Tag: photography

  • A Visual Technique Library for Film Shots

    From the common to the lesser-seen cinematographic techniques, Eyecandy is a “visual technique library” for film shots. A database of over 5,000 GIFs, organised into around 100 different techniques, you select the technique and you get a short description and a wall of example clips. While I love movies, I’m certainly a cinematography neophyte, so…

  • Commons Picture of the Year

    Every year, the Wikimedia Foundation — the parent organisation of many well-loved projects, such as Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikiquote and Wikiversity — runs the Commons Picture of the Year competition. The aim of the competition is to identify¬†“the best freely-licensed¬†images from those that during the year have been awarded Featured picture status”; an accolade awarded by…

  • Objective Photo Ratings Compared Across EXIF Data Categories

    Nikon D90 users who take photographs outside of the F2.8 to F5.6 aperture range and with a fast shutter speed are the best photographers on Flickr. If they also post-process their images with anything but the manufacturer-supplied software, and license their images with Creative Commons licenses, then they’re even better again. Using a variation of…

  • Sydney Dust Storm

    After travelling to Sydney, I somehow managed to miss the spectacle that was the biggest dust storm to hit the city in over 70 years by going somewhere else for a week. While I was in Melbourne preparing for a road trip down the Great Ocean Road (and generally avoiding the earthquake and the collapse…

  • The Tao of War Photography

    Laying dormant at the bottom of my bookmarks was this article Jason pointed out over four months ago: photographer Bruce Haley‘s Tao of War Photography. 1. ¬†To begin with, practice this sentence: “If I get out of here alive, I’ll never do this again.” ¬†You‚Äôll say this to yourself every single time an already dangerous…

  • Cardiff Characters

    I have recently become enamoured with two photo projects showing two very different sides to my home city, Cardiff. Cardiff at Night: a set by Maciej Dakowicz showing the debauchery that is quite typical of the city on weekend nights (I’ve posted on this previously). Cardiff Characters: the people who make Cardiff the city it…

  • The Art of Sand

    I initially passed over this Discover¬†gallery but decided to take a look once @mocost linked to it. Who would have thought that sand had such diversity and beauty? Evidently¬†Gary Greenberg¬†did when he compiled these microscopic photographs of sand for his book, A Grain of Sand. Composed of the remnants of volcanic explosions, eroded mountains, dead…

  • Black and White Photography on Overcast Days

    Wired’s How-To Wiki has a short and sweet article on Producing Terrific Black & White Photos. There’s a good tip for those who feel the need to go photographing on an overcast day: Most photographers will tell you that gloomy, overcast days are perfect for shooting in black and white. So the next time the…

  • Documenting a Road Trip

    My travel buddies (as I’ve now decided to call them) and I have decided to do a US road trip… probably in 2010. It will be a coast-to-coast affair highly influenced, no doubt, by this great time-lapse and Dave Gorman’s latest adventure. I can’t wait, but common sense says that I/we must. This morning I’ve…

  • Remove Tourists from Your Photos

    Holidaying soon? Avid photographer? Get annoyed by ‘tourists’ ruining your otherwise perfect pictures? Thanks to a Google Reader glitch this morning that has set the last two years worth of Lifehacker posts as unread, I’ve just spotted a wonderful post from dsphotographic on removing those pesky humans from your otherwise great photos. Every notable landmark…