A Viewfinder Darkly has been slimmed down as part of its transformation into a mobile friendly web site using responsive web design techniques.
Many of our visitors around the world use their mobile devices to view the site, so it was an obvious thing to do. This also reflected my own frustrations with sites that do not fit a mobile screen, and consequently require sideways scrolling and zooming to read the articles. Hopefully you find the new A Viewfinder Darkly design easy to use on the small screen. (more…)
One common fault in landscape photograph is either the sky is overexposed, or the scene itself is too dark. When we view a landscape our eyes compensate for the changes in brightness in different parts of the scene, resulting in our evenly exposed mental picture.
Unfortunately cameras use the same exposure settings for the whole photo. However, photographers have developed a number of techniques to overcome this problem. These photography techniques are used while taking the photo or later during processing printing. Most of the photography techniques used in the digital era derive from film practices. (more…)
Night offers photographers different views of streets or buildings and modern digital cameras make it easier than ever to capture stunning streetscapes.
Image stabilisation technology in lenses or camera sensors along with improving high ISO noise performance gives digital photographers greater freedom for night photography.
For the sharp streetscape photography after dark use a solid camera support, such as a tripod, allowing low ISO and long exposure times.
Optimise the exposure by viewing test shots on your digital camera’s screen, and then adjusting the shutter speed based on the results. For night photography, exposure is a creative adjustment. The light intensity ranges from very bright to deep black, and usually the final exposure is a compromise due to the camera’s dynamic range limitations. (more…)
There is often a greater range of light captured in raw photo data than is revealed in standard digital photos. Including High Dynamic Range processing in the digital workflow helps photographers extract more details from their raw photo files.
I find using the well known HDR app, Photomatix Pro, in conjunction with Adobe Lightroom simplifies the processing and the management, of photo files created for the HDR process.
Normal HDR processing in Photomatix Pro needs at least three versions of a scene, each with different exposure settings. However, Photomatix Pro will work with a single file, for HDR processing. (more…)
A common problem facing photographers is the loss of fine detail in lighter areas of photographs taken in bright light.
This is due to the limited ability of film and digital cameras to reproduce the range of light from the darkest black through to absolute white in a brightly lit scene.
Although the impact of overexposed areas in a photo is often subtle, the preservation of highlights and shadows is an indication of the attention detail typical of an experienced photographer. (more…)