A Camera Can Change the Way We Make Photos

A Camera Can Change the Way We Make Photos

By MITCHELL KANASHKEVICH, EYEVOYAGE Can a camera change the way you make photos? Until recently I never thought that I’d even consider such a question. I’ve always said that gear is not very important, the result is what matters. I still feel the same about the importance of the result, but, I’ve come to realise […]

World Cup Despair in the Favela

World Cup Despair in the Favela

Great work, as always, by THEME’s regular contributor Lorenzo Moscia who travels the world with two cameras and two lenses. Lorenzo witnessed Brazil’s fatal FIFA World Cup blow against Germany in Rio de Janeiro’s biggest favela. Going down 1-7… Gods were humiliated in a nation where the seleção should have promised pride, joy and momentary […]

How Photography Connects Us

How Photography Connects Us

“Everyone of us has at least one or two great photographs in them.” Says David Griffin, former photo director for National Geographic. But, to make a living from photography, “you have to have more than one or two great photographs in you. You’ve got to be able to make them all the time.” It’s another […]

On the Subjectivity of Beauty and Photoshop

On the Subjectivity of Beauty and Photoshop

Esther Honig‘s idea was as simple as brilliant. Not that she’s an outstandingly beautiful women, she’s certainly good looking — but as the ideal of beauty depends on the beholder and his or her cultural background: how would Honig’s “ideal” appearance look like if she’d live in another culture? So she sent a portrait photo […]

Some People Still Read Books

Some People Still Read Books

Blesseth the curfew… Never had to kill more time at an airport than when checking in for a plane departing hours after the 10 p.m. Thai curfew kicks in. What better than just, well, look around. Same old Df / Distagon 28/2 combo. Now that third photo could have more easily been shot with a […]

First Ever GoPro City Tour of Pyongyang

First Ever GoPro City Tour of Pyongyang

Singapore photographer Aram Pan does it again: he has just returned form a photography trip to North Korea. Right, you remember his first trip to the terra incognita in October 2014. Aram was once again given official approval by the North Korean state government to conduct photography within the reclusive state. Although he was escorted […]

Steve McCurry’s Afghanistan

Steve McCurry’s Afghanistan

Steve McCurry‘s magnificient Afghanistan work needs no further words. Explore the rugged beauty of Afghanistan through the lens of Magnum photographer Steve McCurry. Watch him talk about his mostly older work that hasn’t lost any of its magic: CNN has an additional Steve McCurry Afghanistan gallery.

Camera Makers, Give Us Focus Bracketing

Camera Makers, Give Us Focus Bracketing

I’ll have a copyright on this one! Seriously, modern cameras offer all kinds of bracketing for exposure, ISO, white balance — even aperture they give us for varying depths of field. How about automated focus bracketing, anyone?! I mean any camera these days should be able to communicate with the lens to bracket focusing steps […]

Street Photographers, This Is How to Approach Strangers

Street Photographers, This Is How to Approach Strangers

He needs no introduction: Brandon Stanton, the high school dropout behind the photo blog Humans of New York and the #1 New York Times bestselling book of the same name. No way he’s the world’s best photographer or journalist, he says, even though with meanwhile 10,000 people photographed he achieved quite a feat in a […]

Here’s How to Revamp Your Portrait Photography

Here’s How to Revamp Your Portrait Photography

Say what you want, despite huge advancements in technology and an abundant choice of photographic gear and possibilities, despite so many more choices the human being to this day remains photography’s most fascinating and rewarding subject/object. Here are a few suggestions on how to improve your portrait photography. Right, you’re a purist and use camera […]

Medium Format on a Shoestring — Shame on You to Not Have Panoramas in Your Bag of Tricks

Medium Format on a Shoestring — Shame on You to Not Have Panoramas in Your Bag of Tricks

By RUSSELL Outside of sports and animal photography, either there is something dynamic happening in your photos. In which case nobody in the world cares whether your image is more than four perfect megapixels (though they do care about overall contrast, clarity, color balance, saturation and low noise). After all, in a dynamic scene, your […]

The Histogram in a Nutshell

The Histogram in a Nutshell

The often ignored histogram can be one of the most useful tools in digital photography to achieve perfect, balanced exposure. It’s also one of the least understood tools. The standard histogram plots the brightness (or luminosity) of every pixel in the picture and is measured on a 256-step scale, that’s the number of permutations available […]

To HDR or Not? Here’s How to Properly Do It:

To HDR or Not? Here’s How to Properly Do It:

By PHAISAL GULADEE Have you ever faced a situation in which your camera can’t possibly cope with the amount of dynamic range in a specific scene and all you can do is exposing for either the shadows or the highlights or average out the exposure but you still do not get the picture you want […]

Getting It Right in Camera

Getting It Right in Camera

It’s purists vs. pragmatists — is it possible to shoot something “correctly” in the camera without post-processing? Not a friend of post-processing, I prefer to rely on the camera’s processing — which in itself is already a form of post-processing. Now here’s a telling Adorama video on the necessity of post-production. The camera, however, can […]

World’s Best Photo Chosen

World’s Best Photo Chosen

Congrats John Stanmeyer! The American photographer who lives in Hong Kong has won the World Press Photo of the Year 2013 award with a moonlit image of African migrants in Djibouti holding their mobile phones to the sky, seeking a better signal. I had the pleasure to work with John back in East Timor’s bloody […]

Random Pic #5 — Protest Kid

Random Pic #5 — Protest Kid

A kid, alone, abandoned, at a Bangkok protest camp. Nikon Df with Nikkor 50mm F1.8G Special Edition; cropped, unprocessed, straight out of camera JPEG. +++ Random pic? Email me a photo you like, a photo with a special story behind it or a photo you want to share with others for any reason. Write a […]

Random Pic #4 — The Lonely Protester

Random Pic #4 — The Lonely Protester

Thailand’s in the headlines. No one knows whether Bangkok will engulf in another wave of violence and bloodshed. The protesters are decent people with good intentions, even though they applaud to some fascist hate tirades from the stages. I’m not about to go into the democracy debate. But the bustling city has come to a […]

Random Pics #3 — Nikon Df and the Violin Girl

Random Pics #3 — Nikon Df and the Violin Girl

Had a lovely encounter in the park the other day: heard from far away a violin playing. Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major. It was a girl, Chinese, enjoying playing her violin all by herself in the clear morning light and fresh air. At first hesitant, she smilingly let me observe — and photograph her playing. […]

Random Pic #2

Random Pic #2

By RUSSELL My take on the image’s specialness, was that its improbable gumdrop perfection was reached almost purely by subtraction, by noticing and excluding, rather than by adding. No decorations or lighting or models or special retouching or the photographer’s personality or wishes were injected into the scene. The subject was going about her day […]

Ansel Adams, Master Darkroom Printer

Ansel Adams, Master Darkroom Printer

In case you haven’t seen it yet, Ansel Adams — A Documentary Film (2002) by PBS on the life of Ansel Adams is as good as it gets. Watch it. Take your time for this 83-minute documentary. But what I want to draw your attention to is the part starting at the 1:06:07 timemark — […]

Reporting From the Eye of the Storm

Reporting From the Eye of the Storm

By LORENZO MOSCIA I arrived in Tacloban one week after typhoon Yolanda, one of the most deadly storms in the history of the Philippines, hit land on November 8, 2013. I was lucky enough to find a local family where I could stay. The first days there was not electricity, no water, and the Internet […]

Another Day, Another Few Snaps

Another Day, Another Few Snaps

Never leave the camera at home. Pressing the shutter button is like waking up, coming to life. I have to shoot a certain amount of frames a day just to feel alive. Each and every time you learn something. I see photos everywhere. Don’t care much if you don’t like them. Each and every one […]

“Everybody Street” — The Ultimate Street Photography Documentary That Makes You Want to Grab the Camera and Hit the Streets

“Everybody Street” — The Ultimate Street Photography Documentary That Makes You Want to Grab the Camera and Hit the Streets

“It’s the only tool that will stop time,” “The deeper you go, the better pictures you’ll take” or “It’s the life on the street and where the street takes you, that’s important” — these are just two of the many strong quotes from the feature length documentary Everybody Street by Cheryl Dunn, a movie about […]

A View Like No Other — Photography in the ISS

A View Like No Other — Photography in the ISS

This is a once-in-a-lifetime film experience. A trip to space, to the International Space Station ISS, explored with a camera. The ISS Image Frontier — Making the Invisible Visible is a stunning tribute the ISS as well as a certain Dr. Don Pettit who is not so petit at all. He’s a NASA astronaut and […]

19-Year-Old Olivia Bee Shows Pros the Ropes

19-Year-Old Olivia Bee Shows Pros the Ropes

19-year-old Olivia Bee has to be admired. What a creativity, what camera skills. She’s photographing from her young perspective and killing it. Her clients include Hermès, Subaru, Vogue, Nike and the New York Times, to name a few. How many photographers would kill for such a work portfolio. Olivia Bee started her professional career at […]

Living Photography — That’s How You Digitally Tell a Story

Living Photography — That’s How You Digitally Tell a Story

Is this the future of photojournalism? Fascinating multimedia feature by the New York Times: A Game of Shark and Minnow makes elaborate use of video, sounds, still photography, animated three-dimensional graphics, beautiful code, interactivity and — last but not least — precise and concise written text. Add it all together and you get a one-of-a-kind […]