Category: Learning

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Color vs Black-and-white

Inspired by this article on Fstoppers.com I have started thinking about why some photos look better in color, while others look better in black-and-white. I’ve also tried to comprehend the criteria based on which we can decided when to leave photos in color and when to convert them to BW. Ordinarily I find it easy ...

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Tip for better Portraits: Squint your Eyes!

If somebody looks good on photos, we like to say she or he is photogenic. We blame it on charisma, which is a mysterious concept that cannot be quantified. If portrait-photographer Peter Hurley , who only recently published his second video-tutorial on the topic, is to be believed, good portraits aren’t magic but a precise ...

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Foveon Workflow: How to Improve High-ISO-Usability?

Everyone has heard of the Foveon sensor being rather unsuitable for situations that demand high sensitivities. The higher you go with ISO, the less remains of the amazing sharpness. This is why many perfectionists use their Sigma cameras in the sensitivity range from ISO 100 to 400 and in the rarest cases to a maximum ...

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Portrait Photography: How Crucial is the Right Angle?

Thanks to PetaPixel, I stumbled over a short, but highly insightful and funny video. In it, a Korean girl demonstrates the importance of camera angle for portraits in 14 seconds. Whether a person is photographed from above or below can make a huge difference. A difference of roughly 10 to 30 kilos. 😉 For photographers ...

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VideoTipp: 360 Time-Lapse of the Milky Way and FAQ for Mars Curiosity Rovers Cameras

Just as last Sunday, I surfed the web and came across two very intriguing videos. The first one is a thrilling 360-degree time-lapse video by a well-known name in the astro-photography scene, Stéphane Guisard. It depicts the Milky Way as it floats across the sky.  The second one is a FAQ-session for the photo-system (system, ...

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Aware2: the GIGAPIXEL camera

Almost a year ago, the first reports on the gigapixel camera (Aware2), which a team at Duke University worked on, were published. It was aimed at continually enhancing the design, until the 50 gigapixel mark was reached. Last year’s prototype was nowhere near it: 98 14-megapixel sensors, in a 75x75x50 cm cube, that are provided ...

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Sigma DP3 Merrill Link collection: Reviews User Reports Sample Videos

Just like back then, when the 35mm f1.4 was introduced, I am grappling with my “addiction” again. The 35mm didn’t work out, I could only just resist. Currently, I am thinking of selling the 24-70 f2.8, which I hardly use anyway, and get a new Sigma DP3M. Thanks to the cashback on Merrills, my piggy ...

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A relaxed TIME-interview with Saul Leiter

Only now, seventy years after he shot his very first pictures, his work finally receives the due recognition on the part of photographic mainstream. And yet, Saul Leiter is not only pioneer, but also revolutionary. © Saul Leiter © Saul Leiter William Eggleston has allegedly influenced the art circles into accepting colour photography; this took place ...

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My opinion on Sigma DP2 Merrill

Although there are plenty of DP2 Merrill reviews out there, I still feel like sharing my thoughts about  Sigma’s premium compact. The fact that I used to have the previous model, the DP1s, allows me to evaluate some of its features even better than some well-known reviewers. What’s the first thing you notice about it? ...

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Photography basics – part 6 – focal lengths and their suitability

When you read photography forums – especially the sub-forums containing buying tips – you notice straight away that many users ask the “best lenses for …” question. Beginners seem to struggle determining what focal length, in millimeters, is good for what application. Only when you know the right focal length for your needs, you can ...