Tethering Software

Just yesterday I shot tethered while on assignment for a client. You see, I was making composited exposures, and that's an ideal situation for relying on the camera's tether to allow me to continue making pictures without ever touching the camera and risking even the smallest compositional bump. I was also, of course, using the tethered image on my computer to check the composition, sharpness, color and every other element of the image. Shooting tethered is a great way to photograph stationary subjects in a controlled environment. But how do you shoot tethered? Can you just plug your camera into your computer and go? No. But you can download one of several different pieces of software that make it possible to trigger your camera from your computer. This Lightstalking article by Jason Row explains some great options if you're looking to get into tethered capture, or if (like me) you're always looking to upgrade the caliber of your tethering experience.

http://www.lightstalking.com/which-software-should-you-get-for-shooting-tethered
DPMag
Just yesterday I shot tethered while on assignment for a client. You see, I was making composited exposures, and that's an ideal situation for relying on the camera's tether to allow me to continue making pictures without ever touching the camera and risking even the smallest compositional bump. I was…

35mm Photo Montages

When I was in college, a popular art class photo assignment was to create a photo montage. Of course, I'm ancient and that meant we were using film for these montages. My favorite approach, probably because it was the most fun, was to incorporate the format of the film itself to make these images. On a 36-exposure roll of 35mm, for example, you might do seven rows of five, or five rows of seven, or even six rows of six to create a framework montage that uses the very nature of the film roll to help contribute to the composition. Though I did make some neat work with this approach, it all pales in comparison to Thomas Kellner who takes this concept to the not-so-logical but oh-so-wonderful next step—massive montages. He creates strips of multiple rolls, say 24 frames across by 30 or more rolls in the vertical dimension. It's a great effect. Beautiful work, and definitely worth a look for appreciation as well as inspiration. 

http://www.designboom.com/art/photo-montages-of-famous-landmark-by-thomas-kellner
DPMag
When I was in college, a popular art class photo assignment was to create a photo montage. Of course, I'm ancient and that meant we were using film for these montages. My favorite approach, probably because it was the most fun, was to incorporate the format of the film itself…

Affordable Aerial Photography

Interested in aerial photography but don't have the budget requirements for a plane, helicopter or even unmanned aerial vehicle? No problem. Go fly a kite. Kite aerial photography has become increasingly popular in the digital photography era, and this post at DPS showcases several dozen amazing kite photos that demonstrate just how powerful and effective this fairly simple technique can be. More important, it also links to useful information about learning kite photography for yourself. True, you're going to need a small investment in the necessary equipment, but it's a fraction of the cost of flight school, and a way to open up a whole new world of photographic possibilities. 

http://digital-photography-school.com/61-amazing-kite-aerial-photography-images
DPMag
Interested in aerial photography but don't have the budget requirements for a plane, helicopter or even unmanned aerial vehicle? No problem. Go fly a kite. Kite aerial photography has become increasingly popular in the digital photography era, and this post at DPS showcases several dozen amazing kite photos that demonstrate…

Getty And Google Stock Photography Deal

The stock photography world has been almost nothing but bad news for commercial photographers in recent years—unless you're one of the fortunate few who seem to have figured out how to make a buck with microstock. But last week Getty got into hot water with many photographers by reaching what Rob Haggart of A Photo Editor calls a new low in terms of licensing. Apparently Getty and Google have struck a deal to provide select Getty stock images to Google Drive users at no charge. That's an audience of more than 400-million users with access to the stock, including the ability to use it for commercial purposes. One photographer reports receiving a flat, one-time payment for the privilege in the amount of $12. It really is a game of quantity in the new stock world. It's a wonder photographers can survive at all. Is this the future of almost free stock, or a temporary blip on the commercial photographic landscape? Have you been able to earn money from your photography? Has your stock business declined in recent years, or has the democratization of the field meant that you're now able to supplement your income with stock licensing? If you've got experience or an opinion on the matter, I'd love it if you'd chime in below. 

http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2013/01/16/getty-hands-google-users-free-commercial-images-photographers-get-12/
DPMag
The stock photography world has been almost nothing but bad news for commercial photographers in recent years—unless you're one of the fortunate few who seem to have figured out how to make a buck with microstock. But last week Getty got into hot water with many photographers by reaching what…

How Does Heisler Do That?

To learn complex studio and environmental lighting, you could go to photo school. Or, it seems, you could simply seek out every Gregory Heisler behind-the-scenes video on the web and watch them all repeatedly. In the end I'm sure you'd save a few bucks and probably learn more from Mr. Heisler's videos. He's just that good, and he's even better at at explaining in simple terms and in his charming way just how he pulls off a shot and makes it look effortless. It's a glimpse into why he's such a master of portrait lighting.

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2013/01/greg-heisler-will-now-bts-for-you-my.html
DPMag
To learn complex studio and environmental lighting, you could go to photo school. Or, it seems, you could simply seek out every Gregory Heisler behind-the-scenes video on the web and watch them all repeatedly. In the end I'm sure you'd save a few bucks and probably learn more from Mr.…

Sunsrise, Sunset... What's The Difference?

Did you know there's a difference between "dawn" and "sunrise"? Or that "sunset" and "dusk" are not the same thing? This never occurred to me until recently when a photographer friend, well versed in photographing architecture at the edges of the day, pointed out to me that I was using the terms interchangeably, but that I should not. Dawn is the time when light first starts appearing in the sky, whereas sunrise is when the sun itself becomes visible. The reverse is true at the end of the day: sunset encompasses the last moments of visible sun in the sky before it dips below the horizon, and dusk is the time after the sun has disappeared when there's still plenty of glowing light in the sky. The difference between these times, as you can imagine, is dramatic. When the sun is still visible in the sky the light is strong and directional and usually golden and warm. Beautiful light, no doubt. But after the sun has disappeared, the light becomes soft and non-directional, and the whole attitude of a scene changes significantly. To that end, Anne McKinnell has written about her favorite techniques for photographing during dusk, in the twilight, when all the other photographers have gone home. Check out her suggestions for tips and techniques that apply equally, in my opinion, for working at dawn as well.

http://digital-photography-school.com/shooting-in-the-twilight-zone
DPMag
Did you know there's a difference between "dawn" and "sunrise"? Or that "sunset" and "dusk" are not the same thing? This never occurred to me until recently when a photographer friend, well versed in photographing architecture at the edges of the day, pointed out to me that I was using…
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