All posts by Lars

Outrage over nude pictures shot atop of the Great Pyramid

There are people who are prepared to do anything for 15 minutes of fame, regardless of how tasteless it may be. Because, as we all know, there is no such thing as bad publicity. And in current era of social media attention-seekers are getting ever more numerous. The latest incident in the world of photography, ...

New patent: Sigma 12mm F2.8 Art

As the Japanese website hi-lows-note.blog.so-net.ne.jp reports Sigma has patented a 12mm F2.8 Art – a full frame compatible ultra-wide angle lens. According to the released image, which you can see above, the optical design of the lens consists of seventeen elements, which is quite a lot for a prime lens. What is important to note, ...

That was Photokina 2K18!

As expected the Photokina 2018 was a top event due to its impressive character and overwhelming size. More than 1,600 exhibitors from over 50 countries came to Cologne’s trade fair halls to present their ideas and products. In this article we have summarized the most important facts, highlights and all the relevant information you need. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Nothing is for free

By now everyone interested in photography has probably heard that Flickr will soon be downgrading its free plan. Since Verizon sold Flickr to SmugMug in April of current year, it was clear that things would change. SmugMug is after all a photo hosting and sharing platform which doesn’t offer a free plan. Those who can’t ...

City of superlatives

New York – hardly any other city in the world has become part of so many dreams as this one. Hardly any other city provides so many possibilities and impressions in a closed area. Hardly any other city is the setting for so many movies and series. Every one of us who has or hasn’t ...

Madame d’Ora – A pioneer in photography

Madame d’Ora, only this name makes us curious already. If you don’t know her yet, Madame d’Ora aka Dora Kallmus was a pioneer in photography and counts among the most influential female photographers in the history of photography. At the times of Madame d’Ora, photography was only a male domain. Nevertheless, that photographer managed to ...