Meanwhile, I also have a lovely DLSR, a Nikon D5200. You can set everything manually, it takes good photos in low-light conditions thanks to the high ISO, it can save photos in RAW format (or NEF format, which is the Nikon equivalent of RAW), and it also has a display that flips out. Fancy! Of course you can also change the lens, and if you can live without the auto-focus, you can easily get old fancy lenses for cheap online.I also have an analog camera, the Pentax K1000 – a simple but great reflex camera. The Pentax K1000 was manufactured in from 1976 to 1997 (according to Karen Nakamura). After a few years, production was moved from Japan to China, and the top and bottom plate were then made of plastic rather than of stamped alloy. Mine is from Japan, though. A friend of mine bought it for me at a garage sale in the US, for a meager five bucks. Can you imagine? The lens cap was missing, and when I bought it, it cost about five bucks, too. Imagine that. One of the nice things about the Pentax K1000 is that it has a light meter built in. So if you put a small battery in it, a little gage shows whether you’re underexposing or overexposing (see picture). If you want a camera like that, I suggest you look for one on eBay.
Here’s ome photography I like:
- Helmut Newton’s photograph of Debra Winger.
- Richard Avedon
- Annie Leibovitz – she seems like a very strange person, but her photography is often amazing.
- Philip-Lorca diCorcia – especially his Heads series (that he got sued for.)
- cweeks has a great gallery at Deviant Art. I especially like his photos little miss ellen paige…, proud homeless vet and mr. malkovich.
- Danny Clinch also takes very nice portraits.
Now I want to mention to grerat fields in photography that I’m very interested in. Firstly, there arepanoramas that can be made comparatively easily with Autostitch. I made the following image from about 100 single pictures, but Autostitch already works with two pictures.
For more nice panoramas, see the DeviantArt 2006 Panorama Contest.
The other field that particularly interests me are stereoscopic images or 3D images. They have a special category at Fotocommunity.de. They also have a tutorial on how to view them. And how do you make those? That’s fairly simple! You look for an object, focus, take a picture, take a step to the left or to the right and then focus on the same spot and take another picture. Now, when you take the pictures and put them next to each other, you can look at them in 3D.
And last but not least, I’d like to mention my Flickr account and my Instagram account, and direct you to my old and barely used Fotocommunity.de page. And as always, comments and criticism are always welcome and should be sent to me via email.