Photography Tips and Tricks #6: Shoot in Live View on Tripod

San Francisco Cityscape

San Francisco Cityscape by David Yu (Flickr)

For more quick photography tips and tricks like this one, click here.

Although the real-time optical finder in DSLR’s is hugely useful, there are times where using Live View is a wiser choice. While walkaround photography is perfectly suited to quick OVF (and EVF’s), slow-paced photography on a tripod is better done with an LCD in Live view mode. Why? [Read more...]

Fujifilm X100T Annoucement : A Roundup of Features

Fujifilm X100T

With the release of the X100, the company’s first flagship compact, about three years ago, Fujifilm established its turnover from a dying film company to a reputation of making high-quality photography equipment with photographers in mind. After the release of the X100S that corrected many of the initial X100S quirks nearly two years ago, Fuji is back in the market with a new model, the X100T, better than ever before. [Read more...]

My Debut into Film Photography

Minolta X700

Minolta X700 w/ 35-70 f/3.5 macro lens, my new camera. Ironically, I used a Kodak Ultramax 400 VSCO preset on this picture.

First of all, sorry for all you regular Photograph IO readers for blogging so scarcely these days. School just started and everyone is busy, but I’ll still try to do my best and keep up with at least 3/4 articles per week. Stay tuned! That being said, this article has a more personal, intimate style that would perhaps be better suited to be on some personal blog, but for the sake of it, I’ve decided to post it in Photograph IO for those who are interested…

Like most amateurs photographers today, digital photography has been with me from the start. Although I did know people who owns and shoots film, I had never manipulated that medium myself. And so I shot digital for over 5 years, ever since the beginning of my path down photography. However, film photography always intrigued me. Maybe it’s because of that so-called tonal rendition, or dynamic range, or that ubiquitous film grain, or maybe out of pure curiosity? No matter what the reason was, the film look had a profound appeal on me. I bought some VSCO. Is it good? Hell yeah. But I still had to try the experience of shooting real film. I still had to explore the vast world of film photography… [Read more...]

How to Shoot Stail Trails : A Beginner’s Guide

Long exposures are one of the most popular, and stunning forms of photography, because they often embody a sense of motion in a single photograph. What if you combine long exposures (as in, very, very long) with astrophotography? Star trails are one of the most mesmerizing things you can photograph using just about standard equipment. Although the theory is very simple (you simply need to shoot a 30 minute exposure, right?), it is much harder to master in practice.

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RAW vs JPEG: A Visual Comparison Using Real-World Examples

RAW vs JPEG: A Visual Comparison Using Real-World Examples

One of the hottest debates in the world of photography, probably on par, it not even more debated than Canon vs Nikon, is the one between RAW and JPEG. The former is a lossless, direct output of the camera’s sensor data while the latter is a lossy compressed version of an already “cooked” photograph.

While most photographers recommend shooting RAW for any serious work due to its format retaining all information, there are tons of misinformation and preconceptions about this topic on the web. Instead of making a direct comparison in this article, I’ll let you judge by yourself the difference between RAW and JPEG using actual photographs. [Read more...]

Thoughts on Street and Candid Photography

Street photography

Photo by Gitte Herden (Flickr)

One of the Fuji X Forum members, Gary Ayala, said this, “Everywhere you look there are photographs, it is the call of photographers to see and capture them.”

I completely agree with this statement as I am sure most of you will too. Yet, when it comes to street and candid photography, it seems that there are many different views about how to do this. I’ll explain more on that later.

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Cineflat: A Nikon Flat Picture Control for Videography

Brussels

A full guide on better DSLR video is coming soon on Photograph IO. Stay tuned.

Let’s face it : DSLR cameras (and mirrorless cameras now) are not only great tools for photography, but they can also be excellent rigs for video. With the advent of the Nikon D90 in 2008, being the first DSLR able to shoot HD video, more and more people have been stating to get into cinematography using interchangeable lens cameras. With their large sensors, DSLR’s allow you to get that cinematic, shallow depth of field while still retaining a great amount of control over the final result for quite an affordable price.

However, one major drawback of DSLR’s compared to dedicated motion cameras from Red, Arri or Blackmagic is in their mediocre, at best, output. While high end motion cameras costing tens of thousands of dollars can shoot in near-lossless, Apple Prores 442 or even RAW video, most DSLR’s are limited in their output quality by the highly compressed codecs used not to mention a lower bitrate. Some of these limitations are hardware based (i.e. overheating, processing power), while some others can be cured by software and firmware. Unless you have a D800 or 5D Mark III capable of clean HDMI output, chances are that your output video is compressed.

But there is a way of improving this. [Read more...]