantic hill exhausted at the end of the day, 6 kilometers from the top, but psyched myself up to make it up the hill. I balanced myself on the cheap bike with my lenses and tripod on my back and proceeded to pedal hard and fast and sped up the hill confidently. A minute of this confident pedaling later and my muscles froze. I stopped, rolled off the bike, and proceeded to gingerly walk up the hill. The next few hours were a miserable pattern of 5 minutes of walking and 30 seconds of riding. I finally arrived at the town late in the evening starving, exhausted, and numb but euphorically relieved.
Unfortunately, I would soon realize that all of the restaurants had closed for the night and food was nowhere to be found.
5. Capture the Locals.
Ultimately, it is the locals that give most destinations their true feeling, so go out and capture them! Hang around in a busy area for an hour and do some people watching. Capture the locals candidly as they go about their everyday lives. Mix these shots with your shots of the local architecture, the details of daily life, the monuments and of your personal stories and you will have a more complete document of the destination when you return.
The point of this list of tips was not to say that you shouldn’t take the typical travel photos. That’s just not true. But you should also try to push yourself outside of the norm whenever possible. Try to create the type of photos that stand out and are unique.
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
When you work in an industry which involves creating work and putting it in front of an audience, eventually you are going to get some negative and rude feedback – it’s par for the course and it is water off a duck’s back. But there’s the problem. A good insult should really get under somebody’s skin! This is a guide to how to do that to a photographer for best effect.
Compliment Their Equipment – This is the classic passive aggressive tack that can really get up a photographer’s nose. Most photographers will be proud of their camera gear and go to great lengths to look after it. When you compliment it, don’t go overboard – a quick, “Hey, nice camera – it must be able to take great shots,” is enough to put the wrath of God into many photographers. What you are implicitly implying is that the gear is what does the hard work in taking a good photograph and that anyone could really take a good photo if they had the same gear. This stings a photographer more than most people know for the simple reason that taking a technically good photograph, no matter what gear you have, is actually quite difficult and has often taken years of study and practice to master. The further beauty of this insult is that there is no great comeback because, as we mentioned, the photographer will probably be quite proud of their equipment.
Ask “Did You Use Photoshop?” – The beauty of this insult is that it’s not direct either (more passive aggressive hilarity!). The more innocent your demeanour when saying this, the better the effect will be too. What you are saying might even be perfectly innocent and inquisitive, but what the photographer will hear is “I don’t think you are good enough to have taken this photograph without resorting to digital manipulation.” If you are lucky they will also hear, “I could have got a similar shot if you let me use Photoshop too.” This will be like metaphorically ripping out their heart and showing it to them as they die. Mission accomplished!
Tell a Wedding Photographer That Your Cousin Did a Great Job of Shooting Your Sister’s Wedding – This is insult gold when you are talking to a wedding photographer. Many of these folks have spent years perfecting their craft and building their wedding shooting business a week at a time over the course of many years which involved a lot of poverty, especially in the beginning. They just love hearing when somebody paid your cousin $100 to shoot a wedding and the results were “great” – not. If you really want to rub salt into the wound, show them an overblown snap of your grandparents doing Tequila shots while dancing in a sea of confetti and laser beams. Extra points for lens flare.
Mention That The Best Photo of Your Wedding Came from Uncle Bob with a Compact – This is especially effective when you went out of your way to hire a professional wedding photographer. It says that despite your years of learning the craft and more years of suffering as you built your business that you are still not good enough to beat a drunk, balding pensioner with bladder problems. Insults don’t get much better than that.
Loudly Proclaim the Use of HDR - This is starting to head into direct, confrontational insult territory (we prefer passive aggressive) so be careful. If any photograph you see has saturated colours, then loudly and unapologetically claim that it is as a result of using HDR software. Be sure to ignore the fact that the photographer had woken up at 3AM every day for the last 2 weeks to ensure they were at the right place to get the magical lighting. Ignore that they shot on large or medium format film. The more obnoxious you are with this insult the better the effect will be.
Tilt Your Head Slightly And Ask if the Horizon is Straight – This isn’t so much an insult as simply a Machiavellian little way to mess with the mind of a landscape photographer. Unintentionally crooked horizons in landscape photography really upset a lot of photographers so implying that they have missed something this elementary is to imply that they couldn’t pass a 101 course on landscape photography. Be sure not to push this one too far – you want to plant the seed of discontent without revealing your true intention of simply owning their headspace. For extra giggle, watch them keep returning to the photograph you were talking about and squinting to see if they can detect the non-existent slant in that horizon.
Be Irate About Something Completely Insignificant – Did the photographer use Lightroom instead of Aperture to post-produce their photographs? Yell at them! Did they shoot on a Canon rather than Nikon? Tell them that you only take Canon shooters seriously and write off the rest. Did they shoot JPG instead of RAW files? Write them off (loudly) as a complete amateur! But whatever you do, make sure the point you are being irate about has NOTHING to do with the actual end image that you are looking it. Make sure you couldn’t just look at the image and judge what you are being irate about. Ask them, and then get mad about their answer. This is insult nirvana.
The really great thing about this list is that almost every photographer who has been doing this for a while has heard at least one of these. Some may have even completed the whole set! Which ones have you heard? Tell us some more great insults in the comments!
A Guest Post by Frank Doorhof.
When I’m asked to share a tip for the readers of a website I always try to give a tip that will be beneficial for a large group of people, and I know not all of the readers are “people shooters” so for this post I tried to give you some tips that I found work really well in almost any form of photography. I was asked to keep it short, so here it goes.
1. Look Through the Camera
Well sounds obvious right?
Well actually it seems that it’s not somehow. When I do portfolio reviews I often see images that are clearly shot while looking at the scene and at the moment of the picture taking the photographer switched to the viewfinder, in other words there would have been a more exciting composition possible.
When I shoot, and this can be landscapes, models etc. I always will always analyze, and make my composition through the viewfinder, in other words I see what my camera sees. This way you can often find much more interesting compositions, or details, remember that our eyes are totally different from the camera, some people will claim that a 50mm on a FF camera will show you the world how we see it… well if that was true I would have had a lot of traffic accidents I’m afraid, my eyes (and hopefully also yours) focus, refocus, zoom, go wide and concentrate on the whole world and taking out detail that’s important, but also switch immediately to other areas, with a still image this is impossible.
I love images that let you discover things, in this image for example everything is in motion, except the man sitting on the other side of the station, he was shot through the windows of the passing train, it took some timing and hoping he would stay there, but in the end I loved the result. Without him it would have just been a blurry image of a train station, now it’s something that I love to revisit over and over again.
Imaging standing on top of a mountain, you see the beautiful valleys below, the thunderclouds coming in, the small village on top of the other mountain etc. you see it all, now try to shoot this with a wide angle…. In the end you will end up with a nice overview, but the village is gone, the thunderclouds are much mess interesting and you wonder…. “why did I take this shot?” I think we all know this feeling.
Now change to the view through the viewfinder and really look, soon you will find more interesting compositions, ways to show the area the way that you find it interesting and come up with something completely different than what you saw with your eyes.
2. Be aware of Lens Distortions
When we look with our eyes, our brain will correct certain things. When we shoot with a camera/lens different lenses will give you different renderings of reality, when you understand this you can start to play with this and get some interesting views on the world, combine this with a model and you can really start to experiment.
3. Shadows are the Soul of an Image
After doing many many portfolio reviews I can honestly say that this is the part where you can REALLY grow as a photographer. Somehow photographer seem to forget one of the basic rules of light, direction of light gives depth and structure, meaning that if you use light under and angle the structure of a surface will show up, which is pretty logical because the light will cast shadows.
Somehow however it seems that a lot of photographers are afraid of playing with shadows, I see a bunch of flat lighted model shots online and in portfolio where in reality a little bit of shadow would have made the day, so learn to play with shadows, place your lights under an angle and really try to see what happens.
And remember this rule for lighting:
- if you think you need 2 lights, try it with 1.
- if you think you need 3 lights, try it with 1.
- if you think you need 4 lights, try it with 1.
- if you think you need 5 lights, …… back to the drawing board.
If you start out with just one light and force yourself to fully master that (and I don’t mean try for one day) I think very quickly you will start to realize that you can make almost any shot with just one light, and then you start to learn to add more lights, because of course I also use more than 1 light in many shots, however the MAIN LOOK of the shot should also be interesting with just one light, everything you add should enhance that look and not take away from it (make it flat).
I hope there are some tips that you can use.
And remember…. Photoshop is a cool thing (I love it), but “why fake it, when you can create it?” when you understand light and your camera system you can save a lot of time.
Check out more of Frank Doorhof’s work at his website.
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
Japancamerahunter here, with a little piece for you about rangefinder cameras.
Perhaps you are a recent convert to the church of photography, or maybe you have been part of a different group and you have heard talk of another type of camera.
I am of course talking about the rangefinder camera. Now for those of you who just went ‘whufinder whut?’ don’t worry, I am going to do my best to tell you what they are, and what they mean for your photography.
What is a rangefinder?
Well, I guess the best place to start is to tell you what a rangefinder camera is.
A rangefinder camera is named so for the range finding mechanism that allows the photographer to measure the distance of the subject for accurate focusing.
The main part of this is the viewfinder.
When you look a the viewfinder on your SLR camera you will notice that it is in the middle of the body, this is because it is transmitting the image through the lens and over a mirror into the viewfinder. The image that you see is the image that is recorded.
On a rangefinder camera the viewfinder is offset from the lens, which means that the image you see will not be the exact image that will be recorded. This is known as parallax error. Over large distances (to infinity and beyond) it is not really noticeable, but at closer ranges it is more obvious. You may notice it in the fact that your pictures are slightly lower than the image you are seeing, so you have to counter for this. But this becomes second nature very quickly.
This means that a rangefinder camera is not going to be the right camera for someone who likes macro photography as the camera would not actually be pointing at the subject during extreme close up.
Now, you might be thinking, so what is so damned great about one of these things then? Well, when it comes to the viewfinder you are using one eye and the other is open to scan the situation. For me this is a big deal. If I am shooting on the street or somewhere busy I can use both eyes to check the scenario and to compose my images more carefully. This gives you a balance that I think you cannot find in any other type of camera. Many rangefinder cameras have a 0.8x magnification and some even go as far as having a 1.1x view, which is a ‘better than real’ view. This gives you the chance to shoot with both eyes open, helping you to ‘frame’ the world.
For me the big difference is the shutter. And this is where the real advantage lies in my opinion. Most rangefinders use a cloth plane shutter, though some use a metal shutter system. There is no moving mirror and this makes for less shutter lag, no ‘blackout’ and for a quieter shutter. This gives you a quicker and more fluid approach to your photography.
If you are shooting on the street this is invaluable as speed and quietness can be key. You want to be as unobtrusive as possible. This is why rangefinder cameras were the cameras of choice for photojournalists for so long, they could get into the situation and not be too loud or too obvious.
I use SLR cameras and they have uses that a rangefinder just cannot do, but when I am out shooting in a public area I want to blend into the crowd, which is why I use a rangefinder. In the modern days of big DSLR cameras people are very aware that you are shooting them and sometimes these can garner a reaction that is not always good. I have never had anyone mention anything when shooting with a rangefinder, people just don’t notice.
A major difference is the glass on rangefinders. You are not going to get mega zooms, or VR systems. You are going to be using prime lenses more often than not, and they are going to be of the very highest optical quality. And they will be manual focus…yeah manual focus. This gives you the chance to zone focus and to develop your skills at measuring distance. If this sounds terrifying, it is not, once you get the hang of it you will constantly be aware of the distances of the things around you.
So, why are they so popular?
With the advent of digital technology we have seen a resurgence in the use of rangefinders, especially with the release of the M9 from Leica. This introduced a great deal of people to RF photography, who in some cases had never been into photography before.
And as an offshoot there has also been a rise in the amount of people who shoot film rangefinders. You see, not everyone has $9000+ lying around to blow on a camera, but they want to try an RF camera, so they start looking at film cameras.
But what cameras are they looking at? There are lots of different options available out there. You don’t have to spend a ton of money if you don’t want to. There are a lot of fixed lens rangefinders that are cheap, easy to find and work very very well.
What rangefinder is right for me?
This is a difficult question, as it covers so many variables and it is an essay in its own right. Ultimately the best camera for you is the camera that most suits your style, feels right in your hands and that you get joy from using. That could be a disposable camera or the lastest Leica Monochrom.
As with any camera you have to think about how much money you want to spend and what you want to use it for. Take your time, and do your research.
I wrote a piece on my site about this which may be some help.
And of course, I am more than happy to help you with your questions and with advice, and if you need to find a camera, I can help you do that too.
Until next time,
Read more from Bellamy Hunt at his great site – Japancamerahunter
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.