Driving Your Camera by Sean Reid
Sean Reid first began writing essays and reviews for Luminous Landscape in 2004. Today, we're publishing the second essay in a series called "Common Sense" which Sean is writing specifically for this site. In this series overall, he'll be looking at camera design as it relates to aspects such as ergonomics, controls, seeing the subject and focusing effectiveness. Readers who find this article interesting may want to look into Sean's own subscription site, http://www.reidreviews.com where you will find some of the most insightful camera reviews and essays anywhere. One of Sean's newest articles for his own site is an extensive review of the Fuji X100 which was recently updated with the results of various field and studio tests (including a file quality comparison among the X100, Leica X1, Sigma DP2s and Leica M8.2). He also has recently published a comprehensive review of three fast 28 mm lenses on the Leica M9.
As I've written before, this X100 review is an opus – without doubt the most in-depth report yet. Reid Reviews is a subscription site. The price is modest though for the depth of insight that Sean provides when it comes to camera design and lens performance.
The Frame - Use Of by John Paul Caponigro The influence of the frame can be strengthened or weakened to emphasize specific aspects of images. As the frame is emphasized, images tend to become more graphically oriented prioritizing the structure of the image; the image as a thing in and of itself; picture perfect. When the frame is deemphasized, images become more strongly oriented towards the literal informtion they contain; the things the image contains; highly informative. Exaggerating this tendency can create significantly different kinds of images.
The Frame - Intro by John Paul Caponigro The most important four lines of any image are the ones that are often least recognized consciously – the frame. Part of learning to make successful compositions is learning to become more conscious of the frame and how to use the forces it exerts on your images for desired effects.
“Memory of Colors” by Jaime Ocampo-Rangel by Peter van den Hamer Memory of Colors is an ambitious project to photograph the authentic indigenous peoples of the world. These cultures, languages and customs are all disappearing, albeit at different speeds. The project is by Paris-based former glamour photographer Jaime Ocampo-Rangel. Memory of Colors consists of numerous portraits taken against colorful monochromatic backgrounds. The photographer associates different cultures with different colors. Some of the photographs have been exhibited at UNESCO's headquarters and the photographs will be featured in an upcoming four-person world tour (in a sailing boat!). A large collection of these images has recently been released via the iTunes app store as Fotopedia Memory of Colors.
Mounting Prints on Aluminium Composite by Mark D Segal The use of an aluminium composite for mounting photographs is less common than other approaches, such as framing or mounting on paper or foam board; yet it has valuable display properties which may be most suitable for certain kinds of images, such as panoramas, where sturdiness, flatness and archival keeping properties may be particularly important. In this article, Contributor Mark D Segal shows how a panorama he made last Fall was mounted using this technique.
Returning to the Fold by Bill Caulfied Browne A medium format photographer rediscovers Leica after a 20 year absence.
DxOMark Sensor For Benchmarking Cameras by Peter van den Hamer DxOMark Sensor is a service that benchmarks camera bodies. These measurements of primarily noise-behavior are published on www.DxOMark.com. In this article, Peter van den Hamer analyzes the benchmark. The article explains that increasing resolution doesn't necessarily increase image noise. In contrast, using a physically bigger sensor typically does lower noise and increase dynamic range. This is explained in terms of the underlying theory, but also illustrated using actual DxOMark data. Last, but not least, the article provides overviews showing how the various DxOMark measurements on actual cameras vary for cameras with different sensor sizes.
Are your pictures out of focus? by Mark Dubovoy Because of manufacturing tolerances, most camera/lens combinations are out of focus at the sensor plane. This article explains the causes and possible solutions.
Common Sense Part 1: Photographers Have Noses by Sean Reid Sean Reid first began writing essays and reviews for Luminous Landscape in 2004. Today, we're publishing the first essay in a series called "Common Sense" which Sean is writing specifically for this site. In this series overall, he'll be looking at camera design as it relates to aspects such as ergonomics, controls, seeing the subject and focusing effectiveness. Readers who find this article interesting may want to look into Sean's own subscription site, http://www.reidreviews.com where you will find some of the most insightful camera reviews and essays anywhere. Sean's latest article for his own site is an extensive review of the Pentax K5. He finds it to be not only a worthwhile SLR but also a compact, quiet and weather-sealed alternative for photographers who might otherwise be looking at an EVF model.