Have you ever seen a photograph and wondered how it was taken? I’m not talking about the dry technical details here but the real story behind the image. How it came to be. Well a new site just launched aims to help you find out more.
The Image Story is all about sharing the craft and inspiration that go into making photography by those who are passionate about it. It helps explain how the image came to be. What inspired the image? What preparation was needed to make the shot? What decisions were made about composition, timing, and the overall execution of the image? All this in the photographer’s own words.
Regardless of what you like to shoot there’s something for everyone with categories covering:
Because they’ve just launched there’s not a huge number of images there yet and the submissions are mainly from the creators friends and contacts but this will only get better over time. In fact if you think you’ve got a great image and want to tell the story of how it came to be you can even create a submission for consideration. Definitely a site to bookmark and check out on a regular basis as it grows and expands.
You all know I love my photography but it’s not my 9-5 day job. That’s working as a data analyst for a large multinational. So hearing about a Lightroom plugin that combines photography and analytics I had to check it out!
The Lightroom Analytics plugin reviews your library and produces reports based on the metadata contained within your images. That data is already sort of viewable if you use the metadata filters in the library module but this exposes it, allows you to download it as a comma separated values (CSV) file for use in Excel or similar tools, and uses this same data to produce a report on a variety of key metrics:
- Find out which camera and lenses you used the most.
- Plot your aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed usage: check whether you would need larger aperture lenses or a camera with better high ISO capability.
- Analyze your develop settings in Lightroom: tone adjustments, Colour HSL adjustments, Black and White mix, Split toning and effects.
- Find out your common settings and make them into a preset.
- Analyze the usage of every single lens you’ve got.
The plugin is free and you can download it from the Lightroom Analytics site. Have fun!
A view down the Thames from Canary Wharf to the city as a storm rolls in.
I’ve been extremely bad at posting things of late, but don’t worry. I haven’t forgotten you all!
Over at Digital Photography School they’ve got a nice little article on the 10 Most Common Mistakes in Landscape Photography. In it they cover, unsurprisingly, ten things to watch for when you’re taking your landscape shots and how you can overcome them and improve your craft.
The ten points are:
- Crooked horizons
- Shooting from eye-level
- Empty skies
- Blur from hand held shots
- No focal point
- Cluttered backgrounds
- Poor lighting
- Blown out highlights
- Lack of depth
Its a good list and whilst I often correct #1 in post (it seems I can just never shoot a straight horizon!) #2, 3, 5, 6 and 10 are key ones for me that I always try to watch. Click through to read the article in full.
DPS: 10 Most Common Mistakes in Landscape Photography – and How to Overcome Them
One of the main reasons why I travel to the places I do is to experience different cultures, beliefs and ways of living. With globalisation I’m sure it won’t be too long before we’re a homogeneous mass living in roughly the same way and consuming roughly the same things. With this in mind, I was delighted to discover a project and associated book by Jimmy Nelson called “Before They Pass Away”.
In Jimmy’s words:
In 2009, I planned to become a guest of 31 secluded and visually unique tribes. I wanted to witness their time-honoured traditions, join in their rituals and discover how the rest of the world is threatening to change their way of life forever. Most importantly, I wanted to create an ambitious aesthetic photographic document that would stand the test of time. A body of work that would be an irreplaceable ethnographic record of a fast disappearing world.
He took with him an ancient large format camera and after several years roaming the world has produced an amazing set of portraits highlighting the ethnic diversity that still clings to old traditions today. The journey documented include:
- Indonesia & Papua New Guinea
- Kenya & Tanzania
- New Zealand
- Argentina & Ecuador
There’s a huge book available, but you can also visit the website – beforethey.com – to check out his stunning photography and explore information on the tribes and groups included. I highly recommend it as the images are beautiful.