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Web hosting for photographers

top ten web hosting companies for photographers

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 […]


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 […]


camera sensor technology – slash my ex

black and white street photography by Markus Hartel, NY

The recently filmed video documentary , which was shot with two different cameras, a Sony NEX-7 and a Canon Rebel t3i, led to a discussion about sensor technology and how they record the image (both have CMOS sensors btw., the Leica M9 has a CCD sensor). For the intro, a running subway train was shot […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


lightsphere vs. ghettosphere

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Gary Fong clear Photojournalist Lightsphere II Markus Hartel Ghettosphere clear PJ Lightsphere II translucent Ghettosphere I This weekend I futzed around with light modifiers for battery operated speedlites for an upcoming impromptu shoot at a live concert. Normally I’m an available light shooter, but I know that the light at the venue, or the lack […]


What is the best way to store digital photos

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We all like to take pictures with our digital cameras and copy the precious files to our computers for easy access and online posting. Eventually, we’ll end up with thousands of photos on our computer hard drives. So what is the best way to store digital photos? The ultimate solution is to back up your […]


Canon 430 EX hotshoe fix

canon 430ex hotshoe fix

this happens when a DSLR with a hotshoe flash falls off the kitchen table… luckily there is a pretty simple & cheap fix and replacements for the Canon 430 EX hotshoe full DIY instructions here purchase the part here Related Posts:Web hosting for photographersComposition and timing 101Massimo Dutti 5th Ave Coming SoonDiagonal Method for composition […]


Non-destructive Photoshop dodge/burn

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Sometimes it is more intuitive to dodge and burn instead of using curves, here I dodged some detail into the smoke and burned the shadows a bit more for drama. Did it ever bug you that dodging/burning in Photoshop is destructive and can not be changed after you used the tools? I have good news […]


Easy Neutral Colors

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Oftentimes it might be a bit tricky to achieve the right White Balance, especially when shooting jpg. I usually shoot RAW and try to get the color temperature as close as possible in Adobe Camera RAW or Lightroom. For this tutorial I purposely introduced a slight yellow-ish warm cast to the image. Oftentimes, it’s hard […]


Channel Mixer Settings

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here are some Photoshop Channel Mixer values to create the look of different kinds of film Film Type R G B Film Type R G B AGFA 200X 18 41 41 Ilford Pan F 33 36 31 Agfapan 25 25 39 36 Ilford SFX 36 31 33 Agfapan 100 21 40 39 Ilford XP2 Super […]


Real film grain files!

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NEW – stylize your DSLR video film grain clips from the original scans! NEW! download grungestock film grain for DSLR video, also available with Instant Color Grading™ Since I posted the “convert to b/w” tutorial I had quite a few requests for my “real” film grain files. Each file is full frame 35mm, 24MP equivalent […]


Color to b/w conversion


Trick the DX sensor

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A simple trick can override your camera’s DX reading – The image above illustrates how to trick the DX reading of a simple point-and-shoot camera to expose Kodak Tri-X 400 at 1600 ISO… the process works with any DX reading camera and with any other exposure count / ISO combo: ASA 1 2 3 4 […]


Develop b/w film at home 101


How to load a Rolleiflex