Metadata and Copyright: My Lightroom Workflow, Part II

This is the second in a series of posts describing how I use Adobe Lightroom to manage the metadata of my photos. Part I is here. In the previous article, I described how I configure my camera to add a copyright notice to all my photos. This is useful, but limited to a single comment field. In order to tag …

On Perspective and Focal Length

A few days ago, I had the unfortunate idea of engaging in an online debate about the effect of focal length on perspective in photographs. By now you’d think I would have learned that those exchanges rarely result in anybody changing their minds, even when presented with unequivocal visual demonstration of how wrong they are. Anyway, I had all but …

Re-Discovery

Even though I live literally a stone’s throw from this place, I hadn’t been there since many years ago. Went in today and the church was empty; probably nobody noticed me as I put my tripod down and shot seven exposures that I later merged to HDR. Around 720, his remains were translated again by Peter, bishop of Pavia and …

Standing In The Tripod Holes Of Giants (II)

I am an avid follower of Matt Brandon’s blog and today I happened to read his announcement of an East Java-Bali photo tour here: . The blog post is illustrated by a set of truly wonderful photos, of course, but one in particular caught my eye. It’s a photo of the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan temple in Bali. You can …

Signal & Noise

I should ask myself whether this blog and all that I do on Google+ is signal or noise, but at the moment I think it’s more signal than noise. The noise starts to build when I start to think too hard. Start with the video below: Then proceed to read this page. Finally read this blog post. Read it twice, …

The Rules Of Composition

… or how composition rules. Or not. Didn’t feel much like shooting this week, the Muse wasn’t visiting much or at all, so I asked her why and she told me she was feeling the burden of me having to think so hard about all those rules and that I should just let go and play! If you set out …

“Vertoramas” Can Be Fun

Here’s a simple tip: When shooting a panorama, do not limit yourself to swinging your camera horizontally. Sometimes, subjects lend themselves to taking a vertical series of images that can be stitched together in PhotoMerge or other kinds of stitching software. The image below—taken last December in Naples’ Galleria Umberto I—is composed from eight different photographs and assembled using Photoshop’s …

Foggy Morning

I love those winter mornings when the fog clings to the valleys and the low sun gives the whole landscape an almost magical look that reminds me a bit of Chinese landscape painting. I like them even more when I am out shooting with a borrowed Nikon D800 and a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens 😉

Found Light, Made Light

A photographer once mused that he only shoots with available light, meaning “any damn light that’s available”. I was reminded once more of this when the week started with more of the usual dose of fog and grey skies. Not one to be easily deterred, I took my speedlights out of the closet, set up some props with objects I …