What is the resolution of the human eye? You might think it’s a straight forward question with a straight forward answer. We have a certain number of photon collecting cells in our retina much like an image sensor right? So we should be able to pull a ‘megapixel’ count of sorts out of there.
Famous photographers throughout history have produced some incredible images that have stood the test of time, but it’s not only their photographs that are inspirational.
Their acute insights into the creative process have guided generations of photographers and shaped the way even today’s best photographers think about their subjects and scenes.
If you’re stuck for inspiration, or even motivation, we’ve put together 50 quotes from the most inspirational and talented photographers the world has seen to help you get your mojo back. Read more…
The DSLR megapixel war has slowed down dramatically over the past few years as companies focus on low-light capabilities and other components of the cameras. But it looks like someone forgot to tell the smartphone market. Read more…
Nat Geo photographer Steve Winter is one of those rare people who is living the dream he first had as a child. At eight years old, flipping through the pages of National Geographic, “my heart was gone” he says. That was it, his fate was sealed: he was going to become a National Geographic photographer.
In the video above he talks about that experience, his first assignment for National Geographic (a black jaguar was scratching at his door in the middle of the night and he was told it was no big deal) and how it’s the heartbreaking photos, probably more so than the beautiful ones, that really inspire change. Two minutes of pure inspiration.
“Life and Happiness in Siberia’s Cold” —NY Times Lens Blog
For outsiders, Siberia evokes images of harsh winters, political exile and a lone railway that winds through the mysterious landscape. But as Anton Chekhov once said, “Even in Siberia, there is happiness.”
Leah Bendavid-Val’s latest book, “Siberia: In the Eyes of Russian Photographers,” sets out to reveal a more nuanced portrait of this largely unknown territory through the eyes of those who know it best.
This might be the worst Photoshopping we’ve ever seen… maybe even worse than the floating inspectors from China. Because while usually the Photoshop goof-ups pointed out by websites like Jezebel aren’t all that horrific (as the Lena Dunham debacle pointed out), in this case, they hit the mother load. Read more…
“The best way to improve your photography skills, or why feedback from a community is so important” —Photigy
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.
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…