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Using a cheap ring, one can achieve amazing macro without the need for expensive macro lens, all you need is your camera and a lens reversing ring!
In this tutorial, you will learn to create your own custom bokeh kit. Bokeh is defined as is the blur or the aesthetic quality of the blur in out-of-focus areas of an image. Bokeh has also been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light" Bokeh is most noticeable in the highlights or pin points of light in the out of focus background area of the image. Normally it is controlled or shaped by the blades or opening of the lens itself, but, with a simple shape held in front of the lens you can control the shape of the bokeh. Using simple materials and an easy step by step assembly, you can fashion the bokeh into nearly shape you desire to enhance your image and just have fun.
All digital SLR cameras today come with a built in light meter. The TTL, or Through The Lens meter is a crucial tool that helps you get exposures right. However, it is only a tool and it can and does give you wrongly exposed photographs is you follow its readings like a holy book! Let us look at spot metering, the professional’s favored metering mode, and how one can apply it creatively during the picture making process.
In this tutorial I will try to show you how to improve your photos in just five minutes with some adjustment layers. Although the process of this tutorial is made with Photoshop CS5 it may also be made with the CS3 version and above of this program. You do not need to be an experienced user since the whole process is pretty simple and easy to follow and all the techniques explained are made using adjustment layers with very simple masks. The best way of practicing is taken a plain or bad shot; the photograph I have used for this example was taken in almost the worst conditions. That is in a sunny afternoon at the beach with backlight conditions. The camera sensors do not work as our eyes; luckily we have Photoshop to solve this. You also can download the original file from here
Alright, so you know what flash photography is about. It’s pretty simple to pop up your pop-up flash and make accurate exposures leaving the flash on AUTO mode, right? On the other hand, this approach gives you absolutely flat lighting with a zero artistic touch. Anyone in their right mind would stay away from flash altogether, with this frame of mind. We also read on innumerable websites that pop-up flash is boring, period! It’s sad to hear of that when it is in fact NOT the truth by a long shot. Read on!
While searching for ways to make cheap camera accessories, I came across a "do it yourself" project for a poor mans ring flash http://www.adidap.com/2007/12/20/diy-poors-man-ring-flash/ I tried making this ring flash and did not like it, but in the process, I had many ideas of how to make my own accessories out of milk jugs. In this tutorial, I will show you how to make two easy diffusers for your flash. One for an on camera flash and the other for a slave flash; both made from a single milk jug.
In this tutorial you will learn how to make a collapsable disc reflector or diffuser out of a vehicle sun shade for about $10. You may even find them at a resale store for $0.99 like I did!
We know this effect from glamour photos and music clips, the ring of lights in the eyes. The original ring lights are expensive and not affordable for us normal mortals, so this is a way to create the same effect for little money. This is what I used in this tutorial: 1. a piece of think card board, we all have something laying around so that's for free. 2. a scissor. 3. a hobby knife. 4. we need some small lights, LEDs are perfect for this. They give a nice bright white colour. I used a "Happy Birthday" chain with LED lights in them, you can pick them up at your local gift store for about $5.00 USD probably even cheaper, but first search your house: I had one laying around. 5. a pen. 6. small plate. I made this ring light in 45 minutes (including the photo's for this tutorial).
This tutorial will go through steps you need to take to get incredible macro shots of bugs. There are different settings to get each shot... but in this tutorial I go over what I prefer to do to ensure a more eye-appealing shot. Let's get started!
In this tutorial I will try to show how to get a high dynamic range, noise-free image with the combination of three shots. The difference using this technique is that the generated HDR looks totally natural for the viewer, whereas the HDR programs tend to make too much 'painted' photos that are noisy with special effects and halos. The image generated here is as if our camera was able to capture from the top highlight value to the darkest of the shadow, everything in a vivid and clear image. Thanks to Megan a.k.a MadameMonty and Claire a.k.a Falkor for the support and the suggestions For this Practice you can download the RAW files used here: http://rapidshare.com/files/319972393/3_RAWs_in_a_ROW.zip
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HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is also known as HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging). It is basically a single image created from the combination of a minimum of three different shots of the same scene taken at different exposures: correctly exposed, overexposed and underexposed. The resulting image will have a higher number of bits per colour channel compared to normal photos...
There are many wondrous cities in the world, and in Europe alone, one can argue the compared merits of, say, Rome, Athens, Paris, Madrid or quite a few others. Venice, however, is in a different league from all those prestigious competitors, not only because of its sheer concentration of art in every form and shape, but also because of its unique situation : it is a city built on water, a city literally resting on millions of stilts, where water is everywhere and cars nowhere to be seen - except for the ugly appendage of Piazzale Roma, which all visitors leave behind as soon as they can upon their arrival...
Once you have got all the equipment you are going to need (please see my other post - Bird photography - What you need and how to use it) it is time to get out there and and get some photos. Below are a few techniques and tips to help you obtain better bird photos and to produce more 'keepers'. Composing a photo involves you setting parameters in order to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing photo and whilst this may seem impossible in the field there are some things you can do before you press the shutter button and some you can do afterwards . Please do not take these tips to be set in stone, they should be used as a general rule only, and in some cases you may find that going against the norm produces the best photo...
To be able to photograph the Northern Lights, a bit of planning is required. In fact, the Northern Lights are only visible in the "Auroral Oval" at high latitudes around the Polar Circles, and where there is no light pollution, far from the big cities. Some well known areas for photographing the Northern Lights include Lapland and the north of Scandinavia, Alaska and Iceland. It's more difficult to find a good spot in the Southern hemisphere around the Antarctic Circle. In the Southern hemisphere the Southern Lights are called the Aurora Australis...
Rome is a city full of history and historical monuments, most of them easily accessible and in the open air, plenty of opportunities to take breathtaking photos. Being originally built over 7 hills, it's also not difficult to find places where it's possible to observe a beautiful panorama looking at the skyline of the city. The charme of Rome is increased at night, when traffic slows down and there is a more relaxed atmosphere. Below is a selection of 10 locations where to take interesting pictures, with samples of my photos and contributions from other authors.
Motion Blur is a technique intended to capture the movement, instead of having it frozen. The most common way to understand what a motion blur picture is, is to think of a vehicle moving and impressing the sensor in a long exposure photo, and recording a blurred trail...
Light painting is not difficult to learn, doesn't require much experience and is a lot of fun! The idea behind this technique is really simple: while shooting a long exposure photo, move a source of light around, this gets recorded onto the sensor of the camera as an abstract drawing or 'light painting'.
Have you ever wondered how to photograph fireworks? Do you need to have a manual SLR (Single Reflective Lens) to achieve nice shots? Here are some tips, guides, and recommendations on how you can achieve some eye-catching creative photography.
Guide on photographing waterfalls that includes the equipment you'll need for photographing waterfalls, compares how shutter speed can affect your photograph, what the best weather conditions are for waterfall photography and more.
In a world dominated by Photoshop, it’s easy to think that any mistakes you make when you take a photo are easy to fix in post-processing. In reality this isn’t true – especially when it comes to composition. There’s more to composition than the rule-of-thirds. You could write a book about it and still only dip into the deep well of knowledge acquired by artists and photographers over the centuries. This article is about an aspect of composition that you may not have thought about much before – Visual Mass. What is this? Visual Mass is the principle that certain visual elements attract the eye more than others.