Awhile ago, a friend of mine on Facebook posted this picture of John Kennedy and friends in some kind of control room. I commented about how photographs from the 60s had a certain quality about them that I tried to find words for. I came up with 'hyperclarity' in that stuff in the background and foreground are blurry as usual, but when an object is in focus, it is in FOCUS! What makes this happen? The film? The equipment? Photographic technique current at the time? [more inside]
I'm looking to find / make / adapt a costume for a fine art photoshoot that I'm currently planning. The character in the picture is one from myth, who is said to have a skirt made from flayed human skin. Short of sending Ramsay Snow's a raven or becoming Buffalo Bill, how can I put together a costume that will look as creepy-beautiful as I need? [more inside]
In my personal view of photography and life in general, the "convenience" that, for me, is the only advantage that digital cameras have over film (specially if we talk about medium format film), was never something I cared about. However I may have to start caring about it, at least part of the time. The thing is, I have no idea of what camera to get, so I would like some advice. [more inside]
Starting to think about holiday gifts, and I have received a request for one of my photos printed and framed. What is the best way to turn a photo into a gift? (Bonus difficulty: the original photos are analogue/film with a square aspect ratio.) [more inside]
As a tourist, how much photography gear can I take into Mexico without requiring a professional visa? [more inside]
I'm in the market for some monolights. I'm leaning towards Alien Bees, but I'm open to suggestions. I'm looking to hear of your positive or negative experiences with both them as well as anything you might suggest, as well as what mix of heads would work best for me. At the moment, I'm thinking two B800s and a B1600 (two 320w and one 640w) (or equivalent from another manufacturer) would be a good start. [more inside]
A month ago, we got back our wedding photographs - the photographer gave us an online gallery with all the pictures (some I like, so I don't) and a drive with all the pictures on them. Our photographer has asked us to only share the photos with others via the online gallery (though this is not in our contract). Do I have to do this? Meaning, is this the ethical thing to do? [more inside]
After being disappointed in yet another set of vacation photos because I didn't want to lug my dSLR around and ended up relying on my phone's mediocre camera, I've decided it's time for a high-end point-and-shoot. I've spent a couple weeks researching and have narrowed it down to two: the Sony RX100 and the Panasonic Lumix LX7. But I'm having a hard time deciding between the two! Do you have experience with either/both that can help me decide? I don't mind spending the extra money on the RX100 if it's worth it, but is it? [more inside]
I'm going to be getting 2 truffles (one ginger and one peanut butter) in the mail by Friday. I need to photograph them, ideally each as a whole truffle and then the same truffle cut in half to show the ganache filling. Please help me not screw it up. [more inside]
My 2003 EOS 300D / Digital Rebel with the kit lens still beats my teenager's 2012 smartphone for noise in shadow detail. He's interested in still photography and wants a point & shoot. [more inside]
I'm purchasing my first DSLR and I'd like to take full advantage of it. I have a lot of experience with scientific imaging (I run a microscope lab) but I don't have much experience with aesthetic photography or how best to take advantage of a DSLR. I'd like your advice on books, websites, and other resources to help me get the best photos. All aspects of photography are helpful: operating the camera, composing photos, and post-processing. [more inside]
I am teaching photography to a bunch of 16 and 17 year olds. Most of them are novices. What kind of activities can I do with them during the months between now and March when it's pouring rain in Vancouver? [more inside]
I want to have photo books of old printed photos. My current plan is to scan in old photos onto my computer. I have a fantastic crisp and fast scanner, though I may need to crop or turn some of the photos. I then want to upload these photos to shutterfly or snapfish or similar to make a photo book. Is this the best and most cost efficient way to do this? As for the "best" part of my question, I would think my scanner would take care of this; with the exception of one of the books I want to make, I'm not picky about the photo quality. But as for the efficiency part, I would think sending out the photos to be scanned would be quite efficient (little work for me!), but do not meet the "cost efficient" part of my question...but perhaps I'm wrong about this and it's not too expensive to send photos out to be scanned?
Has anyone taken a course on miksang contemplative photography and how did you find it? Did it apply to all your images, i.e. stills and portrait photography. Can you provide some details on the learning process?
My wife started her own photography business about a half-hour east of Pittsburgh; so far the jobs she's had have all been located east of Pittsburgh, and usually even further east than we live. She has been approached by a friend-of-a-friend to do outdoor family portraits and is looking for a location sort of in the middle for both parties. We are located in the Monroeville area, and the client is in the South Hills/Beechview area. The client is looking for a location that won't be super crowded (thus, comfortable enough to be photographed at), has a lake or pond, and hopefully without anything unsightly in the background/on the horizon. Any suggestions? (Bonus: If there is anything unique about the location - ie: an interesting bridge or unique architecture, has a great location for sunset, has some sort of overlook, etc.)
A friend has asked me to be the photographer at her party Saturday. As a budding amateur, I want to assure I get good shots. [more inside]
Looking for a Seattle photographer than can shoot some quirky outdoor family photos for us. [more inside]
I loved my Canon Rebel XTi, then sold it and got a Fuji x100s. There are things that frustrate me about the Fuji, and I need some help figuring out what camera might be a better fit for me. [more inside]
What would be a good system/brand for lens filters without costing the earth? [more inside]
I am making photo collages in Photoshop, then pasting them onto a timeline in Windows Movie Maker as the visual accompaniment to a song. Is there any way to make certain objects in the photo fade in? [more inside]
I would like to start learning how to draw, after 16 years of stick figures. I am keeping a sketchbook to practice in frequently, but I was wondering if anyone had some good resources for jump-starting my artistic development (there are overwhelmingly many such resources on the Internet). I am also interested in general modern art, metal art, sculpting, lithography, and photography. Thanks in advance! ^_^
Need a photographer for my upcoming wedding, and every photographer's photos look nice, but photoshop and filters can mask lesser skill I know. Can anyone with actual photo expertise tell me if these two (APJ and TB) are "on the level" or if one is significantly better? [more inside]
Small camera enthusiasts: I have had an LX1 as my sole non-cellphone camera for a few years. I like its size. I like its controls. I like shooting in RAW. I don't mind the limited optical zoom, but the dangling loose lens cap is a pain and the low-light performance is abysmal. I have a line on a G9 at a good price. How much of an upgrade would it be?
I need to copy a bunch of photo prints (estimated at 80) to have made into duplicate prints for multiple people. (Reason: I found my birth family, and they all want photos of me from throughout my life.) The photos are many different sizes and ratios, like 3x5, 4x6, square, 5x7, etc, and some have been cut with scissors into odd sizes/aspect ratios. [more inside]
I'm trying to take a particular photo, so I'm looking for a clearing in a forest, that has a prominent tree by itself within that clearing (On top of a hill works too). [more inside]
Help me think of some out of the box ways to liven up photo updates on doggies I'll be watching for the next 3 weeks, in the style of Dave Engledow. [more inside]
I've been wanting to pick up photography as a hobby for a little while now and last week took the plunge with a Sony RX100 due to the great reviews, compact size and limited future potential spending (i.e., no expensive lenses to purchase). I'm wondering how to go about getting the most out of it when it seems like most photography resources are for DSLRs. I also have a specific question about an issue that I've noticed in some of my photos. [more inside]
I'm going to have my photography featured in an Art Walk, and this is my first time doing anything like this. I'm excited but don't know what the heck I'm doing. What do I need to know? [more inside]
I just got a Canon EOS Rebel Tsi camera and I would like get a filter for the lens as protection. Back in the olden days with a film camera I had a UV filter. Is that still the way to go? Also, any recommendations? They start at $3 on Amazon and go up to $30, quite a spread. Thanks.
I'm tent camping and trying to get pics of the night sky. My lens just started fogging up. What do I do? My plan was to set my wireless interval timer up and go to sleep but now it looks like I'll have 400 blurry pics. It's a canon f/1.8 50 mm with a uv filter. It's 65 degrees here with 81% humidity.
I am decorating a new apartment and would like to put some nice pieces of art on the walls. I love some of the photographs in the Library of Congress collection and have thought about having them blown up and printed high-res. Which brings me to my question: What are the best high-res images (in the public domain) floating around the Internet? Or collections of public domain high-res images that I can turn into posters?
You've all seen them. They're like the animated GIF's of the real world. You look at it from one perspective, it shows, say, a tiger about to leap. Then you tilt the picture a bit, and the tiger begins leaping, then the tilt it's in midair. It's not a hologram, because it doesn't convey anything 3D. Just a technique for cramming 3-5 pictures on a single piece of paper. What is it called?
I am looking for a digital camera that is easier to carry around than my DSLR, but a more capable camera than my smartphone. I am looking to spend at most $500. I have a couple ideas, but it's been a long time since I shopped for cameras, and I wanted some more recommendations. [more inside]
My child is 7 and when he was younger, had no trouble smiling (or looking serious) for pictures. But now he gives a horrible grimace...thing. He's been at camp all summer and they take pictures of the kids and post them on Flickr. Paging through it is painful. Cute kid, cute kid...oh hey, my kid with a frightening stretched-face chimp-grimace and slitted eyes. Every fucking picture. It looks like a sneer. [more inside]
I recently got the opportunity to direct a commercial! Yay!!! Now the bad news: I've been working a mind-numbing retail job for the last eight months, and have had few opportunities to do anything creative (outside of writing a screenplay). Help me re-enliven my inner creative spark. [more inside]
I have discovered the joy of taking photos of teensy, tiny things - like baby snails! - and would like to move beyond my cellphone's camera. Since this is a hobby, not a new career path, I'd like to spend as little as possible, and definitely remain well-under $1,000 (CAD), while getting great results. Any advice? I need to be able to buy this camera in Canada, please! [more inside]
What is with the bad photos on eBay? [more inside]
Im the mid 20th century there was a thing where photographers would snap pictures of people, usually groups of people – on major streets, in nightclubs, at the seaside – then give them a business card and shill them to buy prints. What's the phrase for this trade, or this job?
I need to do a few things to about 50 photos, and would like to know what application I should use, and how to do those few things... [more inside]
I visited a hip re-thrift/retro collectables shop in Chicago (not naming names) that had signs posted around the store claiming "you take photo = you buy" indicating that if a customer photographs an item they are obligated to purchase it. I understand how the "you break it, you bought it" policy works, but how exactly would this "no photography" policy be enforced? The items are not copyrighted as they are second-hand, and the customer has not stolen/damaged the property by photographing it, so I am assuming they couldn't get law enforcement involved. They certainly can't legally detain a customer either and I doubt they would jeopardize their safety to try. I am under the assumption that all they can do is ask the customer to leave and then deny them entry later. Any ideas? I am super curious!
What options do I have for showing my photography portfolio online with the ability to sell prints to customers? [more inside]
So I've been hiking around Griffith Park lately and really want to drag up my camera and tripod to take a decent panoramic/wide shot of the Los Angeles basin from Mount Hollywood or the observatory. The problem is it's always hazy. How can I time things to get the best clarity for a photo op? [more inside]
I'm handling the image permissions process for an academic text that will be published with a major university press early next year, and this is one of the images that the author really wants to include. She originally found it on Facebook when a contact of hers posted it on their wall. I predictably haven't had any luck sourcing it via a reverse image search – the only relevant link that Google returned was to this Twitter account. My previous image licensing expertise has all involved credited photographers and artists, so this intersection with the intentionally anonymous politics of Anonymous has left me scratching my head. How and where would I go to extend my search for a high-res "original", and if obtainable, how would we go about clearing it for publication? Thanks in advance for your help!
My fiance and I are getting married this November in Las Vegas. It will be just the two of us, Elvis, and a photographer- and we need to figure out who the photographer will be. [more inside]
There are many gorgeous Wordpress themes for photographers out there. But my pictures are all stored on Flickr, and I have no plans to move them. Will those themes - or which of those will - integrate with my Flickr pics, sets and collections? [more inside]
Hi there, I'm teaching my Dad in China to use his Chinese App Store account - His iPhone and iPad Mini are his MAIN cameras these days, and he loves taking photos. I'm a bit rushed as I have to leave China soon, and don't have to time to search through Chinese app reviews (I don't know Chinese well anyway). So, please can you recommend any iPhone and iPad camera and photo apps (paid or free) available on the Chinese App Store that you love. Impressive apps are good; Impressive AND easy to learn and use apps (my Dad is not very tech-skilled and doesn't like complicated instructions) are the greatest. Thanks very much for your tips!!!
Hi, I am curious about how photographers view the ethics of digital manipulation. Do you know any articles or discussions where I could learn more? I'm interested in a variety of views from photographers in different fields. Thanks!
What's the best way to ask someone if you can take their photograph on the street? Also where's a good place to discreetly watch people? [more inside]
So I've decided to try my hand at a booth for my photography at art fairs. What do I need to know? [more inside]