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Getting Prepared for Travel and Holiday Photography

Before leaving your house with the whole package on your back for your summer vacations, some tips are good to know or recall for your camera safety, to take the most original shots and just to enjoy your trip!

Before starting the count down, it is important to determine what type of photography you are going to do. Are you just looking for some souvenirs and selfies, then in this case a Point&Shoot ( theRX100M III is probably one of the best for this. Otherwise for $80, you can get great holiday pictures with this Sony W800) or even a smartphone can do the job, no need to bring 20 pounds (10kg) of equipment and come back at work with a backache!

Should you bring 1, 2, 3, 4 lenses?
Getting prepared for travel photography. What are you going to bring? Choosing the right gear for travel photography- iLHP
Getting prepared for travel photography. What are you going to bring?

But if you are an enthusiast photographer and if the light and the depth of field and the overall quality of your pictures matter the most, then you will consider bringing your “stuff” with you. If you really want to travel light, then a 24-70mm or a 24-105mm will do the job as an all-around lens. Or if you want to travel very light with your DSLR, some pancake Continue reading Getting Prepared for Travel and Holiday Photography

10 Crazy Camera Co. & Designer Collaborations

Hello Kitty & Leica? Stella McCartney & Canon? Instagram & Polaroid? Collaborations between big name brands have been an innovative way to appeal to a broader market. Loyal consumers of one brand are also likely to own a product by the other, or they may at least be within the same target demographic. Therefore, as corporate synergy goes, advertisers can readily be enticed into this new market and the consumers will love the exclusivity of the particular item for sale.

karl lagerfeld coke
Your regular $1.50 can of Diet Coke. Slap on Karl Lagerfeld’s name, and they become collector’s items with a resale value at almost €50.

Usually, the joint venture is done by producing limited quantities and therefore, making the item more desirable and exclusive. To the consumer that seeks these specialty items, obtaining one of the limited edition items released can become a must-have obsession.

Often times, one of the brands participating in the collaboration can be extremely popular in the mainstream market while the other brand is a little more underground or haute couture. By creating such an unconventional union, this is generally the formula for a perfect marriage and can sequentially appeal to a mass number of the population.

Here are some great camera collaborations:


10) Leica & Paul Smith

Leica X2 Paul Smith

Paul Smith is a British fashion designer who has been in the clothing business for over 40 years. In late 2012, Leica approached Smith about joining together to design a camera that represents the Paul Smith brand. As a photography enthusiast Smith gladly accepted. The collaboration was for the limited edition X2 camera and releasing only 1500 cameras.

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9 Great Documentaries on Photography, Art, and Design

To take beautiful pictures you must understand what is beautiful. Aesthetics, taste, and style defines an artist. Even if you are born naturally enough with a fantastic eye, it still must be developed, cultivated, and matured. Everything else is technique, which is mechanical and can be easily learned by anyone. Being a good photographer is no different. It’s not just about knowing the camera settings, how to manipulate light, or how to choose the right gear. It’s about being able to appreciate what is beautiful, what is different, what is unique, and sharing your vision with the rest of the world.

One accessible way of developing your tastes is to study what society considers beautiful. It’s a starting point. Yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and tastes differ, but it’s not as purely subjective as you may think. Having studied enough of it, you’ll soon realize that there are repeating themes, rhythms, and philosophies that transcend. Here are 9 fairly popular selections I have chose for you to explore.

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Instant Gratification

The best part about negative film was infinite reproducibility. The best part about Polaroids or  instant films was instant gratification. Digital photography seems to be the best of both worlds, instant gratifications reproduced infinitely. We see our shot right away in the LCD screen. We can print as many copies of a .jpg as we want. But what film has and digital lacks, is a sense of authenticity.

Digital has a sterility to it. Pore-less skin, porcelain eye whites, perfect exposures, geometric compositions. I feel more attached to my post-processing software than my digital camera. I capture a moment with this tool, but I bring it home to create my image. Film photography is so much more visceral and immediate. And nothing exemplifies this timelessness of photography than with instant films.

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