Color Mechanics and Your Camera

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When it comes to photography, one of the most important things to consider outside of composition is is color mechanics.  Color mechanics and how your camera interprets color is always a topic that makes for great discussion.  In fact,  I've touched on the topic of color and your camera/monitor as it relates to photography in the past.  Here are some articles I've written that speak to color and your camera:

Color and It's Impact on File Size

The Power of Color

5 Elements of Control #2 - Color

Hot and Cold Lighting

Each of these speaks to how color mechanics can be so powerful in your imagery, whether it's file size, the power of it in composition, or even it's impact on lighting.  What I came across yesterday, just added another element to the larger discussion...editing and post production!  The video came through my email via Digg on Sunday. If you're interested in the mechanics, math, and such of how color is calculated for digital displays, specifically when editing - this is a must see!

Clearly, the concept of color mechanics really can be discussed and evaluated to the Nth degree. That said, some content does better than others at demonstrating and explaining it clearly and in an understandable format.  I've tried on the occasions referenced above, but the video was such a cool way to explain it, figured it would be worth sharing.

Conclusion

All that said, what are your thoughts on color in photography?  Are you in agreement that color is a fundamental topic of importance that needs understanding?  Or do you think that color mechanics is not as important in the grand scheme of things?  What other topics or talking points would you consider "fundamental" to understanding photography?

In Photography Timing is Everything!

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About two weeks ago I was taking the dog for her morning constitutional in the park. I was particularly struck by the fall foliage that surrounded me at the time, suggesting that my photography timing was nearly perfect for the season: IMG_4002.JPG

Sure enough, when we wast forward two weeks to yesterday afternoon at the same location, the colors were much more subdued, the blue skies gone (replaced with gray), and the water reflecting the same flat colors of the environment:

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It's not quite the same scene now is it? The teaching point here is that beautiful photographs are not just pointing your camera at anything and expecting it to be this wonderful thing. Making great photos takes time and commitment.

It also takes having some sort of creative vision. Countless people upload photos to Flickr, Smugmug and the like daily. Most are coming from mobile devices these days. Few are good, and even fewer inspire. If you want to inspire, find that vision, and make it happen.  That means your photography timing, in addition to your photographic vision, your photographic skills, your photographic composition, and so much more all need to sync up to create that magical scene!

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - beautiful photography comes from within. What do you want to capture?

There’s No Money in Photography Anymore!

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What's the deal with the Camera anymore?

Introduction - No Money in Photography Anymore

I mean, seriously...everyone has one, and any schmuck out there with a phone has the ability to capture some image that can get picked up by the AP for mere cents.  Photography is no longer a business model people get into for the profit margin. There's really no money in photography anymore, right?  Think about it - the profit margin in photography is horrible!  Unless you are famous (and how do you get famous anyway?  Why does everyone think they're entitled to their "15 minutes of fame"?  It's this sense of entitlement that just blows my mind.  You're not "entitled" to anything! You gotta work for it, and want it BAD.

What is Possible by Working in Photography

And what if you do work for it and want it bad?  Does that mean anyone else will want to buy your photo?  Nine times out of ten, these days, people will likely say "Cool, I can go do that now with my iPhone or Galaxy!"  Of course, they never do, but the intrinsic value of the photograph seems to have been demeaned.  It's there for an instant and it's gone.  Big whup if you spent hours, days, weeks, months, or years doing selfies of your hair growing, getting cut, shaving, getting older and posting it all together on YouTube.  People see it and move on to the next time lapse.  Where is the return on your investment?  It's zilch - zero - nada!

But, what if you do work for it, want it badly, and by some stroke of luck, someone else wants to buy one of your photos from you?  How much do you charge?  Is it belittling your investment of time, years in the craft, your gear, your hours of blood sweat and tears to charge only $10 for an 8x10" print?  Or, are you pricing yourself out of the reach of that one person that wants to buy your image by saying "That'll be $150 please..."

And let's say you do work for it, want it badly, someone else wants to buy it, and you still are able to get that $150 price tag! First off, congratulations...because you've passed 99% of the other photographers out there in your drive, motivation, and sense of keen marketing at finding a buyer. That'll cover one tenth of a root canal these days (if you have dental coverage).

Conclusion

Time to spend another ten years in blood, sweat, and tears to make another photo that someone will pay $150 before you can get the rest of that tooth taken care of.  Who wants to deal with that?

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