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Tip: Use the Magical ‘Match Total Exposures’ Feature in Lightroom for a Quick Fix

March9

Tip: Use the Magical ‘Match Total Exposures’ Feature in Lightroom for a Quick Fix

This is Why Your Pictures Suck - The Phoblographer

May19

This is Why Your Pictures Suck - The Phoblographer
You’ve asked me in evaluating your work to be brutally honest. Admittedly, it’s something that other photographers have asked for, but I’ve always been reticent about honestly fulfilling such a request. I have often perceived it as the equivalent of a wife or girlfriend asking, “Do I look fat in this?” A frank, honest answer to that question is likely not going to end well.

How To Make A Photography Backdrop Or Reflector For Your Photo Studio - YouTube

May18

Shutter/Flash Synchronization - YouTube

May18

Best of the photography forums - tutorials: 36 rules of portraiture

May18

Best of the photography forums - tutorials: 36 rules of portraiture
Firstly , for those who love to sound rebellious by saying “Rules are made to be broken ” [ Try that on one of your male friends with the feminine head tilt ] , there is a big difference between
1. totally ignoring rules and
2.first finding out what they are and why the work in general and then breaking them for a reason to achieve a particular effect in an image .

Focus on Singh-Ray Filters: Seven Rules for Effectively Using a Polarizer

October20

Focus on Singh-Ray Filters: Seven Rules for Effectively Using a Polarizer
When noted outdoor photographer and author Darwin Wiggett writes about filters, he speaks from his own years of successful experience. His series of stories featured on this blog have become a trusted reference source for many visitors. Now Darwin reviews the basic topic of polarizers, and offers us his personal perspective based on his own methods, experience and equipment.

White Contact Lenses

August12

White Contact Lenses | Colour Vision White Mesh Contact Lenses (Pair)

Sharpening in Adobe Lightroom 3 - Photo Tips @ Earthbound Light

June15

Sharpening in Adobe Lightroom 3

What makes a photo?

June15

I wanted to take some time to write my first actual post. Up until now, my posts have been content aggregation. That is to say, I’ve been reposting stuff I’ve been finding. By and large, I’ve been happy with that as there was no need for me to rewrite an already excellent post. What I want to address today is: “What makes a photo?”

There are several elements that go into making a photo and I was brought to consider one after reading a post online from a fellow in a photography class and what kinds of photos would automatically receive a zero grade. More on that later.

The elements of a photo are (in no order of importance):

  1. Composition
  2. Exposure
  3. Depth of field
  4. Color or tone (if black and white)

Composition follows rules. There are rules in art and photography and while they cross over greatly, it seems that many of the elements of art design are usually relegated  to the back seat in regards to photography. I suppose the reason for this is that the artist is constantly selecting and choosing what must go into the piece before completion. This process includes both inclusion and exclusion. It’s a part of the process. If the artist were expected to include every detail, there would be far less artists in the world and designing a successful piece would be enough to make one lose hair.

Another possible reason is that the camera records while the artist interprets. Interpretation, by its very nature, loses something in the translation. However, when you deal with something capable of recording every detail and nuance, the emphasis shifts towards “what is there” and “how can you use that.”

This is where two other concepts in photography come into play: exposure and depth of field. While it’s not a complicated concept, the details are a bit much for what I want to cover here so I’ll keep it simple.

  • Exposure is how much light you’re letting into the camera.
    • If you let in too much light, you lose detail and it cannot be recovered.
    • If you let in too little light, you lose detail and recovery will cause noise to appear in the image.
    • Exposure also allows you to capture motion or to freeze everything so that you can see details clearly.
  • Depth of field is, simply, how much of the space between the lens and the horizon is in focus.
    • You can put the entire image in focus. That makes a statement about the whole image.
    • You can put the background and foreground out of focus. That makes a statement about the subject as opposed to the world in which the subject exists.

Depth of field and exposure are related because of the mechanics of the camera. You can’t cover one without the other. When you have a proper understanding of both, you can create effects with the camera that can say a lot about the image whether it’s a portrait of a person or a photo of kids playing.

This leaves color or tone. I say “or” because the primary feature of color photography is, of course, the color. The primary features of black and
white photography are texture and tone. For our purposes today, I want to cover color.

When you take a photo, how important is color? If you take a photo of a bright, exciting flower, what makes it exciting? What makes it really pop? Usually, it’s the color. In art terms, these colors are highly chromatic (intense) and create a sharp contrast between the flower and world in which it exists. The same is true for sunsets. The most exiting part of a sunset is usually the sun and sky. When you point a camera at the sun and snap the shutter, you get something a bit different from what the eye sees. The contrast is increased and you have rich, brilliant, highly chromatic colors next to the rest of the world which is usually in silhouette. These subjects make for great photos. So what’s wrong with that?

Nothing, per se but if you want to grow as an artist and photographer, you need to push yourself and the edges. Taking pictures of flowers and sunsets are too easy. That’s why the man mentioned above (remember him?) was forbidden by his instructors to avoid pictures of flowers and sunsets. The only challenges are composition and exposure and after a while, it’s no challenge because, honestly, there’s only so many ways to take a picture of a flower or a sunset and have something different.

It’s a Phosphorous World

June10

It’s a Phosphorous World : ICG Magazine / Showcasing the members of the International Cinematographers Guild
When is a white light not a white light?

This isn’t just a riddle for cinematographers. It’s a question that’s arisen over the last several years, as DPs have begun to implement what appears to be the likely successor to the tungsten lamp: the light-emitting diode (LED) fixture

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