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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

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Monday, January 1, 2007

Photography and Digital Photography

Taking Better Pictures #1

Taking good pictures takes a bit of practice [some luck doesnt hurt]. There's a certain skill in taking good pictures. The most important thing about taking better pictures is to practice things that will allow you to take better pictures. The items below are a few important tips (some obvious, some not) to get you from being someone that takes pictures that bore people to tears to someone that takes enjoyable photographs.

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Nikon D200 Review, February 2006, Phil Askey

The Nikon D200 was announced on 1st November 2005, some three and a half years since Nikon revealed their first prosumer digital SLR, the D100. It's fair to say however that the D200 is a completely different beast altogether, it shares far more with its 'bigger brother' the the D2X than its earlier namesake. The D200 has the robust build quality of the D2X, a 10.2 million pixel CCD sensor and a compact design more like the D100. Just as the D100 the D200 has a CCD sensor, unlike the D2X which utilized a CMOS sensor. It's clear that this camera is aimed at the same kind of market as the recently announced Canon EOS 5D. From a features, control and performance point of view the D200 is closer to the D2X than any other model. 


Canon EOS 300D / Digital Rebel

Review based on a production Canon EOS 300D

On 20th August 2003 Canon surprised many people (not least us) when it announced its $899 / €1,099 EOS 300D (Digital Rebel). This digital SLR based on the EOS 10D's superb six megapixel CMOS sensor and image processor in an inexpensive consumer body similar to the film EOS-300. This camera is designed to take the prosumer end of the digital camera market by storm, everyone is fully aware of the image quality of the EOS 10D (considered by many as the benchmark six megapixel digital SLR), and so a consumer priced digital SLR based on the same sensor is irrefutably attractive to anyone who would have previously considered an 'all in one' prosumer digital cameras.



Introduction To Photography Composition: Examples

Basic Components:

Subject & Background
View Point
Darkroom Processing



An Introduction to Photography: Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Taking Great Pictures

Photography is basically pretty simple if you understand how film and your camera "see", and if you understand how to see what your eyes see instead of seeing what your mind "sees".

This introduction is intended for beginners and hobbyists. But it is theoretically fairly complete, and can also be extremely helpful to those who have taken a photography course or who have been doing photography on their own, but who feel they "don't really understand what they are doing" or don't understand why some pictures turn out well and others turn out poorly -- people who genuinely feel that when they get a good picture it was more because of luck than skill.



Introduction to Photography(1)

This is all 6 parts, concatenated. Depite the subject line ;)
From: (David Barnes)
Subject: Int. to photography Pt 1
Date: Tue, 2 Mar 1993 06:33:55 GMT
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On one of my rare visit to this news group I noted a posting that expressed dismay in the lack of informative articles to be found and suggested that if anyone felt motivated to post a few more expansive articles it may be appreciated. Having been a professional photographerf or the past 10 years I tend to avoid this group, as it's often the forum for beginners problems etc., which is fair enough. But as I said, I still visit from time to time to answer a question or seek out a pearl of wisdom from a posting. So in the spirit of global communication, after all that's what the networks all about, I would be happy to post a series of articles on photography that I compiled a few years ago for an introductory photographic course at the local technical college. So please forgive me if they are a little out of date or not advanced enough for some, they were intended for people who were just starting to get into photography. I know that I would appreciate similar articles being posted in other groups, I read, where I consider myself a rank beginner and am often reluctant to post questions that would appear too simple. Anyway enough of the prattle here is the first of the series, let me know if this proves useful and I will post the rest over the next few weeks.



All You Need Concerning Digital Photos And Cameras

The Black and White Digital Fine Print encompasses all aspects of the creative digital Black and White Image from capture to print. We will spend a day discussing digital capture and photographing and the workflow involved for Black and White. We’ll spend the rest of the time in the studio learning the Digital Fine Print workflow for Black and White through Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop CS2, and printing with the Piezography K7 inks.  Click For More


Best Of Knowledge on Camera View

Staining Developers: A Conversation with Some Experts (PDF) October 30, 2006

A Simple Way to Test for Film Speed and Developing Time (PDF) July 10, 2006
View Camera's 4th Large Format Photography Conference (PDF) July 5, 2006
Updated: Currently Available Sheet Films (PDF) January 16, 2006
5x7/13x18 Film Availability (PDF) January 16, 2006
CDepth of Field, Depth of Focus, and Film Flatness (PDF) January 9, 2006

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Older Questions (by category)

This forum provides a place to discuss topics of particular interest to large format photographers. Thanks to your participation, the Large Format QA forum has grown into a valuable resource. You will find here one of the friendliest and most knowledgeable communities on the Internet. More... 


Should You Capture Digital Photos In Raw or JPEG?

RAW or JPG for Digital Photo Capture?

There is so much misinformation about RAW and JPG that even many professional photographers and graphics designers are confused. I won't name names, but there are several so-called "experts" who spout misinformation on the web and at seminars, and they are sponsored by brand name companies.

I'm a full time professional photographer. I work with JPG files every day. I never shoot Raw for my day-to-day work. That does not mean everyone should work just like me, but you should know some facts and forget the fiction.



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Staying at Home, Staying with the Car,
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The camera for the studio
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How to get started in large format photography

A closer look at a large format photograph: for some inspiration. 10/1999
Why large format ? 4/2001 (rev) Pros and cons of LF photography, some references.
What equipment do I need ? A discussion of all the gear you need to get started. 1/1999 (rev)
Introduction to large format lenses: basics, operation, lens types and manufacturers, selection. 12/2002
The 5x7 format in practice 11/2005
How to operate the camera ? A detailed step-by-step guide. 6/2000
What are the common mistakes, and how to avoid them? It is easy to ruin a picture. Lessons learned the hard way.

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Photographic Laboratory Safety

This is a brake down of Policies and Procedures governing the satfy of a Photographic Laboratory

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Processing KODAK Motion Picture Films, Module 15

Processing Machine Design and Construction

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Construction Materials
Crossover Squeegees
Dryer Cabinet
Machine Exhaust and Room Ventilation System
Countercurrent Washes
Recirculation System
Leader Requirements



A Beginner's Guide to Darkroom Equipment

by J A Ollinger

A darkroom is just that--a light-tight area where film can be handled without being exposed to light. It can be as large as a suite of rooms, or as small as changing bag.

For a hobbyist it's usually a converted bathroom, basement, closet, or an add-on room. There are a number of books on building home darkrooms, from spartan, temporary work areas to big, permanent setups. A good library or bookstore ought to have them.

What do you put inside your darkroom once it's built? Read on.



The Advantage Of Developing Your Own Black and White Photos, And How to Get Started

By Mason Resnick

Minilabs have taken the fun (if there ever was any) out of color printing. If you only shoot in color, it may make more sense to find a reliable lab and let them do the hard work. But Black-and-white is a different story. Black and white, because of its relative ease of processing, is easier to control; as a result, many darkroom enthusiasts are able to make interpretive prints that say more than any machine print can say.



The 10 steps to setting up a home darkroom

by Chris Groenhout

Plan distinct "wet" and "dry" areas. Chemical contamination of unexposed paper and splashes from the print washer reaching your main electricity can be not only frustrating but also dangerous.

In this age of high quality digital scanning and output, it seems that the days of the chemical darkroom are over. I’ll admit, it’s been five years since I shot a black-and-white roll of film for a client. There’s no demand anymore. Yet now, more than ever, the traditional darkroom has found its niche as a sanctuary for the true photographic artist. Nothing can replace the excitement of watching your first print appear in the developer tray, or the control supplied by your choice of developer, dilution, and time spent processing film. And, while digital methods (even cameras) can approximate a black-and-white photograph (and offer some definite advantages in terms of retouching and tonal control), there's no substitute for the intangible, subtle quality provided by a conventional silver gelatin black-and-white print.




Contents DarkroomSource table of contents
The Room is about designing and building the room itself, including carpentry, drywall, electrical, etc. - how to build a darkroom.
Furniture has sections on making a cabinets, tables, a sink, a plumbing board, safelights, and other similar items. How to build darkroom furniture.
Accessories has sections on making a paper safe, safe lights, film and print washers, ight box, film dryer, items of that ilk. How to build darkroom accessories.
Peek Inside Andy's darkroom. These pages show you my darkroom with links into other pages within this online book to show you how I did things.
Techniques has sections on basic developing and printing black and white. How to process in the darkroom.
Articles Articles about the darkroom written by others
Appendix A contains a large FAQ, pages on getting started, darkroom rentals, books, and searching DarkroomSource.
Appendix B contains miscellaneous things about DarkroomSource
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Handcoloring Photographs: Step by Step

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Handcoloring Photographs: Step by Step

Takes you step-by-step through the hand-coloring process, using a variety of media, like oils and watercolors. Handcoloring is easy to learn, creatively satisfying, and fun. Includes colorful examples. 

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Macro Photography

Taking close-up pictures of small things is called "macro photography." I have no idea why. Perhaps because the small things in macro photography are generally larger than the things you are taking pictures of when doing "micro photography". If you really want to be pedantic then you should say you are doing "photomacrography".

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Prints from original or copy negatives will not necessarily be identical in format or tonal values to a print on file in the Library or seen in a publication. No retouching is done to eliminate imperfections existing in the negative or the original material. The complete image will be printed unless cropping is requested. Unless otherwise specified, please include mailing/shipping and handling fees.

Images printed without borders will be priced on the next larger print size.

Reproductions from stereo negatives and originals will be reprinted as double images unless a cropping fee is paid.



Saturday, December 30, 2006

Using Bloom Filters

The Camera Company

Filters are to photography what adjectives are to writing. They add color, flavor and an individual style to what is being communicated.

Filters for color photography fall into several categories, depending on their intended use. Types include Neutral-Density and Color Graduated Filters, Color Compensating, Correcting and Enhancing Filters, Polarizing Filters and Soft-Focus Filters. Although all of these filters were designed for specific purposes and applications, they need not be limited to those circumstances-in fact, au contraire!



Tip Title - Using filters on your camera

 Tip Title - Using filters on your camera

Filters can create useful and interesting effects in both colour and black & white photos, please click here for more detailed info.

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Tip Title - Using filters on your camera

Tip Title - Using filters on your camera

Filters can create useful and interesting effects in both colour and black & white photos, please click here for more detailed info.


How to take good travel photos

How to Use Filters (Macintosh)

Many e-mail management functions in Eudora can be done automatically using filters.

A filter can be thought of as a personal "valet" or "butler" that takes your mail and does certain things to it that you specify. One kind of valet might watch for particular mail from a mailing list and move it into a mailbox, open the message, and play a sound. Another might look for other kinds of mail and give it a label color, a high priority, and a new subject line.

In Eudora, there are two ways to create filters - a simple way (Simple Filter) and a detailed way (Detailed Filter).