Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Endless postproduction

I have already mentioned in earlier articles except that, when working in Photoshop, sometimes hard to stop. Although nothing further manipulations do not add a photo, graphic rushing forward momentum. It happens that after spending many hours (and sometimes even days) at a distance of one job loses. Sometimes it starts too attached to their work. Sometimes, even the comments of the public, is not able to "cut the umbilical cord. " Therefore, a great practice to write the next version of the file, so as to always be able to return to earlier. It is also sometimes consult each other and if the fifth time I hear that there is nothing to fix, you may want to consider your job done.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Constant adjustments

Someone once said that if everything we always looked out for the first time, it would be us on earth, a hundred billion, maybe more. Bearing in mind that not everything goes right away, I like to keep the correct frame, lighting and setting the model. Usually I follow the progress on the monitor, so hook up your camera to your computer. During this session, the camera was also connected to the computer and using the plug-in for Lightroom pictures were sent for immediate preview on the screen. However, the "instant"is a term somewhat exaggerated. Leica S2 (ie the camera, who then tested) communicates with the computer via a wired USB 2.0, which combined with the plugin for Lightroom proves to be very lucky combination. Compared with a FireWire connection and software Phase One, which often work, transmission speed left much to be desired.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Working with models

In my opinion, most attention should be devoted to casting. The choice of models is not always a simple thing, very easy to make mistakes that frustrate our efforts. For best viewing, of course, hire professionals to look for the casting director at the helm. Unfortunately, even the film industry do not always have sufficiently high budget. Looking for models for a similar session, remember that it really hiring an actor, not a pretty face. Not just a pretty face - it is necessary to the ability to pose, play a necessary role-play. Beginner models often fail to control the body and facial expression to a sufficient extent. If you have to work with someone inexperienced, ask to previously practiced, such as the mirror, and umówcie the shots.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Photography and its context

Nothing exists in a vacuum, photography as well. Therefore, the key issue for the "right" (with these or other reasons) receiving photos is the context - both the circumstances in which we see a particular photograph and the circumstances of its creation. There is significant knowledge of the person views the photo, her life experience, expectations of photography in general and against the genre of photography, to which the image data. In short - everything is important.

Otherwise, read the full photograph frames of references to the classical masters of a person familiar with the history of this medium, and otherwise a complete layman, for whom it will be "just black and white picture" (I recommend an article that will appear in "Wide frame" in the next month) . Childless, single, loves to party all night otherwise insightful look at the photo of the lovely little baby than the mother of two children.

A person without much contact with photogrpahy, new to the technical issues can be delighted shots that do not bear any value beyond the persuasive presentation of the application of a technique. For her, it will be "incredible fota", for us, nothing special.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Photography and motion

Since the photograph as a finished image is stationary, has long been controversy continues about the best way to record the movements. Some argue that it is best to freeze the shares will write a short shutter speed (for example, extracting an effort on his face as an athlete in the example above). Others tout a long exposure time and, for example tracking the movement of the subject apparatus, or panning. Shooting in the rally car so it's easy to quickly overcome the impression of distance by contrast sharply with the car mapped blurred background (similar to what we see out the window fast-moving train.) In short, the "weakness" photograph often becomes its strength. Besides, sometimes the difficulties in achieving the cheer to the increased effort, which results in interesting and successful solutions. Paradoxically, the limitations of photography, that is, its distance from reality, they are also the most effective weapon in the fight for "true" representation of the world - a difficult, easy or even possible is another.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Photography and time

On the one hand, photography is not able to show reality in-time, on the other - easily can show the world not visible with the naked eye. Simply select the appropriate exposure time. Just as framing the scene cuts to a particular piece, pretending that nothing around there, just a short shutter speed cuts lasting for a split second moment, invisible to humans. Similarly, on the other end of the spectrum - a slow shutter speed allows you to accumulate time for one image, creating an image, without the aid of a camera we would not have opportunities zobaczyć.Odmienne from the human perception of time to present it in the photograph extends well into the problems of vibration and image blur. Picture taken from the hand at shutter speeds are too long to get nieporuszonego image at first glance, it looks unnatural - not so we see the world. Yet again we find the difference between us, which is placed at each unsteady step in the confusion, consciousness and reality. Human brain images from multiple vibrating migawkowo coming to him during the short time he can put together a fairly clear representation of reality. Uwiarygadnia them by the fact that we know that at any given time we go (or sway from side to side) or ride the tram for example, where the very shaking. In a sense, the way in which photography plays with time, can in some cases to compensate for the flat image photographed by the viewer to experience the scene all the senses. Action frozen very short shutter speed allows you to look at the athlete's face, was making a superhuman effort, and provide the atmosphere of sportsmanship during the competition doping clattering fans. Slightly raised, grainy photograph on the night will give a better mood walking after dark, when they actually may be somewhat vague and careless than the razor-sharp shot.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sight and other senses

If a photographer wants to accurately depict the scene so that the viewer's feelings were a little similar to what would feel, being a photographer on site at the time of the photo, you just have to cheat. Why? Because, contrary to appearances, even the most faithful to the visual placing shooting situation of little avail. Finally, we have five senses, right? That is why, taking pictures, we try to compensate for the lack of smell or sound. Lazy summer afternoon in the quaint Parisian cafe is not just a tiny table with circular top and unhurried gazing at the crowd of passers-by. It is also a hubbub of voices, clatter of dishes collected by the waiters, the sound of coffee, the smell of coffee and croissants, mixed with the smell of perfume and cologne, and (thankfully less and less) cigarette smoke. How does it show the picture? The answer is simple, such as always - by resorting to manipulation!