Shooting a set of pictures with bracketed exposures and combining them in HDR software is the best way to record all the details in a scene, even in very dark and very bright areas. The software, like Photomatix, does a great job of making all the details visible. However, there are times when the details included with the HDR are not what you want in your finished photograph. HDR photos of people are often not flattering because there's too much skin detail, and even landscape details may not be what you wanted to emphasize in your finished … [Read more...] about HDR 101: How To Keep Important Details in HDR’s
Being a part of a local photowalk group, I often experiment with different techniques during our outings. One of our group leaders, Dianne Carroll Burdick, has long taught the importance of looking up and taking advantage of different perspectives. For me, looking up has turned into one of the most important aspects of photography I've learned over the past few years. Doing so has helped me create unique photographs that show new details and interesting viewpoints that looking straight ahead wouldn't present. On Saturday, I was once again … [Read more...] about The Importance of Looking Up
In this webinar, Richard Harrington taught us several methods for enhancing details in our photographs. As you watch, you'll learn techniques for using Photoshop, Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom, and Perfectly Clear. I'm an experienced user in all of these, and I learned new techniques every few minutes. There's something here for everyone, whether you use RAW or jpeg, shoot wildlife, insects, or landscapes. https://youtu.be/K_nvZo6n68U … [Read more...] about Instant Replay: Bringing Out the Details in Your Photos
Back in October during PhotoPlus Expo I had the pleasure of meeting the founders of a new Bag Company that had just been funded on Kickstarter, WANDRD. The two adventurous brothers were displaying a prototype bag called the PRVKE (Provoke), and it caught my interest pretty freaking quick. At the time I had been coming from several months on the road traveling and shooting, and getting pretty frustrated with my bag selection. Albeit huge, I was still lacking in that perfect travel kit bag that fit all my gear, felt comfortable, and looked better … [Read more...] about PRVKE Bag by WANDRD – A Stylish and Functional Adventurer Bag!
I had a chance to see the new release Intensify from Macphun live in New York recently. I must say that the application does exactly what it promises to help you discover the beauty in the details. The app is designed as a way to quickly improve tone, color and contrast. There are two versions of the application (available only for Mac users). I am reviewing the standard edition from the Mac App store. Intensify Available only in the Mac App store for $29.99. It runs as a standalone app. This is an introductory price and it will switch to … [Read more...] about Macphun Intensify | First Look Review
I have been photographing my new girlfriend, well not really, just my 2014 Jaguar F-Type. At my age, the car is the next best thing! It's been challenging to think of new ways to approach shooting the car. I have tons of standard shots I haven't shared. They are mostly documentary shots. This is how the car looks, etc. Now it's time for something different. I want to show off some of the amazing details in this car. The headlights were the first place I wanted to go to work. I made some shots of the lights from different angles and under both … [Read more...] about Pre-Visualizing Details In A Car Photograph
By When working with the Camera Raw dialog, you should always take the time to switch over to the Detail tab. Here you can take precise control over both sharpening and reducing noise. All raw images need sharpening. By default a value may be applied to the raw file based on a camera present. Noise, on the other hand, may not appear unless the image was shot with a high ISO setting. This is typically a problem when shooting under low light. To start, open an image into Camera Raw dialog. Click the Detail tab. Double-click the Zoom tool … [Read more...] about 88 Secrets of Photoshop — Add Detail in Camera Raw