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Nils Heininger

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About Nils
Nils Heininger is a visual-storyteller from Germany. He is holding a B.A. in political science and economics and graduated in the M.A. programme "Social Anthropology" from University of Münster, Germany.

He works as a freelancer, focussing on life in extraordinary situations. His strenght is a deep understanding about social structures and a quick connection to people. Having lived amongst people in Indian slums for several months, he has a good understanding about South Asian living and working conditions of the lowest caste, but also about history and culture in general.
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Do You Know All of These Lightroom Shortcuts for Faster Edits?

19 Apr 2021  |  fstoppers.com
The article provides a list of useful keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Lightroom, aimed at helping photographers edit their photos more efficiently. It covers shortcuts for organizing catalogs, importing photos, reviewing images, rating, grouping, and editing, including global edits and checking for clipped areas. The author emphasizes the benefits of integrating these shortcuts into one's workflow to save time and work more intuitively with Lightroom.

Against the Sun: Five Tips To Get Better Results From Complicated Situations

31 Mar 2021  |  fstoppers.com
The article offers five tips for photographers to improve their landscape shots when shooting against the sun, a challenging situation due to dynamic range, flat colors, and sun flares. The tips include leaving the sun out of the frame, working with silhouettes, creating sunrays with small apertures, making the sun visible in other objects, and waiting for the colors after sunset. The author emphasizes the importance of creativity and adapting to the natural conditions rather than trying to change them.

Micro Four Thirds Is Dead? Well, Not for Me

22 Mar 2021  |  fstoppers.com
The author argues against the notion that Micro Four Thirds cameras are obsolete, sharing a personal journey from using a Nikon D750 to embracing the Olympus MFT system for its portability and adequate performance for travel photography, documentary work, and landscapes. Despite the smaller sensor size, the author finds the Olympus E-M10 and OM-D E-M1 Mark II to be sufficient for their needs, highlighting the advantages of lighter gear and cost savings that allow for more travel and project funding. The article emphasizes the importance of considering individual needs when choosing camera equipment.

Free and Open Versus Subscription Part 2: Can Darktable Create Better Edits Than Lightroom?

12 Jan 2021  |  fstoppers.com
The article compares the photo editing capabilities of Darktable and Lightroom, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each. Darktable offers more complex and flexible editing options, particularly in masking and color adjustments, but falls short in basic adjustments and cropping usability. Lightroom is praised for its straightforward and efficient workflow, especially in basic adjustments and exposure settings. The author finds Darktable's advanced features impressive but acknowledges the steep learning curve and occasional usability issues.

Checking Used Camera Lenses in Three Steps

30 Nov 2020  |  fstoppers.com
Buying a used camera lens can be a good way to save money, and they are often built to last. To check a used lens, one should look at its overall appearance and details such as the mount and filter thread, inspect the inside for dust or fungus, and assess for scratches on the glass. The lens should feel right, with smooth focus and zoom rings, and all functions should be tested on a camera. It's also important to ask the seller why they are selling the item. While most people are honest, being cautious can prevent costly mistakes.

Four Reasons Why Beginners Shouldn’t Rely on Automatic Modes Too Much

25 May 2020  |  fstoppers.com
The article discusses the importance of not relying too heavily on automatic modes in photography, especially for beginners. It outlines four key reasons: learning the basics of photography, practicing muscle memory, not missing opportunities, and enjoying film photography. The author emphasizes that while automatic modes have their place, understanding and practicing manual settings can lead to better control and improved skills. The article also highlights the value of failure as a learning tool in mastering photography.

The Reason Your Photographs Will Always Be a Cheap Copy

15 Mar 2020  |  fstoppers.com
Photography is a limited medium that can only capture part of reality, acting as a copy of a copy, with the first copy being our perception filtered by our senses and brain. Despite this limitation, photographers can still create original work by combining elements in unique ways, similar to language. The article argues that while no medium can transmit a message with 100% accuracy, the effort put into mastering the photographic tools can help convey a message as part of one's reality, creating an original and authentic style.

We're Wrong About a Steep Learning Curve in Photography

15 Jan 2020  |  fstoppers.com
The article challenges the common notion of a steep learning curve in photography, arguing that the learning process is highly subjective and varies for each individual. It explains that a steep learning curve in mathematical terms means rapid progress, which is not typically the case in photography. The author shares personal experiences to illustrate how the learning curve can have periods of rapid improvement, stagnation, and even regression. The key takeaway is that despite the subjective and non-linear nature of the learning curve, progress is always being made over time.

The sweeper community of India is on the lowest end of social hierarchy. Their life is tough. But even in a community next to a giant garbage dump, you can find normal life going on. The article describes how people live a life in a tough environment.






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