Based on comments and emails I have received there are still some people that are confused about how the three elements of exposure play together to determine how dark or bright an image is. Today I want you to think of the three elements of exposure as the three points of a triangle each having an equal effect on the final exposure of the image.
Category: Shooting and Lighting Tips
HDR Photography is a method of combining multiple exposures into a single image in order to achieve a greater dynamic range in an image. If that sounded a bit complex, let’s break that down a bit more. If I take a photo, the sensor only can capture a given range from light to dark, in a normally exposed image, you may lose some detail in the darkest areas and you may lose some detail in the brightest areas. But if we can take an normal exposure, an underexposed image (to get the detail in the highlights) and an overexposed image (to get the details in the shadows) and combine them into a single image, then we can get a new image that can be the best of all three.
One of the coolest new tools in Adobe Photoshop CS4 is the Content Aware Scaling. With this new tool you can scale images and yet protect certain areas from being distorted, this is very useful for a variety of different applications. This short video clip will show you just how powerful, and how easy it is to use this new feature.
Adobe has released Lightroom 2.1 and Camera Raw 5.1 along with the DNG Converter 5.1. Lightroom 2.1 has been in a release candidate state for several weeks and has some improvements and fixes over the initial 2.0 release. Both Lightroom 2.1 and Camera Raw 5.1 include camera support for the following new models:
It’s been only two weeks since we moved the podcast over to the Personal Life Media network but I wanted to take a moment and give a shout out to Susan and Tim over there. They have managed to totally clean up the fubar’d iTunes feed, get the show featured as a new release for over a week, and have helped bring the download numbers to three times what they were before we joined up with them.
Kerry and David respond to letters from readers and answer the following questions:
* What is your favorite lens for portraits?
* How do you deal with inclement weather?
* What do you wear when shooting a wedding?
* How much equipment do you carry on you when shooting a wedding
It seems like we just got into our groove with Photoshop CS3 and now CS4 is out and everyone is wondering if its really a signifigant upgrade or not. I just spent the day with the folks from Adobe to get a deep dive into the entire CS4 family and let me just say, one day was not nearly enough time to learn about everything. There are very cool changes in virtually every product in the entire suite. Today we are going to go deep into Photoshop CS4 and find out what some of the new features are and try to explain in layman’s terms what each of the new features can do for you.
The 5th major iteration of the Camera Raw plug-in is now shipping as part of Photoshop CS4. Camera Raw 5 has a number of new features:
* Local adjustment brush
* Graduated Filter
* “Post Crop” Vignetting
* Opacity for the cloning/healing tool
* Improved Auto Adjustment
* Support for the new Camera Profiles that are still in beta form
One of the shows that encouraged me to do a podcast was The Digital Photography Show by Scott Sherman and Michael Stein. Their show covered weekly news and information and quite often had some top notch guest interviews. If you were a fan of the show, or are looking for another great podcast, have no fear, they will soon be back with their own show, just not in associated with The Podcast Network.
Are you prepared for the inevitable day when something goes horribly wrong during an important shoot? Kerry and David discuss some situations when things went very wrong and how being prepared can save the day. The guys also talk about being prepared at a wedding by discussing with the church coordinator about any rules that they may have.
This week Canon released new firmware for their EOS line of cameras from the 30D up to the 1Ds Mark III. Think Tank Photo announced the new Urban Disquise 35 and the Shapeshifter Backpack. My co-host this week is David Esquire from Esquire Photography and we talk some more about how we work together to do bridal shows and why “competing” photographers can developed a great synergy by working together.
There are two types of business people in the world that I can say I have complete and total hatred of. These are patent trolls and copyright trolls. While copyright trolls aren’t as well known at the former, they are just as bad. One particular one I am going to point out today is Parent Media Group and their copyright trolling in the guise of a child photo contest.
The Urban Disguiseâ„¢35 is the perfect size for photographers on the go: it holds up to a 13.3″ laptop with a standard-size DSLR or up to a 10″ laptop with a Pro-size DSLR with lens attached. It features a large opening for easy access to equipment, it can be attached to a roller, and it can be used as a backpack with the Shoulder Harness (sold separately).
Continuing the revolution in the field of flash memory card speed and capacity, Pretec has released 64GB and 100GB, 233X CF cards with access speed of up to 35MB/s, overtaking the Pretec 48GB CF card, the previous worldâ€™s record holder for highest capacity CF card; and super high speed 333X 32GB and 50GB CF cards capable of running up to 50 MB per second of Read/Write speed, the highest speed CF card in the world.
I am all alone this week to do the podcast but there is lots of news and new articles out to talk about. From software updates to new cameras from Canon. Be sure and check it out. Also be sure and come to the forums to discuss the show, the news, and anything else photography related or not.
We have done a number of articles with different flash heads but we have never gone into the detail of how to set them up and make them work, this results in emails that we sit and explain all the details to people. So today I am going to go through how to setup these studio flashes and connect them to your camera to get the results you want.