With proper technique and the right camera, it is possible to get good HDR images even though you aren’t using a tripod or other camera support. Here are ten tips for handholding your camera: Use a camera that has an automatic bracket function, so that when you push the shutter release your camera automatically and quickly takes more than one photo of the same subject at different exposures. Use this function when you don’t have a tripod. Read about automatic bracketing in your camera manual, to be sure you are doing it the right way. … [Read more...] about Handholding your Camera for HDR Photography
Photofocus contributor Nicolesy ran a great post about HDR lately where she asked, is it a fad? The debate in the comments pointed out to me that most folks think you have to shoot from a tripod. While this is ideal, it's not critical. The image below was shot handheld. 5 brackets two stops apart each to capture the full dynamic range of the scene. I was shooting up from a dark alley into a bright sky. I find that the alignment tools in Photomatix Pro are pretty awesome to compensate for shooting handheld. Plus if you modify your … [Read more...] about Handheld HDR — Is it Possible?
I was recently shooting in a museum that had a no tripod rule. It also seemed to have little budget for lights either as the display cases were pretty dark with a lot of harsh reflections. One of the exhibits had some old cameras and gear. I had a nostalgic moment when I saw one of the first cameras I shot with during my music journalism days. Of course it was in shadows and behind glass. But I combined the two problems to create a solution. Here's how I got the shot using just my camera (no filters or tripod). Position the camera so … [Read more...] about Shooting Through a Glass Case
Im currently traveling on a vacation where Ive chosen to leave as much gear behind as possible. Okay lets be honest. Its a family vacation and my wife informed me Id be leaving it most of it behind. Im really enjoying digging deeper into HDR shooting and processing. The auto-align features in Photomatix Pro are liberating and allow for handheld shooting in many lighting conditions. Heres a five-exposure shot with bracketing set to +/- 1 increments. The end result Im happy with. Heres how I shot it without a tripod. Find a sturdy surface … [Read more...] about Shooting HDR Without a Tripod
This week Im traveling light on vacation. Im doing my best to carry the least gear possible so I can take in the sites around me. I decided to do a days shooting without a tripod (even a mini one) to see what I could do using my surroundings. Ill have a series of short posts on techniques Im trying, but lets start with the Leaning Bow and Arrow (and no, were not talking about the Kama Sutra). I was shooting inside a museum with very little light and a no tripod rule. Here are the results. For this technique, I used both my gear and … [Read more...] about Shooting Without A Tripod – The Leaning Bow and Arrow
Almost every camera you can buy comes with some sort of light meter built-in so why would you use a hand-held meter? There are plenty of reasons. 1. If you shoot with a studio strobe you really almost have no choice. You need a meter to register the short duration of the flash on your subject. 2. Hand-held meters are generally more accurate than the most sophisticated in-camera meters. Using a hand-held meter you have a chance to read the light striking the subject not reflecting from it. That makes a big difference. 3. It's easier to … [Read more...] about Quick & Dirty – Five Reasons To Use A Handheld Meter
Yes there is a right way and a wrong way to hold your camera. While this may seem elementary, a surprising number of beginning photographers have never received formal instruction on this subject and consequently, their camera holding technique is unacceptable. If you want to get the best hand-held camera experience, here five simple tips: 1. Bend your knees and spread your feet approximately shoulder-length apart. 2. Keep your elbows tucked in CLOSE to your sides. This makes a more stable shooting platform. 3. Cradle rather then HOLD the … [Read more...] about How to Properly Hold Your Camera