Photography

Photos By Jim Jurica

As I’ve mentioned, I’m in the process of porting Windypundit to the WordPress blogging engine, and I’m going to need a new site design since this template is specific to Movable Type. I’m using this opportunity to do a redesign. I’ve chosen a new photo for the header, and I’m using it to select colors for […]

When the Camera Matters

Photographers like to tell amateurs that “your camera doesn’t matter.” What they mean by this is that if you want to take nice pictures, you probably shouldn’t get too hung up on the technical differences between cameras. For a broad range of photographic subjects and conditions, the pictures you take with a $5000 digital camera […]

Sketchy “Writer” Posts Dumb Commentary

Over at Gizmodo, Jack Loftus (if that is his real name) is getting all alarmed about people taking pictures in downtown Boston: It’s totally legal and entirely creepy. A gaggle of gentlemen, armed with cameras and an absence of shame, have taken residence in Boston’s Downtown Crossing snapping what they claim are artful “street photography” […]

Photography of Public Buildings Still Legal

As has always been the rule, if you are in a location legally, you can still take pictures of almost anything you can see from there, including federal buildings. And now, here’s an official bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security explaining it. I don’t know it it will really help, or if it will […]

Lightning Photo

I saw this photo of lightning striking the Statue of Liberty and was impressed. It’s a really cool photo taken by photographer Jay Fine, but what impressed me was that it took less than two hours and only 80 shots before he got the photo he wanted. As someone who has spent many hours in […]

Photography Is Not a Crime

A friend of mine sent me a link to a New York Times piece by Randy Kennedy about photographer Mitch Epstein. He’s doing a series of photographs about America’s energy policies, photographing things like gas stations and power plants. As you might expect these days, he gets stopped by police a lot. I agree with […]

Story of a Photo – Texting While Driving

The New York Times has up a story about distracted driving and cell phones. I only skimmed the story—I’m skeptical about the issue, but I don’t know enough to really have an opinion—because I was looking at the picture. Radley Balko had pointed it out in a passing comment: I’m trying to figure out how […]

Meet Rachel Jay

Peek at the portfolio of any hobbyist model photographer working in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and you’ll probably find a picture of Rachel Jay. A marketing manager by day, for the last two and a half years Rachel has been one of Chicago’s busier hobbyist models at night and on the weekends. I’m using […]

Sarah Visits the Uncanny Valley

I just felt like taking my retouching of Sarah Palin one step further too far: (click to enlarge) It looks like the cover of a bad women’s makeup magazine…

Non-Glamour

I did a photo shoot with a model named Jennifer a few days ago, and it’s weird how photography distorts things. I’ve seen her in person from just a couple of feet away, and she’s a pretty girl, but you couldn’t tell it from some of the photos I have here. Check out this one, […]

A Model Shoot At Six Corners

I just finished a model shoot. I haven’t got any pictures yet, so if you were hoping for some cheesecake, this post will be a disappointment (I’m looking at you, Ken!) I just thought a few people might be interested in how this works, and besides, I need a break from all the law-and-order blogging. […]

A Few Words About Model Releases

I seem to be the answer man lately. A few days ago, somebody asked me how to fight an eminent domain action, and now someone is asking me about modeling releases for photography: Hi Mark, I’m relatively new to photography and have a quick question that I’m hoping you might be able to help me […]

Last Night’s Fireworks

I was out last night taking pictures of the fireworks in the neighborhood. Click here to see the whole fireworks slideshow.

Today I Am A Man

Well, no, just a photographer. A less wussy photographer. Digital cameras capture images using a light-sensitive sensor at the point where the lens focuses the image. In compact fun cameras, it’s sealed away safely inside the camera body, so it stays clean all the time. In a DSLR like mine, however, it can get a […]

Photoshop Disasters

One of my new favorite sites is Photoshop Disasters, which features actual commercial photoshop work that is bad or stupid. Check out, for example, this ad for Elizabeth Arden lipstick, where they’ve gone to the trouble to hire Catherine Zeta-Jones, and then photoshopped away all her actual facial features. Or how about this impossibly thin […]

Eight Crappy Photos Lost to History

By the way, for anyone tempted to be impressed by some of my photography, when I was getting the photo of the toilet and plunger for the previous item, I had to take nine shots to get a composition I liked with the correct exposure to show details in both the white and the black […]

Complications at the Model Shoot…

This last Sunday I got together with three other Chicago-area photographers for a model shoot at the Morton Arboretum. I’m trying to learn how to take attractive pictures of people, and this was a chance to learn and practice. I’m planning to post a few of the photos later. Meanwhile, what sort of complications do […]

When Your Camera Does Not Matter

Ken Rockwell compares the picture quality from a $150 camera to that of a $5000 camera. As you’d expect, if you pixel-peep, the $5000 camera is better. If you examine the photos at a reasonable resolution, however, the cameras take similar pictures. They’d look the same in 8×10″ prints too. The differences between the cameras […]

Going Pro

The difference between an amateur and a professional is that the professional gets paid. A professional writer has sold some writing, a professional actor has been paid for a performance, and a professional photographer has sold an image. Back in March of 2005 I posted a bunch of pictures I took when I went to […]

Nikon D80

This is probably a great idea: That’s Nikon’s just-announced D80 digital SLR. From what I can tell, it’s the 10 megapixel imaging technology from my D200 repackaged into a D70-style body for consumer pricing. It’s probably slower, lighter, and less rugged, but it’s definitely cheaper, with an MSRP of $999.95 for the body. Here’s a […]