December 11, 2006
Wide angle lenses, roughly speaking, are lenses that for a given image size, provide a wider than "normal" field of view in the final picture. For 35mm cameras, we generally consider lenses with a focal length of 35mm or less... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Continue reading "When to go Wide"
November 08, 2006
Back in 1998, I was shooting black and white film and printing in the darkroom and generally talking trash about how crappy digital capture was at the time. I put the digital takeover at least ten years out, although later... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Continue reading "The Camera I Want"
October 09, 2006
Color is confusing. This is a fundamental truth in the photographic universe. You can't count on color to be a reliable constant. The film and the CCD capture color differently than you see it, turning scenes which look perfectly fine... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Continue reading "Just use sRGB"
June 12, 2006
Nature photography can be frustrating. It's typically very hard to get close to wild animals. Hardcore nature photographers thus often use tripods, blinds, and very long lenses. This combination lets them create images that seem impossibly close up from hundreds of feet away. I'm too cheap to buy any of these lenses. They usually cost thousands of dollars and are too heavy to lug around casually. So the only animals I can usually get closeups of are either dead, domesticated, or exceedingly stupid.
Continue reading "I Shot Bambi"
April 19, 2006
I decided to try Adobe's DNG converter for the same reason that I can't help picking at scabs: I'm always curious about how a new workflow will feel. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Continue reading "DaNGer! DaNGer!"
October 25, 2005
In an earlier article, I advised that if you needed to use a flash, there were no good pictures to be taken anyway. I realize now that anyone who has spent time reading the wankier photo forums, especially those related... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Continue reading "Available Light"
October 17, 2005
Most of the background I have in producing my own pictures came in the black and white darkroom. As most people know, when you do black and white printing, there are a wide variety of manipulations that you can... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Continue reading "Adjustment Layers"
September 08, 2005
Here's a little theory called peterb's postulate of preoccupation: "For every possible topic on which one may wank, there will exist a community of wankers that wanks upon it in the most obsessive and self-absorbed way possible." And yes, I am well aware that this very weblog is, in fact, perhaps the paradigmatic example of obsessive and self-absorbed wanking over videogames. Believe me when I say that it hurts me more than it hurts you. Today's subject is photo equipment wanking. $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Continue reading "Measurebation"
September 01, 2005
I like to think that in my time on Earth I have occasionally taken a good photograph. Once in a while I get a really nice one and show it to people, and if that person is Pete then... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Continue reading "Wow Your Camera Takes Really Good Pictures"
August 10, 2005
I had a feeling of nostalgia come over me a few weeks ago and got out the old manual film camera to shoot a roll of black and white and send it to a lab I found that does... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Continue reading "False Nostalgia"
July 28, 2005
Yesterday's article by psu about the importance of only showing your best photos really struck a note with me. That's why I have added a Tea Leaves™ Decisive Moments™ photostream to the sidebar. This will let us
Continue reading "Do Not Taunt Happy Fun Psu"
July 27, 2005
Henri Cartier-Bresson has a lot to answer for. Renowned for a photographic style that brilliantly balances meticulous composition with apparently split second timing, Bresson brought hundreds of iconic images into the photographic literature. Unfortunately, his style and artistic rhetoric... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Continue reading "Curse You Cartier-Bresson"
June 14, 2005
Back when I shot film, I had evolved to shooting almost 100% black and white. There were various reasons for this, but ultimately it was just because I liked the look and I liked printing. One place I especially liked... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Continue reading "Black and White Blues"
March 02, 2005
The two best books that I've read about how to take pictures are Mountain Light by the late Galen Rowell and On Being a Photogapher by David Hurn and Bill Jay. The first is a book about landscape photography, while... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Continue reading "How to take Good Pictures."
February 23, 2005
It's been about a year, and every new year it's a good time to evaluate your digital picture workflow and try to streamline it. Well, that is, if you are a complete dork. Anyway, I test workflow tools so you... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Continue reading "Workflow Adjustments"
November 15, 2004
If you're able to borrow someone's child for a few hours, you should visit the Pittsburgh Children's Museum. Although their web site is vile, the installations at the museum are nothing short of superb. Nearly everything in the museum is interactive, interesting, and playful in visual, aural, or tactile ways.
Continue reading "Participation"
October 07, 2004
I have a book by the late great Galen Rowell called Mountain Light. The book is filled with breathtaking landscape photographs from all over the world and the stories of how the photographs were created. Rowell worked with a series... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Continue reading "Film and Digital in 2004"
September 18, 2004
In an earlier article, I outlined my general thoughts on digital cameras. In that article, I noted that digital cameras fall into two basic categories: point and shoot cameras, and digital SLRs. At the time, my main camera had... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Continue reading "The Nikon D100 and D70"
March 22, 2004
One of the digital photography web sites recently published an article on how Sports Illustrated manages its digital photographs. The piece described the process of shooting and editing 16,000 pictures during the Super Bowl. After reading it, I realized that... $MTEntryExcerpt$>
Continue reading "Digital Picture Workflow"