Own Your Own McCurry

I've been fortunate in my career to interview some of the greatest photographers around. None of them have been greater, or more influential, or have had such an impact on me personally, than Magnum photographer Steve McCurry. Perhaps best known for his iconic "Afghan Girl" National Geographic cover, McCurry has a tremendous portfolio of images—many of them portraits—from three decades traveling the world. He's a true photographic icon, and if like me you are a huge admirer of his work you may want to look into the new Iconic Photographs limited edition book from publisher Phaidon. Complete with a limited edition photographic print, the book is signed and numbered (up to 3,300) by Mr. McCurry himself. At just under $400 it's an option for collecting his work that is within reach of those who aren't the typical millionaire art collector. And a great way to own a collection of fabulous documentary and portrait photographs from one of the world's best photographers.

http://www.phaidon.com/store/photography/steve-mcurry-the-iconic-photographs-limited-edition-9780714856339
DPMag
I've been fortunate in my career to interview some of the greatest photographers around. None of them have been greater, or more influential, or have had such an impact on me personally, than Magnum photographer Steve McCurry. Perhaps best known for his iconic "Afghan Girl" National Geographic cover, McCurry has…

Moby Photos: Destroyed

This week is all about photo books. We'll start with one by Moby. You know, Moby, that quiet little bald guy with glasses who makes that loud fun dance music stuff? He's actually a pretty talented artist in a variety of arenas. He supports artists too, allowing independent filmmakers like you and me to use his music free of charge—which I have done. Well his talents also extend to photography as well, and he's got a new book and London exhibit that coincided with last month's release of a brand new album, Destroyed. Apparently Mr. Moby takes his camera wherever he goes, and this book documents his travels around the world as a touring musician. Check out the work via the Hotshoe blog, and consider supporting this artist who supports the work of so many others by buying his new book, or maybe the record by the same name—which of course features a Moby photograph on the cover as well.

http://hotshoeblog.wordpress.com/2011/05/21/moby-destroyed-photo-book-photo-show-and-album-release-in-london
DPMag
This week is all about photo books. We'll start with one by Moby. You know, Moby, that quiet little bald guy with glasses who makes that loud fun dance music stuff? He's actually a pretty talented artist in a variety of arenas. He supports artists too, allowing independent filmmakers like…

Old Egypt In Color

Regular readers know of my fetish for antique images of exotic locales that have been photographed in color well ahead of the time when color images were commonplace. Well here's a pair of great galleries I've added to my must-see list. First is a group of photographs of Egypt from the early 1900s at the Brain Pickings blog. They're lantern slides—like glass transparencies—that were used in "magic lantern" viewers. Images from Egypt generally spark our western interests on their own, so this gallery of 100-year-old color photos is nothing short of mesmerizing. The second gallery is filled with images from a locale that isn't quite so exotic: the good ol' US of A. But the images are from the wild west in the 1920s and 30s, so they aren't your everyday fare. And as color photos, they're remarkably rare. Fascinating for photographers and historians alike, whether you just appreciate the oddity of seeing old worlds in color, or whether you just appreciate a glimpse into the past that isn't quite as abstract as black & white.

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/05/23/egypt-vintage-lantern-slides
http://www.howtobearetronaut.com/2011/05/america-1920s-30s-in-color
DPMag
Regular readers know of my fetish for antique images of exotic locales that have been photographed in color well ahead of the time when color images were commonplace. Well here's a pair of great galleries I've added to my must-see list. First is a group of photographs of Egypt from…

Simple Color Management

Leave it to John Paul Caponigro to craft a really great blog post that simplifies a complex digital imaging issue. This topic is color management—something I know all about, as I have fought with it since I first put my pictures on a computer in the 1990s. (Actually, that's not quite true. I messed around for a decade before I started to learn the importance of color management.) Anyway, Mr. Caponigro's post is a simple one: Six things you can do to ensure you've got good color management. Calibrate your monitor, make sure Photoshop's settings are working for you, and generally do these simple things that will help preserve good quality color control throughout your digital workflow. And do it now. No need to wait for a decade to go by before you learn the importance of color management too.

http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/5923/6-simple-steps-to-good-color-management-2
DPMag
Leave it to John Paul Caponigro to craft a really great blog post that simplifies a complex digital imaging issue. This topic is color management—something I know all about, as I have fought with it since I first put my pictures on a computer in the 1990s. (Actually, that's not…

Cover Your Eyepiece

This could be the reason your photos are coming out dark: light is entering the camera from the back. Precisely, it's entering through the viewfinder and messing with the camera's ability to accurately read TTL light levels. Ever notice that little viewfinder cover that's probably attached to your camera strap? I didn't think so. Well Peter West Carey at Digital Photography School did notice it, and he's put it to good use to help prevent erroneous light from affecting his photos. You don't have to use this little device to eliminate light from the viewfinder, you can also use your hand, or your eye, or just about anything else to block light from leaking in while the camera is calculating exposures. Read all about how and why this works at Peter's great DPS blog post.

http://www.digital-photography-school.com/cover-your-eyepiece
DPMag
This could be the reason your photos are coming out dark: light is entering the camera from the back. Precisely, it's entering through the viewfinder and messing with the camera's ability to accurately read TTL light levels. Ever notice that little viewfinder cover that's probably attached to your camera strap?…

How To Be A CSI Photographer

Here's an interesting "how-to" story for you: How to be a real life CSI photographer. That's right, crime scene photography. Maybe it's not something to which the average photo enthusiast is aspiring, but it's an interesting story nonetheless. When you stop and consider all of the professions in which photography is essential, you realize there's a whole world beyond those of us who shoot for fun. The Pixiq blog's Haje Jan Kamps recently published an interesting interview with a photographer whose day job, and sometimes night job, is being a real life crime scene photographer. It's an interesting glimpse into the workings of a photographer who is likely to be having not nearly as much fun with his camera as the rest of us.

http://www.pixiq.com/article/csi
DPMag
Here's an interesting "how-to" story for you: How to be a real life CSI photographer. That's right, crime scene photography. Maybe it's not something to which the average photo enthusiast is aspiring, but it's an interesting story nonetheless. When you stop and consider all of the professions in which photography…
Subscribe & Save!
International residents, click here.