2. Lighting is the key to compositing. This will make the selections easier and the composite look real. The lighting on the subject and on the composite needs to match. Another trick - don't include the feet if possible. Plan ahead.
|Elephants in Mist, South Africa|
|Lion Cubs, Kenya|
|Namibian Dunes from the Air|
High Five Photo Tips for September:
1.Depth of Field is a great creative tool. Remember,
The most important item to control is the aperture setting. The larger the aperture used, the smaller the depth of field range.
A good review at: How to use Depth of Field
Even though set at same wide aperture of f/2.8, better Bokeh racked out ( ie the outer limits of the Zoom; so 200 mm on a 70-200mm zoom lens). Try it out.
3. Use your Tripod. It will help you take clear photos all the time whether it is action or close-ups.A great advantage of having a tripod is you can shoot images hands free. The reason is that you can use a remote release to start the shutter.
People often using telephoto lenses will also find the tripod useful. As having longer lenses normally create more weight to your digital camera, a tripod will keep your device steady.A tripod also slows you down and helps you think and create better images.
4. Black is needed to make an attractive B&W photograph, it says it right in the name, black and white. If you've grown into the habit of using the histogram in Photoshop or Lightroom to show you the black and white highlighted areas don't adjust the exposure or increase the fill light to the eliminate all the flashing area. Solid black in some portion of the image is not only acceptable, it's needed.
5. A good landscape usually includes an interesting foreground as the focal point that leads you into the rest of the picture.
1. Photograph the small things.
Instead of trying to fit in as much as possible in one shot, try breaking it up into 2 or 3 closer ones. Small details can often tell a story about the region your visiting. For example, the texture in a building or the details in a shop can often be lost if the photograph is taken from a distance too far away.
1. Fireworks Season is approaching and there are many techniques you can try! One is using the double exposure setting available in Nikon cameras - set for 3 to 5 exposures, ISO 200, auto gain on and single exposure mode. Shoot when bursts are at their peak. This is an alternate to the old bulb technique with the black card over the lens between bursts.
2. Another is Shooting Separate Fireworks Bursts then blending in Photoshop - Use a tripod, a cable release, zoom tele lens, camera on manual with shutter speed around 4 sec, aperture at F11. Manual focus to infinity. ISO 200. Do a test shot and evaluate it and adjust as needed. Take a background image first before the show at a wide angle to use as your background image. Then lasso the individual bursts in Photoshop onto a new layer above your background and blend with lighten. Move individual bursts as needed to line up as you like.
3. Use Black & White to add Drama - especially for dull scenes. Then adjust the shutter speed to slow the movement of water in seascapes to really add drama.
4. Try Intimate Compositions for Seascapes -
The vastness of the ocean invites the photographer to shoot the grand seascape using a wide or ultra-wide lens. But a telephoto can be used to create intimate compositions from coastal scenes, specially if you have rocks. Try different focal lengths to search for a composition you haven't considered, use a long exposure if needed to create an abstraction and you'll have a new photo.
5. Get Close -
Because wide-angle lenses take in a bigger angle-of-view than other lenses, using a wide-angle lens at the same distance from your subject will render that subject smaller than it would otherwise. To compensate for this, you'll have to move closer to your subject. Don't be bashful about getting close, particularly with super-wides.
High Five Photo Tips for JUNE:
1. Try Different Perspectives. A Simple photo taken at eye level can be turned into something truly unique by lowering your perspective.
2, Use a Wide Angle Lens - Especially in an environment where it is difficult to capture all the elements in your field of view, such as an entire beach.Some think this is the top secret of the Landscape Professional Photographer-Artist!
3. Scout your locations and Follow the Light. Look all around you. The sunset may not make the best picture. It may be the glow on the trees behind you that excites the eye. When photographing into the sun, a wide aperture (less than F11) will soften while a small aperture (above F11 - often best at F22) will allow star-shaped rays to appear.
4. Try Long Exposures. Water is a great subject. Start with one to 3 second exposures, best as the tide goes in, With ND, polarizing or Variable Neutral Density filters you can try even longer exposures - up to 400 seconds and beyond!
5. Shoot the Waves, especially during or after a Storm. Start shooting before the wave crashes and shoot continuously throughout.
|Sugar Cane Factory Road|
|Dog and Child Portrait|
|42nd Street Welcome|
|Mayor of Arthur Avenue, Bronx, NY|
AXA Tips: Caring for Photography Collections
Here are some tips from our friends at AXA Art Insurance about caring for photographs.
When Transporting Artworks:
When Framing, Hanging and Storing:
When Dealing with Insurance:
This and more tips on the Johnsonese Brokerage Spring Art & Antique Insurance Newsletter:
|Straight Fireworks_Shot with Multiple Bursts in One Frame|
|Fireworks Montage_Gloucester Harbor|
|Grapes fresh off the Vine|
|Life is a Bowl of Cherries|
|Red Twisted Sister Pepper|
|Haleakala Crater HDR with Nik HDR Efex Pro|
|Double processed as smart objects|
|Original image_Horses in the meadow|
|Surfer at dusk|