As far as I can recall, this is Nikon’s longest range maxi-zoom compact. Previously there was the L20, with a 21x zoom — but nothing at this 26x level.
There is a demand for such cameras. And, as I’ve said before, if you want long zooms, the last thing you want is to lug a heavy DSLR with a pricey and heavy lens … if you could find a DSLR zoom with a 20x plus range!
The price you pay of course, with such a compact digicam, is a small sensor, usually around 11mm in diagonal. But the benefit with such a small sensor is a comparatively small lens. For the photographer willing to accept the compromise, it’s a win, win situation.
Of course, you lose a few advantages: JPEG is the only still image capture (aside from 3D); while metering is accomplished in matrix, centre-weight and spot modes, there is only an auto exposure mode.
Nikon Coolpix L810 Features
The L810 is a delight to hold, thanks to a substantial, textured speed grip and its light weight. Controls are grouped around the shutter button, so a thumb and forefinger can usually drive all the buttons. I have to say the camera has a marvelous ‘hold me’ appeal!
A surprisingly attractive and useful feature is a second zoom control, built into the zoom barrel’s left side, which allows firmer two-handed operation of the camera.
The camera’s CCD can hold 16.1 million pixels, with a maximum image size of 4068×3456 pixels, sufficient to make a 34x29cm print. Movies are recorded at a maximum res of only 1280×720 pixels, which seems pretty mean to me, when there are other digicams around the same price level that can shoot Full HD.
Many will find one rare feature with dramatic appeal, especially if you travel outside the usual spheres of commerce: the power supply is a quartet of AA batteries: you can either single use alkaline or lithium, as well as rechargeable NiCad cells. If you’re up the Limpopo river, with or without a paddle, you will doubtless have more chance of picking up a bundle of alkalines than an opportunity of plugging your charger into mains power!
While auto exposure is the main ‘go’, there is a large bundle of scene modes which can help the raw amateur make huge leaps in ability: among these are portrait, night landscape, fireworks, panorama and so on. There’s also a 3D shooting facility, with the result viewable on suitable 3D TV sets.
In two seconds from startup, the camera was ready to shoot; each subsequent shot took two seconds to capture.
A very slight indication of barrel distortion at the wide end of the zoom; no sign of any problems at the tele end.
Nikon Coolpix L810 ISO Speeds
Up to ISO 800 all seems to be ship-shape, but I figure ISO 1600 is not useable due to an increase in noise and a drop in resolution.
Nikon Coolpix L810 Verdict
Quality: about average.
Why you would buy it: longish zoom range; good balance in the hand.
Why you wouldn’t: no Full HD video capture; limited exposure options; poor ISO performance; .
The battery compartment is notoriously hard to open; I never did manage to feel comfortable with it.
The camera is available in three colours: black, red and blue.
Nikon Coolpix L810 Specifications
Image Sensor: 16.1 million effective pixels.
Sensor Size: 11mm CCD.
Lens: Nikkor f3.5-5.9/4.0-104mm (22.5-585mm as 35 SLR equivalent).
Metering: Matrix, centre-weighted, spot.
Shutter Speed: 4 to 1/1500 second.
Continuous Shooting: 4fps.
Memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC cards plus 50MB internal memory.
Image Sizes (pixels): 4068×3456 to 640×480. Movies: 1280x720p, 640×480 pixels.
Viewfinder: 7.5cm LCD (921,000 pixels).
File Formats: JPEG, MPEG4, MPO.
ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 80 to 1600.
Interface: USB 2.0, HDMI mini, AV, DC.
Power: Four AA alkaline or lithium batteries, DC input.
Weight: Approx. 430 g (inc batteries and card).
Price: Get a price on the Nikon Coolpix L810 at Amazon.
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
A Guest Post by Adam Brill.
It was around two years ago, shortly after we were married, that my wife and I seriously started wondering: “What would our lives be like if we quit our jobs and set out to travel the world for a year?”.
Once the idea was in our heads, we couldn’t get it out, so we started started socking away as much money as possible. Then, on the same day we both reluctantly walked away from our successful Silicon Valley careers with one-way tickets to the Philippines and backpacks full of photography gear. I had put an inordinate amount of time into deciding what gear to bring and now that we are five months into the trip, I thought it might be helpful to share my initial decisions and lessons learned with those that might be considering a long-term photographic adventure.
The Most Important Decision
There turned out to be one decision on which everything else hinged: “What type of luggage should we bring?” From wheelie bags and hard shell cases, to duffel bags, backpacks, hybrid packs, and day backs, there is a huge amount of choices when it comes to travel luggage and we couldn’t’ started choosing the rest of our gear until we knew how much room we would have. I had read and heard a lot of advice to pack as light as possible, but I decided to ignore that advice for the sake of versatility.
Packing light means making compromises, and while compromises are great in a lot of situations, I didn’t want to have to make them when confronted with once-in-a-lifetime photographic opportunities. After all, who knows when I would be back to a sulfuric acid volcano on Java?
I wanted a packing system that would allow me to have the appropriate gear for any given situation. So in the end, I decided to bring one large (80L) backpack , and one smallish daypack. The large backpack would serve as the mothership and then I could choose the appropriate gear to carry in my daypack for a given situation. I wanted to bring a normal outdoor backpack (as opposed to a photography specific pack) so that I could remain as discreet as possible. I didn’t want people to know that I was carrying around all of this expensive gear, especially in regions where burglary was rampant. And although the overall load was heavy, I was very rarely carrying both backpacks. When we would arrive at an airport, I could throw the big bag on a trolley, take it to the bus or taxi, then leave it in the hotel or guesthouse for the majority of the time.
The Gear and The Packing
When choosing the photographic gear for this trip I followed one philosophy: “Don’t be average.” Sure I could have taken a lot of nice shots with a compact camera or even an iPhone, but because these devices are so common, the field of view and overall aesthetic would have been very similar to a lot of other shots. I wanted to be able to take the shots that nobody else was taking. In an ideal world, somebody would invent an affordable 10-1000mm f/1.0, but until that happens, I tried to select a few lenses that would cover as many situations as possible. With my two bag setup, I would put the fragile gear in my daypack for flights or buses, then transfer everything to the big bag for storage when we arrived at our guesthouse or hotel. Then I could pick and choose the gear to load into the daypack for that day’s adventure.
- Manfrotto 4 section Carbon Fiber Tripod: The carbon fiber was a bit more expensive than aluminum but was shaved a few pounds off the weight and was invaluable in cold weather situations.
- Canon 5D Mark II: Before this trip, I shot with a 40D (which I loved). But the increased weather proofing and ability to get clean shots at 3200 ISO made the upgrade worth it.
- 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM: This is my go to lens for architecture and the 2.8 speed makes it great for hand-holding in dimly lit interiors.
- 50mm f/1.4 USM: This lens takes beautiful environmental portraits and food shots, and the light weight and fast speed make it a good lens to take if we are walking around at night.
- 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM: This was probably the hardest choice. I knew that I wanted a telephoto for wildlife, architecture details, and landscapes but there was no clear winner on which lens to choose. In the end I choose this over the 70-200 f/2.8 because of the lighter weight and additional reach. And I choose it over the 100-400mm, because of the IS and lighter weight. I think any of those lenses would have been good though.
- 580 EXII Speedlight: I was tempted to bring two lights, but I guessed that I would rarely be in situations where I would have time to set them both up and this turned out to be true. The speedlight has come in handy for some food shots at night and some environmental portraits. I’m actually using it a lot less than I expected (less than 1% of my “keepers”), but I find that it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
- Stofen Omnibounce: This lightweight piece of plastic pretty much stays on my flash to help diffuse the light.
- Lumiquest LtP Softbox: This turned out to be a bit of overkill. I have only used it once (but I did take some great portraits for anAirBnB.com host with it). Still, since it takes up almost no space and can make a big difference in the quality of light coming out of the speedlight, I just leave it folded up under my clothes for those rare occasions when I need it.
- Remote Flash Triggers: Essential for getting the speedlight off of the camera. Again, I’m using these less than I expected to, but for those occasions that call for them, they make a distinct difference.
- SLR-Zoom Gorillapod: These miniature flexible tripods come in a lot of different sizes and this size is sturdy enough to hold my setup. I generally prefer to bring the full tripod so that I have more control about where to position the lens. For example because the gorilla pod is so short, it is pretty much useless when it doesn’t reach over the tall grass in a field and there are no trees to attach it to. However, I do bring it along to places where a full tripod just isn’t practical.
- Canon S95: This compact camera provides full manual control and takes some great images. Generally my wife carries it around to get additional detail shots that I may miss, and to restaurants and places where in SLR is impractical. But it really shines when it is placed inside of a waterproof housing (see below).
- Canon WP-DC38 Waterproof Housing: The combo of the S95 and the underwater housing gives us a lot of flexibility. This case has been fantastic for getting shots while we are snorkeling and scuba diving. It also useful for situations like kayaking or hiking near waterfalls.
- Remote Shutter Release: Helps make sure that those tripod shots are as sharp as they can be. Also essential for using the camera’s bulb function when an exposure needs to be longer than 30s. This occurs most frequently for the underexposed shot in an HDR sequence or when using an ND filter.
- 82mm Hoya Pro1 NDx32 filter: Great for giving waterfalls, rivers and clouds that “cotton candy” look. This can also be used to remove the tourists from a shot by taking a really long exposure.
- 58mm Hoya Circular Polarizer
- 67mm B+W Circular Polarizer
- Mountainsmith Kit Cube lens insert: This is actually one of my favorite pieces of gear. It is a padded compartment that can be inserted into any bag to turn it into a camera bag. This way, my normal dingy daypack doesn’t scream “photography gear.” It can fit both lenses that aren’t on my camera, the flash and most of the accessories; then it just slides into the bottom of my daypack. The interior of the Kit Cube is bright yellow which makes it easy to find what you are looking for in a dark bag.
- Think Tank Digital Holster 20: I keep my camera in here and leave it unzipped. Then I slide it into the top of my daypack above the Kit Cube. That way, the camera is protected but I can easily grab it by just unzipping the daypack.
- Giotto Rocket Air Blaster: Good removing dirt from lenses and blowing any straw dust off of the sensor.
- Lens Pen: After the Rocketblower, I use this to give a more thorough cleaning to the lenses.
- Assorted microfiber cleaning cloths.
- Spare batteries and memory cards.
- Eneloop batteries and charger: These batteries are amazing. My flash and the remote triggers use AA’s so I keep of few of these on hand and they have maintained capacity for years. It’s nice to know I won’t be stranded without batteries in remote locations.
- Universal AC adapter and transformer: One thing that I was surprised to see was that nearly all of my electronics can accept a voltage between 100V and 240V. This makes the transformer part an unnecessary bulk, but always check your devices before plugging them in without a transformer!
- Macbook Air 13″: Pretty much the perfect computer for editing and uploading photos on the road. A lot of people like the 11″, but the 13″ fit perfectly in my daypack and the increased resolution, longer battery life, and faster processor made the extra two inches worthwhile for me. The only downside is that there is no ethernet port which leads to…
- Logitec (not to be confused with Logitech) USB powered router: This little device is about the size of a large book of matches and let’s you use any any ethernet cable to create a wifi hotspot. Great for uploading photos in countries where wifi isn’t big (like Japan).
- Backup hard drive(s). I’m not really picky about specific brands but the USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt port on the Air make backups really speedy.
Postprocessing and Burnout Prevention
When you are traveling constantly, you tend to accumulate an enormous amount of images. In the five months that I have been on the road, I have taken more than ten thousand images. If I waited until I returned home to do the editing, I knew that the task would seem insurmountable so I wanted to make the editing a continuous process.
At first, every night, I tried to go through all of the day’s images, and tweak the settings of each one in Lightroom. I soon found that I was spending several hours per night on the computer and not spending enough time enjoying the trip. I quickly realized that my process would need to change before burnout set in.
So now, I wait until a memory card is full before importing to Lightoom (about once per week). Then I make one pass through all of the images and mark the obviously bad ones for removal, and mark the potential keepers for review. Then I just go through the 5-10 best images and give them the full treatment in Photoshop and Lightroom. After switching to this process, I was only spending a few hours per week on the computer, I was continually inspired by the images that I had decided to keep.
I can’t say that all of my decisions have been perfect, but when I look the stats in Lightroom, I see that my best shots are pretty evenly distributed among the different lenses:
- 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM — 34.8 %
- 50mm f/1.4 USM — 9.6%
- 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM — 22.2%
- S95 — 32.4%
So far this trip has exceeded all of our expectations, and I love that photography gives me the ability to share the sense of adventure and wonder that travel provides. I hope that I will continue to learn and grow on this trip, and I look forward to reading any tips and suggestions in the comments.
Adam Brill is a software engineer and professional travel photographer. He used to be based in San Francisco but is currently living a nomadic lifestyle with his wife while they pursue their dream to see the world.
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
Portraiture can be a tricky thing to get right. Even with ideal lighting situations, a photographer still faces quite a few challenges to get a good portrait. There’s location scouting, art direction, the ability to convey direction well to subjects, and that’s just to name a few. While professional portrait photographers make this look like a walk in the park, if you don’t have a background in portrait photography, what may seem like taking a quick photo can turn into a pretty stressful undertaking. Take a look at the guidelines below for a few tips on how to take better portraits.
How to Build Rapport – A portrait photographer should be masterful at getting people to relax in front of the camera. If you’re shooting a stranger, take a few minutes before the photoshoot to get to know them. Building a bond, even over small talk, will help your model feel more at ease with you and being in front of the camera. When possible, put on some of their favorite music when shooting.
Think Outside the Box – Don’t be afraid to get creative with your composition. Filling the frame with a persons face is certainly a tried and true method of portraiture, but don’t limit yourself to the norm. Experiment with placing your subject off-center or holding your camera somewhere in between landscape and portrait orientation for a more unique feel.
Think About Your Backgrounds – If you’re shooting out on location, it’s especially important to look around at your surroundings and take notice of even the smallest details, as these things will ultimately become the background of your portrait. Avoid shooting it against things that will clash with or otherwise distract the viewer from the subject. If you must shoot in an extremely busy location, try using a shorter depth of field to naturally blend out the background.
It’s In the Eyes – A person’s eyes are arguably the most import element in portraiture. Did you ever notice how your own eyes are automatically drawn to the eyes of portrait subject? (Think Steve McCurry’s famous National Geographic cover portrait, Afghan Girl.) Eyes are capable of speaking to viewers and showing the emotion of the subject, they are great tools in adding expression to your photographs. With this in mind, if the eyes are facing the camera, keep them in focus! It’s okay to sharpen the eyes during editing as well, just be sure to not overdo it.
Get Your Edit On… Or Not – How much editing is too much editing? This is largely a matter of self-opinion, as art tends to be; however, if you have to ask yourself if you’re over-editing, chances are the answer is yes. Try keeping your editing down to a minimum so that your subject looks as natural as they did when you took the portrait. Removing blemishes and hiding a few wild hairs can add to a portraits quality, but refrain from making the subject appear as though they have gone through major plastic surgery.
Do you have any tips on how to take better portraits? Be sure to share them with us in the comment section below!
Tiffany Mueller is a professional music and fine art photographer. Published in various publications including magazines, art journals, as well as books, Tiffany has been fortunate enough to have been in a perpetual state of travel since her youth and is currently working on a 50-states project. You can also keep up with Tiffany via Twitter at or on her personal blog.
Chances are, at some point in your training as a photographer, the rule of thirds was embedded into your mind as an axiom of composition. The rule certainly holds merit, but it is not the only component one should reach for when composing a photograph. When used in conjunction with other important elements of composition, the rule of thirds can give you an image that really pops. Next time you’re lining up your viewfinder, take some of the following tips into consideration and see how they can all work together to have a positive effect on your photography.
Harmonize Negative and Positive Space – In a nutshell, the positive space in a photograph is any space filled by your subject. Conversely, the negative space is any space that does not contain your subject. Negative space is commonly used in photography as way to single out the subject such as in high key lighting, product photography, or when the sky is being used as a background to a bird flying through the air. The negative space, or background in such instances, is usually ignored all together, while the eye focuses solely on the subject. Generally speaking these are all effective uses of negative space, but it is not the only way to use it.
When taking a photograph, look to see if you can compose it so the negative and positive space provide definition and compliment each other. Below, Yogendra Joshi, shares a great example of this by using the green, textured leaf as the background and negative space, which is just as essential to the photograph as dew drop that serves as the positive space.
Use Multiple Layers of Interest – It’s our duty as photographers to pay attention to the background and middle-ground of an image. In fact, it’s almost second nature to make sure that the two compliment each other. However, too often the foreground is paid little attention when it is not the primary focus of the image. Take note of the scene you are shooting and look for interesting elements that can provide an additional layer of interest. For example, look at the photograph below. Notice how the fallen tree and rocky path in the foreground lead the eye to the middle of the image, which uses sunlight as a natural contrast and separation. Now look at the background of the image, the mountains in the distance and the dramatic sky add a third stratum to the image.
Start Using Your Feet – Don’t forget that you and your tripod are mobile. Avoid falling into the habit of setting yourself up in one spot and staying put. If the situation allows for it, move around and explore the scene. Take photographs from many different angles and perspectives. Yes, you’ll probably end up trashing a majority of the shots, but you’ll be surprised at how often your initial vision of a photograph can be improved by a simple change of location. That is the beauty of shooting digital, it gives you the freedom to experiment without putting a huge dent into your pocketbook.
Of course, there are many other elements to composition that can improve a photograph. Let’s not forget about the incorporation of leading lines, texture, symmetry – the list goes on and on. We may like to call them rules, but when it comes down to it, composition is just as subjective as any form of art. So go ahead and bend the rules a little bit, without experimentation we can never progress.
Tiffany Mueller is a professional music and fine art photographer. She has been published in various publications including magazines, art journals, as well as photography books. Tiffany is fortunate enough to have been in a perpetual state of travel since her youth and is currently working on a 50-states project. You can keep up with Tiffany via Twitter, Google+, or, on her personal blog, Life Is Unabridged.
Every photographer has one – a moment when an amazing photographic moment presents itself but something goes wrong to stop you getting the shot.
- perhaps you forgot your camera
- your lens cap was still on
- you memory card filled up just at the wrong time
- you hit the shutter a fraction of a second too early or late
- someone walked across the shot at exactly the wrong moment
- your camera was on the wrong ISO, Aperture or Shutter setting
- you were shooting video instead of shooting stills
- or maybe you were ‘chomping’ (checking your last shot on your LCD) while you should have had the camera ready (like the guy in the photo above)
In comments below tell us your ‘missed shot’ story. What was the shot you missed and why did you miss it?
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
Fill Flash with the Sun Behind the Subject Creates Nice Backlighting but a Well Lit Face (the hat helped shade the face too) - Image by Cayusa
It’s a bright sunny day and you’re out with friends making the most of the good weather. You decide to take your camera – after all what better day to shoot some portraits of your friends than a sunny day – bright light = great shots doesn’t it?
Unfortunately lots of light doesn’t always equal great shots – in fact sometimes when you’re shooting portraits in bright sunshine you can run into real problems.
For starters shooting in bright midday sun where light is coming from directly above is going to mean that your subject can have some pretty heavy shadows cast on parts of their face.
Not only that, if you’ve ever posed for someone taking a picture in bright sunlight you’ll know just how difficult it can sometimes be to look natural and not end up looking like you’re grimacing in pain while you squint to keep the sun out of your eyes.
So what’s one to do?
Here’s three simple tips for shooting portraits in bright sun light. I’ve kept them pretty basic for those of you who are out and about and don’t want to haul an outdoor studio along with you!
1. Fill Flash
It seems a little odd switching the flash on in bright sunlight but it’s one of the best times to do it. Those heavy shadows cast on your subjects face (particularly under the eyes) by the midday sun can be a thing of the past with a little extra light from your camera’s popup flash.
Many cameras will allow you to control the intensity of the flash output with their flash compensation function so don’t be satisfied with your first shot – dial it up or back a little once you’ve taken a first test shot until you get a nice natural light.
The bonus of using a little fill flash is that it will often darken your background a little which can give your shot a little more punch and make your subject stand out a little from their background. Fill flash will also create a little catchlight in the eyes of your subject, giving their eyes that little extra sparkle!
Sometimes using fill flash will also allow you to shoot with the sun behind your subject – this means their face has no direct sunlight on them but that they have a little back light falling upon their hair and shoulders which can create a nice impact.
2. Shoot in the Shade
Another easy way to stop the shadows on the face of your subject is to simple move them (and yourself) into a much bigger shadow and to shoot in the shade.
The key is to find a spot where they’re not in the dark but have a nice even light falling on them. So avoid dappled light under some trees a tree or you’ll get spots on their face but go for something with a nice even coverage.
If you’re going for a tight head shot you might even be able to get away with having someone hold up an umbrella or some other object to create some shade over their face (as long as the other person is out of shot).
3. Find a Reflector
A combination of shooting in shade and using a reflector gives this portrait an even lighting - Image by JesseBarker
It’s unlikely that you’ll be hauling a proper reflector around with you (although I know some dPS readers always travel with a small foldable reflector in their camera bag) but that doesn’t mean you can’t use the same principle to bounce a little light into the face of your subject to help light up some of those shadowy areas.
Pretty much any white (or light) surface can act as a reflector of light and held at the right angle you can use it give your subject a little extra light.
One photographer we talked to a while back swore by always wearing a white t-shirt for this but you could get a similar result by positioning your subject by a white wall or positioning many white objects just out of frame to reflect light. I’ve even seen one photographer friend take aluminium foil from a picnic and using it to help make a reflector (although it did create a little ‘dappled’ light on his subject.
Bonus Tip: Get Creative
Once you’ve taken a few nice portraits with the above tips, why not try a few experiments and use the bright light to see if you can inject a little creativity into your shots. You might just take one with the WOW factor. For try creating some lens flare by shooting into the sun (just be careful not to burn your eyes looking directly into it). Alternatively you might try some silhouette shots for portraits with a little mystery and drama.
What other tips would you give someone looking to shoot portraits in bright sunlight?
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
As another week passes us by, the online community has been busy sharing great photographs, tutorials and blog posts. Toad Hollow Photography has spent the week busy searching for the very best of these pieces, and has compiled this list. The Toad hopes you enjoy checking out these fabulous images as much as he did in bringing this list to you.
Check out the Toad’s “Free HDR Guides, Tips and News” for the latest news in the world of photography, with a leaning toward HDR. The Toad is busy finishing off the 2nd edition of his eBooks that will be made available exclusively for free to all subscribers, so sign up now!
AskJoeB: Cherries In The Backyard – I am a human sponge when it comes to articles that discuss lighting and composition, and Joe Baraban’s articles always help me advance my skills. This post from Joe talks about a specific composition, and he shares some insights into how the picture supplied might have found improvements through finer points.
My IR Photography Post Processing Workflow – Scott Wood delivers one of his great video tutorials here, this time discussing how he goes about his post-processing with IR imagery. Scott’s work in this field is without peer and this tutorial is sure to be highly informative for everyone, whether you practice IR or not.
Post Processing Tips & Tutorials for Landscape Photography – leading landscape photographer Jason Hines takes us behind the scenes to see how he post-processes his stunning imagery. This tutorial is sure to give some insight to everyone as Jason’s tutorials deliver tips that apply to all genres of photography.
Lens review: Voigtländer 40mm f2.0 – an in-depth and detailed review of this prime lens is presented on Chris Wray’s new photography blog site. Chris takes us on a technical exploration of this finely crafted lens, a prime that is extremely dynamic with many varied applications.
Canon’s entry into the mirrorless world – as Canon makes its entry into this technology, Tristan Jud gives us a fairly comprehensive review of the new camera. Whether you’re contemplating moving to this platform or not, this is most definitely a well written and informative article.
The Honey-Do Whistle has been blown! – no matter what your personal taste in imagery may be, this blog post from Mike Criswell is absolutely guaranteed to make you smile. Mike’s incredible style of image creation really comes to life in this epic series of images, all centered around his recent nuptials.
A Return To The Lonely Shack – this scene almost paints itself as a representation of something magical. A crooked shack in a field poses the perfect subject for Jim Denham to capture and process in this post. Great textures and details in the very old house are all brought to life, making for a must-see shot in this week’s list.
Capital Lakefair – Olympia Washington – I am seriously starting to believe that Scott Wood lives on a whole other planet that was made specifically for him to photograph. This set of images taken of a fair in progress are so full of rich colors and tones and intricate details, taking your eyes off of them remains one of the biggest challenges here today!
The dress and the ruins – our very own @astaroth here on Light Stalking takes us along as he does a comprehensive model shoot at the ruins of an old abandoned house and in a park nearby. These fabulous images of the model with various poses and backdrops really shows off his incredible skills in this genre, making for a post that is sure to be enjoyed by everyone.
Holy Austin House – when it comes to old, historical house interiors I just love a little gentle distortion a wide-angle lens introduces with the promise of getting to see the entire scene as the photographer wanted you to see it. This image is of a kitchen inside a restored and well maintained piece of history, one of the oldest houses in England. Bob Lussier takes us directly into the heart of this wonderful historic site.
Expectations – this is a truly great post from Tom Dinning (@tomdinning) here at Light Stalking that shares a very emotional set of thoughts that are accented by a dramatic image. Tom’s use of black-and-white adds so much to the picture, and when coupled with his prolific writing we get a chance to see deep inside ourselves.
Upper Yosemite Falls – what a breathtaking photograph. Jason Hines captures an epic shot of this world famous site, with a majestic waterfall draping the rock wall and a mystical fog floating near the top. You can almost hear the mighty roar of the falls.
Ross Bay Poppy Way – a lovely post from local photographer Ehpem is accented with a great series of photographs of the local flowers. He uses his fast lens at a wide aperture to capture a very narrow depth of focus with this series, creating a post that is both profound and gorgeous at the same time.
Up the Creek – as the sun crests and filters through the trees by the side of the inlet, a few boats lie tied up and waiting to welcome the new day. The incredible natural light that drapes this scene simply defies description, making this one of our must-see shots from this week’s list. This beautiful capture is brought to us by Jimi Jones.
Beach Reflections – a wonderful and refreshing approach to image creation is taken and shared here by Eva Trust. By photographing her subjects reflection in the oceans waters, she creates a series of ethereal and almost abstract images that share a totally unique view of her expression. She does a great job in describing her style and vision on the front page of her site, check it out for yourself.
Swan Lake – reality blends with magic in this wonderful photograph of a swan in still waters. The beautiful birds reflection creates a mirror to reflect itself back to the viewer, creating a gorgeous picture that is sure to be enjoyed by all from the studio of Vassilis Tangoulis.
Top Of The Waterfall – Aaron Barlow takes us along as he explores the great outdoors. This photo taken from atop a waterfall gives the viewer an expansive vista of the valley and the lakes below, complete with exquisite features and details.
The Door Up There – a poignant and fascinating image is presented in this post from Jim Denham. The way that Jim combines this really captivating image of a door suspended way up high on an outer wall with his philosophical outlook makes for a must-visit post.
Drama in the Clouds – this is a really epic black-and-white image of a lighthouse protruding from the shoreline with an amazing storm brewing just behind it. CJ Schmit delivers one of his trademark monochromatic scenes in this picture that really exemplifies the expression “drama in photography”.
Theme: “Texture” Crunch Berry Razor Blades – a fabulous macro series is captured and shared in this great post from Howard. This set takes us along as Howard explores his environs with great close-ups of all sorts of subjects. The results are a wonderful study of textures, well worth the time for a visit and view.
Squirrel Gets A Drink – squirrels are awesome photography subjects; they are furry, they are cute, they are unpredictable and they are full of character. Steve Creek shares a small set of shots taken of a squirrel drinking from a birdbath that really brings this concept to life for everyone to enjoy.
Landing gear down! – a puffin makes its approach at a very busy airport for birds, using its fully extended wings to lower the stall speed and reduce the chance of an abrupt landing. Fabs Forns shares this wonderful shot here, a picture that is really well worth the time to visit for yourself.
Calgary Electrical Storm – a lightning strike in the city of Calgary is captured here by Robert Scott. Nature releases a fury upon the city, lighting it up for Robert to grab a shot of this electrifying event as it unfolds around him.
Closer to Heaven – an absolutely magical scene awaits the viewer with this beautiful photograph presented by Klaus Herrmann. A fortress sitting high atop the hill as the blue hour sets in is perfectly photographed and processed in this piece by Klaus.
Театр в октябре (De) – usually Urbex photography results in very weathered and decaying subject matter being shared, but sometimes the genre can really surprise us. This set of shots is of a long abandoned theatre in what we believe to be Germany, but the really interesting facet of this series is how the remaining building and its interior remain to be in near-perfect condition.
Capital Lightning – we have it all going on here in this fabulous shot from Scott Wood; a lightning storm, a lit city beneath it and boiling clouds overhead to bring home the drama. Scott delivers a really compelling picture with this capture, this is definitely one of those pictures that delivers more as you spend time taking the details in.
Tree Swallow – a beautiful blue Tree Swallow poses for Jay Taylor as he captures this shot. Jay does a stellar job in capturing the essence of the character of this little bird, creating an image that showcases all the wonderful details that comprise this feathered-friend.
The Allure of Night Photography – this post features a pair of night shots that differ greatly in composition and style, from the studio of Renée M. Besta. Her first photo features a black-and-white shot of an art-deco building taken at night and the second features a colorful restaurant scene.
Lighting Up The Morning – a beautiful morning scene is captured and posted here by Jerry Denham for everyone to enjoy. As the sun begins to rise, it casts a wonderful light upon the scene accenting the beauty of the still reflection in the water and the intricate lamppost that stands sentry.
The Bowl – architecture always fascinates me, especially when it combines natural elements found outdoors with contemporary design. This great shot taken inside of an iconic home features some really captivating stonework that Rachel Cohen captures and shares in her blog.
Model A Head On – the love of antique cars is shared in this post from Tim Stanley. This classic car is in meticulous condition and Tim captures and shares a shot here of the front view. Great details and lines all emerge in this beautiful example of historic transportation.
Live, Love, Leave a Legacy – this monochromatic bench makes a dramatic statement, and when combined with the profound words shared by Erik & Kathleen Kerstenbeck, it takes on a new dimension. This incredible post from the Kerstenbecks gives the viewer reason to pause and take stock of life with an eye towards deep appreciation.
View of Paradise – a gorgeous rolling landscape peppered with vibrant colors reveals a commanding mountain peak in the backdrop in this picture from Hansrico Photography. This scene is an almost iconic perspective of a great landscape shot and is sure to be a source of delight for all who visit.
Lighthouse Dawn – an iconic east coast lighthouse poses for Steven Perlmutter to captures this beautiful early morning shot. The long exposure technique applied here turns the ocean waters into a silky smooth texture and the inherent romance in the lighthouse creates a strong image that is sure to be enjoyed by all who visit.
Portraits taken by Lucas Rachner – a small series of portrait photos by Lucas Rachner shares a personal vantage of the people captured. The first shot created in black-and-white is very expressive, and the following images are all processed in a slightly vintage feel.
Complicated Maelstrom – great lines, shapes and geometry come together in this shot from Gareth Glynn Ash. This incredible image is both a study in fascinating architecture as well as a study in compelling natural lines.
Captivity – a fabulous shot straight from the studio of Scott Frederick awaits the viewer. An abandoned room well into its phase of decay is presented here with just incredible textures and details to enjoy. It sort of reminds me of my bedroom when I was younger, only tidier…
Swollen River at Duckpool – great drama in this black-and-white landscape photo of a fast moving river is presented here by Chris Maskell. Chris uses a long exposure to achieve this dramatic result, creating a strong juxtaposition of the smoothed out fast-moving waters against the dramatic landscape in the backdrop.
Alaska #3011 – I haven’t made up my mind yet as to whether I like the photograph better than the accompanying blog post in this presentation from Len Saltiel. Len does a great job in capturing this train, bringing all the wonderful inherent romance and character of it to all our monitors for us to enjoy.
The Concorde – Perry Bailey takes us along as he explores the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center. The famous Concorde jet sits on display at the facility, and Perry captures and shares a great HDR image of it and it’s surroundings, creating a very compelling picture to view.
Kinver Edge – what may very well be one of the oldest houses in England is captured and shared in this great post from Bob Lussier. Built into the side of a rock, this centuries old character dwelling is wonderfully captured and presented here by Bob.
My Leaf – My Rules – don’t lean in too close, you might get stung! Rob Hanson takes us along as he explores his back yard espousing the importance of our pollen bearing friends, and comes away with a wonderful shot of one in action doing it’s bee thing.
A Treacherous Blue Hour – beautiful blue hour photos are shared in this post from Adam Allegro. The Italian sunset basks the surroundings in gorgeous tones, bringing all the details to life in these shots, making for a pair of images that simply must be seen to be believed.
Message and a bottle – delicate and sympathetic processing is exemplified in this stunning photograph from the studio of Scott Frederick. An old abandoned hospital window is the main backdrop in this scene full of wonderful weathering and decay. Scott does a top drawer job in using a very unique composition to add tension to his image, making for something special.
Lightning from Bryce – this great shot delivers a picture of the heavens themselves opening up with absolute electrical fury. Bill Church shares an image that is created by compositing 23 images onto one end result, creating a truly breathtaking image.
You know you’re a little too close when… – great photography not only delivers stunning frames to view and enjoy, it can also take you to see things that you just wouldn’t otherwise see. This pair of shots from Mike Olbinski is a great example of this as he shares two photos; one taken in the pitch dark and the other at the exact moment the skies light up the entire area in bright daylight from a lightning storm.
If These Walls Could Stand – a scene from a sci-fi thriller presents itself here in this awesome photo from Mark Garbowski. An old abandoned building collapses in on itself, and Mark captures a great composition that really resembles a landscape from a time when humans are just memories from the past.
My home – a wonderful little church sits in the centre of this incredible panorama from Janez Tolar, completely enveloped in a deep fog. This almost magical and surreal image captured in Slovenija really brings all the wonder and beauty of the landscape to the viewer, creating a real must-see shot in this week’s list.
Moonlight – this picture is absolutely wonderful, as captured and delivered here by Alvar Astúlez. The viewer’s eye is naturally led through the frame with the lines created by the old wood fence, leading the viewer right to an almost vanishing point in the mist, all accented by the gorgeous moon hanging overhead.
NYC – silhouettes can add inherent tension to pictures, leaving the viewer wondering about what the people are doing and looking at. This great shot from Bob Israel brings the viewer a classic scene from NY with some people sitting in front of a fountain in the backdrop.
’41 Chevy Special Deluxe – Bob Byington has a totally unique style when it comes to image creating in the field of classic cars and other vehicles. This beautiful old classic is wonderfully done up, and Bob creates a very unique image of it that really brings all the details and character of the car to the viewer.
Back On It! – a smashed up control room for a long abandoned facility deep in Germany comes to life with this great post from Mark Blundell. Incredible details are accented, and the viewer is quickly whisked deep into the image to absorb the underlying meaning.
Falls View – bring a towel to this post, things are going to get wet. Len Saltiel captures a shot of the twin falls at Niagara Falls, of which I was previously unaware of such a thing. Len’s great shot takes the viewer right to this wonder of the world.
2:40 P.M. At Claremont Station – this captivating picture is a great HDR representation of a highly romantic scene, which is then processed into a painterly style image. Wayne Frost shares this classic scene with a hint of mystery, creating a wonderful post to visit in this week’s list.
Our Kind of Town – the expression of historic architecture in its natural setting is presented here by Jay&Jacy Photography. Great details in the intricate details come to life, giving the viewer a chance to really enjoy spending time with this image.
Rundetårn (The Round Tower) – with the expectation that the princess herself will come streaming down this elegant winding staircase, the viewer is presented with a sense of immersion into a fairy tale. Randy Lemoine captures a scene with the most wonderful light that almost appears to bend around the round wall.
The Bloom In The Grain – the natural grain that comes with film photography can really add so much. Aaron Barlow shares a picture of a beautiful flower with great bokeh that takes on a very interesting element when combined with the grain in the film.
Derelict Inn – I’m sure rooms are cheap and are always available here, but maybe not really accessible. A boarded up inn creates the absolutely perfect photography subject here for Billy McDonald who captures a great shot full of character and details to enjoy.
A crashdown of lightning on the Beeline – we get to see two monochromatic lightning shots in this post from Mike Olbinski. It’s really amazing how a strike like these captured here light up the surrounding area, making for pictures that give a little more as you spend time taking them in.
St. Mary’s Yonkers – Side Chapel – even though it’s Mark Garbowski’s birthday, I feel like it is us who received the present this week. This beautiful shot of the inside of a wonderful little chapel is full of great tones and details, sure to be a highlight for everyone who visits.
Early Morning at Peyto Lake – the Banff National Park once again becomes the focal point for the talents of Len Saltiel. This rolling and gorgeous landscape visually expresses the grandeur of the mountains and the beauty of the rich blue lakes found in the area.
This pretty much sums up my day! – beer and photography, what more could you ask for? Chris Nitz shares a great shot taken with Instagram that shows a great composition that brings both these awesome items to life.
Lavoir a Charbon – Mechanised II – this abandoned factory in Europe looks to have been waiting for Mark Blundell to pop on by and capture this breathtaking photograph. Fabulous textures and details in the decay all come to life in this sharp photo, making for a must-see shot in this week’s list.
Orange lily – gorgeous, gorgeous colors and tones are all captured and shared in this beautiful image of a flower, as posted here by Lotus Johnson. Her perfect composition coupled with the beauty of the subject really come together to deliver something special here.
After Dark – as the sun sets on my hometown, Victoria, BC, Benjamin Madison captures a shot of the downtown causeway that is purely magical, as he points out. Great colors and tones in the sky are accented by the wonderful details you find when exploring this image and taking in all the land-bound and marine-centric details.
Reflejos (reflex) – this picture hosts a stunning reflection so still, you’d swear the image was cut in half by a mirror. Juan Carlos Simón does a fabulous job with this photograph, showcasing the fascinating architecture and accenting it with a highly dramatic reflection.
Patience – at times I wonder if Tom Dinning (@tomdinning) is a writer, rather than a photographer. Then I look at his stunning photography and realize that’s terribly short-sighted. This is a highly profound post, as we’ve come to expect from Tom, a real must-see in this week’s list.
Zebra in the Garage – no matter how many times you pop out to your garage for a look, I’m pretty sure you won’t find a zebra in it. Tom Barnett, on the other hand, found a historic looking garage complete with, you guessed it, a zebra.
Great Grey Owl – we’ve got ourselves a very serious looking and large owl bearing down directly on us in this epic shot from Milan Zygmunt. The incredible details in this majestic bird all perfectly captured and shared here bring the wonder of this gorgeous bird to life for everyone to enjoy.
Seljalandsfoss – waterfall. Iceland. Wow. This simply breathtaking landscape scene as captured by Joseph Rossbach transports us to a place that most can only dream of. The natural beauty expressed in this perfect composition is stunning beyond words, well worth the time for a visit.
Bountiful Temple sunset – Scrambling up a mountainside for the shot – for photographers, it’s all about getting the shot. So much so we’re willing to risk life and limb to hang on the side of a mountain to capture that breathtaking scene. Howard does a great job with this concept, delivering a post that contains several images of the temple in Salt Lake City that is guaranteed to amaze all.
On Vanishing Points – a fabulous and detailed description on the power of vanishing points is discussed in this post from Adam Allegro. Adam uses two of his own images to share the concepts he speaks of here, creating a post that is both highly informative and utterly compelling.
Quadcopter Captures the Essence of Detroit – a true juxtaposition of decay and natural beauty, abandonment and impeccable care, new and old is presented in this absolutely epic post. A Quadcopter takes us around the city showing both aspects in a fluid and dynamic video, guaranteed to absolutely amaze everyone.
Vivacini! July 20, 2012 – the July 20th edition of this exciting new publication is posted and available online now. Helene Kobelnyk has been working hard on this new publication, and this edition is wonderfully put together and a real joy to peruse.
Another haboob – July 21st, 2012 – storm photographer Mike Olbinski captures a really stunning natural phenomenon as it unfolds in front of him. This time lapse video shows the viewer in a very dramatic fashion what it’s like to be there, at ground zero, when something of this magnitude hits.
Looking around Winnipeg – a wonderful and slightly whimsical view of the great Canadian city Winnipeg is presented here by Jordan Oram. Jordan’s great photography is accented in this post with his clever writing and observations, making for a totally delightful site to visit.
It wasn’t long ago that when experts were asked about what the next big thing in photography would be that ‘geotagging’ images was the commonly heard answer. We have seen more cameras released with geotagging capabilities and a lot of post processing software being released with it built in – but is anyone geotagging their images?
We decided to ask our readers if they’ve ever geotagged an image and here’s what they said (based upon 17,478 responses).
So 72% of our readers have never Geotagged an image and a further 2% have done it in the past but no longer do.
Of course this might not be too bad for Geotagging – after all its a relatively new thing isn’t it?
Here’s where it gets interesting – we ran exactly the same poll just over 3 years ago – back in 2009 – when Geotagging was much newer and where it was more difficult to do (in fact many of our readers back then were doing it quite manually). So what were the results back in 2009?
That’s right – back then 35% of our readers said that they either geotagged all the time or some of the time (as opposed to 26% today).65% didn’t geotag any more as opposed to 74% today.
Now these are not scientific results by any means and our readership has grown and changed a fair bit since 2009 – however I find it interesting that despite there being more tools available to geotag images that our readership is doing it less than they did 3 years ago.
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
Peru has an amazingly diverse geography. From deserts on the coast to lush jungle in the East and high altitude mountain environments in between, the country is wedged between the Amazon River and the Pacific Ocean in South America.
I thank the DPS readers who submitted not only their images, but helpful tips if you should decide to travel to Peru in the future.
This is the twelfth country we are covering in the reader fueled DPS Travel Photography Inspiration Project.
If you would like to be involved in the next country’s post, drop me a line here.
Hillsides of Peru by Jeff Johnson
Description:On the road from Cuzco to Ollantaytambo, you will find beautiful scenery.
Tip: I took many pictures from the inside of a taxi with a fast shutter speed. This is one of them. You will find the weather changes rapidly, but frequently rains.
Girl And Cat by Misty Neilsen
This girl and her cat were sunbathing when I caught them. Many of the homes are reached through narrow entrances and alleyways and it pays to take a closer look at these areas.
Taxi by Bruno Santos
Those taxi there, asked for panning photos…. Slow shutter speed (those taxis aren’t fast), the right place to be at, smooth camera movement, and a lot trial and error to get the photo.
Untitled by Sergio Burani
The fauna is also gorgeous. You can benefit from a good telephoto lens – at least 200mm.
Uros, Paradise by Patricia Reyna
Uros Floating Islands is a group of artificial islands on Lake Titicaca, made ??of reeds. The construction of these islands is ??by weaving the reeds and forming a natural layer on which they build their homes.
You can arrive to the place by using a boat.
Aged beggar by Robyn Rose
This old man stood on a street corner in Huanchaco. He had a warm and gentle disposition. I gestured that I would like to take a photo of him and he was most obliging. I was happy to contribute some local currency for his time. TIP – Even though my Spanish is poor, with a smile and gesturing we managed to share a few minutes together and comfortably too. I am always nervous approaching strangers, as I never enjoy getting rejected. However if I smile, treat them politely and passively, then the rejection seem to hurt less! Of course the ones who allow you to take their photo seem so much more worth it after plucking up some courage to approach them and ask.
Arequipa Convent by Lori Sorrentino Photography
This convent in the colonial city of Arequipa is a photographer’s paradise, and one not too many travelers seem to visit in Peru. I spent an entire day in the convent, the size of a large city block, and could have spent more! It’s well worth the trip and traveling the 8 hours or so by bus to get there from Puno and Lake Titicaca.
Posing Llama by Jeff Johnson
Description: While in Machu Picchu, nearly ten llamas surprised us as they appeared from around a corner. This particular one was not camera-shy.
Tip: While atop Machu Picchu, it’s suggested that you have one lens that can zoom from 18mm to at least 250mm. Without such a luxury of a single multi-purpose lens, I was challenged with having to swap lenses frequently.
Untitled by Misty Neilsen
While waiting for THE Machu Picchu photo, I decided that the partially fog covered shot was more interesting than the clear shot…and I still think so.
Coca Tea by Bruno Santos
The traditional tea, served at the home stay.
Untitled by Sergio Burani
The children are beautiful. This little girl is playing “mother” to her brother. People are very available to being photographed, especially children. They expect a little money.
Playing the Pututo by Patricia Reyna
This man of the Taquile island is playing a Pututo, an instrument made ??of seashells, which was used by the Quechua-speaking peoples in ancient times to call meetings or make announcements of something.
Taquile island is in the Titicaca Lake, and hundreds of tourists from all around the world visit this beautiful and interesting place.
Machu Pichu Security by Robyn Rose
These guards watch over and protect the sacred ground of Machu Pichu. The Wayna pichu looms overhead. TIP – To give a sense of the mist and clouds that were descending all around us I converted to black and white.
Camera Fun by Lori Sorrentino Photography
The highlight of my trip was a homestay visit to the island of Amantani (Machu Picchu was great but this has it beat!). If you join a small tour from Puno, you can stay overnight with a local indigenous family and spend time learning about their culture. Part of our stay included a tour of their school. I met several of the young children who were so fascinated by my point-and-shoot camera. So I handed it to them and they had a ball taking photos of themselves with the reversing LED screen. Two of these little girls belonged to the family we stayed with, and these photos they took of themselves making faces and laughing at themselves are some of the most dear to me.
Proud Boy by Jeff Johnson
Description: In the city of Ollantaytambo, this hard-working young boy was spotted working away.
Tip: This photo was taken with a Canon Rebel T3 with the stock lens in the kit. I used the “Creative Auto” setting. While in Peru, explore the ruins of the mountain Pinkuylluna.
Feeding the Lama by Bruno Santos
At the home stay in Ccaccallo, near Cusco, we had contact with some Lamas.
Tip: Making the Inca Trail is a must do in Peru. It’s hard, yes, but you can do it at your speed and arriving at Machu Pichu is a rewarding victory. But you have to be lucky do don’t get rain, cause the tropical forest is tricky.
View of Peru by Robyn Rose
The view from the Sacsayhuaman ruins. The high altitude and the ever changing cumulonimbus clouds create for dramatic photographs. TIP – I boosted contrast and used a graduated filter in Lightroom to darken the clouds and create a more ‘moody’ shot.
Hiking Huayna Picchu by Lori Sorrentino Photography
We decided to hike the giant mountain you see in the background of all the shots of Machu Picchu, called Huayna or Wayna Picchu. The mountain is another 1000 ft higher and is not for the faint of heart, but is definitely worth it to get a different perspective looking down on the Machu Picchu site. Take a wide lens for the best images to capture the immense and wide never ending views!
City trawlers by Robyn Rose
These women and their alpacas roam the cobbled streets of Cusco trying to make a buck posing for photographs. The police are constantly chasing them away. TIP – This was taken in mid day where the light was harsh and created harsh shadows. I used a 480 EC Canon flash to create a more even light across the shot as well as desaturated the colours using Lightroom in order to induce a more uniformed look.
Cuzco Woman by Lori Sorrentino Photography
This is my favorite photo I took in Peru. This woman sat at the top of this hill at the base of the Christo Blanco (White Jesus) statue overlooking Cuzco, and was so gracious in letting me photograph her. The expression on her face is so intriguing and calm, as if she’s lived a thousand lifetimes.
Lastly, here’s my take of Machu Picchu as a time lapse as the morning clouds burned off:
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.
Earlier in the week we shared 49 city skyline shots in an image collection that got passed around the web quite a bit. I thought it might be good this weekend to followup with a ‘city’ themed photography challenge.
So your challenge is to shoot and share an image or two on the theme of ‘in the city’. You can shoot some skylines if you wish or can interpret the theme in any other way that you wish. Photograph people in the city, do some street photograph, concentrate on architecture, photograph a street parade or festival – whatever you wish.
Once you’ve taken and selected the ‘city’ 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 #DPSCITY 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 – Water challenge where there were some great shots submitted.
Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.