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Tue Apr 26, 2011 at 06:16 PM PDT

The Democratization of Photography

by stevej

A dramatic fall in cost is only one of the reasons why a democratization of photography has taken place. In this post I want to take a step back and look at some of the huge changes that have occurred over the past few years.

Originally posted at: The Democratization of Photography | Minimalist Photography 101

nikon dslr lens

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Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 07:18 PM PDT

Free Photo Editing - Picnik

by stevej

I am often asked if there are any low cost or free online tools for image editing. The best free online picture editing software that I've come across is Picnik. It does all of the important basic stuff such as exposure, color, red eye removal, cropping but it also does a lot more.

Originally posted on my blog:Free Online Picture Editing – Picnik | Minimalist Photography 101

Heads in shop window
In this example not only were the alterations made, in this case a vignette, noise and desaturation were applied but the before and after split was also handled by the Picnik software. In other words by selecting the before and after filter the software takes the latest version of the image and the original version to get the two images. It is possible to have a gap of any width and any color between the two images and the before and after text can be varied.
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Fri Apr 15, 2011 at 07:54 AM PDT

Nature and a Photographic Journey

by stevej

I'll be honest, creative nature photography is something that I have struggled with. My progress has been pretty smooth with other types of photography but for some reason nature has always given me heartburn. I think that I am finally beginning to unlock this particular puzzle.

Crossposted on my blog: Creative Nature Photography | Minimalist Photography 101

creative nature photography cactus

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Thu Apr 14, 2011 at 07:31 AM PDT

Photography - Edward Weston

by stevej

Just search for famous photographs and it would be very surprising if no Edward Weston images appeared on the first page. The image at the top of this post is one of the most recognizable photographs ever. Pepper number 30 as it is generally known, is simply one of the most important photographs ever shot.

I would say to any artist: 'Don't be repressed in your work, dare to experiment, consider any urge, if in a new direction all the better.

Edward Weston - to Ansel Adams

Crossposted on my blog: Edward Weston Images – and Some Words | Minimalist Photography 101
Edward Weston Images

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Fri Apr 01, 2011 at 08:43 AM PDT

Photography is Problem Solving

by stevej

Photographing shadows cast by venetian blinds is one of my many photographic obsessions. For many photographers direct sunlight and the resultant strong shadows are the enemy and are consequently to be avoided. To others of us though, they represent an interesting problem that requires that we at least attempt to work towards a solution.

Crossposted on my blog:Photographing Shadows | Minimalist Photography 101

leaves and shadows

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Tue Mar 29, 2011 at 02:39 PM PDT

Photography; Meditation and Abstraction

by stevej

This is a very simple creative photography exercise that is almost a form of meditation. The biggest problem with working visually is the massive influx of data that our brains are required to process just to keep up. Of course much of this attack is intentional, is to keep us off balance, to make us more susceptible to buying crap that we don't need. As human beings, let alone photographers, we need something to counteract this onslaught.

Originally posted on my blog:Creative Photography a Meditation | Minimalist Photography 101

Creative Photography a Meditation - Cat on a hardwood floor

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Tue Mar 22, 2011 at 08:29 AM PDT

Photography; Split Toning

by stevej

Split toning originated with film photography but like most things can now be done digitally.  As with other toning processes it works based on a black and white version of the photograph it is being used on. The tone (shade of gray) determines how much color is added back. In the case of split tone the initial tone also determines which color is added back.

Crossposted on my blog Split Toning | Minimalist Photography 101

split toning example

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Understanding Modernism the Painless Way

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steel thing
First of all lets define a thing. A thing, in this context, is something that doesn't have a name or a purpose. If it is made up of different materials, shapes and textures that is a bonus.

While we are defining stuff, lets add a definition for seeing. Seeing artistically is different than seeing where you are going so that you don't walk into a wall. It means to see objects and their relationships to each other as if for the first time. From a painter's point of view this would mean painting a picture of the actual scene in front of them and not some generic scene imposed by the brain to save itself work.

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Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 12:44 PM PDT

Photography - Thoughts about Symbolism

by stevej

symbolism spelt out in letter dice and an egg timer

Crossposted on my blog

The Aesthetic

I like photographing geometry. I am attracted to images where  parallel lines, circles, squares  feature strongly. This extends to the third dimension with the simple volumes all appealing, i.e spheres, cubes, cones and pyramids. I also possess the photographers love of and obsession with light.  This combination is probably to be expected of someone who claims to have an affinity for minimalism.

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Wed Mar 09, 2011 at 07:14 PM PST

Photography; Tips for a Rainy Day

by stevej

The camera sees rain in a very different way than the human eye brain combination. Much more of the surface area becomes white even on a gloomy day. Tweaking the contrast a little after the fact can make for very dramatic images.

Crossposted on my blog: Tips for a Rainy Day | Minimalist Photography 101


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Sat Mar 05, 2011 at 06:35 PM PST

Good Photography Websites

by stevej

Here are some photography sites that I like. They are web sites that show the work, thoughts and opinions about photographers. They are not resources in the free editing software, online storage, photographer's tools sense of the word. I may write that post at a later time.

Crossposted on my blog Minimalist Photography 101


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Mon Feb 28, 2011 at 06:38 AM PST

Photography - Always Read the Manual

by stevej

This post is about a specific feature on a specific group of cameras but it does make a more general point.Lets start with the specific:

nightshot entrance

Crossposted on my blog: Minimalist Photography 101

I use a Canon Powershot A3100 IS as my day to day camera. It is generally regarded as a good camera for children and beginners because it has a variety of presets. It also has a setting where the photographer can control most of the parameters. Of course this is the one that I use because I know what i'm doing and what each parameter does - good and bad.

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