According to Canon Rumors, Canon may be planning to release a digital SLR camera with an electronic viewfinder. We won’t know whether Canon will ever include an electronic viewfinder in a digital SLR until it actually happens. But it raises the interesting question: is there anything to be gained by placing an electronic viewfinder in a digital SLR camera?
Before Lightroom 5, Lightroom only let you process photos in the Develop module when the hard drive containing the original Raw files was attached to the computer. If you stored your photos on a separate hard drive, and the drive was disconnected, you weren’t able to process them.
Today I’d like to take a look at a portrait that I took last week and show you how I processed it in Lightroom.
I took this photo of Ashley one evening last week. The light was very soft. The sun had gone down behind a hill, leaving us in shade. We took this photo by the beach. It was rocky and the stones in this photo caught my eye when we looked for places to take photos. I liked the colours, the textures and the rounded edges of the stones. There was also a place where I could stand and look down to take the photo.
January is a natural time for thinking about what you’ve achieved in the year that’s just passed. In relation to photography, I like to spend a little time going over my best photos taken during the previous 12 months and selecting my favourite ten. Then, once chosen, I compare them to my favourite photos taken in previous years. The idea is to see what themes and ideas emerge, and to get an idea of where my photography is going.
I’ve talked on this blog before about both projects and portraits – coming up with an interesting portrait based project is a great way to both get motivated and improve your portrait taking skills.
Fine art photographer Varvara Lozenko has undertaken an ambitious portrait project – 320 Icelanders. Still in progress, the aim of the project is to take portraits of 320 Icelandic people, representing different aspects of life in the country. The country has a population of 320,000, so each portrait represents a thousandth of the island’s population. It’s a beautiful idea and an inspiring story. I wanted to find out more, and invited her for an interview.
Nowadays most new digital cameras give you the option of selecting an aspect ratio other than that native to the camera’s sensor. Many readers will be aware that I’m a big fan of the square format. So when I bought my Fujifilm X-T1 camera I was looking forward to trying this feature out.
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My latest ebook is released today.
Mastering Lightroom: Book Five – The Other Modules completes the Mastering Lightroom series of ebooks. It is written for photographers who want to learn how to use Lightroom’s Map, Book, Slide show, Print and Web modules, building upon the earlier books in the series (where you learnt how to organise and process your Raw files).
A few weeks ago I purchased a Fujifilm X-T1 camera. I’ll explain why at the end of the article, but first I’d like to share my thoughts regarding the suitability of this camera for portrait photography.
In my ebook Understanding EOS I write about ways you can improve your photography without buying a new EOS camera. The unwritten premise of the ebook is that you can take better photos with the camera that you already have by learning how to take control of fuctions such as aperture, shutter speed, Picture Style and white balance. I also write about how composition and an understanding of light are just as important as technical mastery of your camera. Those things don’t change, no matter which camera you own.
Now that the EOS 7D Mark II has started shipping and more reviews of the camera are coming in I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the innovative technology in the camera.