Apr 07, 2011 — 5 comments
As any local can tell you, the natural beauty present throughout the Pacific Northwest is a sight to see. John Eklund, an Oregon native, is fortunate enough to have the Pacific Northwest as his backyard and he’s decided to share his good fortune with the rest of us by way of his latest timelapse, Purely Pacific Northwest.
Along with composition, the quality of light is perhaps the most important factor affecting the success of a landscape photograph. Whilst composition can be completely controlled, good quality light on the other hand cannot. We can however control the direction of the light and therefore use the optimum angle of light to enhance the appearance of our main subject and ultimately the success of our landscape photograph.
Working with fog machines can add an interesting element to your photography; however, getting the smoke to cooperate with you isn’t always an easy chore. If it’s warm outside, the smoke will tend to rise and dissipate quickly. Jay P. Morgan has made a helpful video tutorial on how to control the smoke and keep it laying low on the ground for a theatrical feel.
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...
Using grids to accent and smooth out imperfections on a models face is something professional photographers have been doing for quite some time. With a little instruction and practice, the technique isn’t all that hard to do and the results can save you a fair amount of time when it comes time to edit.
A successful portrait shoot depends a lot on whether or not the subject is relaxed and up to the challenge of being the center of attention. As the photographer, it’s up to you to give direction and coach your clients to help both of you make better photographs. Unfortunately, many photographers have difficulty conveying instruction because they themselves are uncomfortable in front of the camera or, perhaps, they just need to brush up on their communication skills.
Photography has a way of helping people in all sorts of ways. For example, aerial photography comes to the rescue of those who find the idea of flying through the sky, thousands of feet above ground to be a rather terrifying idea . It gives grounded folks a different perspective of things, plus it looks really cool.
For those of you who can appreciate the quality of hand made goods, you’ll probably be interested in watching the video below which shows the great lengths Lee Filters puts into making each and everyone of their products. The process is very technical and not a single step of it is done by mass production procedures to assure that each filter meets the company’s stringent high standards:
Generally speaking, it’s easier to learn new things if we have something familiar that we can compare it to. We essentially use what we know as fact to create a bridge of sorts to the unknown, making the learning process naturally flow. This is exactly the approach Mike Browne decided to take when creating a video tutorial on lighting.
When shooting portraits it’s important to take into consideration the focal length of your lens. As Jay P. Morgan explains in the following video, depending on what focal length you’re shooting on, you could get some rather undesirable distortions of your subjects face. Some of these distortions can be remedied by moving further from your subject, but that it is not always possibility.
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