photography photowalk

You know it might be time to change the lens, if…

Don't run - we come in peace by stst31415
Don’t run – we come in peace, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

…you have the impression you reached a point where you do not learn new things with the lens you use at the moment.

Maybe there is also a time for changing the point of view. It does not really matter. I had the 50mm/1.8 on my camera for a longer time. I need a change.


Expect the unexpected

Stay seated by stst31415
Stay seated, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

The funny thing on photography is that it sometimes hits you in the eye. If you go to a museum you would not expect to look through a window and see a wreck of a seat.

Especially if the balcony is part of Hofburg.

Stay curious and expect the unexpected.

photography visualisation

Two acronyms in Photography you should know

People who look at my flickr stream mostly ask what these acronyms are because they are seen often in photography:

DOF: meaning “depth of field” and providing you either with sharpness in every detail or just a range, hence often called shallow DOF.

The fist

POV: meaning point of view and speaks for itself

Killing field

What are your favorites?


Adding a little blur

Remember it: The first blur you added to a picture was not on purpose. The second was the same. But lateron there comes the point where you think of the pictures with long shutter speeds and light trails. Motion, and with it also action, comes back to your pictures.

2 things you should do with your wide angle lens

Who thought wide angle lenses are for architecture and landscapes might be wrong – very wrong. Some people do not like wide angles for the effects the lenses have on straight lines and space. There are two projects you should definitely try with your lens to get a feeling what the lens does to your surroundings.


A walk in 50mm (1)

It is said that it is a good thing for a photographer to use prime lenses. The funny thing is that I was planning on doing something absolute different, which is another project.

What is so different when using a prime lense? The difference lies not only in the elimination of the variable zoom. It is also the emphasis on the composition of the picture and the variables DOF (depth of field), focus, aperture and shutter speed.

Finally you will realize that the zoom is still there. Your legs and arms are the zoom.

Exit to the UNHR

photography postprocessing

Interaction of color with picture

One of the biggest advantages of shooting in RAW is that the final version of the picture can look very different. In the examples below I did only use different color profiles for Canon Digital Picture Professional. It is not changing much on light and contrast – obviously you do that when you work with curves – it is more on changing colors and mood.

Have a look yourself. From left to right it is a picture in Velvia-style, natural and retro style.

Velvia spring Another spring Retro spring

I really enjoy playing with these styles from time to time. Strangely you can see another effect here: With some pictures some curves do not work. What do you think?

Escher photography postprocessing

How to create a photograph with a Droste effect

I always was a big fan of M.C.Escher and his recursive and impossible pictures. When I saw the first escheresque photograph I could not resist to search the web and find out how it is done. A few days ago I rediscovered the technique of the Droste effect. A Droste effect picture is a picture within a picture within a picture within a picture… a neverending spiral.

schizophren Sigma

This tutorial is based on the tutorial by Josh Sommers, which is a little outdated so I wrote a short guide on how to do it with current versions of the tools. As the original this version is directed at Windows users.


A tool for camera decisions?

There is one question I get asked a lot: Can you suggest a camera? And my answer is always the same: There is no simple answer to this task, but I am glad to give you some tips.


Schizo Sigma

schizophren Sigma by stst31415
schizophren Sigma, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

There has to be a first post. And this is mine.