Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Vintage Travel Films Offer Glimpses Into Daily Life of the Past

I know this is mainly a photography blog, but as "through the glass" is an expression that can also be used in videography, I thought this would be an appropriate avenue in which to share a really fantastic YouTube Channel.  The Travel Film Archive is chock full of videos taken all over the world from the early 1900s through the 1960s.  Many of them are silent, but still fascinating to look at.  Here are a few highlights:

Monday, July 29, 2013

Photographing Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons for the First Time

The Famed T.A. Moulton Barn

Earlier this month, I visited Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks for the first time.  Before you read, please know that this post is not meant to be a guide for how to photograph these locations, as I am not an expert on this area.  I am sharing my experience here so others may see what a first timer can come away with on a trip like this.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Go Historic - A Site That Can Help You Scout Photo Locations

Go Historic is a website designed to help people find historic landmarks all over the world.  Although not designed specifically with photographers in mind, it could be very useful as a tool for finding interesting places to photograph near where you live or where you plan to visit.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Interesting Photography Subject: Benches

The Bench and Lamp Post

It seems whenever I see a bench when I'm out photographing, I'm inclined to take a picture of it.  I'm not really sure why.  What makes a bench such a good subject for a photograph?  I don't know if I can really pinpoint, all I know is that I've got quite a few bench photographs on Flickr and whole lot more sitting on my computer.  So, next time you're out photographing and you see a bench, why not see if you can make a picture of it.  You might be surprised at what you come up with.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

25 Fantastic DIY Photography Tutorials

Untitled by Richard Melanson is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

I love trying new things, especially when they cost me next to nothing. One of the best ways to expand your photographic horizons is to try a DIY project or effect. Here are some of my favorite tutorials, broken down into four categories.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

If Your Eyes Were a Lens

Photographers Eye
Photographers Eye by Garettt is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

For those of you who learn by analogy, this list of comparisons between the eye and a lens will help you understand better how exposure works.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Use People in Your Wide Shots to Make Them More Interesting

The Crowded Louvre

Sometimes we just wish we could clear all the people out of the spot we are standing so we can get a nice pictures.  Unfortunately, you often can't make the people go away, so why don't you use them to your advantage?  Sometimes people in your landscape or architectural shots can add an interesting element.  In the photo above, I used a slow shutter speed (1/25 second) that I could hand hold but that allowed me to capture the motion of the people moving past and towards the sculpture.  Adding motion blur is a great way to make the people in the photo a more interesting element.  In the photo below, I had my camera on a tripod so I was able to slow down the shutter even more (30 seconds), to create a ghostly effect.

Monday, July 8, 2013

6 Ways to Improve Your Pet Photography

Oscar at the Park

If you've ever perused my Flickr photostream, you know that I love taking pictures of my cat (as well as other people's cats and dogs).  It takes some practice to become adept at capturing our often fast-moving furry friends.  Here are some tips to help you improve your pet photography.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Photographing Fireworks Without a Tripod

Congress Park Fireworks
Canon EOS 6D, 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Av mode, 24mm, f/4, .6 seconds, ISO 1250, +1/3 EV

Admittedly this post is a little late if you were looking for tripod-less fireworks tips for Independence Day.  The shot above, however, taken on July 4, is what prompted me to write this post.

Friday, July 5, 2013

The First Post!

Hello, and welcome!  My name is Samantha Decker and I will be blogging here about all things photography related.  If you're looking for up-to-the minute news on gear, you've come to the wrong place, but I will share my thoughts on developments in the photography world.  This being the first post of Through the Glass, I thought I might lay out just a little of what you can expect from me in the months to come on this new blog:

How to take beautiful long exposure images any time of the day:
Nauset Light Beach

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