Digital Photography Myths People Have To Stop Believing

We all know photography is a great hobby. More and more people are getting into it. We also know many of its principles, and the mistakes we need to avoid. But did you know that it also has a lot of myths and misconceptions that need to be debunked. Let’s take a closer look at the two of the more prevailing myths on digital photography.

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ISO and sensitivity

Many new photographers believe that ISO changes sensitivity. In fact, digital sensors only have one sensitivity. What happens when you change the ISO is that you allow the camera to amplify a weak signal, or gain, and the accompanying noise. Think of it as increasing the volume of a recording with a lot of ambient noise. You can hear it better but, there’s still a lot of noise.

File size and quality

Another popular myth equates the size of the file and image quality. But this is not the case. Essentially, bit-depth is only related to the resolution of the converter (analog to digital) in a camera. File size or bit-depth means more info from a pixel. While it can potentially give an image more color and life, overall quality still depends on many factors.

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Annie Leibovitz: Portrait of a portraitist

Annie Leibovitz launched her career through Rolling Stone magazine, but now she is much more than a rock n’ roll force in the domain of photography. These days, at least for the rest of the world’s photographers, she has become something like an elder stateswoman.

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That claim alone can be substantiated by her success. Big companies such as UBS line up to finance her roving global exhibits. She has the world of fashion and advertisements wrapped around her finger, with her resume that boasts portraits of some of the biggest names in fashion. Name a thick household glossy, and she has helmed its images.

A few days before John Lennon was assassinated, Leibovitz had captured the former Beatle in an intimate embrace with his wife, Yoko Ono. This masterpiece earned her a place in the hallowed exhibits of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington.

Then there’s the portrait series of women, launched in 1999 at the urging of her then partner, the notable author Susan Sontag. Almost the feminist manifesto in photography at the time, the series annotated the evolving roles of women in a rapidly modernizing society. In recent times, the photographer remarked how difficult it had been in the early aughts to select renowned businesswomen to include in the series. These days, she has her pick among Sheryl Sandberg, Marissa Meyer, and other tech females.

Her representation of women is the idea that sticks. Leibovitz has evolved into an outspoken and visible presence in women’s rights, and it’s hard to miss her in the crowds of marches for women. Annie Leibovitz has shown how far photography has moved, along with its subjects, over time.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Breathtaking Springtime Shots

Spring is in full bloom! It’s the perfect time for photographers to take pictures of beautiful flowers and trees. Need more practice? Here are tips on creating breathtaking springtime shots.

Adjust camera settings for the great outdoors: Winter had us stuck indoors for a long time, but spring will call us to appreciate what’s out there. Take a few minutes to adjust your camera’s lighting and white balance settings so you can take photos that match what your eyes see.

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Use natural lighting: Going to a sunny place for spring break? It’s the perfect location to shoot outdoor photos! Make sure to adjust your flash settings, as the sun can cast harsh shadows into your images.

Capture the blooming of fauna as well: While people anticipate springtime for the flowers, it is also the time that the birds, bears, and other fauna go outdoors to enjoy the sun. Spring is not just for the flowers, but for the people, animals, and trees as well.

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Take a shot at macro photography and still life photography: Spring is a great season to do macro photography. Macro photography can let photographers capture details of flowers, bugs, patterns, and other subjects. Aside from macro photography, you can also take pictures of usual items that give spring a better look. Rakes on grass with falling leaves, Easter eggs, and blooming flowers are usual themes—it’s time you get creative, too!

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The World’s Most Prestigious Photography Contests

To get noticed as a photographer, you need to get your work recognized by the industry veterans and the critics. Having a website and an online portfolio can help but receiving awards from prestigious competitions will give you leverage from your colleagues. Here are some of the contests that will get talented photographers noticed:

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International Photography Awards

This competition welcomes students, non-professionals, and professionals from all over the world. With a panel consisting of 85 famous names in the photography field, winning this prize cements one’s position in the industry. Also, winners will receive a Lucie Statue at the Lucie Awards Gala, a cash prize, and a feature in the annual IPA book of photography and the IPA exhibition here in New York.

National Geographic Photo Contest

This is one of the prizes many photographers aspire to win. In circulation for more than a hundred years now, the magazine has been a part of our culture. Professional and amateur photographers are welcome to join. The contest receives more than 7,000 entries from 150 countries for categories that fall under people, places, and nature.

The Pulitzer Prize for Photography

The Pulitzer Prize for Photography is the most sought-after award for professional photographers. Since 1968, photojournalists have been vying for a spot in the Spot News, Feature, and Breaking News categories. But here’s the catch: you have to be currently working for a U.S.-based media outlet to join.

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Is it worth it to enter competitions like these? Yes, of course. Not only will these contests motivate you to come up with your best work but the entries from past winners could also inspire your next projects. Whether you win or lose, there’s a lot to learn from the experience. If you feel like you have what it takes to win, go for it.

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