eBook Review: Powerful Imagery The Photographer’s Insight
Oct27

eBook Review: Powerful Imagery The Photographer’s Insight

There are two often repeated basic tenets of photography: Good photos tell a story Good photographers are always learning Photographer Mitchell Kanashkevich’s pictures tell stories that are on par with the best photographers alive today. I was happy to have him be a part of my “What Makes a Good Photograph?” article over at Go, See, Write, and I was intrigued when I got the chance to read his new book, Powerful...

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Battle of The 50s: A Bokeh Comparison
Jul25

Battle of The 50s: A Bokeh Comparison

This is a totally unscientific, just for fun bokeh comparison between three (four?) of Canon’s 50mm lenses.   What Makes Good Bokeh? What’s attractive to you may not be the same for everyone else, but in general the more rounded the out of focus elements the more pleasing the bokeh. Good bokeh shows the background as a smooth, buttery, beautiful mess that really helps isolate your subject in the frame. Bad bokeh is...

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Review: Canon 50mm f1.0L. Yeah, 1.0!
Jun17

Review: Canon 50mm f1.0L. Yeah, 1.0!

A Big Old Heaping Pile of Glass… The first thing you notice about this lens is the glass. This lens is all glass with a little bit of that nice “L” series black plastic wrapped around it. This thing weighs 2lbs – it’s even heavier than the 5D Mark III camera it was attached to for the majority of this review, far heavier than my 60D, and it’s ridiculously heavier than the feather weight Canon Rebel...

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Flickr’s Badass New Look. Yeah, Flickr’s Awesome Again.
May20

Flickr’s Badass New Look. Yeah, Flickr’s Awesome Again.

I’ve always liked Flickr, although lately I had admittedly been looking at it like an old used up friend. It’s not the most fun to be around, and it’s certainly not new and interesting. It just kind of sits there, passively waiting for attention but never desperate for it. And like an old friend, it’s been around for ages – back when many of us had Geocities websites and were wasting time on Myspace, we...

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Instagram… in Real Life
Apr11

Instagram… in Real Life

This is Gracie. She’s my family dog, and this is her “portrait”. The picture’s out of focus, the colors are horrible, and yet something about this picture screams awesome. It’s awesome because it’s real. No Instagram, no batteries, memory cards or digital cameras, and not much in the way of photoshop, either. In fact there’s not much of anything other than some good old fashioned picture...

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I Never Liked Instagram and then I Actually Tried It
Jan05

I Never Liked Instagram and then I Actually Tried It

Cell phone photos suck. Color rendition is poor, noise is high, dynamic range is low, and don’t even think of trying to make a print. So why would you want to make an already low quality cell phone picture even worse by adding things like blur, vignetting, more noise, and further screwing up the color? That was my first thought about Instagram. My second was that it’s an overly simplistic (read: limited) way to make...

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