Monthly Archives: January 2016

Sharpness is a Bourgeois Concept, a quote from Henri Cartier-Bresson

I see lots of photographers aiming for absolute pin sharp images, and that includes me, but is it really so important? Is content and “telling the story” not more important. Well, yes and no. It all depends on what YOU want. When I photograph birds, for instance, sharpness is not negotiable, and thats why I use the best lens that Nikon has to offer, a beast of a 400mm f2.8 lens. Can you imagine shooting the most beautiful kingfisher and its not a sharp photo? Its not worth the effort, whereas, you can easily get away with slightly soft or […]

My best for 2015

So, its that time of year again, when one looks back at your work, the efforts you put in, techniques you used etc. Its not a particularly difficult process, You either like your picture or you don’t, or you like lots of them and the culling becomes more difficult. Some people may not like the same as you, but the point of photography is that it is YOU. Your style, and you need to develop such to the best of your ability. As you may know, I enjoy all genres of photography, but I put the least amount of effort […]

Balancing flash and ambient, part 2, people

In the previous entry I tried to explain how to balance the ambient light with flash, and it mostly revolved around birds. In this second discussion, I will elaborate on how to manage your flash effectively for portraits and kids. As you may know, I am a great advocate of the flash, and I also understand that it scares a lot of people. Using your flash should really be as easy as using your camera, but you NEED to understand a few fundamentals, how to balance the light so the flash does not look like flash. You need to get […]