- Using Flash Photography Along with Ambient Light
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Fisheye View of Climbers Descending Mount Rainier
- Adobe Answers Photographer’s Uproar with Low Cost Bundle
- How a Car Camera Rig Works in Automotive Photography (Video)
Posted: 06 Sep 2013 04:44 PM PDT
Final Reminder: Only 1 day left! in the deal on: Lighting Asylum, Take Control of Your Flash
With careful use of flash, you can make your photos look natural as though no artificial lighting had been used. Certain flash photography techniques can enhance the photo by further reducing contrast while looking very natural.
It as been a dream of all photographers to look for the balance in lighting whenever they photograph a subject and most of the time the quality of available light isn’t always perfect. I will share my experience in making use of flash wisely I am able to enhance my photo rather than by just using the available ambient light.
Before we get started let me clarify a few things with regards to my flash photography techniques that I will be sharing with you.
Ambient Light plus Flash Photography
I use flash most of the time but using flash does not mean you will spoil the ambient light thus making the photo looking unnatural. Why just use available light alone if your photograph turns out to be horrible. I will show you by understanding some essential techniques, mixing ambient light with flash you can make a better image.
By using the flash I will be able to highlight the shadow areas and avoid shadows under the subject’s eyebrows thus making it a better photo than it would have been without flash. But this does not mean that the image will turn up flat. Make sure you get your reading right.
Let’s try two examples:
1. Say you are taking a wedding couple in a shaded park under a shade with a sunlit background:-
2. Say you are taking the bride out door
The above two examples clearly tells you by just adding flash with the correct exposure set by reading the ambient light together with the right amount of flash value to be fired you will have a perfect and balance natural looking image. Who says by using flash it will look unnatural and spoil the ambient light?
About the Author
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Posted: 06 Sep 2013 02:14 PM PDT
At 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier is Washington's towering fourteener (14er), nestled between many other prominent peaks in Rainier National Park. Despite being one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world and one of the most treacherous alpine climbs in the United States with its many crevasses and glaciers, Mount Rainier is a popular mountaineering challenge among North Americans; on average, it hosts 10,000 summit attempts per year, only half of which are successful due to harsh weather conditions and frequent avalanches. One climber captured this photo of his team descending the mountain along the Disappointment Cleaver route, warmed by one of Rainier's famous sunrises:
No, the curvature of the horizon in this photo is not natural. Rather, this effect was accomplished through the use of a fisheye lens, an extreme wide-angle lens that adds creative distortions to photographs. The fisheye lens was originally developed for meteorology and astrophotography, since it allowed meteorologists to capture the formation of clouds and astrophotographers to capture the spherical shape of planets in conjunction with the movement of stars.
While the fisheye lens has a controversial reputation among landscape photographers, take a look at the photograph without spherical distortion:
Perhaps the fisheye lens does breach the bounds of reality, but spherical distortion clearly benefits the shot, infusing the photo with a certain vastness that shouts, "We really are on top of the world!"
Go to full article: Interesting Photo of the Day: Fisheye View of Climbers Descending Mount Rainier
Posted: 06 Sep 2013 01:33 PM PDT
Back in May, Adobe made the decision to end perpetual licensing on some of its software (most notably Photoshop), forcing many users to convert to the subscription based Creative Cloud option. This meant no more paying a one time fee for Photoshop and using it as much as you like. If users wanted to use the lastest versions of Photoshop and other Adobe Suite applications, they now had to subscribe for $49.99 a month for access to all apps or $19.99 a month for a single app. As you can imagine, this did not go over well with many photographers and other Adobe product users.
Overwhelmed in a sea of complaints and with a petition to reinstate the perpetual license model collecting a solid 39,000 signatures, Adobe presented a new bundle for photographers at the annual Photoshop World conference. The new deal is still subscription based, but includes the following perks:
However, the deal comes with three constraints: First of all, you must already have a version of Photoshop, CS3 or later. Secondly, if you want to keep your $9.99 price, you have to sign up by December 31. Lastly, it is subscription based and you cannot end your subscription without also ending your $9.99 price guarantee.
For those who lashed out against Adobe’s unfavorable decision in May, now may be the time to reconsider. The $9.99 price tag will reaming locked in forever for those who stay within the above constraints.
Go to full article: Adobe Answers Photographer’s Uproar with Low Cost Bundle
Posted: 06 Sep 2013 12:15 PM PDT
Car camera rigs are created for the purpose of photographing moving cars. Oftentimes, these exposure will last several seconds so that the background is blurred while the car is nice and sharp. The trick is creating a rig that’s stable enough to hold that camera still for those few precious seconds while the car is moving. In this video, photographer Andrew Whyte pushes the limit of his rig by attempting a one-minute long exposure:
Tricks to Nailing a Good Long Exposure Car Shot:
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