Once quite active in photography I ordered a number of great publications on wildlife and landscape photography in the mid 1990′s on the then relatively new Amazon,which opened a new world for readers of English spoken books in Germany. One of those paperbacks I read over and over was Jim Zuckerman’s “Photographer’s Guide to Shooting and Selling Nature and Wildlife Photos”. I was so impressed by the determined young man with a grey Tyrolian hat and the heavy Mamyia RB67 in is hands.
I still have the 1995 issue of the paperback together with some others (John Shaw on landscape and macro photography). These days I read them and again and I thought I might look up some of my old-time photography heroes on the net. They are still there, live and kicking, especially Jim Zuckerman with a great website, a weblog and a free monthly magazine on ISSU.
The analog middle format work Jim Zuckerman did before the rise of the digital image still can compete with the digital works he does today. I see that he has fully embraced the digital photography with the same perfection and is very skilled in Photoshop, may be a bit too much for my taste. There is a full packed photography lecture by Jim Zuckerman on YouTube, with a bit annoying sound quality unfortunately. But if you want to freshen up your photographic activities it might be the right thing to watch and get you going.
I bought a NIKON D90 some years ago mainly for documenting my drawings and paintings and to do some holiday snapshots. Seeing the Photographic great images inspired me to go out and get back into the world of ISO, F-stops and not to forget the sunny f/16 rule! I had to find that I did not make much use of the potential that the D90 has. Most of the time I would go with the automatic P-Position….
The first thing I did is to stop using the auto white balance on my camera as Jim Zuckerman suggests. Indeed that makes a difference. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to everybody!