Tips for Snow Photography

January 14, 2008

Snow Clad Tress ‹ Nevada, 2001

The Luminous Landscape has an excellent compact tutorial posted on how to get the proper exposure when photographing snow.

You can read the complete tutorial here.


How To Read and Understand a Histogram

December 30, 2007

Ellis Vener over at the Professional Photographer has written an excellent article on reading and understanding the histogram on the back of your camera.  This week’s Must Read.

A histogram is nothing more than a bar graph. It shows how the luminance values in a digital or digitized photograph are distributed. The linear scale in a histogram runs from black at one end to white at the opposite end. With the exception of a scanned negative, the scale runs from left (black) to right (white). About 99 percent of the histograms we use in photography today have 256 increments, corresponding to 8-bit data depth. The histogram maps the distribution of the luminance values either as a composite of the red, green, and blue channels or in each channel, as you may have seen in the histogram display on some cameras and as option in Photoshop. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Thanksgiving for All

November 22, 2007

Best wishes to all those dSLR Dad’s in the United States.  For all of you dSLR Dad’s in other parts of the world taking the time to read my blog, make today “Big Family Meal Thursday.”

Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday.  It’s a time to create a large and wonderful meal to share with your Family and Friends. Let today be the day that you take a little extra time and appreciate those around you.  And while you’re at it, snap a few photographs of those around you.

Today’s Holiday Photography Tip:  When you look through the viewfinder, look at what’s behind your Loved One.  If you don’t like the background, change your angle or move to the side.  This is one way to move from a snapshot to a photograph.  This will not only make the background clearer, but also help eliminate the akward piece of furniture sticking out the side of someone’s head. Announces Six New Courses & Classes Now Available

November 13, 2007

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Top 12 Filter Techniques from Outdoor Photographer

November 11, 2007

Outdoor Photographer magazine’s latest article has twelve tips on how to use Graduated Neutral-Density Filters. You can read the entire article here.

I have an additional tip for you dSLR Dads. When you buy a polarizer, get the biggest filter size you think you will ever use (probably 77mm). Then you can just use a Step-Up Adapter Ring to the 77mm Filter Size on any of your other lenses.

Recipie for the Perfect Baby Photos

October 30, 2007

For all you new dSLR Dad’s out there, here are some adapted excerpts from Erin Manning’s new book Portrait and Candid Photography Photo Workshop.

1. Turn off your flash and use a fast shutter speed (she recommends 1/250 sec or higher, I recommend at least a 1/2 stop faster for toddlers) to capture the action and produce sharper images. Newborns can move unexpectedly, and older infants and toddlers are always on the move. If the light is too low and you cannot use a fast shutter speed, try increasing your ISO.

2. Focus on the eyes, the eyes are the first place people look when viewing a portrait, so make sure the baby’s eyes are in focus in your image. To ensure sharpness, use the autofocus lock.

3.Use continuous shooting mode. Babies are often in constant movement. This is where you action photography skills come in handy. By using continuous drive mode you won’t miss any moments-between-the moments. Keep taking pictures even after you think the moment has passed.

4. Remember the details. A baby’s fingers and toes are tiny for only a short time, so don’t miss the opportunity to photograph these details. Set your camera to macro mode and get in close to fill the frame.

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High Dynamic Range Imaging Wiki

October 29, 2007

High dynamic range imaging (HDRI) is a technique to combine a series of photos of different exposures into one image.  This gives you the latitude to combine a subject in the shadows and still capture a properly exposed bright, cloudy sky.  There are quite a few resources out there (and I’ve begun to create a list for a later post), but a great place to start is the High dynamic range imaging Wikipedia page.