I took two lenses with me on a recent portrait shoot: the Canon EF 85mm f1.8 and Canon EF 40mm f2.8 pancake lenses. I wanted to compare the aesthetics of each lens for portraits, and the results were interesting enough to show to you here.
Low light is beautiful. Often the best light of the day comes after the sun has set, especially if you are by the sea as the water acts like a giant reflector, bouncing the light around and adding to the intensity. The fading daylight may have a red or pink glow that is offset by the deep blue sky behind. It’s fleeting light, and the closer you live to the equator the quicker it will disappear.
Trends come and go in photography like in all aspects of life, but a current fad that puzzles me is the one for using film and film cameras. There’s an odd debate about which gives better quality – film or digital. Odd, because it’s kind of missing the point. Film (whether slide film, colour negative or black and white) is, like a digital sensor, simply a medium for creating photos. The real worth of a photo is down to the content: composition, use of light and eye for subject. These things are all down to the skill and the vision of the photographer.
To view Oded Wangenstein’s work is to take a trip through the exotic and mysterious countries of Central and Eastern Asia. A tireless traveller and nomad, he has spent as much time as he can during the last seven years of his life recording the landscapes and faces of distant lands. Through persistence and hard work he has built a career as a professional photographer. His work regularly appears in prestigious publications such as National Geographic Traveler (Israeli edition). Now, with the release of The Visual Storyteller, he is the latest author to write for Craft & Vision. Earlier this week we connected online to chat about his new ebook and his life’s work.
After writing about DxO FilmPack 3 I decided to download version 4 (the most recent). I came to this software with a strong preconception: that I don’t see the need to make digital images look like they were taken with a film camera. And if there’s no need for that, then that makes DxO FilmPack 4 a superfluous piece of software.
Last week I wrote about why you would want to rename your Raw files when you import them into Lightroom, and explored some renaming techniques that you can use (click the link to catch up). Today I’m going to show you how to rename your Raw files when you import them, and also ponder the question of whether it is best to rename your files upon import or when you export them.
The File Renaming panel is an interesting feature in Lightroom’s Import window. It is there so that you can rename your files from the generic names given to them by your camera to names that are more relevant to you.
If you’ve ever used your camera’s Picture Style* settings you are imitating the use of film. Camera manufacturers include Picture Styles so you can change the look of your images according to the subject. For example, if you have an EOS camera you can choose the portrait Picture Style if you are taking photos of people (less sharpening, optimised for skin tones) or the landscape Picture Style if you are taking photos of a landscape (more sharpening, deeper greens and blues).
In Mastering Lightroom: Book One – The Library Module I recommend converting your Raw files to the DNG format when you import them into Lightroom. The question naturally arises as to whether there is any loss of quality during the conversion. Is it possible that there is information of some kind in your camera manufacturer’s proprietary Raw format that Lightroom can’t read, or is somehow omitted from the DNG file during the conversion process?
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Mastering Lightroom Book One: The Library Module, my latest ebook, is released today.
It’s the first in a series of five ebooks about Lightroom and deals entirely with the Lightroom module. I wrote this ebook because I realised that most photographers concentrate on learning how to use the Develop module, and neglect the others. Even experienced photographers don’t always realise just how much time they can save by learning to use the Library module efficiently.