Shutter speed and Exposure

Want to learn how to get light trails and other cool effects like above? or just want to learn more about manual settings on a camera? Take a Read!

Winter Lights 4:52

Week 4 In the weekly photo challenge; Winter Lights!

Development Shoot - Sharpness and composition

After my Windkarting shoot in the Summer, I went out to develop the skills I felt I was lacking in, and I chose sharpness and composition

Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds technique, adds tension and dramatization to any photo! A must know for the aspiring and the experienced photographer alike!

Autumn Angles

Autumn is a beautiful time of year, Take advantage of it!

Monday, 30 July 2012

Wind Karting

Hello Everyone! Back today with a post of some shots I took on a day down to Weston-Super-Mare, a seaside town, where sports involving wind such as kite surfing, wind karting, wind sailing and just kite flying are big attractions! I got the chance to photograph some real talented Wind Carters while I was there, and here's the shots I got;

Very proud of this one, I like the angle, and where the light is in this photo!

This one uses the panning technique, a technique I'll be giving a full tutorial on for my next post!

Another panning shot here, like this one more than the one above, as it looks crisp, and brighter!

more panning....

and more panning.......

This fella twisted his kite, but as he got it back flying, it lifted him off the ground a little!  I like this one, and if you look in the background, you can see a kite surfer! I like the composition of this one, but it was more luck than judgement I think! 

Nice bright shot here, very contrasty! (According to my spell check,"vontrasty" is actually a word!

Used a clone stamp tool, to get rid of a kit that was in the way of this shot, and I think it was effective! I'll have to write a tutorial on how to use the clone stamp at some point, but I don't know when! I'll keep you updated on when I plan that one!

Another one I  really like, because of the lighting, I thought the lighting made this shot very effective!

Bit of a plain image IMHO, however this man's kart was VERY fast!

Second image, taken seconds after the above image.

So there are some of the shots I got at Weston, I have some more of the wind surfers and kite surfers, so I'll post em' when I can get round to em'! You might also notice the new watermark, I've started putting these on images from now outwards, as I was told by a fellow photographer, who runs a blog similar to mine got ALL of his pictures copied and sold on print through a website without his permission! He advised me to watermark my images, and here's the first set with them on, what do you think? Does it look good? Bad? Do you like the photos? or maybe not, whatever you think, comment down below, and until next time, Happy Photographing!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Stranger 3 - The Photographer

Now this was a really fun mini-shoot, I saw this guy waiting outside a store as I was crossing a road, and I asked a friend of mine (Holding the guitars in the background) to wait for me, and ran back to ask him if I could get a few photos, I explained my project, and he gave me the go ahead! I asked him about his photography, he said he was part time photographer, and hobbyist! He was also in town to take photos of the City's harbour festival, and he was really great to talk to! He nudged me in the right direction about background, and he was an all round friendly guy! He also gave me one VERY important tip. ALWAYS enjoy it. Don't do photography and miss the enjoyment, because then it means nothing!

Here's my portrait version, and you can see my friend in the background again!

I like these photos actually, I had to turn up contrast fairly high (about 15+ by photoshop's scale) as the sky blended with the man's hair a little, and it still does, but it's relatively fixed! Because of the contrast increase, brightness went up a little as well, and I increased the saturation for a little more "pop" in the photo. The landscape needed some more background blur as the scene was distracting, but I like the outcome!

Thanks for reading, and until next time, Happy photographing!

Stranger 1 + Stranger 2 - Children

Not a spectacular one, but I was trying to be fast as it was really nice of the parent to allow me to take a photo or two, These two were in town for the harbour festival that our city has once a year, and I saw these two looking over, and I asked their mother if she minded me taking a photo, she said go ahead, so I took this. It's boring, it's bad, but it's a start! My signature bokeh edit with some colour correction was the only editing used here!

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

100 Strangers - The Start

So, I've decided to set myself a new project, and that project is to take portraits (hopefully good ones) of 100 people in a year. I want most of them, (like, 98%) to be of strangers, and any good ones of friends I might include too!  I've already got a start, I have 3 people, 2 young children, and a photographer! This post is just to mark the start, keep your eyes open for posts on this project!

P.S;   If you live in the Bristol (UK) area, and would like a few outdoor portraits done for me to use on this project, and for you to keep, contact me on, and I'll be happy to do them for free!

Also, you may have notice our adverts have disappeared. I was all ready to buy a shiny new lens with the profits of the blog, and then google has a paddy. Not pleased.

Happy photographing, and until next time!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Photographic Firsts

Photography may be a bit older than you thought! With a winding history, spanning almost 200 years, hundreds of milestones, and millions of photographers, none of it could have been possible without a Mr Joseph Nicéphore Niépce.

First permanent photograph - "View from the Window at Le Gras"

This French inventor is credited with having taken the first EVER permanent photograph, in 1826. His earliest surviving photograph (possibly even his first) called "View from the Window at Le Gras" 

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View from the Window at Le Gras -  Joseph Nicéphore Niépce 
What you see above is the photo that started it all off. One of the first permanent photos ever. I'd call that an achievement!  with millions of photographs taken everyday, by professionals, or by a kid with his phone, this was one of the very first photo to have been taken.  The basics of how the photo was made involve using a polished pewter plate, and Bitumen, (from petroleum). When Bitumen is exposed to light, it hardens, so after exposing the bitumen to light for a long while, the unhardened bitumen can be washed away leaving some light areas, and some dark areas, creating an image.

First photograph of people - "Boulevard du Temple"

A partner of Joseph Nicéphore Niépce's, Louis Daguerre, took the first photograph of people ever. your profile photo? Easy, get your phone out of your pocket, look in a mirror, snap, you're done, Mr Daguerre spent many years refining the bitumen technique, and eventually used it to take the picture bellow! 

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Boulevard du Temple by Louis Daguerre

This photo took 10 minutes to expose, and in the bottom left corner, by the road, you can see a man getting his shoes shined. Because the traffic was moving, the exposure was too long to capture it, but these two men, were there long enough to be the first two photographed men! This photo was taken in late 1938 or early 1939.

First colour photograph - "Tartan Ribbon"

Colour photography was explored throught the 19th century, but were relatively unsuccessful, as only temporary images could be made, and the techniques used were not sensitive to  red or green light unill the 1870s!
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Tartan Ribbon - Thomas Sutton
The first colour photo was taken in 1861, by (you guessed it) a Scottish physicist named James Clerk.Maxwell.

First CCD sensor (Start of digital photography)

In 1969, the charge-coupled device was invented in AT&T Bell Labs by Willard Boyle and George E Smith. The lab was at the time, working on semiconductor bubble memory, when it occured to Boyle and Smith that the "device could be used as a shift register and as a linear and area imaging device"

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Boyle and Smith at the 2009 Nobel prize press conference
I can't explain how it works very well so sourced from my friend Wikipedia: "The first working CCD made with integrated circuit technology was a simple 8-bit shift register. This device had input and output circuits and was used to demonstrate its use as a shift register and as a crude eight pixel linear imaging device. " 
As you know, these 8 pixels, are now rather basic compared to our 80000000 pixel medium format camera!

First photo uploaded to the Internet

Les Horribles Cernettes -First photo on the internet
Yeah, I know I thought it'd be a cooler photo too. The CERN house band, "Les Horribles Cernettes" were fortunate enough to have this beautiful image of them all uploaded to what today is a huge mass of billions of photos!

First version of Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop 1.0.7 - First public release

Use photoshop a lot? Me too, but did you ever think about it having no layers or auto edits? Nope. Me neither, but that is EXACTLY what the first version of photoshop could do, it lacked layers, filters, adjustments, and more, stuff, that if you use photoshop, you can't live without! it was released to the public in 1990, and photo editing changed forever
First Camera Phone
The first camera phone was released by J-Phone in japan in 2001. The J-SH04 was made by sharp and packed a magnificent 0.11 megapixels!

J-SH04 - First camera phone
It was a CCD camera, and brought a whole new game to mobiles, it changed your world forever. now we can take out our phones, and pop, 8MP photos to share on Facebook.

Well that's all from me tonight! There's a whole wealth of information out there, and the history of photography is huge, I've just touched upon some of my favourite firsts, I might do another in the summer!
Thanks for reading, and until next time, Happy Photographing!

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