Beginning around 500 BC, Chinese and Greek philosophers discovered and documented the use of optical devices. As centuries passed, and before the inception of the first camera, scientists were more concerned with ways of of developing images rather than with the camera itself. Thus began the exploration of photochemical reactions when in 1727, Johann Heinrich [...]
Sony has just announced something that is probably revolutionary to the compact camera market, but when you think about it, seems like an obvious step in its evolution. It’s a stabilised zoom lens, that has a 20Mpx sensor, battery, flash card and wireless connectivity built into it. But it doesn’t have a screen. Instead, it [...]
Everyone is talking about it … the imminent death of Google Reader on July 1st … and a ton of you are still using it. It’s time you did something about it, or you’ll lose all the RSS feeds you’ve ever collected! Not a happy thought! Here’s what you can do to stay connected to [...]
It’s always nice to use equipment that you’ve not had access to before. You could ask a sympathetic (and well-off) friend to lend you his stuff, or you could rent a specific lens or camera that you’ve been meaning to try out. The down-side is that renting is still a little expensive.
However, consider this… [...]
Who would ever have thought that we’d be able to see how light travels through our world? Yet here’s a video of a pulse of laser light travelling and dispersing through a bottle.
Ramesh Raskar from MIT’s media lab talks about how they capture the movement of a single ray [...]
A friend writes to me:
I’m no photographer, and therefore I’ve never understood what makes a photograph amazing? Nationalist sentiments aside, what’s in the photo – “Heroes of Iwo Jima” that makes it so awesome and memorable? Also, the National Geographic Magazine picture – “Afghan Girl“, what’s so special [...]
Try it out beforehand with the particular computer and camera that you will be using. Hardware has a way of doing strange things when you least expect it. Shoot to CF card [...]
Your camera has a light meter (aka Exposure meter) built into it. This meter measures the light coming Through The Lens (TTL) and helps the camera or you to adjust your shutter, aperture and ISO appropriately, so that you get a well exposed image.
Deep down, no matter what anyone says, we don’t like to be told that our pictures are no good. We love the pictures we take – the ‘art’ we make – no matter how lame it may actually be. I’ve got nothing against that.
There are some people who upload their work for others to [...]
It’s a word of Japanese origin used to describe the aesthetic quality of the ‘out-of-focus’ area of a photograph. Typically referring to the more visible ‘circles of confusion’ that are visible in shallow depth of field photographs.
To get the best bokeh possible, do this: Use a fast lens, with the aperture wide [...]
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