Monday, September 24

Photography

Das DIY-Reprostativ

Das DIY-Reprostativ

Photography
Jochen Möller hat's entwickelt, Firma Dold hat es als Selbstbaukit für einen guten Preis in ihren Shop getan und wir haben jetzt eins davon in der Viewfinder-Villa stehen. Der Zusammenbau hat ca. 20 Minuten gedauert, als Werkzeug bin ich mit zwei unterschiedlich großen Imbusschlüsseln (Innensechskant) ausgekommen, einen mit 4 und einen mit 3 Millimetern. Was man separat dazu benötigt: Stativhalterung (eine Empfehlung ist in der Bauanleitung), eine LED-Leuchtplatte, ein paar Filzgleiter, wie sie unter Möbel kommen (2,5 x 2,5cm, Baumarkt), eine Kamera und ein Makro-Objektiv (oder ein normales Objektiv mit Zwischenringen).  Als nächstes hoffen wir, dass der Negativhalter pixl-latr möglichst schnell produziert wird. In der Kombination ist das alles dann vermutlich fast unschlagbar.   Hier

45 Seconds on the Castle

Photography
We spent the weekend at Berlepsch Castle in Germany to hold a photo workshop. It was the third time we were there and Boris had organized models, a modeling coach and a wonderful location ("Rittersaal"), the most beautiful room the castle has to offer. Always great to be there!  Here's a 45-second look at one of the photo sessions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1boxOeo3rlg Happy Shooting Workshops
Tilt Shift: Seven Lenses In One

Tilt Shift: Seven Lenses In One

Photography, Travel
I just returned from an amazing weekend teaching Tilt-Shift photography in New York City. The workshop was organised by Canon Live Learning, a division of Canon Inc. who made this a wonderful experience for everyone. This 3-day workshop was amazingly well organised and Canon provided a stunning amount of gear and technical instruction to everyone. Thanks everyone for pulling this off! Why tilt-shift? Well, Canon has the world's best line-up of these lenses, ranging from 17 to 135mm. These lenses are extremely versatile beasts. You get at least SEVEN lenses in ONE and I've been shooting several of these lenses for almost a decade now. Here's what they can do: A tilt-shift lens is a super sharp prime lens Shift lets you correct perspective. Or exaggerate it. Your choice...
78°N and Back

78°N and Back

Photography, Travel
It's not often that I get an opportunity like this. In May 2017 we chartered the Noorderlicht, a 100 year old two-mast schooner, to sail with a group of 16 photographers around Svalbard (aka Spitzbergen). We had an amazing time and when the owners Floris and Mariëlle announced they would cross the Barents Sea from Norway to Svalbard I got the chance to join the adventure as a quasi crew member. Tromsø Construction We spent three days in the open sea, sailing straight north as fast as we could, through strong winds and wild seas. While I was quite busy during my shifts (4-8 am, 4-8 pm) I managed to do a little filming and put that into a 7-part vlog. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14JLHFlgquo The seven parts cover everything from stowing supplies to de-icing the ship while a
A sneak-peek at KodakCoin

A sneak-peek at KodakCoin

Crypto, Photography
Kodak is building their own blockchain. Or rather KodakOne is. With their own token Kodak Coin. Let me try to explain why I think this is an interesting move. I don't believe they are building their own blockchain, but they will likely piggy-back on an existing blockchain like Ethereum, which offers features that go beyond just a currency. They claim Kodak Coin will enable the following features: Image registration: register your images on the block-chain. Once it's on there, everyone can see it and it can't be taken off again. Used as proof of ownership. Rights management: records and confirms ownership and licensing terms. Accounting: that's the currency portion of the blockchain. Like Bitcoin, but with Kodak Coin as the payment token. Distribution platform: licensees and licensors can...
“Auf den Punkt gebracht”

“Auf den Punkt gebracht”

Photography
Das Weitwinkelbuch ist jetzt im Handel, viele Exemplare sind bereits bei den Leserinnen und Lesern angekommen und was macht man da als Autor? Auf Amazon den Refresh-Button klicken und auf neue Rezensionen hoffen. Und davon tauchen gerade mehrere pro Tag auf. Ich bin ehrlich gesagt etwas geplättet und auch sehr erleichtert 😌, denn irgendwie hatte ich halt trotz des eigenen sehr guten Gefühls immer noch das kleine Teufelchen auf der Schulter, das mir ins Ohr flüsterte, dass das Buch entweder zu seicht oder zu tief oder zu unstrukturiert oder oder oder ... aber wenn ich in den Rezensionen z.B. lese "Selten wurde in einem Buch über Fotografie Unnötiges so konsequent weggelassen und das Wichtige so sehr auf den Punkt gebracht", dann plumpst mir trotzdem ein ganz schöner Klotz vom Herzen. Und d
The Future of Photography – The Revolution is NOW

The Future of Photography – The Revolution is NOW

Photography, Podcasting, Tech
Ideas take time to take shape. This one began dawning on me a couple of years ago when a friend of mine showed me a picture out of a good digital camera that was all bent out of shape. When I looked at it on my computer, it wasn't bent at all. That was the moment I began to realize that camera manufacturers more or less secretly had begun to routinely modify pictures in camera, way beyond than what "traditional" JPG processing would do. We are in the middle of a revolution in photography. Computational photography is hidden in plain sight. Your DSLR does it, your mirrorless camera does it and – to a much larger degree – your smartphone camera does it. Let me make a bold prediction. About a year ago, I bought two pro-level DSLRs. I'm sure I won't ditch those anytime soon, the last one
What they don’t get…

What they don’t get…

Photography
There it is again. I've seen this article in about a million versions and it's always about the same thing: why shoot film when you can emulate its look with digital means. *sigh* What these kind of articles completely disregard is that there are so many other reasons to shoot film than just the look. Working with film is one of the best things you can do to become a better digital photographer. The process teaches you how to expose (ever shot with a hand-held light meter and had to decide what to use as a reference?), how to pour a bit more effort into every single shot (each click will cost you). It will help you slow down (tried 4x5" large format yet?) and it will make you appreciate the wonders of infrared light and shadow detail without having to sacrifice any highlights. Fi...