Is a Cell Phone a Camera?
Dec08

Is a Cell Phone a Camera?

“What do you call a box with a plastic, wide-angle lens, tiny imaging sensor and no way to control aperture, shutter speed of ISO setting?”—Joe Farace Today’s Rant by Joe Farace If you described a brand new digital camera like that some people would say “it’s a digital Holga,” but I don’t think anybody would say, “that sounds like a great camera.” But if all of a sudden you say it’s a phone, people will rave that it’s the...

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Creating Maximum Depth-of-Field
Dec07

Creating Maximum Depth-of-Field

“A good photograph is knowing where to stand.”—Ansel Adams Other than shooting infrared landscapes, I’m not known as a landscape photographer. Nevertheless, many years ago, I developed a series of personal rules on the “what” and “how” for photographing landscapes that I still follow today. These four principles are not cast in concrete and are presented here only as guidelines for your own explorations in landscape...

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Portrait Wednesday: Pamela with LEDs
Dec06

Portrait Wednesday: Pamela with LEDs

With Wordy Wednesdays running so many years I thought it was time for a change and inspired by Gary Bernstein’s 1988 book Burning Cold decided to see how many Wednesdays I could publish a different portrait of the same model, in this case Pamela Simpson. Over the next who knows how many weeks I’ll be show-casing a diff-erent image of her that was made over the five years I’ve work-ed with Pam showing her many, many...

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Books Make Great Gifts for the Holidays
Dec05

Books Make Great Gifts for the Holidays

One question I get from readers from time-to-time is “when are you coming out with a new book?” The answer is: I wish I knew. Mark Toal and I talked with the publisher of my last four books about co-writing a book about mirrorless photography, specifically on Micro Four-thirds system cameras and lenses and the publisher initially considered our proposal but lost interest after a while. Book publishers, like photo magazines...

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Different Types of Camera Filters
Dec04

Different Types of Camera Filters

“I’m not a photographer, so I didn’t get into f-stops or ND filters or background, foreground, cross-light, all that stuff.” — Keanu Reeves Camera filters are available in lots of different different shapes, sizes, and materials including delicate gelatin filters that drop into holders or lens hoods, glass filters to screw onto your lenses and rectangular filters that fit modular holders. For more, see my riff on Wratten...

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Into the World of The Upside Down
Dec01

Into the World of The Upside Down

“I like to turn things upside down, to watch pictures and situations from another perspective.”— Ursus Wehrli Today’s Rant by Joe Farace In the Netflix series Stranger Things, the “Upside Down” is an integral part of the plot but I’m not sure I understand its application to the world of portraiture. What I’m referring to in another trend (read “Trends in Portrait Photography”) I’ve noticed in portraits displayed on the Internet,...

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Shooting Infrared in the Winter
Nov30

Shooting Infrared in the Winter

“Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.”—Paul Theroux Yes, you can shoot infrared in the Winter. While the Wood Effect produces the bright to white re-production of the chlorophyll layer of deciduous plants, even non-deciduous plants and trees will show some effect and, to my mind, IR capture works perfectly with the snow on the ground. Continuing a theme I began on our sister blog, Mirrorless Photo Tips, with a post entitled...

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