Tutorial — Learn HDR Photography by Diana Tula

Hey! Let’s learn HDR photography together. Our instructor today is Trey Ratcliff. If you haven’t met him yet, Trey is HDR guru, old school gentleman explorer, fellow 500px-er, and an all-around great guy. So let’s venture out on a journey and learn from Trey how to take best HDR images possible, what software to choose & how to use it, and pick up a few neat ticks along the way.   Introduction HDR is an acronym for High Dynamic Range. If you use some special HDR software, you can see all the light in the final photo that you can see when you are standing on the scene. Perhaps you’ve been in a beautiful spot and taken a photo and it comes out flat and disappointing. With HDR processing there is no longer a need for that — now the final image can be as truly evocative as it was when you were there. The human eye can see so much more than a single shot...
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Tips On Shooting HDR Images With Nikon Cameras

When shooting HDR (High Dynamic Range) images there are two ways you can produce them. The first, is in camera with a built-in mode and the second is manually where the photographer produces various bracketed exposures and combines them in software once back in front of their computer. This isn't a technique just for advanced camera users either as you can also do HDR with images from compact digital cameras so long as you can control the exposure. But before we look at the how, we need to look at the why this feature is useful for photographers. Why HDR? A photographer could choose to shoot HDR images just to be a little more creative or because the scene they are trying to capture won't look at its best without it. What we mean by this is the camera's sensor doesn't see how we do so if you meter for the brighter areas of the scene then changes are you'll lose some shadow detail. Do...
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18 Things I’ve Learned from Master Photography Teachers By Mason Resnick

18 Things I've Learned from Master Photography Teachers By Mason Resnick     Learning photography has many components, but developing a personal vision is one of the most important. Here is some advice I've collected over the years.     As we at the Adorama Learning Center begin our focus on "Back to School", I've collected some great advice for photography students. I have been fortunate. I've studied with some of the world's top photographers. There is much for a photography student to learn regarding equipment choices, exposure, composition, post processing, lighting, and other nuts-and-bolts aspects of photography, But there are other less tangible aspects to photography that a great teacher, someone who has vast experience as a working photographer, will impart wisdom that someone whose only experience is in academia may not impart. So, without further ado, here's a distillation of some of the most useful things I've been told by Garry Winogrand, J. Ross Baughmann, Peter Moore, Walter Chandoah, Marsha Resnick (not related), Herbert Keppler (a former...
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How To “Read” Light In Photography – Part 1

How To “Read” Light In Photography – Part 1 One of the first very important skills I acquired in my Australian Photography course was the ability to breakdown lighting and determine approximate camera settings in images taken by other photographers. If you understand how the direction of light and its degree of diffusion are controlled and how they affect images, it should be easy for you to train yourself to “read” lighting in the images you see in magazines, on billboards and in your favorite photographers’ portfolios.   It’s like speaking a secret language. It’s fun and very helpful for your ability to set and control lighting in your own photos. In other words, it will be easier for you to successfully select your camera settings and set up correct lighting to get what you envisioned to achieve, or what your client is asking you for. It is not difficult at all and you can train yourself to do it well if you are...
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Kids Photography Ideas

All parents wish to have some reminders of their children’s childhood, but the truth is that it might be difficult to take good shots of kids. If you are struggling with problems of this kind you might be interested in kids’ photography ideas. Going Natural Don’t forget regarding photography that it is best to use natural light. If you happen to have a tree house, it would be a wonderful setting since it has natural light and it also offers some shade. Having a trip to the park is another wonderful idea since they usually have great playing areas. Get Prepared Before you actually start setting up the scene, you should start by checking the settings of your camera. Having to modify them in the middle of the shooting might make you miss a big moment not to mention that children lose interest very fast. Action Shooting When it comes to the kids’ photography ideas you have to remember that the settings you should use are similar...
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The 5 must have filters for any photographer

Photography is one hobby/profession that requires quite a lot of accessories besides the camera and lenses. The list can be very long, although it’s safe to say that not everything on the market is actually indispensable to a photographer. Some accessories however are. Filters qualify here. I’m sure most of you know what a filter is , but for those who just got here and are just taking their first steps into the realm of photography, filters are thin pieces of glass that are mounted on the front your lens with the purpose of certain optical corrections or special effects. There are a number of types of filters on the market, but here are the ones we think are must-haves for all photographers. Nikon D600  | Nikon D7100  | Nikon D800 | Canon 5D Mark III | Nikon D5200 | Canon 1D X THE NEUTRAL DENSITY (ND) FILTER   What does it do?   Basically, the ND reduces the light that’s heading for your sensor. It doesn’t do it like an aperture though. The glass is specially...
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Kids Photography – Super Tips & Ultimate Examples

So much of bubbling energy and pure spirits, every kid is unique in their own way and do have an eternity towards creativity. Language of innocence and to capture kids on their own ground dreaming about a small world will remain a huge challenge for any photographer. And this is a daunting tasks for any photographer just because of two aspects. As a photographer there is no way you could direct the moves of a kid. They are going to challenge your camera’s Shutter speed and focussing capability to the extreme. So that doesn’t mean a kid who has agreed to stand still in front of your camera, will eventually convey the desired appropriate emotions. So how would a photographer counteract all these intense situations and thereby produce a photograph which honestly provokes and translates the mood and character of the kid. Well let us discuss in this most interesting post of ours. Photo Credit: Toddlertoes Dress and Design To make them belong to their world,...
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