A Viewfinder Darkly

Photography tips and tutorials

The New Responsive Web Design

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…)

Landscape Photography Exposure Tips

Adobe Lightroom's adjustment brush with a pink colour indicating the area selected.

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 photography tips for streetscapes after dark

museum at night

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…)

Single Shot HDR Processing with Photomatix Pro and Lightroom

The white chairs and detail on the old grandstand will be overexposed with normal techniques.  This is result off setting the exposure  for the chairs the HDR processing the single shot  then HDR processing the

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…)

How to Deal with Blown Out Highlights in Digital Photos

The white petals are easy to overexpose

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…)