Find Your Camera's Built-In Level

Longtime readers will note that I've never claimed to be an expert on all the minutiae of my camera.
By William Sawalich
Longtime readers will note that I've never claimed to be an expert on all the minutiae of my camera. And yet I'm still surprised on a regular basis by all the things I don't know. For instance, I've been using a 5D Mark 3 since its release, and only yesterday…

The Importance Of Retouching In Jewelry Photography

No wonder I'm never very happy with any of the jewelry I've ever photographed.
By William Sawalich
No wonder I'm never very happy with any of the jewelry I've ever photographed. Apparently high quality jewelry photography relies heavily on intense post-production work—something I'm just not predisposed to do. This post by Genia Larionova at the Photigy web site shows how she starts with RAW "before" images and,…

In-Camera Double Exposures

Have you seen all of the beautiful multiple exposures out there?
By William Sawalich
Have you seen all of the beautiful multiple exposures out there? It seems like this old-school film technique has experienced quite a resurgence of late—likely in large part thanks to its inclusion as a feature on some new DSLRs. My only complaint about the technique is that it seems to…

Build A Backyard Bird Studio

Many of us might bring out the camera to photograph a beautiful bird we find in our back yard, but only David Hobby would turn such a birding discovery into a two-day location strobe lighting adventure.
By William Sawalich
Many of us might bring out the camera to photograph a beautiful bird we find in our back yard, but only David Hobby would turn such a birding discovery into a two-day location strobe lighting adventure. In a recent post, the man behind The Strobist explained how he turned his…

How To Make A Cinemagraph

Do you know about cinemagraphs? They're sort of like a combination of a still photo and an animated gif, but only part of the image is animated. So, for instance, in this example from designer Chris Spooner's blog, only the model's hair and dress are moving—blowing gently in the wind. It's this subtly that gives cinemagraphs their power. If you're interested in learning how to make these unique web-based images, Spooner's blog post is built around a great breakdown of how to create the complex looking effect in a fairly simple way that requires no special software beyond that good ol' standby, Photoshop.

http://blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/tutorials/how-to-make-a-cool-cinemagraph-image-in-photoshop
DPMag
Do you know about cinemagraphs? They're sort of like a combination of a still photo and an animated gif, but only part of the image is animated. So, for instance, in this example from designer Chris Spooner's blog, only the model's hair and dress are moving—blowing gently in the wind.…

A Visual Compendium Of Cameras

This I love. Are you a camera buff? Of course you are; we all are, in one way or another, right? Well, the talented artists and designers at the Pop Chart Lab have created a poster called A Visual Compendium of Cameras, and it beautifully illustrates the evolution of the camera from the 19th to the 21st century—so far—and includes favorite cameras we love, as well as I'm sure some cameras we've loved to hate. It's a must for your darkroom wall, or, I guess, maybe you could hang it over your computer workstation. A fun work of art for us gearheads.

http://popchartlab.com/products/a-visual-compendium-of-cameras
DPMag
This I love. Are you a camera buff? Of course you are; we all are, in one way or another, right? Well, the talented artists and designers at the Pop Chart Lab have created a poster called A Visual Compendium of Cameras, and it beautifully illustrates the evolution of the…
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