Moonrise – only one part of this image needed -any- sharpening
Why images from your camera need sharpening
An awful lot of uninformed comment about the need for and desirability of image sharpening clutters up forums. Myths and misunderstanding spread far and wide, and the temptation to ignore image sharpening, because it’s contentious, is [...]
Whilst there are lots of articles about the technical side of photography on the web, there are far fewer about -why- you might choose to take a particular shot, and why you might choose to make a print from one picture, as opposed to an other shot at the same location, maybe only seconds from [...]
Basic camera setup for product photography.
After spending a week photographing envelopes and packets of paper, I’ve written up some of the lighting and colour management options I like to set -before- taking thousands of photos.
Article link: Product photography camera setup
A few simple steps with a grey card or ColorChecker card can save [...]
Viewfinders for the older photographer…
Still useful – the Canon Angle Finder ‘C’ – what I used before ‘Liveview’ and still keep in my bag.
One of those minor irritations of getting older is a decreasing ability to focus close.
I’ve alway been a little long sighted, and whilst I’ve had glasses since [...]
Producing better photos and prints without spending much money
This week has been a busy one, with all the work on fixing this site, and fitting in several architectural photo shoots.
What’s been really helpful though, are two talks I’ve given to photographers groups in Nottingham and Coventry. I do a few of these presentations [...]
So, where next in the world of photography?
It’s that lull after Photokina, where all the assorted photography tech press make their way back from Cologne and file their numerous ‘hands on reports’ about the latest kit on show.
Myself, I went down to Devon in the UK – superb weather, and all the summer [...]
Using some of my architectural photography for a good cause Photographs of St. Mary de Castro church in Leicester
The nearby church of St Mary de Castro has a wonderful spire, dating from around 1400. It’s built on a tower dating from 1300, that’s built from inside a church (lack of space) that dates from [...]
Does the Zone System still have a place in digital black and white?
If you’ve explored much black and white film photography, you’ll have come across references to the ‘Zone System’, a technique for optimising film exposure and development. It’s commonly associated with Ansel Adams and has been refined and developed over the last 70 [...]
Should I only buy ‘pro’ cameras? Does it help me become a better photographer?
Keith in Seattle
As a working photographer, I need to be able to rely on the equipment I use on jobs. Someone is paying for my time and what I’m taking photos of may not be repeatable.
The kind of [...]
I’ve recently been looking at developments in High Dynamic Range (HDR) software.
In particular there’s now a lengthy review of Unified Color’s HDR Expose 2 and the Float 32 photoshop plugin.
Review Link: HDR Expose 2
The software is a standalone package for merging individual images into one new image that covers a wider dynamic [...]