As I’ve said numerous times before, I love black and white photography. This is exactly why I’m looking forward to watching In No Great Hurry – 13 Lessons In Life With Saul Leiter, a documentary about the man who is widely regarded as the pioneer of colour photography.
I’ve only been pursuing photography for three years now, and it’s a little too soon for me to declare with any degree of certainty that I am better at or prefer one style of photography over the other. So while I favour my black and white photos over my colour photos, it may simply be because I need to learn more about working with or seeing colour. At the end of the day, it’s not necessarily about black or white or colour; as Leiter says, “I go out with my camera and I take pictures because I enjoy catching certain moments”. Simple.
Here’s a short trailer of Tomas Leach’s documentary. At only two and half minutes long, there’s plenty of words of wisdom from a man who has plenty to teach us.
If you want to know more about the film you can visit its website.
This has nothing to do with photography, but it’s just the most adorable video ever and I had to share it with you. Plus, it’s in Paris, and you may be able to tell by now that I’m a little Paris obsessed. I just got back a few weeks ago and I’m already itching to go back and explore the city some more and take more photos!
This might be the most fun way to spend four minutes today.
Check out DesignMom, the blog by Betty’s mother Gabrielle Blair, for a behind the scenes photo
When I started learning photography, I used the standard 18 to 55 mm kit lens for a year and a half. It was a good lens for a beginner, but when I upgraded my camera I purchased the new one with a 50mm f/1.8 lens instead. In hindsight, it was most certainly a good decision.
The nifty fifty is my go-to lens for most occasions. I do use a zoom for when I specifically need a wide angle lens and the ease of using varying focal lengths (like when I’m shooting interiors), but using the 50mm has really changed how I take photographs. The biggest challenge with a fixed lens is that it really makes you think about your framing and composition, while the biggest advantage is the wide aperture that lets you shoot in low light and get some great bokeh.
In this video, Kai from DigitalRev TV gives five reasons why you need a 50mm lens in your camera bag. The one I most identify with is, as aforementioned, that it forces you to pay attention to what you’re shooting instead of shooting without giving it a second thought. “With a prime like the 50 you’re spending a lot of time thinking about what’s in the frame,” says Kai. “You pick things that look right in that 3×2 box . Zooming makes it all to easy to just point and shoot without making sure the bits in the frame look right.”
I’ve used the 50mm to shoot two weddings, an engagement, a vacation, a baby shower, an art gallery preview, a dance class, and a concert series, in addition to general shots when I’m out and about. I’m not saying I will forever use only the 50mm and no other prime lens (I currently covet the 24mm f/2.8 that I can’t seem to locate anywhere in Mumbai). I’m saying that when you’re building your collection of lenses, the 50mm is one that you absolutely must have.
Most of us have probably been on airplanes before, and for most of us that fly economy our view from the plane is probably obstructed by the giant wing. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to sit in the cockpit, pilot Jakub Vik has created this time-lapse video that sure to make the majority of non-pilots in this world jealous.
Vik took his camera with him to work and created this beautiful time-lapse that goes eight times faster than real-time. Watching the flights in and out of places like Prague and Nantes from this point-of-view might be a once in a lifetime opportunity for most of us, and that may be what makes this video such a pleasure to watch.