As social beings and specifically as photographers, we are not spared from human interactions. If photography is your hobby, then we deal directly with your subjects. Even if your interests are more towards landscapes, you will inevitably interact with the people on location to gain information or any assistance.
That is why etiquette is an important issue. Though this topic is seldom discussed. Photographers are usually more interested in discussing cameras, lenses, lightings, and other photography technique related subject.
The meaning of etiquette, at least my version of it, is the interactions between people, between photographer and model, between photographers and assistants, and interactions with the locals. By having good ethical skills, the photographer is benefitted by getting more meaningful photographs, more pleasant to view, and natural. People around you will also be happier to give you any assistance.
Generally, having good etiquette means being humble, respectful towards others, enthusiastic, and kind. In photographing portraits, for instance, especially if the models are women, you can respect them by not touching them when directing poses. Touching the models can be considered rude, especially in Asia, and can make the model become uncomfortable. Also, avoid speaking in a commanding voice and praise or thank your models frequently when it is due. And if the models aren’t posing the way you want them to, do not place blame or say demeaning things because it will have a negative effect on the model’s mood. This will undoubtedly ruin the shoot. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the things photographers do during post process is to adjust tones and colors to produce the desired overall tone of the photograph. There are no concrete standards to producing a certain photographic tone. It all boils down to taste and preference of the photographer.
One of my and some of my friends’ favorite tone is achieving the vintage and lomographiclook-alike tone. There are plenty of ways to creating the desired vintage tones. I looked for the easiest way by googling blog entries on how-tos and asking tutorials from friends. Until finally I found the photo editing software called Toycamera AnalogColor. Read the rest of this entry »
The following are a series of videos from youtube where you’ll be able to obsever DSLR cameras / lens being burned, dropped, doused in water, and even baked in a microwave! Warning, do not watch these vidoes if you are a photography enthusiast who hasn’t had the chance to have your dream DSLR camera or lens realized. Heart wrenching it’ll be.
Nikon D70 vs Canon EOS 400D Durability Test (Part 1)
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Before, I’ve covered tips and tricks of zooming techniques in photography. Maybe there are those out there that have difficulty making it work. The biggest difficulty is synchronizing the zooming of the lens position with the pushing of the shutter button. Or another difficulty maybe the result turns out too shaky because the shutter speed used was too slow. So what would be a solution? The easiest would of course be by using the magic of Photoshop. The following are steps to creating the zooming effect using the “Radial Blur” feature in photoshop.
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This is a fierce battle between two middle class DSLRs for this year. Nikon’s D7000 (D90’s successor) goes against Canon’s EOS 60D (somewhat of 50D’s successor, though in some aspects, the real 50D successor is the 7D). Although for starters I will that they are equally good, of course the features may differ slightly. Read on to read the duel of these two giants. Read the rest of this entry »