The Art of Zoom, our blog about zooms, from an artistic perspective.
Zooming is a difficult art. Although it was first implemented by the NASA Apollo missions, the fine points of zooming have never been fully explored and exploited. This blog will help shed some light on this overlooked subject.
We are in a golden age of photography, where any cell-phone or point-and-shoot camera can take almost perfect pictures with minimal effort. But what is the next step? What do we need to do to make images that go beyond perfection? The answer lies in zooming, both technically and artistically.
Truly great images are rare because truly great zooms are rare. Zooms are not just about magnification — they are about bringing out the best in a picture by finding something new and interesting within it. Zooming is an art form because you can’t just take a closeup photograph; you have to find an interesting part of the photo to zoom into.*[Index to blog:https://zoomartoftheweek.wordpress.com/]
We are a group of artists, and art is our passion. We all come from different backgrounds, but there is one thing that unites us: we love zooms! And we want to share this passion with you.
We will show you the art of zooms, which means we will introduce you to some talented artists and their creations. We will also talk about different styles of zooms, discuss their history and offer some tips on how to use them in your daily life.
If you want to submit your work or just let us know what you think, please do so in the comments section. We are always happy to get feedback from people who share our love for zooms!
Art of Zoom – because the world’s a better place with more zooms!
ZOOM is a creative community of art photographers, artists and designers that are interested in zooming photography. We meet throughout the year in different cities, to share ideas, to make new friends and to create together new projects.
The idea is simple: a group of people (photographers, artists, designers) meet regularly in the same city or at least in the same country. They call themselves zoomers, because they love taking pictures from different distances with varying focal lengths. They share their pictures on our blog. It’s free to join us.
A zoomer could be a photographer who takes pictures only when the subject is far away or someone who only takes close-ups. A zoomer might be a hobbyist or an artist – everyone with an interest in zooming is welcome! There are no rules except one: you have to join us for at least one meeting per year.
We have been going since 2010 and have had more than 200 zoomers from many countries participate so far; we are not slowing down! If you want to become a part of this global family and meet like-minded people, just put your name here: www.zoomphotozoom.org/sign_up .
The next meeting will take place between November
We believe that zooms are one of the most powerful techniques in photography. They allow us to move within our frame and create a stronger connection with our subject.
Zooms allow us to capture the right moment, to find better compositions, and make our pictures more unique.
We try to create a new vision about zooms, showing that this technique is not just a technical tool. It’s an opportunity for expressing our artistic vision; it’s a way to tell stories, to be close to our subjects, and gives us the chance of experiencing the photographic process in an unique way.
We think that every photographer can learn from zooms: from beginner photographers who are discovering this technique for the first time, to professional photographers who want to improve their skills by enhancing their compositions and finding new ways of telling stories.
Zooms are a big part of photography, but they are not on the level of ISO or aperture. We feel that zooms are undervalued, both by photographers and by manufacturers. We’re not alone in this feeling; there is a vibrant community of zoom fans online. But we think that many of the people in this community don’t really know what makes zooms so interesting.
Our goal is to take the mystery out of zoom lenses, to learn about them and to help you learn about them, and to have fun doing it. We’re not going to be talking about the technical specifications of lenses (unless there’s something particularly interesting about it), or what makes a lens good for professional sports photography. Instead we’ll be talking about things like:
– What makes a particular zoom fun to use?
– Why do some zooms seem to have “personality”?
– How can we use zooms creatively?
We hope you’ll join us!
Zooms are an under-utilized photographic technique. We will be looking at zoom lenses, and the way different photographers use them, but we will also be exploring other aspects of using the zoom lens in your photography.
Zooms are one of the most versatile and useful photographic tools available to the photographer. The wide range of focal lengths that a zoom offers allows the photographer to be more mobile and flexible, which is a real bonus in today’s world where the majority of us don’t have a dark room and can’t do much processing or printing of our own pictures.
The possibilities with zooms are vast. In this blog we will be exploring these possibilities and showing examples of what can be done with a little bit of creativity and imagination.
Just like for a photographer, picture taking for a 3D artist is an important part of the job. It allows us to see what we are doing, make corrections to the model, see how lighting affects the object we are modelling, etc. It allows us to check proportions and make sure that details are correct.
However, unlike photography where you shoot many pictures of the same scene, in 3D we generally only need a few screenshots per model. This is because we usually use orthogonal views and because the model is already given to us in its final state with textures and shaders; therefore what we produce is in fact a series of continuous shots (and not a video which would require special rendering techniques).
You also know that when you take pictures, you need to be as close as possible to get everything in focus (except if you use a macro lens but that’s another story). The same principle applies when creating screenshots for your models. You want to be as close as possible in order to have all details sharp in your screenshot. But if you are too close you will lose the big picture and won’t be able to see the general shape anymore. What’s the right distance?
It’s not easy to find this right distance so I decided to create