Jerry Weimar Photography: Blog http://photos.jerryweimar.com/blog en-us (C) Jerry Weimar Photography photos@jerryweimar.com (Jerry Weimar Photography) Tue, 24 Oct 2017 02:47:00 GMT Tue, 24 Oct 2017 02:47:00 GMT http://photos.jerryweimar.com/img/s/v-5/u18321515-o46846579-50.jpg Jerry Weimar Photography: Blog http://photos.jerryweimar.com/blog 80 120 Recommended Photography Sites http://photos.jerryweimar.com/blog/2014/3/recommended-photography-sites  

Luminous Landscape

IMHO, the Luminous Landscape should be on every photographer's reading list.

Michael Reichmann, the original Editor-in-Chief (now decreased, 5/2016), had a long career in photography and technology, and offered some of the most insightful commentary around on industry trends, gear, technique, composition and shooting venues.  Michael's camera and lens reviews emphasized pragmatic usage in the field, and always offered a unique perspective.

The site offers many articles and tutorials, as well as training videos on a variety of subjects, and is updated regularly with new material.  Many good photographers inhabit the forums, which are active and well-moderated (i.e., not over-run with trolls).  The site has been around since 1999, and currently has well over a million visitors a month from all over the world.  The site still has a lot of free material, but some is only available to members ($1/month subscription fee).

Michael was well-known in the industry, and had industry relationships that enabled him to comment authoritatively on industry trends and products.  He was opinionated and no-nonsense in his commentary, but willing to change his views in the face of new information.  Or just when, in the passage of time, he saw something differently - I found that refreshing.

The site is now run by Kevin Raber and Chris Sanderson.

Digital Photography Review

Digital Photography Review is the largest camera-gear-head site on the planet, and well worth getting to know.

It offers the most comprehensive camera reviews around, and has a nice side-by-side comparison guide, which allows you to easily compare 2-or-more cameras.  It also has useful Buying Guides for various types of cameras including a DSLR Buying Guide, a Mirrorless Camera Buying Guide, and a Compact Camera Buying Guide.

The site has also branched out to other types of reviews, such as lens reviews and even phone camera reviews, but traditional cameras have, IMHO, been its strength.

The forums have a lot of useful information and good folks but, IMHO, are not particularly well-moderated, as trolls hijack threads there a bit too much for my taste.  Definitely visit and use the forums - just be prepared to sift through the chaff to get to the wheat.  (In dpreview's defense, I'm sure part of the reason is that its just very hard to keep up with the volume of forum traffic.  The site has been a smash hit and gets millions of visits.)

Phil Askey founded the site in 1998, which was relocated to Seattle from London and sold to Amazon in 2007.  Phil left in 2010 to pursue other interests.

Imaging Resource Imaging Resource is a great site for camera reviews and lens reviews.  But it also features many Photographic Interest Items on its main page, and is well worth visiting regularly. Camera Size Camera Size is a little gem that allows you to visually see the size of two different cameras side-by-side.  So, if your question is "how much smaller is Camera X compared to my current Camera Y?" ... then this is the site to visit. DxOMark DxOMark is a great site for camera lens ratings. Sightsmap Sightsmap is hot!  When you go there, press the "heat" button at the top and you will see a "heat map" of the entire globe, wherein the "hotness" of a given location depicts the total number of photographs taken from that location.  Its a very interesting and informative way to see which locations on the globe have been photographed-to-the-max and which locations haven't.  Some of the locations will surprise you, and others not so much.  Have fun with this one. Photography Life I've been reading Photography Life for several years now.  Nasim Mansurov and his team do a great job of covering a wide variety of interesting photographic topics.  Well worth visiting.

 

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Digital Photography Class, March 2014 http://photos.jerryweimar.com/blog/2014/2/PhotoClass Jerry will teach an introductory Digital Photography Class  at the New Woodstock Free Library on Saturdays in March, from 9am–12noon, with a 15 minute break.  The class is free and open to the public.  Pre-registration is not required.  The library is located at 2106 Main Street (Route 13) in New Woodstock, NY. 

Each class stands on its own, so you are free to attend only the classes that interest you (i.e., these are really five separate 1-session classes):

  1. March 1 – How Your Camera Works: a hands-on introduction to exposure and camera controls, using whatever cameras you bring to class (bring your camera manual too).  Have you ever been frustrated by photographs that are too dark, too bright or blurry?  The class will help you to understand why, and how to use your camera's controls to get what you intended.
  2. March 8 – How to Compose a Good Photograph: an examples-based class to help you “see” a good photograph before you press the shutter.  If you think about it, most of us take photographs to help us express-and-remember the emotions we felt on special occasions, or in inspiring places.  The class will help you to understand how to make (compose) photographs that are more inspiring and emotional.
  3. March 15 – Question & Answer/ Individual Help: Session #1 @ 9am: Point & Shoot Cameras. Session #2 @ 10:30am: Digital SLR Cameras.  This class will provide time for you to ask specific questions about your specific camera.  The class has two halves: (1) 9-10:30am for folks with Point & Shoot Cameras and (2) 10:30am - 12noon for folks with Digital SLRs (DSLRs) and/ or cameras with advanced controls such as advanced "mirrorless" cameras. Of course, you are welcome for the whole 9am-12noon class, if you choose.  Jerry is also willing to setup time outside of class if you need more help.  Remember to bring your camera manual to class also.
  4. March 22 – How to Digitally Enhance Your Photographs: an introduction to Adobe Photoshop Elements, which is an inexpensive and popular software package.  The class may also touch on Corel Paintshop Pro, as a competitive alternative.  This class is for everyone.  Most photographs can benefit from minor enhancements to contrast, brightness, color, etc.  The class will show you how to make these minor changes, and more advanced changes as well!
  5. March 29 – How to Process “Raw” Images: An introduction to using Adobe Lightroom to process “raw” images.  This class is for the serious enthusiast who wants the most from her images.  The class is a "Digital Darkroom" class that will cover the basic "workflow" needed to import, tag, develop and print raw images in LightRoom.

Jerry presented an exhibition of his work at the library in 2012, and taught the 2013 Digital Photography Class.  His work can be viewed online at Jerry Weimar Photography.

The New Woodstock Free Library is open Monday through Friday 1 to 5 p.m., Monday and Wednesday evenings 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 until 1.  The library is also open whenever the blue library symbol flag is flying out front.  Children’s hour is every Tuesday at 11 a.m. 

For more information about this and other programs and events at the library call 315-662-3134 or visit the library’s web page.

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Ordering http://photos.jerryweimar.com/blog/2013/11/site-use Register (Login)

Registering (via Login) allows you to save sets of your favorite images, and puts you on our email-list.

Ordering Prints

I do custom prints on an Epson 7900 in my lab (up to 24" x 48").  Send a note to photos@jerryweimar.com if you are interested in a custom print.

For local folks, I'll be happy to put together a whole framed print upon request. 

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Site Kickoff and Dedication http://photos.jerryweimar.com/blog/2013/11/site-kickoff Inspired by the Natural World
It seems we are all inspired to capture and preserve the way we feel  when visiting beautiful places in the natural world.  Those visits clear our hearts and minds, and encourage us to think about things larger than ourselves.
As I kickoff this site in November of 2013, I hope that my images will remind you of your own experiences in the natural world.
My Earlier Days
My Dad instilled a love for the outdoors in us at an early age. We often went on day trips and vacations to the Adirondacks, Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence Seaway in Upstate NY where I grew up.
My interest in photography was inspired by the tremendous beauty of the Adirondack Mountains.  As an adult I climbed all of the Adirondack High Peaks and became an Adirondack 46er in 1991 (46er #3031 in the Member Roster).
Gear
I shot film in my earlier days while climbing, but I've been shooting digital since 2001.  From 2005 to early 2013 I used a Canon 1DS Mark II and professional "glass" for most of my landscapes.  In early 2013 I changed teams to Nikon, not-in-small-part due to the phenomenal sensor in the Nikon D800, which is ideally suited for landscape photography.  Like my 1DS Mark II, the D800 has been a great system.

I continued to use my Canon 1-Series gear somewhat in 2013, as I had a wider collection of lenses and flashes for that system, and its a great camera! But I finally (and reluctantly) sold it at the end of 2013.  I used the funds to purchase a Fujifilm X-E2 and lenses, as a second backup/ travel system.  Its much smaller and lighter and, as some of you might know, it is a "mirrorless" system with an electronic viewfinder (EVF) rather than an optical viewfinder (OVF).  It is a fun new system/ experience, but my D800 is still my go-to system for serious landscape work.

Prints
Prints are offered for sale up to 20"x30" directly off the site, except for pre-2005 images which are offered up to 12"x18".
  I do custom prints on an Epson 7900 in my lab (up to 24" x 48").  Use the contact info on the Home page to send me a note if you are interested in a custom print.

Site Dedication

This site is dedicated to you, Dad.  Thanks for teaching us by example to appreciate the natural world.

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