Articles by Gavril Margittai

Mixed feelings about selling a photo

Usually every time a photo of mine sells it fills my heart with joy. Yesterday this photo sold. It gave me a bitter sad feeling. We were tourists in Paris in May 2013 and just the first day when we started to roam the city, were surprised by the intense police activity, which I found rather amusing. They were dressed for battle as preparing to fight a huge force when in fact the demonstrators turned out to be elderly people that tried to make a last stand against legalizing gay marriage. ... continue reading

Newer camera but more noise

I recently upgraded my venerable Panasonic GH1 m43 camera with a newer one, the GH3 which was on sale. There is a GH4 out and also a GX8 and G7but there are only small improvements in the field of stills. So I went for the GH3 which is supposedly a more professional camera with more buttons and weather sealing.I am happy in general with the new camera, more features, better focusing modes, faster etc. There is one thing I never thought will show up. The GH3 is more noisy. Let me explain. The... continue reading

Times are changing

Want to share what I saw the other day. We were invited to a wedding. The venue was at a "ranch" outside the city, well not a real ranch although they had a few farm animals more for showing. The real business is to have weddings and other events. As this is California one can plan to have weddings outside with relative little risk of foul weather. Guests were invited for six o'clock and the ceremony started at six thirty and with dinner and dancing it lasted till 10:30 or so.When I am at a wedding... continue reading

So how was your July?

Month after month there is a message on DT Message Board starting toward the end of the month asking How was your ... whatever month is coming to an end. Now it is July's turn. So how was my July?Thanks for asking. I did not sell very much but I had a very good vacation in Mexico.San Jose del Cabo is on the inner side of Baja peninsula, very close to the southern tip. The warm waters of Sea of Cortez meet here the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean. Cousteau called this place the aquarium... continue reading

My epiphany in Reno

Like many other people we went on a short trip during the holidays. We went to Reno Nevada, a place that is famous for its casinos and it is also located very close to the Sierra Mountains, the skiing capital of California. We are less into gambling and more into skiing. But it is very convenient to use the hotel facilities that the casinos provide and enjoy the relative cheap prices and the luxury. We went to Peppermill Casino, which was recently renovated and everything is just brand new and shiny.... continue reading

6 years on DT and counting

I did not realize it is already six years. Six years and one month more precisely.I can't really call it a big success but it is no total failure either. Sold 1503 pictures and managed to put 840 online. There were ups and downs, moments of joy and hope followed by moments of disappointment.I never really believed that this hobby of mine can generate serious money but at the beginning I hoped it is going to be more significant.It is my fault as I could have uploaded more. Much more.... continue reading

This week Featured photographer

Hello fellow photographers,Take a look who joined DT a few month ago and now is the featured photographer. The world famous Joseph Sohm. He may be submitting images I presume just like the rest of us and maybe, who knows, some get rejected on grounds of "distorted pixels" or that "image needs to be clear and supportive of the image's main concept", fatal flaws when it comes to stock. I don't think so... :) All his images are probably accepted instantly as they should be.I feel very proud to... continue reading

Dealing with the sky in landscapes

When photographing landscapes with big portions of the image being the sky, correct exposure is not trivial. Usually the sky is much brighter than the rest of the image. If leaving the camera on automatic exposure, what usually happens is the land gets a correct exposure but the sky is overexposed and shows white in the photo. A white sky is dull.How to compensate for this? One way is to use HDR technique, with multiple exposures and combining them automatically or manually through Photoshop. It... continue reading

A new appreciation of money

I am an active photographer for more than 40 years now, always been an amateur. My parents encouraged me to spend their money on equipment. Later on when I started to spend my own money I continued the trend, never really thinking about cost. Of course I did not spend unlimited amounts but with each business trip to the USA I always left few hundred dollars or more at a photo store. Either a new camera, new lens a better strobe, there was always something cool to buy.I had one of the first usable... continue reading

How I keep my digital files organized

I think this is a good subject to blog about. Capturing a photo these days is very cheap, all it takes is to press the button and a new photo is born. Due to this ease and low cost, the amount of files just keeps piling up.Having your files safe and well organized is very important. Not being able to find a file in short time means not having it when you need it. You practically lost it even if it is there hiding in some directory.Here is what I do:I have a separate disk 1 TB connected... continue reading

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