My “style” is to get the shot as right as possible in camera, and to use post-production only to optimize it, to bring it to a higher level of maturity. I often use the analogy of gourmet cuisine or wine-making. The ingredients have to be carefully chosen and it takes expert skills to combine them.
Post-production comes eventually on top – if necessary – but should remain discreet. It is the salt & pepper, the nice background music, the lovely waitress, or the eye catching label on the wine bottle. All these elements add to the experience but are not crucial. Without them, I would still enjoy my meal.
“The best way to improve your photography skills, or why feedback from a community is so important” —Photigy
No matter who it is you’re photographing or where you’re taking their picture, it’s almost inevitable that in at least a few shots there will be some stray hairs flying across the photo. Usually, the result is an extra hour or so in post-production trying to get the hairs out one-by-one. Cue infomercial guy saying: “There has to be a better way!” Read more…
The Nikon D4s is only a marginal improvement on the D4, but that didn’t stop Nikon from touting it as significantly better in low light and faster to boot. The question is, do those claims hold up when you put the camera through its paces?
“‘Leica Photography’ Is Dead. Leica Killed It.” —Leicaphilia
…note the confused and contradictory soap boxes current digital Leicaphiles too often find themselves standing on. Invariably, they drone on about the uncompromising standards of the optics, while simultaneously dumbing down their files post-production to give the look of an uncoated Summarit and Tri-X pushed to 1600 ISO.
Leica themselves seem to have fallen for the confusion as well. They’ve marketed the MM (Monochrom) as an unsurpassed tool to produce the subtle tonal gradations of the best B&W, but then bundle it with Silver Efex Pro software to encourage users to recreate the grainy, contrasty look of 35mm Tri-X. The current Leica – Leica GmbH – seems content to trade on Leica’s heritage while having turned its back on what made Leica famous: simplicity and ease of use. Instead, they now cynically produce and market status.
Usually, you have to get really lucky to have a celebrity photobomb a portrait of yours. It’s a rare occurrence and, when it does happen, it typically means you have something of a viral sensation on your hands.
Well, a bunch of tourists spending time on the observation deck of the Rockefeller Center yesterday got very lucky. As part of a new bit that we seriously hope becomes a regular on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon and guest Jon Hamm went on a photobombing spree on the “Top Of the Rock Deck” that resulted in the hilarious video above.
Led by Captain Robert Scott, a team of scientists and their journey photographer, Herbert Ponting, made a polar expedition to Antarctica in 1911. Currently, The Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge (a sub-division of Cambridge) holds all of Ponting’s resulting negatives from this journey, as well as a collection of photographic work from the other scientists along for the exploration.
There is still, however, a piece (or pieces, rather) of the collection missing. That piece includes 113 ‘lost’ images taken by expedition leader Captain Scott, with a little bit of camera help from Ponting. Read more…