Random Links and Tips

The club is always on the lookout for resources that may be of interest to members. Here are randomly gathered links to photographic articles:

  • Anne Harlan recommendation: Her email with excerpted comments: “ One thing many people might be interested in is not buying equipment at full price. Dave Seals and I are both excited about a site called fredmiranda. In addition to having excellent sources for selling and buying any equipment related to photography, it also has forums for different interests and even places to post photos. My nephew who is a professional photographer in NYC swears by this site and says the grading of equipment is exceptional. It’s definitely worth signing up which is free.

  • Although perhaps on the avant garde side in places, there are lots of interesting tidbits, insights, techniques, and maybe just mindset/perception things of interest in this Adobe site. If what you see on page 1 looks to be of interest, scroll to the bottom for additional pages.

  • Thanks to Dave Seals for a tip about this series from Canon on Netflix. Good stuff.

  • There are lessons to be had from looking critically at classic art. Here's a guideline from the folks at Creative Live.

  • Check out WHYY's Why New Jersey is a Favorite for Bird Photographers, which offers site recommendations for shooting, composition tips, and evaluative criteria. Thanks, Anne Harlan.

  • Documentary photographer Matt Black was featured on CBS Sunday Morning on April 15. Click the arrow embedded in the photo at the top of the page to see the episode and check out his website. His black and whites are deep and rich and are good examples of matching message and technique.

  • Available light photography can produce stunning images, but there's more to it than just point and shoot. Two articles from National Geographic can help. The first lists and explains principles of shooting in available light and the second has examples of what's achievable.

  • Photographer John Barbiaux makes the case here that having the sharpest lens (or by extension) the most expensive camera isn't what photographers should concern themselves with. Instead they should consider the "story" of images they create. It's an interesting read and a perspective worth considering.

  • CBS Sunday Morning (which may be the best show on television) did a piece Sunday on "capturing the moment" as seen by Pulitzer prize winning photographers. It's insightful and perceptive and you can both read full text of the report and see the video at the bottom of the story here. Click the four arrow symbol bottom right to see it full screen. The common denominator seems to be the observation of and commentary on the state of humanity at a given historical time. Good stuff.

  • Astrophotographer Mike Keith's presentation on August 12 was both beautiful and impressive. See more on his website.

  • Guidelines for photographing a solar eclipse courtesy of Dave Rossi.

  • Steve Schneiderman, our 7/8/17 speaker, posted his video(s) on YouTube. Other things of his are nearby.

  • Check out this story exploring the work of Gregory Crewdson as he explores rural America in the Berkshires. There are examples of some of Steve Schneiderman's principles of composition in his 7/8/17 presentation to the club. And for you art folks, Crewdson's work is reminiscent of American artist Thomas Hart Benton.

  • Here is a short video tribute to Charlie Howse by a professional photographer inspired by him. It's well worth five minutes of your time.

  • Photography at its best captures the heartbreak and joy of the human experience.  Here
    are links to 30 of the most powerful images ever and Time Magazine's 100 most influential photos.

  • Here's a nice tribute to club member and field trip honcho Dennis Loughlin.

  • Stanford Professor Emeritus Marc Levoy shares 18 lectures, applets, and assignments here and they're fascinating. The density of his lectures and academic spin he provides on the art is quite different from our "club" approach and they may spur thought and growth. You'll see his lectures and watch his critiques of student work. Best taken in small doses probably.

  • If you're a fan of camera obscura or simply don't know what it is, check out CBS Sunday Morning's feature here.

  • Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential Photos of All Time can be found here. Note that clicking on each enlarges the photos. And don't miss "Explore this Photo" at the bottom of each larger image.

  • CBS Sunday Morning did a fascinating segment on Elton John's impressive photography collection. He has more than 8,000 historically important photos. Here's the CBS story. And here's a link to 19 of those photos.

  • And finally there's an interview with the British rocker about his collection here.

  • If you need a smile, check out these photos posted on PBS.

  • Here are tips on travel and fine art photography on fstoppers.com, a site you might want to visit every so often.

  • The  website of Baxter St of CCNY, or the Photo Club of New York, as you might suspect, reveals a focus (no pun intended) on photographic subjects different from ours. It emphasizes photography as a tool to reveal humanity and its exhibitions, past and present, are worth taking a look at.

  • Photography tips that 96 photographers wish they had learned sooner.

  • Recently released software, Landscape Pro, claims its software "radically simplifies...dramatic reworking of landscape images, including tasks like replacing skies." Check out Digital Photography Review's article.  The video seems amazing, but also fuels the manipulated vs. "real" photography debate.

  • DPReview, by the way, is a useful resource for folks like us.

  • The work of other photographers can inspire. Professional photographer and editor Ian Plant eschews computer manipulation and prefers to make his magic in the field with beautiful results.  And there are some stupendously beautiful travel photographs at ifly50 (navigation hint...scroll down).

  • Here's a fairly concise yet complete explanation of histograms, those graphs that you may have noticed on both your camera or editing software. The info they contain may be more useful than you thought.

  • To watermark or not: Here is a concise explanation of whether to and how to watermark  photos for display on the web. The article explores pros and cons and various software titles for getting the job done.

  • Confused about photo file types? Want to avoid "pixel pudding" by multiple saves of .jpg files? This article demystifies the maze of .jpg, TIFF, PNG, GIF, PSD, and others.

  • Ever wonder about color space or color profile preferences either in editing software you use or on your camera? The three most common for photographers are sRGB (with a bunch of alpha-numerics following), Adobe RGB (1998), and occasionally ProPhoto RGB. Essentially, the differences are in how many shades of a given color will be captured and displayed. 

    The space that captures the fewest color gradations is sRGB, then Adobe RGB (1998), and then ProPhoto RGB. So why not just default to the latter? Basically because very few printers are capable of rendering the subtleties. If you’re doing work for the web, sRGB is fine because computer monitors won’t reflect much in the way of color gamut. But if you’re going to print either on your own inkjet or have work done at a lab, the more numerous gradations available in Adobe RGB (1998) may be available.

  • Here are the 20 best nature photographs of 2015 according to Windland Rice Smith International Awards. This site is also rich in nature photography resources.

  • Many people learn more from seeing rather than listening or reading. If you're one, you'll glean a lot by spending time with this beautiful collection of artful nature photography.

  • Amazingly comprehensive article with tips for pros and beginners; if you've got time on your hands, spend it here. (Link may take you to bottom of page; scroll up, it's worth it.)

  • The case for black and white