Pouring Wine

By way of the Photoshelter blog, I just came upon the work of Ryan Matthew Smith. he is the photographer behind most of the pictures contained in the book Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking. If you have an interest in food that looks and tastes great, you should probably buy it, but given my limited penchant for …

Where have I been?

The blogosphere seems to be ablaze with news that iPhones keep track of all the locations you visit and store this information in an unencrypted file on your desktop when you sync with iTunes. A small application can be downloaded here that will plot that data against a map of the world. Here’s a screenshot I just took, zoomed in …

High Speed Flash Photography How-To

Recently I’ve been doing some experiments with high speed flash photography and wanted to share the method I used with my readers here. While I still have a lot to learn in this field, I am getting good results by following the steps I have outlined below and using a modicum of reasonably priced equipment. What you need: A camera. …

The Creative Commons Dilemma

If you take an Alitalia flight in November, have a look at the in-flight magazine, Ulisse. On page 80 you will find a reproduction of this picture of mine. On the facing page you will also find this other picture. I think I shouldn’t complain, my pictures here on Flickr are available under a Creative Commons license, and the magazine …

The Inverse Square Law, explained

Most photographers using artificial lighting know about the Inverse Square Law, namely the fact that light intensity decreases according to the square of the distance between the light source and the subject. This is important for two reasons: The farther your subject is from the light source, the more power you must use to light it, and Light falls off …