The advent of digital cameras has changed photography as we know it. It has dramatically lowered the cost of photography, and we're now snapping more photos than ever before. But we're not necessarily taking better pictures.
This is where Nikon steps in. Their cameras make casual photographers immensely better than they actually are. (Trust me, I know.) And Nikon has now set up a free Digital Learning Center that offers tutorials and tips for taking a range of different pictures — portraits, travel photos, nature photography, etc. Questions that get tackled here include, but are not limited, to: "How can I take better portraits?" "How can I take photos at dusk without having them look completely dark?" "How do I get true-to-life skin tones?" "How can I get the moving figures in my photos to look like they're in motion and not frozen?" "My portraits have red eyes. How can I prevent this?" Give a tour of the Learning Center here. And thanks to Lifehacker for putting this on our radar screen.
- If you'd like to learn about digital photography using podcasts, check out Digital Photography Tips from the Top Floor (iTunes - Feed - Web Site). And, for that matter, if you need to learn how to use a podcast, spend some time with our Podcast Primer here.
- Also Slate recently put together a nice gallery of images featuring the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, a master photographer who is considered the father of modern photojournalism.
- Finally, NPR's Fresh Air just aired an interview with photojournalist Paul Watson on Witnessing War (iTunes Feed Web Site). It's an intriguing but also quite haunting conversation.