If you’ve got a spare day or two, why not try your hand at doing a refractograph. No lenses required, just a dark room, a camera, a fair few stands, and a light source. The results look pretty amazing.
Canon have come up with a great walkthrough on exposure settings in their photography guide. They also have this great little application which allows you to adjust a specific shot and immediately see what the results would be so you can gain a better understanding of how different exposure settings work.
If you’re fortunate to live near some stunning mountain scenery or perhaps you’re about to head off on your travels, then have a look at this tutorial over at Nature photographers. It’s a great little tutorial covering the main points of photographing mountains and mountain ranges.
I stumbled across a tutorial recently on how to produce those excellent reflections through water drops. Yuval Vaknin takes you through the process of macro photography using glycerin drops. I guess glycerin is better than water as it keeps it’s shape better. It’s quite a drawn out process, but as you can see from the tutorial, the results are very impressive.
The Art of Photography have produced an interesting video providing an overview of abstract photography, concentrating on a number of the main photographers from the past 100 years or so. It’s an interesting watch, and worth having a look if you’d like to find out a bit more about various abstract photography techniques.
When you’re a kid, you’re told to keep the camera as still as possible. Good advice – usually. However, if you want to get the most impressive action shots then you’ll need to be nimble. This article describes how to use the panning technique.
HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is also known as HDRI (High Dynamic Range Imaging). It is basically a single image created from the combination of a minimum of three different shots of the same scene taken at different exposures: correctly exposed, overexposed and underexposed. The resulting image will have a higher number of bits per colour channel compared to normal photos.
Once you have got all the equipment you are going to need (please see my other post – Bird photography – What you need and how to use it) it is time to get out there and and get some photos. Below are a few techniques and tips to help you obtain better bird photos and to produce more ‘keepers’. Composing a photo involves you setting parameters in order to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing photo and whilst this may seem impossible in the field there are some things you can do before you press the shutter button and some you can do afterwards . Please do not take these tips to be set in stone, they should be used as a general rule only, and in some cases you may find that going against the norm produces the best photo.
It is of little wonder why so many people take the time to photograph birds, the natural variation present in this group of organisms together with the fact that they can be found on your doorstep make them a very accessible subject to photograph. However it can be quite daunting when you first decide you want to start photography or want to step up your hobby with the aim of getting a DSLR.
Motion Blur is a technique intended to capture the movement, instead of having it frozen. The most common way to understand what a motion blur picture is, is to think of a vehicle moving and impressing the sensor in a long exposure photo, and recording a blurred trail.