Artists in their own rights—Marvin and Maria were among my students who took part in a class show at the local coffeehouse Back to the Grind in downtown Riverside. Every 1st Thursday of the month, galleries downtown feature local artists’s work. See my other students who participated after the jump.
You’ve spent lots of money on equipment and probably invested lot more in time with your camera. Now, you have a body of work that is respectable.
If you don’t share it or somehow show it to the world, you’re not going to be motivated to do better.
Let’s face it, we all love to hear that our work is wonderful.
How aboutÂ ringing in the new year with 3 simple goals for your photography?
Multiple exposure–Prior to layers in Photoshop, multiple exposures in camera required some doing. In this particular picture. I exposed the same frame of film 3 times by cocking the shutter and not advancing that frame between each exposures. I also adjusted the exposure this way. If the scene metered 1/125 sec @ f2.8. I first decided how many exposures I wanted to make. Since I elected to do 3, I under-exposed 3 stops. Remember, with every exposure the exposure builds up. If I didn’t account for that, by the time the 3 exposure is made, the final image will be over-exposed. That meant setting an exposure of 1/1000 sec @ f2.8 for all 3 instances I tripped the shutter. Tri-X BW ISO 400 speed film pushed to ISO 1600.
As with most art forms, once you’ve learned the basics of photography, like which dial or knob controls what, the rest is experimentation, being very disciplined, driven and analytical.
The problem is, understanding how the camera captures images isn’t necessarily very intuitive.
To further complicate matters, as prices on digital single lens reflex cameras drop, more and more folks are tempted into buying those Canon Rebel bodies or Nikon D40s with kit lenses as their very first cameras.
Without any previous photography knowledge or experience, these cameras have an extremely steep learning curve.
New Vrindaban—Black and white images on film have a grainy look unlike that of digital. It’s only a matter of time when old becomes new again. Video-editing software these days have effects that let you add grain to give it the film look. Film shooters who disliked the appearance of grain from high ISO, don’t fret. It’ll be in vogue again soon. This picture was originally photographed on Kodak Tri-x pushed to 1600. Processed with some strange cocktail which eludes me now.
Prior to digital photography, if you wanted black and white images, you had to shoot black and white film, learn how to develop it and then make prints in a wet darkroom.
With digital photography, anyone who wants to play â€œfine art photographerâ€ can easily do so without all that hassle.
But before you change that setting on your camera to capture only in black and white, you need to know this:
Assuming you want the best quality, doing so will tell the camera to dump information from your files especially if you’re shooting JPEGs.
All color images are really 3 black and white images in red, blue and green channels.
When you tell the camera to capture in black & white, the camera dumps digital information because the resulting file you get is smaller.