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Photography Digital Resources Photog 05/20/2020 (Wed) 11:48:55 No.36
For the betterment of our users we shall proclaim a small library of resources like PDFs and videos. This is the place to share personal ways, known names, discovered channels, own documents and particular files that can enhance our abilities in this hobby. But due to concerns regarding the hosting size made clear to me by our admin we should upload them externally via media share sites or, in the case of videos, refer to a site or quick way to get them. Pretty simple activity but i do recommend using trusted filehosts, obscuring names, using passwords and other assorted privacy measures to avoid bots or crawlers from taking content down. I mean we are not sharing anything illegal and we sure are not pirating anything either but it's best to be reserved :^) From my part i just finished organizing and uploading a bunch of stuff you guys might find helpful. I will make a post for each theme and probably recommend one or two documents from that batch, i haven't read much other than the stuff i bought but i will try to make the best bet from what i've gathered in the many previews i did, otherwise you can check the list and see what you fancy as there's probably the high chance i might've missed a golden standard or just very good document. I still have many files left in reserve and will post the topic names if anyone is curious or needs some, honestly those didn't get up because i got tired and rushed to gather essentials.
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So here's the essentials, first it's going to be the Introduction section from the General Photography area. Stuff is organized roughly in genres, i might have fumbled a couple of entries so apologies. Taking into account we might be beginners in these first couple i will take into consideration ease of reading, from then on it's a wild guess. Here i will go for The Visual Dictionary of Photography, Digital Photography Just the Steps, Chasing the Light and 5 Easy Steps to Shoot in Manual; That will cover the very basics without reading much. https://zerobin.net/?4bda74a6ad3665ab#8ztCIJks7A1JDbOtKesLtgsGebi8HOjtEXzLPRTtB2w= If anybody asks, pw: a.c/p/-unit
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Here's the actual, full-on books that cover the General in General Photography, there's also a sub-section for Digital only efforts, most books from a decade or so ago will just focus on digital SLR cameras but sometimes some books are general enough so anyone can go into them... if they want to eat 400 pages. These sections are filled with tons of stuff, i really don't know what to single out and i only know very few writers so i will pick the safe options: Understanding Photography Field Guide by ol' B-Pete, The Beginner's Photography Guide (very well illustrated, found in previous post) Digital Photography Complete Course (claims you can bake the cake in 20 weeks, also well illustrated) Langford's 3 Photo Volumes (1200+ pages of pain) and maybe i might add The Art of Photography because it's talked about everywhere (the writer is a pompous hebrew so watch out). Scott Kelby's Volumes are also well known but didn't look into them due to reasons. If you want to actually go balls deep and actually read (these are just only for making our first baby steps and for future reference) then Photography Foundations for Art & Design is the way to go. https://zerobin.net/?ade2a627eacf0456#+rVGy9JXALT7HFhcWsfdceIgGzdF0/0QRS5NGNHPJk8=
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Those are tough reads, they are very nutritious but honestly the more visual the better, that's what this Tips area is for. Here's three sections in a go, they are easily digestible but some might want you to know a couple of things. I would go for 100 Things Every Artists Should Know, most of these can be eaten in a day so that's just a guess. https://zerobin.net/?c0e8bddc80d8d05c#2iX+c1uWkZ8N21lQzeVpdBYE8WjqNp2uj0LWyO0pS/U=
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Film resources don't seem to be very abundant so here's the quick rundown of them: Most of them are about Darkroom/Processing stuff, something i don't know about but i bet is overly important. The Darkroom Cookbook sounds like a most and it has to be said, Ansel Adams' famous trilogy seems to be mandatory, sooner or later i will have to talk about that feller. https://zerobin.net/?b298ad101d75d6f4#JMXJBgAG2BU0C80Tsh7MgR500FDGYjm4LnrBf31n/1I=
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Truth is we need to check the Meta of the hobby once in a while but everyone has a different start to their own path, these documents range from essays on philosophical matters, mental preparedness or plain old legal rights and obligations when capturing public images. I would say The Daily Book of Photography and The Spoken Image are a quick way to warm things up. https://zerobin.net/?b06ae8652a5793f6#Nt0B2LV/LYRmw3BUswrDQzNfedqU1gqo++caEh1u210=
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In my opinion Composition is the most important thing in Photography, so this section should be mandatory for all of us. Many talk about rules and how we should follow them, honestly that's just early small talk to make people not run around like crazy shooting and wasting energy experimenting pathlessly. Knowing most rules is important but understanding them is what makes it so fulfilling to break and make a mess out of photography, as far as i know most anything can be justified if it looks cool, it's just matter of knowing when to do and how to explain it, if it needs to. I will separate this in 2: General and Vision along with miscellaneous in the next post, one deals with the rules and common contrivances and the other is mostly a mentality thing with some specialty stuff not big enough for their own thing. Here thankfully there's options to pick from, sadly there's no Understanding Composition Field Guide by B-Pete but some other names can be found, along with his Learning to See Creatively. David Präkel, Michael Freeman and Harold Davis' efforts are known in the field (or their names, at least) but for a balls-deep option there's Foundations of Arts & Design, dense but works in all art fields. Guidelines for Better Photographic Composition is a very dusty option but effective and can be very quickly digested. https://zerobin.net/?67bbf053f6ee5f85#tau7ZR3BL88YQ5Tk+RfMcLMNulsscp+bUQexmnqZjqM=
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Here i haven't checked that much, shame on me, but again we can see "trusted" names like Freeman, duChemin, Davis, Darling and Tharp. For the special ones i would go for Plant's The Visual Flow, very easy to read, also DuFault's Advanced Composition which is surprisingly easy to read too. https://zerobin.net/?19486a11f411f515#f58WZXNNElFtxvTOsCG13s+Yk4j6D5YUc83D8Q+jCtI=
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Thanks anons
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After composition the other big thing is Light, after all it's the art of capturing light's interaction with the environment. Hence why this section is big, let's start with the General things. David Präkel again serves as a good introduction, these Basics Photography from his are a good pick. For a more detailed perspective there's Lighting Photo Workshop and Stoppee's Guide to Photography & Light. https://zerobin.net/?8c27cdf945e95587#1Gutplk+fe/Qo2Y2/Q2pvr5JdNAUpQMV3fFvRw8WOos=
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Here's the more specialized or named differently aspect of light in photography, aptly classified under the all-important Exposure parameter. Bryan Peterson made his name under Understanding Exposure, i uploaded 2 editions because i found them to be slightly different and some might prefer one over another. Digital Exposure Handbook is also nicely presented, there's also Präkel who appears again and so does Freeman, but for a small introduction there's Exposure ~ Understanding Light by a lad called Nigel Hicks. https://zerobin.net/?1639f54aad5be13a#Jhes1Ls+qEZW5RFt7X2nSp36lAQTbay5nuvibeJPW8c=
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Now this section is, at least for me and for some people, as mandatory as composition: Low-Light & Nighttime. When i started going around taking photos in my free-time after school, around 5:00pm and after on, i was appalled by how shitty cameras get when the sun is starting to get sleepy, and even with entry-level DSLRs most people will have pictures as grainy as a rice bag if they cannot fully grasp exposure time and digital ISO settings, even when the sun hasn't actually gone to dusk yet. This also applies to interiors and harsh situations that need some quick wits, if anything this only makes us appreciate how advanced our biological eyes are compared to these machines. Some of these texts go into how cloudy and flat lightning is a "bad" thing but that's just petty talk compared to actual nighttime environments and compositional challenges, but still for a quick intro there's Good Photos in Bad Lightning and An Introduction to Night Photography. I was reading Better Available Light and it's good enough. https://zerobin.net/?fa85ef63bebd7704#akyhNyXXSywQhNlo97+Co2XImwce9I/LhCbpAtux0sI=
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And speaking of exposure time, that brings us to the next point that opened my eyes at one point, the realization these things we use are actual time machines just like a video camera would be in a more explicit way, it's the Chronos aspect, the art of capturing movement in a set parameter of time and making it look good and composed. While this isn't a new concept at all, if anything it predates the f/64 due to the Futurismo Italiano delving into photography a century ago, it still is seen as experimental or "candid" (and ridiculed constantly) due to the unpredictability of the results yet trends like Fotodinamismo/Photodynamism, Time-Flow Photography or Chronophotography make a clear case you can in fact predict the result and thus compose it, it's tricky but it can be done and it's overall pretty cool to pull out but for many people this venture is seen as lame, i say this because i particularly like this genre but i see many criticism towards it from some critics and protogs while also defending stuff like Street flashing. A dude called Rick Doble made his college teacher career rambling about it in defense but he has some interesting (and very sane) points, and while i couldn't find his actual book some of his writings are worth a check even when he's a bit too enthusiastic about it. Our man Bryan also pulled a book here so it must be good, i own that one a read. https://zerobin.net/?382347950dbc1e62#yDi8ohWTCnqE7l+4SVwbbYrJA4RIvGAPbagciKD6JHo=
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Here's a big chunk of cheese and something that composed the entire hobby for half of its lifetime, Black & White. We could spend a long time talking about it but safe to say it still is a relevant thing even if overused by pretentious parties, although probably because it's highly efficient in getting the most out of light and textures. Many things are relevant here and, even when some people ignore it, colour is giant part of it. Honestly it's a lot of books and i can only recommend the ones i have read: Luminosity & Contrast and Black & White Photography ~ A Complete Guide for Nature Photographers, but there's a couple of Tips-tier books so there's that for a slightly advanced-intro read. Shooting Black & White on your DSLR and Black & White Photography Made Easy are two of those. Going a bit into it i think we can all agree the famed "Zone System" is still the basic way to make "realistic" B&W, but we can manipulate it and there's a couple of documents fully chewing it down so if anyone wants to heavily do monochrome photography, especially those stinkin' urbanites with a film camera, then go check the zone. I would twitch Sector V and VI a little to be fair. https://zerobin.net/?f9cf895fbf68fbdb#B7DfQXM6dPk8Fmd1aG7gjEXQu9FaewdgsEEH1CXMlV8=
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Now for real dense shock here's the 'Colo(u)r area, color theory should be as hard if not more to check than B&W and to be honest i don't know a thing about it, nor do i know if Color Management is the same as Color Theory or if it is a digital technical aspect only. Shoot me and burn my remains if you want but i have ignored this aspect until i started downloading these books, some are highly technical, others are specialty like Infrared Photo, i just know Color Confidence and Color Management ~ A Comprehensive Guide for Graphic Designers are very well known in the field. The former has an hilarious foreword intro if you read its writer's name last. https://zerobin.net/?c9e2efa44358c8ce#Wj0d2bMsAYZpOArQzMzHEt1Vjsmpb5jkkttsu9z/WMQ=
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Gear has always a sinister connotation in hobby fields as it brews every kind of emotions from peers against each others, Photo is no exception and in fact it's one of the its biggest battlegrounds, stuff from 10 years ago are not so hot these days and the eternal improvement of image and capabilities always makes most of us want to sell everything for that latest dynamic range or ultra-fast prime lens. Film enthusiasts are somewhat exempt of it until we realize they constantly fling punches for film rolls, frankly excellent vintage lenses and for the unlucky non-urbanite ones about any kind of darkroom supplies. But at the end of the day we still need to delve into it just like Meta, but here goes a couple that are friendly enough as they showcase cheap fun stuff like Pinhole cameras, Toy cameras and techniques for already-acquired gear. I would recommend Plastic Cameras, Creative Lens Techniques and Tack Sharp, in the case of the latter i have to mention the fact writers are also human and are prone to errors, in the case of James Brandon he's seems to have a big image of himself at times but has some great advice too, one of my favorites Ian Plant also slips some ego trips at times and B-Pete can be, and usually is, very cutthroat about certain aspects that are otherwise flexible under some circumstances. If personality is a factor for you (it should to be fair, it's reading a dude's opinions for 100+ pages) then researching their style is adviced, many of them as you can see overlap in fields here and have several books, if you like the style of someone in a specific theme i would highly recommend looking for him first if you are interested in another topic, that's the reason some highly skilled writers usually lose sale wars against other more casual but more friendly writers. At the end i will post all the links in a single bin if anyone wants to do that kind of trip, i wanted to make small bin dumps every post so if someone is just looking for a single book he doesn't have to swim in letters and numbers. And let's not even talk about the usual talking heads on social media shilling for products, that's a bigger pandemic than the 'rona and always has been, so it's a duty to talk about honest individuals who are not swayed by this. So for the first channel recommendation i would say i check one certain guy sometimes, he does lens reviews and seems to be very neutral, along with being pleasant in his demeanor and overall quite honest i would recommend it: Christopher Frost Photography. Beware, checking lenses without need for them is like checking candies from the shop's window, it will only lead to suffering if you don't have the funds. https://zerobin.net/?09f7a6aad7072247#MSvUUjS5m6F3I1ed5q/JBrBpmScaaQ3ur/ny7vcVcUQ=
And yes, here's finally one of the most infamous aspects of digital photography, idolized as it is vilified, killed as it has brought to life, it can bring so much to the table as it can make many look like a congolese clown in the pursuit of full exposure: The High Dynamic Range Processing and File Blending. As with many things, it's a matter of good taste to perform well here but time and time again we see war crime examples of over-processing due to the abilities it gives to a project, something that was seen as a wet dream for decades is now widespread technology and many push the boundaries to absurd levels to feel empowered about it. The fact you can stack different exposures AND focus settings in the same composition and even enhance their details later on digitally made many photographers high on crack and falling into this hole can be very easy, i did fell and sometimes still do because it's also an effective way to overcompensate about not having good equipment. If done with decency, respect and self-control this field can be very highly rewarding and pull results that could otherwise be done only with much more expensive gear, although it doesn't save you from having to spend a little more time in programs along with exposure times. Some of these documents, as with many other previous examples in digital fields, have tons of dust in their info department (aka outdated) but some aspects are still fresh, some are extremely technical like HDRI ~ Acquisition, Display & Image-based Lightning so i could only recommend the basics like Top 10 Mistakes in HDR Processing & How to Fix Them, because it's easier what not to do before doing it. I would still not recommend trying this until you can control your pants, but if you must do so then there's the line between doing it manually and with assist software like Photomatix and Aurora HDR which are quick but leave many things to be desired at times, so for that i would recommend a saint called Jimmy McIntyre, he's more of an exposure blender than HDR specialist but he still jumps the shark at times, yet his manual technique, demeanor and assist software explanation are on-point; He did tons of material as technical support in his channel after creating his own plugins for Photoshop like RayaPro and Lumi32 but his patience still surprises me, i might upload his videos in a single pack later on for convenience. https://zerobin.net/?52992f25d3c6ed19#bQ3FeI6oi1qXFtFu3fwCDJesrA8pOO1mClix8FoGrkw=
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Here's the other half of the cheese wheel, Nature & Scaping Photography which might be the most popular field after studio and portrait work. I'm going to divide this in 7 parts, honestly not much to say here other than it being pretty overplayed yet pretty beautiful anyways. Here's the Introduction, it's just your basics tips and how to get into it. Frankly at this point i can say for sure we will read a book from this dump very once in a while if rarely, and i agree because it's not very fun but in terms of tip-reading i recommend doing it as often as you can, they are easy to chew and can be read very casually. It's good to have them in your cellphone or casually open them while hearing music, in the long run you learn a ton from it. https://zerobin.net/?bd6c237f0e448c38#hQikY730rPHxFXmm9yGBXAzXXk0bDmbIRL8CJDfmIq4=
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Here's the General area as usual, some of these act just as well as a General Photography guide so there's that if you see the intro going for too long. The menu says The Essential Guide to Landscape Photography and Digital Nature Photography ~ The Art & The Science https://zerobin.net/?d3343f6d6b649f12#3Vdz0hEtdSCRlBGHQ9PU1SVUK4IFj/Wo+qI0UMZlkdU=
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Another personal favorite, Landscape applies similarly to other stuff like Seascapes and sometimes even Cityscapes, obviously each with their special rules and compositional challenges, but the technicals are similar. Plant's 20 Indispensable Photo Tips and The Grand Landscape are good intros, Reading the Landscape and The Art, Science & Craft of Great Landscape Photography are great for more info and Beyond the Grand Landscape if you don't really have many grand scenery sets around you. https://zerobin.net/?d56c5d24a1b00427#PrtTfbm4IilzVbMqTy4WH/h0zZsP8vMR9M+hVM1NMTg=
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Macro or Close-Up Photography is also a great way to pass time when you don't have many places to go and 600 bucks in your pockets that can go into a good macro lens. Honestly i don't know much here but the usual names are there, Macro Photography Photo Workshop did strike me as being very complete. https://zerobin.net/?91677826061f0e14#/pvDfXkXlteoxJdqOITBJqGWYuV3scSZ6mwJIxJvhT0=
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Underwater Photography, now that's another one i'm afraid to comment because i don't know anything about it and i doubt i will ever delve in it, the sea i swim is dark and muddy as hell, i don't think the fish and sharks there even know what they are doing and the camera's shell cost a pretty coin. I wonder how much in demand it actually is, still it's gorgeous at times. https://zerobin.net/?a3ad5353fec53468#hrkOd4vPRI50r5inZwLkOJRWopLMSzRZoiBgHVj5Y6M=
The good old Specialty section now this time for nature activities, we have extensive birding guides (which oddly due to its popularity should have more books around) aerial photo, pet portraiture, museum catalogue, a butterfly catalogue and a couple of adventurer's guides, one for climbing and another for cycling. Also a mineral/petrophotography that might be interesting for people studying that seriously. https://zerobin.net/?18d98360039b9a31#Sr65AYjH3zpdzVlF70vNGjCS0JDgTA73OirfqLq9+CI=
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Astrophotography is nowadays at odd with the PayPal Guy's satellite train roaming the sky, but for those who still want a try here's a bunch of them. Now if there's a tricky sub-genre along with Chronos it's this one, also demands quite the knowledge of what you are actually wanting to shoot. https://zerobin.net/?eb78318574a449fc#f/RPONL79T6S9ULKlqUZScM/D7UKd4r7J5KVNYA70WM=
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This is my jam, Architecture, but just like birding it's strange how few written material there is compared to video tutorials or even countless images from architect firms and real estate companies, especially taking into account an architect's real ego stroke and international awareness is done solely via photographic evidence of physical places we might never visit, and/or schematics of their planning. From Basics to Fine Art has to be one of the most pretentious titles with one of the most pretentious activities done to architecture, but when reading the authors' real intentions and attitudes towards it then it smooths down to just being pompous but entertaining. Fine Art Photography, especially from the architecture field, is in vogue due to its easiness to launder money and sell someone as an artist but when you look into it in what i like to call Architectural Portrait, the act of embellishing buildings without going clown world and focusing solely on it as the only protagonist in its context, i don't know i find that noble and respectful especially if done to old and ignored places; I don't know about the laundering thing and making yourself look like you designed the thing tho. Architectural Photography ~ Composition, Capture & Digital Image Processing by Adrian Schulz was also good enough, and i'm suspecting that guy is the son or grandson of a famed arch photographer that pioneered the photobook architect trend many unknowingly fall into. So can't be bad if he is, if not then i can recommend another guy for it, he's a bit on the wee side but he's highly experienced and explains things clearly enough: FStoppers' Mike Kelley, he has a couple of tutorials under the name Where Art Meets Architecture and they are stupidly expensive, and they are worth it if you know what to do with the information; Obviously if you, by any chance, encounter them laying around in some form of free download that would be nice, sadly not today. https://zerobin.net/?cde44fa82691589c#9z4f8en7h0v9EHAHs8hh7PDQLpnroGHMokpsnow8/Xw=
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Street Photography was originally a hobbyist off-shot area for photojournalists, over time this genre has proven to be one of the more controversial even or thanks to its ease to perform, in my humble opinion being early in this heliographic hobby i have identified 3 ways or trends this field has and i will be cutthroat with it: The Jewish Way, which is about going around shooting people in the face, preferably with a flash. Bonus points if it focus on themes like homelessness (hobo portraits) and quick candid portraits. Most controversy arises from here due to stepping on the edge of many laws and common decency/privacy and the constant law and rights many photographers wave when caught. Rarely focuses on the physical street themselves and sometimes does with the machinations happening there like traffic or machinery. The Respectful but actually a Spy Way, the japanese in their seemingly decency when confronted in vast social environments are famous for this one, being polite and acting respectfully while taking shots, sometimes with 2 cameras so he can even gift a polaroid to its subject, was an old way. Nowadays you can link it in social media or in the case of many madmen out there in the middle of the 90's you can pull the move The Beastie Boys made aware in the mainstream when they were shooting videos in Tokyo: Dress like a complete and utter loon (or simply in very flashy, almost phosphorescent colors) to make people become aware of you and by some kind of social stigma ignore your presence in society, but still shoot them in the face. Personally in my tough town this is the best way, act as evident as possible but without stepping toes, for example holding the camera in mid-position while looking at something will make people aware of your intentions without being surprised in my case i actually dressed as a construction worker and as a land surveyor a couple of times but in the case of actually shooting civilians' portraits without their consent that's a hard one, i never do it because here that stuff doesn't fly, you will get chased or called out by upstanding citizens who are not kidding around 24/7 i know because i did kick a dude once for shooting me in the middle of downtown when he walked by me innocently, also have seen other photogs get mobbed by rural visitors minding their business until they got snapped And the Original Way, which is nowadays archaic/unorthodox or even another genre altogether, it's a combination of capturing the city life but having both its protagonists, the pedestrians and the architecture, as main focus of the composition and sometimes even just the buildings itself. It's called by the hipsters as a hybrid between architecture and street, and by some old school fellows as Cityscape or Hardscape. By all historical means this was actually the first way to do it. While some claim Henri Cartier-Bresson is the father of the genre it's fair to say he simply established a way of doing it because portraying the city life from a pedestrian perspective has been since the mid-to-late 19th century. It is indisputable to claim he's the godfather of all hipster photogs, thou, hence why this field is filled much more than usual with morality, ethics, ego ramblings and personal manifestos more than techniques. It is satisfying to pull, that's for sure, but it commands a very firm personal belief system and a good pair of legs (and even fists) from the performer. For the usual bystander this is the definitive asshole's way of doing photography. Someone mentioned Urbex, i looked for it but i only found a free pseudo-manifesto from some dude, in such a youth and trendy sub-genre i think most content will be found on video channels rather than old text but it's definitely a highly interesting if just as dangerous way to do photography. But in this case i do find value in it as it showcases dilapidation, urban sprawl, abandonment, so on and so on, along with architecture; In a way it's more socially relevant than public portraits. I'll have to go with my man Plant here but his book is more of a flex than a didactic plan, still... Taking it to the Streets ~ The Art of Street Photography, also Street Photography Now and let's not forget Ta's Urban Exploration Photography. Really it's tough to recommend much because half of these encourage the photographer to be as transgressive as possible. https://zerobin.net/?6381ca00de935092#hyp839iA7IeCeDnlPHPKGkn0ZZNO0mZJVpwO+rbzfbY=
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Even Food Photography has its technique, and if anything it's one of those arts that will actually make you money fast. Also free food. All of these are good, it's only 4 documents and they are written for easy understanding. https://zerobin.net/?12587d22f69758c9#9VZrwLc7AEM8btchiueBMmfBlTJTmr+LvBgLUjubwh8=
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This one needs good gear, full stop. It's Sport Photography and it's/was filled with drama every weekend, the advantage of buying all that expensive stuff is that small or isolated teams will usually grant you field access easily enough and they even offer some money if they like one of your pictures. I've met a dude who did just that and made more money in his free time than in his real engineer job, made footballer's portraits for small articles, shot some matches, then the newspaper offered some money, some rich footballer needed classy portraits. Then he stopped going to matches and it never happened again, at least he barely got even after spending that much money for the IDX. https://zerobin.net/?42cfcb24ad156108#HEDAOUD2ZeTpxgZ3zRAkJRR4QVCjIIWgml5Syr2/E/w=
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This is the section for very specific topics and bizarre themes that might elicit said eponymous term. It is a mystery for sure with some of these, the advanced one being an intro and the beginner's guide being basically a 700-pages long federal document. https://zerobin.net/?47f3e2f23adc4c32#5XS0xHZlWEazOCBl7W8KnopmThpxB7mSvZM2YpSSKp8=
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Hope some of these are from your benefit, wanted to give a chunky beginning to this venture but i did left many genres behind like Studio and Portraiture due to thinking many of us would not go into it until much later. Still if someone is interested in that or some other topic i might have just throw a comment, also i want to give an apology because i found some of these documents have some weird errors into them making text go invisible or non-existent, sorry for letting those go and if someone finds one by chance i'll see what i can do to upload another version. Also here's a full list of documents uploaded in this start if someone is mad enough to give them all a go. https://zerobin.net/?48761805f1cda412#qiUfKdWgafS68EH4+XtNcDmZGtuyxuzL4b48RV5xA8Q=
Edited last time by Lensman on 05/21/2020 (Thu) 16:02:27.
>>66 Holy crap, thanks so much anon, this thread is fantastic for photographers of any skill level!
>>67 Does that zerobin link work for you? It seems for me zerobin is down
>>68 Down for me too, thanks for pointing that out. These are all the links, if Zero doesn't get up soon i will edit all the posts with new ones. Meanwhile: https://paste.tuxcloud.net/?52d7949cb283f0d3#2magUi1KbRQm9VppztxrV6Pz8o19MSncwS9T6agiZDAx
Oh snap it's been 2 weeks now? Time flies when playing video games So here's an old but gold video i had, it's our boy B-Pete with a compilation of short beginner's tips he did long time ago for home release and i think some short excerpts made it into travel channels and such. Like we previously mentioned, Pete is a bit cutthroat and absolutist in terms of what you should and should not do which is silly to tell you the truth, photography "rules" are actually guidelines or general advises so people don't go crazy or wonder aimlessly for a while. Bryan uses the direct rule format lessons to herd the newcomers, which he probably saw as middle-aged bored dentists with money to blow, as the target audience and decided to make videos in his easy-going but focused persona telling you never to take a picture with the horizon in the middle, even when in his vast curriculum he has done so multiple times with good results. Again, if you see his recommendations as general friendly guidelines instead of stone rules then viewing/reading is much more relaxed and didactic. You can also see he sports the late 80's/90's japanese technique of street photography, dress as wacky as you feel comfortable with and always be attentive and smiling in a friendly non-wacko way, all with a tinge of typical anglo tourist. He actually is more reserved in classes but that's his persona, no doubt you saw him at least once if you viewed or surfed early 00's TV channels around home improvement or traveling. Here's the link, an hour long, 400MB. ZeroBin seems to be working now for all posts so there's that. https://zerobin.net/?d18022b36a01f7a3#p7HFKB0dK3GBG7vwxJ1+j1H1ebHBMypXKNSUBi/UVk8=
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At some point maybe you guys will hear stuff like Microcontrast and 3D Pop when lurking around videos or texts about image and/or a lens quality, most of the time accompanied with the eternal Sharpness discussion. I found this greatly useful text that is definitely worth a check, it explains it cleanly and concise although it also results in the reader realizing once again the root of many problems is confusion of terms/semantics, leading to argument despair and further shitflinging. It's hard to understand what certain things are when the interlocutors in a discussion think they know what something is when one or both simply don't. Basically they aren't on the same channel. >https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2009/06/have-you-seen-my-acutance/ Now another problem is when the lens manufacturer companies themselves confuse terms, but because they are actually the music makers & dreamers of dreams, who do we believe? basically it's a clusterfuck term, much like Cinema's Mise-en-scene And to add a little more knowing a certain term will come out eventually when "microcontrast" enters a discussion, the result of good resolution means good inter-tonal transmission... usually, because the tonal range consequence of inter-tonal rendering might be present but the acutance itself might be not, and when we add the other factors like light and color rendering... Picking a lens is no joke.
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OK back to posting, sometimes i find decently explained stuff that i think most would find helpful even if used as a quick reminder, i will try to post them when i see them. This one is about some dude asking what's the difference and advantages of lenses with a focus motor inside or with a drive mechanism to make the motor off-lens (in-body).

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