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The value of a tripod

For a recent photography project a tripod was needed. There are plenty of them in second hand stores since people buy them, use them and somehow cannot resell them afterwards so they bring it to the second hand store. However the one in use now is a simple ones in a neat seventies look with the basic function of holding the camera and providing some rotation freedom degrees which are sufficient to do the first steps in photographing with tripod and it did not cost as much as is paid for an hour of simple work.

The main task of a tripod is to keep the camera still in case the exposure time is to long to hold the camera with the hand.  As a general rules this happens when the denominator of the exposure time is longer than half the length of the focal length (e.g. 50mm focal length – exposure time > 1/25 sec).

After some time using this tools something interesting may happen. Since the field of view is fixed the picture can be chosen in a much more relaxed way and every corner is fixed for careful checking before pushing the trigger and capturing the image. This leads to a total new experience in composing a picture. And finally boosts your photographic know-how to a new level which is helpful even if not using the tripod.

So if you try to do serious photos – get one!


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Perception of the recorded own voice

To see photographs of one self is generally and obviously not displeasing. As seen by the many online albums people tags oneself or others with their name. In contrast, to hear recordings of own sounds, especially the own voice tends to put people to shame.

The cause of this difference may lay in the fact that people are used to see their own photographs since around a century but seldom hears their own voice recorded. The audio recorder is clearly a shorter time available to the masses. But lays the fact that we do not equally often record our own voices in this shorter time span? The reason we do much more photography than audio recording may be of more physiognomic nature: Humans are known for using their eyes as their first sense (clearly before any other), so their first interest if capturing lies in capturing the visual environment. Maybe with the availability of video for everyone this will change. In video vision and sound both are recorded.

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Bright Days

During the bright and sunny summer days it was great to change from all digital things towards taking some pictures with the old nikon camera. Except the light meter there is no electronic thing on the camera used to take the following picture. It is one of a series taken in the bathroom.