Noise reduction in photos with blurry backgrounds – a quick n dirty workflow

As I promised last week here is my „quick and dirty“ noise reduction workflow for photos with blurry backgrounds. Noise is most apparent in those blurry parts of the photo. In those areas which are in focus, the sharp detail “masks” the (luminance) noise. This approach is “quick and dirty” precisely because its aim is ...

The most stunning panoramic pictures – The Epson Pano Awards

As all of you may know by now, I’m a great fan of photo awards. If you focus a bit more on the world of photo awards, you’ll soon notice that obviously there’s an award for almost anything. Ranging from those we all know, such as the much-discussed Worldpress Photo Award, to awards one would ...

Philippe Halsman

Even if many of you, including me, may not be familiar with his name, Philippe Halsman counts among the most original and most creative photographers of our times. I’m sure that most of you have already seen some of his works. Before he started to focus on photography, the Latvian studied electrical engineering. When he ...

Using a tripod or increasing ISO?

The cold season is here and it brings with it not only rain, fog, snow and icy cold, but also shorter days and tricky lighting. As a photographer you have a choice of either using a tripod, if you photograph motifs which allow the use of one, or increasing ISO. I never was a tripod ...

The first snow… but let’s stay warm inside!

Even for autumn, the past few weeks have been unusually warm: In mid-November it was 15°C in the streets and one could still see people wearing thin jackets instead of thick winter coats and wool caps. Eventually the Christmas decoration is installed, but the trees still have their colorful autumn leaves. However, out of the ...

Black Friday

Especially in the months after the Photokina we can’t always anticipate new lenses, cameras or updates to be released. After a series of new products the photo industry, of course, won’t rest, but there haven’t been a lot of new publications for a while. Maybe now is a good time to focus on one’s technique ...

“MINE” dog portraits with extras

As a dog lover it always makes me happy when photographers attract attention on an international level with new and creative dog photo projects. Ranging from the “Underwater Dogs” to Christian Vieler’s funny dog portraits to Harlow & Sage, whose dog friendship has touched the world. As soon as I come across a new dog ...

Ruins reconstructed – A glimpse into the world of damsels, knights and others

Have you ever walked through the ruins of a fort or a castle? Can you still remember the feeling you had while doing so? Or what was on your mind then? Ever since I’ve been a fan of old things and places and I’m incredibly interested in history. I was lucky to grow up in ...

Is that INSTAGRAMABLE?

Sometimes, I’ve got to admit, I get the feeling that the whole world of social media has taken mankind a bit closer to insanity. We regularly hear and listen about people experiencing their trip on their smartphone, restaurants, ice-cream parlors etc. being flooded. But not because the creations you get there taste so well, no, ...

New firmware for Sigma sd Quattro and first review of the 60-600mm

Since Photokina the mysterious Sigma camera with full frame Foveon sensor and L-mount is on everyone’s lips to be sure, but for owners of Sigma gear it is more important that software of their cameras and lenses is kept up to date and that there are timely releases of new firmware versions, whenever there are ...

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