Monthly Archives: January 2011

Making money from Microstock (Part 2)


WHAT IS GOOD STOCK? THE FIRST thing you need to do before you even think about sending photos to an agency is to be aware of what good stock is. Go into a bank or financial institution near you and … Continue reading

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Making money in microstock (Part 1)


THE AGENCIES I’ve been part of the “microstock” photo agency scene for almost seven years. I joined when microstockers were just having a bit of fun, earning 10c per sale, and it evolved into a career (and a billion-dollar business … Continue reading

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Diffraction can wreck your photos


SMALLER apertures are often recommended as they increase the depth of focus (DoF) in a photo – and don’t we often want to get as much as possible in focus? Unfortunately, as the iris size gets smaller, the light waves … Continue reading

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Triplet vs Tessar


HERE IS the result of a quick test I carried out using an old East German Ludwig Meritar 50mm f2.9 triplet (three lenses in three groups) design and a Soviet era Industar 50mm f3.5 Tessar-design (four lenses in three groups). … Continue reading

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Dunes and clouds in B&W


A TIP I got from a large-format shooter for photographing sand dunes on a camera without a meter. Use a yellow filter but do not make any metering adjustment for the filter-factor. The light from the sand is about the … Continue reading

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Lartigue’s wheel


A FAMOUS photo taken in 1913 by Jacques Henri Lartigue shows a racing car speeding out of the right frame on oval wheels, while onlookers apparently stand at a 45 degree angle leaning towards the left edge of the photo. … Continue reading

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Filters for digital


DIGITAL photography has consigned most of the contents of the photographer’s filter case to the dustbin. There’s not much point in today’s DSLR owner knowing what the purpose of an 81A or a Y2 is but there are three or … Continue reading

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