Images need light and shade, or ‘global contrast’

Images need light and shade, or ‘global contrast’

This photograph illustrates the idea of ‘global contrast‘. It’s not a very appealing term, but it’s the most descriptive one I can think of. If you want to be more artistic about it, you could call it ‘light and shade’. Photographs need more than just a full range of tones, from black to white. To…

What kind of photographer are you: literal, emotional or graphic?

What kind of photographer are you: literal, emotional or graphic?

Photography isn’t just about taking pictures of things. Very often you’re trying to capture something deeper, like a metaphor or an emotion or simply a graphically satisfying image. The trouble is that what you see isn’t necessarily what other people see. That shouldn’t stop you taking pictures that are meaningful, but it may help you…

Lomography launches Lomogon 2.5/32 art lens on Kickstarter
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Lomography launches Lomogon 2.5/32 art lens on Kickstarter

This 32mm f/2.5 lens is designed to fit DSLR and mirrorless cameras via appropriate adaptors and is designed to mimic the high contrast, high saturation, vignetted effect of Lomography’s Lomo LC-A camera to a digital audience. It’s a way to get an old-style lo-fi hipster look without having to buy and use the quirky plastic…

Tamron is developing three new full-frame lenses
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Tamron is developing three new full-frame lenses

Tamron has announced two new full-frame DSLR lenses and an ultra-wide-angle zoom for full frame Sony E-mount cameras, and all three offer a tantalising alternative to mainstream lenses. There was a time when we only found out about new lenses when they were released, but there’s a fashion now for makers to announce new lens…