If there was ever any need for us to prove the statement that photographs are a window into your past, all we’d need to do is point you to dearphotograph.com, a site that collects photographs of another photograph, exactly where the image was taken however long ago it happened.
This may not sound very much like a photography related question, and to a certain extent it probably isn’t only about photography. Too often have we been asked “How did you take this shot?”. Overwhelmingly, I am sure the next question that often follows is, “What camera were you using?” or “Which lens did you use?”. But has anyone stopped to ask you, “Why did you take this shot?”
Photography has been a very popular past time for a long time, which is a good and bad thing. The good thing is that there are plenty of good resources for photography around for photographers of all shapes, sizes and styles. The bad thing is that there also seems to be a lot of misinformation from elitist photographers who deem their good advice the only true facts, well meaning photographers whose words are taken out of context, and internet trolls that are really just out to make your life harder.
So, as photographers who believe that we are a good resource (and as a fitting 10th article for the CLICK! Blog), here are 10 facts that we believe you should know about photography. We will explore these facts on a more in-depth level in future, but we’ll make sure we highlight properly why we believe them.
Have you ever wondered which of your photographs made a lasting impression on your viewers? If you had a choice would you rather be shooting photographs that make a lasting impression or simple a fleeting impressive response?
Do you have an identity in your photographs? Does your photographs tell others who you are as a photographer? No, really – I’m literally talking about your identity as the photographer that produced this image.
With the arrival of the Pentax Q, the mirrorless camera battle may be hitting an interesting point in time. With Nikon rumoured to put out a similarly sized interchangeable lens system the consumers will be spoilt for choice and may well be afflicted with the Paradox of Choice.
Look what landed in our hands? Kingston has gracefully given us a chance to look at their newest, fastest SDHC card – the Kingston Ultimate XX SDHC , which boasts 35MB/s in transfer speeds. But before we jump into that â€“ there’s a question that’s festering in many minds. Do you really need a really fast card?
Looking at the end result, this photo carries the garish overly punchy and saturated editing that has taken to quite a lot of photographers. On hindsight, I am now unsure if the editing was added because I decided that it was the right one for the photo or that the photo was so similar to the good versions of this genre of images, that it made me apply this effect in the first place.
Regardless of the decision process, it has made me take a step back to reconsider – and even perhaps cringe less whenever I see this photo effect being used. However, I still stand by my opinion that many out there may have been a bit over zealous at applying this kind of editing to photos that doesn’t seem to deserve such mutilations.
I’ve this effect on my Lightroom develop preset now and have called it the “Pop Art-ish Effect”.
What do you think?
This is Christian Schallert, a Austrian photographer living in Spain who recently became quite famous the world over. However, it wasn’t his photography that took the world by storm, but rather his rather ingenious hideaway house. Find the video after the link as well as our thoughts.
It has always been meant to be an insult to be called a “Square”, but in the photographic world – being square is OK; in fact Square formats often holds a special place for many shutterbugs. There have been many rise an fall of this particular format and recently the iPhone cult with its instagr.am applications have given this format a new lease in life. Read the rest of this entry »