2013 is just around the corner, or has already arrived depending on when and where you’re reading this, so we just want to take a look back at the top 12 most popular posts of 2012. There are a couple of gear reviews, a couple of Annie Leibovitz articles, a tragic accident, and even a $300,000 lawsuit!
But none of those things claim the title of most popular post in 2012. To find out which SLR Lounge article is the most-read article of 2012, read on!
By a large margin, 2012 London Olympics was the largest and most-viewed sports event of 2012, and it was arguably one of the most influential event for the photography industry, as it also coincided with the release of Canon and Nikon’s flagship DSLRs, the Nikon D4 and the Canon 1D X.
Many high-caliber photographers also shot various Olympians for popular magazines, including Martin Schoeller’s TIME magazine cover shot of Ryan Lochte. And of course, there was the highly controversial US Olympics press photos by Joe Klamar that sparked a lot of conversation.
Ultimately, the most popular SLR Lounge Olympic article was Annie Leibovitz’s Olympian photoshoot for US Vogue.
The setup for this “How We Shot it” article may seem deceptively simple, but the understanding on how to control your ambient surrounding and balance it with a flash caught enough people’s interest to make it the most-read lighting article of 2012. Of course, it helps when the final result is a gorgeous wedding photo such as this.
2012 was not all happy news, of course. There were plenty of unspeakable tragedies that occurred all around the world, and a handful that directly relates to photography. One of the heartbreaking photographic stories that we reported happened in a small Canadian town during a wedding’s couple’s session. The bride was standing on rock by the Ouareau River when her wedding dress started to become very heavy from soaking up the river water and ended up dragging her into the river. Unfortunately, despite the efforts of the photographer and another person, the bride could not swim out of the river and drown.
Amidst all the full-frame barrage this year from the major camera manufacturers, the most anticipated full-frame DSLR from the Canon-Nikon camp was actually the Nikon D600. Although it does not have the resolution-busting spec of its big brother, the Nikon D800, it does break the magical $2,000 price barrier. The D600 also has a superb sensor with great dynamic range, excellent high-ISO performance, and competitive video-capability.
It is not without issues, of course, with the oil and dust sensor issue being the most prominent. Regardless, the D600 should continue to do well in 2013.
When it comes to photography techniques, it is very rare to have a technique named after yourself. The most well-known is probably Rembrandt lighting, of course. The New York photographer Ryan Brenizer developed a technique known as the Brenizer Method that allows you to get a wide angle shot that has a very shallow depth-of-field. The process involves taking multiple photos around the subject at a predetermined focus point and aperture setting, and stitching it all up in Photoshop.
7. Boost Lightroom 4 Performance by Hacking the Lightroom Modules – Lightroom 4 Workflow System DVD (Most popular Lightroom article)
Lightroom 4 and its Process 2012 brought plenty of improvements to image quality, noise reduction, and more for Lightroom users. Unfortunately, Lightroom 4 is also significantly slower than Lightroom 3. As a result, our article that on how to speed up the performance of Lightroom 4 became the most popular Lightroom article of the year. Maybe Lightroom 5 will fix our woes?
It seems that with all the things that we have to deal with as photographers, it is only a matter of time before the issue of contracts. Unfortunately, for wedding photographer Nelson Tang, what he had to deal with was an insane $300,000 lawsuit from one of his clients.
This caught so much attention that Gary Fong, the photographer behind the popular Lightsphere, released a couple Youtube videos in response to this lawsuit.
The take away from all of this, make sure you have a contract with all your clients.
5. On Imaging Resources: Canon 5D mkIII vs Nikon D800 Studio sample comparison! (Most popular repost)
The Canon 5D mkIII and the Nikon D800 really centered around one main topic, the segment-busting 36MP sensor on the D800. Is it too much for a full-frame sensor? Can it actually deliver a decent noise performance in high ISO? Is it just overkill?
Imaging Resources was one of the first websites that published a direct studio comparison for the two cameras and as expected, many photographers took interest in their result.
4. The Best AA Battery for Flash – The Ultimate Practical Review of AA Batteries for Photography – Part I
One of the most humble items in any modern photographer’s bag is the battery. They power everything from our cameras to our speedlights, and are simply indispensable. For the AA battery category, there are many brand names, model types, and battery technology available, so to find out which battery is the best for photography and flash, Post-Production Pye tested some of the most popular brands in our own very special stress test. In this test, he took a fresh set of batteries and flashed a Vivitar 285HV speedlight 75 times at full 1/1 power, and recorded the flash recycle time and the temperature of the batteries after usage. It’s definitely an eye-opening test.
The most popular gear review this year, surprisingly enough, did not belong to a Canon or Nikon camera. Instead, this honor belongs to what is a game-changer for many in the full-frame market, the forward-thinking Sony A99 DSLT. Eschewing the traditional optical viewfinder and pentaprism for an electronic viewfinder and semi-translucent mirror is one of the many ways that made the Sony A99 stand out from what is actually a crowded field this year. There is no doubt that the A99 delivers in performance and image quality. If you are in the market for a full-frame camera, the Sony A99 should be one of the options you consider.
The previous article on the $300k lawsuit brought up an important point that as working photographers, we cannot overlook the necessity of having a proper contract with our clients. It may be cumbersome and confusing to learn at first, but having a contract is only going to save time and money in the long run. It is also a lot cheaper than a $300k lawsuit.
Finally, our #1 post for 2012 is arguably one of the most useful and most universal photography tips out there. It may seem like a no-brainer when it comes to how we hold a camera, but there are surprisingly a lot of photographers who still hold their cameras incorrectly. Luckily, it is one of the easiest way to improve your photography techniques, and best of all it doesn’t cost you anything. We’re glad that a lot of our readers found this article to be very helpful and we’re looking forward to writing more articles such as this to help the photography community grow and improve.
So for 2013, what are some areas that you think SLR Lounge can touch on? Do you prefer to see certain types of articles over another?