Monday, July 26, 2010

Ten rules for choosing a Digital Photo Frame

Digital Photo FrameIn the 21st century, for many homes, the old picture frame, which holds a single matted photograph for display, is “old hat,” as are those photo albums most of our parents kept of family adventures. Today, when travelers return home, they want to show off every place they've been dynamically, to friends, family and neighbors.

They want a “digital photo frame.” Digital photo frames resemble regular photo frames, except you don't slide a print under the glass. In fact the glass is actually an LCD screen which can display slideshows of your photographs.

Photography Exhibition: The Art Institute of Chicago - Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century

Henri Cartier-Bresson. Juvisy, France, 1938The Art Institute of Chicago, regularly has extraordinary photographic exhibitions. This exhibition, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century is a great example of this wonderful photographer of the 20th century.

This exhibition will run through October 10, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Eight deadly travel photography hazards

Notre Dame de ParisWhen we travel, there are hazards which can prove deadly to digital cameras, and even modern day film cameras.

When we travel, we need to exercise our “street smarts” to keep ourselves safe and secure, as well as, keep our photography equipment safe and sound. Virtually all traveler photographers worry about keeping their photography equipment safe from theft. Fewer worry about the many other photographic equipment hazards they may encounter, which can do just as much harm.

Photography Exhibition: The Getty Museum - Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties

Vietnam, by Philip Jones Griffiths, 1967The Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, regularly has extraordinary photographic exhibitions. Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties is no exception.

This exhibition will run through November 14, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

It's not sharp! Are you sure it's in focus?

Morris ArboretumOne of the most asked questions I receive by email is, “My close-up photos are sharp, but the ones taken from 25 feet away or longer aren't. Do I have to have my camera focusing fixed?”

Many photographers expect that if a camera has focused properly, all their photos will look sharp.

Let me dispel that idea immediately. It's not true.
Sharpness is, to a large extent, in the “eye of the beholder.” While one person may consider a photograph sharp, another person might not. Don't ask me to define sharpness, I can't. Nikonians tried, but personally I think its definition (below) is gobbledygook.

Photography Exhibition: Philadelphia Photo Arts Center: Daydream Nation

Daydream NationThe Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is devoted to the study, practice, and appreciation of photography in the Philadelphia region, through educational programs, photographic exhibitions, lectures by practicing artists, and affordable access to high-end digital equipment for the creation of photographs. Its photographic exhibitions like Daydream Nation are imaginative and innovative, and are producing some of the best exhibitions of contemporary photography in the US.

The exhibition will run through August 21, 2010.