- New: Landscape Single & Multiple Exposure Technique eBooks
- Watch How This Clever Photo Prank Fools Unassuming Strangers (Video)
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Queen Mary 2 and Her Captain
- Understand Lens Compression in Less Than 3 Minutes (Video)
- Freerunners Use Photography as an Excuse for Their Stunts and Get Arrested (Video)
Posted: 31 Mar 2014 08:44 PM PDT
One of the first things we come to realize in landscape photography is that our cameras do not see the world as we do – expressing a brilliant beach sunset is easier said than done. These new eBooks were written to train photographers on how to harness the wild light of nature with single exposures or through the combination of multiple exposures. We were able to arrange 32% off for our readers until next Wednesday, simply use the voucher code PICTURECORRECT at checkout. The 2 new eBooks are sold in one bundle, or you can get the 4-eBook complete collection. The discount code is active for both:
Photography is a marriage of both art and craft, and for our expressive artistic side to have space to flow, we must have a certain level of technical mastery. The single exposure book outlines the importance of being able to properly expose and focus digital RAW files to create what I call good exposures.
A good exposure in a DSLR is not one that looks like the final image, it is one that contains the most data that can be used to process an excellent image on the computer later..
Just as the photography masters of years gone by were experts in the darkroom, so must we become experts in the lightroom – the computer processing zone. Harvesting great light in our RAW files is key to providing us with the maximum opportunity to create meaningful and expressive images – our messages, our communication and our art.
Some of the many topics covered:
Multiple Frame Techniques is the final part of the Harvesting Light Seascape Series. It represents the culmination of over 3 years work to bring an instructional eBook series to the market that completely teaches the process of making expressive landscape photographs in any light, in any circumstances.
Limitations of cameras to handle Dynamic Range, or the physics of Optics prevent us making images that contain our desired Depth of Field, we now have the tools and skills available to blend multiple frames for Exposure and Focus.
Video tutorials are also included with the eBooks. One Hour and 45 minutes of video was recorded specifically to accompany the eBook text, the first time the author has spoken on film about his workflow.
How to get the discounted bundle this week:
The guides come in PDF format that can be read on computers, phones and most tablet computers (they work great as mobile references out in the field). We were able to arrange 32% off for our readers until Wednesday April 9, simply use the voucher code picturecorrect at checkout.
Go to full article: New: Landscape Single & Multiple Exposure Technique eBooks
Posted: 31 Mar 2014 03:16 PM PDT
With April Fools’ Day nearing, you’re running out of time to think of fresh ways to trick your friends and neighbors. If you’re looking for a cheap–and amusing–way to fool passersby with your smartphone camera this year, check out this simple photo prank:
For the disappearing friend prank, Magic of Rahat used a basic camera app. He had a picture taken of himself at the mall. He then asked passersby to take a photo of him next to his friend, Jack, in the same spot.
Once the photo was taken, Jack stealthily snuck away while Rahat distracted the unassuming strangers and quickly flipped back to a picture of himself standing alone. The result? Freaked out photo-takers who thought they’d just seen a ghost. This sneaky trick certainly worked on some of the victims!
While a number of specialty apps, like GhostCam, are available to trick your friends, you can pull off plenty of photo pranks, like “disappearing friend”, without an app. What photography-related pranks have you tried?
Go to full article: Watch How This Clever Photo Prank Fools Unassuming Strangers (Video)
Posted: 31 Mar 2014 02:05 PM PDT
Sydney-based photographer James Morgan had a big idea when thinking of ways to shoot the Queen Mary 2 (QM2) for her 10 year anniversary. I mean, a really BIG, GRAND idea!
Meet the world’s largest ocean liner and her captain:
In order to capture the ship’s impressive size–to really honor it–Morgan asked Captain Kevin Oprey to stand on the bulbous bow, which sticks out from the front of the 151,200 tonne liner. The photograph was shot while the ship was docked off the coast of Bali. From a small boat in front of the QM2, Morgan used a Nikon camera with a very wide angle lens to capture the grandness of the ship.
Go to full article: Interesting Photo of the Day: Queen Mary 2 and Her Captain
Posted: 31 Mar 2014 12:09 PM PDT
Lens compression is a bit of a misnomer. It doesn’t compress anything, really—rather, it’s a type of lens distortion, like a fisheye or wide-angle lens. It affects how close or far backgrounds look in an image, even if the subject is in exactly the same spot. This video, less than three minutes long, does an excellent breakneck breakdown of how to understand lens compression:
Hosted by Pye Jirsa, the video aims to show honest, straightforward differences between Canon lenses. He grabbed seven prime lenses, placed a female model on a tree branch, and adjusted their camera placement so that she was always in the same spot of the frame.
What is Lens Compression?
Basically, the closer the camera is to the object, the farther away the background appears; the farther the lens, the closer together everything looks.
The easiest way to understand it is by seeing it in sequential order. The lens used is cited in the bottom-left of each image, along with the shutter speed and aperture settings:
With the 24mm lens, the tree looks like it extends a good few feet behind the model.
The background is starting to get more compressed with the 35mm…
As you can see, by the 300mm lens, it basically appears as though the tree is right next to the model. The physics of the shot have completely changed.
There’s no “better” or “worse” look, just what style you’re aiming for.
Go to full article: Understand Lens Compression in Less Than 3 Minutes (Video)
Posted: 31 Mar 2014 10:26 AM PDT
Self-proclaimed professional adventurer James Kingston seeks out the tallest objects in some of the world’s greatest cities and climbs them for no fathomable reason.
On his 2014 visit to Kiev, Ukraine, Kingston and his partner-in-crime, Mustang Wanted, climbed to the top of the 390-foot-tall Moscow Bridge. Dangling over the Dnieper River, Kingston filmed their ascent, descent, and shenanigans at the apex. The sight of two men playing atop the pillars of the bridge certainly drew the attention of drivers on the bridge below—including the police:
With his camera still rolling, Kingston and Mustang Wanted told the police that they were photographers, insisting they scaled the bridge to capture panoramas.
Kingston and Mustang Wanted’s exchange with the police went like this:
Apparently, claiming to be an English Spiderman won’t gain you any celebrity perks in Kiev—police carried these two “superheroes” away in the back seat of their cop car.
Go to full article: Freerunners Use Photography as an Excuse for Their Stunts and Get Arrested (Video)
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