Gordon Laing

An Interview with Gordon Laing

I recently had the pleasure of meeting again my good friend Gordon Laing of Camera Labs and All About The Gear fame and he graciously consented to be interviewed while he was busy shooting long exposures on the rocks of Dunure, Scotland. In the brief space of five minutes, he managed to share a wealth of tips about long exposures …

When Hyperfocal Distance Fails, Part 3

In the previous two articles in this series (Part 1, Part 2), I have explained what are some issues with the unquestioning application of hyperfocal distance to focusing and what some solutions one might use to avoid them. I closed by saying that, in some cases, even those solutions are not sufficient. In this last post, I want to demonstrate …

When Hyperfocal Distance Fails, Part 2

A few days ago, I wrote a blog post about some widely held misunderstandings about hyperfocal distance and concluded with this question: What does this mean? Is hyperfocal distance useless, or of limited use? Should we limit ourselves to small prints, when we use it? In this follow-up post, I want to give an answer to this question, suggesting some …

When Hyperfocal Distance Fails

So you shoot landscapes, right? And you want a scene like the one above to be sharp from the leaves in the foreground to the distant hills, right? Now, if you’ve been shooting landscapes seriously for a while, you’ve probably heard about this thing called hyperfocal distance and might have used it in the past. You might have a handy printed reference …

I ❤︎ Lightroom 6!

This panorama was obtained by stitching together six photos in Lightroom 6, using the new “Photo Merge” feature. The best thing about this feature is that it very quickly gives you a preview, built using its internal preview images, so you can check whether the stitching will be successful. Then, when you click “Merge”, it processes the images in the …

A Little Lesson on Aperture and Depth of Field

These days, I am helping with an online mentorship where we teach some beginners about the technical foundations of photography (aperture, shutter speed, ISO, that kind of stuff) and how to get their cameras out of Auto mode. Each week, to let the students exercise their newly acquired knowledge we give out an assignment that involves taking some photos. This week, the …