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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Please Release Me (Let Me Go!)

When do you need a photo release and when is it okay to photograph without special permissions?

These days, photographers are expected to wear a whole stack of hats. We’re image makers, color-management experts, IT nerds and digital-asset managers. The hat that fits me the worst, and seems to confuse a large majority of shooters, amateur and pro alike, is that of the legal eagle.

Thursday, March 1, 2007

The Saturated Digital Image

Color Saturation In Digital Images • Pro Time • Long Lens Protection • Digital Projection

As a professional photographer who’s making the switch from film to digital, I wonder how other pros are dealing with color saturation. On many photographers’ websites, the photos and portfolios look to me to be oversaturated, which makes me wonder about claims that Velvia is unrealistic because it’s so saturated. What’s a "fair" level of saturation in the digital world, and is there any standard in the publishing industry?
M. Matson
Via the Internet

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Using The Frame

Your best images come when you see the photograph as a whole

Creating a strong composition with a camera means framing, with the camera’s viewfinder, a section of the environment in which the photographer stands. The possible options for composing any given subject are vast and include choices such as camera position or lens focal length. One error many beginning photographers make is to photograph at the first place they stop. They simply see a subject, click the camera and move on. This approach is rarely successful.

Monday, January 1, 2007

Air Travel And Carrying On Gear

A few things to help deal with the current clear and present carry-on hassles

WHACK! The bear's huge paw connected squarely with my face. Even though I saw it coming, there was nothing I could do because my seat belt was already fastened. Seat belts in the wild? Not on your life, I was in a jet plane. But do they really let live bears on board a jet? Well, once you let snakes on a plane, what do you expect?

Monday, January 1, 2007

Digital Basics For Outdoor Photography

Image Capture • Optimize • LCD Viewing • Share

In this column, I'll address questions concerning critical digital photographic equipment and skills. These are the kinds of questions often asked by students at my workshops and seminars, especially by photographers still considering whether they want to change from film to digital or those just making that change. But even advanced digital photographers find they lack essential equipment–in the camera bag or at the desktop–and the knowledge keeping them from achieving their photographic vision in the digital realm.

Monday, January 1, 2007

New Life For Older Images

Don't let digital technology overshadow your film archive

Sometimes it seems that the world moves too fast. When did all my photographs become an underused reference library? It wasn’t that long ago that my 4x5 chromes and 35mm slides, mostly in repro dupe form, were actively being sent out to clients. I’ve spent hundreds of hours cataloging my images, with captions and keywords and bar coding, to make them easily accessible and ready to submit.

Monday, January 1, 2007

Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Ohio

Situated in the village of Yellow Springs about 20 miles east of Dayton in southwestern Ohio, Glen Helen Nature Preserve is an uncommonly beautiful and pristine parcel of land that’s safeguarded as a laboratory for the observation, study and enjoyment of natural ecological processes. Within it, all wildlife, vegetation and rock formations are protected. The preserve consists of approximately 1,000 acres—more than 20 miles of often challenging hiking trails through hills and valleys, two scenic creeks, an attractive waterfall known as the Cascades, several springs (including Yellow Spring, after which the village is named), an enchanting pine forest, and many limestone rock formations and ledges. This spectacular landscape was created by glacial meltwaters around 10,000 years ago.

Monday, December 11, 2006

White Balance

I’ve heard conflicting recommendations on where to set the white balance on my digital camera. Some sources advise the use of automatic white balance; others say to use a different white-balance setting for each specific light source. What do you think?


Monday, December 4, 2006

Big Suns

I’ve always enjoyed dramatic landscapes featuring a big sun. What kind of lens should I use to achieve this effect?


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