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.
Today I’m trying something new, a video tutorial showing you how I converted a photo from colour to black and white in Lightroom. It’s my first tutorial, but I plan to do more and I’m sure I’ll get better at them as I go along. In the meantime, enjoy the tutorial, and please let me know what you think.
Canon has recently announced a total of five new EOS cameras, including the headline grabbing EOS 5DS and 5DS R, which share the same 50.6 megapixel sensor. There’s also the enthusiast level 750D and 760D cameras (named the Rebel T6i and T6S in North America) and the latest iteration of Canon’s compact system camera range the EOS M3 (Asia and Europe only).
Alex Schaefer is a photographer based in New York City. He divides his time between working as a camera assistant on feature length and short films, and photography. You’ll notice several themes running through his fine art work – use of natural light; highly stylised imagery using dark backgrounds; self-portraiture and a lot of Photoshop manipulation. The result is a series of beautiful, thought-provoking images.
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.