Eat Your Way To Great Macro Lighting

Macro photography requires specialized equipment. Beyond the basics of a macro lens, lighting needs to be addressed as well. Why not just use the sun? Well, sometimes you can, but sometimes when you're up close and personal with a tiny little subject, the camera, lens and your own head combine to make a deep dark shadow that you need to light you way out of. Most folks invest in a ring light for this purpose—a flash that wraps around the front of the lens to provide even illumination for tiny subjects. Some folks don't want to invest in a ringlight, so they invest in a substitute that turns their standard hot-shoe flash into a pseudo-ringlight—like the Orbis ring. If you're neither of these types of people, whether you're a total cheapskate or you get inspired by doing everything yourself from repurposed materials, this is the ideal DIY project for you. First, purchase a can of Pringles potato chips. Then eat all of the contents in one sitting. Then turn the empty can into a hacked together yet surprisingly effective lighting setup for macro photography. Read all about this creation by photographer Steve Kushnir at the DIY Photography blog, then get busy eating and crafting—and making better macro pictures.

http://www.diyphotography.net/super-easy-macro-lighting-using-a-pringles-can
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Macro photography requires specialized equipment. Beyond the basics of a macro lens, lighting needs to be addressed as well. Why not just use the sun? Well, sometimes you can, but sometimes when you're up close and personal with a tiny little subject, the camera, lens and your own head combine…

Fight For Your Photographer’s Rights

Last week I wrote that we photographers shouldn't be hypocrites. Well now's my chance to remind two die-hard readers, Lady Gaga and Janet Jackson, that they in particular should not be hypocrites either. As creative artists themselves, I had hoped that they would respect the rights of creators. But apparently not. So Ms. Gaga and Ms. Jackson, please don't make photographers sign contracts that transfer the copyrights on the images we create of your concerts directly to you. I understand your need, or perceived need, or plain old desire, to maintain some control over your image and your brand, but come on—these contracts are offensive. "Egregious" was the term used by John Harrington on his Photo Business News & Forum blog. Read all about the hubbub, and what you should be prepared to do about a bad contract when you see one, at Mr. Harrington's wonderful web site—which is a must-read for anyone interested in the business side of the photo business. Then head over to the ASMP web site where they've got a whole section about bad contracts, how to spot them, and what to do about them.

http://asmp.org/tutorials/bad-contract.html
http://photobusinessforum.blogspot.com/2011/03/egregious-demands-by-gaga-and-ms.html
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Last week I wrote that we photographers shouldn't be hypocrites. Well now's my chance to remind two die-hard readers, Lady Gaga and Janet Jackson, that they in particular should not be hypocrites either. As creative artists themselves, I had hoped that they would respect the rights of creators. But apparently…

More Megapixel Madness

Some say the race to make super-high-resolution cameras is dead. The new frontier is better image quality, they say, not massively high-resolution image files. Well to them I have but one thing to say: meet the new 200-megapixel Hasselblad H4D-200MS. For product and still-life photographers, this camera offers the ultimate resolution available in digital capture. To be clear, the camera achieves that whopping 200-megapixel resolution not through a sensor with 200-million physical pixels on it, but through utilizing multi-shot technology. Six different exposures are made on the 50-megapixel sensor, which physically shifts a distance of 1.5 pixels after each exposure in order to create an overlapping dense pixel map—no gaps in coverage and a whole lot of pixel information combine to create this amazing, super-detailed 200-megapixel image. The camera's not inexpensive, but there is a bit of good news: owners of the H4D-50 can send their cameras in to the manufacturer for a 200-megapixel retrofit. Read all about it at the Hasselblad web site.

http://www.hasselblad.com/products/h-system/h4d-200ms.aspx
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Some say the race to make super-high-resolution cameras is dead. The new frontier is better image quality, they say, not massively high-resolution image files. Well to them I have but one thing to say: meet the new 200-megapixel Hasselblad H4D-200MS. For product and still-life photographers, this camera offers the ultimate…

Photograph Bears In Alaska With World-Class Wildlife Photographers

What are you doing this July? Can you spare a few days to travel to Alaska to learn from, and shoot with, world-class wildlife photographers Jay Goodrich and Art Wolfe? Because if you can, you most definitely should. The pair will be hosting a four-day workshop where you'll photograph not only brown bears but bald eagles and puffins and countless other wild animals, as well as the beautiful landscapes of Lake Clark National Park. There are still a few open spots, but only a few. So act fast. Read all about the trip, including how and where to sign up, at Jay's blog.

http://jaygoodrich-blog.com/lake-clark-alaska-art-wolfe-and-jay-goodrich-july-25-28-2011
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What are you doing this July? Can you spare a few days to travel to Alaska to learn from, and shoot with, world-class wildlife photographers Jay Goodrich and Art Wolfe? Because if you can, you most definitely should. The pair will be hosting a four-day workshop where you'll photograph not…

Don't Be An Intellectual Property Hypocrite

We photographers are often hypocrites. Why? Because we scratch and claw and fight to get commercial users to respect our copyrights: if you're going to "steal" our images for your business use, we're going to get ticked off about it. We pool our resources to best learn how to protect our intellectual property, but then we become hypocrites when it comes time to use a song in a slideshow or web site—or even just on our own iPods. Those musicians are concerned about protecting their intellectual property rights, too, just as we are. They earn their livings off of their creative endeavors just as we do. Yet we shrug and ignore the connection between our infringing on their copyrights as we simultaneously trumpet the sacred nature of our own. So if you want others to value your intellectual property rights, value the rights of other creators. Read more about another photographer who feels the same way and check out a great copyright public service announcement via the Burns Auto Parts blog.

http://www.burnsautoparts.com/blog/2011/04/28/great-psa
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We photographers are often hypocrites. Why? Because we scratch and claw and fight to get commercial users to respect our copyrights: if you're going to "steal" our images for your business use, we're going to get ticked off about it. We pool our resources to best learn how to protect…

A Kinder, Gentler Approach To HDR

Start talking about HDR image-making and you're bound to get some passionate responses. Those who love it really love it, for its bright colors and extreme detail. Those who hate it, hate it for its bright colors and extreme detail. One thing tends to hold true, though, and that's when you're talking about most HDR images you're talking about bright colors and extreme detail. But HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It's not an acronym that in itself means candy colors and hyperreal sharpness. HDR tools have simply been used in that way, and often overused, so that's what most everybody thinks of when they think of HDR. No more, though. HDR photography doesn't have to be quite so extreme. In fact, in this great tutorial from Digital Photography School, you can learn how to use HDR tools to produce decidedly atypical HDR images. It's a subtler HDR technique, and one that's invaluable for contrast control. That makes it one of the best ways to make a beautiful image in a tricky lighting situation.

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/how-to-create-a-realistic-hdr-image-a-simple-and-fun-method-to-create-a-hdr-image-without-photomatix
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Start talking about HDR image-making and you're bound to get some passionate responses. Those who love it really love it, for its bright colors and extreme detail. Those who hate it, hate it for its bright colors and extreme detail. One thing tends to hold true, though, and that's when…
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