Monthly Archives: July 2010

Blog Visits

Yowsa! I just saw a BIG jump in unique visits to the blog today. Welcome everyone!

Book/Author Recommendation: Within The Frame, The Journey of Photographic Vision

This is slightly embarrassing to admit, but I’m not much of a reader. I enjoy reading blogs, magazines, websites, etc. but I’m not a big book reader. It’s pretty amazing if an author can get me to sit down and actually read a book. Only two people have been able to get me to do this since college, Dan Brown and David DuChimen. Both authors write about drastically different subjects, but I think they are both extremely gifted writers.

I think I can safely assume you all know who Dan Brown is, but David DuChimen may not be on your radar unless you are up on your photography books. David has written several books on photography each with their own special purpose. To date, I’ve read Within The Frame, The Journey of Photographic Vision which is easily the best photography book I’ve read. You can find a million photography books that break down the “How” of photography, this type of book is nothing new. Within The Frame focuses on developing and honing your vision. Vision goes beyond just seeing something and saying “Wow, that’s cool. I should take a picture of that.” This book breaks down the elements that go into making an engaging photo that captures the eye and invokes some kind of reaction from the viewer. I can’t recommend this book enough to photographers.

Mr. DuChimen, along with other photographers/authors, have created an online resource for photographers call “Craft and Vision”. At Craft and Vision, users can download several eBooks from world class photographers and authors, like David DuChimen. The best part is each and every eBook is only $5!! Most of the eBooks are under 100 pages but the content and imagery is well worth the money. Also, when new eBooks are released, you can usually pick them up for as little as $4 a pop! I’ve gone through five of these eBooks and I’ve loved every one.

Check out David’s Website at www.pixelatedImage.com for more information about his books and photography. Also, be sure to check out the Craft and Vision website for some excellent eBooks.

Feel free to leave a comment about your favorite photographer/author!

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Flickr Update – Leaf On A Bench

This is another shot from the walk I took the other day. Keep an eye out for other versions of these pics…I should have them up on the blog and flickr sometime next week.

Leaf On A Bench

My Favorite Photography Sites

One thing I’m constantly in search of is information. I spend hours each week reading about photography. Anything from technique to postproduction tricks, it’s all gold to me. I spend a good deal of time just finding sites that are worth reading so I thought to myself, why not make a nice little list for everyone. So, that’s exactly what I did! Below you will find a list of my favorite photography websites. I visit all of these sites several times a week. There is so much good information at these sites that I keep coming back for more! I hope you find these links helpful and informative.

Gear Reviews and Information
the-digital-picture.com – This is really the only place you need to go if you shoot Canon. This site is absolutely amazing. I mean, they have ISO 12233 resolution chart sample crop comparisons for hundreds of lenses. Brilliant!

fredmiranda.com – A great place to find user reviews for most of the popular gear on the market. This is also a great place to buy used gear.

Photography Communities
digital-photography-school.com – If you are just starting out in photography or if you have basic photographic needs/questions, this is a great site. I personally feel that most of the posts are geared towards the beginner level photographer, there is still a good deal of useful info to be found and the community is very friendly.

opensourcephoto.net – Unlike the site listed above, OSP is geared towards serious/pro photographers. While the site isn’t exactly pretty to look at, the available information is endless.

photo.net – This is a huge community of photographers that come together and talk ALL things photography. If you can’t find the answer to a photography related question on this site, the answer doesn’t exist. I’ve met several extremely kind and generous photographers through this site. Well worth a look.

Pro Photographer’s Personal Websites/Blogs
pixelatedimage.com – This is David deChemin’s blog and this has to be my favorite site. His posts are always insightful and engaging. If you are in the market for books or eBooks, you MUST check out David’s work; he is hands down my favorite author on all things photography.

chasejarvis.com – Chase is one of the most popular photographers at the moment and he is very passionate about giving back to the photographic community. He has worked with other photographers to setup creativelive.com which shoots live photo classes for free. I’ve attended a few and they are definitely worth checking out.

Educational/Informational Sites
thelightroomlab.com – I love Adobe Lightroom. This program has replaced about 90% of my need to go into Photoshop. Thelightroomlab.com has made me love this program even more because they not only explain how to use it, but they explain how to use it properly.

x-equals.com – I stumbled upon this site last week and I’ve been hooked ever since. The people that run Thelightroomlab.com actually mentioned this site in one of their posts about .dng files and I’m sure glad they did. X-Equals has a little bit of everything including tutorials on Lightroom, Photoshop, workflows, and much more. Between Thelightroomlab.com and this site, I think I’ll be set for awhile.

picturecorrect.com – This site has a new post just about everyday. They are usually short and sweet but they are helpful nonetheless.

craftandvision.com – Craft and Vision is home to eBooks from David deChemin along with other photographers. These eBooks are usually under 100 pages (some are more) but they are wonderfully written and the imagery is amazing. The best part is they are all just $5!

strobist.blogspot.com – If you want to know anything about flash photography, go to this site. PERIOD.

photofocus.com – This is another good blog that I visit several times a day as Scott is a very active blogger. His post are usually short and sweet but he has years of experience to pass along to the masses.

I’ll be sure to update this post as I find more sites so make sure to check back for new additions!

Flickr Update – Park Bench

I decided to take a walk around town the other day and I took my 5D with 50mm 1.8 attached along for the walk. I went out around 6:30pm EST and we had just had a downpour about an hour before my walk so the light off of the leftover water was producing some interesting results. Below is one of the shots from my walk. The light was just poking through some trees and it was hitting this bench perfectly, so I decided to stop and take a few photographs. Below is one of my favorite shots of the bunch.

Park Bench

I have a few more photos from my walk that I’ll try to post later this week.