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P, M, A, and S

P, M, A, and S are, of course, the four main exposure control modes of the modern digital camera: Programmed/Auto (P), Manual (M), Aperture Priority (A), and Shutter Priority (S).

I have felt for some time that those purists who argue a “true” photographer should only use full manual exposure are mistaken. There are good times to use all four. Note that I specifically do not include full automatic or any of the scene modes that come on some cameras. But the four basic ones – P, M, A, and S – should provide a good repertoire of exposure control methods for the sophisticated photographer, and I recommend that one be knowledgeable about and comfortable using all four.

An excellent series of articles has begun at the Digital Photography School – Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority: Exposure Lesson #1. This lesson provides a great survey of the uses of each aperture and shutter priority modes, and some great exercises to practice these and see how they can be useful tools for the photographer in a variety of shooting situations. Highly recommended.


Updated Blogroll – Recommended Sites

I have updated the Random Sights blogroll, and I offer for your pleasure recommendations for some cool sites I have been following lately.

If you are interested in street photography, check out the recent work of Abu Zar at Visual Journey, where there is some really nice work, along with landscapes, travel, and other photography.  For some awesome travel writing and photography, see A Traveller’s Tale, Jesse Ponce’s (who goes by the name Shutterbug) site. Also see Marina Chetner’s site for great travel writing and photography. Don’t miss Marina’s visit to the Cloisters in New York City or her current series of posts from Southern California. Marina’s writing and images are really lovely.  And if wildlife is what you’re about, you can’t miss by checking out the Photo Nature Blog of Jeffrey Foltice.

A blog I’ve recently discovered that offers travel writing, outdoors photography, landscapes, and photoessays from Romania is Bogdan.DPhotography. You have to experience this writing. For landscapes of the southwest, see Jim Caffrey’s site, Jim Caffrey Images.  This is serious competition for my southwestern images – Jim is really good!  If you like landscape painting and photography with a painterly look about it, see Diana J Hale’s site. Her paintings and photographs of the River Thames are just awesome – dreamy, fluid, inviting, inspiring. Finally, SKEdazzles brings some great photography along with travel writing and inspirational messages. This is another recent discovery, and it’s a really nice site.

I find following these and other sites to be so inspirational. There’s so much great writing and photography being done! Enjoy!


Great Travel Photography Resources from Light Stalking

Source: www.lightstalking.comMany of the people with blogs I’ve been following or who are following me are specializing in travel photography. There’s a good collection of →resources for travel photographers posted recently at one of my favorite sites, Light Stalking. These are 16 “unmissable travel photography resources.” The links include articles on travel photography; some extra special blogs on travel photography; and a collection of resources and contests for travel photographers. It’s a great list.  Find it →here.


94 Photography Links that Rock (Reblog)

Rodeo Beach Sunset, photo by the_tahoe_guy, on Flickr.

Reblogged from →LightStalking.

For a truly awesome collection of links to photo sites – tutorials, photo galleries, and some great blogs, go to Light Stalking and check out the post,
→94 Photography Links that Rock.
And bookmark →Light Stalking – Great photo community.


Great Photo Blogs, Sites, and Apps

Two great photo gallery sites, both leaning towards photojournalism, are available as Apps for iPad and other mobile devices – Reuters Pictures and the Life Magazine Your World in Pictures. Both are updated daily or more. Reuters Pictures includes daily Editor’s Choice and other topical galleries, all on current events and topics of the day. The Life Magazine photo collections include up-to-date galleries, but also offer collections that draw extensively from many years of Life Magazine’s extensive and treasured news photo archive. Both photo sites are also fully accessible from web sites.

Reuters News Pictures on the web –  http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures

Life Magazine Your World in Pictures – http://www.life.com/

Recently, Life published their collection of the best Photo Blogs. While the collection includes a number of sites published by major high-circulation consumer publications – which lean towards photojournalism – there is also a wide variety of other great photo blogs. I haven’t found a single one that I don’t want to spend hours exploring and keep coming back to.

Life.com’s 2011 Photo Blog Awards

BagNews Notes – http://www.bagnewsnotes.com/notes/

The Picture Show – http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow/

Lens (from The New York Times) – http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/

Pictory Blog – http://blog.pictorymag.com/

La Lettre de la Photographie – http://www.lalettredelaphotographie.com/

The Sartorialist – http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/

LightBox (from Time Magazine) – http://lightbox.time.com/

What’s the Jackanory? – http://www.whatsthejackanory.com/

500 Photographers – http://500photographers.blogspot.com/

Photojojo’s Tumblr – http://tumblr.photojojo.com/

American Suburb X – http://www.americansuburbx.com/

PDN Photo of the Day – http://www.pdnphotooftheday.com/

Prison Photography – http://prisonphotography.wordpress.com/

Joe McNally’s Blog – http://www.joemcnally.com/blog/

A Photo Editor – http://www.aphotoeditor.com/

In Focus (from The Atlantic) – http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/

burn – http://www.burnmagazine.org/

Conscientious – http://www.jmcolberg.com/weblog/

aCurator – http://acurator.com/blog/

Feature Shoot – http://www.featureshoot.com/

Happy browsing!


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