Apr 07, 2011 — 11 comments
Getting photographs right in the camera is a combination of creativity, art, and technique. However, it is just as important that you are comfortable with, and understand, the settings on your camera.
Mastering exposure may sound boring – but the truth is, that understanding how your camera exposes an image can help you to have a firmer grasp of your camera’s settings and capabilities. Knowing how to get the exposure just right will lead to better images, and a much more rewarding photography experience!
The pop and blur technique is nothing new. Photographers have been using it ever since artificial lights and built-in flashes came into use. It’s basically about popping the flash and then moving the camera or the subject during the exposure to induce motion blur. Whether you want to pop first and then blur or vice versa is up to you.
The circle of confusion is a technical term used quite often in photography. It’s related to how your lens focuses as well as the aperture value that you use to shoot your images. It also influences depth of field, as well as how some lenses tend to produce softer images than others. If you’ve always been intimidated by these factors, this video by Mark Wallace should clear your confusion around the circle of confusion.
Australian photographic artist Markus Andersen uses that light to create imagery. His canvas is the city streets where he sees the chaos of life and he makes order of it through his photography. This creative short documentary shows the process Andersen goes through to capture his images and how he thinks about his art.
Taking a picture while a baby is asleep isn’t that difficult. But then when the right lighting, the right background, and the right props come into the mix, things start to get a bit complicated. In this video Kelly Brown shares some invaluable pointers for posing and photographing infants.
We all want our photographs to be tack sharp, right? Photoshop can help with that, but there are a bewildering number of choices when it comes to sharpening your images. Deke McClelland is here to demystify how Photoshop’s sharpening filters work.
Ever notice that when you try to blur a really colorful image in Photoshop or Instagram, you end up with a dark, ugly line between colors? We wouldn’t see that line in real life, so why does it appear on the computer? MinutePhysics tells us why this dark boundary shows up and explains the mathematics behind color blending on computers.
Which photographic representation is better: color or black and white?
Gavin Hoey gives us a tutorial on how to set up your flash and your camera for a perfect frozen object, and he also shares some quick Photoshop editing tips.
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