Photoblog of the Week – gudbjargarson

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The-MonkThis week’s photoblogger of the week is Jóhann Guðbjargarson from the stunning photo blog – gudbjargarson.

Jóhann lives in Iceland and his photography reflects his travels around his country and the world. He’s been generous enough to share two beautiful images with us, to tell us a little about his digital camera kit and to share 3 digital photography tips.

Jóhanns digital camera kit:

Jóhanns Photography Tips:

Tip nr. 1:

Experiment with the creative settings on your camera, like the exposure modes (Tv, Av, M). I use Av 95% of the time and pay close attention to shutter speed. If the shutter speed is too little to handle the lighting and Aperture I use ISO to allow more shutter speed. Handle this settings along with ISO and aperture is vital to understand the camera and to gain full creative control over your photography.

Tip nr. 2:

Post processing is something that most serious photographers should study because it gives you that control to make your pictures pop. Although I seldom use Photoshop unless for preparing for printing it is a powerful tool to help making your photographs come to live. It is a complicated software but a good book will help out on the first steps.

Tip nr. 3:

I take all my pictures in RAW because it gives me so much control in post processing and gives me maximum quality for my pictures. I don’t recommend do shoot in RAW unless very serious about your photography because it is more work and needs dedication. I use Lightroom now for all my processing and cataloging and recommend looking into Lightroom or similar products.

See more great photography like these examples at gudbjargarson

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  • cyfer

    Ah… Chinese mutton barbecue, my mouth is watering. I can even smell the smoke.

  • Fantastic work on that photoblog. The pictures are true paintings done with light.
    A for the tips, I couldn’t agree more, specially with #2. On an age that more and more photographers can produce quality work due to to digital revolution, making your photos “pop” is an essential skill to master.

  • I still thinking making an image pop was more to do with composition than with photoshop.

  • The number of brilliant photographers out of Iceland is starting to make my head hurt.

    I’m becoming convinced that it’s our Mecca and we just haven’t been passed the memo yet 😛 Must be all that light.

    @Hitesh: You’re right, composition is one of the bigger factors in making an eye pop. But in the end, they all work together to create that effect.

    You may have an amazing composition, but if the shot is underexposed with an improper white balance and poor contrast, it won’t be as impressive.

  • Pushing RAW is a great suggestion. White point and file compression are wasting our camera’s processor time. As we all start to use RAW camera makers can re-purpose the processor to solving noise and pixel articulation. Nikon’s D3X is rumored to be a full ISO stop improved.

    Everyone needs to be shooting RAW. So… buy those 16 gig cards on ebay!

  • That is really cool… good article. 🙂 Go, íslenskir ljósmyndarar! 😉

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  • Friðriksson July 7, 2007 01:48 pm

    That is really cool... good article. :) Go, íslenskir ljósmyndarar! ;)

  • Robert Kientop June 11, 2007 05:47 am

    Pushing RAW is a great suggestion. White point and file compression are wasting our camera's processor time. As we all start to use RAW camera makers can re-purpose the processor to solving noise and pixel articulation. Nikon's D3X is rumored to be a full ISO stop improved.

    Everyone needs to be shooting RAW. So... buy those 16 gig cards on ebay!

  • Andrew Ferguson June 7, 2007 08:29 am

    The number of brilliant photographers out of Iceland is starting to make my head hurt.

    I'm becoming convinced that it's our Mecca and we just haven't been passed the memo yet :P Must be all that light.

    @Hitesh: You're right, composition is one of the bigger factors in making an eye pop. But in the end, they all work together to create that effect.

    You may have an amazing composition, but if the shot is underexposed with an improper white balance and poor contrast, it won't be as impressive.

  • Hitesh Sawlani June 6, 2007 08:11 pm

    I still thinking making an image pop was more to do with composition than with photoshop.

  • A Marques June 6, 2007 08:21 am

    Fantastic work on that photoblog. The pictures are true paintings done with light.
    A for the tips, I couldn't agree more, specially with #2. On an age that more and more photographers can produce quality work due to to digital revolution, making your photos "pop" is an essential skill to master.

  • cyfer June 6, 2007 04:47 am

    Ah... Chinese mutton barbecue, my mouth is watering. I can even smell the smoke.

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