Reducing Digital Noise In Camera

Sensor noise has gotten a lot of press in recent years. Digital noise, particularly from high-ISO photography, has gotten considerably better with innovations in digital camera sensors and image processing algorithms. Still, though, noise is a real issue for almost every photographer, no matter what she might be shooting. Light Stalking has published a nice tutorial about noise and its causes, as well as a few great tips for reducing noise without resorting to post-production trickery. Advice centers on the common sense approaches of shooting with lower ISOs and subtle overexposure, as well as keeping the camera itself cool. Great advice for anybody who doesn't want to take a "fix it in post" approach but still wants to make low-noise photographs.

http://www.lightstalking.com/reduce-noise
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Sensor noise has gotten a lot of press in recent years. Digital noise, particularly from high-ISO photography, has gotten considerably better with innovations in digital camera sensors and image processing algorithms. Still, though, noise is a real issue for almost every photographer, no matter what she might be shooting. Light…

A Great Video About Sibling Photojournalists

Yet another reason to love YouTube. It's like the library of congress for quirky videos. Do you remember a great news item from 15 years ago? Check YouTube and, sure enough, it probably lives there. The 15-year-old piece in this case is a great interview and exploration of the work of twin brother photographers Peter and David Turnley. These world-class photojournalists can teach all of us a thing or two about documentary photography, and image gathering in general. It's interesting enough that twin brothers both became prize-winning photographers; even more so when you consider just how competitive they are. The nice thing about the 60 minutes story is that it isn’t just a mere glimpse, but a real in-depth exploration; this piece, called Double Exposure, comes in at nearly 14 minutes long. It's intense but worthwhile. Thanks to Michael Johnston at The Online Photographer for linking to this interesting video. 

http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2011/02/double-exposure.html
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Yet another reason to love YouTube. It's like the library of congress for quirky videos. Do you remember a great news item from 15 years ago? Check YouTube and, sure enough, it probably lives there. The 15-year-old piece in this case is a great interview and exploration of the work…

Would You Consider A Class In Cell Phone Photography?

I see you've got a pretty nice smartphone there. You must be a really good photographer. No? Oh, I see—you're just learning. Oh, you're studying photography? And you say all the material requirements for your college level course are a cell phone and a good attitude? Well that's great. I never would have believed that you could be a student of photography with only a cell phone, but sure enough you must be enrolled in the cell phone photography course at Immaculata University outside of Philadelphia. What do you do if you need a zoom lens? Oh, that's a different class. I see. Makes perfect sense to me. Where do I sign up?

hhttp://www.silberstudios.tv/blog/2011/03/college-offers-class-on-cell-phone-photography
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I see you've got a pretty nice smartphone there. You must be a really good photographer. No? Oh, I see—you're just learning. Oh, you're studying photography? And you say all the material requirements for your college level course are a cell phone and a good attitude? Well that's great. I…

Stanley Kubrick, Photojournalist

I don't often like to tip my hand when it shows just how little I actually know, but in this case I’ll make an exception. Maybe you'll also be equally surprised by what I just learned: iconic filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, director of such classics as 2001 and The Shining, was once a working photojournalist. And he was a good one, too. That should be no surprise to any fan of the master’s beautiful cinematography, but it’s neat to look at these great old photographs and search for inklings of what was to come in the future. The wonderful blog How To Be A Retronaut just introduced me to this great collection via a great post full of Kubrick's late 1940s photography, and the Chicago Tribune has another gallery of classic images from the director’s days as a magazine photographer on assignment for Look.

http://www.howtobearetronaut.com/2011/03/stanley-kubricks-chicago-1949-2
http://www.chicagotribune.com/chi-kubrick-photogallery,0,5085476.photogallery
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I don't often like to tip my hand when it shows just how little I actually know, but in this case I’ll make an exception. Maybe you'll also be equally surprised by what I just learned: iconic filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, director of such classics as 2001 and The Shining, was…

Customizing Keyboard Shortcuts

I absolutely love keyboard shortcuts. I’m a Ctrl-A kinda guy; who wants to go to the dropdown menu just to select everything when one quick keystroke does it for you? I’ve got all sorts of speedkeys programmed into my brain that help me navigate through my files and tools quickly and easily. It really does speed up the workflow too, meaning you can spend time on the creative parts of editing and retouching, and not dwell on the menial tasks of opening files, positioning them as you’d like and moving from one to another. I actually have a Ctrl-S compulsion too, and I recommend it to everyone else: each time I pause when working on a file, I automatically hit that key combination to save my work where it is. These tips are all well and good, but did you know that along with pre-programmed shortcut keys you can customize your own unique key combinations to build your own speedkeys in Photoshop? You can even change existing standard presets to work with different key combinations that you prefer. It’s pretty easy, and pretty great, and John Paul Caponigro explains how it works.

http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/?p=5388
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I absolutely love keyboard shortcuts. I’m a Ctrl-A kinda guy; who wants to go to the dropdown menu just to select everything when one quick keystroke does it for you? I’ve got all sorts of speedkeys programmed into my brain that help me navigate through my files and tools quickly…

Time Lapse Bridge Installation

Well this is super cool. It's another great time lapse-video, but this one isn't just made of sunrises and moody clouds. It's a sort of preposterous thing: the transportation and installation of the new Willis Avenue Bridge in New York. Photographer Stephen Mallon made more than 30,000 still images and edited them together into this interesting and entertaining video of something not many of us would otherwise get to witness. And we certainly wouldn't have been able to see it in quite this way. It looks like he went to extensive trouble to set up multiple cameras and multiple vantage points throughout the bridge’s long journey to its new home. Thanks to Rob Galbraith for pointing out this wonderful video.

http://vimeo.com/19020956
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Well this is super cool. It's another great time lapse-video, but this one isn't just made of sunrises and moody clouds. It's a sort of preposterous thing: the transportation and installation of the new Willis Avenue Bridge in New York. Photographer Stephen Mallon made more than 30,000 still images and…
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