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Photoshop performance booster

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There are many ways to tinker with and improve Photoshop’s performance, most importantly to allocate plenty of RAM for the application and utilizing a second hard drive as a scratch disk, both of which are sufficient most of the time. However, if you are working with large files on a regular basis, and file save […]


Time lapse technical pointers

When I first started doing time lapses a few months ago, I used the iPhone app trigger trap with its accompanying dongle for my EOS cameras (EOS Rebel t3i, and my trusty EOS 5D MKI) The setup proved to be somewhat cumbersome, as I had to strap the iPhone to the tripod with a rubber […]


Cloudflare stats

cloudflare review

As mentioned in my previous post, I’m using cloudflare as a Content Delivery System (CDN) for most of my websites… as you can see from the stats, it saves a little over 50% bandwidth and a little over 50% in file requests are saved. Loading time -some of the photo pages are pretty hefty- was […]


Six high quality compact cameras for street and travel photography

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It’s been a long time since I reviewed compact cameras for street photography, and a lot has changed since then. The issue is pretty clear – sometimes we don’t want to lug around our bulky gear, be it a Leica rangefinder, or a full sized DSLR, or even a medium format camera. Recent pocket cameras […]


Web hosting for photographers

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Being a graphic designer, photographers would oftentimes ask me which web host to use for their portfolio websites and blogs. I compiled a list of reputable and reliable web site hosting companies for my fellow (street) shooters. I have used a wide range of web hosts during my long career as a web developer and […]


Leica Monochrom review notes and test gallery

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During the Leica Akademie M9 workshop this weekend I got my hands on a Leica Monochrom for a few hours. The camera looks and feels exactly like the M9, minus the red dot and that everything is matte black chrome – stealth without gaffer’s tape out of the box… now that we got that out […]


Composition and timing 101

composition pointers by Markus Hartel, NYC

a great decent frame at first sight… everything seems to fall into place – the guy with the paisley shirt taking a pic, the woman filling the left corner and on top of that the frame is full of textures and patterns, yet something is awry… can you spot it? yes! the young woman walking […]


Massimo Dutti 5th Ave Coming Soon

black and white street photography by Markus Hartel, New York

There are rare moments when I have the time and opportunity to shoot sequences – when a scene strikes me as being interesting, I position myself and I set the scene through my viewfinder. I almost never use continuous mode on my camera, as I prefer to define my own rhythm. In this case I […]


Diagonal Method for composition in photography

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A popular topic during my one-on-one workshops is composition and many photographers have heard about the rule of thirds – I personally think the rule of thirds works better with the older aspect ratios 4×5, 8×10 as the frames weren’t as wide as the modern 35mm frame with its 2×3 aspect ratio. Yet, the Rule […]


FAQ frequently asked workshop questions about street photography

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this is actually the first time in ten years that I’m able to support myself by doing street photography… prints with people in them don’t sell and galleries don’t bite… I could go on and on – the photography business in New York City is extremely competitive and bids for advertising agencies almost always lead […]


One-on-One with Chris

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when the light is so harsh that I need to squint, essentially shooting at f16 – I either avoid shooting at all, or I dig out the flash to counter the high contrast at least a little bit. I’d oftentimes underexpose the ambient and set the flash to fill in at a low power. The […]


Digital Photographer UK issue 122

black and white street photography by Markus Hartel, New York

published article in Digital Photographer with black and white processing tips Related Posts:No Related Posts


post processing experiment

how to make your photo shine… post processing experiment – email your RAW or jpg file to submissions@markushartel.com and upon selection I will post a video tutorial on my blog. I’ll process your image in Lightroom or Photoshop (your choice, make a note in your email) and I’ll explain in a video response what I’m […]


Top tips for black and white shooters

top tips for black and white photographers

Avoid flat lighting like the plague and avoid shooting mid-day in the sun, find spots with interesting light and shadow details. Look for interesting textures and patterns. Try shooting at night – the light, or lack thereof, is much more dynamic at night and looks fantastic in black and white A calibrated computer monitor is […]


Lightroom Printing on Epson K3 printers (OS X Lion)

color street photography by Markus Hartel, New York City

- download the latest driver for your Epson printer and install them on your machine – download the manufacturer’s ICC profiles for the paper you’re using. I highly recommend Epson Exhibition Fiber for color and black and white work. find Epson profiles here – select the correct paper size under “page setup” – hit command-p, […]


The Best Street Photography Walking Tours. period.

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When you are looking for authentic street photography workshops that’ll teach you the real ins-and-outs about street photography, you have found the right source – I am a passionate street photographer, with an active history for the past decade and my work gets published nationally and internationally on a regular basis. I’ll offer you the […]


resizing film grain vs digital noise

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Oh I’ll bet this has been asked and answered a billion times, but has anyone ever seen a good explanation between the difference between film grain and digital pixels. What I mean by that is that you can take a nice “clean” digital image from a good sized noiseless sensor and with some interpolation you […]


street fashion lighting inspiration

fashion street photography by Markus Hartel, New York

street fashion – Images by Markus Hartel blog special: $30 for a signed 7″x10″ print on Exhibition Fiber Paper with free shipping within the Continental US click on slideshow image to purchase one could call this mini tutorial “how to light a fashion portrait effectively on a budget”? I had two days to photograph about […]


iphone tripod mount

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DIY iphone tripod mount. 1x super clamp, 1x 1/4″ x 20 nut, 1x metal epoxy. less than $10 and rock solid! Related Posts:lightsphere vs. ghettosphereTrick the DX sensorDevelop b/w film at home 101DIY pocketwizard holderWeb hosting for photographers


The complete guide to mounting and matting

get the pdf file here a great video tutorial by Dave Beckerman Related Posts:Top tips for black and white shootersLightroom Printing on Epson K3 printers (OS X Lion)resizing film grain vs digital noiseflash on the streetDiagonal Method for composition in photography


flash on the street

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sometimes the use of fill flash can help you out tremendously in harsh lighting conditions, or just provide the extra kick for the look of your pics… I started out using an off-camera cord, but hated every second the logistics of it, so… option #1 off-camera flash cord, which is a pain in the ass […]


Guide Guide for Photoshop

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I give you GuideGuide: a columns, rows and midpoints panel for Photoshop CS4 & CS5 most excellent for (web) design in Photoshop purchase & download directly from amazon: Adobe Photoshop CS6 | Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 Redefine your photography with TopazLabs plug-in bundle Purchase TopazLabs B&W White Effects today! Related Posts:resizing film grain vs digital […]


Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 mini review

fine art street photography by Markus Hartel, New York

I’m a big fan of your street photography, and visit your site almost daily (even weekends!) You are a truly gifted photographer, and a great inspiration to us street photographers! I noticed that lately you’ve been using a Lumix LX5 instead of the Leica M9. Would you please share some of your experiences using the […]


Nikon SuperCoolscan5000 ED software update

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My Nikon Super Coolscan 5000 ED refused to work with the original Nikon software since I upgraded my desktop Mac to Snow Leopard and in the meantime I used the G4 file server that was still running an older version of OSX for my scanning needs. Now I just upgraded my desktop and I’m finally […]