Budget tripod shootout, Part 3

Budget tripod shootout, Part 3

In Part 1 of this shootout, I previewed the three tripods I’m comparing and discussed some things I’ll be looking at in all three.  Part 1 also covered the Velbon CX-300 — a typical “big box” store tripod that’s better than nothing, but just barely.  Part 2 of the shootout looked at Dolica’s AX620B100, which turned out […]

Cherish the flaws

Cherish the flaws

I love music. I’ve got a pretty extensive collection, and some of the performances I like best are from live albums. I’m sure that to some extent, this is because I haven’t heard the live versions of songs as many times as the studio cuts, but I think there’s another reason, too — the live […]

A harsh reality

A harsh reality

Photography in all its professional forms, has been massively disrupted by technology over the last ten years or so.  The swift succession of the internet, digital sensors, and camera phones has quite literally turned every other person you meet into a photographer, and as the price of “good” cameras has declined, we’ve seen a great […]

Control your lighting for great still lifes

Control your lighting for great still lifes

Photography, quite literally, is “painting with light,” yet we so often let available light control our photos, rather than the other way around.  This weekend, my Irises bloomed.  First to bloom were the white flowers in the photo above.  I noticed the blooms in the morning, and I thought the white flowers would look really […]

Sebastião Salgado: The silent drama of photography

Sebastião Salgado: The silent drama of photography

This is a wonderful TED talk that combines photography, environmentalism, and anthropology.  There’s enough material here to occupy far more than the fifteen minutes or so it will take you to watch the video.  Salgado’s images are powerful reminders for us to protect the world around us.