A Little About Exposure: Exposure is the amount of light a digital camera's sensor captures when a photo is taken. Too much light results in a washed out photo (overexposed). Too little light and the photo will be too dark (underexposed). A camera's Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO settings directly affect exposure, but more importantly, they allow you to control how each photo will look. Aperture - Control the amount of blur or sharpness around your subject. What it is and what it does: The aperture setting controls the size of the lens opening that allows light into your camera.You can blur the foreground and background that bracket your subject (known as shallow depth of field) by opening up the aperture with a low f-stop number; alternatively, you can keep your photo sharp from the foreground through to the background (known as wide depth of field) by closing the aperture down with a high f-stop number. Foreground and background blur make the subject stand out. Back To Top
How To Make a Cool Cinemagraph Image in PhotoshopNo doubt you’ll have heard of the term Cinemagraph since it exploded onto the Internets. Originally coined by Photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck, a cinemagraph is a clever revival of the classic animated GIF. It combines features of video and photography to create a the illusion of a still image but with cool motion effects. Let’s take a look at how to create your own animated GIF cinemagraph by playing around with Photoshop’s animation tools. Some of the best cinemagraph examples can be found on the creators’ own website. As the popularity of the cinemagraph grew we began to see mobile apps such as Cinemagram emerge, which allows the easy creation of amateur cinemagraphs using the device’s built in camera. Cinemagraphs require some kind of motion, so while the final image looks much more similar to a photograph than a video, we need to begin with actual video footage. Use a tripod. Alternatively you could always play around with existing stock video footage. Download this file
Panolapse - Timelapse and panorama motion softwareDIY photography - Digital Camera WorldIn our latest DIY Photography Hacks post we show you a very simple way to liven up your parties by making a home-made photo booth. In our latest DIY Photography Hacks post we show you how to make a light tent, the perfect accessory for still-life photos and eBay shots. In our latest DIY Photography Hacks post we show you how to make a simple tripod strap which can also serve as a support in its own right. In our latest DIY Photography Hacks tutorial we show you how to use an old pair of sunglasses as a filter to create a variety of photo effects. In our latest DIY Photography Hacks tutorial we show you how to make a really simple clamp for your off-camera flash using a few bits and pieces from around the house! Eliminate harsh flash without breaking the bank! Personalised calendars make a nice change from the typical commercial fare, and they make great gifts too – so why not create your own calendar, using portraits of family or friends, for 2014?
DIY Remote Shutter Release Cable / Trigger for Canon CamerasA wired remote shutter release cable can be very useful when taking photos with the camera mounted on a tripod, particularly with longer exposures, as it minimizes camera shake. This is more so in case of macro photography. Let us build a remote shutter release cable / trigger for canon cameras from materials easily available in your household. What you will need for this project A 2.5mm stereo plug Some wire (depending upon the length you wish your cable to have) Two Switches A case to hold the set-up Tools you will need for the job A Drill Soldering Iron and some lead I decided to make use of this stereo chord because it comes along with many electronic appliances and I have a couple more with me. Since the stereo chord is standard size chord we will use a step down adapter that will convert it into a 2.5mm stereo plug. Cut the stereo pin from one end of the wire. Now we need a case to hold the switches. Drill two holes on the front panel to hold the switches.
Photoelasticity or Birefringence Photography Trick TutorialAs per Wikipedia Birefringence is the optical property of a material having a refractive index that depends on the polarization and propagation direction of light. These optically anisotropic materials are said to be birefringent (or birefractive). The birefringence is often quantified as the maximum difference between refractive indices exhibited by the material. Crystals with asymmetric crystal structures are often birefringent, as well as plastics under mechanical stress. Birefringence is responsible for the phenomenon of double refraction whereby a ray of light, when incident upon a birefringent material, is split by polarization into two rays taking slightly different paths. Leaving the theory aside let’s get to the more practical side of photography. So basically there are two polarizing filters at work here one in between the light source and the subject to make the light polarized and another on the camera lens. Creating Birefringence or Photoelasticity Effect Related Reading
DIY SoftboxA softbox is a light modifier used in photography to achieve a softer feel with reduced shadow definition. It achieves the result by softening or diffusing the light coming through it either by directing light through some diffusing material or by bouncing it off a primary reflector to a secondary reflector which in turn redirects the light to illuminate the subject. To put it simply a softbox is a box with a light source at the rear and a diffusion material at the front. A softbox could use either a flash or a strobe or even any continuous lighting device as the light source. In this project we are building a softbox which is effective in use, economic to build and professional in looks. Supplies required for Softbox Project Corrugated Plastic Sheet Aluminium Sheet Aluminium Piece 1 inch wide Aluminium Foil Butter Paper Rivets / Screws / Nuts & Bolts Adhesive Tools Required for the Softbox Project Steel Scale, Paper Cutter, Permanent Marker, Scissors, Rivet Gun, Combination Pliers
9 Photography Tips - Album on ImgurShoot Hazy and Ethereal Photos Using a Sandwich Bag and Colored MarkersPhotographer Jesse David McGrady has a super simple trick for adding a hazy, ethereal effect to your photographs: wrap a plastic sandwich bag around your lens. It sounds ridiculous and silly, but the results you get are actually quite nice! First, find yourself a sandwich bag — those thing plastic bags that you carry sandwiches around in. On the closed side of the bag, use your hands to tear a hole. Take the open end of the bag and slide it over your camera lens, with the hole end extending a little past the end of your lens. Voila! Okay, a sample photograph of an empty smoothie glass is a bit lame, but check out what McGrady has been able to do using this “hack”: To customize the look you get, you can take a colored pen and draw over the plastic bag, adding color to certain parts. You can find more of McGrady’s photographs shot using this trick/technique/hack here and here. Image credits: Sample photographs by Jesse David McGrady and used with permission; tutorial photos by Michael Zhang