Browsing all posts in October, 2009.

Review: Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Lens

I recently rented a Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Lens for a project I was working on.  After many MANY recommendations, from fellow photographers and from the various photography websites I read, I was truly looking forward to playing around with this lens. My immediate impression when taking the lens out of the box was, […]

Snapixel Review

Recently I was approached by Snapixel to promote their service to our users. When I spoke to Snapixel I asked them for a short definition of their services and the main features of their site. Snapixel is photo sharing community and stock photography market place, providing all levels of photographers and photo-enthusiasts with the tools […]

Favorite Photography Subjects

I seem to be drawn to taking photographs of architecture.  I love old buildings, arches, columns, and converging lines.  I love historic landmarks and old military forts. Whenever I take a stroll in a city, I find myself stopping frequently along the sidewalks.  I take a lot of pictures with the camera pointed up toward […]

Documentary Photography

We owe a lot to those photographers who travel to far-off places, and sometimes put their own lives in danger, to document events, the environment, and humanity at its best and its worst. They bring home images to us that we’d never be able to personally experience, or even know about, without their efforts. Such […]

Review – The Digital Photography Book Volume 3

The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3 (Peachpit Press, copyright 2010) is Scott Kelby’s follow up to the first two volumes in the series – aptly named “The Digital Photography Book Volume 1″, and “…Volume 2″.  Scott uses his usual straightforward manner and unique brand of humor to describe some tips and tricks in his photographer’s […]

Freelensing

While perusing the Internet for new photography techniques, I came across something referred to as “freelensing”. This technique is achieved by detaching the lens from the camera but holding it in place, then shifting the lens around to focus the shot. Shafts of light are “leaked” into the image, a high degree of bokeh is […]

Photoshop CS3 – Create a Black and White Image

More often than not, instead of shooting a picture using my camera’s black and white (or “grayscale”) setting, I prefer to take color photographs and convert them to black and white. Rather than going to Image/Mode/Grayscale in Photoshop CS3 to turn a color photo into black and white, here is a new technique that I […]

Free Photoshop Actions

Photoshop actions are a great way to quickly edit your photos to achieve the effect you want, and to also fix common issues with your images. They’re basically macros that are developed for Photoshop which, with a click of the mouse, will run through a series of adjustment steps for you, without you having to […]

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