Monthly Archives: March 2014

Tilt-Shift Photography and Miniature faking technique.

Tilt-Shift photography is a technique that helps to create miniature effects in the images, among other things.

Tilt-Shift photography is the special technique that implies the usage of camera movements. It pertains to the small- and medium-format cameras. Tilt-Shift photography usually involves the utilization of particular lenses. The lenses for such kind of photography are special Tilt-Shift lenses.

Image

source http://visualphotoguide.com

Bogus miniature photographs can be produced by capturing an image that is focused throughout the so-called focal range. In other words, the foreground, midground, and background should be in focus. Later, the photographer selectively blurs some details or some objects of the image in Photoshop, Gimp or some other image manipulation program.

Image

source http://www.smashingmagazine.com

The “Tilt-Shift” term refers to two different kinds of lens movements. The first, Tilt, is the rotation of the lens in relation to the image plane. Tilt regulates the Plane of Focus (PoF) and is responsible…

View original post 149 more words

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Tilt-Shift Photography and Miniature faking technique.

Tilt-Shift photography is a technique that helps to create miniature effects in the images, among other things.

Tilt-Shift photography is the special technique that implies the usage of camera movements. It pertains to the small- and medium-format cameras. Tilt-Shift photography usually involves the utilization of particular lenses. The lenses for such kind of photography are special Tilt-Shift lenses.

Image

source http://visualphotoguide.com

Bogus miniature photographs can be produced by capturing an image that is focused throughout the so-called focal range. In other words, the foreground, midground, and background should be in focus. Later, the photographer selectively blurs some details or some objects of the image in Photoshop, Gimp or some other image manipulation program.

Image

source http://www.smashingmagazine.com

The “Tilt-Shift” term refers to two different kinds of lens movements. The first, Tilt, is the rotation of the lens in relation to the image plane. Tilt regulates the Plane of Focus (PoF) and is responsible for the part of the image that appears to be sharp. The second, Shift, defines the movement of the lens parallel to the image plane. Tilt is used to control the orientation of the plane of focus(PoF). Shift helps to transform the line of sight, avoiding the merging of parallel lines. It is handy when photographing skyscrapers and tall objects.

Image

source http://visualphotoguide.com

Tilt-Shift miniature faking is a technique that uses image manipulation software to make images resemble mini-scale photography.

Most photographers agree on the matter that the Tilt-Shift technique is more complicated that the Miniature-Faking technique. The Tilt-Shift technique is more artistic and helps to enhance the creative visual look through the focal plane changes relative to an aspect of the overall composition of the image.

Image

source http://www.tiltshiftphotography.net

Image

source http://visulaphotoguide.com

 

Image

source http://visualphotoguide.com

Photoshop tutorials on tilt-shift and miniature faking photography can be found at http://tiltshiftphotography.net/tilt-shift-photography-photoshop-tutorial/

by Maryia Komar

2 Comments

Filed under Uncategorized

Slow Shutter Photography

In the complete opposite spectrum from my last blog, this blog focuses on slow shutter speed photography. While high speed photography captures the natural movements of objects and freezes them in place. Slow shutter photography uses the same movements, but creates a new experience. The trick is to set your cameras so that the shutter will stay open longer and can capture the movement of the objects in the frame.

slow shutter

 

This shot was of a road that curves through the mountains. The lights that are captured are from the headlights and taillights of vehicles as they drove through the area. The lights created beautiful streaks that curve with sharp colors.

slow shutter 2

 

In this photo, the clouds were captured moving and is a great comparison to the pier in the foreground. While the pier is crisp and clear due to it staying stationary, the sky and water show a motion blur due to them moving within the frame during the exposure time.

Of course, it’s even possible for anybody to have a little bit of fun with this style. All it takes is a bright enough light or flame, and you too can create any type of pattern that you can think of. If you’re really good, you can even write messages for the viewers, just remember to write them backwards so they aren’t flipped in the resulting photo.

slow shutter 3

 

Obviously, these lights weren’t just floating in the air waiting to be captured, they were created using the method above.

Slow shutter photography can easily turn into the most creative form of photography there is. The idea of using natural objects to create unnatural patterns or lights in order to form a whole new artwork is mesmerizing to me. If there ever was a form of photography that truly takes advantage of it’s surroundings, this would be it.

For more slow shutter photos, visit: http://photography.tutsplus.com/articles/50-stunning-slow-shutter-speed-images–photo-476

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

High Speed Photography

This might be my favorite type of photography there is. The reason is  because high speed photography allows us to see things we are around everyday in a brand new light. We are all aware what a balloon filled with water looks like after it pops, it leaves behind a very big mess. But with high speed photography, we can freeze the action in place and really see what it looks like.

high-speed-photography-water-balloon1

 

What most people don’t realize is when a water balloon pops, the water actually maintains the shape for a fraction of a second, but we can never actually see that with our own eyes. That is where high speed photography can really show what it is made of.

high-speed-photography-7

 

In this photo, this child had water on him and he shook some of the water off. The camera was able to capture each individual drop in good quality as it flew in the air.

This style can only be achieved with a very fast shutter speed and plenty of light. The equipment used here is usually some form of a flash. Sometimes it can even be hooked into a microphone and is set up to go off with the camera at the absolute second a noise is picked up. This is how most pictures of balloons popping are captured. Or even other items we can’t even see, like a bullet flying through the air.

high-speed-photography-card

 

This photo captured the moments of a bullet being fired and tearing through a playing card. The speed was so fast that the card is in two pieces, but the top half is still floating in the air.

This style is probably the most impressive based solely on the images that it can capture. It allows us to see what was previously thought to be unseen, and gives us a new perspective on the objects around us.

For more photos, visit:http://www.smashingapps.com/2010/01/17/40-stunning-examples-of-high-speed-photography.html

sshockl

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Dorothea Lange and her photojournalism

In case you were wondering, or couldn’t tell photojournalism is my favorite style of photography. I love how it captures the moment and the emotions of what is going on in an event or time period. I love how the photos truly tell a story. One of my favorite photojournalism photographers is Dorothea Lange.

jj

Dorothea Lange was a photojournalist who worked for the US  Farm Security Administration during the Great Depression and the aftermath of the Dust Bowl. Her job was to go around and capture the labor camps and the migrant workers for the administration so they could see what was going on and see how the people were living. The picture above is one of Lange’s most famous pictures. It is of a migrant mother with her children. She worked for the pea farm. Lange said the women in this picture didn’t ask any questions as if she understood this picture was going to help her.

aada

I love this picture, it is one of my favorites of Lange’s. I love how she captures the emotions of the kids and their expressions which is what photojournalism is all about. Lange loved photographing people. When she was in college she interned for Arnold Genthe who was a famous portrait photographer. When she graduated she opened up her own portrait studio and was one of the first women to be a photographer as a profession.

d1

Lange capture the story in the pictures she took and was able to use these to put a face to the great depression and the labor camps. But not only did she capture the story in the picture, she also learned the stories of the people in the picture. Lange had a limp due to polio she contracted as a child and in some ways it made it easier for her to get to know people and their stories because they were more likely to open up to her.

Not only did Dorothea Lange capture the stories of people and put a face to the Great Depression and the Labor Camps, she also helped to pave the way for women in the career field of photography.

To look at more of her pictures you can go to this website:

http://www.shorpy.com/dorothea-lange-photographs

Jhitchens

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Beginner Tips for Flower Photography

Now that the weather is getting nicer, I wanted to introduce some tips on how to take photos of flowers.

DSC08957

1) Think about lighting – Direct sunlight isn’t good when shooting  flowers because it casts harsh shadows and creates bright highlights; these are bad for exposure. Cloudy days along with the golden hours of the early morning or late afternoon are good times to take pictures. These times usually tend to be warmer, create less harsh lighting, and help naturally saturated colors to glow.

http://www.apogeephoto.com/oct2013/Edwin_photos/DSC08957.jpg

macro-photography (3)

2) Use Macro Lens – Sharp focus is important for flowers. If you’re interested in taking close ups of a flower and keep the sharp details, this lens will help.

http://webneel.com/daily/sites/default/files/images/daily/11-2012/macro-photography%20(3).jpg

flower-butterfly

3) Use a Tripod – Keeping a steady hand can be difficult especially when outdoors on windy days. Using a tripod can help keep the point of focus.

http://cdn.digital-photo-secrets.com/images/flower-butterfly.jpg

Flower-01

4) Use a shallow depth of field – A shallow depth of field gives the flowers a prominent spot in the image. Depth of field can capture the flower’s image perfectly.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/learningenglish/2011/07/29/Flower-01.jpg

SONY DSC

5) Change your point of view – Finding a flower’s good shape and having good backgrounds are important. Move around and try different angles for more interesting images. Ensure that it has good petals and nice colors so that the pictures show “perfect flowers.”

http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/28100000/Orchid-flowers-28139195-2560-1703.jpg

I hope this information was helpful.

mkung

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Shooting Photos in the Dark

Shooting photos is the dark can be very hard for those of us that don’t know what we are doing; I have researched this process and have found some helpful tips for those who wish to attempt night time photos.

1.Disable flash (since we did that first day of class we need not worry)

2.Use a tripod- Since your shutter will be slow (to draw in more light) we want to keep camera still.

3.Use self timer – This is another way to make sure you don’t move the camera even a little bit during the shot.

4. Bracket shots – Bracketing is taking a few pictures of the same thing at different exposures. You can then choose the best pictures out of each bunch.

* Exposure times are hit and miss. You may want to just experiment a little at first. But do remember that the slower the shutter speed the the more light you can draw in.

flashlight_in_the_dark

SF dark

Niagara_Falls_-_American_Falls_At_Night

Genos

moon_at_night

I hope this is helpful. For more information please try the following link.

http://www.opendigitalphotography.com/techniques-and-gears/54-night-and-low-light-photography/57-shooting-in-the-dark-night-digital-photography-tips.html

Happy shooting.

Beastbu1

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized