Have you seen the photo that looks so real it almost comes off of the page or draws you into it? Have you seen one that gives you the sense of actually being there? Does it seem like you are there where the photographer was and now seeing it with your own eyes?
If you have, you’ve probably seen a photo that has one or more of the following qualities that make it look realistic. Continue reading
HDR (High Dynamic Range) image processing can be a powerful tool for the photographer. However, if natural-looking images are what you’re after, there are only a few (maybe only one) that actually work. Here’s my assessment from my experience with several programs. Continue reading
Sigma’s 8-16 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens is the widest rectilinear lens made for APS-C sized cameras. This is the 35 mm equivalent of 12-24 mm. If sweeping landscape shots and front-interest images with tremendous depth are your things, then you’re going to love this lens.
Want to make the colors “pop” in your photos? Want to achieve great clarity and sharpness? Here’s one way.
Here is a video showing my edit of one of my photos. In it, I show you the software I used, the basic techniques, and why I did what I did.
Watch the video in the player on this page, and switch to full screen to see better. HD also helps see more detail.
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I’ve submitted many photos to microstock sites (sites that sell stock photos) and have had many rejections. All my rejected photos are perfectly good – even excellent. However, the microstock sites have their specific criteria, and they are very, very picky. Rejections are either for the noise of various kinds or content.
I’ve developed a technique that works to clean up the photos for submission that I will share with you in an upcoming post. As for the content, now that’s a different story, and you have to learn what these sites want before shooting and uploading. The microstock sites themselves will have content guides to help you.
With all the difficulty and prospects of rejection, why bother with microstock sites?
Fall can be an incredible time of the year for photography. With vibrant fall colors of orange, red, yellow, brown, and green, these are the ingredients for some stunning photos. There are a few steps you can take to maximize your photo’s potential and get even better shots. Continue reading
Here are some of my favorite films that are easily emulated by software.
DxO and Lightroom
When used together, DxO software and Lightroom work very well. However, I noticed an issue with my workflow and it was the color of the images. The greens and reds were noticeably stronger in DxO than in Lightroom, for the exact same photo. Here’s what I found out was the problem… Continue reading
How to Take Great Night Photos
What a lot of people don’t know is that it is relatively inexpensive and easy to take great night photos. The Milky Way, stars, and Moon are all within your reach. You can get some extremely cool-looking photos of them without a lot of effort. Here’s how…
B&H Photo Video is my recommended vendor for any photography equipment. They are based in New York and have the best sales, selection, and customer service that I have experienced.
If you’ve ever submitted a photo to a stock photo site such as iStockphoto, Bigstockphoto, Fotolia, or any of the stock and microstock photo sites, then you may have heard from them that “your photo has artifacts.” But what are these “artifacts” they speak of? And, more importantly, how can you get rid of them?
Some Guidelines (from my experience)
“Expose to the right” has been a popular saying and method of exposure for digital photographers for years, and it works in some cases. I’ll show you how to go the other way and make it work also. Maybe the time of “expose to the right” is almost over (in some cases). Here’s why… Continue reading
What is a lens’s “sweet spot?”
Everybody wants sharp and focused photos. You can get good sharpness near to far in a photo by hyperfocal focusing, but what are the limits of sharpness of your lens? At what aperture (f-stop value) will you get the sharpest photos? This is also known as the “sweet spot” of the lens. Here is a simple test you can do to find out where your lens is sharpest. But first, some basic rules…
General Rules for Lenses
The rules are about the same for every lens. Here are the general ones: Continue reading
Why Copyright? Why not?
With the software for image processing and the cameras available today, is there any reason why someone would not apply copyright information to their photos? Why, yes, yes there is — it’s called “oversight” and “stupidity.” For as easy as it is, there really is no excuse not to apply your copyright to your images. Protect them. They’re yours.
I use Lightroom software to import and touch up my photos, and there is a provision for applying copyright information to the metadata of your image right at the point of import. I simply fill in the field that applies metadata and save it as my own preset. When the photos are imported from my camera into Lightroom, the copyright notice is automatically applied.
Ever Heard of Bit Depth?
Many people have never even heard of “bit depth” so they don’t know what it means to them and their photography. Even if you have heard of it, maybe you don’t fully understand it. I didn’t, at first. Here’s what I have learned: Continue reading
To Re-work or Not to Re-work? That is the question.
Times change. Your expertise and the capabilities of your photo editing software do too. They improve. You can do more with a photo today than you could 6 months ago. But should you go back and re-work those “old” photos?
Testing the GoPro Video Camera Modes
The GoPro video camera has a lot of video modes and settings for shooting videos and time-lapse sequences, so how can anyone know which settings are correct? This was my dilemma, and it kept me from shooting anything because I didn’t know what settings to use. But, I said “screw this” and just went ahead and shot with whatever. By trial and error, I think I’ve figured out what works best. Here’s what I learned. Continue reading
Speeding Up a Normal Video to Simulate Time-Lapse
This is a video of downtown Budapest that has been sped up to three times normal speed. To see the difference between it and the original, normal speed video, I included the normal speed video below also.
How I Made This Video – Speeding Up a Normal Video
Another Example: Sunset Time-Lapse – GoPro Still Image Conversion Method Using Only GoPro Studio
This is a time-lapse video of the sunset as taken from my front yard using my GoPro camera, same as the previous one [click here to see it], but this one I make without using Panolapse. I only used GoPro Studio. So, there is no motion shown. Which do you like better?
More About This Video and a Question for You
An Example: Sunset Time-Lapse – GoPro Still Image Conversion Method Using Panolapse
This is a time-lapse video of the sunset as taken from my front yard using my GoPro camera. As it was a day to night transition, it was challenging to minimize the flicker and achieve the “Holy Grail” of time-lapse.
How I Made This Video
Driving Time-Lapse (a.k.a. Hyper-Lapse) – GoPro 4K Video Conversion Method
This is a time-lapse video of me driving from my garage into town (Williamston, MI) with a GoPro on my car roof. Click here to see a photo of my GoPro camera on the roof of my car. (This video looks really good at full screen and in HD, by the way.) It is sped up 21.978 times normal speed.
How I Made This Video – The Video Time-Lapse Video Production Method – An Alternative to Traditional Time-Lapse
The Sigma DP series of cameras have absolutely phenomenal image quality, but they output a proprietary RAW file (*.x3f) from the Foveon® system that makes them awkward to work with. Here’s how I get great photos out of this camera:
An often-asked question is “When is the right time to take photos outdoors?” Well, the best times to take good outdoor photos are during what are called the “golden hours.” These are the hours around sunrise and sunset. But why, and when are these hours? Continue reading
Do you like Maxfield Parrish paintings? Now, you can make any photo look almost like a Maxfield Parrish painting. Here’s how: Continue reading
GoPro has vastly improved its video converter and it is worth a look at using for all your GoPro camera videos. Continue reading
A Bold Statement
I’ll go against the crowd here when I say “first try the “auto” tone adjustment in post-processing your images.” Why? “Auto” has a good idea for you. Here’s how I use it… Continue reading
When it comes to your photos, how sharp is sharp enough? Almost everyone wants crisp, detailed photos without blur and in good focus. In addition some sharp edges look great in the right places. But how to achieve all of this? Continue reading
Software can do a lot to post-process your photos, but it can’t do everything. Sometimes, you just have to use a filter on your camera to achieve certain photos. Here are what filters you will absolutely have to have on hand in order to get those shots! (click to tweet) Continue reading
To watermark or not to watermark, that is the question. Often it is a good idea to put your name on the images you place on the internet – especially if they may be re-shared or, worse, stolen. Although theft is less likely that you think, it still happens and a benign way to prevent that and gain some peace of mind is through watermarking. Here’s how I do it and a few alternatives…