- 1 Million FPS Bullet Impacts
And you thought 10fps was fast… this is insane. (found via @neilcreek)
- 5 More Must Have Photography iPhone Applications
If you have an iPhone, you should check out these lists of photography applications.
- The Incredible Macro Bug Portraiture of Thomas Shahan
This stuff is beyond typical macro — we’re talking full frame portraits of bugs!
- The Massive Guide to TLRs Part 3: Toy camera TLRs
Want to get a TLR with a funky attitude? Check out these toy TLRs — plastic is fantastic!
- Wanna Free Trip To Visit Chase Jarvis In Seattle?
As an extension to his new book and iPhone app, Chase is giving out some signed books and a free trip to Seattle! Check out how you can enter.
- 10 Stunning Photography Locations Downunder
Smash & Peas
From snow-white sandy beaches and red deserts to lush tropical rain forests and immense waterfalls, Australia has some amazing locations.
- Buying Prints from Your Favorite Photographers 2009
With the 2nd round of this project, Jim encourages us to purchase and/or trade prints with other photographers — definitely a great idea!
- We’re giving away an HP MediaSmart server
Do you need more space for your photos? If so, plead your case to Photodoto and you’ll be entered for a chance to win an HP MediaSmart server plus 1TB of storage!
- 88 Examples of Incredible Aerial Photography
This one is pretty self-explanatory… lots of photos from above.
- 13 Glorious New Zealand Landscape & Seascape Photos
Just in case you needed that extra bit of motivation to get down there some day, check out these incredible shots of what New Zealand has to offer us photographers.
- Color Photography from Russia in the Early 1900’s
Amazing color photos from an era dominated by black and white.
- Minimal Black and White
6 great photos showcased on the Flickr blog.
- Editing Tips for Microstock Photographers
Editing your photos for microstock is a little bit different than normal editing. Here are some tips to consider when editing your images for microstock.
Before we get to the links, just a quick reminder that you can suggest links and articles to me via Google Reader, Twitter, Delicious, and/or StumbleUpon. Google Reader is probably the best method (follow me and I’ll follow back if your shared items don’t suck), but I try to keep up with the others as well (though I’m really bad about following back on Twitter).
- 40 Free and Fantastic Presets For Lightroom
For the Lightroom users out there, here’s a huge collection of free presets to toy around with.
- PhotoNetCast #36 – Photography Projects
In this episode of PhotoNetCast we discuss the topic of personal photography projects and how they can benefit you.
- Rock Concert Photography – 9 Tips on How to Get The Shot
digital Photography School
A good set of tips for catching the shots at concerts and other stage performances.
- Review: The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers
If you’re serious about getting your photos organized, this book is the Bible.
- Jaw-Dropping Urban Photography
A diverse collection of various photographs from urban environments. (found via @cmiper)
- 10 Nifty, Excellent Excuses for Failing at Photography
Lighting Essentials for Photographers
Need a good excuse for not reaching your goals of becoming a professional photographer? Take your pick.
- Vietnam: Protesting the War
28 photos from LIFE Magazine showing various demonstrations against the Vietnam War. (found via @photosil)
- 20 Examples of Minimalist Photography
Smash and Peas
Awesome set of photos (mostly seascapes).
- Lumière Brothers – The Serpentine Dance (c.1899)
Shot and hand-colored – frame by frame – at the end of the 19th Century. (found via John Nack)
- Beautiful Black and White Photography
I do love black & white, and these are pretty amazing.
- Workers – Cuba – Labor in a Restricted Trade Zone
Zoriah gives us a glimpse into the lives of several Cuban workers.
- 21 Signs You’re a Real Photographer Now
Black Star Rising
They’re funny because they’re true.
- 7 Beginners Tips for Shooting Sports and Action
In sports and wildlife shooting, it’s all about getting that one particular moment that happens within a fraction of a second.
- The Best Holga Photos from Flickr August & September 2009
Awesome set of Holga pics!
I was recently speaking with Sam Abell, a very experienced photographer, and we landed on the subject of photographer mentality while out shooting. Sam mentioned that he takes a minimalistic approach to his gear, and that he’d take photos without a camera if he could. Since that’s not feasible, he usually heads out with just two camera bodies equipped with two different prime lenses.
Sam went on to say that, for him, less gear allows him to be more “in the moment”. And this is coming from a photographer with years of experience shooting for National Geographic.
Stop and think about that for a second. How often do you go out shooting fully geared and you end up fussing around with all your lenses and accessories. Not to mention hauling around a bag full of stuff that gets in your way or weighs you down. At the end of your session, did you really need everything you brought? Or did you take it just because you might have needed it?
Sam’s thoughts on the subject made me realize that I had already discovered the same for myself, I just hadn’t been cognizant of it. Some months ago, I started ditching my camera bag and running out with just one or two (or sometimes three) cameras around my neck. OK, three gets to be cumbersome, but I can’t help myself sometimes. In doing so, I’ve found that photographing is more enjoyable and I’m not missing shots while messing with a camera bag or swapping lenses. I’m more “in the moment” when I have less gear on me.
So here’s a tip: Every once in a while, just head out with one camera and nothing else (alright, a pocket camera bag is allowed). If you really want to go minimalist, slap on a prime lens and leave the zooms at home. Oh, and while you’re out shooting, don’t ruin the moment by being regretful for leaving your equipment behind… just be in the moment and enjoy it.
Oh, and you’ll find out more about the conversation with Sam Abell on October 21st.
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This church in La Jolla, California caught my eye for its stunning white simplicity. The clear blue sky also helped to compliment the building and its elegance. I was on a photowalk, and we had just started down the road toward the beach and everybody was excited to get shooting. And so, I framed the building to include mostly sky while leaving a good portion of the church (and its surroundings) left to the imagination. I took two shots with different compositions of this church top, and this one turned out best.
- Unprocessed RAW
This one turned out a little overexposed. I shot it at f/2 with my 50mm lens and it pushed my shutter speed up to 1/8000, maxing it out. I probably should have set the f-number to at least f/2.8.
- Processed RAW
Mainly I just recovered the highlights and darkened the overall image, getting it ready for Photoshop.
- LAB Saturation
I saw that the blues were a little muddy, so I ran it through my LAB Saturation Photoshop Action and brought out the color while adding a bit of contrast.
- Clone & Sharpen
Somehow I sort of forgot to deal with the little bit of brickwork on the bottom edge, so I took that out with the patch tool. Then I sharpened it up a bit.
- Curves Adjustment
I wasn’t totally happy with the tones and colors, so I added a curves adjustment to bring up the highlights and push the shadows down. I left the blending mode to “Normal” so the blues would get a little punch too.
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This one was taken on the Torrey Pines State Beach near my home in San Diego. The feet actually belong to my Mother-in-Law. I spotted her walking along the water near sunset and I couldn’t resist trying to get some “walking on the beach” photos. I shot about 7 or 8 in rapid-fire mode and this one turned out the best from all of them. The reflection turned out better than I had hoped, and the moment in mid-stride made for an interesting photo.
All of the following post-processing steps were done with Adobe Camera Raw — no Photoshop was used on this photo.
- Untouched RAW Image
This is what the image looked like straight out of the camera. Not a lot of color to begin with, so black & white was a natural choice for me.
- Black & White Conversion
Before doing anything, I switched to grayscale. I pushed the red, orange, yellow, green, and aqua to negative compensation while the blues, purples and magentas were pushed in the positive direction.
- Basic Adjustments
I left the white balance set at a temperature of 5100 and a tint of -1. I left the exposure near zero, while I boosted the recovery to 33, fill light to 41, bumped the blacks up to 34, increased the brightness to 76, pushed up the contrast to 19, and I ramped the clarity all the way up to 100.
- Tone Curve Adjustment
Using the parametric tone curve, I set the highlights to +22, lights to +49, darks to -33, and shadows to -47. This gave me the strong contrast I was after, and I actually pushed a few (very few) of the shadows off the histogram. Overall, the image is heavy on the darker tones.
- Vignette and Sharpen
In the lens correction menu, I set the vignette to an amount of -70 with a midpoint of 20 — and this gave me the strong frame around the subject. As a last step, I set the sharpening under the detail menu to an amount of 50 with a radius of 1.5 pixels.
Before we get to the list, be sure to check out my super-cool guest-post on “Going with the Grain” over at ADIDAP (we swapped posts for Christmas). I’ve always liked grainy photos, so I put together a little information on the subject and picked out some CC photos to help make my point.
- Depth of Field Calculator
Cool little DOF calculator that shows numbers for various cameras, focal lengths, and f-numbers — tipped off by David Ziser on this one.
- Minimalism: Because Complexity Sucks!
A great collection of minimalist photos and discussion to go along with the various techniques of minimalism in photography.
- Displaying Images in Photoblogs & Galleries
Pro Blog Design
8 tips from a blog designer for laying out a photoblog or photo gallery with navigation and usability in mind.
- Aperture, ISO and Shutter Speed – The Good Kind of Threesome
Technical overview of the three elements of exposure in photography — what they are, how they’re used, and a discussion of the trade-offs for each element.
- Wanna Get Your Gear Stolen or Damaged While Traveling? Don’t Read This.
6 ways to keep your gear happy, safe and sound during your travels.
- FlickrFan: A Heads-Up For License Conscious Flickr Photographers
A discussion of a new application and how it deals with image licensing. The discussion in the comments is filled with great stuff.
- Are you smarter than your camera? 5 ways to prove it
If you always shoot fully automatic, in the program mode, try a few of these suggestions next time you are shooting.
- 20 More Photographs Taken at the Exact Right Angle
What’s the most critical element to taking amazing photographs? One device has been at the heart of producing some of the funniest and strangest pictures around: proper angle. Sorted into three categories, here are 20 awesome perfectly angled photographs!
- Great Olan Mills Photos
List Of The Day
Ridiculously funny stuff. Really terrible portraits from studios like Olan Mills and Sears, and the author’s commentary is just the icing on the cake.
- Videos of the Week — I love street photography. This first video is an educational piece. The second is an inspirational piece from Felix Lupa (also on Flickr). The good street photos make you smile; the best ones make you laugh.