Thursday, October 12, 2017

Checking Off Your Photo Bucket List - Gear Needed for 5 Specific Shots

Checking Off Your Photo Bucket List

In his Outdoor Photographer article, photographer/ author Ken Sklute describes the gear he packs for 5 must see situations for photographers. Here's what he recommends for each shot:

- Hot Air Balloon
  • Two camera bodies (I use a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the 1DX Mark II)
  • A wide angle lens like the EF 16-35mm f/2.8 III
  • A telephoto lens like the EF 70-200mm 2.8 IS L lens or the EF 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 IS L lens
  • Spare batteries
  • Extra digital media
  • Lens cloth
  • A headlamp for the dark hours

- Aurora Borealis

  • Wide Angle, fast lens such as the Canon EF 14 mm 2.8, EF 24 mm 1.4 or the EF 16-35 mm 2.8 III
  • Sturdy tripod and head
  • A cable release or intervelometer
  • GPS
  • Hand warmers
  • Extra batteries

- Volcano 

  • Two camera bodies
  • A wide angle lens like the Canon EF 16-35mm 2.8 or the 24-105 mm f/4 IS L lens
  • Telephoto lens such as the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
  • A Photographers vest to keep everything handy
  • Extra camera batteries
  • Extra digital Media
  • A lens cloth in case of moisture on your lens (it is Hawaii, land of Rainbows

- Monsoon Storm

  • Multiple camera bodies
  • Wide angle lenses like the Canon EF 14mm 2.8, 16-35mm 2.8 or 24mm Tilt/Shift
  • A sturdy tripod (or two)
  • An intervelometer or cable release
  • Lightning trigger
  • Lens cloth and a blower bulb (to keep your lens dry and clean)
  • Camera back pack (rolling back packs do not do well in the desert)

- Milky Way
  • Wide angle lens like the EF 14 mm 2.8
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Cable release or an intervelometer
  • No UV or skylight filter in front of your lens
  • Use Tungsten white balance
  • 30 second exposure
  • 2.8 or faster lens
  • 6400 ISO

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Turning Your Vacation Photos Into Works of Art

Turning Your Vacation Photos Into Works of Art

Enlarging your own photographs for home decoration has many more options than it has in the past. Between online sites such as shutterfly, professional photo shops, and larger chain stores such as Costco and Walgreens you are far from short on options when deciding to develop your own photos. Between scanning your photos yourself and paying to have them scanned (scanning your own can save you hundreds and is the easiest way to shave the price of off a project), developing your own pictures could be the most satisfying part of the whole process. There is also a variety of venues that you can choose to print your photographs on, such as wood prints, metal prints, and fabric prints. All aspects of the process are covered clearly by Stephanie Rosenbloom in her New York Times ArticleTurning Your Vacation Photos Into Works of Art.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Five Ways The Digital Camera Changed Us

Five ways the digital camera changed us

The first digital camera, invented by Steven Sasson of Kodak in the 1970s

Since the introduction of the first digital camera, we as the average amateur photographer and everyday person, have changed significantly. The average persons public behavior has changed to a "I was there" mentality, meaning that anything and everything can be captured at any time. The frequency of picture taking has also increased to a point where photography today is considerably 'cheap and almost effortless". The average photography has also become much better compared to the standards of the past. With intelligent cameras and easier techniques we are able to take pictures that were considered problematic in the fast fairly easily. These same reasons have lead to a increase in citizen journalism. With digital cameras on most technology, including smartphones, any event can be recorded by multiple bystanders or participants and uploaded to one of many internet archives to the extent that one writer asks 'could the digital camera be replacing human memory?'.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Share Two and Critique #1

The jagged tree and ridge lines in the photo shown above draw more attention than the curvature of the lake. In addition, the light that is found in the upper right hand corner of the photograph, for better or worse, draws attention away from the darker shadows found in the rest of the picture. The reds in the rainbow can be brightened out in post-processing and shadows can be diminished in the same process.

The clarity of the ridge line draws attention away from its blurry reflection in the lake and diagonal lines leading away from the two bottom corners draw viewers attention toward the center on the photograph. The light that is captured in the top of the picture grasps more attention that its darker shadow in the reflection of the lake.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Nano Discovery Could Halt Counterfeiters - Implications on Digital Photography

Close up of new £5 note

Engineers employed at Glasgow University have developed a breakthrough from of nano-technology that can be used to produce anti-counter fit currency. The scientists declare that this could make waves through the digital imaging and data storage sectors and the technology uses different filters that display various colors that are dependent on the orientation of the light that hits them.

Dr. Alasdair Clark explains that in addition to the financial implications, the new technology also affects digital photography. Because the colors in the paper do not fade, even when exposed to harsh sunlight over a long period of time, it can be used to achieve an 'ultra-high resolution'. This could help to create the possibility of new types of color filters for digital photography.

The research is still underway and is supported by The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and The Royal Academy of Engineering and their paper is already published in Advanced Functional Materials.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Flash Dance: Adventures in Lightning Photography

Scott Macyntire, a New York Times Insider was tasked with capturing pictures of multiple lightning strikes outside Miami, Florida. His story is one of patience and timing, waiting for the perfect moment to capture a burst of lightning from one of Florida's brief and many storms. To do this, he shot a series of long exposures, although it didnt work to capture the lightning itself, but did create a great shot of the lit up the sky. Afterwards he spoke with a victim that was hit with lightning while fishing which led to him contemplating these out of the blue events.

Scott's story is a perfect example of storm-scaping, where lights produced by storm processes create great lighting for photos. Lightning is one of the most difficult to photograph because you get very few and brief chances, the brightness varies so selecting the proper exposure requires experience and luck, the slight risk of the activity, and lighting as a point source requires great camera optical quality.