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How did National Geographic get those great shots?

I’ve always been a fan of Nation­al Geographic’s pho­tog­ra­phy — and how could you not be? The Nation­al Geo­graph­ic Soci­ety pho­tog­ra­phers have pro­duced some of the best images of the last cen­tu­ry.

And now, you can learn how Nation­al Geo­graph­ic pho­tog­ra­phers get their shots with a new pho­to-mag­a­zine app, 50 Great­est Pho­tographs of Nation­al Geo­graph­ic.

Some of the more inter­est­ing fea­tures of the app include:

  • Learn the sto­ries behind these icon­ic pho­tographs from the pho­tog­ra­phers them­selves, and see videos explain­ing how they cap­tured their shots.
  • See the sequence of images made by the pho­tog­ra­phers in the field, and find out just how the “per­fect shot” hap­pened.
  • Share Nation­al Geographic’s 50 Great­est Pho­tographs with your friends through email and Face­book.
  • Con­nect with Nation­al Geo­graph­ic magazine’s com­mu­ni­ty by view­ing our top user-sub­mit­ted pho­tographs or sub­mit­ting your best pho­tographs.
  • Nation­al Geo­graph­ic mag­a­zine attracts the world’s finest pho­tog­ra­phers. Here is your chance to learn more about them.

Well worth the addi­tion to your iPad Dark­room library. Obvi­ous­ly, this app excels on the larg­er dis­play of the iPad — it’s not avail­able for iPod Touch or iPhone.
In the App Store — $4.99.

Photo Soft Box Pro HD gets significant update

Pho­to Soft Box Pro HD, which I’ve reviewed on my Lifestyle Tech­nol­o­gy blog, just received a great update with fea­tures request­ed by cur­rent users, includ­ing:

  • You can now use your own shapes as dif­fusers!
  • Also on our new site we will have a new FREE down­load­able shape a week.
  • Flip and Mir­ror of shapes. This comes in handy if you made your own shape with text and you are reflect­ing it off some­thing.
  • You can turn on and off the black around a shape.
  • More shapes! What is an update with­out more shapes to use as dif­fusers.

Very cool that you can use any image from your Pho­to Roll as a source soft box image. Opens up the pos­si­bil­i­ties.

Learn how to make the light work for you

One thing about being into pho­tog­ra­phy; you quick­ly real­ize that there’s a lot to learn from oth­er pho­tog­ra­phers.

A sub­ject that’s always chal­lenged me has been the con­cept of mak­ing light work for me rather than forc­ing me to adapt to the demands of the light sources.

Learn­ing from oth­er pho­tog­ra­phers through their light­ing dia­grams has helped me bet­ter under­stand how a par­tic­u­lar tool (reflec­tor, barn doors, snoot, etc) should be used to get a spe­cif­ic result.

And recent­ly, I found some things that let me work through the think­ing exer­cise need­ed to cre­ate bet­ter-lit images.
Con­tin­ue read­ing Learn how to make the light work for you