- Simple Tips to Create Levitation Photography with Snapheal (+ Good News)
- How to do Bokeh
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Silhouette Hugs the Sun
- Timelapse Photography of Colorado During Major Wildfires
Posted: 26 Aug 2013 08:26 PM PDT
We – photographers – make magic happen using a wide range of interesting techniques. Some popular wizardry now being spread around is levitation photography: where objects and people appear to float in the air. While there are many ways to accomplish these shots such as having your subject jump really high, a little bit of software spell such as Snapheal for Mac can come in handy and will allow you to create truly unique and conceptual photos.
The London based photographer Luke Sharratt created this amazing Magic Levitation series showing off the gravity-defying capabilities of Snapheal here:
Although Luke gets great results using the default photo apps, "it may be time-consuming and can cause the computer to slow down' said Luke. With Snapheal for Mac you can really speed up the editing process. Here are simple tips you can use to create magic levitation shots:
Firstly, Use Snapheal to erase the stool or any other object your model is standing on. And you will immediately create the impression your model is flying. It will take you one simple click. Select the needed diameter of the brush -> paint over the area you want to remove -> click Erase. Note, you can choose between 3 Erasing modes which depends on the size of the object for removal. This is the thing to experiment with.
Secondly, once the removal mission is completed, we can move to general image enhancement.
To quickly adjust a certain parts of the photo, use Retouch panel. There you will find the controls for Saturation, Hue, Exposure, Contrast, Clarity, Contrast, Highlights and more. For the whole snap enhancements, switch to Adjust Panel. Here you will find handy Color Temperature, Tint, Sharpen & Denoise slider. My personal advice is to use these controls sparingly, step by step and you will be dazzled by the results.
If you are interested check out Snapheal. This week they have a deal where you can get it for free if you share the news with your friends (the reg price of the app is $24.99). Find it here.
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Posted: 26 Aug 2013 04:34 PM PDT
Creative photography often involves using a variety of techniques to add dramatic effects to a photograph. One such technique is referred to as bokeh (pronounced like “broke” without the letter “r”). Bokeh is the technique of adding intentional “fuzzy” areas within a photograph.
This technique should not be confused with photographs that are out of focus due to poorly balanced settings. Creating a bokeh requires forethought and a steady shot. Once this technique is understood, it is fairly easy to recreate and will add drama to your photographs.
The techniques described within this article are designed to be used with a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera. However, photographers who master their equipment should have little difficulty in achieving similar results with a hand-held camera set to the creative mode.
Since the techniques described below call for using a wide aperture and a high level of zoom, you will need a steady hand to create the bokeh effect. It is recommended that a tripod, monopod, or other stabilization technique is used to ensure a clean shot.
Before we jump into adjusting the camera settings, let’s take a moment to consider when to apply the bokeh technique. Bokeh shots are best used for tight shots where a detailed background is not desired. However, to be effective, you will need background elements to be present, such as leaves, lights, or other abstract textures. This technique should not be used where the elements within the background are expected to be in focus, such as people, structures, or other distinguishable features.
By applying the bokeh technique where the background features are distinguishable, the viewer will focus more on the out of focus elements than the subject itself, which will create a photograph that appears to be poorly focused rather than creative, so choose your background carefully.
Take a look through your lens inventory and choose a medium telephoto lens that is capable of focusing on a subject within relatively close range. A telephoto lens is designed to converge light within the lens body fairly close to the sensor. If the subject is fairly close, then the depth of field is rather shallow and the background will fall out of focus.
With your subject in focus, let’s adjust the aperture to create the bokeh effect. Adjusting the aperture will require you to take the camera out of automatic mode and switch to aperture priority. The aperture priority option is often indicated by an “A” or an “Av” on the selection mode option dial. A wide aperture allows more light to strike the digital sensor. With the camera set to aperture priority, set the aperture to the lowest setting.
Most telephoto lenses have a minimum aperture setting between f2.8 and f4.5. The wide aperture setting coupled with the high telephoto setting will create a conflict within the camera that will lead to the camera being unable to resolve focusing on the background (for those of you reading this by email, the video can be seen here).
This conflict is the sweet spot for achieving bokeh. The greater the variance between focal length and aperture width, the more dramatic the effect. Bear in mind, however, that as the ratios between the focal length and aperture increase, the depth of field greatly decreases, which may render your subject out of focus, so care should be exercised.
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Posted: 26 Aug 2013 01:36 PM PDT
One common tip in photography how-to books is to always be on the lookout for prime photo opportunities. Two such opportunities occur everyday and can be seen regardless of where you are in the world. Waiting for the sun to rise and set are popular events in a photographer's day because of the many possibilities one can take advantage of. Silhouettes are one, and brilliant color backdrops are another.
Take this photo for example:
The next time you’re out shooting, wait until just before sunset, set up your gear and just keep shooting. The light will change by the minute, but the colors will be spectacular to watch.
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Posted: 26 Aug 2013 11:09 AM PDT
When temperatures rise, outdoor enthusiasts flock to the mountains, rivers, forests, and lakes to enjoy nature’s beauty. Unfortunately, arid summer months also mean wildfires for much of the American West.
This year, Colorado has experienced some of the biggest wildfires in its history. Matt Johnson used timelapse photography to document the gorgeous scenery of the colorful state from Bruce Spruce Ranch, where he witnessed forest fires that burned over 100,000 acres of wilderness and threatened homes and businesses (for those of you reading this by email, the timelapse can be seen here):
The West Fork Complex of fires included the Windy Pass, West Fork, and Papoose wildfires. Johnson could see at least two of the fires from his lodgings near Pagosa Springs. He used a Canon 7D and 21 RAW timelapse videos edited with Premiere Pro to put together this amazing film he calls Pagosa.
Being so close to the fires must have been both frightening and thrilling. By sharing his timelapse photography, Johnson allows us to experience the awe of nature’s power from the safety of our own homes.
For Further Training on Timelapse Photography:
There is a COMPLETE guide (146 pages) to shooting, processing and rendering time-lapses using a dslr camera. It can be found here: The Timelapse Photography Guide
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