Category Archives: Tutorials

How to get the ultimate sharp images – Part 1

How you been wondering how to get the ultimate sharp images in your photography? You will learn how to create sharp and stunning images in this video of Vadim Chiline, one of North America’s top jewelry and luxury product photographers. This video was produced by EpicMind Studio,

He will show you how to get the most depth of field with your camera of a simple object on white as well as an object sitting on a more complex background.

Photos from the first time

Looking my photos last night,  I found the ones that I take for the first time with my Canon EOS 60D.

Pillow
Pillow

It was 11th January 2011 (11/01/11) and looking the 1s and 0 forming the number I never realised that the date had the form of a binary number… coincidence? (considering my background in IT systems) I believe so but Continue reading Photos from the first time

Best 5 free iPhone/iPad Apps for photographers

With thousands of thousands apps available on App Store, it can be very hard to find the best apps (specially free) that we can use as a photographers or people loving photography. I have made the following short-list that I believe are the best 5 free apps for photographers (currently):

Snapseed – By Google Inc.

Snapseed is the only photo app you will want to use every day. Continue reading Best 5 free iPhone/iPad Apps for photographers

The Essential Guide to Black and White Photography – DPS

A few days ago, I shared some photos on my post : Black and White that I took over the past years. For some reason, I have a passion for black and white photographs, not sure why and specially considering that a small percentage of the total photos taken are in black and white (according to some authors). I still remember spending hours looking the family albums from my parents with photos of my grandparents and Continue reading The Essential Guide to Black and White Photography – DPS

How to read the camera manual

A few days ago, I published the post about : Read the manual for your camera/gear where I was encouraging you to get familiar with your DSLR and learn every feature/control of it.

I was reading last night a few tutorials on my iPhone before going to bed (and yes, I keep reading tutorials and posts about photography since I am convinced that the learning should continue everyday of our lives) and I found a quite nice article about How to read the camera manual on Nikon website. I know, I know, that I am a Canon guy (as explained on my previous post) but concepts about photography are universal and I am not blocking myself to Nikon website tutorial where I found very interesting articles.

The article about How to read the camera manual, explains that we shouldn’t read the manual as a novel from cover to cover instead we should be referring to the manual when information or more detail is required according to the situation. This article has changed the way of how I will be reading manuals (not only my camera’s one) in general. Just to summarize, reading an instruction manual is not a one-off event, you will need to read it several times.

 

Does a good photograph need a good camera?

When I was looking to buy my first DSLR, I read a lot of posts and reviews about the current options by that time in the market. After a long hours in front of my laptop/tablet, my list was short to 2 brands: Canon 60D and Nikon D7000.

Why did I chose Canon over Nikon? Well, the reason itself is good enough for another post but in summary: I played with both on my hands and I felt like the Canon camera was made exactly for my hand. Technically both were very similar with pro’s and con’s but for me the decision-made reason was how comfortable I was with the gear on my hands.

How important is to have the best camera to get a good photograph?

As I commented on Leanne Cole’s Photography post about ; Up for discussion – That’s a great camera, many people believe the answer is to buy the latest and most expensive DSLR camera, if only it could be simpler pointing it in the right direction and pressing the shutter release to get a good photograph but, as every aspiring photographer should know, expensive and latest DSLRs have little to do with meaningful photography, and knowing or understanding the camera (DSLR) is only the first step of the journey (as I mentioned on my post about Reading the Manual).

“The poetry of photography will always be more important than the mechanics of the camera… you see the picture is taken with the eye, the heart. The most sophisticated camera in the world can never replace this.” – JACQUES-HENRI LARTIGUE

I couldn’t agree more with the citation above, the hardest part of photography – and I believe the most important – is to develop a sense of purpose, through an idea, a viewpoint or an attitude; you need to remember that you are trying to tell a story through a photograph so people can be engage and understand what you are trying to express.

Read The Fine Manual – RTFM

Normally the last thing that anyone checks when opening a box with a new gadget or product is the Instruction Manual. I have to admit it that I have made also the same mistake several times.

Why is a mistake? Because in order to get the most of your product (camera in this case) you will need to get familiar with all the features and buttons as well functions and Continue reading Read The Fine Manual – RTFM