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Make digital work for you with these easy-to-use tips that solve typical challenges faced in the digital darkroom
Isn’t it about time you make digital work for you? Let’s face it, there are so many pressures to consider today, from buying the "perfect" camera to using Photoshop the "right" way. There are a number of common digital challenges that I’ve seen in magazine submissions, contests and workshops—challenges that affect nearly everyone, from pro to amateur, working digitally. Get a handle on them and make digital work for you with the solutions outlined here.
A retrospective exhibit explores the influence of Eliot Porter on Robert Ketchum's work—and Ketchum's departure from it.
When Eliot Porter set aside his microscope and picked up a view camera, leaving behind his biochemical research at Harvard University to pursue photography full time, he couldn’t possibly have known the impact his work as a photographer would make. Porter not only inspired generations of color photographers, but also helped fuel an environmental movement responding to a growing awareness of the effects of industrialization on the landscape.
Use preparation and common sense to negotiate today's heightened security concerns
Today’s environment of heightened security and stretched tensions can make travel with photo gear more challenging. Since the regulations of various countries, airlines and border crossings are diverse and dynamic, my recommendations are guidelines only. That being said, two things will put you in good standing no matter where you travel: use a combination of common sense and courtesy, and do your homework.
Use these tips to make the most of this key Photoshop tool
Working in an image-editing program without utilizing Layers is, from my perspective, like using a pro SLR and leaving it on manual all the time. You’ll still be able to make quality images, but you certainly won’t be taking advantage of all the technology that makes life easier!
Choose and use filters to improve and enhance your landscape photographs
Filters are a big part of landscape photography, and every photographer needs a few. Though you’ll hear some shooters talk about all the possibilities available through the digital darkroom, achieving an effect in-camera is often easier and simplifies your Photoshop workflow. Some effects, such as the polarizer’s reduction of glare on water, aren’t even possible in a computer.
Discover the monochrome world using your digital camera
At one time, if you were interested in black-and-white photography, you had to have access to a wet darkroom. Yes, your local photo lab could provide black-and-white prints, but they were flat and unimpressive compared to what you could achieve on your own under the glow of the red safe light. Now you can produce black-and-white images from your digital files and, most importantly, produce stunning monochrome prints that are as good as anything created on silver-based papers.
There are two basic ways to handle a moving subject photographically: freeze it with a fast shutter speed or blur it with a long exposure. But there’s a little more to successful action photography than that.
Exploring with the wide end of the focal spectrum opens up a world of creative compositional possibilities
My high-school chemistry teacher’s favorite phrase was "Everything is relative" and so it is with wide-angle lenses. A lens of a given focal length can be wide-angle, normal or even telephoto. It depends on the format of the camera on which you’re using it. The larger the film frame (or image sensor), the wider a given focal length’s angle of view.
Several years ago, I got stuck. Though I had been shooting for more than 20 years, I found that a day’s worth of shooting was delivering only lackluster results. The images were sharp, the compositions tight, the exposures dead-on, but as I contemplated my images, I recognized that I was repeating myself. I was creating the same shots week after week, month after month. The photographs were technically good, but they left me uninspired.
Interpret a scene optimally to match your vision of the subject
One of the great challenges for any nature photographer is to use photographic tools, such as lens, filter, film, flash and digital camera choices, to control the photographic process so that you can interpret the world true to how you saw the scene. Perhaps an even greater challenge, though, is to use tools with discretion and craft—in other words, use that lens choice in a way that enhances the subject, the filter so that its use doesn’t overpower the subject, the film so colors aren’t garish and the flash so it doesn’t look alien.
Four professional photographers share how they travel light in the field
Getting the image sometimes involves leaving equipment back home. When you’re hiking six miles into the wilderness or climbing up to a higher elevation, the weight of the gear you carry makes a big difference. All the best equipment in the world means little if you’re too physically spent to hold the camera steady. Some of these items weigh only a few ounces individually, but all this gear combined can result in photographers carrying pounds of gear on their backs or over their shoulders.
Master new skills, explore spectacular locations and make new friends who share your passion as you learn together from experienced pros
The day begins with a predawn breakfast surrounded by fellow photographers who are chatting quietly about lenses, plug-ins and graduated filters. You yawn and stretch, eager to greet daybreak and the magical light. It’s the first day of the photographic workshop you’ve been looking forward to all year, and you listen while Lonnie Brock, who with Roger Devore founded The Nature Workshops, describes the area that the group will visit for the sunrise shoot.
A graphic pen and tablet can make a difference in the digital darkroom
How do you work with images in the computer? I’m not asking what program you use, what file formats are preferred or even if you use Mac vs. Windows. Nor am I wondering what workflow you choose or if you have a certain style of image processing.
Use these tips to get immediate results for better, more interesting landscape, close-up and wildlife photographs
If you mount your camera on a tripod and focus carefully, you’ll get sharper landscape photos—guaranteed. Why? Because a good tripod holds a camera steadier than a person can. And tripods aren’t just for large-format and super-telephoto shooters: Even if you shoot with a "little" 35mm or digital SLR and never use a long lens, you’ll still get sharper photos if you mount your camera on a sturdy tripod.