New year; new kit. For anyone who’s looking to add to their kit bags but don’t feel the need to buy brand new gear—maybe it’s for financial reasons, possibly owing to ethical concerns, or just because ‘new’ doesn’t have to be ‘new’—the post-holiday period is the perfect time to go shopping. People who’ve received shiny […]
Have you ever noticed how a person’s ears sometimes glow in portraits when they are backlit? Because ears are more transparent than the rest of our bodies, they tend to catch and diffuse any light that is shining through them, kinda like the way a softbox works. To that end, you can imagine how silly [...]Show More Summary
Washington, D.C., circa 1935. "NO CAPTION (man at desk with proposal for Jefferson Memorial)." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
As you know, taking a compelling portrait is more difficult than just aiming your camera at someone and asking them to smile. There a lot of tiny details that are easy to overlook unless you are purposely keeping tabs on them. That being said, if you’re looking to get into portrait photography or just improve [...]Show More Summary
Photographers love our stuff, let’s admit it. We geek out on gadgets and gizmos. We want the latest and greatest thing, lens, camera. We can’t always afford what we want but it’s fun to browse. Here are some of the top gear related posts...Show More Summary
What do I mean by “baggage”? I mean the cra […] Categories: Essays What I've Learned (Read more...)
Maybe you’ve been given a shiny new camera for the holidays, perhaps you’ve bought one for yourself, or if it’s your new year’s resolution to learn more about photography, might we recommend the Photocritic Photography School? We run a year-long email-based learning programme that starts with the very basics and progresses through the technical, creative, […]
After studying art history and archeology in university, German born photographer, Thomas Hoepker was soon recruited by a magazine where he would assume the role of a staff photographer in the early 1960?s. One of his first jobs after he began working at the magazine sent him on an open ended assignment to the United [...]Show More Summary
1904. "Robert Street and Pioneer Press -- St. Paul, Minnesota." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.
Landscape photography is always a popular topic here on dPS and we had some really great articles on that topic over the last year. Now is your time to read up, bookmark them, refresh your knowledge, or get inspired to get out shooting some landscapes. Show More Summary
Be certain. Be sure. Be deliberate. Now this may sound […] Categories: Essays What I've Learned (Read more...)
San Francisco circa 1919. "Maxwell touring car" is the latest entrant in the Shorpy Festival of Forgotten Phaetons. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.
It seems that throwing powder at models is becoming increasingly popular (like here and here), raising the bar on the required vision so these kind of photos will carry any impact. And impact is delivered in Olivier Valsecchi’s work Time Of War. But Olivier does not use flour or pigments and he opted for ashes instead. Which makes sense [...]Show More Summary
Since I’m a full time professional photographer, the question I’ll try to answer in this review is: can the Nikon D750 be used for professional wedding photography? It’s not an easy question to answer, because there are numerous factors to consider, and the first factor is obviously the photographer’s particular style of shooting. I’ll try [...]Show More Summary
"Christmas P.J.'s -- Dec. 25 1951." Grace and Sally clash in the latest episode of Minnesota Kodachromes! 35mm color slide by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.