Reinventing Photography: Images Are the New Words

Reinventing Photography: Images Are the New Words

Well the photography revolution started with digital photography. Wait, with the iPhone and subsequent smartphones. Wait! With the Internet’s democratization of access to information and anyone’s ability to produce and share content. Or wait: with images’ increasing ability to “communicate.” Writes Snap in its IPO documents: “In the way that the flashing cursor became the […]

The Birth and Future of Photography

The Birth and Future of Photography

This is the story of how William Henry Fox Talbot preserved a moment of the past forever, when he invented the photographic negative. It’s a story of hard work, experimentation and how one man longed for something that was not possible until then — how to preserve that perfect moment, those frozen memories from the […]

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 […]

Vertical Format Shift

Vertical Format Shift

My wife, as a Facebook addict long accustomed to exclusively shoot for mobile publishing, always shoots vertical format. Which disturbs my eye and sense of harmony. “Gosh dammit for the sake of it shoot horizontal!” For traditional print and desktop publishing, vertical format is a pain, and guess I grew up accustomed to the plain […]

“One Lucky, Very Lucky Shot”

“One Lucky, Very Lucky Shot”

Panning is not easy. Gosh it’s difficult. Yet, there’s a panning shot from the Rio Olympics that’s probably the Rio 2016 shot of shots of the Games. Granted, there’s an amount of luck and skill in every great shot. Yet Reuters photographer Kai Pfaffenbach still had to make a quick choice of photo style, and […]

CEO, Asleep

CEO, Asleep

Their CEO fell asleep, they went wild. So Enlight app published it all on their website. Enlight? “An addictive and creative photographic experience. The only all-in-one iPhoneography app for creating masterpieces.” Care to chip in own creativity? Certainly an interesting app if you’re on iOS — download here. And cheeky PR. See for yourself: Download […]

Don’t Think 360° Video Is Just a Trend

Don’t Think 360° Video Is Just a Trend

Following up on the last post on virtual reality, 360° videography is its sibling. If you’re about to make a decision about where to take your photography, I’d give 360° videography a very close look. Yes, in many aspects it’s a still experimental field, yet sure if you’re doing it with the right equipment and […]

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 […]

Changing Lenses in the Field? Only at Gunpoint

Changing Lenses in the Field? Only at Gunpoint

One of the great achievements of the first truly digital camera system, Four Thirds, was the invention back in 2003 of the supersonic wave filter, the first dust reduction system ever that cleaned the sensor at each camera startup. Right, it came with the honorable Olympus E-1. Today that’s standard equipment — not entirely foolproof, […]

Stanley Kubrick, the Photographer

Stanley Kubrick, the Photographer

He was a class of his own: complicated, choleric, visionary, always borderline, conscious and breaking new ground. The movie director known for masterpieces such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Eyes Wide Shut and A Clockwork Orange rewrote filmmaking, often to the horror of his bosses. First and foremost though Stanley Kubrick was a photographer. He […]

Abandoned Europe

Abandoned Europe

There’s a perpetual air of mystery surrounding the abandoned buildings of the world. Dutch photographer Hans van Vrouwerf aims to clear that mystery. He explores the rotting, decaying buildings left to the wild. Those asylums, factories, churches and other buildings exposed to the elements are treasure troves for photographers with unique settings, light and ambience. […]

World’s Probably Most Beautiful Panoramas

World’s Probably Most Beautiful Panoramas

Be it New York, Paris or the Victoria Falls in Africa, chances are a company from Russia has made most stunning panorama visuals of them. AirPano developed a unique technology to visually reinterpret sights we’ve seen a million times, but hardly ever in such, well, realistic virtuality. We had a quick talk with Sergey Semenov, […]

The Great Compositions of Robert Capa

The Great Compositions of Robert Capa

Expelled from Hungary at the age of 17, Endre Friedman bounced from Germany to France learning photography along the way. When he arrived, the man we know as Robert Capa was born. Possibly the greatest war photographer in history, Capa’s contributions are as broad as his interests. The biography of Robert Capa is as captivating […]

Atlas of Beauty

Atlas of Beauty

Beauty is not a question of money, makeup or background — this is the message of Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc who portrays young women from all over the world. Most notably, her photographs are (largely) wide angle portraits, not focusing on perfect skin and hairstyle, but on women, their eyes and natural, authentic beauty and […]

DxO Takes On Adobe

DxO Takes On Adobe

By BENGT NYMAN A case of megalomania or a proper challenge? I am definitely a fan of DxO as a source for scientific, photographic test and performance data for camera image sensors and lenses — as published on DxOMark. I much prefer to have this data under my belt when deciding on a new purchase. […]

Feeling Invisible in Cuba With the Ricoh GR

Feeling Invisible in Cuba With the Ricoh GR

By LORENZO MOSCIA It has been seven years since I last visited Cuba. Again it was an intense journey. I managed to “escape” and rediscover street photography which I left behind in the past years. My equipment was the trusted Ricoh GR and a Canon 6D with the 50mm F1.2. The Canon was difficult to […]

How to Take Better Vacation Photos the Leica Way

How to Take Better Vacation Photos the Leica Way

Leica Akademie announced Destinations in Focus, a first of its kind collaboration with Exclusive Resorts, “combining the inspirational and educational experience of a Leica Akademie workshop with five-star luxury.” In case you can afford it, the programs are kept small with only a handful attendees. In case you can’t attend, Forbes shares some tips from […]

On the Road…

On the Road…

Currently traveling. Bear with me, apologies for not updating THEME too often these days. Vienna next, slowly filling up storage space… and, well, the occasional bottle of red…

Stefan Forster, Living the Landscape Photographer’s Dream

Stefan Forster, Living the Landscape Photographer’s Dream

Sometimes he wishes to work in an office and be back home at 5 p.m. But you want to work National Geographic and the likes or not? Then that’s what it takes to be a landscape photographer. Don’t fear the elements, tough environments and exhausting schedules. True landscape photography is tough and exhausting. Otherwise you […]

In Defense of Flash — A Homage to Harsh Lighting

In Defense of Flash — A Homage to Harsh Lighting

Like it or hate it — few photographers are indifferent to flash or speedlites, how camera companies nowadays call these awkward units producing artificial lights. Especially in this day and age of sheer unlimited ISO reach the importance of the flash is no longer what it once was. But who wants to refute the benefits […]

A Camera Can Change the Way We Make Photos

A Camera Can Change the Way We Make Photos

By MITCHELL KANASHKEVICH, EYEVOYAGE Can a camera change the way you make photos? Until recently I never thought that I’d even consider such a question. I’ve always said that gear is not very important, the result is what matters. I still feel the same about the importance of the result, but, I’ve come to realise […]

World Cup Despair in the Favela

World Cup Despair in the Favela

Great work, as always, by THEME’s regular contributor Lorenzo Moscia who travels the world with two cameras and two lenses. Lorenzo witnessed Brazil’s fatal FIFA World Cup blow against Germany in Rio de Janeiro’s biggest favela. Going down 1-7… Gods were humiliated in a nation where the seleção should have promised pride, joy and momentary […]

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