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