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Fireworks photo tips

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Just in time for the 4th (in the US) or the 1st (in Canada), Dave Johnson of PC World (syndicated over at Macworld), came up with a very nice basic set of 6 tips on shooting fireworks. To this, I’d like to add a 7th: Practice.


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June 29, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Under the arch

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This is not McDonald’s. [Photography by Dominique James. Copyright © 2011. All rights reserved.]

Hello, St. Louis!

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A flickering of daily pictures

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A dream city and a dream camera

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Alex Majoli photographs Venice with the Leica M9-P:

Magnum photographer Alex Majoli explored the streets and canals of Venice with the new Leica M9-P. His living, breathing shots present a genuine and authentic look behind the scenes of the famous city. A city filled with traditions. One of which, without a doubt, is the profession of the gondolieri. It is almost impossible to imagine the city of canals and bridges without the typical black gondolas that, even today, are built by hand by highly skilled craftsmen according to a heritage of secrets reaching back over many hundreds of years. Alex Majoli accompanied one of the around 700 gondolieri for several days and captured a sensitive portrait of the gondolier and his city. See the city familiar from thousands of photographs in an entirely new light.

Butch Dalisay: “When you step into Venice for the very first time … you smile, and smile.”

Hmmm … I wonder why?

Written by dominiquejames

June 21, 2011 at 3:49 PM


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June 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM

A cheat’s guide on landscape, travel and adventure photography

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• Travel light. Bring only the essentials–a DSLR camera, a wide-angle, normal zoom, and telephoto zoom lens. And, hopefully, one of the lenses is a macro lens.

• If you must, pack the least number of photo accessories.

• Bring a tripod. A light, small but sturdy tripod. Check out the camera shops or ask fellow photographers for a recommendation on what tripod to get.

• Remember to pack only the essential photo gear: batteries, chargers, CF cards, etc.

• Research your points of destination. Get to know as much as you can about the places you will visit before actually going there.

• Whenever possible, seek out friends who live in places you will be going to. They can guide you to the really interesting spots.

• Get a map. But allow yourself to get lost. Use the map only when you want to find your way back.

• Be prepared for emergencies. Bring enough loose change and bills, your cell phone and let people know where are and where you will be going.

• Walk. The best way to “discover” a place is by walking. Wear your most comfortable pair of walking shoes.

• Bring extra clothes and towel. And a hat or cap.

• Ask questions. If you get lost or you want to learn more, do not hesitate to smile at the locals you meet along the way and ask questions.

• Bring water and snack foods. These are life-savers.

• Look up, down and around. Keep framing images in your mind when you look around.

• Shoot up, down, and yes, around. You can create a variety of interesting images by changing your shooting angle of views.

• Vary your shooting compositions–from panoramic to extreme close-up.

• Look for vibrant colors and repeating patterns, and isolate these elements in your composition.

• Include people in some of your pictures. This helps establish scale, or it can provide a sense of human identity to the location of your photographs.

• Take pictures of people while they are doing something. Anything.

• Whatever the weather, keep shooting. You can create moody images. Just remember to pack a couple of plastic bags.

• Juxtapose sharply contrasting and incongruous elements in your photos. The effect might just be surprising.

• Shoot day, and night. Sunrise and sunset.

• Shoot as many pictures as you can. Bring a small, portable storage media to download your images while you are going around.

• Shoot in RAW mode. And set your camera to Adobe RGB color space. This way, you get all the details.

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May 16, 2008 at 7:46 PM

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