Posts Tagged ‘learn’

Focus Breathing: When Focusing Your Lens Changes Your Composition

Here’s a term that most of you have probably experienced before, but some of you may never have heard before. It’s called “focus breathing” (or simply “breathing“), and it refers to the shift in angle of view that often occurs when you focus a lens. If you’ve ever carefully composed a shot, refocused, and then discovered that your composition changed, you’ve been a victim of focus breathing.

In the video above, photographer Matt Granger offers an explanation of the term and a demonstration of its effects using the “holy trinity” of Nikon zoom lenses. “Even the crème de la crème do have focus breathing issues,” he says.

(H/T Imaging Resource)

The Photographer’s Introduction to Color, from Color Space to Monitor Calibration

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If you’re a photographer today, you’re probably sharing your photos everywhere from Facebook to Flickr. Your photos are being seen on every device possible: iPhones, Samsung Galaxys, crappy Dell office monitors, and Mac Retina Displays. Each online service, each device, even each web browser handles color differently. If you’re putting your photos up online, you really need to think about how you output files for the web. If you accidentally save to the wrong color space, you can really change people’s perception of your photos.
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Everybody Gets an eBook: 46 Photography eBooks You Can Have for Free

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To paraphrase the great Oprah Winfrey, “You get a photography eBook, YOU get a photography eBook, EVERYBODY gets photography eBooks!” Except in this case it isn’t Oprah you have to thank, but the folks over at Light Stalking who have put together two great lists of 23 free eBooks each.

You can find the first 23 by clicking here and the second 23 here. Among the free resources compiled by LS are National Geographic‘s “Ultimate Field Guide to Photography,” Strobist‘s “Lighting 101,” Adorama‘s “Guide to Lighting” and many many more. Head over to Light Stalking by following the links below to see them all.

23 Free Photography eBooks and 23 More eBooks for Photographers That Are Completely Free [Light Stalking via Lifehacker]

The Best Free Online Photography Courses and Tutorials

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Given my interest in lifelong learning and skill-development, I often ask people which new skills they’re looking to learn. The most common response? “I want to be a better photographer”.

And for good reason! Few things evoke the instant emotional response a great photo does. It’s what made Instagram worth a billion dollars to Facebook.

For those of you who, like me, are looking to kick their photography skills up a notch, I’m curating a list of the best free online courses and resources I’ve found. So whether you’re a budding photojournalist looking toward a career behind the lens, or just a hobbyist looking to take better shots on your next trip, I’m hoping you’ll find something useful here! Read more…

MTF Charts: The English Translation

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This post contains absolutely no mathematics. Explaining MTF without math is sort of like doing a high-wire act without a net. It’s dangerous, but for any number of reasons is more likely to keep the audience interested.
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Joey L Launches New Educational Website Packed with In-Depth BTS Tutorials

Online resources for learning about photography are anything but lacking. But every so often a new one comes around that changes things up a bit — usually because it’s created by a well-known, respected pro.

Last week we told you about Zack Arias’ new site DEDPXL, and this week we have yet another educational resource to share. Joey Lawrence (affectionately known as Joey L), one of my personal favorite photographers, has put out his own aptly titled resource: Learn From Joey L. Read more…

DEDPXL: A New Educational Photography Resource by Zack Arias

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Almost a year after Zack Arias first announced that he was working on an educational project called DEDPXL (pronounced dead pixel), the project has gone live on the web and is ready for you take a look at. Read more…

Get Educated: Recommended Projects and Tutorials

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As with most fields that are technology driven, in photography, if you don’t keep moving you’ll quickly find yourself dead in the water. This is why seasoned pros and amateur hobbyists alike should always be learning and expanding their abilities. It’s really the only way to stay competitive. And I don’t even mean that in a financial sense, I mean that just in terms of your skill set. Read more…

Nikon Hacker Unlocks Manual Control in LiveView for D5100 Users

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Canon owners certainly boast the most advanced custom firmware with Magic Lantern, but Nikon Hacker is making some progress. Case in point: with the release of a new hack, Nikon D5100 owners can now use manual controls while shooting in LiveView. Read more…

Hyperlapse Tutorial: Creating Your Own Moving Timelapse, from Start to Finish

Hyperlapse photography is an increasingly popular technique in which standard timelapse imagery is brought to life with camera movement. Rather than move the camera with a slider or with a crane, hyperlapse shots move the camera across very long distances.

19-year-old photographer Morten Rustad wanted to pass on some of the things he has learned about creating hyperlapses, so he created the helpful 9-minute-long video tutorial above. It’s a great primer for anyone looking to get started with this type of photography.
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