Digital Lomography

I must admit, I love lomography. I love the high contrast, the grain, the vignetting and the intentionally bad image quality. I love the retro look and the concept of taking a camera with you everywhere and shooting the odd random picture completely unplanned. Lomo has a way of taking mundane subjects and making them look like art. It has so much character and is completely different to the clinically perfect results of modern digital cameras with the correct colors and exposure.

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The Unwelcome Camera

Recently, a friend and I found ourselves at Maponya Mall in Soweto. I had my Canon EOS 450D in a backpack and out of sight, while his EOS 40D was strapped around his neck and balanced proudly against his chest. While walking around, nothing caught our attention. However, the mere fact that my friend’s camera was in plain sight was enough to alert the attention of one of the security staff members.

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New eBook from Craft & Vision: A Deeper Frame

New eBook Available! A Deeper Frame by David duChemin

By now you may well be aware that we really enjoy the Craft & Vision range of eBooks. At $5.00 (that roughly R35.00 at current rate of exchange) you could skip buying one fast food lunch meal – opting to take lunch instead – and spend that money on a read that will help improve your photography in your lunch break instead. Today the new book A Deeper Frame” by David duChemin has been released. There is also a great deal running with its launch where if you buy a collection of Craft & Vision books before the end of 2 July 2011, you can get between 20-34% off. Check out the full release after the break for more. Plus the new book is being reviewed by Armani as well, that’s coming soon.

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Guardian Features Shots That Nearly Killed War Photographers

The Guardian has done a feature on their site featuring photographs from war photographers that nearly cost them their lives. In the list is South African Bang Bang Club photographer Joao Silva who speaks about his experience last year in Afghanistan where he stepped on a landmine which cost him his legs. Also in the article … Read moreGuardian Features Shots That Nearly Killed War Photographers

New Leica M9-P and 21mm f3.4 Super-Elmar

I like rangefinder cameras, I really do, but I am not so sure that I get so excited about the announcement of new Leica’s these days like the new M9-P. I mean, sure its slightly smaller than the other M9 (which will continue and is not discontinued) and sure it lack the Leica Red Dot logo and I like that its aimed at being more discreet but I just cannot swallow the price that competes with my car.

In addition to the new M9-P Leica have announced a new Super-Elmar M lens in the form of the 21mm f/3.4. Full press release after the break.

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Cloned Poses

I’m not one to bother with the world of celebrity…in fact, I make a point of staying as far away from it as I can, which is why I probably have the least used TV of anyone I know. However, through studio photography, I am finding that the world of celebrity is encroaching on my space. Each time celeb x changes their hairstyle, a good number of people in society quickly go out and emulate that look. Inevitably, some end up in the studio I’m based at, insisting on poses that they’ve seen their favourite celeb pose in for a magazine or whatever else medium that their photos are likely to feature on.

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Simple tips for kayak photography

This egret was over 30m from shore, too far to easily capture without a boat

The first time I brought my camera on my kayak with me, I was a nervous wreck. I was worried about getting my camera wet, dropping it in the water, dumping myself in the water AND getting the shots I wanted.

Yes, taking pictures from a kayak can be a worrisome task, but there are a few steps a person can take to relieve some of that tension so that she is able to enjoy her trip to the fullest.

Decide how you want to keep your camera safe, when it is not in use- an underwater housing, a dry bag, a hard case with built in o-ring (like Pelican cases,) or a simple zippered plastic bag (like a ziploc. )They all have their pros and cons, which I will be addressing in future articles. (I myself generally use a dry bag, because it fits my style.)

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