Black & White, Cramming, and Humor

5 Black & White Photography Tips

The Digital Photography School has an article on “5 Black & White Photography Tips.”  These photo tips are geared toward what you do with the camera when you intend to shoot black & white rather than what you do with the software.  The 5 tips cover capture modes, color spaces, ISO settings, time of day, and composition.  The most important tip is that you should ALWAYS capture the full color image, and do so in RAW if your camera supports this.  Don't let the camera decide how the black & white shot will look, that's what photo editing software is for — you'll have much more control.  If your camera has the option to capture in black & white, it's probably just desaturating the image after it captures the full color picture.  I can't recall one time that I've ever used a pure desaturation to develop a black & white.

“Cram It” Method for Macro Photography

Macro Art In Nature has a photo technique called “A Simple Flower – ‘Cram It' Method.”  Macro photography is an interesting and artistic form of photography, and this technique brings it to a whole new level.  It's basically accomplished by slapping a macro lens and teleconverter on your camera, stuffing it down into a flower, and using selective focusing for parts of the image.  Interesting technique.  I'm curious to try it with a non-macro lens and an extension tube.  I've noticed the set I have can cause my lens to focus right down to the front element.  It's worth a shot.

A Little Photography Humor

The Online Photographer tells us “How to be Cool in Nine Easy Lessons” when it comes to photography.  My favorite: Cool people do not use zooms.  Really cool people use cameras that can't be fitted with zooms.  It's hilarious — and you know it.  The funniest part is that there are a lot of people out there who truly have this type of mindset.

Photo of the Day…


Photo by Brian Auer
06/05/05 Post Falls, ID
Wild flower in North Idaho
Konica Minolta DiMAGE Z3
62mm equiv * f/3.5 * 1/60s * ISO50