DSLR Photography - Week 3

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DSLR Photography - Week 3

  1. 1. DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  2. 2. The Early Years • Were YOU resistant to change? • Early digital cameras took away much of the photographer’s control © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  3. 3. The Recent Years • Time-line • Evolutionary changes in the last 4-5 years • Pixel Count • Bigger, Brighter Viewing Screens • Self-Cleaning Sensors • Image Stabilization • Improved Dynamic Range • Improved Noise Management © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  4. 4. Today • The digital format has given control back to photographers • Photography has always been about two processes: Image Capture and Image Processing • Film: We had very little control over the processing • Ansel Adams pioneered popular photographic processes and used creative darkroom techniques • “The negative is the score, the print is the performance.” © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  5. 5. Today • We now have creative control relinquished back to us • Some is in-camera • Some is in the “Digital Darkroom” © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  6. 6. Tomorrow • Maturity of technology -- Evolutionary • The “megapixel wars” are over • Better camera automation has been achieved © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  7. 7. Tomorrow • Revolutionary developments • Full-frame sensors • Better low-light photography • Higher dynamic range • Better digital circuits • Continuous panorama cameras • 3D • Modular cameras © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  8. 8. Technology 3D Color Matrix Metering Live View Face Recognition Virtual Horizon © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  9. 9. Technology © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  10. 10. Switching to Digital The Digital Advantage © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  11. 11. The Digital Advantage • Flexibility • Simplicity • Instant Playback • Immediacy • Exposure Control & The Histogram • Running Costs © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  12. 12. Flexibility • Frame-by-frame Creativity • Lighting conditions (ISO, WB) • Not restricted by film speed and type • Enabling • Education and experimentation © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  13. 13. Simplicity • Less equipment • Less fumbling • Filters • Just dial in color correction © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  14. 14. Instant Playback • Shoot - Analyze - Adjust - Reshoot • Composition adjustments • Exposure adjustments • Anomalies -- the dreaded closed eyes • and ... © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  15. 15. Instant Playback CHIMPING! © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  16. 16. Immediacy • Mostly important to pro shooters • Press photography • Sports photography • Wedding photography www.eye.fi © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  17. 17. The Histogram • Instant feedback on exposure • The “Blinkies” © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  18. 18. Running Costs • Is digital really cost-effective?? • Is added post-processing costly? • Cost of technical assets? © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  19. 19. Switching to Digital Film vs Digital © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  20. 20. Film vs Digital Film Film Digital Travel √ Experimentation & Education √ Batteries √ √ Dust √ Burst Rate (fps) √ √ Price (& Cost of Entry) √ Camera Life √ √ © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  21. 21. Switching to Digital Myth Busting © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  22. 22. Myth Busting “Film gives a better-quality image!” Myth! Highly controversial! © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  23. 23. Myth Busting “Digital cameras suffer from shutter lag!” Myth! [DSLR] Truth! [Point-and-shoots] © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  24. 24. Myth Busting “Digital capture takes the skill out of photography!” Myth! Instant feedback aids in learning photography Speeds up the process of learning But … doesn’t film let you be more deliberate? © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  25. 25. Myth Busting “Digital photography is easy. If you get it wrong, you can simply fix it in Photoshop!” Myth! You can’t create or “fix” information that’s not there! © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  26. 26. Myth Busting “Digital storage is unreliable. CDs/DVDs will be obsolete in a few years!” Perhaps! Backwards compatibility Bit rot Technology creep The question of “Blue Ray” discs © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  27. 27. Myth Busting “Digital capture has challenged the legitimacy of photographs!” Truth! The legitimacy of any great photograph is questioned Any photo too good to be true: “Meh, it was Photoshopped!” © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  28. 28. Myth Busting © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  29. 29. Myth Busting © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  30. 30. Myth Busting © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  31. 31. Myth Busting © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  32. 32. Myth Busting © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  33. 33. Myth Busting © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  34. 34. Myth Busting “Film is dead!” Myth! Landscape photography Fine art photography High-resolution product and commercial photography Scientific and technical photography © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  35. 35. Myth Busting “Digital prints never look as good as the image on the screen!” Myth! Color management problems Screen resolution © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  36. 36. Myth Busting “Digital cameras are more complex than film cameras!” Truth! But, don’t let that deter you! Mastering the basics is the same … then learn more! © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  37. 37. Myth Busting “A digital camera becomes obsolete the moment you purchase it!” Myth! The basics of photography never change Camera systems are forward-compatible Quality brands are built with longevity in mind © Sandro V Cuccia - www.Imagemedic.com Sunday, October 3, 2010
  38. 38. Sandro Cuccia sandro@ImageMedic.com w w w. I m a g e M e d i c . c o m Sunday, October 3, 2010

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