THE GIFT OF THE DAGUERREOTYPE

ALAN TAYLOR writes “In 1829, a French artist and designer named Louis Jacques Mande Daguerre struck a partnership with fellow inventor Joseph-Nicephore Niépce to develop a method to permanently capture the fleeting images visible in a camera obscura. Niépce passed away suddenly in 1833, but Daguerre kept experimenting, finally achieving success around 1834. The daguerreotype process used a polished sheet of silver-plated copper, treated with iodine to make it light-sensitive, which was exposed (for several minutes or more) under a lens, then “fixed” using mercury vapor. The existence of the process was first announced to the public in January of 1839—followed by an extraordinary move by the French government that would fuel the rapid growth of photography worldwide. Recognizing the enormous potential of this invention, the French government made a deal with Daguerre, acquiring the rights to the process in exchange for lifetime pensions for both Daguerre and Niépce’s son. Then the government gave it all away. On August 19, 1839, the details of the new daguerreotype process were presented to the public as a gift to the world from France.  See some of the amazing images <here>.

Suggested by Cliff Harvey 20th August 2015

8 TEXTBOOK PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS NONE OF US REALLY FOLLOW…!

If you’re looking for photography tips, tricks and techniques, Digital Camera World is a fantastic resource. They serve up fresh photo advice daily and have a back catalogue of tutorials to cater for beginners and more experienced photographers alike.  But how much of it do any of us really put into practice?

We’re probably all guilty of missing the odd trick or two, whether unwittingly or on purpose. Maybe you’ve simply had to cut corners. Perhaps you’re a repeat offender who’s promised themselves that you’d never make the same mistake again, only to carry on doing it.

It may be a generalisation to say none of us follow these classic photography tips, but chances are you’ve probably not followed them strictly to the letter on at least one occasion…  Read the full posting <here>

Suggested by Cliff Harvey 19th August 2015

10 THINGS ALL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THEIR CRAFT…!

A good landscape photograph doesn’t just capture what you saw when you took the shot.  It brings back a whole host memories and the emotions that you felt when you first saw the scene.

It might sound a tall order, but achieving that isn’t as hard as you might think.  Just take a look at <these> 10 points to find out more.

Suggested by Cliff Harvey 19th August 2015

8 FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY MISTAKES EVERY PHOTOGRAPHER MAKES…!

Automatic flash exposure systems make using flash easier than ever before, but there are some problems that crop-up on a regular basis. In the latest article in her series looking at some of the common mistakes photographers make,, Digital Camera World’s head of testing Angela Nicholson explains some of the classic flash photography mistakes and offers some of her best flash photography tips for avoiding them.  Read the full posting <here>

Suggested by Cliff Harvey 18th August 2015

THE 12 BEST PHOTOGRAPHY WEBSITES…!

This is just one of many, perhaps tens of thousands!, of websites about photography, and will give any keen photographer literally hours of pleasure as they search through the stories and images behind the stories.  The accompanying photo was captured by Kaspars Ciematnieks who took advantage of a sleepless night to shoot the sunrise in Broadley Common, England.  He shot this scene with a Nikon D600 and a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens at 1/6 sec, f/11 and ISO 100…  Experience this specific site <here>

Suggested by Cliff Harvey 18th August 2015

Another Winner from Digital Camera World Magazine…!

This is one magazine that I’ve relied on for several years for ideas and tips about how to get better at photography.  And recently on the web was a list of 77 photographic techniques that you may have thought of and tried, or maybe not…!  The posting covers portraits, landscapes, close-ups and street photography, and is well worth perusing through for some pointers…!  Read the entire posting <here>

Suggested by Cliff Harvey 17th August 2015

Inspire: Weekend Landscape Shoot

How to Make the Most of a Weekend Landscape Shoot

Amateur Photographer is one of my ‘must read’ publications each week.  Lots of helpful tips, insightful reviews of kit, and certainly some interesting articles.  This week’s edition was no different, so I call your attention to a list of very valuable hints about how to have a superb weekend landscape shoot.

Suggested by Cliff Harvey 11th August 2015