Get There On Time
Dec17

Get There On Time

  It rained all Friday night. I was exhausted from work. I collapsed into my bed, but set an alarm for 6AM. There are two days a week I can sleep in. I ruined one of them. Why? Because I had to take this photo:   I love this photo, and I could never have gotten it unless I got up early and got my ass to the right spot. It was only really about 10 minutes of prep: I looked up when the sun would rise – something like...

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Infrared Photography
Nov30

Infrared Photography

  Infrared photography is a great style to try out – it’s fun, different, and inexpensive. That’s a rare combination in photography, and you get something really unique for it. So, what is it? Here are two examples.     Only the colorblind would not notice that something is very different about this image. Clearly, the colors are strongly affected. This is how the image looks right from the camera...

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What is Crop Factor for Digital Cameras?
Apr28

What is Crop Factor for Digital Cameras?

What does it mean when someone tells you that a camera has a “1.6x crop factor”? Well, first off, “crop factor” can refer to both sensor size as well as lenses, because it generally affects both. Check out this quick article about sensor size, for some background information. Digital cameras can use very differently sized sensors, but many times will accept lenses from the same manufacturer. For example, a...

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Megapixels Don’t Matter
Apr23

Megapixels Don’t Matter

Well, they do, but it’s just that we’re way past that. Nokia has a smartphone (from mid-2013) with 41 megapixels. It uses the preposterous resolution to provide a kind of zoom. The full-size image is saved, but any image you can share or edit is downsized to 5 megapixels. If you “zoom in” from the full image, you can take that part of the 41-megapixel image and create another, new 5 megapixel...

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Try Film Sometime
Apr23

Try Film Sometime

There’s a bunch of hipsters out there who will tell you that film is better than digital. They’re actually kind of right. But not for these reasons: Film has a certain “look” that can’t be replicated by digital cameras. Films do have distinctive colors, contrast, and grain – but there are numerous post-processing methods that replicate this effect. While it may not be easy to replicate film, and...

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Avoid the Digital Graveyard
Apr22

Avoid the Digital Graveyard

Quick – where’s your essays from 1th grade? Well, if you’re young enough to have typed them on a computer, then perhaps there’s saved… somewhere? Well, you knew where they were at the time, but then you got a new desktop computer, and then a new laptop for college, and now you just use an iPad and your phone, mostly. Maybe they’re saved in an old format that won’t work anymore. Maybe...

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