21 Settings, Techniques and Rules All New Camera Owners Should Know Some are very basic while others go a little deeper – but all have been selected from our archives specifically for beginners and new camera owners. Enjoy. Introductions to Useful Modes and Settings on Your Digital Camera 1. A step-by-step guide to Light Painting I am delighted to announce the release of my very first E-book: A step-by-step guide to Light Painting After five years of spinning lights around, I have finally managed to find the time to fulfil what has been a personal goal of mine for some time, writing a book about a subject that I love: Light Painting. You do not need to be an experienced photographer to get the hang of and enjoy Light Painting. The main aim of this E-book is to try to save anyone who is new to Light Painting a heap of time by highlighting some of the key considerations that should be made such as:
Envelope Origami I'm not sure if "envelope origami" really exists but for my amusement lets pretend it does. Envelope origami - to create a likeness of an object using geometric folds and crease patterns preferably without gluing or cutting the paper, and using only one envelope. In this case, I folded an envelope into a box. It's an easy craft to turn your junk mail into something functional. Security envelopes work best for this project. 8 pro tips for painting landscapes with light Discover how to capture spectacular nighttime landscapes with these advanced tips for painting with light. 01 Pack spare batteries Before you leave home, make sure you’ve checked you have spare camera batteries, and that they’re charged. They don’t last as long when it’s cold, and taking long exposures on Bulb mode eats them up too. You can easily get through four fully-charged camera batteries in a shoot. Store them in an inside pocket to keep them warm. 02 Invest in a head torch One thing many new nighttime landscape photographers haven’t taken on board before the shoot is how hard it is to see anything once it gets dark.
4 Composition Lessons Raphael Can Teach You About Photography I’m currently inspired by a lot of painting, and trying to figure out how I can improve my compositions in photography from the masters of art, starting off with Raphael: 1. Tension One of the things I note about Raphael is his use of tension. For example, in his painting ‘Saint George and the Dragon’ — you can see the tension of the man on the horse about to slay the dragon. 1.3. darktable basic workflow This section describes a typical darktable workflow which novice users may take as a starting point. We describe how to get an image into darktable, the basic steps of a raw development workflow and how to export the final result. To begin with darktable, you first need to import images. The import module is in the left pane of the lighttable view (Section 2.3.1, “Import”). You can either import from the filesystem or, if darktable supports your camera model, directly from camera. 220.127.116.11.
Kyle Thompson Self Portrait Photos Are Awesome A couple of years ago, Kyle Thompson became interested in photography. Unfortunately, his anxiety prevented him from talking to people, so he opted to experiment with self-portraits. He would spend hours, even days, walking alone through forests and exploring abandoned houses. He's been to over 50 of them. After taking hundreds of photos, he posted some of his best to Reddit. Paper Flower Key Holder / Mark Montano Difficulty Rating: Beginner Tags If you need a quick 'just because' gift for someone, this is it! It’s simple to make, couldn’t be less expensive and we can all use one. I for one am always losing my keys and this, by far, is the easiest way for me to keep track of them.
Textures and Patterns It’s no secret that we love textures and patterns here at WDL. They’re great for easily adding lots of interest and depth to a design, whether it be a huge background pattern or just some subtle textures here and there. So to continue our “Best of 2010″ series, this week we’re covering textures and patterns. We’ve seen a lot of them this year, but some really stood out. So here’s our picks for best textures and patterns of 2010.
Digital Photography An introduction to the scientific, artistic, and computing aspects of digital photography. Topics include lenses and optics, light and sensors, optical effects in nature, perspective and depth of field, sampling and noise, the camera as a computing platform, image processing and editing, and computational photography. We will also survey the history of photography, look at the work of famous photographers, and talk about composing strong photographs. This course is based on CS 178 (Digital Photography), which I taught at Stanford from 2009 through 2014.