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Apr 18

#1280. Fake it until you film it.

By pascaljappy | How-To

Lying myself out of a medium-format film-camera obsession 😉 Sometimes, sharpness and transparency are too much of a good thing, with modern digital cameras. Sometimes, the soul craves a little snap, crackle and pop from the turntable, a little halation on Ingrid Bergman’s distressed face (“Oh, Dev!”) in a movie, and slightly gentler manners from […]

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A high contrast black and white photograph of a sunlit dock.
Feb 02

#1265. A few thoughts on contrast

By pascaljappy | How-To

Much of what we do in photography to create a visual style comes down to contrast management. Yet we rarely give it the prominence it deserves in our thought process.   Contrast needs to be defined between two areas. The contrast between two pixels refers to their difference in luminance or in colour. The term […]

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Dec 12

#1250. (An Ode to) Complexity

By pascaljappy | How-To

Reality is complex. Photographs shouldn’t dumb it down.   The sea, the sky, seperated by a perfectly straight horizon. Add a single white dome, with possibly a supermodel running down stairs in a striking red dress. That lone distant mountain with a blue river meandering through a uniform coniferous forest in the foreground. What could […]

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May 27

#1121. How to *really* learn photography

By pascaljappy | How-To

Not a day goes by without a blog post or video describing tips, rules or techniques to make better photographs. 99.9% miss the mark, and it’s not always their fault. Here’s how to use them better.   Disclaimer: The following is purely based on personal experience and isn’t sanctioned by any of the official schools […]

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Sep 24

#1043. To Bokeh or not to Bokeh

By pascaljappy | How-To

If you can tolerate the use of the noun Bokeh as a verb, this title does hint at what’s at the back of my mind 😉 Throwing a part of a scene into delicious cappuccino blur can produce visually stunning results. It’s also brought in me about a certain intolerance to those results. As if […]

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Aug 19

#892. What makes a photograph great?

By pascaljappy | How-To

If we could answer that one in a few simple sentences, producing great photographs could probably automated. But that doesn’t mean that worthwhile pointers can’t be examined in a brief post, right?     Very few things can irritate me more than someone trying to reduce a complex situation to a single metric. That’s what […]

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