As tight as the the Samsung NX 1000 and kit lens can go without cropping.
If there is a message in this post I suppose it would be know the limits of your equipment. Getting to know your equipment is about more than just reading the manual and/or watching a sales pitch video as this post will hopefully illustrate. Put another way, your photography gear may have possibilities that the manufacturers and salespeople do not even advertise.
I had been debating whether invest in a mirrorless camera for about a year but had held off due to high prices combined with a very immature market. In other words I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a camera only to find that there would only ever be a couple of lenses ever made for it. A few months ago a mirrorless camera with a decent sized sensor (APS-C to be exact which is the size that Nikon and Canon use in their crop sensor cameras) became available when Samsung reduced the price of their NX 1000 camera with 20 mm – 50 mm kit zoom lens to around $300. Now if I purchased this camera and couldn’t get on with it the guilt wouldn’t destroy me.
This is excellent. I am not, generally speaking, a fan of the inspirational talk format but this talk by photographer Chris Orwig had me hooked. It lasts for around an hour but that will feel like about five minutes – at least it did for me.
Chris starts in a predictable enough manner, talking about photography as process as opposed to end goal and how an amateur, childlike approach is best but very quickly both broadens and deepens his themes. He has obviously put a lot of thought into this presentation and it does a lot more than just skim the surface like so many others seem to.
Anyway, in my humble opinion, an hour spent watching this will not be wasted. One tip – don’t judge it on the first five minutes.
This is just a quick post to answer a technical question that I get asked about this website. If you are not into website type stuff then the following will probably bore you silly. If, however, you have a photography site or are thinking of building a photography site it may prove somewhat useful.
In a nutshell
The site has two distinct layers:
The top layer is what is called a self hosted WordPress site. This is the layer that the visitor interacts with the bottom layer which is where the images are organized (very loosely in this case) and stored. If you see an image or gallery on this site it is usually being summoned so to speak from this bottom layer. The WordPress top layer is the tip of the iceberg and the bottom layer is the other, largely invisible nine tenths. It is this bottom layer that is the engine of the site as it is here that I put my images, sort them and can even sell them if I so wish – the shopping cart is part of this layer.
The clever bit:
The two layers were not designed to interact but there is a WordPress plugin called Zenfolio Press which allows either individual images or entire galleries to be placed into WordPress posts using just a single line of code. It really is that simple – at least from where I’m sitting. Of course someone else has done all the hard work which is a good thing as my knowledge of coding would just about fill up a postage stamp. Almost forgot to mention – the Zenfolio Press plugin is free.
More about Zenfolio Press here and a way overdue thank you to the developer’s kind words about this blog.
If you want to know anything else relating to this site please just ask, either here in the comments or on Twitter —->
and I’ll try my best to answer.
Over the years I’ve turned my hand to just about every genre of photography that there is but the one that I always seem to return to is abstraction. There is something freeing about not having to worry about context. If an object can be recognized in a photograph then associations will immediately start to form in the photographer’s mind.
Questions about the object such as how it has been treated in the arts, how the viewer is likely to relate to it, is the object likely to impart a contemporary or a more traditional feel along with a thousand others crowd the mind.
With abstraction none of this matters – it is all about line, tone, color and shape and how they relate to each other. This is both incredibly liberating and a little scary at the same time. Many normal photographic considerations, such as accuracy of representation and the whole history of the subject and its representation become meaningless and this is a double edged sword.
After seven years of living in a house where all the walls and ceilings were painted white we decided that it was time for a change. Now we have some orange, yellow and green walls interspersed with the white ones and this really changes the mood of the place – it feels a whole lot less sterile and a whole lot warmer and friendlier. For what it’s worth the all white thing was never our choice. It was just how the house was when we moved in and we never got around to redecorating.
One thing that I do whenever I find myself in a new or changed environment is take lots of photographs. I think I do it more to fix myself in my new surroundings than for any artistic reason. These photographs are a sort of instant reaction to the change, they were all taken either while the painting project was ongoing or immediately afterwards.
Photographing these vibrant colors has shown me a couple of things, my cameras’ auto white balances tend not to be quite as accurate as I thought they were. firstly, adjusting the color temp back to what it should be in Lightroom hasn’t always been straightforward. Saying that, in the majority of the images here I didn’t worry about accuracy as I was just after images that worked.
'Breaking down the many overwhelming aspects and complications of photography, this book manages to focus on what is most relevant in true photographic creation. The Minimalist Photographer touches on all of the key components of authentic photography in an easy to digest and extremely helpful manner.'
-Photo.Net best photography books of 2013
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