It’s summer, time for travelling and also peak season for nature and travel photography. Digital cameras are still getting better and better and easier to use. However, sometimes it is quite disappointing that a picture such as a historic city alley either is partly underexposed with huge dark shadow areas, or the roofs and the sky are extremely overexposed. Although it is possible to review the image immediately in the display on the camera, the problem can often only be addressed at home in the post-processing workflow, and then it might be too late to fix the image in order to get a beautiful photograph.[Read More]
It takes a certain type of intuitive perception and skills to reach the level Joe McNally has. From his works for the National Geographic Society to his famous Faces of Ground Zero portraits, there’s a distinctive idiosyncrasy in all his work.
And if you wish to follow in his footsteps, if you like the look and feel of his work, you’d have to study his techniques and understand his perspective.[Read More]
Bagdu’s distinct style is due to his unique composition of color, light and form. Much more important, however, is his attention to detail one can clearly spot in each of his photos. „An inspiration can be completely trivial, like for example the perfect combination of colors. Oftentimes I don’t find my inspiration in optical aspects, but rather in smells, sounds and the moods closely linked to these. The art of photography consists of capturing these moods and moments.“[Read More]
In this article, we’ll take a look at ways to combine overall white balance corrections with techniques to apply white balance adjustments to specific areas of an image.[Read More]
I find it to be quite exhilarating at the unpredictability of where my type of work will take me next. The only predictable factor I like to keep constant is color and white balance.[Read More]
Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler has risen to the top of her industry as both a photographer and educator. Based in New York City, her fashion editorials have appeared in numerous fashion and photography publications including Marie Claire, InStyle, Elle, Rangefinder, Professional Photographer and dozens more.[Read More]
Whether you take your travel photography seriously enough to go on specialized trips, or simply want to do a better job capturing memories from your vacation, there are plenty of useful tips and techniques in the talk I gave at B&H this Spring. The good news is, even if you missed it in person, it is now online and free to watch, courtesy of the team at the B&H events center. Topics covered range from selecting gear, preparing for your trip, how to schedule your shooting day, best tactics for great photos, the ethics of travel photography, and how to correctly process and show off your images. Special thanks to our sponsor, Datacolor, and to Photodex for the slideshow software illustrated.[Read More]
One of the oldest problems with photography is getting the lighting conditions in which you capture your images under control. Today stand-alone light meters are less frequently used to gather your exposure and capture information as digital cameras have evolved to have good metering capabilities in themselves. Whether you choose to use an external meter, which can add extra control and accuracy to the process but also additional complexity (and weight to your camera bag) or want to work ‘in camera’ or maybe just ‘sort it out’ in post-process, two key elements to capture and control at the point of pressing the shutter are the contrast range of your shots and also the white point (i.e. a true known white for the shots that can allow you to remove major casts). Find a way of recording this accurately and you won’t need to guess what the conditions were like in hindsight when you retouch your images, you’ll have a point of reference to compare with.
Read more about controlling your shots, in Richard West’s latest article for Datacolor, here.
While the main purpose of using a Spyder5 is to calibrate and profile your monitors, many users don’t realize that it can also perform a variety of advanced tests on your monitor. In this article we look at the specific tests you can do with the Display Analysis module, how to do them, and what they measure.[Read More]
The cornerstone of any digital workflow is an accurate display. Your display is the window into your digital world. If your display does not show an accurate representation of your image, you cannot make informed adjustments. Generally speaking, monitors are natively too saturated, too cool and too bright for a photographic workflow. As a consequence, these are attributes you are compensating for when you edit an image on an un-calibrated display. This means your image will not accurately reflect true-to-life color, nor print the way you intend without adjustment or test prints.[Read More]