Understanding How A Digital Camera Really Works

The article also goes into a bit of useful information about file formats, pixels and white balance as well.
By William Sawalich
If you want to understand the basics—and I mean the very basics—of the technology inside your digital camera, this article at the iOS and Mac developer blog OBJC is a great place to start. With a simple and straightforward paragraph or two about everything from aperture and shutter speed to…

New York City Stop Motion

It's a very creative project and a great way to make something particularly fun out of a bunch of otherwise fairly mundane photographs.
By William Sawalich
Here's a pretty cool time-lapse look at New York City. Really it's less a time-lapse and more a delightful stop-motion film. It's comprised of several hundred photographs of everything from beautiful old brownstones to the ubiquitous yellow cabs that pack the city's streets. It's a very creative project and a…

Lytro Studio Open For Business

At Lytro Studio, photographers can finally get a firsthand understanding of exactly how light field technology works, and what the pictures look like.
By William Sawalich
Lytro, makers of the unique Illum camera with light field technology, has opened a storefront in Tokyo, Japan where prospective Lytro buyers can get hands on with the camera, the processing software and even the Lytro mobile application. At Lytro Studio, photographers can finally get a firsthand understanding of exactly…

Watch Photoshop Experts Struggle With Photoshop 1.0

There are some familiar faces in here, such as Julianne Kost, Dave Cross and Matt Kloskowski, but the black and white version of the original Photoshop application bears little resemblance to the program of today that we all know and love.
By William Sawalich
This is really funny. In honor of Photoshop's 25th anniversary, CreativeLive invited a handful of true Photoshop experts to work with version 1.0 of the software and see how they like it. Really, to see if they can even figure out how to get anything done with it. And it…

A Hawk With A Helmet Cam

This blog, Science Take, at the New York times is filled with interesting scientific videos on everything from hawks hunting to turtles migrating and popcorn popping, all better understood via video.
By William Sawalich
When hawks attack. Here's a great first-person perspective video of a goshawk hunting for prey. Scientists from Haverford College used compact cameras mounted to goshawks to record and analyze the raptors' hunting patterns. What's most amazing, to me, is the quick movements of the bird's head, the scene instantly cutting…

Films Photographers Must Watch

So here are five more photo films photographers should watch.
By William Sawalich
Writing on the Outdoor Photographer blog the other day, photographer Jay Goodrich published a list of Five Films that You Need to Watch as a Photographer. It's a great list, which I won't spoil here. (Go read the OP blog via the link above.) But because there are a couple…
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