Photography Resources

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Irving Penn is an iconic photographer best known for his work with Vogue magazine. Irving Penn: Centennial celebrates the centennial of Penn’s birth, this splendid volume spans the entirety of his groundbreaking career.

This book, written in Irving Penn’s own words, provided me the inspiration to begin my natural light portrait project back in 2008. Reading about Penn’s passion for photography has certainly helped me develop mine.

An old favorite of mine, I have enjoyed this book for many years.

This book contains many of his best known photographs and a number of more obscure images.

This is my favorite book about photography. Written by two friends, two photographers, with extensive experience in making pictures and teaching the craft. It’s compiled from a long relationship and many converstations about photography.

Photography Software and Computer Accessories

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom logos

I have been using Photoshop to post process my photographs for as long as I have been digitizing film, since before I owned a digital camera. I have used Lightroom since it was first released in 2012.  These products are the industry leaders with no other software I know of coming close to giving you the freedom to enhance and manipulate your photos however you wish to. Lightroom is also an excellent tool for managing your image library.

Subscribe to this package using my link, email me with proof, and I will give you a free enrollment to my Lightroom Digital Workflow online course.

I use this every time I edit photographs. A mouse or laptop touch pad are clunky and awkward by comparison. This pen/tablet set is pressure sensitive and allows the highest degree of control. So, if you’re like me and love to get right down into the details when you are editing, you will love this gear. It’s available for both PC and Mac.

 

This Pro version of the Wacom includes features such as:

  • A set of programmable express keys
  • Finger sensitivity allowing the use of gestures
  • Wireless connection
  • Enhanced pressure sensitivity

Using a Wacom takes a little getting used to, but it’s certainly worth the effort. Moving on from using a mouse has helped my creative productivity immensely.

I’ve used one of these for the past eight years and finally it stopped performing 100%, so I am replacing it with the same model. It’s the most comfortable, well designed mouse I have used, so of course I will buy another one. The sensitivity is customizable so you can set it just how you like. I work with two monitors so am able to dial in just the right amount of sensitivity for my situation.

This is my favorite book about photography. Written by two friends, two photographers, with extensive experience in making pictures and teaching the craft. It’s compiled from a long relationship and many converstations about photography.

Light Modifiers (soft boxes)

A diffuser for your flash is one of the best accessories you can invest in. This small round diffuser is well designed. It’s slim and folds down small so is super portable. I never like carrying bulky gear unless I really have to. It’s compatible with all Nikon Speedlight, Canon Speedlite, for SB-600, SB-800, SB-900, 380EX, 430EX, 550EX, 580EX, Vivita Flash, Sunpack, Nissin, Sigma, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, Yongnuo Flash units.

This octagnonal flash softbox is ideal for portrait photography. It’s so portable you can use it anywhere you like. Don’t limit yourself to working indoors with flash. Using a flash with a softbox like this outdoors makes a fabulous, soft fill light that looks so natural. You can use this for a fill light or as your main light source. Check out an example here.

Versatile and easy to use. This softbox can be mounted on a stand or used handheld. It’s great for outdoor and indoor photography for portraits, still life or architecture. Adjustable mount size, suitable for all brands of flashes. Folds easily and compactly into a convenient carry case. Here’s an expample of what you can acheive using this style of softbox.

This slightly larger softbox accomodates your light through an adjustable opening in the bottom and is best used on a stand. It mounts in a similar manner to how you use an umbrella. You can use it as a main light or for a fill light. It’s easy to set up and pack away again when your photo session is complete.  Here’s an example of the type of light you can achieve with this softbox.

Camera Equipment Fungus Prevention and Storage

Dehumidifier dry cabinet. These are designed and built specifically for storing camera eqipment and come in various sizes. These units are digitally controlled, quiet and heatless.

Moisture, dust and mold proof. An ideal storgae option for smaller amounts of camera equipment. They are easily portable and rechargable.

This is a very practical home appliance in humid climates. A good dehumidifier will not only help keep fungus from growing on your camera gear, but it will also help protect your books, artworks and other appliances from attracting mold.

These microfibre lint-free cloths are ideal for wiping down your camera gear after you’ve been using it in dusty or salty conditions. A wipe with a damp microfibre cloth and an hour in front of a fan to dry off will help preserve your gear.

Pelican cases are kept airtight and watertight through the use of a tongue and groove fit and a polymer o-ring. These cases make ideal fungus preventing storage, especially when cloth bag of indicating silica gel beads is also placed in the case.

Pelican cases are kept airtight and watertight through the use of a tongue and groove fit and a polymer o-ring. These cases make ideal fungus preventing storage, especially when cloth bag of indicating silica gel beads is also placed in the case.

Pelican cases are kept airtight and watertight through the use of a tongue and groove fit and a polymer o-ring. These cases make ideal fungus preventing storage, especially when cloth bag of indicating silica gel beads is also placed in the case.

Reusable gel which changes from blue to pink as it absorbs moisture. When the gel is pink it can be microwaved to reactivate it. It will dry out and turn blue again. Placed in a cloth bag with stored equipment is will draw moister away from your camera gear.

Photography Videos, Links and Free Stuff

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Be More Creative With Your Camera.

These are ten thing I wish I’d known when I was starting out in photography.

This infographic will help you learn and understand the realtionships between the three components of the exposure triangle:

  • Aperture
  • Shutter Speed
  • ISO

Download it now to print or load to your mobile device so you can take it with you and consult it while you’re taking photos.

Fabulous documentary on street photography in New York City. Various well known street photographers share insights into their style and why they do what they do.

We don’t know their names, nor the photographer who immortalized them, but these men lunching 800 feet up show the daredevil spirit behind Manhattan’s vertical expansion.