As a true film aficionado it's interesting to dig deeper into the history of photography, and give wet-plate photography a shot. If you manage to avoid poisoning yourself or blowing up half your city, it can give awesome results!
As you're getting better as a photographer, one question will undoubtedly make its way to the forefront of your mind at some point: should you enter your photograph into competitions? There are pros and cons, of course, but there's one thing that's for certain: if the people organising the competition ask you to pay for the privilege of entering your photos, think twice.
When you've been blogging about photography for a while, you'll come across a lot of questions from beginners. "How did you take that photo", sadly, isn't the top question I'm being asked. Instead, people ask what photography equipment I'm using.
There's no two ways around it: Photographers are a rebellious breed of inventors, tinkerers, and ad-hoc engineers. Or rather, they used to be. Being able to buy just about anything you could possibly need off-the-shelf is a relatively new development in photography. But just because you can spend your hard-earned money buying nearly everything your heart desires, it doesn't mean that you should...
I don't want to say I told you so, but... I told you so. Specifically, I've been saying that shooting video on SLR cameras simply doesn't make sense -- in some cases. Don't get me wrong; if you're a stills shooter who occasionally shoots video, knock yourself out. It's just the current wave of filmmakers shooting on SLRs, that baffles me.
No doubt about it, for serious photographers, the brand new Canon 1D X has a metric tonne of reasons for why it deserves its place at the top rungs as the Canon flagship. It's nothing short of an incredible camera; one that will have many a photographer drooling, and many a bank manager rubbing their hands in glee. It is, rather obviously, the most epic DSLR camera ever.
We've talked about the triangle of photography: Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO. But have you ever stopped to think what ISO means? Prepare to get nerdier than you've ever been about that elusive third dial in the exposure triumvirate.
Megapixels? Oh sod off, the megapixel race is well and truly over. Not because the manufacturers have stopped shouting about the number of pixels in their cameras, but simply because photographers stopped caring at some point about half a decade ago.
It does warm the cockles of our hearts to see that the fuzz are reaching out to help people help them do their jobs when your iPad gets half-inched. It would be even better if they didn't make such a hash of it.
A lot of photographers seem to reach glass ceilings at some point during their development: they upgrade their equipment from fully-automatic snapper-boxes to more advanced equipment, and they develop their photographer's eye bit-by bit.
When you're taking photos with a flash, there's a problem: Because the flash is mounted on top of your camera, you get some pretty horrible shadows. One way around that is to move the flash as far away from the lens as you can, in the now-famous Strobist approach to photography lighting, but there's another way, too: Move the flash closer to your lens. A lot closer.