Are today's digital projectors ready for photographers? Are slideshows back?
The slideshow has a long tradition for outdoor photographers. From the single-trip show ("My Visit to Yellowstone") to photo clubs to pros giving lectures and seminars, projecting images onto a screen has been an important part of displaying nature photos.
Exploring with the wide end of the focal spectrum opens up a world of creative compositional possibilities
Nature photography has a long tradition of use of strong color. Kodachrome, then Velvia, were chosen for their high-quality sharpness and tonality—and for their color. Both boosted natural colors, intensifying and typically warming them up.
The latest Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest brought home how much nature photography is going digital
This spring I had an amazing experience as part of the judging for the Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest at the Natural History Museum in London. This prestigious contest attracts some of the finest nature photography in the world. Co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, the competition is currently sponsored by Shell and Microsoft, and the winners are published by the BBC Wildlife Magazine in a special BBC book; additionally, a large-scale exhibition will be held at the Natural History Museum in October and an exhibition will tour globally.
Recently, I met the superb underwater photographer Bill Curtsinger for breakfast (his book Extreme Nature is stunning). He wanted to meet at a place where his car would be in plain view because of his expensive gear inside.
Is there such a thing as "pure" nature photography? And how does Photoshop fit into that idea?
Photography has never been able to mimic nature in any "pure" way. Any image, whether film or digital, is an interpretation of nature from the moment of capture. It’s our job as photographers, I believe, to interpret nature honestly and accurately, and sometimes that means Photoshop is a necessity in order to get the image right.
Color is something that gives nature life. Certainly, black-and-white photography is fun and a great way to photograph, but it doesn't represent nature the way that color does. For that reason, nature photographers have long used enhanced color films, from Kodachrome to Velvia, to make the colors of nature really pop.
Photography isn't automatically an accurate way to capture reality even though it looks like it should be
Several things have come across my desk recently that tell me that the transition to digital technology is still in the troubled adolescent period. There has become such a fear of digital manipulation in photography that it reminds me of media health scares. Some very real issues are being forgotten, as certain publications that should know better and some photographers have taken extreme positions that claim they're after truth, but actually they're favoring traditional technologies over photographers.
Two pieces of equipment in sometimes overlooked categories offer specific and valuable benefits for the digital photographerTwo pieces of equipment in sometimes overlooked categories offer specific and valuable benefits for the digital photographer
As you can imagine, a lot of digital gear comes through our offices. If you saw the volume of equipment we see, you’d realize there’s no question that today’s market is oriented toward digital. You’ll find some of this gear in our "Editors’ Picks" feature in this issue; we chose items that we thought you might find of special interest and that would be useful for outdoor photographers.
Noise is an important issue that's often overlooked in discussions about digital image processing
Noise in photos seems a little like plaque on teeth. Nobody wants to have it, the dental hygienist will say you have too much, and no one talks about it in polite company. While noise is a common problem in digital photography, you almost never see anything about it in the books on Photoshop or other digital subjects. About the only reference to it is the software that can minimize it.