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25 More Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography – 100 Tip Series

I thought I’d celebrate my 100th article here on TMO, by rounding-up my promised set of One Hundred Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography. Actually, this article – containing the final twenty-five tips – will be the capstone to the previous three, which you can access via these links: 25 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography, 25 More Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography, and Yet Another 25 Tips for Mastering iPhone Photography.

Without further ado, as they say… let’s jump right in.

76.) Always strive to tell a story with your iPhone photos. Try using an element of mystery – it’s the best way to tell a compelling story in your images. The best stories are already in the mind of the viewer, so if you create mystery, the viewer can fill in the blanks and create a story that’s uniquely theirs. Examples of mystery in photography are: using silhouettes, roads winding away in the distance, and shadows jutting out from around a corner; shadows not that of your subject.

There is mystery in this photo. What is at the end of the road? Dark clouds approaching.

77.) Activate the HDR Mode when shooting landscapes – particularly when the sky dominates the scene.

78.) After acquainting yourself fully with the default Camera app loaded onto your iPhone, consider exploring third-party “camera replacement” apps. There are several excellent ones, all of which provide additional functionality, flexibility and utility when shooting images with your iPhone. The one app that is a long-time favorite among most iPhoneographers, including yours truly, is the Camera+ app by tap tap tap. It’s an incredibly useful camera app, and it’s universal. For much more information on the capabilities of this app, visit the tap tap tap website.

79.) Back in tip #36, I mentioned that using your earphone’s remote volume buttons to trip the camera shutter is very instrumental in helping you achieve sharp iPhone photos, particularly in low-light conditions. But, did you know that using the remote is also quite helpful when taking selfies? Rather than juggling the iPhone with one hand, fumbling for the on-screen shutter release button, and risking a blurred shot, control the earphones remote in your other hand for smooth, firm, award-winning selfies.

Press the volume-up or -down on the earphones remote to snap an iPhone photo

80.) Speaking of using your earphones volume control as a remote release, use it to help you capture those very high-angle shots. Shooting by holding the iPhone over a crowd comes to mind. Extreme low-angle shots as well, such as shooting a pet down at floor level.

81.) Here’s one last but cool way to use your earphones as an aide to stealth iPhoneography and street photography: wear your iPhone-connected earphones in public. While you pretend to be talking on the phone or listening to music, you can actually be shooting pictures. As an added bonus, no camera shutter-release sound will be betraying your real intentions.

82.) Do you like capturing and processing extreme HDR (High Dynamic Range) images? You know, the ones that photography snobs and pixel-peepers say do not represent real photography? Don’t worry what others think; don’t allow them to intimidate and influence you. You’re not making these photographs for them. You make photographs according to your vision, how you express your art, your own photographic and artistic goals, and more importantly, because they make you happy and you love them.

Next: Fireworks, Children, Pets, and iPad

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Images of the Taunton River

The Taunton River Watershed Alliance is sponsoring a digital photography contest for its 2015 annual tide calendar. The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers, with a watershed-wide call for shots showcasing our area’s natural and seasonal beauty.A watershed is “a geographic area in which every drop of rain flows toward a river on its way to the sea.” Essentially, it is like a rain-catching bowl that then pours out into the ocean.The Taunton River Watershed consists of 43 communities in southeastern Massachusetts, and since 1988 the Taunton River Watershed Alliance has sought to “restore and properly manage water and related natural resources within the Taunton River Watershed.”Over the years, the TRWA has mobilized watershed residents to appreciate and do their best to protect and preserve the watershed through fun activities like canoe races and educational exercises such as shoreline surveys and river cleanups.Another source of community-wide engagement is the TRWA’s annual tide calendar.Jennifer O’Keefe, a member of the TRWA for10 years, proposed the idea in 2011 after being inspired by a similar project put out by another Massachusetts watershed alliance.“Many people do not equate ‘scenic’ with the Taunton River,” O’Keefe acknowledged, though she and other like-minded members of the community are working diligently to change that misconception.Its first year the TRWA received 40 photos for the calendar, 35 of which made the cut, and interest has only grown since then. For 2015, it has already received 200 images, and organizers are hoping to get many more.O’Keefe is an editor for the calendar, and “what I find exciting about coordinating [it] is working with the photographers who have a shared love for showing off the beauty of the watershed.”As an editor, O’Keefe is normally concerned with getting enough seasonal shots for the calendar, but this year she’s also hoping for something special:“For 2015, we’re hoping to see some shots of the not-so-resident wildlife that’s been in the news: the snowy owls or even the beluga whale that visited the lower Taunton River early this summer.”Photographers from any of the Taunton River Watershed communities are welcome to participate, whether they be young or old, amateur or professional. The deadline for the 2015 calendar contest is July 15.“If you would like to submit an image, we are looking for area digital photographs taken within the Taunton River watershed of wild life, scenery, agriculture, evidence of the area’s archeological heritage, or recreational activities on the river. Photographs must be taken within the last five years and must be the sole property of the submitting party.”Page 2 of 2 – Since this will be the TRWA’s fifth annual tide calendar, they are organizing a special celebration:“The TRWA will be hosting a special retrospective exhibition with the Taunton Art Association at their Williams Street gallery Saturday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Five years of winning calendar photography will be on display, including this year’s yet to be announced winners.”For further submission information, guidelines, and a complete list of watershed communities, visit or call the Taunton River Watershed Alliance at 508-828-1101.

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Capture the coolest fireworks with these photo tips for your smartphone or point-and-shoot

Fireworks are at the top of nearly everybody’s list of favorite Fourth of July memories, but capturing the magic in fireworks photos is extremely tricky. This year, we scoured our favorite photography and tech resources for great fireworks photo tips so that the next morning, you don’t find yourself scrolling through your pics, and saying, “well…it was cool in person…”
We’re focusing here on smartphone and point-and-shoot tips, since there are so many specific technical tips for you DLSR fans. But whatever you’re shooting with, be sure to check our resource guide at the bottom which offers lots of info on ISO, white balance, aperture, bulb mode, and shutter speed settings for those of you pros.

1. Stay steady
A shaky hand, even in the teeniest way, kills the photo. You’ll definitely want to set up a tripod for even a point-and-shoot. Or if you’re shooting with your mobile device, something like the  Twig or Joby’s Griptight Microstand. Though we remain fans of the original GorillaMobile Stand (above) also from  Joby, which can prop up any of the above, and lets you safely tether it to a railing, a tree, or just prop it on a stoop.

If you can be still…as in really still, then give it a go. It helps if you don’t have children tugging at your sleeve telling you they’re tired. [photo: cult of mac]

2. Turn off your flash!Do you really think you’re going to light the sky? Your flash will light foreground objects, and fireworks in the sky are not foreground objects. That’s all we’ll say about that.

3. Lock your focusThis should be fairly obvious, but in shooting something in the distance, make sure to tap your screen (or on a point-and-shoot, hold down the shutter halfway) to lock on the actual firework explosion to make sure that’s what’s in focus, and not the buildings, or worse, the heads of the people in front of you. [Great example in the top photo via Wired]

4. Try the fireworks setting on your point-and-shootOur friends at Photojojo recommend you use that fireworks setting because it makes thing easier on you. However to tweak your settings even more optimally, turn off your autofocus and any auto stabilization settings–which can sound counterintuitive, but may make your photos less sharp.

5. Carry a spare batteryWe love the tip from B&H photo to carry a spare mobile power source like the JBL charge (above) since long exposures drain battery juice. Plus if you are on iOS7 and taking smartphone shots, your battery will be gone in ten minutes anyway. (Ha.)

 7. The earliest fireworks may take the best photosWe’re impressed the clever observation from B&H that with the accumulating smoke in the sky, the cleanest photos you’ll get may be early on. That’s not great news if you’re a newbie, or if you’re expecting to get some awesome shot of the grand finale–which hey, you still might. But truly, a few great shots is all you need and if they come early, you can spend the rest of the time just experimenting. Or enjoying the show.

8. Try fireworks specific apps for your iPhone, Android, or Windows PhoneIf you’ll be using a smartphone, we’re happy to report that there are several apps to help you get the same quality as a dslr (or close to it, at least).

Wired recommends LongExpo (free, shown above), Slow Shutter Camera+ (free), and Slow Shutter Cam ($0.99), all for iOS.

CNET also recommends Slow Shutter Cam, along with VSCO Cam (free) for iOS which is one of our own favorites. [photo above: Leon Yan using Vscocam]
For Android, Wired is partial to Camera FV-5 ($3.95), and CNET suggests Night Camera (free) for sharp, low-light photos.
You Windows phone users can check out Blink (free) as well which captures a burst of photos before and after you’ve taken the shot.

8. Don’t use the smartphone zoom!You absolutely lose resolution when you zoom in for a shot with a smartphone, as those of us who have ever photographed our kids’ school recitals in zoom modes now now. Use the widest possible framing so you use every one of those lovely pixels, then know you can always crop later.

When you do crop, consider the rule of thirds: The bursts will look best at one of those points. Turn on the grid on your camera phone; it helps, or use an app like Camera+ which also employs it. Wshown here via the WSJ).

9. Get artsyWhile classic firework photos are always amazing, we love Geek Sugar‘s idea to experiment with tools like panorama shots or fish-eye lenses on your mobile phone. The results can be super cool! [photo: Flickr user legin101]

10. Hand the camera to the kids
We are always amazed by the kinds of shots our kids get, especially when they have absolutely no idea what they are doing. Passing the camera phone over to them lets you enjoy an extra special family moment, and maybe even see the fireworks with that childhood magic once again.
-Julie + Liz

Fantastic resources for the great fireworks photo tips:
11 Tips for Sparkling Fireworks:Photojojo
Tips for photographing fireworks at Wired
How to photograph fireworks at B+H Photo
Firework photography tips at Geek Sugar
9 apps for the Fourth of July at CNET
Take your best firework photos at PHP Studio
Best apps for shooting fireworks at WSJ
75 explosive photos of fireworks at Gizmodo

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Nikon V3 sample gallery: Can the ultra-speedy mirrorless cam’s new sensor level the playing field?

Earlier this year, Nikon’s 1-series mirrorless camera line received a new flagship model, the Nikon V3. Although the 1-series cameras had smaller sensors than most compact system cameras, they’ve made the best of that fact, with unusually compact bodies and lenses, not to mention swift performance and some clever shooting features that rely on the cameras’ speed. Still, past 1-series models have been criticized for their image quality in comparison to competitors with larger sensors and chunkier bodies.

The Nikon V3 is even sleeker than its predecessors, thanks to newly-removable electronic viewfinder and grip accessories, but the big news here is a brand-new 18.4-megapixel image sensor that forgoes an optical low-pass filter in the quest for maximum image detail. According to Nikon, this new chip should make for a significant improvement in image quality, especially in low light and at higher sensitivities. It’s coupled to a new EXPEED 4A image processor, which should not only allow greater performance, but also improved noise-reduction processing.

And performance is truly epic — not just for its class, but even when compared to high-end professional dslrs costing many times more than does the US$1,200 Nikon V3. This little compact system camera can manage 20 full-resolution JPEG or raw frames per second with autofocus adjustment between frames. If you’re willing to lock focus, you can boost that to a staggering 60 full-res frames per second. And the autofocus system has also been improved, sporting 105 on-chip phase detection autofocus pixels, and 171 contrast-detection areas. Upgrades abound in other areas, too, as you’ll see in our Nikon V3 preview.

We recently put the Nikon V3 through our rigorous lab testing — you’ll find our lab samples here — and now it’s in the hands of camera reviewer Jason Schneider to see how it performs in the real world. Jason’s currently working on his first Shooter’s Report with the Nikon V3, but he’s already turned in his first batch of gallery photos shot with the camera, and we’ve wasted no time in adding them to our preview. And while it’s early days yet, Jason notes that he’s definitely noticed an improvement in performance in the new camera, although he’s also found a couple of quirks that he’ll be discussing in his Shooter’s Reports.

Jason’s Nikon V3 gallery photos to date were shot with two lenses: the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 prime and the 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 zoom. They span the gamut from a low of ISO 160 to a high of ISO 4000, and include quite a few portraits so you can judge how the camera renders flesh tones. Take a look at the Nikon V3 gallery to see all 16 initial gallery shots (raws should be coming shortly), and watch this space for more in our ongoing Nikon V3 review!

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36 of the Best Online Tools to Boost Your Photography Business

A Post By: Julia May

As a beginner photographer, I put most of my time and energy into the product side of my business. I need to practice, improve my shooting and post processing skills, and just grow as a photographer. However, I have a strong intention to make photography my full-time job and be successful in it, which is hardly possible without a business strategy. Besides, with over five years of experience in social media and content marketing, I know for sure that establishing a sound online presence and effective marketing channels may not show you the money today, but it will shape your business in the long run.

In this article, I’m sharing the results of my recent research on the online marketing and workflow organizing tools for photographers. I use some of these services on a daily basis; others are carefully stored in my bookmarks, eagerly waiting for the moment to come in handy. Each tool category includes several noteworthy options (both big players and lesser known tools), so that you can use this article as a catalog to refer to in your marketing pursuits.
Photography Website Builders
1. MotoCMS
Since I was looking for a self-hosted solution with no additional costs for the tools I don’t need just yet, this one worked perfectly for me. For $139, I got a modern website template based on the quite powerful MotoCMS. Among the key features are advanced drag-and-drop website editor, SEO & social media tools, e-commerce widget, etc.
2. Squarespace
Squarespace offers 25 modern-looking templates with e-commerce integration, custom domains (no self-hosting, though), mobile-ready websites and support. There’s no free plan, but prices start from $8 per month, and you have 14 days to give it a try for free.
5. Portfoliobox
There’s a free account option allowing you to select a clean template and fill it with up to 40 images. A $6.90/month Pro plan (paid yearly) with Portolfiobox includes more design and marketing options, as well as a custom domain name and email.
6. Wix
The free plan includes a wide gallery of templates, unlimited pages and hosting. Premium plans start from $4.08/month, but your website will carry Wix brand ads both on desktop and mobile.
7. Pixpa
Pixpa offers hosted portfolios with private galleries, ec-ommerce with Fotomoto, custom domains, social media sharing and other features. All-inclusive plans start from $4.00/month (billed annually) with a 50% discount available for students.
8. Portfolio Lounge
A custom domain is included in Portfolio Lounge’s free plan, which is nice! Upgrading to the Pro ($7.99/month) and Max ($16.99/month) will get you extra storage space. This is quite a simple service with no pricing gimmicks and overwhelming feature sets.
9. Folio Websites
Folio Websites templates are based on WordPress, which is quite a benefit these days. There’s just one plan available – $175/year, and your decision to sign up may only be based on examples and promises since there’s no trial period offered.
10. Carbonmade
Carbonmade is a kinda hipster among portfolio builders – its design is funky, the words are fun, and the service is on trend. Opting in for the free “Meh” plan, you get a 35-image portfolio on the domain. Upgrade to the $12/month “Whoo!” plan, and you get 500 images and 10 video slots, domain binding, ad-free site, private projects and tech support.
10b. Zenfolio (added by the Editor)
Editor’s note: I personally use Zenfolio for my portfolio, and have for several years. The benefits of choosing something like Zenfolio over just a portfolio site is that they also offer a way to sell your images, preview them for clients, have locked or private galleries and even a blog element. Their Basic Plan is only $30/year but if you want unlimited uploads, and the ability to price your own work go for the Premium at $140/year. This can also act as you backup as well with unlimited storage of images. They do offer a free trial.
Have you ever wondered why crappy photographers do better than you? It’s because they know that both creative and business sides of photography are critical for success.
Cloud Storage and Media Library
11. Flickr
With a colossal 1TB of free storage on the table, Flickr remains a first-class service for photographers of all levels. I’m using it to store my photos, too. However, I really hope their sluggish interface will be updated very soon.
12. Streamnation
Streamnation supports a pile of photo file formats, including RAW and C2R – a feature any photographer would appreciate. 20GB of storage is free. The price varies from $4/month for 100GB to $19/month for unlimited space biled annually.
13. Dropbox
While Dropbox’s experience for photographers still feels half-baked, it’s definitely a solution to consider since, unlike your average cloud hosting startup, the established service provides welcome peace of mind.
14. Google+
You can store up to 15GB in Google+ Photos, Gmail, and Google Drive for free and then pay for additional storage (up to 16TB) as your account grows. A neat thing about Google’s offer is that, unless your photos exceed 2,048 pixels by width, Google won’t count them against your total amount of available space.
15. Crashplan
A neat feature about Crashplan is that you can recover a deleted file no matter how much time has passed. Prices for unlimited online backup to the Crashplan cloud start at $5/month with annual billing.
16. Zoolz
Unlike most cloud hosting services, Zoolz is a long-term storage unit designed for storing your data on the cloud for a lifetime. With a 5-year subscription you can have your photos reside on reliable Amazon AWS servers for as low as $2/month.
16b. Zenfolio
Editor’s note: see above for Zenfolio info under the website section, also works for image backup.
By Anca Mosoiu
Image Proofing and Selling Prints
17. Pixieset
Pixieset is my number one tool to create beautiful client galleries. It has all the key features to help you deliver, proof, and sell your work (unlimited galleries, proofing system, instant download, password protection, audio, just to name a few). The best part is that all this is available in their free plan. If you’d like more space and a custom domain, you can upgrade your plan (prices range from $8/month for 10GB to $40/month for 1TB).
18. Nextproof
Nextproof a pay-as-you-go service with a $0 plan (1GB of space and a 15% transaction fee) on the table and a free 30-day trial available for every paid plan (ranging from $9-99/month).
19. OnlinePictureProof
There’s a single, $29/month plan you can buy. Among the key features are slideshows, mobile app and a shopping cart. Online Picture Proof is a simple yet professional picture proofing and sales solution.
20. ProofBuddy
If your website runs on the WordPress platform, you can make use of this free WP plugin, ProofBuddy, to activate a fully-functional proofing system built to show your proofs and accept orders from clients.
21. ShootProof
With ShootProof, you can create public or private galleries that work equally well on desktop and mobile devices. The great feature is that each visitor’s activity is displayed in detail to you. ShootProof has a flexible payment plan (commission-free $10-50/month) as well as a free plan allowing up to 100 uploads.
20b. Zenfolio
Editor’s note: see above for Zenfolio info under the website section, also works for image proofing and sales.
By zizzybaloobah
22. Setmore
Getting started with Setmore is very easy thanks to a clean, intuitive interface and wizard-like design. Standard features are free to use and include unlimited appointments, services and customers, as well as the ability to add up to 20 staff members to your account. Upgrading to $25/month brings you to the premium level with Google Calendar sync, unlimited SMS (text) reminders and recurring appointments.
23. Ubooq
Ubooq makes it easy for clients to schedule an appointment with an easy-to-use, online reception page. Appointment ticket and reminders help avoid no-shows. You can schedule up to 30 appointments in Ubooq for free, and then, if you like it, pick a plan that suits your needs. There is a 5-grade plan system, with prices starting at $19 for the monthly service.
24. BookedIn
A pretty cool feature in BookedIn, that I didn’t see on similar services, is that you can add a booking app to your Facebook timeline. Payment plans include a pay-as-you-go model (you purchase a block of booking for 50 cents each) and a monthly plan costing $20/month. You can try out the complete set of features for free during 30 days.
Note: other free options: Calendly and TimeTrade (also have a paid version for more appointments)
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CRM (Customer Relationship Management) System
25. Simply Studio
For $29/month (billed annually) with Simply Studio you get a full-fledged, web-based CRM system with client-money task management, accounting, invoicing and bookkeeping, online proofing, polls and email marketing. All features are included in a free trial version available for 15 days. My workflow of a newbie obviously does not require such software yet, but I surely love the features-price ratio of Simply Studio, as well as the simplicity of its interface. So Simply Studio is already in my bookmarks waiting for my photography business to grow and call for it.
26. StudioCloud
StudioCloud is free desktop software for photography studios. Standard features include cloud syncing, a client database, scheduling, billing, order management and other business-management tools. While the basic functionality (which is quite rich, though), is free to download, some extra tools, such as multiple users, online proofing and automatic client reminders, will cost you between $10-60 per month.
27. ShootQ
ShootQ offers the most comprehensive list of management tools, which naturally reflects in pricing. There are three all-inclusive and monthly plans to choose from, and prices range from $39.95 to $79.95 depending on the desired number of users, pages and amount of storage.
Organization and Automation
This brilliant service saves me lots of time for shooting. Using IFTTT’s straight-forward formula, you can automate a variety of tasks, such as tweeting your new blog posts or notifying you of the latest dPS posts.
29. Buffer
A dead simple, yet useful tool, to schedule your social media posts. If you’re a heavy social network user, Hootsuite might work for you better, but if you just don’t want your Twitter and Facebook get dusty while you’re on vacation, Buffer has you covered.
30. Nutcache
Nutcache enables you to easily create unlimited number of invoices, do estimates, and track time. Great tool to operate your photo business in the cloud. It’s also multilingual.
By Staffan Scherz
You won’t believe how many tasks you can manage with some organization and system put in the process.
Mobile Client Galleries
31. Myphotoapp
Myphotoapp boasts the widest library of tools among mobile photo gallery builders. Client email collection, integration with MailChimp and advanced app analytics are some really neat features that make this service my number one choice. I hope, though, the usability of the administrative panel will be soon revised towards a simpler and more intuitive interface.
32. StickyAlbums
Create mobile photo apps that your clients can save on their iPhones, iPads and most Android devices using Sticky Albums. Features include custom branding, built-in Facebook sharing, password protected albums, photo album hosting and sharing via SMS. Prices start at $19/month with a free, 14-day trial available.
33. ProImageShare
If you’re a Lightroom diehard, it’s an easy winner here. ProImageShare lets you publish and host your own web app that can be downloaded on iOS devices with the appearance of a custom app. With a one-time payment of $69, you can publish as many apps as you want to your own unlimited, shared-web host.

Brides will definitely appreciate a custom app with their wedding pictures. Expect referrals to come your way!
Multi-platforms and Services
34. Photoshelter
I bet you’ve heard about Photoshelter, as it’s one of the industry’s “big dawgs”. Portfolio websites, integrated e-commerce, cloud storage and client-proofing system are the tools you can find under this shelter. Prices vary from $9.99/month for the basic feature set, to $49.99/month for the premium toolbox.
35. Zenfolio
Zenfolio is another giant in the field of digital marketing for photographers. The number of features here is impressive, too. One of the recently added ones is Photo Books (order and sell). Prices start from $30/year with a free, 14-day trial on hand.
36. Queensberry Workspace
Built around Quensberry’s range of print products, Workspace enables you to create, organize, and market your online presence, as well as order and sell photo books, albums, frames, etc. Its basic version is available for free and you can upgrade from $4 monthly.
Editor’s note: once upon a time I was a consultant for Queensberry Albums (for 9 years) and I can attest to their dedication to quality albums, products and software. They also make Photojunction, a powerful album design tool.
Another biggie in this area is SmugMug. Slightly more than Zenfolio with many of the same features.
Last Click
I didn’t include Defrozo on the round-up because currently it’s a private beta, but the features listed on the “coming soon” page make it so worth mentioning.
Website builder, Media Library, Image Delivery and Proofing, Scheduling, E-commerce, CRM system, and Websites for Clients make the initial toolbox Defrozo is going to deliver from the start. Moreover, photo book design tools and retouch services are scheduled to be added to the products’ following updates. How do I know that? Well, I subscribed for early access and received an invitation from the Defrozo team to join the focus group of photographers from 30 countries worldwide. I recommend that you sign up, too, since a new player on the market will likely offer something extraordinary to attract users. There are good chances that it’s gonna be a freemium or at least offer extra benefits to early adopters.
By Pascal
Defrozo seems to have a potential to be the ultimate weapon for your business to reach zen.
What’s in your digital toolbox?
I hope my research will come in handy, and I’m sure there are a lot of other tools and services worth mentioning here that I missed. What do you use to manage your photography workflow and business? Is there any all-in-one tool out there you could recommend? Please share your suggestions and experience in the comments below.

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Camera film: not vintage yet

On what camera did you take your first photo? If you’re Gen X or older, it probably was a film camera. Maybe it was even a disposable camera (gasp).These days, we hone our photography skills on digital – a different kind of disposable photography. So why, in this digital age of smartphones and dslrs, do high school students learn photography on film?Bendigo Senior Secondary College is one high school where the photography department has a bunch of analogue cameras and a fully equipped dark room.”Fundamentally, it’s to learn about light”, says photography teacher Andrea Jones, .”As well as composition, exposure, and attention to detail.”Shooting on film means shooting with purpose. Less happy snapping, more thoughtful framing.”The power of photography is the ability to capture a moment in time that may never be repeated. With the limited frames per roll of film, you compose each frame with intent rather than shooting many frames as digital photography allows.””These restrictions lead to creative compositions in camera. The students can be disappointed when their film does not work. The time to reshoot and develop the negatives again makes us aware of the process that was historically the common medium.”And then there’s the darkroom. Walking into a darkroom feels like entering another world, and another era. Pungent chemicals slurp in trays, lights glow dimly and dripping photos hang like washing on the line.Andrea loves the first time students see a print develop in the darkroom. “The ohhh’s and ahhh’s feels like I have just shown them a magic trick!” She says students have a lot of fun and gain confidence in their skills, and the analogue process develops an attention for detail because they have to be in control of every element of the process. Analogue also offers the opportunity for the ‘happy accident’, where the unplanned is sometimes much better than what you were expecting. Using film offers the chance to experiment with negatives and prints, like double exposure, where a frame of film is exposed twice and two images are superimposed, or solarisation, where photo paper is re-exposed during development.Photography students at Bendigo Senior Secondary College used analogue cameras and experimental darkroom techniques to create a series of photographs on positive aging. They shot older people contributing to the community and living actively – dancing, playing sport, enjoying the great outdoors and the quiet indoors.Their photos in the slideshow above formed an exhibition in collaboration with Seniors Rights Victoria called The Best is Yet to Be. The exhibition title is a quote from a poem by Robert Browning Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.

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Photography Week


***FREE, NO-OBLIGATION TRIAL – GET OUR LATEST ISSUE, AND OUR NEXT FOUR ISSUES, COMPLETELY FREE TODAY!***Photography Week is a new digital magazine that’s exclusively designed from the ground up for iPad and iPhone users with a passion for photography. Sign up for our risk-free trial and get your first five issues FREE!Here’s what our readers have to say about Photography Week:“Punchy magazine, with good tips intermediate photographers. I love the mix of text, images and video. I often don’t get time to read a full magazine, so smaller weekly bites work well for me. The iPad was invented for this type of magazine!”“This is a nicely laid out publication which is very light on the pocket. A 12-month subscription at £20 makes for less than 40p per week. It’s very much designed to be visually appealing and to play to the strengths of the iPad. All in all, very good value for passing an hour or two once a week.”“I just have to say that I totally love reading your magazine! I only discovered it about six weeks ago, but I enjoy reading and swiping through it each week! And trying all the projects ;)”“Just subscribed to your magazine and I’m very happy that I did. I even bought some back issues to read some of the things you’ve covered there. Looking forward to learning more!”Each fully interactive issue of Photography Week comes with video guides, slideshows, and special interactive features – all designed to help you become a better photographer and get the most out of your camera.Innovative technique guides and instructional videos show you how to do more with your digital camera and Photoshop, while galleries of beautiful imagery will inspire you to try something new. We also bring you the latest news, reviews and opinions from the photography world.Photography Week is a genuinely social magazine and you’ll play a big role in helping us put it together. Whether you’re sending us photos, taking part in our regular photo challenges on Facebook or having your say on the issues that matter, your input is vital. Better still, social media functionality is built-in, enabling you to share content with your friends and family with a couple of taps.Photography Week tells you exactly what you need to know every Thursday. It’s your weekly photo fix.——————-The terms of subscription are 1 month and 1 year, and your subscription will start with the latest available issue. Both subscription terms allow you a month’s free trial and give you your first five issues FREE!Individual issues are priced at: Single issue – £1.49 / €1.59 / $1.99 With subscription prices at: 1 month – £2.99 / €3.99 / $4.99 1 year – £19.99 / €22.99 / $28.99• Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account once your free trial expires• Your subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of the current subscription or free trial period• You will be charged for renewal within 24 hours prior to the end of the current period, for the same duration and at the current subscription rate for that product • You can manage your subscriptions and turn off auto-renewal by going to your Account Settings after purchase • We will be collecting information about your use of the app both when you are online and offline. To find out more please see our privacy policy. ——————- By purchasing a subscription or downloading an app you agree that you have read and accept Future Publishing Ltd’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

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Glitch art: bringing the “digital” back into digital photography


Felix Esser

posted Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 10:53 AM EDT

Image © by Maaz Khan

Back in the days of analog photography, we were used to seeing all kinds of artifacts in our images: dust specs, scratches, finger prints, cigarette burns, traces of the developing chemicals, etc. etc. The possibilities were endless. Then, there were all those crazy things you could do to film after it was developed, like exposing it to various substances, scratching it, coloring it, etc.

In the digital age, most information that comes out of a camera is “clean” — that is, the analog element of chance and surprise is (almost) entirely lacking. You don’t have to deal with expired film or developing chemicals, you don’t have to use a blower to get rid of dust, and so on. What can happen, though, is that you save images to a defective memory card, for instance, but that is rather the exception than the norm.

Elements of surprise do have a tendency to creep into digital signals as well, though — it’s just that we’re not used to seeing them in digital photography. But if you’ve ever watched digital satellite TV during a thunderstorm, you know what we’re talking about. Severe pixelation, strange color artifacts, vertical banding are all symptoms of a digital signal disintegrating.

Recently, I stumbled across an article by Maaz Khan over at DIY Photography, that highlighted how these kinds of digital interference can be employed as a means of art in digital photography. And because we’re dealing with digital “glitches” here, this kind of art is called “glitch art.” What glitch art is, in essence, is the deliberate introduction of digital interference artifacts into digital photographs, to the effect of re-introducing the same element of surprise that was ubiquitous in analog photography.

Unlike using digital recreations of analog phenomena such as fading, scratches, dust or simply the specific color signature of a film emulsion, glitch art is the direct digital equivalent of forcible introduction of physical artifacts into analog images. With the difference being that the artifacts used in glitch art are ones and zeros instead of actual molecules.

Image © by Maaz Khan

In his Instagram account, Maaz shows off a number of pictures that he gave the glitch treatment. What they all have in common is that instead of the clean digital representation of our physical world that we’re expecting to see, we find an image that is marked by all kinds of “errors” in its structure: colors being off, parts being pixelated, vertical stripes being offset against each other, or combinations of all three. The brain has to do some extra interpreting in order to decipher these photographs, and their content often isn’t easily recognizable at first sight.

When I approached him about his work, Maaz revealed to me that he had created most of his glitch photographs with a dedicated app that is available for Android on Google Play, aptly called ‘Glitch!’ There is also a similar app for iOS, ‘decim8,’ which is available on the App Store. Upon doing a bit more research, I discovered a whole glitch art subculture that is present not only on dedicated websites, but also on Tumblr and Flickr.

And glitch art isn’t just limited to photography. It can be used in videography as well, with a notable example being the music video to Kanye West’s ‘Welcome to Heartbreak’ (see below), which uses various different kinds of simulated digital interferences. In music, artificially induced glitches can be a means of altering a singer’s voice, or of creating unusual soundscapes.

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If we’ve piqued your interest in this art form, there are numerous resources available online. Besides the two apps mentioned above, there’s a dedicated website that lets you upload an image and subject it to the glitch treatment by varying multiple parameters. For more, we recommend you consult the Glitch Wiki, which is a great source to find out more about the glitch art community and ways to create your own glitch art.

We’d like to thank Maaz Khan for providing additional info on glitch art, and his permission to use some of his glitch photos in this article.

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July 2014: Focus Ezine Competition Results

By Digisecrets Admin on July 03rd, 2014
July 2014: Focus Ezine Competition Results

Winning Photo
Theme : “All About Fruit”

Photo by Marion Darlington
Nikon Coolpix P510, F3, 1/30, ISO 220, 4mm
Judge’s Feedback:
Marion’s use of light to accentuate the subject has worked very well. Placing the subject within a shaft of light creates a new and different story about the subject. The way the image is surrounded in shadow offers a suggestion of mystery. Is there something about this fruit that is forbidden? Perhaps the viewer is sneaking a peak behind closed doors when they weren’t supposed to. Either way the shaft of light illuminating the subject and then a rapid fall off of light into shadow leave our minds thinking about the story of this image.
This is an effective use of light and how powerful it is when telling a story. On a note about colour: The purple grapes on top of the yellow and red fruit provide us with a pleasing and complimentary colour contrast. The green fruit also offers a complimentary experience to the purple grapes.
A great shot Marion, we look forward to seeing further work.
Amy & Paul
P.S If you didn’t win, it’s not because we didn’t like your photo. Every photo on this page is a beauty. We love all of them. We want to extend a big “thank you” to everyone whose work is contributed each month. We are very proud of you.

Special Mention Entries:
(Simply click on a photo to enlarge and see camera data.)
Thank you very much for taking the time to submit your photos. You have done a great job. We have a limitation of one Winner and 8 finalists photos. This is due to the wonderful success and popularity of Focus Ezine and that we are now getting a large number of entries each month. If you don’t see yours here it’s not because we didn’t like it, it’s simply because of space limitations.

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Please add your comments about any of these great photo efforts at the bottom of the page.

Next Month’s (August) Theme:

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The closing date for entries is the:
25th of July 2014
Competition drawn and open for viewing on:
3rd August 2014

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