If you’re just getting into photography and you’ve been reading everything you can get your hands on to learn about taking great photos like I did, you’ve undoubtedly read about exposure value, usually abbreviated as EV. But exactly what is exposure value, and for that matter, exposure itself?
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One of the most difficult aspects of photography in broad daylight is to ensure that both the ground and sky are properly exposed. Often times what will happen is that the sky will be completely blown-out and show as bright white (or close to it) in the photo. This makes for a pretty boring image. […]
HDR photographs are produced by combining multiple copies of the same image recorded at different exposures. Adobe Lightroom is one software package that makes it very easy to combine these multiple exposures into a single HDR image. It’s so simple in fact, that it can be done with literally 2 clicks.
There are many different ways of shooting HDR photos, but today we’re going to look at HDR photography using Exposure Bracketing. This is a bit more work than using your camera’s built-in HDR mode but offers a number of advantages such as the ability to shoot in RAW format, and more control over the end […]
One of my favorite times of year in Vancouver is the three-week period between mid-March and early April when the 40,000+ cherry blossom trees throughout the city are in full bloom. They are literally on every street and it’s a really amazing sight if you ever get the chance to go there. As I understand […]
One of the most striking things about truly exceptional photographs of people is when they have bright, remarkable, eyes. It’s one of those things that really gives photos that wow-factor. In this guide, I’m going to show you how to brighten eyes in Photoshop and make them truly stand out.
If you’re like me, the last thing you want to be lugging around all day is a big heavy tripod in addition to the rest of your gear. And if you’re moving around between different locations a lot, it’s such a pain in the butt to be constantly setting up and tearing down. But I […]
One of my favorite photography tricks is to shoot photos with a blurry background effect, also known technically as bokeh. It really draws attention to the subject you are focusing on in your photo while still giving the viewer an idea of the overall context in which it was taken.
The trend with photographers these days seems to be along the lines of ignoring lighting issues during the shoot and to fix them in Photoshop afterward. It’s certainly possible to do this in most cases, but not always. The best example of an unfixable issue is if the sky is completely blown out compared to […]
Have you ever seen a photograph of a waterfall, where the water is smooth as silk? Or how about a photo of a dolphin jumping out of the water where the dolphin itself is sharply focused and not blurred beyond comprehension? You can’t achieve those looks yourself using the camera’s auto mode, unfortunately. Today I’m […]
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