I’m really fond of design principles in photography, and recently I’m studying the matter even more. I consider photography a means of expression, but to be effective the photographer has to know the “grammar” of art.
I often compare cinema to photography, in fact both mediums have much in common and are based on the same foundations.
However, cinema (and television) is of transient nature. The images flow in a defined time, established by the director or editor, and never return. Each frame is appreciable only for one twenty-fourth of a second.
Can we consider photography to be a means of expression? I think so.
A photograph is almost always associated with a reproduction of reality. When you look at a photograph you assume at least something similar to what is depicted really existed. This might suggest that photography, unlike painting, is a mere witness or a faithful reproduction of reality.
Black and white photography is hard, and doing a good black and white conversion in post processing can be even harder. Photoshop is the most powerful B&W conversion tool, but for sure it isn’t easy to use.
In the last few years software houses have come up with some tools that help with this task, starting from Google Silver Efex Pro, which has since been considered the standard. Now there are at least a couple of contenders to the title of best B&W conversion tool: onOne Software Perfect B&W and Topaz B&W Effects.
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I’m not much into camera porn. I’m not a gear freak and I often don’t know what are the latest releases of major brands. That said, I can’t ignore what’s happening in the photography world: the DSLR is about to die, and Nikon and Canon are dying along with it.
I’m just back from Ireland where I’ve been able to test the highly anticipated Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera. I was really excited to try this camera because I’m interested in mirrorless cameras as I need a smaller set to use for my street photography and everyday work.
It is a few days since I’m experimenting with the new Topaz Clarity plugin, and I think it is the time to write down my thoughts about this package. Topaz Clarity is a new tool that promises to easily manipulate the contrast and clarity of your images without creating those nasty halos typical of contrast and clarity adjustments.
I’ve stumbled upon this delicious short film about Vivian Maier, the nanny photographer . In the film, a fictional Vivian Maier talks about herself, her life and her photography after her death.