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How Digital Cameras have changed us…..

Hi I am just back from my trip to Laos, pictures to come soon.

The first thing that caught my attention that I just had to bring to you was this fascinating article By Tom de Castella on the BBC website  It tells the history of digital photography and the impact it has had on the way we take pictures, how we interact with our surroundings, how we record our lives and everything we see and finally how phones with cameras have become an absolute game changer.

“Photography firm Kodak has run into hard times, with critics suggesting it has failed to effectively adapt to digital. But four decades ago Kodak was credited with building the first digital camera, an innovation that has changed the world.

The first was a box the size of a small coffee machine with a cassette stuck to the side.

Little did anyone know when it took its first image in 1975 that this Heath Robinson-esque prototype would nearly obliterate the market for camera film and turn us all into potential Robert Doisneaus or Henri Cartier-Bressons, recording everything from the banal to the beautiful on our mobile phones.

Steven Sasson invented that boxy first digital camera for Kodak. But the company has struggled to fully profit from its invention, and with its share price plunging last year there has been growing disquiet about the company’s prospects.”

Steve Sasson shows off the digital camera he invented for Kodak

Kodak DC290 (pictured above, 1999)

A camera that combined superior sensor resolution and low price. It showed the benefits of linking a camera and a computer. The camera allowed scripts to be created so that instructions would appear on the camera’s screen – such as “now photograph the bathroom” for estate agents. It was a glimpse into the future.

Canon EOS 300D (2003)

The first digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera that cost less than 1000 euros (£830). At the time amateurs, and many professionals too, could only afford digital compact cameras or what were called “bridge cameras” – models with long range zooms that couldn’t come off the body. This marked the beginning of the fall in the price of proper digital cameras.

Nikon D90 (2008)

The first digital SLR camera to feature video recording. While compact cameras could make movies for some time, the quality was poor and the lenses not very good. In the D90, amateurs could make professional quality films.

Nikon D3 (2007)

One of the biggest problems with digital cameras was that pictures taken in dim lighting were filled with millions of tiny coloured speckled dots – noise. The D3 introduced the ability to shoot in almost completely dark conditions with almost no visible noise.

Apple iPhone (2007)

It doesn’t have the best camera of any mobile phone but it is certainly the most popular. Picture sharing websites, Facebook and Twitter are dominated by pictures taken and shared via the iPhone.

Read more here

12 Video Tutorials for Improving Your Photoshop Skills

You know the web is full of people who want to tell you how to do things. Photography attracts a plethora of would be tutors, they do it in text form, pod cast and video, the trouble is there are so many you can spend hours looking for the one that speaks to you at your level. I’m off to teach the 4th part of our current Intro to Photoshop course tonight and will be recommending this post to my students.

Those good people at Lightstalking have a post that has 12 video tutorials on the essentials of Photoshop use, if they recommend them my guess is the tutorials are good.

“Photoshop can really be a photographer’s best friend or worst nightmare. It all depends on how comfortable you feel in the program and whether you know the simple tips and tricks to creating photo magic. Here are 12 video tutorials for improving your Photoshop skills quickly.”

If you want to see the tutorials follow this link

45 Tutorials And Techniques To Become A Master Of Photography

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This post showcases a list of useful and unique photography related tutorials that will help you learning the skills of a trained photographer. The field of photography has extensively grown over the past few years to such a huge industry with millions of photographers emerging every day around the globe and mastering their skills in different areas of photography.

The tutorials listed below let you learn how to capture a digital photograph in a better way and then direct you all the way throughout photo-editing process by means of using photo-editing software such as Photoshop.

such as

Self Portrait Photography Guide

or

Infrared Photography Technique

Read the full 45 here

 

Photography Courses Oxford – dates for autumn term announced

Here are the new dates for the autumn term photography courses we run. Full details of all the courses can be found on The Oxford School of Photography website. If you are lucky enough to live near Oxford joining us for one of our courses is a sure way of improving your photographs.

Our courses run three times a year and are always very well supported and we recommend early application for places, to do this just send us an email stating the course name and start date. we will then reserve your place and send you further information.

Understanding Your Digital SLR: 4 different start dates  – 7.9.11;  4.10.11;  2.11.11;  5.11.11
Understanding Your Digital Compact Camera -starts 1.11.11
Introduction to Photoshop and Photoshop Elements – starts 13.10.11
Composition In Photography – Seeing Pictures – starts 6.10.11
Portrait Photography – starts 5.10.11
Intermediate Photography – starts 3.10.11
Travel Photography starts 3.11.11
One Day Understanding Your DSLR – 3 different dates this autumn:  25.9.11;  23.10.11;  27.11.11

©Keith Barnes

 

7 Quick Tips for Better Beach Photography

Another easy guide from those clever people at Lightstalking. “We all love the beach, but getting a decent photograph from your beach excursion can be a little tricky. Here are a few quick tips on beach photography that should help you improve your results.”

1) Be Early or Be Late– In general the best photos you will capture at the beach will generally be taken before the light becomes too powerful...more

Three’s A Crowd by peasap, on Flickr

20 Things I Learned About Photography

This list is by scottbourne over at Photo Focus, here are the first 5, I can’t disagree with any of them, if you want more go here

1. Know your subject better than you know yourself. Your photos will sing if you can do that.

2. Background – background – background. Pay close attention to the background. Keep it simple. Make sure there are no background distractions. Make the subject the star of the photo not the background.

3. Get closer. Then get closer still. You need to be close enough to your subject to feel their heartbeat and close enough so they can feel yours.

4. When you are new at photography, spend significant time looking at the work of master photographers. Looking at good pictures will make you a good photographer.

5. Know your camera inside and out. Know every feature and button so that when the defining moment occurs, you won’t be wondering how to catch it.

©Keith Barnes

250 photography tutorials

A curious thing happened with the advent of the internet – and that is that people seemed to shun photography clubs, classes, books, and even learning from your mates, and turn more towards learning from online tutorials. In some ways, that’s a shame – but given how many hard-working photographers there are out there who are more than happy to share their knowledge with the masses, we’re probably in a better place now that we ever have. Everything you ever wanted to know here

Are You in a Photography Rut? 11 Tips to Get Out of It

Every photographer hits a wall at one point or another. Here are a few tips to keep things fresh and new. These tips from digital photo school by Valerie Jardin are all valid. I recommend offering your services to a charity on our Intermediate Course

Sharpening the Way You Like It: Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure

I have been trying to understand the Detail module and particulary the Sharpen part in Lightroom. I wondered if it was like unsharp mask in PS where my standard sharpening is about 100% at a Radius of 1. This did seem to produce a bit too much sharpness. So I went looking for help and found this excellent article/tutorial. It seems sharpening in Lightroom depends on whether you shoot RAW or jpeg and the size of the sensor in your camera. I shoot with a full frame sensor so this has an impact on how and when I sharpen.

If you use Lightroom it is worth understanding what is going on in the sharpen module and making adjustments to suit your tastes.

This tutorial by Mikkel Aaland seems to explain it all so go and have a look. If you prefer there is a book you can buy Photoshop Lightroom 2 Adventure

 

Leica to launch new compact system in 2012

Leica’s goal is to create a new market in the Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens segment.