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Learn to Isolate More

In The Craft, Thoughts & Theory, Tutorials &Technique by David6 Comments

Isolation: Use a Longer Lens The Visual Toolbox, Lesson 13 Nikon D800, 300mm, 1/400 @ f/11. ISO 800 This Whooper swan was photographed tight with a 300mm lens.  Telephoto lenses, anything over a 35mm equivalent of 50-60mm, have the opposite effect of a wide angle, and the longer they get (200, 300, 600mm) the greater the difference. As telephoto lenses …

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Learn To Isolate

In The Craft, Thoughts & Theory, Tutorials &Technique by David5 Comments

This Red Crowned crane was among many, but isolated with a longer lens it creates more impact within the frame than it might have surrounded by context. POINT OF VIEW The first and most obvious way to isolate elements with the frame is the intentional use of point of view. What appears and does not appear, in front of, around, …

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Tell Stronger Stories

In Storytelling, The Craft, Thoughts & Theory by David7 Comments

Through the ages, myth and stories have been the primary vehicle for communicating meaning and truth. They are not merely the stuff of bedtime tales. The primary storytelling medium in our culture is the cinematic film, and given the billions of dollars attached to the film industry, and the royal status given to its stars, it should be clear how …

The Created Image, Vol.02

In Craft & Vision, Creativity and Inspiration, Lightroom & Workflow, News & Stuff, Resources, The Craft, Thoughts & Theory, Workflow & Technical Issues, Workshops and Events by David3 Comments

This July we hosted the second Created Image conference here in Vancouver. This time I was joined by Steve Simon and Piet van Den Eynde for this intense photography weekend. Over two days we talked about making compelling photographs – from learning to see and honing the skills that have nothing to do with the camera and everything to do …

In the Zone

In The Craft, Thoughts & Theory, Vision Is Better by David21 Comments

In my last posts I talked about my reactions to working with both my Fuji XE-1 and Leica M, and I mentioned zone focusing. For those for whom the idea of zone focusing is new I wanted to explain it a little. It’s an old technique but it’s simple and reliable. My biggest concern with Leica, and the Fuji when …