Vision And Voice

I mentioned yesterday that there have been quite a few books cross my radar lately that have piqued my interest. David DuChemin's "Vision and Voice" is at the top of that list, as it appears to touch on one of my favorite areas of image-making technique: the mental side of things. Though it's not Tuck's newest, this book is really intriguing to me as it's a technical manual of a different sort, serving the idea that technique without content is a surefire recipe for lifeless art. And if you don't think of your photographs as art… Well, that might be the first problem. For photographers who are interested in learning about how to develop a creative vision and refine their inward approach to making photographs rather than focusing on the buttons and dials that most how-to books are based on. Here's a link to a nice in-depth look at the book from DPReview, followed by a link to DuChemin's web site listing of all of his published works.

http://digital-photography-school.com/vision-and-voice-by-david-duchemin-book-review
http://www.pixelatedimage.com/blog/davids-books/
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I mentioned yesterday that there have been quite a few books cross my radar lately that have piqued my interest. David DuChemin's "Vision and Voice" is at the top of that list, as it appears to touch on one of my favorite areas of image-making technique: the mental side of…

LED Lighting Instruction

I'm going to focus on great photo books I'd like to buy this week. And I'll start with one that's very specific: It's all about LED lighting. While I do not yet own a single LED light, I'm definitely intrigued by the technology. They're smaller, lighter, brighter, cooler, and much less of an energy drain that strobes, tungsten hot lights or just about any other light source you can think of. They're used wherever photographers and videographers want to minimize heat and the footprint of the light, while still outputting a beautiful light that can be fairly specular or pretty darn soft. Before I go investing in some LED lights myself—and trust me, they can definitely be an investment—I think I'll check out Kirk Tuck's new LED Lighting book. Packed with information from shopping for the right light for yourself and then putting it to good use, Tuck's book is written from the perspective of a photographer who, after dabbling with LED lights, essentially abandoned studio strobes in favor of lower power continuous light sources. No matter what you shoot, consider investigating LED lights, and if you're at all serious about going back and forth between stills and video, LED might be exactly what you need. I know I'm going to use it to help make my first foray into working with the technology.

http://theonlinephotographer.typepad.com/the_online_photographer/2012/04/led-lighting-for-photography-kirk-tuck.html
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I'm going to focus on great photo books I'd like to buy this week. And I'll start with one that's very specific: It's all about LED lighting. While I do not yet own a single LED light, I'm definitely intrigued by the technology. They're smaller, lighter, brighter, cooler, and much…

Intro To Focus Stacking

I have never stacked focus. Have you? Do you know what focus stacking is? It's the technique in which you take multiple exposures, with multiple points of focus, and combine them together in the computer (into a "stack") and choose only the sharpest bits from each shot to create an overall sharper image with greater depth of field than what would have been possible with the single in-camera image alone. This is most useful, as you might imagine, with very shallow depth of field. And that makes it the most obvious fix for macro photos in which not quite every bit of your tiny subject is tack sharp. You can fix that with focus stacking. Mike Panic writes about the technique on the Light Stalking blog, and he demonstrates how you too can get sharp macro images of an entire subject, rather than settling for just one part being perfectly in focus. The article includes a great example too, as manifested on a bug's millions of eyes photographed by Thomas Shahan.

http://www.lightstalking.com/focus-stacking-in-photoshop
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I have never stacked focus. Have you? Do you know what focus stacking is? It's the technique in which you take multiple exposures, with multiple points of focus, and combine them together in the computer (into a "stack") and choose only the sharpest bits from each shot to create an…

Summer Photo Destinations

Several weeks back, Haje Jan Kamps compiled a list of the world's 25 most beautiful travel destinations on his Pixiq photo blog. And now that school's out and summer travel season is here, I thought it might be a great time to revisit his post if you're looking for a great photographic destination for your summer vacation. The list is heavy on American National Parks, which I suppose shouldn't be a surprise, but also included are some beachy destinations and a few of the world's great cities, so there's really something for everyone on this list. If you're stumped as to where you might want to visit this year, start here for a great group of ideas. Where else can you choose between a visit to Chicago and the Red Sea?

http://www.pixiq.com/article/the-worlds-25-most-beautiful-travel-destinations
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Several weeks back, Haje Jan Kamps compiled a list of the world's 25 most beautiful travel destinations on his Pixiq photo blog. And now that school's out and summer travel season is here, I thought it might be a great time to revisit his post if you're looking for a…

The Next Vivian Maier?

While Jack Robinson wasn't the "nobody" the late Vivian Maier was, he's still the posthumous beneficiary of a tremendous photographic discovery. The celebrity portrait and fashion photographer, active primarily in the 1960s (and considered by 1970 to be one of the preeminent fashion photographers in the world), he gave up photography near the height of his career and became an intensely private person, rarely speaking of his past as a photographer. Robinson died in 1997 and is now receiving some of the accolades he surely deserved in life. After a friend was put in charge of his estate, he found more than 150,000 prints and negatives in a closet of Robinson's Memphis home. Some of the classic portraits found therein have been compiled into the book Jack Robinson: On Show: Portraits 1958-1972, a certain must-see.

http://www.retronaut.co/2012/05/celebrities-portraits-found-in-cupboard-1970s
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While Jack Robinson wasn't the "nobody" the late Vivian Maier was, he's still the posthumous beneficiary of a tremendous photographic discovery. The celebrity portrait and fashion photographer, active primarily in the 1960s (and considered by 1970 to be one of the preeminent fashion photographers in the world), he gave up…

Stop Motion Still Photography Video

Much as I don't love stock photography (for reasons of creative vacuousness and economical devaluation), I do love this new ad for Getty Images. Compiled from more than 800 different still images is a short film that tells a touching (well, at least until the main character turns to pills to solve all his problems) story and illustrates a great point: creativity solves all sorts of problems, and the creative approach taken here by Brazilian agency BBDO and mononymous director Cisma makes the world a distinctly happier, more creative place. Pretty good for just a little one-minute stop motion video clip.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/05/life-in-873-images-a-stop-motion-film-made-with-stock-photography
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Much as I don't love stock photography (for reasons of creative vacuousness and economical devaluation), I do love this new ad for Getty Images. Compiled from more than 800 different still images is a short film that tells a touching (well, at least until the main character turns to pills…
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