Posted by Andrew S Gibson on October 30th 2012
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Posted by Andrew S Gibson on October 23rd 2012
One of the questions that Digital Photo Professional (DPP) users may have is what are the benefits of moving to a more advanced Raw processor like Adobe Lightroom 4?
Posted by Andrew S Gibson on October 20th 2012
I’ve been using Lightroom for over two years now and I love it. It’s the best software for processing Raw files that I’ve used. However, there are certain processes that I still find easier to carry out in Photoshop. But that’s about to change.
Posted by Andrew S Gibson on September 26th 2012
I like taking photos outside in natural light. While I greatly admire the skills of photographers that use portable flash, I tend to stay away from it when I can. I prefer the look of natural light – flash looks a little too clean and artificial.
Posted by Andrew S Gibson on September 06th 2012
The landscape is a favourite subject for many photographers. That’s not a surprise – wherever we live we are surrounded by landscape, whether it’s flat or mountainous, green or dry, rural or urban. And it’s natural for photographers to want to record the beauty, sometimes even the ugliness, that surrounds them at home or on their travels.
Posted by Andrew S Gibson on August 20th 2012
EOS 5D Mark II, EF 40mm f2.8 STM pancake lens, EF 25 extension tube, 1/250 second @ f5.6, ISO 1600
Here are a few photos taken with Canon’s new EF 40mm f2.8 STM pancake lens and extension tubes (I touched on this briefly before here). The minimum focusing distance of this lens is only 30 cm, which means that it can focus quite closely to the subject without additional assistance. If you’re using this lens on an APS-C camera, where it is effectively a short telephoto, that will get you in fairly close. On a full-frame camera, less so.
Posted by Andrew S Gibson on August 14th 2012
Part of learning to take better photos is understanding that the camera ‘sees’ the world differently than the human eye. The focal length of the lens you use, the aperture and the shutter speed all affect how the camera records the scene you point it at.
Posted by Andrew S Gibson on June 26th 2012
Flowers are a popular subject for close-up and macro photography and when I wrote Up Close I knew that I wanted to include a case study with a photographer who has taken the art of photographing flowers to a higher level than what I’ve achieved. I think you’ll agree that Mandy Disher’s work does just that. Her photos are beautiful, and they are also inspirational. There is no specialised equipment, apart from a macro lens, involved. It’s all about her eye for composition, an appreciation of natural beauty and an understanding of light, colour, shape and form.
Posted by Andrew S Gibson on June 21st 2012
When I wrote Up Close I knew that I needed a couple of case studies to bring the ebook to life. I was looking for photographers that took different types of photos to mine. It was also important that they didn’t use complicated equipment or techniques to create their photos. I wanted readers to look at their images and feel that, with a bit of guidance, they could create similar images themselves.
Posted by Andrew S Gibson on June 19th 2012
Macro and close-up photography are one of those funny areas of photography that seem quite complex and intimidating when you’re not familiar with the equipment and techniques involved. People tend to have lots of questions, such as do you need a macro lens? Or do you need to buy a special type of flash? (The answer to both is no).