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 |  Jan 25, 2011  |  0 comments

Seeing Pictures: Negative Space

What’s Not There

by Jim Zuckerman

The concept of negative space has to do with compositional balance. Negative space simply means an area of an image that is largely devoid of subject matter. In other words, it’s a blank area like the sky, an expanse of plaster, the surface of a...

 |  Oct 27, 2009  |  0 comments

In-Camera Monochrome Contrast Control

Get Film & Filter Looks With Your Digital Camera

by George Schaub

Although the images you create are in color (RGB) you also have the ability to create black and white images in your digital camera using the Monochrome “creative” or “picture style” setting.

Howard Millard  |  Jul 26, 2005  |  0 comments


The
original photo, shot in the studio with Paul C. Buff electronic
flash on Fujichrome Sensia slide film, is sharp throughout.
Model: Heidi McAllister.

Photos 2002, Howard Millard, All Rights Reserved

In ads, book covers and magazines,
you've seen pictures where part of the subject jumps out at you
because it's sharp, but most of the image is way out of focus. The
technique really directs your attention to the part of the subject that's
sharp, and it adds a contemporary flair and sense of style. Traditionally,
this effect was achieved by using extremely shallow depth of field with
a medium format or large view camera. Today, however, you can create it
digitally in a few minutes and apply it to any existing photo made with
any camera, or to any print that you can scan into your computer.



I
selected the area I want to keep sharp with the Elliptical
Marquee selection tool.

Remember, once you've drawn the selection, you can
reposition it by dragging inside the selected area. Next,
feather the selection.

...

George Schaub  |  Mar 27, 2007  |  0 comments

The Case for Center Weighted Metering

by George Schaub

While today's multi-pattern metering system found in most DSLRs are marvels
of technology, you'll notice that almost every DSLR also has other metering
pattern options. The two main options, with variants available on some cameras,
are center-weightedaver...

 |  Jul 29, 2008  |  0 comments

All Photos © 2008, George Schaub, All Rights Reserved

Chuck Gloman  |  Apr 26, 2011  |  0 comments

Lighting portrait subjects with different hair and skin color can be a challenge, especially when you are using a dark background. With a little time spent adjusting the color temperature and placement of your lights, you won’t have to rely on color correcting the images later. No lighting challenge is too extreme if you break it down into a few simple steps. Do you want hair lighter or darker; do you want to complement or contrast the skin tone; and what is the overall “look” you desire—warm or cold? By answering these questions, you will be able to determine which color temperature of light you need to create the mood for the image. Again, don’t just set the camera on auto white balance. Set your daylight or tungsten balance lights accordingly and manually adjust the camera’s color temperature—you’ll be glad you did.

 |  Jan 26, 2010  |  0 comments

Industry Perspective

Can Photography Save the World?

by Ron Leach

Ten years ago PBS debuted a moving documentary entitled “American Photography: A
Century of Images.” The program traced photography’s profound influence upon life in
America, and I recall being particularly struck by thecamera&rsqu...

Text and photography by Ron Leach  |  Dec 27, 2005  |  0 comments


Classic portrait lighting isn't always necessary for capturing
interesting peoplepictures.

George Schaub  |  Jun 26, 2007  |  0 comments

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Courtesy of Sigma Corporation, All Rights Reserved

 |  Nov 25, 2008  |  0 comments

The Megapixel Madness Continues

by George Schaub

The recent surge on megapixel counts in all levels of digital cameras, from modest point and shoot all the way through advanced amateur and especially in pro cameras and backs, has users questioning the need for such massive files. Indeed, many have become concerned that their camera is nowpushing...

 |  May 25, 2010  |  0 comments

Industry Perspective

You Can Have an Impact on Future Lens Products

by Ron Leach

Regular readers of this column know that we frequently turn to InfoTrends, the Weymouth, MA research and consulting firm, when we need reliable statistics on trends within the photo industry. Now you have an opportunity to influence futurepro...

Grace Schaub  |  May 30, 2006  |  0 comments

Apple Aperture How To

by George Schaub

Apple's Aperture offers an all-in-one digital photography program that
can be used to download, view, edit, organize and output images. I've
been working with Aperture for a few months now and thought I'd share
some of the interesting features it offers. One is the...

 |  Feb 24, 2009  |  0 comments

Commentary

Imaging Companies Seem Intent to Continue to Stir the Pot

by George Schaub

As I pack my bags to head off to the PMA show in Las Vegas that starts March 3, I wonder how many new products and technological advances will be announced this time around. It might seem with the economy the way it is that the pace of...

 |  Sep 28, 2010  |  0 comments

When Tripods Are Not Permitted

How To Capture Great Images Anyway

by Jim Zuckerman

Too often, we photographers are forced to take pictures with what seems like one hand tied behind our backs. By this I mean we can’t use a tripod in low light situations. Sometimes this prohibition is reasonable, such as in museums.No...

George Schaub  |  Aug 29, 2006  |  0 comments

Nikon's New D80 Digital SLR

by George Schaub



The new Nikon D80 replaces the D70 and D70s, and becomes Nikon's mid-level
DSLR aimed squarely at photo enthusiasts and advanced amateurs. Having had a
brief time with the camera at a one-on-one session with Nikon, there are many
aspects that are marked improvement...

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