“When you create images that reflect your vision of the world, the only rule is that there are no rules. No one cares what you did to the image to make it look the way it does; they care only that your image moves them. The viewer wants so much to believe in your image that he or she is willing to suspend all disbelief to take the journey.
It’s the gift-giving time of year, so we thought we’d put together a list of some of the coolest photo gifts for the outdoor photographer that you can give, or put on your own list for Santa Claus or Hanukkah Harry! We don’t receive anything for recommending these items, we use them ourselves and love them enough to recommend them to you and your friends. Share this post with the spouse, significant other, or family members of your photography friends, they’ll be very grateful!
Enjoy (gift-giving) photography,
Andy, Marc & Dave
“There’s nothing worse than a sharp picture of a fuzzy concept.” – Ansel Adams
If there’s one constant to making great fine art prints, it’s that it starts with a great image. Of this there is no debate. As the old adage says “garbage in, garbage out.” A properly composed and exposed, sharp image will make printing a much more enjoyable and satisfying experience, and give you better results.
This of course starts in the field with good camera technique and attention to detail. While you may think that your images look good on a monitor, a print will definitely magnify any defects and undesirable artifacts that you may not have otherwise noticed. This is especially true when making larger prints bigger that 19” wide. Also remember that the resolution of your printer is far greater than that of your monitor, so there is nothing you’ll be able to hide.Bottom line, the better the Raw file, the better your prints will look, at any size.
So how do you go about making sure your captures are as good as they can possibly be? Well here are a few key techniques and practices you can adopt which I’ve learned over the years as a photographer and print maker.
Being the grand celebrity he is, Troy The Turkey invaded New York City and explored the town before hitting the big show; PhotoPlus Expo 2013. Check out this documentation of the week! If you haven’t seen our PhotoPlus gallery yet, check out the blog post here.
We’ve hidden pumpkins all over our website! These pumpkins are filled with treats for you to win. Find a pumpkin, click and win!
We’ll be adding pumpkins all throughout Halloween Day, so make sure and check our website often to find new treats. The Pumpkin Pick ends at midnight.
What a week it’s been! We’ve finally settled back in the office from a hectic few days in the big apple. Well, it’s tough to wrap up an entire trip into one post, so what better way then to show our week in gallery of photos. We met a lot of great people and saw a lot of amazing new products. Much of that product will be coming down the pipeline in the next few months, but you can see a sneak peek below.
Thanks to all those that showed up hospitality and we shared a conversation with!
We created this promotional video for LensCoat and their new product; RainSleeve. The LensCoat® RainCoat RS (RainSleeve) provides protection for your camera and lens from the elements like rain, snow, salt spray, dirt, sand and dust while allowing you easy access to the camera and lens controls. The RainCoat Rain Sleeve is constructed from a lightweight waterproof, breathable material.
Every October, we hit the “Big Apple” and take on the largest photography and imaging expo in North America; PhotoPlus. This year we will be live tweeting and posting a daily wrap blog and vlog. Want to know what cool new gear is on the horizon? Stay glued to our social channels and our blog, using the hashtag #opgliveppe and the official hashtag of PPE #ppe2013
Setting The Scene
Proper exposure for any photographic situation is a balancing act between light, depth of field, movement, and camera noise. Determining why you choose one exposure setting over another depends on what you need in order to capture the image in your mind, OR make the best possible photograph given actual circumstances. So lets explore these ideas using a real world example of a deceptively simple photograph I made a few years ago.