Why Do Camera Makers Give Us19th Century Exposures With Our 21st Century Cameras? Lace and Forest. Clearview, Ontario. July, 2011 Fuji X100 @ ISO 400 A Bit of Background Information In 2003 I wrote a tutorial titled Expose Right. The main points of that essay, summarized and updated, are as follows..... A cameras sensor is an analogue device. So What? OK. Cloud Painting. Fuji X100 @ ISO 200 Black Cats and White Cats Let's imagine two cats. What do these look like? Why? Take a picture of a typical scene, one with light tones, dark tones and medium tones, and a light meter or even the nifty 500 segment super-meter in your DSLR will do a pretty good job. The Clever Photographer But, of course we're more clever than our dumb cameras. Right? But – Not For Digital! In the case of the white cat and snow – yes – you would do the same as for film – increase the exposure so that it looked correct. Why? Well, there is the story of Willy Sutton the famous American bank robber. Some Caveats Early Corn. Easy.
How Lytro's Weird Design Tells A Story About Revolutionary Tech | Co. DesignIf you had to give an award for the year’s most breakthrough piece of consumer tech, there’s a good chance it would go to Lytro, a camera company which recently unveiled its first product. Unlike other cameras, you never need to focus it. Rather, the images it takes are interactive--you can change their focus later, meaning that you can take pictures of a fleeting moment without having to check whether the right thing was in the picture. And because the camera never needs focusing or adjustments, it never has any shutter lag. It is truly just a point and shoot. [An actual Lytro image. Many tech-savvy people have gone gaga over that promise. This is perhaps Lytro’s defining feature, and the design tells two stories: One, about the underlying technology. From the outset, the project was faced with some extreme constraints. The only catch, of course, is that the Lytro’s sensors require a ton of light to work well--and thus, the Lytro camera requires a huge lens.
The 15 Minute Makeover: Photoshop Beauty RetouchingSkin needs to be retouched. Even beautiful skin with great makeup. The problem with most of the Photoshop techniques I’ve experimented with over the years (burning & dodging individual pores, Surface Blur filter, Dust and Scratches filter, etc.) is they take too long, aren’t very convincing, or - worst of all - make the subject look like a victim of plastic surgery gone bad. In this article I’m going to show you a combination of techniques I regularly use that results in beautiful, smooth skin that still looks totally real. Our workflow follows three basic stages. 1. 2. 3. Before we get started I want you to beware of and avoid what I call Photographer’s Tunnel Vision - that compulsive desire to do the fun stuff first. The first tools we'll be reaching for are the Clone Stamp Tool and Spot Healing Brush. Stage 1: Retouch Obvious Blemishes and Imperfections Create a new, empty pixel layer above the Background layer to receive the retouching. Why not retouch right on the Background layer?
Ever Wanted to Know How a Pro Gets “That Look” in a Shot? « Light StalkingI'm Rob, the editor of Light Stalking. I try to keep this ship on course. By Admin on in Photography Product Reviews Recently, we were lucky enough to receive a review copy of Kevin Kubota’s Lighting Notebook from the good folks who work with Kevin. It’s a new addition to Kevin’s already impressive work in education material and we have been going through it quite thoroughly. For those of you who like the detail of a “how to” guide when trying to figure out how certain images are taken, then this might well be for you. Kevin Kubota’s Lighting Notebook – 101 Lighting Styles and Setups for Digital Photographers Publisher: Wiley So what’s it all about and who is it for? Who is Kevin? What Is the Lighting Notebook? What’s In It? Each setup is set out in a very logical way. Accompanying that is the relevant information that so many people seem to want to know about any good photograph. Every lighting setup gives you the exact blueprint that you would need to replicate the effect for yourself.
Explode Your Brain With All of These Great Photography Links « Light StalkingThis week has been full of great tutorials, photography and truly interesting blogs to enjoy and Toad Hollow Photography has been busy collecting links to share with everyone. The end result is this comprehensive page of great resources to visit showcasing incredible talents and posts in the exciting field of photography. We sincerely hope you enjoy the sites in this list as much as the Toad did in bringing them to you. Check out the Toad’s photoblog featuring Canadian landscapes and historical artifacts, and his Fine Art Photography website. How to Shoot Silhouette Photography – this is a thought-provoking and very clear tutorial on how best to achieve silhouette based photography. Back To Arizona – this is a truly great post by Blake Rudis that belongs in both the Tutorials section as well as the Great Photography section in this weeks list. Personal Pearls of Wisdom: Getting Over The Hump – I never cease to be amazed at what I learn by following the blog of Joe Baraban. Luna…Who?
15 Tips for Low Light Landscape PhotographyA Post By: Natalie Denton (nee Johnson) Capturing scenes in low light remains one of the most challenging aspects of photography, yet the results when executed well can be truly captivating. Whether it’s an energetic cityscape or ethereal seascape the possibilities are endless. Here are a few essentials points to consider before you begin. It’s a good idea to formulate a plan of attack before the twilight hour so scout out a position while there is another available light and grab a few set up shots to make sure your scene works and will be free from distracting objects. Image by V31S70 So start by setting your camera upon a solid tripod and switching the unit to manual or shutter priority if you are wish. Image by kern.justin Another key piece of kit is a remote control shutter release like Nikon’s ML-L3 wireless control which works with Nikon’s enthusiast range of cameras; D40, D40x, D60, D80 and D90. Image by Paco CT Read more from our category Most Popular 12657 Shares