Photography: The Art of Deception : How to Reveal the Truth by Deceiving the Eye

Photography is a lie. Just think about it: photographers create two-dimensional images that sometimes even lack color and then expect everyone who views the image to believe that this is how the subject and scene appeared in front of the lens, in real life. What is truly amazing is that people fall for the visual trickery readily, almost as if they want to be deceived. It gets better: people still believe that one can photograph only what is really there.

In this book, Irakly Shanidze reveals the smoke and mirrors that the best photographers use to surprise, entertain, and inspire viewers. He explains that the individual features of photographer’s perception and technical limitations of his equipment make him do things that may eventually make a picture look very different from how a viewer would see the same scene with a naked eye and can lead to a ruined picture. Conversely, photographers who understand these phenomena can use the aforementioned “constraints” to deliberately adjust the level of truthfulness in their pictures.

In each beautifully illustrated chapter, Shanidze discloses the photographic tools that enterprising photographers can use to create visual deception (e.g., to create a sense of dimension, create day-for-night effects, establish mood, simulate candid photographs, and generally suspend disbelief – without the time-consuming post-processing!). In doing so, he describes the image objectives (in other words, defines the image concepts) and introduces the tools needed to achieve them – whether a lens of a certain focal length, a light of a specific wattage, or a given shutter speed. He also deconstructs some of his favorite images to show readers how he was able to create a chiseled deception of his own.

Armed with this book, photographers will learn to truly take the reins in their photographic pursuits and deliver supercharged, iconic, storytelling images.

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Photography: The Art of Deception : How to Reveal the Truth by Deceiving the Eye
by Irakly Shanidze

Speeding Up Your AutoFocus

How to set up advanced Canon EOS DSLR for every type of action photography.

When you need a camera that can keep pace with fast action, it’s time to consider stepping up to one of Canon’s high-end enthusiast and professional DSLRs. As you may know, these camera bodies have sophisticated autofocus (AF) systems and a greater density of AF points in the centre of the viewfinder, in addition to their faster continuous shooting speeds.

The more AF points a camera has, the more effectively it can track a moving subject across the frame using AI Servo AF. But the sensitivity and precision of the sensor at each AF point makes a big difference, too. Standard AF sensors detect focus in just one plane, either horizontally or vertically. As the name suggests, cross-type sensors can detect both horizontally and vertically, while dual cross-type sensors are even more precise as they detect diagonally as well.

The number of AF points that are available and their precision is determined by the lens attached to the camera – or more precisely, by its maximum effective aperture. For example, ‘fast’ lenses – those which have large maximum apertures of f/2.8 or greater, such as the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM or EF 85mm f/1.8 USM – open up the full potential of the 5D Mark III’s 61-point AF array. But a lens with a relatively narrow maximum aperture may allow autofocus with only 47 AF points or fewer.

via PhotoPlus – The Canon Magazine

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‘How To’ shoot red wine

‘How To’ shoot red wine
In this ‘how to’ video Karl Taylor & Urs Recher look at the techniques required for good bottle product photography. In this case a bottle of wine is photographed in a small set to add ambience and style to the product. Enjoy!

Free portrait lighting guide: 24 essential studio lighting set-ups

Become a master of professional portrait lighting with these 24 essential studio lighting set-ups. Our free portrait lighting guide offers everything you need to know to get set up, plus illustrations of the effects.

studiosetup09aInvesting in a home studio kit is one of the best ways to take your portraits to the next level. You can light subjects from any direction, fix attachments to change the quality and spread of the light, and use a low ISO to ensure the highest image quality.

studiosetup09bBut flash can be a difficult beast to master, not least because the burst of light is almost instantaneous.

studiosetup09cThere are three main areas of control when using studio flash heads. First, you have control over the quality and spread of the light through use of attachments like umbrellas and softboxes.

studiosetup09dSecond, you can put the head wherever you choose: up high, down low, in front of or behind your subject, with each position changing the look of your image.

studiosetup09eThird, you can use the power settings on the flash to control the output, which becomes important when you start balancing the light from multiple heads.

studiosetup09fIn our free portrait lighting guide we explain how to control these three factors so you can begin to sculpt the light so it behaves exactly how you want it to, every time.

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from: digitalcameraworld

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The Cinematic Look

How To Make Your Photographs Look Like Films

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“I recently noticed that a handful of photographers were producing images that had a look as if they were stills captured from films. A couple of the most well known photographers of this genre are based here in New York so I got them together and challenged them to not only come up with a dynamic personal project on the fly incorporating this cinematic look, but to share with us how it is achieved. Read on to find out how it all went down…”
by David Geffin

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There’s more to it than just blue skies

How To Use A Polarizing Filter
Discover why you need a polarizer for your digital camera and how to use it. Most people just think of them as something to use with blue skies, but that’s only a small part of the story. Find out how a polarizing filter can really make ALL of the colors in your image pop.

by Steve Perry

How to look great in photos

How to look great in photos: from personal snaps to street style
Written by Nicoleta Parascan.

” There’s no point in denying it, we’re currently living in such a visual world that the simple act of taking pictures is no longer just about capturing a specific moment. Today we all want our very best versions to represent us in front of the camera and looking good – great even – in photographs became somewhat of an one and only goal. After all, a photo is what stands between us and the rest of the digital world. …”

pose001Doina Ciobanu of The Golden Diamonds striking a pose

” … Aside from a good camera, looking good in photos is mostly influenced by your ability to pose and that’s exactly why you should feel comfortable with yourself and keep an open mind whenever facing the camera lens. Relaxing and posing naturally is a great first step in achieving the best results, the rest is a matter of practice. …”

pose002Photo: Doina Ciobanu shot by Lightaholic.

” … In photography light is almost like magic. It can make or break a photograph, it’s unpredictable yet so unique and it can be used to your advantage. But to find the perfect light, you must permanently seek it outdoors and forget about the indoors for as much as possible. … “

pose003” … Finding a great background weights just as much in the overall aspect your photograph gains, so make sure to choose one that complements both your outfit and your concept for the entire shoot. You can seek a background that effortlessly enriches the colors, prints or patterns of your outfit, or one that fits the specific style you are portraying at the time. Think old, vintage buildings as a way of enhancing the charm of a retro look for example. … “

” … The angle of the camera shouldn’t give you too much trouble, but at the same time it shouldn’t be treated with less importance than any of the aspects already mentioned above. You should constantly be aware of where the camera is in order to make the best out of the shooting experience. A chest height is ideal as it helps avoid deformation, while at the same time prevents you from loosing important inches. …”

pose004Making use of props: blogger Nicole Warne.

” … Some people have turned the use of props into a real art and as long as you can benefit from their presence there’s absolutely nothing wrong in sharing the frame with a statement bag, a nice bouquet of flowers, a set of colorful balloons or a lovely bicycle. It’s all about fitting the right elements in your story and making the most of them. Get creative, have fun and the rest will just follow. …”

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