digital photography

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The smallest, lightest "pro" camera rig & digital darkroom ever?

large_David Cardinal mirrorless rig and digital darkroom.jpgThe drudgery of carrying lots of heavy, complex, gear is a bane for any type of photography that involves travel. Camera bodies, lenses, accessories, tripod, chargers, a laptop, and of course cables. Add the padded cases needed to safely stow all the gear and you've got anywhere from 30 to 70 pounds for just about any really serious photo travel.

So I'm always on the lookout for ways to make life simpler. This month I've assembled a new travel photo outfit that may set some records for how light and how small it is, while still allowing for "pro" grade photography. Now, I'm not recommending everyone junk what they have and go with it -- I'll talk about the shortcomings later -- but it is pretty amazing what is becoming possible. Read more »

Protecting Your Images: Why Watermarking Matters and How to Do It Easily

Cheetah_WatermarkedKeeping up with all the ways images can be stolen sometimes seems like a losing battle. For each mechanism to prevent un-authorized downloading of copyrighted images there is a workaround quickly found by thieves. Through it all one fairly simple technique has stood the test of time—Watermarking. This was driven home again this week. Let’s talk about why you may want to watermark your images and about how you can do it easily without getting  in the way of legitimate sales… Read more »

Going Inside The Photographer’s Mind with Michael Freeman

Freeman deals with difficult topics like using shapes, lighting and leading the viewer's eye into the image as typified by this Namibian Sand Dune Photo. Image Copyright David Cardinal.There are a lot of great “how-to” books on photography, including some of our favorites like Joe McNally’s Hotshoe Diaries and Moose Peterson’s Captured, but there aren’t many good ones on the elusive subject of composing photographs—which is where much of the true art lies in photography. One of our favorite authors on this subject is Michael Freeman. An accomplished photographer in his own right (his photographic studies of Cambodian temples in Ancient Angkor are still the high-water mark of temple photography) and prolific author, we’ve recommended his excellent The Photographer’s Eye since it was first released. Now he has another ground-breaking book that pushes the topic further into how photographers think about composition with hundreds of examples covering dozens of topics in The Photographer’s Mind… Read more »

Skill & Luck: A Good Photo Strategy does not equal Photo Success

When a pro photographer is paid to shoot a product or model in a studio they are judged by their results—which makes perfect sense because they have control of nearly all the variables involved. Barring a natural disaster or a series of unforseeable equipment failures they should be able to deliver the goods. But applying the same expectations to wildlife and even other kinds of action photography is a recipe for disappointment…

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Go High-Speed on Your SD Cards Without Breaking the Bank

When SD cards were the exclusive province of point and shoot cameras their speed didn’t matter much. But now that they are used in many D-SLRs for main slots, overflow slots, and HD video capture speed has become just as important as with CompactFlash cards. Unfortunately the big price advantage of SD cards has traditionally gone away when you shop for higher speeds. But no more…

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