Sunday, December 10, 2017

Know Precisely What You Can and Cannot Control

4:17:00 PM

Know Precisely What You Can and Cannot Control

Good photography has a lot to do with choices and skill, and sometimes with luck or perhaps karma. Some things are within your control, and some are not.

You can't control the weather. Weathermen try to predict whether it will rain or snow but are helpless to prevent it or make it. As a photographer, you share the same limitations. You can control your degree of preparedness for possible weather, but are at the mercy of the rain and seasons when you stand before the vista you drove hours to get to. Yet bad weather can make for good photographs too if you are open to letting it and dressed for the occasion.

It's marvelous to be in the right place at the right time, at the peak for wildflowers that bloom all too briefly. But you can't control when the flowers bloom. They answer only to the runoff from melting snows and the rising thermometers. You can hike up to mountain meadow only to find yourself blocked by deep snow drifts, or you can find the going easy enough, but the flowers dried and faded when you reach your destination. Tracking yearly averages can help, as can reports from others who've given it a go recently. Today's social media has been a great boon to those of us trying to outguess the condition of trails and flower fields. Yet sometimes it is still possible to feel disappointment if things don't work out as anticipated. Being occasionally forced to find other subjects though can sometimes be just what is needed to spark a deeper encounter with creativity.

You can't control the depth of field you will have to work with given a particular lens, aperture and so forth. The laws of physics and optics are pretty much immutable. But you can control how you react to such limitations. You can always recompose and look for shots to avoid them. But you can also use them creatively to blur the background and isolate just the most important edge of your subject. Or you can use focus stacking software to create images that might have been if the rules didn't exist.

You can't control what time the sun rises, but you can set an alarm clock and drag yourself out of bed early enough to greet the dawn. Sunset photography is inherently easier for most of us than shooting at sunrise since we tend to be awake at that time already. At worst, it might mean juggling dinner schedules or other plans. At least as far north as where I live though, summer sunrises come awfully early and require effort to record with camera and lens. There's an old expression that farmers have to set their clocks by the sun. I think that's at least as true for photographers, or at least those who work outdoors.

You can spend a great deal if you set your sights on the best camera gear available, or you can concentrate on using what you have effectively. There's no doubt that access to quality equipment can make things easier, but no amount of money spent on lenses can substitute for being in the right place at the right time. And neither can substitute or the creative vision to see the possibilities of what is right in front of you. Or slightly to your left if you look for it.

Sometimes it can be tempting to dwell on the reasons you didn't get one image as opposed to what might have led you to find and capture a different image. Sometimes we fall into the trap of looking for excuses why things didn't work out as planned than what we might have done differently ourselves. Learning to achieve proper exposure is easy. Learning to adapt to circumstances and work with what you have can take time and practice.

Not everything is within our control. But enough things are that we always have choices. And that can make things quite interesting indeed.

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Is Instagram Photo Stealing Out of Control?

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If you’re a photographer on Instagram and you’ve had your picture stolen – congratulations, join the legions of other creators who have had their work ripped off by other users on the world’s largest photo sharing social media platform.

FStoppers‘ Andy Day writes that not only is this practice common and rampant across the social media app, but it is tacitly condoned by Instagram which does next to nothing to help creators enforce their copyright.

We recently wrote about Instagram’s introduction of a “Regram” feature – the ability to re-post a picture you like that another user has submitted to the site. It is believed such a feature will help reduce the rampant copyright infringement on the app.

In a cogent summation of Instagram’s incentive to turn a blind eye to photo stealing, Day writes that more photos means more views which will inevitably translate into more users for the app, a cycle that feeds itself and is the engine of growth for the platform.

Image via Pixabay from Pexels.com.

To be fair, some people want their work to be shared, no matter how it is done, but for some creators who cherish having a degree of control over their images, Instagram’s system can be a daunting labyrinth of automated responses and latent action.

“Freebooting,” or taking another user’s image and sharing it on your own account as if it were your own, is quite common across Instagram.

As noted above, until the “Regram” feature is rolled out universally, there has never been an easy way to share another user’s photo and give them proper credit on the website. As with all things, ease of use often translates into better experiences for everybody, but Instagram has so far eschewed this common feature found on other social media platforms.

For its part, Instagram admonishes its users to post original content and to not steal content from others, but this is statement is probably rarely, if ever, read by actual users.

One interesting problem Day points out is the ability of online commercial websites to use others images for profit. While often not done in a malevolent fashion, this reposting of content from other contents for the purpose of advertising a product ties that creator to the company’s product, whether intentional or not – not to mention the original photographer is not getting paid a licensing fee for said picture.

If you’d like to read more about his thoughts on this issue of our times, head on over to FStoppers by clicking here.

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Enough Photography Links to Make You Happy for a Week!

6:02:00 AM

It's been a wonderful week in the wide world of photography with artists and content creators sharing great shots and articles in all corners of the internet.  Toad Hollow Photography has been looking everywhere for links to tutorials, special features and great photography that would interest everyone who reads this weeks list, so we really hope you enjoy checking them all out as much as the Toad did himself in bringing this list to you.

TUTORIALS

6 Tips For Better Fall Foliage Photos – join Jason D. Little right here on Light Stalking as he explores some of the nuances of shooting the fall colors. Jason adds some great and colorful shots to the post as he discusses this activity, giving you a great idea of what to look for as you explore the great outdoors yourself.

Mike's Birds

Mike's Birds

An Introduction to Abstract Photography – the concept of abstract photography is discussed in-depth in this great article that covers a wide-range of subtypes within the genre itself. The sample shots that are included here to illustrate the points are all excellent examples of this type of imagery.

How to Create a Vintage Photo Filter With Photoshop in 60 Seconds – creating a vintage look with photography is a great way to convey a sense of something aged and weathered, a popular look these days in some circles. This fast-paced video tutorial is around a minute in length and takes you through the steps required to create an action that can be applied time and time again in your own workflow.

Michael D Beckwith

Michael D Beckwith

The 7 Ways of Zen Landscape Photography – ah yes, the way of the Zen masters, as translated and applied to the art of landscape photography. This post shows us how to apply this style while outdoors on a shoot, and some of the key compositional tricks employed to really accent this particular look.

5 Amazing Tips for Capturing Spectacular Low Light Landscapes – a short set of tips is shared here that will definitely help everyone who is starting out capturing low light level landscapes capture a great shot every time. Sample shots are included along the way as the tutorial unfolds, giving you a great visual representation of how to apply the tip in your own photography.

Robert Sullivan

Robert Sullivan

Minimalist photography tips for bloggers to create awesome and effective images – this great article covers some of the key basics to providing photography media for those who are primarily bloggers. Video and still presentations are included in this post, giving you some great insight on how to effectively accomplish those goals in the quickest and easiest timeframe possible.

Create Beautiful Portraits With a Single Light – this short video tutorial covers how to effectively use a single light when shooting portraits, and also discusses the processing technique that is used to create a vintage tintype look to the finished shot. The concepts are very easy to follow here, and when you see the completed images it really is a great look.

7 Secrets Of Black And White Photography – no one would argue that black-and-white photography is a genre and style all it’s own, requiring techniques and approaches to both shooting and post-production that are unique to it alone. This tutorial covers some of the foundations of this style, and includes an awesome set of example shots.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Winners of the 2017 NYC Drone Film Festival – I love the perspectives that drone photography can reveal, oftentimes showcasing a world that is otherwise invisible to the earthbound mortal. This blog post features some of the award-winning videos that were presented during the 2017 Drone Film Festival.

Christian Fritschi

Christian Fritschi

Rainer Wengel’s Photos of the Aurora Borealis on Film Will Captivate You – this is an amazing collection of shots featuring the beautiful and natural aurora borealis, as captured on a medium format film camera. The colors and details of these shots are distinct and originate on film, taking full advantage of the wonder of the phenomenon as it unfolds in front of the photographer.

GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY

It gets lighter every step – abstract shots based on architectural features are always an interesting subject to photograph and explore for the viewer, as shown in this great black-and-white image featuring a spiral staircase. Christophe Staelens does a great job in composing this one to highlight the contrasts and the dramatic vanishing point found in this particular staircase.

Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

Saddle Bronc Riding – Michael Criswell freezes time in this amazing shot of a rodeo participant trying with all his might to hang onto a bucking bronco horse. This tight frame reveals the intensity of the moment in both the horses and the man’s face as the clock ticks and the pre-dispositioned deposit of the rider onto the muddy surface looms nearby.

Cologne – ah, the romance of a beautiful old European city as the light of day gives way to the blue hour, as revealed in this gorgeous shot by Adnan Bubalo. To the right of the frame we find a great bridge span, leading you into the frame where in the distance two spires from one of the old buildings creates an outline against the sky.

kees torn

kees torn

Growing Season – Endicott, Washington – the bucolic scenes of American farmlands comes to our screens in a Rockwellian composition shared here by Len Saltiel that features a wonderful wood barn sitting in the heart of an active farm. The light is wonderful for this shot, highlighting both the age and character of the barn, along with the inherent beauty of the countryside.

Palau de la Música Catalana – visit a beautiful concert hall in the heart of Barcelona, Spain, in this epic architectural study from Ole Steffensen. This wide vertical shot reveals much of the interior of this wonderful space as avid concert goers mingle in and take their seats in anticipation of the show that is to begin.

driver Photographer

driver Photographer

Tongass Brown Bears – bears in their natural habitat make for amazing photography subjects, revealing glimpses of their wonderful personalities in a setting that is comfortable to them, allowing them to act candidly. This great shot comes to us from Ron Niebrugge and features a mom bear with her two cubs nearby scouting out an active river presumably for some form of a snack.

Central Station – here we find a lot of artistic tension in a black-and-white photograph from Koen Jacobs taken inside a station. A lone man looks towards the edge of the frame while large windows beckon in ambient light, creating strong contrasts that accent the overall drama of the frame.

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jar [o]

Night on the Old Bridge – Jim Nix shares two renditions of the same shot, post-processed using different color shifts to accent various aspects of this architectural wonder in Germany. This composition features the Old Bridge (aka the Alte Brucke) in Heidelberg, Germany captured at night, showing off the character-rich setting to it’s fullest.

September in Paris – Paris, France reveals itself in this wonderful shot by Manjik photography that showcases the old and intricate architecture of this famous spot. The Alexandre III bridge forms a perfect leading line in this image, taking us right into the heart of the city where centuries of history come to life for all to enjoy in great detail.

Bonnie

Bonnie

The Electric Desert – Scott Wood’s visit to Arizona yields this great storm themed shot that features the never ending landscape with a brooding storm hanging overhead discharging dramatic lightning bolts to the ground below. This shot features the tendrils of electric energy and a deep perspective into the landscape, revealing the true scale and scope of the region.

Moravian field… – Daniel Řeřicha captures a great shot here, featuring a set of rolling hills that create texture and depth in a piece that takes on a highly abstract feel to it. The warm and green tones explored in this beautiful picture highlight the sense the viewer finds when exploring it visually.

Kevin Gill

Kevin Gill

Retro car show – Derrick Birdsall shares a selection of shots he captured at a local retro car show, featuring various compositions of some of the details found in these classic cars on display. Derrick’s eye for detail and light comes shining through in this small set, showing off aspects of the cars that really exemplify the character they possess.

Kirkjufell – the cinematic feel used in post-production for this shot by Etienne Ruff does a terrific job of showing off the dramatic and rugged beauty of an often-photographed spot in Iceland. The majestic landscape of this place is often pictured by traveling photographers, and this one reveals an unique take on the spot with waterfalls up front and a jagged landscape as a backdrop.

AnhTuan Le

AnhTuan Le

end of day . . . – various vignettes found here on Vancouver Island offer great photography opportunities, as shown in this terrific shot from local photographer ƊƦคƓ๏ƝŦlץƊгєคɱʂ88. In this composition we find an outcropping of rock that forms a leading line out to the ocean in the distance as a person stands near the edge for a touch of artistic tension.

Slovenia – FIBA EuroBasket 2017 – the unquestionable allure and beauty of Lake Bled and the tiny ancient monastery that sits on a small island in the middle of it are highlighted by a muted reflection of the whole scene captured in the waters of the lake itself. Gürkan Gündogdu captures this wonderful picture just as the night sets, allowing all the lights of the buildings to create little pops of wonder as you wander through this picture on a visual voyage of discovery.

Timothy Neesam

Timothy Neesam

the wharfs of dawn – Frank King employs a long exposure technique to capture and create this stunning shot of wharfs floating over a water reserve in Calgary, Alberta. The colors in the sky are primarily of the purple palette, adding a sense of peace and wonder to this mesmerizing photograph.

Fire in the Hole – Keyhole Arch in Pfeiffer Beach, California is a photographer's wonderland several times a year as a natural phenomenon finds the sunset blazing vibrant colors through a small opening in the natural rock formations found at this location. Daniel F. captures a tight framing of this scene as it unfolds, creating a dramatic picture full of wonder, delight and hope.

Andrew Pilling

Andrew Pilling

Fireworks, Minnesota – capturing fireworks is a skill all of its own, as shown in this detailed shot posted here by Mark Paulson. Mark manages to nail this shot with crisp details in the color streams from the light show, emphasized perfectly by the various colors displayed in the skyborne exhibit.

Some fall colours from Toronto – a winding pathway in the forest is framed in vibrant colors as the full spectrum of fall comes to life in this amazing shot from Mindz.eye. As you wander the path in your mind's-eye, a terrific vanishing point in the distance draws you further into the frame.

Hummingbird – stunning details in this side-profile shot emerge in this photograph of a tiny hummingbird on approach to a feeder captured by Wayne Beauregard. Wayne also includes some background information in his post on these birds, adding interest to the amazing image that could easily stand on it’s own.

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