Great Photos are Made not Taken

Great Photos are Made not Taken

Do you expect award winning photos to just pop out of your camera? Well, it doesn’t work that way. Cameras are just tools and don’t have as much to do with the quality of a photo as you might think. Cell phones take fantastic photos, even with those tiny little lenses, but they still need some work to look really nice. And yes, I know, Instagram has filters, that for the most part produce garish unnatural looking photos, but I’m talking about post processing that you do manually to control the results.

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Please Stop Pronouncing ISO Wrong, It’s Not an Acronym

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I’d say 90 percent of the photographers I hear talking about ISO pronounce it like it’s an acronym, as in I.S.O. It’s not.

I, S and O do happen to be letters in the name of the organization which is the International Organization for Standardization, but obviously that would be I.O.S. if you were to use an acronym. The the term ISO is actually derived from a Greek word meaning equal, isos. Read more

The Magic Happens in the Darkroom

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There are still some die hard film photographers using darkrooms to process their non-digital photos but for most of us the darkroom is Photoshop, Lightroom, or one of the other photo editing programs, and that’s where great photos are made. Even the best photographers don’t take photos straight from their camera to print. In my opinion, if you can’t master post processing your photos will never be great. Read more

Sea World Gift Shop After Dark

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I shot this photo a few days ago at Sea World Orlando, after dark. I used the auto HDR mode in the camera, which was hand held, gasp. I would have preferred to use a tripod and true HDR with multiple exposures but the lack of clarity gives the photo a painterly quality and hey, I was there having fun with my family, not doing a serious photo shoot. 🙂

Equipment: Sony a6000, 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 lens
Focal length: 18mm
Exposure: 1/10 sec, f6.3, ISO 3200

Do you know how this photo would have turned out without using HDR and why it’s such as amazing tool for photographers? Read more

The Detail is There in the Shadows; HDR Photography Can Bring It Out

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When you’re shooting in situations where there is a big difference between the light and dark areas, your camera will expose for the light — unless you manually control the exposure — and that means the shadows will be too dark. This happens all the time when you shoot into the light, like a sunset or a photo in front of a window, but often those photos can turn out great with the proper technique. Read more