Young Girl

Young Girl

By NIGEL FOGG A Portrait by Marsha Burns Can I begin by crying? She is so frail, so strong, so shocking, so beautiful, so young, so damaged, so afraid, so courageous, so angry, so old, so wise, so determined, so veiled, so strident, so hurtful, so full of life… More than we seem able to […]

Want Sharper Landscape Photos? Try This.

Want Sharper Landscape Photos? Try This.

By MARC ANDRE One of the most critical decisions when composing and taking a photograph involves the selection of a focal point that will capture the attention of viewers. Going along with that, selecting the depth of field will have an impact on how the focal point is portrayed in the photo (for example, creating […]

Inventing the Wheel for Photography by Thorsten Overgaard

Inventing the Wheel for Photography by Thorsten Overgaard

By THORSTEN OVERGAARD Thorsten Overgaard is widely known as the Leica historian and for his website that offers free advice on photography. In this article exclusively written for THEME, Thorsten takes on automatic photography and how to take back control of your own photography. If you feel there is so much you need to still […]

The Dark Side of Camera Lust

The Dark Side of Camera Lust

By OLIVIER DUONG It’s a good day to be a camera maker. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there’s Hasselblad who’s blowing full-frame out of the water, and Fujifilm is pulling out an X-T2. Cameras are supposed to be a companion to the photographer, or at the very least a tool, but, while I […]

A Disturbing Trend in Photography

A Disturbing Trend in Photography

By NEAL RANTOUL I’m old. Believe me, I know it. I’ll be 70 in a few months. That fact may make it hard for you to take me seriously, but bear with me for just this post. With age comes wisdom, right? What I want to write here is that I think the field of […]

The Stitched Counter-Revolution to Bokeh

The Stitched Counter-Revolution to Bokeh

By KAREL VAN WOLFEREN Pixel peepers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your mind! Quite literally. All those infected by the bokeh bug ought to know that the verb form of this Japanese term, bokeh suru, means that you are losing it. The bokeh mania will be with us for some […]

21mm, the Zuikos and Other Lenses From the Past on the Sony α7RII

21mm, the Zuikos and Other Lenses From the Past on the Sony α7RII

By KAREL VAN WOLFEREN Sony has inched closer to making it possible for us to realize even modest large format photographic quality from a camera body we can hold in the palm of our hand. Medium format quality is already within reach of its new 42MP sensor, and Hasselblad will have to come up with […]

F-Stops, Fads, Monstrous Lenses and Composition (Plus Sony A7R with Zeiss Otus Comparisons…)

F-Stops, Fads, Monstrous Lenses and Composition (Plus Sony A7R with Zeiss Otus Comparisons…)

By KAREL VAN WOLFEREN You must have noticed that as popular cameras became smaller, to almost everyone’s delight, the lenses became bigger. Greater portability of one is offset by more weight of the other; unnecessarily heavy normal focal length lenses, some of them pretty monstrous. Could this involve some heretofore unknown law of nature, deserving […]

Sony A7R and a Ton of Legacy Lenses — Full-Resolution Sample Images

Sony A7R and a Ton of Legacy Lenses — Full-Resolution Sample Images

By KAREL VAN WOLFEREN Unlike what happened in some other Asian cities, Japanese photographers did not rush out en masse to get hold of that full-format camera (digital’s new medium format) miraculously squeezed into a palm-sized mirrorless body when it went on sale in Tokyo on November 15. There was no one else besides me […]