Apr 07, 2011 — 5 comments
A magician practices the art of illusion. Many times a photographer may practice the same thing. Who knew the art of levitation was only a few photographs and mouse clicks away? In three easy steps, Brooke Shaden shows us how to channel our inner Houdini.
Like most photographers I know, I, too, have had a love affair with taking photographs of nature. For some of us, it’s here that we first start to feel self confident about our photography. After all, most trees don’t wiggle and complain and scream out “I’ve got to go potty!” Rocks and streams rarely worry if their makeup is just right.
One thing to know about Smart Objects is how useful they can be if you will be resizing objects. In the image below, you can see the difference between an object that has been converted to a Smart Object and one that has not. Once scaled down, BACK UP again and you can see how the Smart Object maintained its resolution, whereas the other became highly pixelated and unusable.
From focal points and lighting, to weather, foreground, SHUTTER speed and more, Professional photographer David McLain provides tips for capturing great landscape and nature photography.
Having pets can be like having four-legged children. We lavish attention on them and give them treats. We also love to take their photographs and show them off in our homes or to family and friends. However, capturing great pet shots can be difficult. Pets don’t necessarily co-operate, and many factors contribute to a high quality portrait.
Joey Shanks once again delivers some fascinating insights to how you can create amazing movie lighting effects with next to no lighting gear. Just about every effect he creates is achieved with nothing more than cheap pen lights coupled with long exposures (otherwise known as light painting). Add to that a good DSLR and a decent animation editing program, and the next thing you know, you’re recreating effects that wowed you as a kid.
If you want to try street photography, you will no doubt encounter a few problems, from lighting conditions to the really scary part—photographing strangers. There isn’t one way to take street photos, but there are certain ways to prepare yourself.
Taking great pictures of your vacation can be easy if you have a few basic photography skills. In this article, you will find seven travel photography tips that will help you take fantastic pictures that you’ll enjoy for years to come.
White sets the key light from above at 100 percent, creating a sharp, full light. The lower light (with an added diffuser) is set at 40 percent, which helps to fill in the spaces and create natural light fall on the model. To create distance and pull the subject off the background, a third Skylux lights the backdrop. White shoots at f/2.8, 1/100 of a second, and at ISO 200.
With the Canon 85mm f/1.2, for example, you really can’t see a whole lot in the way of lenses inside and it’s quite an expensive lens, but you’re still losing a little light. This lens has a t-value of 1.4, which means that even though it will open up in terms of aperture, with an f-number of 1.2, you’re losing .2 on the way through the lens.
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