Index of sansmirror, dslrbodies, filmbodies, and gearophile site articles, plus Thom's Teaching Points
http://www.bythom.com/ - Apr 24, 2014 9:34:41 AM - Nov 30, 2004 2:19:11 PM
April 24, 2014
Nikon V3 First Impressions. I can sum up everything about my first day of shooting with the V3 in four words: what were they thinking. Article on sansmirror.com.
Fujifilm 10-24mm First Impressions. I was startled by how big the retail box was. Huge. Just how big was the wide angle zoom lens that was inside? Article on sansmirror.com.
In addition, the entire Articles section on sansmirror is being revisited and the various different guides and systems information in those articles updated. This begins a process of my working through the entire site and making sure everything is up to date. I’ll be making some small UI changes as I go to better support mobile devices, in particular Safari on iOS. Remember, though, that you can always tap on any item in a menu, even sub-menu names, to see the site from that point. When menus scroll off your screen, this is the best strategy on small devices: tap on the main menu to see the sub-menus in it, tap on a sub-menu to see the pages in it, tap on the page you want.
April 21, 2014
New Nikon Repair Experiences have been posted.
Camera Raw 8.4 Fix for Mac users.
Strange Image Sizes. For some reason I got multiple “strange image size” emails while I was out of the country. I hope this isn’t someone pranking me, but I’ll deal with it in this article. Article on dslrbodies.com.
April 17, 2014
Nikon Focus Followup. Yesterday I wrote that the real issue that needs addressing in cameras is focus. Here are some specifics on where I believe Nikon is missing the boat with focus on DSLRs. Article on dslrbodies.com.
As usual when the site is inactive for a bit, it simply means that I’m so far out in the wilds that I don’t have Internet access. I noted in the Viewfinder Hours article that I’d be putting a few of those in, and I did just that, logging a bit over 80 viewfinder hours with four different cameras. I’ll have much more to say about that later in the month.
April 16, 2014
It’s the Focus Nikon Should Focus On. When you’re offline for a couple of weeks as I’ve been, you get the chance to process information without the constant ping of new data points arriving at your senses. Here’s what struck me after being Internet free while shooting for two weeks. Article on dslrbodies.com.
As usual when the site is inactive for a bit, it simply means that I’m so far out in the wilds that I don’t have Internet access. I noted in the Viewfinder Hours article that I’d be putting a few of those in, and I did just that, logging a bit over 80 viewfinder hours with four different cameras. I’ll have much more to say about that later in the month. In the meantime, we need to catch up on a few things that happened while I was out of the view of the NSA:
April 15, 2014
Nikon Software Updates. Capture NX2 and ViewNX2 were updated, but not Capture NX-D ;~) Article on dslrbodies.com.
April 10, 2014
April 7, 2014
Adobe Updates Include Lightroom Mobile. Adobe announced a new member of the Creative Cloud bundle. Article on dslrbodies.com.
April 6, 2014
March 28, 2014
Apology and Clear Statement. Nikon today issued a tersely worded statement about the ongoing D600 issue. Article on dslrbodies.com.
Binocular Vision. HTC introduced the HTC One (M8) this past week, and there’s been a lot of discussion about it’s camera, which is different than other smartphone cameras. Article on gearophile.com.
Viewfinder Hours. Back in my days running Backpacker magazine, we had an “authenticity” metric that we developed and practiced. I think it’s time for that here in the photography arena, as well.
Thom's Monthly Teaching Point — Exaggeration of Human Form
While I was cleaning up some files, I came across a fairly poor scan of this old film image, but since it illustrates something I want to write about, I decided to use it despite the lower quality than I typically want to use.
There should be something very, very obvious about this shot. That’s a human in the upper left corner. Unmistakeable.
Because it has two legs, two arms, and a head, and it’s moving on two legs. Humans are the only mammal that stays on two legs for long. The teaching point here is about exaggeration. If you look at almost any photo that has a human in it, they are standing straight up, arms at sides, legs together. Basically a big blob of shape, with nothing human about it. Of course, much of the time you can still tells it’s human because the exposure shows a face and you focused on the eyes. (You did focus on the eyes, right?)
When you place figures in landscapes, or in front of monuments, and especially when you’re dealing with silhouettes, pose exaggeration is something you should consider imperative. Imagine if the human in this shot was just standing facing me. They might look just another jut of the rock. Unless. Unless I got them to separate their legs, unless I got them to get their arms away from their body.
Note also that this particular human silhouette invokes motion across the frame. That was actually what I was looking for. The slightly slow shutter speed (1/15) also gives them less than sharp edges, adding to the motion impact.
It’s nearly impossible to put too much exaggeration in to poses in silhouette like this (and even in front lit ones, too). While the subject may feel awkward, the flattening effect of a print needs all the help it can get to put energy into the human form.
Short version: never let a subject pose directly at you, arms at their side, legs together. Never. Put them at a slight diagonal, get them to put some space between their legs and between their torso and body. Let them ham it up. Tell them that they’re Superman about to take off, Spiderman about to jump, that they’re about to encounter a hurdle in a race, anything to get them to do something other than just stand there.
March 26, 2014
Grass is Always Greener Syndrome. There’s a lot of “grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” going on in people’s minds these days. Article on dslrbodies.com.
Reminder: Nikon’s lens rebates go away at the end of this week. I do not expect them to be renewed for April. Why? Because March 31 is the end of Nikon’s fiscal year. Traditionally, Nikon has not been aggressive about discounting early in their fiscal year. Instead, they’re aggressive just before the end of their fiscal year, which is why we have so many rebates active at the moment. So if you’re thinking about getting one of those discounted lenses, make up your mind soon. You can help this site by ordering from the following advertiser:
I expect most of the DSLR instant rebates to continue into April, by the way. Indeed, we may see a few new ones as Nikon completes their year-end inventory this week and decides they need to be more aggressive with certain cameras.