- The Nuts and Bolts of off-camera flash – Part 1, Basics
Being a Strobist dunce I’m really looking forward to this series that talks about the nitty gritty down and dirty of flash mechanics. This article is an intro to the basic method of firing a flash unit and the common modes of the strobe.
- 200+ Textures, Brushes, and Fonts: Ultimate Grunge Roundup
If you’re into texturizing or just grunging up your photos, here is a pretty large list of goodies you might be interested in. It’s written primarily for web designers, but photographers can find some useful stuff in there too.
- Baby Time: Photographing Babies Without Losing your Mind
digital Photography School
Six tips for photographing babies — which can be more difficult than it may seem!
- Creative Commons WordPress Plugin
A great WordPress plugin for you bloggers that allows you to find and publish Flickr photos licensed under the Creative Commons.
- 5 Ways to Hold Your Viewer’s Attention
Good strong methods for grabbing attention in your photos and directing your viewer’s eyes in the direction you intend.
- Blurb Photo Books Review
A very in-depth review of the POD book service called Blurb. Filled with lots of screenshots and lays out the basic flow of creating a book with them.
- Portrait Lighting Cheat Sheet Card
This is a really neat thing to check out if you’re planning on using off-camera flash. Udi put together a cheat-sheet that shows the results of varying the strobe location and angle.
- PROJECT: 3D For Everyone
Neil is urging us to break out of the 2D realm and shoot some 3D photos. He’s also giving away some nifty prizes for this one!
- Are you ready? May Challenge, let’s go!
Trevor is mxing things up a bit and he’s doing two challenges in a row! May is a month for themes, and the first theme of the project is “beverage”.
- 10 Best Methods to take Great Photographs
My Camera World
A very nice collection of tips and thoughts on how to improve your photography.
- 5 Tips for Avoiding Noise in Digital Photos
Zoom In Online
Here are 5 quick tips to help you avoid digital noise problems that we all encounter.
- 9 Lighting Types to Harness & Improve Your Photography
digital Photography School
Yes indeed, different lighting conditions have different names. They also need to be dealt with differently — here are 9 of the most common lighting types.
- 44 Totally Random Photo Tips for Every Pro Photographer
Photo Pro Tips
A new blog with some useful advice for Professional Photographers both young and old. Great resource for newbies in the commercial photography world.
- Ansel Adams’s Yosemite
The New York Times
Hear the backstory on the photographer’s iconic images from his former assistant Andrea G. Stillman. Really neat audio commentary that goes along with some of Adam’s photos.
- What Are Your Favorite Photography Related Films?
Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection
Looking for something to watch after you put your camera down for the day? Here’s a nice looking list of movies from Thomas Hawk.
- Proper Equipment for Shooting Landscapes
Tips on lenses and tripods that are well suited for photographing landscapes.
- Creative Commons
Digital Photo Pro
A very well done article by Jim Goldstein on the topic of Creative Commons.
- How to shoot your kids, Part II
Be A Good Dad
Our pal, Trevor Carpenter, has been co-authoring on a blog called “Be A Good Dad” and he’s written a few articles dealing with photography. In this article, he goes over some equipment options for the family photographer.
- Revisit and Retouch
There’s not much time left on this one, but you still have a chance to get in on it. Inspired by a previous Epic Edits project, Ryan is asking his readers to process a photo from his archives. So give it a shot, I’m curious to see what other people come up with. I’m still working on my entry.
- Are 14-bit Raw Images Really Any Better Than 12-bit Raw?
From the earliest days of raw file capture with digital cameras, they have always been 12-bits per pixel. Now both the Nikon D300 and D3, as well as the Canon 40D can do 14-bit raw captures. But since 14-bit files are bigger, are they really any better?
- DIY Flash and Lighting Hacks for Digital Photographers
digital Photography School
Most of us can’t afford a full lighting rig – however what if there was a way to experiment with the type of lighting gear that pro photographers use without spending too much money? What if you could make it yourself.
- “Best Photos From 2007″ by JMG-Galleries Blog Readers
29 photographers from around the globe show off their self-chosen best photos from the year of 2007.
- A Proposal for the Creative Commons
Dan Heller’s Photography Business Blog
A proposal to require CC-users to register themselves, thus adding a layer of trust (and complexity) to the whole system.
- Saving About $50 On a Bounce Flash
David shows us a neat little DIY project for flash lighting accessories.
- How to Create Bokeh in Your Photos
Great introduction and overview for working with and achieving bokeh (background blur).
- Guitars for Sale
The Image Crucible
A well-done critique of one of my photos… though, it’s not exactly one of my better photos (the critic chose it, not me). Regardless, I’ve been reading the Image Crucible for several weeks now, and the author does a VERY good job at providing a well thought out and informative critique.
- Video of the Week — Sorry, no video this week.