The Majesty Of Howard Bingham

Anyone with the chance to look at Howard Bingham’s 36 years of photographs undoubtedly can attest to the truly remarkable nature of his observer’s eye. Along with Muhammad Ali, notable images in his collection include those of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, James Brown and The Beatles. The photos are dramatic, usually candid, and cover a spectrum of locations and events. From the boxing arena to the White House, from Zaire to a riot-sieged Watts, they take us back with ringside seats. “I look for mood shots,” he says with animated eyes. “I like talking heads, faces, people engaged in conversation. If it is a one-on-one thing, I would have them talking with my camera, talking about life, talking about their children, talking about their wives, just to get them into a mood and… Read on here...

Making Great Images

One of the keys to a good photograph is to make sure that the final image makes full use of the available tonal range of the medium in question. In very simple terms, this means making sure that dark areas of the image print (or display) as black, and the brightest portions as white. This is an obvious over-simplification, but it is enough to bring us closer to brighter, snappier, more appealing digital images. As a bonus, it turns out that “stretching” the tonal range of an image also generally leads to brighter, cleaner colors as well. Beauty. Just a beauty!Beauty. Just a beauty! To help understand this, consider what a “dull” image looks like: Everything is rendered in shades of gray, with nothing either fully black or white. it’s pretty easy to understand that stretching the available tonal differences across the full… Read on here...

Shooting Birds. With A Camera, Silly.

A fast lens is definitely an asset as it will allow you to shoot at a faster shutter speed and in dimmer light. It will also provide a brighter image in the viewfinder for quicker and easier focusing. Excellent lenses are available in the 300mm range with an aperture of f/4. These also work well with compatible 1.4X and 2X converters. If your budget allows, I recommend the faster f/2.8 lens. When used with the converters, this will give you an excellent combination with plenty of versatility for most photographic situations. If you are really getting serious about photographing birds, a great lens choice would be a 500mm f/4 or f/4.5. Yeah, not the best shot.Yeah, not the best shot. To get the best performance from your camera and lenses, you must use a good tripod. The trick is to purchase one that is… Read on here...