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Photography workflows

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 […]

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Film Trivia

The Top 3 Directors of All Time

If Sidney Lumet has been my guru, then, as far as film direction is concerned, these are the directors I look up to as a role models of the highest order: 1. Akira Kurosawa   Akira Kurosawa holds the number one position, being the most prolific, successful, artistic and commercial of the three directors. He’s […]

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Photography workflows

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 […]

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Photography workflows

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 […]