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30. April 2015

30 Apr

Das Bild des Tages von: Lukas B.

© Lukas B.

Im Ausblick: Ideenklau, der Verlust von Praktica und Vietnam damals und heute.
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Stop the Rush and Return to Simplicity

30 Apr

As modern day photographers it is easy to get overwhelmed and consumed by new gear, new technology, new software, new techniques (did someone say HDR?) and so on. With so much going on in the industry, sometimes you need to step back, sit down and relax.

Sometimes you need to stop the rush in your head and slow the heck down.

With that said, I thought it would be worthwhile to share some advice for you new photographers that feel an intense desire to do more than you know you can handle at the moment. Or for you photographers that have experience already, but want to go back to simplicity.

Before I dive into my advice, read through Simon Ringsmuth’s article: 5 Tips to Help You Slow Down and Take Better Photos. Now that you have done that, here is my advice.

Slow Down

To add to Simon’s article, I wanted to share a video I recorded on the same topic of slowing down:

You will notice that I have shared some very specific things you can do to force yourself to simplify your photography. Things like switching to manual focus completely, using a smaller memory card, or not using Auto-ISO. Each of these things will force you not only to think, but to think specifically about the subject or scene rather than just broadly.

Prime Lenses

Prime lenses are another way to simplify. It would be nice to have expensive zoom lenses with f/2.8 or wider apertures. But do you need that? Might it just complicate your photography?

Instead of spending the money on expensive lenses, or an all-in-one zoom, try prime lenses. When I am on the job I’m typically using either a 20mm, 35mm, 50mm or 85mm lens. Each has an aperture of f/2.0 or wider. They’re lighter so they don’t hurt my back, they’re smaller so they take up less room, and they make me move my feet and think about perspective more.

They are simple.


Made using a prime lens.


Admittedly, when HDR first became popular I hopped on the bandwagon. But eventually I got bored with doing the same bracketing technique over and over. At the time processing HDR was not even close to perfection, so the time needed for post-processing was way too much for my liking.  So I stopped and instead started to bracket two exposures, or three if needed. Then I would manually mask in specific parts of the scene as needed. I would do this using onOne Perfect Layers or Photoshop – depending on what else I wanted to do to the photo.

Having written books on long exposure and panoramic photography, I love both those techniques. But I don’t always need to do them. I don’t always need filters or a tripod.

A good example of this is as follows. Recently I have started trusting the dynamic range of my camera’s sensor more than ever. Instead of using a filter as often as I used to, when possible I will use that dynamic range and recover highlights and shadows inside of Lightroom. The histogram for my photos is typically towards the middle so that it’s even easier to recover both ends of the spectrum.

Fortunately the Nikon D810 has an amazing dynamic range to allow this. Many other cameras are in a similar situation.  That doesn’t mean I never use my neutral density filters, because I do. It just means I simplify when I can, because it allows me to enjoy photography even more.


Sky blackened without filters and only using Lightroom.


When it comes to processing photos I often see so many filters being used by photographers. There is nothing wrong with that, but I sometimes feel it’s overboard. I might be a minority with how I feel about processing, but here it goes.

When processing photos I am a mix of a purist who also likes to experiment. I am colour-blind, so I rely on my ColorChecker Passport to guarantee accurate colors. But I know that my colors are often off. It happens and that’s okay, but I still aim for accuracy. That’s the purist side of my mentality. The experimental side wants me to try new things, and that is also okay.

But, lately while processing I have been keeping things simple. Very basic color correction as needed, contrast, clarity, and so on. Or a very basic black and white conversion using either Lightroom, onOne, Silver Efex or Tonality. I don’t go for anything out of the ordinary. My black and white processes are very simple. Because sometimes simple is best.


Simple photo and processing brought a smile to hundreds of Vineland, NJ residents.

Keep it at One

If you really want to return to simplicity, try spending your photography time with only one camera body and one lens. For the past few months I have been participating in the WE35 project at The Photo Frontier. It’s a project where each photographer is researching the world of photography, and life in general with only one camera body and a 35mm lens (or 35mm equivalent).


Doing this is extremely challenging and mentally fulfilling. It requires you to simplify your entire photography workflow. So I encourage you to give it a try, as well as the other tips I have shared here.

I will leave you with one more note. Believe in yourself, your knowledge, and your creativity. You don’t need expensive equipment or to always do fancy techniques. You need yourself, your camera and a lens. So step back and enjoy photography and stop driving yourself nuts over every piece of gear and technique that you can do.

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GoPro announces Kolor acquisition

30 Apr

GoPro has announced its acquisition of Kolor, makers of stitching software used for spherical 360-degree videos and panoramas. Demonstrating exactly what we can expect when the two companies combine forces, the above 360-degree video has been released today, recorded with three GoPro Heros and stitched together with Kolor software. Read more

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Warum eigentlich nicht?

30 Apr

Anja © Marit Beer

Immer öfter höre oder lese ich, wie unzufrieden Fotografen mit ihren Arbeiten sind. Voller Selbstzweifel geißeln sie sich und suchen nach einem Anker, der sie hochzieht.
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Ansix introduces LensPacks: Rear lens caps with Velcro for bags

30 Apr

Ansix Engineering has taken to Kickstarter with its LensPacks, a rear lens cap backed with Velcro that can be attached to the inside of a camera bag. It’s designed to speed up lens changes – when a lens swap is necessary, the photographer can twist the current lens into the fixed lens cap, then twist a different lens off of another cap. Read more

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DIY Roundup: Photo Gifts for Mom

30 Apr

Your mom is the best! So her gift this Mother’s Day should be just as incredible as she is, right?

Right! And the best part is, you don’t have to look far for the perfect present. You can easily make it out of some of those gorgeous pics you’ve been taking.

(All you need is to channel your inner craft-machine!)  

So we’ve put together a list of DIY Photo Gifts that are sure to put a huge smile on your mom’s face.

Happy Mom’s Day, moms!

10 DIY Photo Gifts for Mom 

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LG G4 puts focus on the camera

30 Apr

LG’s new flasgship smartphone, the LG G4, takes over some of the G3’s design details, but from a hardware point of view it’s an all-around new device. Specifically, it puts a lot of emphasis on camera specifications. Its 16MP 1/2.6-inch CMOS sensor is larger than the 1/3-inch sensors in many other phones, and the F1.8 aperture is the fastest among the current crop of high-end mobile devices. Read more

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SEO und Fotografie

30 Apr

Lupe, die auf einem Buch liegt und das Wort „Fotografie“ vergrößert

Ein Beitrag von: Artur Kosch

Kürzlich hat ein guter Freund (der Fotograf ist) für Recherchearbeiten nach Bildern gesucht. Dabei hat er eines seiner eigenen Bilder in den Suchergebnissen bei Google gefunden, das aber nicht auf seiner Webseite veröffentlicht war.
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Lockheed Lounge: Meet The World’s Most Expensive Object

30 Apr

[ By Steph in Design & Furniture & Decor. ]

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What about this chaise lounge makes it worth the equivalent of approximately ten middle-class suburban homes, or 5,000 Ikea couches? The Lockheed Lounge by Marc Newson set a record for the world’s most expensive design object created by a living person after it sold for more than £2 million (over $ 3 million USD at today’s exchange rate.)

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One prototype, four artist’s proofs and ten editions of the seat have been created since the Lockheed Lounge’s design in 1990, and it’s perhaps best known to people outside the design community for being prominently featured in Madonna’s 1993 video for the song ‘Rain.’ It’s this particular lounge that got snapped up for millions – over the phone, no less – when it recently went up for auction.

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The aircraft-inspired furniture design was an immediate success when an early version of it debuted at a Sydney gallery, and it’s been in demand among the world’s wealthiest design collectors ever since, especially since the shape was refined to become smoother and more free-flowing. It’s made of thin aluminum plates welded together and riveted from the inside. The core is made of fiberglass-reinforced plastic.

The sale cements Newson’s status as one of the world’s highest-grossing designers. His works collectively brought in over £8.5 million in April alone.

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Epson International Pano Awards open for panoramic photographers

30 Apr

Entries are now being accepted for the Epson International Pano Awards competition that celebrates and rewards outstanding panoramic photography. In its sixth year, the contest which is sponsored by Epson Australia, has a prize fund of $ 50,000, including a single prize of $ 5,000 for the Jeff Mitchum Fine Art category. Read more

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