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DSLR proves adequate replacement for iPhone camera!

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It was the first day of my visit and I was checking my Instagram and already planning some shots of one of the world’s most photogenic cities, when disaster struck. My iPhone was suddenly knocked out of my hand and — smash! The screen was shattered. I was in New York on a trip that…

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About Lighting Ratios

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Lighting ratios—they’re often misunderstood, and that’s unfortunate because, as you are about to see, there’s nothing that’s really complex about them. If you want to understand what lighting ratios are, all you have to do is to think of one word—“contrast.” That’s what they are about. Put simply, lighting ratios are nothing more than a…

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Why Photograph Real Life?

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I am thinking now about the lack of those essential elements of life which make possible a real society of human beings. The great fundamental lack, which is apparent everywhere in our civilised world, is the total absence of anything approaching a communal existence. We have become spiritual nomads; whatever pertains to the soul is…

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What is a Portrait?

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If I am to spend my time looking at a portrait, I will want several things from it: an increase in my knowledge through learning something meaningful to my life about the subject or about existence; an increase in the sense of my own humanity through being transformed by the humanity inherent in the depiction;…

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The Art of the Edit

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Over the years in which I have been involved with professional photography I have edited literally thousands of images—and that is how you learn how to edit. You have to look at photographs, lots of photographs, created by other photographers; you cannot learn to edit by looking purely at your own work. It is often…

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20th Century Photographers – An Interview with Arnold Newman

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Below is part of an interview by Grace Schaub that can found in the just published book 20th Century Photographers: Interviews on the Craft, Purpose, and the Passion of Photography. To view examples of Arnold Newman’s work, visit www.arnoldnewman.com. Arnold Newman (1918–2006) was a source of inspiration to generations of photographers. His concepts of symbolic…

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