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Photography terms

Wide Angle Lens.

Wide angle lenses are usually defined as a lens that has a wider angle of view than the human eye. But you need to understand a couple of important things.
Firstly not everyone has the same angle of view with their unaided sight. Secondly, the angle of view is somewhat subjective. As we all have varying degrees of peripheral vision. My best lay-mans explanation of peripheral vision would be to describe it as visual awareness. You can see something but it isn’t very clear. Look at it as the visual early warning system that tells you something is there and you need to take a closer look.
So, a wide angle lens clearly sees a wider view than you do without turning your head or eyes. Then we have an extreme wide angle lens capable of taking in a very wide area of the scene.

Equipment news

Macro enthusiasts are unlikely to race out and buy this one, but it is there if you need absolute precision. Alpa, a highly respected manufacturer of handcrafted cameras and components with a reputation of going to extremes to produce some of the finest photographic tools made.
For example, macro shooters will be aware of using sliders to help focus in extreme close-up situations. Most will also be aware of focus stacking to create extended depth of field. And most of us would be very happy with being able to rack our camera back and forth a couple millimetres at a time.
Not the good people from Alpa, their new focus slide can be programmed to move a mere 1/5000 of a millimetre at a time. Plus a whole lot of other incredible stuff.
See it for yourself

Excitations Photo Adventures, photography instructor, Ian Mckenzie

Learn a little more about our chief instructor, Ian McKenzie. That’s the old bloke above, we have a Q&A session with him. Just click on the picture.

Photography News


We offer a series of class notes for some of our photography training courses. Links to those notes are below.
Beginners Guide to Photography.
Intermediate Photography.
Free YouTube tips and tricks.


Google is introducing image creator information for online searches.

Great news for all photographers posting images online. Allowing people who view images after an online search to identify the copyright holder.

Admittedly they still have to click an icon to see the copyright information, and it will not stop the theft of photos. But it will eliminate the excuse that they couldn’t identify the creator.

Again it won’t stop people from stripping out information from image files. It will remove some of the dodgy practices around stripping metadata from photos. Hopefully, other large social media and search platforms might also follow the lead and help protect intellectual property.
As a side note, did you know that some social media site strip your ownership details from your images before displaying them?



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stock photo news

For as long as I can remember, and that is a long time. Stock photographers have whinged about the amount of commission charged by libraries/agencies. To wine about prices is deeply embedded in our DNA. Of that, there is no doubt in my mind.
Alamy one of the better agencies out there has just announced a readjustment to their commission structure. They are reducing their payouts to photographers by 10%. Down from 50% of the gross sale price to 40%. While I don’t disagree with their reasons for the drop in payouts, I do argue with their mathematics. The drop from 50 to 40 is really a decrease of 20% in actual monies paid. But that is PR for you.
When we very first started supplying stock images to libraries, the returns to photographers were typically 60% down to 40% but gross sale amounts were substantially more. So yes returns for stock photos have decreased in real terms. Although it is a complicated market and some photographers are making more sales at lower margins and thus making more income. But most, at best will make a few dollars a year and be able to boast they are stock photographers.
I said Alamy was one of the better agencies, and while I’m not totally happy with the methods, we could do worse a lot worse. Some of the bad guys are pulling all sorts of stunts. One of the oldest and it has been around for years is to pass a sale through a network of offices. It works like this. Your image sells in London for $100, the London office takes 50% of the sale leaving $50 but then the sale is passed through the European head office and they take 50% leaving you with $25 then the sale goes through the New York office and they take 50% and forward the remaining $12.50 to you. Then in the really bad cases, there was a charge for processing your payment. Thanks for supporting us you sucker.