To my American and global readers : maybe some of you know Montreal for its European flair untypical for a North American city; maybe some of you know Montreal because of the Expo 67, or the Olympics, or even for its poutine (French fries with gravy sauce and cheese), for those of you who have tried it. But behind a seemingly ordinary (or not-so-ordinary) French city in Canada lies one of North America’s most technologically advanced subway systems, the Métro de Montreal (Montreal Metro). No, this isn’t the New York Subway.
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One of the most misunderstood concepts in photography is the compression effect resulting from various focal lengths. Understanding the mechanics behind it and how it works is an essential thing to do if you are already understand the basics behind exposure, composition and wish to furthermore improve your photography.
First of all, before explaining how to use “lens compression” in various photography cases, let’s define what is and what isn’t focal length compression.
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Ok, I know, I know, before you are even going to read my first paragraph you are probably wondering … why in the world am I giving other people, many who are better in photography than me, advice on how to get popular on 500px? How can someone who isn’t even that popular on 500px give advice to others? If you bear with me for a second, I’ll explain myself.
First off, although I may only have about 11 000 views on all of my pictures, it is only spread out among 12 pictures. That gives around 900 views per picture, which is certainly well above the average photo uploaded on 500px. Every photo of mine uploaded has made the popular chart, and all but two of them have hit the 90 pulse mark, with a few of them hitting 95 and higher, all that without having a lot of followers. So that makes me an above average, but certainly nowhere near top, uploader on 500px, I guess.
With today’s technological revolution and an ever-increasing amount of people having a smartphone or any other camera-enabled device, it is no wonder that society has grown wary of photography in public.
In most major cities across the developed world (some Central European and Asian cities being the exception), what used to be a form of art in the times of Henri-Cartier Bresson is now being frowned upon the few photographers still willing to document life in the streets.