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.
“Life and Happiness in Siberia’s Cold” —NY Times Lens Blog
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…
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.