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What is Focus Stacking?Landscape photographers are obsessed with the idea of sharp images. They use a multitude of methods to ensure that they have a perfectly sharp image right from centimeters from the camera all the way to infinity. One technique they frequently make use of is a technique known as focus stacking. Focus stacking is a very useful tool that is available inside Photoshop. It is particularly useful for creating perfectly focused images which are tack sharp across the entire frame.In other words it is ideal for shooting images where you need a big depth of field. Read more...
An Introduction to Simple Post Processing in Adobe LightroomPost processing is a key aspect of your photography workflow. It is the final ingredient that makes an image pop from the initial shot you had taken. First rule of photography, that is if you wish to post process afterwards, is to shoot in RAW. Shooting in RAW allows you to retain all the basic image data without losing them through an on-camera development process. Read more...
Understanding Lens VignettingA technical term that you are likely to hear a lot is lens vignetting. Lens vignetting (sometimes also referred to as light fall-off) is a phenomenon that causes light to not reach the entire sensor after travelling through the lens aperture. A number of reasons are attributed to the phenomenon of lens vignetting. They are mainly segregated into two – mechanical and optical. The result however is the same, dark shadows in the shape of a circle at the corner of the image. Read more...
Some Tips on Landscape ImageryI would say landscape photography is the most underestimated genres of photography. Budding photographersoften think there is nothing really to it and anyone with a decent enough camera can produce great landscape images. Well just as every cat has its day, a great camera will surely get it right some of the time. But for consistent results you cannot simply leave everything to the camera.To make great landscape imagery you will need meticulous preparations and a deep understanding of the basics of exposure. Read more...
How to photograph butterfliesButterflies are one of nature’s most beautiful creations. They are colorful, bright, gentle, everything that sums up Mother Nature. Harbingers of new life they are instrumental in pollination of flowers. People have long been fascinated by them, catching them and collecting them for their personal collection. Thanks to photography we now have a new way to capture them, one that wouldn’t lead to their death and yet we can enjoy their beauty for years to come. Read more...
Five features on your DSLR camera that you probably never useYour camera comes with three handy metering systems. If you are using a Canon system camera yours have four to boast. Thus far you probably have been using only one – matrix metering; which was set as default in the camera. While I have nothing against this very intelligent and useful metering mode, it is unfortunately, however, not the best for all situations. In a tricky lighting situation, where you need to manually assign something in the scene as middle-grey, matrix metering shouldn’t be the obvious choice. Read more...
6 Ideas to Shoot Beach PhotosWe all love the beach (ok at least most of us do). I love the concept of splashing around, making sand castles with my daughter, ice-creams and burying ourselves in the sand so that only our heads stick out. I love the whole thing. In the part of the world that I am from it is peak summer, all the more reason to hit the cold waters of the beach. Each year even it is for just once we make it a point to hit the beach. Read more...
Benefits of joining a photography classDigital photography is a vast field of specialized knowledge. Well, even if not many non-photographers appreciate it (one of the reasons why we have to deal with questions like, how can you possibly charge that much for taking pictures?), we photographers know that because our blood sweat and guts are spilled every day scouting for locations, making images, editing them and then putting them up for someone to say, ‘nah I could have easily done it’. Nothing makes oneangrier. But then due to the inherent nature of photography, being both a visual art form and the fact that it is highly subjective, everyone reserves the right to make a comment. Read more...
Low angle photography tipsOne of the least used perspectives in photography is the low angle. I bet every photographer thinks why get my camera dirty when my tripod can stoop down to inches from the ground? Well, can your tripod set the camera actually on the ground? I don’t think so. Because that is one of the camera positions that I am referring to when I say low-angle. About a foot and a half from the ground is no good when you want to capture something that is crawling on the ground or you want to capture something so unique which nobody else thinks of. You have to set your camera on the ground. Read more...
Advantages of a hand-held light meter over a built-in light meterIn one of the previous articles on this website I discussed in detail the many different metering modes and their advantages. Metering modes are what tells the camera what exposure value to use for a right exposure of a given scene. As you are already aware, there are any different types of metering modes. None of these are suitable for all situations though. Some photographers are particularly biased about certain metering modes. I in particular like the spot metering mode and normally my camera is always set to shoot on spot metering. The main reason is that being I can accurately select a spot that is middle-grey in the scene and set my exposure based on that. Read more...