2012 is fast coming to a close, so I thought that now would be a good time to reflect on my 50 favourite photography posts from the year, covering tutorials, tips, news, videos, photos, inspiration, and more.
I tried my best to order them by content, rather than quality, but to be honest with you, I gave up.
When you browse through the very vast array of content, I think you’ll agree that it would be near impossible to rank them by quality. Like apples and oranges.
Also, with 50 tutorials to browse through, the last thing you want to do is read more from me (I’ll be surprised if you’re even reading this), so I’ve tried to keep my summaries short and sweet.
Without any further adieu, here’s my top 50 photography posts from 2012…
I’m a big believer in learning from other people’s mistakes, rather than my own.
So when a post like this comes along, I’m always interested in seeing if there’s anything I can learn. Fun little post.
This is from Kai at DigitalRev, where he lists 50 Quick Photography Tips in less than 15 minutes. Quite amusing as always, and good content too.
Shooting RAW vs JPEG is a question that every photographer faces at some point. This is basically everything you need to know about making the choice.
Hint: you want to shoot RAW.
Beginners: Ever wonder why your photos don’t look ‘professional?’ Amateurs: ever wonder why you lack consistency?
Pros: Ever wonder why you lose your edge or drive? Wonder no longer.
This post comes from by Jim Goldstein, a very well known landscape, nature and travel photographer, and he offers up some really useful insight into what he believes it takes to improve as a photographer.
I’ve seen a lot of posing guides this year, and this one in particular seems to be quite popular, as glamour and fashion photography is on the rise.
Understanding Exposure – ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed Explained. When you think of the craft or art of photography, you must immediately think of exposure.
Exposure is a critical element that determines what is actually recorded on film or the image sensor.
This is a very long post, so be warned. But it’s one of the best guides that I’ve come across as it covers everything you need to know, and there’s good diagrams too.
These are 99 of the most common photography problems and offered solutions to get round them, so you never have to be in doubt ever again!
They’ve offered a mix of camera tips, explanations, definitions and more to help answer your questions.
When photographer Devon Mikale was in high school, he created this lengthy manual for his newspaper class to help others learn how to get started in Photoshop.
Here he’s shared it online for free. It’s great.
Is it a faux pas to include my own website in here? Possibly. But it’s the best post that I’ve written this year, and I wanted to share it with you.
It’s something I wrote on a bit of a rant, and it came out great.
The lens or focal length of the lens you choose has a profound impact on the image. It effects the perspective, background and features of the subject.
This is an important lesson.
These amazing images appear to show beautiful outdoor scenes, but were actually shot on a tabletop in his studio.
He creates extremely detailed dioramas that take months to complete, and then uses various photographic techniques to make the scene look like the real world.
These guys basically strapped a Canon 550D and a Canon 1Ds MK III to a couple remote controlled cars, and got up close and personal with some lions in the wild.
Some really cool shots, definitely worth checking out.
It’s all about the Jaw
Peter Hurley explains how he accentuates the jawline of his clients with a few simple tips that you’ll want to add to your repertoire for quick use whenever you have a human being in front of your camera.
VICE accompanies photographer Donald Weber to the buffer zone at Fukushima, Japan, where the eerie silence mirrors that at Chernobyl, and follow him as he attempts to document the unfolding nuclear crisis.
Gotta love VICE magazine.
It’s good to have a little perspective—to know where you stand and just how big (or small) your world and the things in it are.
Most pictures we see include something we recognize—a person, a house, a car, or something else that we already know the size of.
Eric Kim has been doing street photography for five years, and he’s learned a lot through trial and error during that time. Here’s a list of 102 of those lessons.
You can read my interview with him here.
In this post you will be shown how to build a quick and easy rig to get your camera flying (without any magic wands and jumping from nukem driven airplanes).
In classical portraiture there are several things you need to control and think about to make a flattering portrait of your subjects, including: lighting ratio, lighting pattern, facial view, and angle of view.
This is one of your first steps.
Portfolio reviews are incredibly important because it allows you to see your work through someone else’s eyes who are seeing your work for the first time.
This will help you to see where you can improve.
Isabel M from Toronto asked “Why does your food look different in the advertising than what is in the store?”
The answer? An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of a McDonald’s Canada photo shoot.
In Singapore, it is a common practice for entire families to gather on special occasions for a formal picture, often at a studio, with the resulting image framed and prominently displayed at home.
The growing tendency of younger family members to take jobs abroad, however, has left many modern portraits missing a relation or two.
So the Singaporean photographer John Clang devised a solution, piggybacking on the video-calling technology that already helps ease the dislocation of separated family members: Skype.
This video goes over the process of taking photographs of strangers while traveling the world, or walking to the local convenience store.
The idea, the approach, creation, and closing are the four main points presented here.
If you like waterdrop photography, then you’re going to love this. It’s creative, colourful, and very impressive photography, which you can do at home by yourself.
Here’s a tutorial on how to do non-automated HDR for real estate photography using Photoshop CS5. I hate HDR which looks like a clown has thrown up on it. This is much better.
Think you’re rubbish, and you don’t know what you’re doing? Don’t worry, you’re certainly not alone. Pros are just pretending anyway- fake it til you make it!
Your digital SLR is a picture-making powerhouse. It likely has additional capabilities you may not know about—features that can improve your photos and make for a more enjoyable shooting experience.
You may be surprised at the clever elves lurking in your camera body.
Here are some insightful words of advice from more than 50 DCW interviews. Famous photographers from a wide range of disciplines offer their top tips and photo ideas, as well as provide insight into the best practices that helped make them famous.
Photos live in the print, and this is a really tremendous guide about how to matt and frame them yourself, with lots of photos to guide you.
Sure, you can pay someone else to do it for you, but I enjoy this sort of thing.
This is probably a photo you’ve all seen before. Read the story about how the photo was taken, and the response the photographer has had since he first published it.
As the primary photographer of that first successful manned lunar mission in 1969, Neil Armstrong, was responsible for some of the most iconic images of the modern age.
Come have a look at some of them.
This is similar to the other post listed by Eric Kim above, only it is much more broad, covering photography as a whole. My favourite point is: Travel and photography are the perfect pair.
20 Things I Wish I Knew About Camera Lenses
People often think that the 18-270mm lens is a really great choice, because it does so much. False. It sucks.
This post will teach you plenty about camera lenses.
Whoopsies, here I am again. The post I listed previously was my best post of the year, this is the post that’s received the most visitors, so I figure it’s only fair to include it.
Plus finding 50 different posts is harrrrd. It links to 10 different posts, so don’t go giving me the credit.
Being a good photographer is not easy, let alone getting to that professional level. Here are some of the greatest photographers around the globe and their awesome portfolios.
Hopefully you’ll be able to get some sort of inspiration from their work.
People steal photos all the time, because they’re selfish, or they’re tight, or they just don’t get that it’s stealing.
Using this technique, you will be able to see for yourself if anyone has taken your photos.
This is a rather technical post, all about lighting, and the inverse-square law. You may find it a little heavy if you have no experience with lighting, but I assure you it’s worth the read.
Here is a collection of tips you can go out and try today to improve your photography and creative eye.
Pay no attention to the order, they are all completely random and spontaneous.
Ian has created some truly amazing photos using a tintype camera, which he’s made in the back of a van.
This interview and video discusses how he did it, and the amazing results he’s produced.
The majority of us carry a camera with us everywhere we go. And the best camera we have is the one we have on us.
The one on our phone. Learn how to improve your phoneography.
The world’s 25 most beautiful travel destinations
Photography and travel go hand in hand, and if you’re looking for inspiration, and beautiful places to take photos, then this blog post covers a really cool selection of locations.
I love seeing behind the scenes photos like these, especially when they’re this good. The style is really candid, and expressive, and they capture the atmosphere of a professional athlete.
Well worth a look if you haven’t seen them already.
More and more people have become photography enthusiasts, and more and more photography enthusiasts have started venturing into a genre previously reserved for only a select few…Wildlife Photography.
In fine-art, advertising, fashion, even landscape photography, the distance between a single press of the shutter button and the final image has never been greater.
Here’s an inside look at what some master manipulators do to create their work.
Scott Bourne wants to tell you seven things he wishes he’d known before becoming a photographer. Why would you not read this? My favourite point is number 4.
Lots of outstanding insights, commitments and lessons can be found in their goals for 2012.
And one thing is clear – regardless of their niche, these photographers are determined to get serious about marketing.
How good is your hue recognition? It’s important to know, because 1 out of 255 women and 1 out of 12 men have some form of color vision deficiency.
The conflict in Syria escalated as the pressure to oust President Bashar al-Assad intensified. Hurricane Sandy struck the U.S. Northeast leaving heavy destruction a week before the country re-elected Barack Obama as President.
In this showcase, the photographers offer a behind the scenes account of the images that helped define the year.
How do you think I did then? What have I missed? Leave me a comment and let me know. Thanks – Josh.
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