Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Sunday we met at the small and quaint Booth Memorial Park in Stratford. It's a great little park off the beaten track a stone's throw from the famed Sikorsky factory. The purpose of the meet up was to take a series of images that would later be assembled into a single image to create multiple clones of ourselves.
As with most of our meet ups, we went from serious photographer mode into a silly, joke cracking, carefree and fun time.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
I recently did a demonstration with Mid-CT Meetup Photography Group in conjunction with Russ Tokars. The premise was to show how two individuals handle the post processing of the same image. They asked their members to submit some photos they wanted to see processed then Russ and I would process them and explain our methods and the reasons for making those choices. Russ used Photoshop while I used Lightroom. The demonstration was a big success.
|Final processed image|
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
But what is Dynamic Range and how do we recognize it when we survey a scene? Hopefully this article will give you a little insight into what HDR is and how both our eyes and our camera interpret it.
Last night I did a presentation with Russ Tokars on post processing images. Russ tackled Photoshop while I used Lightroom. During the presentation a member made a good mention about how Flickr.com is a great way to have access to the works of many photographers. It allows you to browse through for inspiration and ideas on not only composition but on post processing as well. During that conversation I mentioned that Flickr also has many photo critiquing forum groups where a member can post an image and the Flickr community offers constructive criticism. I was asked to post some of the groups but (as you will see) there are way too many to list. Instead I will offer some suggestions on how to find one that fits your needs.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Bring this into the world of photography and we can find many lessons to learn. Now I know what most of you are saying; "But, I'm not looking to be a professional photographer." While that may be true the simple fact is this - you are here because you want to take your photography to the next level, whatever that level is. If that's the case, then the above statement still applies and you can learn from the simple lessons. Here are five to keep in mind.
Saturday, February 11, 2012
The article also introduced the concept of an exposure value table and how we can calculate corresponding shutter speed and aperture combinations from it. But how do these combinations relate to each other? That is where understanding the exposure triangle can be of benefit.
The illustration at right gives a hint on how interconnected these elements are to each other and what aspect of photography each element influences. So let's take a closer look at our exposure triangle.
You've heard all the horror stories of expensive equipment getting ruined because it melted in a hot vehicle. It's easy to do. You forget you have that $600 lens sitting in a bag behind the seat. Three hours later in a 120 degree car and that lens is warped beyond repair.
Here's a nice simple trick you can use. Purchase a medium sized ice chest from your local department store and use it to store your sensitive equipment in. While designed to keep the cold in the nice side effect is that it helps keep the heat out.
Two or three ice packs on the bottom with a towel folded over will help keep the interior of the chest cool, even in the hottest of days. The other nice thing is that it keeps your equipment out of sight in a more inconspicuous place of hiding. Less chance to temp a thief.
For you film guys, this trick should be familiar. It was used to keep film safe and cool on those hot outings.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Social internet sites like MySpace, Facebook and a photographer's own favorite, Flickr are a must-use tool for the modern business plan. It doesn't matter what business you are in, networking is still networking. Social sites actually make networking easier and gives access to more contacts simply by the inherent structure of sites like Facebook. But what are the rules about intellectual property such as photographs and what can you do to protect yourself?
Sunday, February 5, 2012
APERTURE: "I'm overexposed. I need to close up a stop."
ISO: "My light dropped a full stop during the time I was shooting the sunset. I compensated by bumping up my ISO a stop."
SHUTTER SPEED: "The difference between freezing and blurring the action was only a few stops."
EQUIPMENT PHYSICS: "You will loose about a stop when you add an extension tube on your lens."
STUDIO LIGHTING: "Your main light needs to be two stops brighter than your fill light."
But what is a stop, and why does it apply to so much? We'll get into that but first you should realize that it has taken photography technology a long time to get here although the principle is as old as photography.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
One of the hardest concepts to understand in photography is exposure. Partly because it is an abstract concept rather than an apparently obvious and tangible action and partly because there are so many elements involved. One other problem that is seldom addressed is the fact that terms are thrown around with complete abandon. It's not just the novice photographer to blame for this, pros do it too.
In this article I will introduce you to the following acronyms and their meanings; Ev (exposure value), Lv (luminance value), Av (aperture value) and Tv (time value). Some of you may be familiar with the more common A and S for aperture and time (shutter) respectively.