Can You Read Photography?

In brief:

  • A photograph portrays the world but it’s also a depiction of the person who made it. If you know how to read it, a photo can tell you a lot about the photographer’s experience, interests and character.
  • Bad photography is a reflection of the person behind the camera. Good photography transcends the photographer and shows us something essential of the world.
  • Like Marcel Duchamp’s famous Fountain, photography at its core is concept art. It is created by removing an object or its representation from the natural world and transferring it into a man made environment.
  • All creation is transforming chaos into an order. The original creator, God, worked on a much deeper level than even the most celebrated human artists. God’s order has become our chaos, the raw material which we attempt to convert into a unified whole.

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How to Take Charge of Your Photography Lighting

In brief:

  • Light is made up of tiny straight lines moving in wave motion. These waves are measured in nanometres. Human eye can see wavelengths ranging from 400 to 700 nm
  • When light comes in contact with a surface, it is either reflected or absorbed by it, or transmitted through it. Translucent surfaces allow part of the light to pass through them while blocking some of it
  • The purpose of diffusing light in photography is to make the light source larger in relation to the object it is used to illuminate. In some types of photography, light absorbing black cards are used to take away light from certain parts of the composition. This is a common practice in food photography
  • Some of the methods of diffusing light in a studio environment include using diffusion paper, shoot-through umbrellas and softboxes. At home, you can place your model in front of a window to create beautiful diffused lighting. Outdoors, position your subject under a tree or an awning.

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How to Create Intentional Photography

In brief:

  • Like people, buildings have their better sides, and they benefit from beautiful light. The worst time for photographing a house is when the sun is shining from behind the building. The best times are overcast days and sunsets or sunrises
  • What you see with your eyes hardly ever matches what your camera will record. The camera doesn’t capture bright highlights and dark shadows very well within the same scene. The camera will also emphasise the foreground at the expense of the background
  • All good photography has a clearly defined subject, whether it’s a person or a detail of the landscape
  • When lighting foregrounds, you can use the BESTOW method devised by the late mountaineer and photographer Galen Rowell

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Drawing with Light – The Most Important Element in Photography

In brief:

  • Without light there would not be life on this planet. Light is also a prerequisite for photography
  • The word photography means drawing with light. Photographers use two kinds of light: natural and artificial
  • The aspects of light relevant to photography are its quantity, colour and duration
  • Colour temperature is measured in degrees Kelvin. The higher temperatures are assigned to the blues while the cooler temperatures denote yellows and reds

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Sigma DP2 Merrill Review: Medium Format Photo Quality in a Small Package

In brief

  • Sigma DP2 Merrill is is a fixed-lens camera launched by Sigma Corporation in 2012
  • Sigma DP2 Merrill comes with a revolutionary Foveon X3 sensor which allows it to capture all colours of the RGB (red, green and blue) at each image location
  • Sigma DP2 Merrill is a wonderful camera for landscape, nature and street photography
  • The images recorded by the Foveon X3 sensor are unique in the richness of their colour

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Always Fresh – A Look at William Eggleston’s Photography

In brief:

  • William Eggleston is an American photographer famous for his groundbreaking colour photography
  • It is largely because of Eggleston that colour photography is now accepted as a genuine art form
  • Eggleston’s photographs depict the every day world in all its banality
  • The importance of Eggleston’s photography lies in its power to show us the world that is always fresh

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How to Photograph Harlem Like Jack Garofalo and Gordon Parks

In brief:

  • Harlem is a predominantly black neighbourhood in Manhattan, New York, with a vibrant cultural history
  • Jack Garofalo created his colourful photo essay on Harlem in 1970
  • Gordon Parks took his black and white photos of Harlem streets in 1943
  • Documentary photography is important because it allows us to see how other people live their lives

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