Last month I tested all my Fuji lenses for sharpness across the frame and for de-centring. I had printed off some star charts and the image below shows their layout on my lounge room wall using an idea I got here.
During 2015 I’ve been working on photographing the memorial stained glass windows in St. Luke’s Church here in Oamaru. St. Luke’s is a category one historic place.
Many people ask me about the usefulness of photography schools, photography workshops that will take you to “the next level”, and competitions. My opinion is don’t take them too seriously. They will certainly help you become a good photographer, and they will certainly prevent you from becoming a great one.
The approach of Christmas. They say you can hear the dismal cash-register lullaby from afar on a moonless night when the chill winds from the fens stalk the living. Hmm, this time of year puts me in a strange mood. Here’s another thing that does it: the question “What is art?” It shows its face […]
There are many methods used by photographers to develop their skills. But three really stand out. We work with them regularly to mature our vision, to bring clarity to what we want to express, and to refine the way we go about this. Here they are in no particular order.
In part one of of this post I looked at exposing to the right. That’s fine if you are saving your images as raw files and don’t clip your highlights too much. Software can recover some clipping within reason. But regardless of whether you are using ETTR or converting your photos to jpegs in the […]
From a series of short talks on camera fundamentals given to the Nature Photography Society of New Zealand.
In part one I looked at the effect of diffraction on images made with my 40D. Now for a fresh look at the subject.
Several years ago I ran a test on my camera to look for the effects of diffraction. Light bends as it passes through a small opening, the smaller the opening the more it bends. So the more you decrease the size of the iris of a lens (increase the f number), the more diffraction will […]