A Look at Still Camera Systems

  This is an article intended for those who are absolutely new to photography, and want to know what options they have. Still camera systems are broadly divided by two classes: Film or digital Size of the medium The biggest decision a photographer has to take is whether to shoot on film or digital. The […]

The 5 Best Books on Photography

Want to learn photography as art? Then this list is for you. Why only five books? Well, it usually takes a lifetime for one individual to assimilate and master every bit of information in these five books, and a good photographer spends more time shooting than reading. I highly recommend starting from the first book […]

How important is Mirror Lockup and a Cable Release?

I’ve always wondered how much of a difference a tripod, mirror lock-up and a cable release would make to the sharpness of my images. So, I decided to test for myself. Test Parameters and workflow: Canon 550D with 18-55 IS II Kit lens at 55mm f/8 at ISO 200 and shutter at 1/60s Shot in […]

The 9 Most Important Photographs Ever

Putting together a ‘Top-anything’ list is near-impossible, especially if one tries to declare the list as absolutely authoritative on behalf of the human race – past, present or future. My list is simply my list, of what I feel is the most important. At best, it is a starting point for further discovery, research and […]

Who needs the Zone System?

Every modern camera has an in-camera meter, and the most common of them is the Matrix or Multi-zone meter (also called evaluative or segment meter, among other names). Surprisingly, due to complicated algorithms that work effortlessly in real time, these meters give you the best exposure ninety nine times out of a hundred. And that’s […]

ETTR – Expose to the Right

To improve signal to noise ratio (S/N), many professionals advocate ETTR (Expose to the right) when faced with low contrast scenes. The Luminous Landscape has two great articles by Michael Reichmann explaining this here and here. You might want to read them first before going on. I decided to test this to see for myself […]