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The Psychology of Colors

What could possibly influence our emotions in front of a movie or a photograph? The Color. It is through a short video that Lilly Mtz-Seara experiments color psychology and how the audience reactions are determined by the artistic directors of the film productions.

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Our emotions are “manipulated” by the color associated with the scene shown on the screen and this concept applies equally to the photography field.

No long speeches or complex explanation, Lilly Mtz-Seara tries here to makes us realize how much our unconscious is influencing our emotions. To highlight the research done on the theory of color psychology, she selected scenes from films she arranged according to major themes. What we see through the video, is that the color range of each scene assigned to a word is invariably the same.

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And What If The Gear Was Also What Makes… You a Better Photographer?

Of course, it’s the photographer who takes/makes the photograph. I’ve always said that but in the end, isn’t it a little demagogic. I know I’m not going to make a lot of friends saying this but, I do not completely agree when I hear that the equipment is not the photographer. Of course it is the photographer … at least partially! There are too many ingredients that makes that a photo will touch other people for us to exclude THIS reason. An 85mm f/1.4 is quite superior to a 28-70mm f3.5/5.6. And what if behind this “truth”, were hiding other feelings…

Photography is intimately linked to camera equipment. For a singer for instance, there is really no artifice. But a picture, it is different …

Talent is obviously above the material contingencies but with very good material it is better expressed if not simply expressed themselves. Cartier-Bresson worked with Leica, Vincent Munier, with the latest Nikkor telephoto lenses and Ussain Bolt does not beat his records with my sneakers! (Read our article about the favorite lenses of famous photographers)

Talent is obviously above the material contingencies but with very good material it is even better expressed!

So we all agree that these talented characters would still be very talented with low-end gear. But why be masochistic and work with cheap equipment just because we have talent? And why, if you have no talent – in one’s opinion – shouldn’t we use a wonderful lens? There, I think we will all agree.

What can this old saying be hiding in the back of our heads?

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I am aware that I therefore address a very tricky topic because often visceral. There are so many different ways to take photographs! With very simple equipment or very complex, very expensive or just very affordable, like your smartphone. Very pragmatic or artful, with or without talent …

So what about those who want this specific lens and, conversely, those who say that the material does not make you a better photographer. Here is what I think and here is my feeling about this: Continue reading And What If The Gear Was Also What Makes… You a Better Photographer?

The Sony Nomenclature and Symbols

You might have heard that the Sony E-mount system hit the 50 lenses a few days ago with the much anticipated 14mm f2.8 and 50mm f1.4 from Samyang/Rokinon. It might be time now for a Sony guide as it is not simple at first to understand its nomenclature: there are different frames covered, several mounts and several product range. In addition, Sony optical technologies are bristling with sometimes complex acronyms. Do not worry, we will explain everything!

The Mounts A-Mount
E/FE-Mount
Adapters
Product range : Sony
Sony G
Sony G Master
Sony Zeiss
Nomenclature : Optical coatings and treatments A, AA, ED, Super ED, Nano AR Coating, T*
Auto-focus motors SAM, SSM, DDSSM
Optical stabilization OSS, Active OSS
Characteristics ADI, IF, FHB, FRL, RF, SMO

 

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The Sony Mounts

Sony has 2 main distinctive mounts: Continue reading The Sony Nomenclature and Symbols

Why Printings Are Essential For Your Practice

Digital has entered our lives in all its possible forms,  and frankly it is of course very convenient. It has never been easier to take a picture and share it with hundreds or thousands of people in seconds. But while printing photos is becoming easier and cheaper, the paper is shunned. Why?

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How cool is that?

In this article, we’ll explain why it is important to print your picture, either in the form of prints, albums or photo frames.

No matter the format, as long as it is your picture.

Printings, a Way to Aave Your Pictures

It might be less “smart” but it is more durable. That might sound silly to say as the paper can be damaged, burnt or torn etc. But, it might be surprising, the paper can be less fragile than a computer or a hard drive. A photo album that falls several meters high will resist a lot better than a hard drive.

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This is one of my personal frame and yes, Christmas is just around the corner!

Whether it’s film or digital photography, one of the problematics of the photographer is to have a secure archiving system of his/her photos. Photographers using the films are already well aware of the interest of the paper print, because without it a picture is not really developed. But for someone who only takes pictures in digital format, the images are often buried on hard drives or on an online photo storage service and forgotten. Continue reading Why Printings Are Essential For Your Practice

5 Experiments to Overcome Photographer’s Block

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut. We feel lethargic and uninspired. We feel the urge to blow a bunch of money on a new lens or a new camera, in hopes that it would somehow reinvigorate our passions. But what if we already have what we need to overcome photographer’s block? Here are 5 simple experiments to try to expand our photographic horizons.

5. Shoot with Your Least Used Lens

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Shot with a Holga 25mm Pinhole

We’ve all been there. A late night Craigslist session, an impulse BUY IT NOW! on eBay, or a well commissioned salesperson at a camera store. We all have lenses that we sparingly use.

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Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Mine used to be the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro. Fantastic lens. Brilliantly sharp. But I’m not gifted with the patience to shoot macrophotography and I also bought it as a portrait lens. I found it to be slightly too long, too slow to use in dim light without stabilization, and too inexpensive to part with. So I kept it. For years. In a closet.

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Right now, it’s my Holga 25mm Pinhole lens. Super fun lens. Incredibly inexpensive. However, a plastic meniscus lens at f/8 has limited usability at night or indoors. But rather than dwelling on limitations, a lens’ unique character could force you to think outside the box and be creative.

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