Megapixels: How Much Is Enough?
Pixel count certainly plays a key role in photography, but we’re approaching a point of diminishing returns and potentially reduced image quality as more pixels are packed onto a sensorIt’s time for the “megapixel wars” to end once and for all. You can bet the march of technology will continue to give us imaging sensors with ever-greater numbers of megapixels, but for most photographers, more pixels won’t give us better images. Sure, more megapixels generally are welcome. But the reality is that we’ve reached the point where most photographers won’t benefit from more megapixels.
New Tools Of The Trade
August Bradley - The Stylish Storyteller
Steering clear of photographic formulas and even simple rules of thumb, August Bradley embraces any method that gets his ideas
As the son of a photographer, August Bradley grew up studying the medium closely, yet he says the primary influences on his work aren't photographers, but authors. It makes sense, really, when you consider that his objective is to tell stories. He just uses a camera to do it.
- First Takes: September/October 2008
Jeff Hutchens - The Frozen Mood
Globetrotting freelancer Jeff Hutchens captures the ambiguities that shape our times
Can we reschedule?” Jeff Hutchens asks. It’s Friday, and I’m supposed to interview him Monday. “Turns out I’m in Taipei on Monday through next Saturday,” he says. CNN has dispatched the Washington, D.C.-based freelance photographer to the Taiwanese capital to shoot stills for the environmental series Planet in Peril.
Tim Tadder - Ahead Of The Game
Feeding off an unmatched competitive will to beat his own personal best, Tim Tadder’s incomparable work ethic is making him a modern master of commercial photography
I was on the sideline of the Super Bowl a few years ago,” photographer Tim Tadder muses. “I’m looking around, and there are hundreds of photographers. I think John W. McDonough from Sports Illustrated was next to me on one side and another guy from ESPN was on the other side, and I’m thinking, ‘How am I competing? How am I standing out with this?’
Pro Tips: Monitor Calibration
Without color calibration, you might as well be working in the darkI’m a photographer with a deep, dark secret: I’m color-blind. For those of you without this particular affliction, allow me to clarify something. It doesn’t mean that I see the world in black-and-white; it just means that I see things a little bit differently. I see colors, and as far as I know, I see all the colors that anybody else does.
XDR, Part IV
High-dynamic-range imagingHDR imaging will change the way you make exposures. HDR imaging will change the way you process your exposures. HDR imaging is the future of photography—to a large extent, it’s here now, but it will advance rapidly. At a minimum, you need to know what HDR imaging is and get ready to practice it in the near future. You may want to start practicing it now.
DPP Solutions: Studio Management Software
A variety of software solutions keep your photography business streamlined and your mundane tasks minimal
More business is good because that means more money. More business is bad because that means there’s more to keep track of. As your studio grows, software that provides customized management tools for photographers and their studios becomes even more relevant. Luckily, there are a lot of great software solutions out there, and here we look at a few of the best and most reliable.
Photoshop Lightroom 2
With more sophisticated image-processing tools and a host of robust organizational features, the new version of Lightroom packs a punch for professionalsAdobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 was launched officially in July. You should be able to get final versions as you read this. After working with it through Adobe’s development process, I think the new version may change the way photographers deal with color images. Lightroom 1.0 was widely regarded as a solid tool for organization and some elementary manipulation or enhancement of images.
Think Different About RAW
The power of a RAW file isn’t confined to the opening steps of your workflow
File formats are part of the bedrock of digital photography, with JPEG and TIFF, among others, having special attributes. Let’s take a look at what makes up the features, advantages and benefits of these two formats.
Hi-Tech Studio: The Greenroom
Creating your own space within your studio benefits clients and art directors and provides a gallery to display your best work
Having your own studio space is a right of passage for many professional photographers, but when you reach this pinnacle of success in your career, creating a studio retreat or greenroom within your studio has benefits you might not have considered. Creating such a space has a threefold advantage. It offers clients who come to your shoot, but don’t necessarily want to be on the set, a high-tech room that still keeps them close to the action.
The PLUS Coalition: Standardized Licensing Codes
Protect your business and promote your work by employing the simple standardized licensing codes proposed by this internationally recognized organization
Core to any photography business is increasing efficiency and productivity. Often, this can be an elusive objective to achieve. One organization working to address these and other objectives that are close to the heart of photographers is the PLUS Coalition, an international nonprofit organization overseeing the Picture Licensing Universal System (PLUS). PLUS is an umbrella organization for all trade associations and stakeholders in industries involved in creating, distributing, using and preserving images.
The Real Next Top Model
Finding the next supermodel is the result of diligent work and plenty of model tests. It’s about much more than just a TV show.
Soon after my seventh or so year in fashion, I began to notice that my perspective of the world began to skew a bit. Perfectly normal, lovely people I met were subject to aesthetic scrutiny in my head as if they were being cast for a job. I tried to shake the critical voices, but when they persisted, I became convinced that I was destined to be a great discoverer of new modeling talent.
Vision To Visuals: Be The Change
EcoImaging is becoming a reality today
I’ve remained committed to helping fine-art and commercial clients communicate their visions with the latest scanning and printing technologies. We take great pride in being the stewards of artistic expression and in helping brands communicate their message effectively. In an era of mounting environmental concerns, we’ve realized that we also must become stewards of the environment to actively change this industry and motivate our customers and suppliers to join hands with us.
Since the early days of digital technology, there’s been one simple rule of product design and marketing: More is better. Computers (more processing power), hard drives (more capacity), printers (more colors, more nozzles, more dots per inch)—the list goes on. When digital cameras came out, the key spec in the “if some is good, more is better” model, was the number of megapixels. Of course, there was a good reason for so much attention being lavished upon the megapixel specification.