Street Photography free eBooks
Check out these two free ebooks on street photography by Thomas Luthard. I really loved his ‘sharing’ philosophy… This is what he had to say about why he keeps his books free:
“There are a lot of people who ask me why I don’t charge for my eBooks. There are several reasons for that. First of all I have a full time job, which feeds me more than enough. I also have the latest gear available to perform Street Pho- tography. I’m happy with my life so far and more money would not make me happier. Also my photos would not get any better with more money in my pocket. It makes me happier investing my money in a good thing than spend- ing it for myself. That’s why I donate some of my money, invest it in other people and write free eBooks. If you still believe that I should better ask for money for this eBook, you have not understood what life is all about. Life is not about money, it’s about friendship, happiness and good photos.”
Check out more of his photos here
and his website here
How bad you want it?
This video has nothing to do with photography but if you looking to be inspired then it certainly applies. I could easily watch this video every day… Reminds you that hard work’s the only way…
If you not a regular on the FStoppers website and you enjoy behind the scene videos then I really recommend it on Wednesdays. They have a choice of some of the best BTS videos for that week.
Click here to go to this week’s choice…
Where do you shop?
There’s two places where I’ve bought my gear from locally… ORMS and SA Camera. (Both in Cape Town but they have great online stores.) ORMS has always had an amazing store to visit. You look around their shelves and everything you can imagine is there… Well, this week SA Camera is catching up and they just opened their store which looks equally well stocked. Click here for their opening specials…
Where do you get your gear from?? Please leave a comment and let us know. (Even if you import your stuff).
How to photograph Newborns
Here’s something a little bit different. Nice guest blog post for Digital Photography School on photographing newborns. The post is written by Steph Tan. She’s a boutique photographer based in Singapore. For more of her work check out: her website, blog and facebook.
Just seen in the Facebook Page that the SuperMoto is on soon…
Here’s the details if you haven’t seen it:
Date: 4 September
Event: 2011 UTC SOUTH AFRICAN SUPERMOTO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – RND 6
Status: National Championship
Venue: Intersection of M13, Beviss Rd and St Johns Ave in Pine Town.
Race starts: 06:30
Classes: S1, S3, S3 Ladies, S4, S5, S6, Masters, National Challenge Tar Class
Organizer: Supermoto Promotions
Thanks Dave Nisbet!
National Geographic “On Assignment” Video
Check out this behind the scenes video of Jimmy Chin’s National Geographic assignment to photograph the climbing culture of today. Some really beautiful scenery. If you like this video head on over to his blog for a lot more…
Underwater Photography BTS
This is quite a long (~30 min) but worth the watch video of some behind the scene moments with underwater fashion photographer Mallory Morrison.
Watch the video HERE.
The image upload facility for the September monthly image submissions has been enabled.
Some of our new members are battling to get their images into the correct format before uploading. Here are the guidelines:
1. In your photo editor, scale a copy of your image to fit within the landscape size of 1024 x 768 pixels. This does not mean that a portrait image may be 768 x 1024 pixels. Our digital projector projects a landscape image of 1024 x 768 pixel proportions and your image must fit within those constraints
- In the example above, landscape image “A” achieves full impact of the screen by occupying the maximum 1024 x 768 pixel size. (nudge, nudge, wink, wink!)
- Portrait image “B” has a maximum height of 768 pixels.
- Panorama image “C” has a maximum width of 1024 pixels.
- Square/custom image “D” has a maximum height of 768 pixels.
2. Maximum file size is 500 Kbytes or less. If you are using Photoshop, when you save the image as a JPG image, you can adjust the “Quality” of the image and the file size will reduce accordingly.
These image size and file size restrictions are in accordance with PSSA rules and applicable to Salon entries.
From this month onwards, you may submit a maximum of 4 images, as the WCC/MCC InterClub challenge is now closed.
The categories are :
- Altered Reality
- Set Subject
The Set Subject for September is “Real Close” and the brief is:
“Close up photos of any object but not necessarily macro. e.g. A photo of a whole flower would not be considered close up whereas an image showing a part of it would.”
If you intend participating in the “Scott Kelby 4th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk” this year, then wander (rush, may be a better option) on over to the Photo Walk website and register.
There are only 50 places and 7 are already allocated.
Update: It starts at Musgrave Centre, past/through Essenwood Flea Market. Down to Currie Road and back to Musgrave Centre. Approximately a 3km round-trip.
A while ago I spoke about a lens review site (The-Digital-Picture.com) where it is possible to get technical reviews on almost any lens. The nice thing about this site was that you could compare lenses side by side. I’ve come across another similar website called: DxOMark. It not only lets you compare lenses but also cameras and camera sensors. Very interesting…
If you interested in macro photography check out this article by “DIY Photography”. Its not very in depth, but it does seem to highlight all the major points and terminology regarding macro photography and it is certainly a good place to get started. There’s also links to some great macro photography on Flickr.
Nine Motivational Essays on Photography by Scott Bourne
Scott Bourne is the editor of the PhotoFocus blog. He wrote this short e-book and has made it available to all his readers for free as a way of thanking them. Its basically nine essays accompanied by some stunning photos. You can grab this free e-book here. You can also download his previous e-book- “Visions” from here.
Take better Point and Shoot photographs
If you don’t always have an SLR handy and you carry a point and shoot camera around with you, then you’ll enjoy this article by PetaPixel. In the article, they discuss some of the shortcomings of compact cameras and what you can do to get around them. A lot of the points that are discussed apply to photography in general so it’s a useful read even if you don’t generally use a compact camera.
24 Hour Landscape Photography Guide
Check out these 24 helpful tips on Landscape photography from PhotoRadar…
The June 2011 gallery (SS = repetition) has been updated and looks a little different this month.
Refer to the full image listing at the bottom of the page to see the award for each image.
As from this month, I’ll be grouping all the images into a single gallery for gold and merit awards for all images and no longer one gallery per section and star rating.
The gallery image name also no longer has the award as part of the image name.
For copyright protection, all images displayed from this month onward, will have the WCC logo and text embedded into the image. The images have been reduced to Photoshop image quality 9 and the scaled down to fit within a low resolution 800 x 600 pixel size. The copyright for each image exists with the photographer and not with the WCC. This should hopefully go a long way to preventing your images from being copied directly off the website. The watermark is not a layer that can be lifted off the image, it is part of the image.
Please do not forget that the upload cut-off for images to be submitted for the month of August is midnight on “Monday, Monday”. Set Subject is “Headshots”.
Upload cut-off for the images taken during the photo-walk is midnight on Sunday 28th August 2011.
Calling all wannabe-archivists!
A little while back we received a bag of antiquities from a little old lady whom Ben offered to help during a minor crisis. Good on you Ben!
If you are an interested collector of photographic memorabilia, and a serious collector at that, then you may be interested in sharing the bag’s contents with other like-minded members in the WCC.
The bag contains:
- 3 aluminium lens hoods and color filters for an early Kodak camera – Possibly a Kodak Retina Reflex.
- Single B&W negative.
- Small tripod – Broken.
- Battery operated slide viewer – Do not know if it works.
- Viewfinder for an early Kodak camera – Looks mouldy.
- Flash Bulb holder & reflector dish.
- Kodak lens (Telephoto Retina Longar Xenon C F:4 / 80mm) – Mould tracks inside the lens.
So, if you’re interested in sharing, send me an e-mail describing which items you would like and we”ll try and distribute them evenly amongst the interested parties.
Jeffrey has arranged the following outing for August.
Durban Botanical Gardens, Saturday 20th August 2011 at 07:20 for 07:30.
Please diarise this date. We could stop off at the tea garden upon completion for a refreshing cup of tea or coffee and a scone, etc.
Wow, now that was fun!
Bright and early, in the crisp morning air, a medium-sized group of die-hard WCC’ers gathered at Moyo Pier to embark upon the WCC Photowalk in celebration of National Women’s Day. We decided to incorporate a mini photo-circuit into the walk and 5 image subjects were chosen for the walk. Photographers were allowed to take photos of any subject which caught their eye, but only images in the following 5 image subjects may be submitted:
1. People (Women only)
2. Urban Decay
We had a great time, searching for subjects to snap whilst we walked along the planned route. I got some exercise in the process. Even the local Metro police got involved and tagged along behind us in their Metro van, concerned for our safety. A huge thank you goes out to the Metro Police for their presence and visibility.
The image submission page for the photo walk has been enabled and if you attended, you have until midnight on the 28th August 2011 to submit a maximum of 5 images.
These images do not affect your normal monthly image submissions.
This is the proposed route for the photo walk.
First half of the walk is not flexible (yellow route).
Second half of the walk (orange and green routes) has a few options. But in all cases please do not wander off on your own.
Please remember we are meeting from 07:00 for 07:30.
Walk from 07:30 – 10:00
10:00 at Java Cafe for breakfast/coffee