The importance of showing your photos to the subject!

Photo of Koster Archipelagos

In many forms of photography you are shooting different persons and scenes with said persons in them. Many times those persons (again, at least in some forms of photography) will be people you don’t know much. If you get them to agree to be in a photo definitely make sure to show them the photos you take of them, maybe even in-between a shot. This will make them even more relaxed in your photos, as they now know that you take good photos.

Another essential thing if you are say, taking photos in a scenic restaurant, is that you send them some photos afterwards. They have let you shoot their place for free and have you there, so it’s only natural that you send them some of your photos as thanks. It’s only going to benefit you in the long run.

You might argue with me here.
“What if they put those photos up for display in their place? They would build up reputation on that and you would’ve done that for free.”
Nevertheless, what I suggest is that you should do this, because it’ll only be good for you in the end. Consider it this way instead, a lot of people see your photos (they might have your name on) and they ask the staff of the place who took them. They’ll refer them to you. Obviously if you frame them with your name and border around, you’ll get more exposure.

My point with all this is relatively simple. Show the photos you take of your subject, to your subject and even send some to them afterwards. It’s only going to build the bond connecting your subject and yourself, which in turn might lead to future shoots as well, because you were so accommodating and kind.

Canon announces the 5D Mark II

 Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Canon has now announced the EOS 5D Mark II, which is a truly spectacular camera, at least from what we can see this far. It features a full frame 21 megapixel CMOS sensor with DICIC IV processor. It has an ISO range from a low 50 to a remarkable 25600 (extended range). The maxium shooting speed though is 3.9 frames per second, making it pretty useless for any type of sports photography. Naturally it’s got a 3" screen with live view and three types of autofocus, including face detection. Now perhaps the most remarkable thing about this is that it can shoot in full HD video quality, 1080p, H.264 in up to 12 minutes per clip (VGA, H.264, 24 minutes per clip). That’s just an outstanding feature.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II will be available at the end of November for $2700, body only, or with the 24-105 L lens for $3500.

For more information and goodness about this one, check out the first preview of the camera on DP Review. Also check out my buddy Jason’s overview of the new release.

Wednesday Artist Interview: Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson - Photograph 1

The Wednesday Artist Interviews have been on a slight hold for a while. It’s just a bit hard to find new people for every week. This week we have Jason Anderson stopping by doing an interview and sharing some of his thoughts!

Tell us a little bit about yourself

My name is Jason Anderson and I fairly recently rediscovered photography (about 4 years ago) after a brief stint in my youth.  With a career in Information Technology, part of my evolving set of skills has begun to include web design and administration.  After several years of this, I thought that it might be fun to return to photography and use the shots as graphics on web designs.  After several trial versions with slow digital point-and-shoots, I ultimately ponied up and got into the SLR bracket. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Operation Photo Rescue

Operation Photo Rescue

With all hurricanes that are hitting right now this is perfect time to tell you, and ask you to spread the word, about this non-profit organization called Operation Photo Rescue. Basically what they are is a group of voluntees artists that come together and help to restore photos from vicims of unforseen disasters, for free.Anyone can join as a volunteer to help doing this which is really something important. As they say on their site, furniture and the material things can be replaced but photos (which is a big history archive) cannot. Therefore they help all people who are victims of any unforseen disasters, such as house fires and natural disasters, at no cost. Just think about how much it would cost for all vitims of these disasters if they would want professional help to fix their images aftewards. It’s really a great cause! If you want to sign up as a volunteer, and you really should, you can do that on the register page!

Tuesday Stuff

Google Chome - New Web Browser 

It’s Tuesday and here are the news:

  • Google has released a beta version of their new Chrome web browser, running on WebKit like Apple’s Safari. The main idea behind the browser is to speed up websites by in one way or another, caching more code, mainly speeding up JavaScript web apps. You can find a post over at the official Google Blog that talks about the release. Currently it is for Windows only.
  • Timothy Armes has released an update to his popular LR/Enfuse Lightroom plugin, bringing it up to version three. Features included in this new version includes batch processing and the ability for the plugin to reimport and stack the originals, and more. Both of these features do require Lightroom 2.
  • Mozilla has in the days released an alpha stage plugin for FireFox called Ubiquity which allow you to create simple and quick mashups. What you do is that you pop open a window inside of FireFox (hud-style, transparent, dark-grey) where you type a command of what you want to do (like "google text" — which will search google for "text"). Check it out and give it a test, it’s relatively cool. It’s still a little buggy and could use a lot more commands, but hey, it’s only the first alpha version.
  • Over at the Photography Corner they have posted a great article today in their resources section. The article is all Tips for Photographing Wildlife and is very well written and takes up some really good pointers.

Finally a note to everyone in the US Gulf Area! Hope everything is well with you and I hope it’s going to stay that way. Be safe! :)