For whatever reason, I've never chosen to invest into a remote trigger system. Whenever I did long exposures, I would just do a shutter delay on my camera, and it'd usually work out great! But once you want to take extra-long exposures (over a minute), that's when a trigger comes in handy. I recently tried out the Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Nikon cameras, while in Raleigh, NC on vacation. Getting Setup The setup process is pretty simple. Connect the receiver to your camera's hot shoe, and the supplied cord … [Read more...] about Gear Review: Vello FreeWave Plus Wireless Remote Shutter Release
Several years ago I was with a group of friends at Photoshop World in Las Vegas. After class, we decided to photograph the strip. We took the usual Vegas photos the Vegas sign, Luxor and surrounding hotels. As it got later, we focused on long exposures, capturing brake lights of cars passing by. This created beautiful light trails. Well, when the cars didn't stop they do! A buddy of mine showed us a cool trick. She held her hand in front of the lens to prevent light from passing through. I asked what she was doing. She said, Shhh. Im counting! … [Read more...] about How I Got the Shot – Light Trails
Triggertrap just released Version 4.1 of their already-amazing iOS app. Their developers re-wrote the core of the app to bring some pretty cool new features. For those that don't know, Triggertrap is a camera remote control solution that uses your smartphone to trigger your camera. The app can use things like the face detection sensor, motion sensors, internal cocks, GPS, sound and vibration sensors to trigger a camera. Whether you want to capture an epic timelapse movie, a dramatic long exposure shot or dive into explosive high-speed … [Read more...] about Triggertrap iOS Version 4.1
One of the frustrations when combining multiple exposures into an HDR image is ghosting. This appears if the camera has shifted even the slightest bit between images. HDR processing software like Lightroom or Photomatix Pro can do a pretty good job at aligning the images and removing ghosting, but it doesn't always work. The secret is to keep your camera still while you're taking the exposures, and do it as quickly as you can without touching the camera in-between shots. Its common to use a remote shutter release to keep your camera still, but … [Read more...] about Create Great HDR Images without a Remote Trigger
Like many of you, I had the Apple product announcement playing in the background at the studio recently. I was excited by the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but what I really wanted to see was the Apple Watch. There are so many possible applications for wearable computing devices and, until Apple, no manufacturer had come close to realizing that potential. Why Does Apple Watch Matter to Photographers? What makes the Apple Watch a potential game changer? A combination of form factor, Bluetooth, WiFi and apps that take advantage of all three. … [Read more...] about Apple Watch | The Photographer’s New Best Friend?