Archive for June, 2010

BBC Slideshow on Oiled Pelicans

BBC Slideshow on Oiled Pelicans

As someone who spends a good bit of time each day involved in coverage of the BP oil spill for The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, I’m pretty familiar with the work that’s being done by other news organizations. I missed this nice audio slideshow from the BBC though…

Backing It All Up: Let Chase Jarvis Show You How

Backing It All Up: Let Chase Jarvis Show You How

Keeping your image data backed up and secure is one of the most critical aspects of being a serious shooter. Here’s how commercial shooter Chase Jarvis handles the workflow…

HDR Imaging: Is There a Point, Past Which, It’s Really No Longer a Photograph?

HDR Imaging: Is There a Point, Past Which, It’s Really No Longer a Photograph?

Here’s a question I’ve been thinking about lately: can a point be reached with HDR post processing when the thing ceases to be a photograph?

Cropping Decisions

Cropping Decisions

How do you make your cropping decisions when you’re back in the ‘digital darkroom’? Are you mindful of the rules of composition or working in a more intuitive way? Here’s how I handled this everyday task in one situation…

Another live stream of BP’s oil leak!!

Another live stream of BP’s oil leak!!

OK, yeah I know. You’ve seen the live streams of BP’s catastrophic oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. But hey, you know what? I live down here! So maybe another live stream is in order…with a few thoughts from a photographer (me) about what these live streams mean (or don’t)…

Shooting at 1000 Frames Per Second

Shooting at 1000 Frames Per Second

I have a couple of Canon EOS 1-D Mark IIn cameras that shoot about 8 frames a second. Great sports cameras. I have a Canon XH-A1 HDV video camera that I shoot at 30 frames a second. But what if you could shoot at a THOUSAND frames a second?…

Oil spill in the Gulf from ‘The Big Picture’

Oil spill in the Gulf from ‘The Big Picture’

Boston.com’s ‘The Big Picture’ is a photo-driven gallery template that runs on the Boston Globe’s website every few days; lately, it’s focused a lot of its photo editing prowess on the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill….

How to Correct Perspective in Photoshop

How to Correct Perspective in Photoshop

When shooting buildings with a wide angle lens, you may be confronted with lens foreshortening. This is distortion that occurs when you have to shoot from too-close with the lens pointing up: maybe you don’t have room to back up ( a common occurrence)…

Panos Pictures’ Profile Voices

Panos Pictures’ Profile Voices

The Panos Pictures photo agency, which specializes in global social issues, has a great new feature on their website called Profile Voices. It’s one of the ways you can check out the work of their very talented photographers…

A Belated ‘Happy Birthday’ for The Discerning Photographer!

A Belated ‘Happy Birthday’ for The Discerning Photographer!

The Discerning Photographer is just over a year old! Somehow, I missed the actual anniversary, so this is a ‘belated’ birthday card of sorts, looking over the last year and what I’ve learned publishing this thing…

Oil Slick Photography from a Unique Perspective

Oil Slick Photography from a Unique Perspective

Anthony Jacobs is a former Getty Images editor and New York City resident who has started an interesting new service called perspectiveAerials: low-altitude aerial photography using a model helicopter, digital camera (Canon 5D Mark II) and remote trigger…

CNN’s lastest video on Gulf oil spill tactics

CNN’s lastest video on Gulf oil spill tactics

I’m going to try running occasional ‘Around the Blogosphere’ items of things that I found particularly interesting on a wide variety of subjects, all with some type of photo/video tie-in. This is the first attempt, let me know if you like/hate this addition to the site, and thanks!

Weekend Photography Links June 12, 2010

Weekend Photography Links June 12, 2010

Weekend photography links from The Discerning Photographer: micro four thirds, waterfalls, landscapes, burlesque, yada yada yada…

Black and White or Color?

Black and White or Color?

I’ve been thinking about just how powerful an element color is in our photography.. Take color away, and you have an image that will immediately tend to emphasize form, composition and light; add color back in, and these elements recede before the big, bold brashness of the COLOR of your shot….is it any wonder that color becomes one of the defining aspects of what we do?

Oil Spill Protest, New Orleans-style

Oil Spill Protest, New Orleans-style

How do you hold a protest if you’re from New Orleans? You have a second line parade, of course! That’s what local real estate agent Ro Mayer decided to do when she got so tired of being helpless in the face of the BP oil spill disaster…

Weekend Photography Links at The Discerning Photographer

Weekend Photography Links at The Discerning Photographer

Here’s a mix of interesting things from around the photogosphere….more awful oilspill photo galleries, but also other stuff. PetaPixel, Epic Edits and Phototuts+ all have pieces here I really liked…

Quick Tip: Extra Batteries, Extra Cards!

Quick Tip: Extra Batteries, Extra Cards!

There is nothing worse in the world for a photographer than to witness a photograph you can’t shoot because either: 1. you’re out of CF/SD cards; or 2. your camera battery has gone dead. …

Antique Rose Blossom, June 1, 2010

Antique Rose Blossom, June 1, 2010

Early morning, after a hard rain, with the sun starting to peek through the clouds: a great time to make photos! Right now many things are blooming here, an embarrassment of riches…