Feb 13

Life after Chernobyl

The photography of Sergei Gaschak offers an unimaginable look at the animal life inside – the zone. This is region of Belarus and Ukraine which has officially been closed off to human habitation after Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe that took place in the year 1986. Utilizing camera traps to take pictures mechanically, and at the same time taking pictures personally, Sergei has caught what just few have been able to watch with their very own eyes – and this is the magnificent diversity of wild species that roam within the zone.

One of the 1st rescuers on the nuclear disaster site, Sergei has devoted many years to capture the pictures of owls, otters, lynxes as well as other wild species. In fact he has also found out the brown bear’s footprints. The exclusion region stretches for 4 around the nuclear reactor site, and includes Pripyat that was a thriving Soviet town once with around fifty thousand inhabitants but it has stayed a ghost town after the disaster.

Over 300000 people evacuated this place in the aftermath of the disaster, and just a few hundred obstinate pensioners have came back, daring government bans regarding settlement inside the zone.

At the time of nuclear disaster, there were just few wild species living in the area near the nuclear plant. After humans moved out of the region in the wake of the catastrophe, wild mammals appeared in the place and thrived. While the animals showed high levels of radiation, still they appear normal. But there were no three-headed deer or giant wolves.

Jan 13

Photography students aim to help others

Last summer, Jason Berryman read an article on 100Cameras, which is a program to give cameras to the impoverished. After few months Jason Berryman as well as his students of photography at the Topeka West High School got enough money to buy a camera which was sent to India to empower a youth.

The 100Cameras program started in NYC by 4 women on the preface that a child could take a camera inside their own community in ways in which an outsider could not. The very first photography program happened in Sudan in late 2008. Later those photographs were displayed in an exhibit that was attended by over 80 people. By the spring of 2009, people’s interest grew and 100Cameras was incorporated. Photography events had taken place in places like New York City, Cuba and recently in India.

In 2012’s October, the team of 100cameras went to India’s Madurai to teach photography to kids at their home. They selected 15 kids and taught them how to use camera. After all the kids spent time clicking pictures in their own community. Later those pictures were sold to 100Cameras; more importantly the community served with their fund and medical aid.

Berryman came to know about the project and talked about the idea of raising US$ 500 to take part in Adopt-A-Camera program. The program lets one kid living in repressed community to take part in 100Cameras photography education program.

Dec 12

Daragh Muldowney captures stunning pictures

Irish photographer Daragh Muldowney’s inspiration for his newest collection of work and study of the coastal rock pools of Ireland started when he was a child. Since he was grown up near the coast, he came to appreciate the hidden beauty along the shoreline. He told that this quality has helped him to influence his new photo exhibition that took place in Atlanta and a photo book called “Jewellery Box – Ireland’s Hidden Gems”.

Daragh used an old Canon camera and a whole lot of lenses, but he had no artificial lightings or any filter. The forty one year old photographer went to all of Ireland’s seventeen coastal counties with campervan for over a half year of travels.

At times he clicks in wind, rain or other problems for weeks in a wetsuit only and also don a couple of kneepads to hold the right shot. Muldowney told that ‘Jewellery Box’ shows his revolution as an artist.
The exhibition started on 8th November. While speaking to Global Atlanta, he told that it was really a nice metaphor for the rock pools as they are very beautiful, and what he was trying to show people that there was much beauty just under their toes if they just stop and look at it.

He added that it was like jewelry for the soul to him and that is the most important type. It is something that warms and sings on the inner side by watching lovely. It is not only rock pools, all of his work is about revealing the detail that people generally overlook.

Nov 12

Solo Show Of A Local Photographer

A solo exhibition of a local photographer was held in the famous Gardiner Gallery at Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Centre in Frederick. The name of the local photographer is Eve Turek.

The exhibition entitled ‘Offerings from the Heart’ started at the end of August with 51 best photographs of Turek which even included the Outer Banks seascapes, birds, wildlife and even landscapes straight from the American west.

Photographer Eve and her husband Pete possess the Yellowhouse Gallery and also a frame shop in Nags Head. It was in the year 1969 when the Yellowhouse was founded and it was owned by the Turek family in the year 2005.

Since childhood Eve has been photographing and she learned to print the black and white 35mm film when he was reading in high school. Not only she is a photographer but is also a reporter and associate editor for Outer Banks Current newspaper house. She has also worked as an Information Officer for 2 years. She also holds a Master Degree from Prescott College.

Turek’s photographs reflect her enthusiasm for her work and the sense of connection that she has felt while clicking those pics. Her each and every image tells a different story and that’s what attracts her photography. She is highly expecting that her photography will flash experiences of her connection with those who out looking these pictures. She wants to let the folk see the world in a different way.

Oct 12

O’Brien named for top student photography award

A photography student from the Coventry University has made it to the final round of the well known Guardian Student Media Awards. Forty three year old Dean O’Brien from Tile Hill is now up for the award of Student Photographer of the Year in the prestigious contest for future journalists.

He is one of the 5 candidates who were short listed for the title. The award ceremony will take place on 7th November in London at the Guardian offices. The winner will have the scope to showcase their talent during the 2 weeks work at Guardian.

Dean told that it a huge honor to have been nominated for this award. He will complete his graduation this month and walk out with a 1st class honors degree in Photography. This award is s huge scope for show his work to people within photography and media industry.

To enter this contest, students were required to submit 3 different pictures that tell a tale and highlight both artistic and technical skills and excellence. Dean put forward three pictures from his task which looks at the modern Ukraine and its battle with socioeconomic change and other related issues after the post-Soviet Union independence.

Dean O’Brien has also worked on short films on this very topic and now he is planning for a book for his ‘Destination Unknown’ project. He told that the pictures he put forward has a certain integrity that he feels is quite vital while documenting socioeconomic changes in a troubled nation like Ukraine.

Aug 12

Nikon D5100

Nikon has been a tough contender in the world of Digital SLR camera along with Canon, according to Tom from Peckforton Castle wedding photographer. It has been manufacturing great quality professional DSLR since many years. Moreover when we thought of buying a new DSLR the two brands that always come first in our minds are either Nikon or Canon.

Nikon D5100 is a recent launch by the company. The company has been working hard to the technology which can produce good quality picture and videos. Being in the top, the company has always launched cameras which are the best options when compared with the contemporary products.  D5100 is a very successful product from the company with a resolution of 16.2 mega pixel. DX format CMOS sensor has been installed in the particular product which allows an individual to take snaps with clear, beautiful and crisp quality.

An EXSPEED 2 image processor is given which allows high speed and continuous shooting that is approximately 4 frames in one second. A wide ISO range that is from 100 to 6400 has been given in the Nikon D5100 model. A 3 inch Vari Angle, Super Density LCD screen is also there in the model. This allows an individual to take pictures almost in every angle.  In built special effect features along with HDR is given in the camera which makes the particular model a unique one.

One can shoot full high definition pictures at 1080p. 11 point auto focus feature is also there in this camera. The camera clicks picture with sharp and great detailing. All types of Nikkor lenses get fitted in the camera. The camera supports SDHC, SDXC and SD memory cards. After launching this particular camera Nikon has able to prove once again that they are one of the leading camera manufacturing brands of the world. So, if you are willing to buy a new professional camera then it has to be Nikon D5100.

Jul 12

Taking Reflections

Does this title bring the idea of “water” to you? The reason is that the reflection of water is one of the most used esthetic enhancements in photography.

We all have seen beautiful landscapes mirrored in water or a bird drinking on a pond with an imaginary counterpart reflection of him.

Tom at Cheshire Wedding Photographer has these tips…

Check for the surfaces around your space that will reflect other images; a water bottle, the glass of a framed picture in the wall, a drop of rain in the window pane; the stainless steel alarm clock, the shiny mirror on your desk, etc.

Master the techniques of macro photography and you’ll be on your way to magnificent reflections in your work.

Jun 12

Commercial Photography

As a written description should include benefits and features of a product, a picture, even if mute, should tell those words and thousand more. The basic tenant is to differentiate one brand from another using photography. You will need lots of creative and the best gear you can afford, the competition is ferocious, according to Tim at the Portrait Photographer Derbyshire website!

Seasonal Photography,

Mother’s day; Father’s day; Christmas; Hanukkah; Thanksgiving; Memorial Day; Earth day; Easter; Summer equinox; animal day; etc.

The dates are all over the calendar for you to prepare. Advertise and promote your business with specials according to your creativity.

Calendar and Poster Photography

Many photographers have started with calendars and Posters and book covers. Get to know your local area and offer free calendars for a start. Get known or get your face in their face. Show your talent and equipment and develop a portfolio for the next enterprises.

Keep up to date with technology and new software. Invest in good printing paper and quality tools.

Flower Photography,

Focusing distance will differ from shooting a small and tiny forget-me-not, to a gigantic Fleur du Paradise. The many angles and curves offered by petals and leaves is a challenge to the photographer due to the light differences. Midday is a perfect time to shoot photos of flowers. Get “Clamp Arms”, designed especially for flower photos, and attach them to your tripod or monopod and then to the flower. Use high shutter speed to avoid random movements that even a gentle breeze can produce.

Landscape photography

Generally speaking, a landscape photo is just a landscape, no people, no animals.  Cityscapes (urbanscapes) and seascapes are not landscapes. Keep this in mind when you start shooting.

Abstract Landscapes, It is equal to design and composition without the necessity of an explanation. A dune may be an abstract Landscape if nothing else than the sand is taken.

Inspirational Landscapes, when a landscape tells more than the elements in it. A dying flower surrounded by snow expresses sadness, death and termination.

Representational Landscapes, “The real thing” is represented without any manipulation through lenses or software.

Panorama Photography,

There are in the market several programs to create a panorama with your photos, one is Autostitch and Autopano. It won’t matter in what order you set the pictures once taken, these programs will recognize the order and accommodate them in the proper place.

Use a wide lens.

Take the pictures all in the same day (weather changes will affect the end result)

Panoramas are a horizontal view and as such a tripod will help to shoot all of the photos at the same level. For a fair size panorama you will need at least 40 photos.

How to Merge Photographs

Let’s work this with an example; let’s assume you want to get an envelope in a crest of a wave.

Take the 2 pictures, the ocean wave and the envelope separate.

Photoshop Element 7 will do the rest.

Make sure the envelope is well illuminated if your ocean picture is taken on a sunny day. If the ocean wave is taken in the evening, allow your envelope to be shot with macro and a reflector at 45 degree angle only.

Adriana Martin Hiebsch

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