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April 3rd, 2014

Divided No More

Posted By Michael Frye
Half Dome and Yosemite Valley with fog, Yosemite NP, CA, USA
Not long ago, photographers were divided into two camps: color photographers, and black-and-white photographers. Sure, there were some people who did both, and even some who did both well, but they were rare. Most photographers specialized in one medium or the other – and I use that word deliberately, because it almost seemed like they were different mediums, not just different palettes.
November 29th, 2013

In Praise of Shade

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Red-legged Cormorant (Phalacrocorax gaimardi) Nesting Pair,  Puerto Deseado, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
People often say clear skies and sunny days offer the best light for photography. Don’t believe them! Except for narrow windows at dawn and dusk, photography on sunny days is largely a waste of time. In fact, during the long, sunny days of summer, I often find myself killing endless hours, waiting for the “magic …
March 10th, 2013

Are Sunsets Overdone?

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Sunset, Deception Pass, WA
I have a thing about sunsets.  As my friends will testify, I have been known to rant about how we’re being inundated with endless pictures of sunsets, and landscapes bathed in dramatic, richly-colored light (and don’t get me started about digital exaggeration). So what’s my problem?  Simple: I believe that this obsession with sunsets can …
December 22nd, 2011

An Island of Color

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) on nest with Lichen,   Antarctica
As I have mentioned in my previous Antarctic posts, we had blue skies in very short supply. And nothing is more demoralizing to a photographer than the complete absence of light and color : no glorious sunsets or beams of incandescent light. So you can imagine how delighted I was when I stumbled onto this scene, …
June 15th, 2011

Color Management: The Heart of a Digital Workflow

Posted By Michael Clark
Color management is a hot topic and perhaps the most complicated subject in all of digital photography. Everyone perceives and sees colors slightly differently. Even for a professional photographer to get the colors just right on a print made in their own office is no small feat with a custom profile and some fine-tuning of …
September 2nd, 2010

Taking Chances

Posted By Kevin Schafer
Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) in wind, Norway
One of the great gifts of digital photography has been its encouragement of experimentation. With film, I would shoot a roll of film of a low-percentage shot (think wind-blown flowers) and then quit – just to save film. It was a total crap shoot whether you actually got something or not. Now, by contrast, you …