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Have you ever wondered what is going on inside that picture-taking box that you just held up to your eye, or out at arm’s length, to capture a photograph? The Basics The camera is, in its most simplified terms, a box that allows light to enter and strike a light-sensitive surface. This surface is either a frame of film or a digital sensor. Cameras can accomplish this task in the most simple way—a...
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After sharing some of his own professional work, including shots for Sports Illustrated and People, photographer Rick Friedman elucidates the relatively simple lighting techniques he uses to achieve intricate results. In a fast-paced presentation, which mirrors the time frame you may have with a subject, Friedman demonstrates several setups using strobes, a softbox, reflectors, gels, and...
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In this week’s video, FocusEd discusses ISO. ISO is a measurement of a digital sensor’s (or films) sensitivity to light. This video goes into detail about when to use different ISO settings, as well as explaining native, standard, and boosted ISO for your digital camera.
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Along with numerous examples of his gorgeous work, renowned food photographer Andrew Scrivani discusses the core components of good food photography and how to induce the emotions that food arouses. He talks of light play, props, using a darker palette to help colors pop, infusing process shots with artistry, and the importance of telling a story—and selling emotion—with your photographs....
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In Part I we talked, in a fair amount of detail, about what DOF is and how it is determined. If you are happy with what you learned in Part I and do not feel the need to know the math behind all of the different factors in DOF, then you are free to go out and start confidently manipulating DOF while taking photos. However, if you are having difficulty pressing the “I believe” button and want to...
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There are several myths and misconceptions surrounding Depth of Field. In Part I, we looked at the basics of DOF. Part II got into the math behind how to calculate DOF. Here, in Part III, I hope to...
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Depth of field (DOF) is defined as the area in a projected image, forward and aft of the focal plane, which also appears to be in focus in the image. When you pass light through a lens and focus that light to form an image on a piece of film, digital sensor, projection screen, etc., the area of the image that is in true focus is razor thin—the focal plane. Everything else is out of focus, to some...
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There is a great deal of confusion surrounding crop factor, and it is particularly difficult to explain, but let’s give it a try, shall we? Before we dive in, let me dispel two vicious rumors related to crop factor that are circulating through the photography (Internet) world today:
  • Crop factor does NOT affect a lens’s focal length.
  • Crop factor does NOT affect a lens’s aperture....
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    In this week’s video, FocusEd presents a discussion of lens mounts. Not every lens fits on every camera, and not every lens from each manufacturer works on every camera from that manufacturer. This video examines cameras from Canon, Nikon, and Sony, their mount systems, and explains the differences between their respective mounts.
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    Yousuf Karsh was an Armenian, born in the Ottoman Empire in 1908. After his family fled, he was sent to live in Quebec, with an uncle who was a portrait photographer. Noticing young Yousuf’s interest and ability, his uncle arranged for an apprenticeship with the noted Boston photographer John Garo. After a three-year stint with Garo, Karsh returned to Quebec and began his illustrious career. In...
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    In this travel-related video, produced during the 2015 B&H Optic Imaging Conference, travel photographer Robert O’Toole talks about his favorite subjects: wildlife and Japan. In this video, O’Toole describes the tools and techniques needed to capture dynamic wildlife photographs and the challenges of shooting in cold, wintry environments. 
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    Regardless of “niche,” the one thing every working photographer needs is a portfolio. Not just any thrown-together collection of images will cut it, either. A strong, concise, and impressive showcase of your talent is crucial to developing your business. If your website is your storefront, then your portfolio is your biggest and most effective sales tool. It emphasizes who you are, it shows off...
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    In this travel-related video, produced during the 2015 B&H Optic Imaging Conference, geologist and travel photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins talks about using new technologies and camera gear that will allow a photographer to travel light and still capture exciting travel photographs.
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    In this FocusEd video, we discuss the sometimes confusing aspects and nature of crop factor. This is not about how many bushels of corn an acre of rich soil in Iowa will yield—this is about how your combination of optics and sensor size affects the angle of view of your lens. When you have a camera with a sensor smaller than a full-frame sensor or 35mm film, it effectively changes the focal...
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    1) Chasing light I’m really not a morning person but, on travel shoots, I always force myself to wake up with or before the sun. Photography is all about light, so it's important to capture the most beautiful light possible. What also makes shooting in the early morning more preferable than the late afternoon is there are often fewer people and tourists. I found this to be especially true at...
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