In a previous article I explained how to fix image distortions. Which is fine for photographs that have already been taken, but wouldn't it be nice not to have to fix them in the first place, or at least minimize them?Here are some tips on how to do so:1. Use voice activated or remote shutter. A voice activated shutter is the single most important tool in your image distortion prevention arsenal. It can not only prevent distortions but can... continue reading
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I recently upgraded my venerable Panasonic GH1 m43 camera with a newer one, the GH3 which was on sale. There is a GH4 out and also a GX8 and G7but there are only small improvements in the field of stills. So I went for the GH3 which is supposedly a more professional camera with more buttons and weather sealing.I am happy in general with the new camera, more features, better focusing modes, faster etc. There is one thing I never thought will show up. The GH3 is more noisy. Let me explain. The... continue reading
When I started in photography back in the mid 1990s we were all shooting film and film that was manufactured for higher light sensitivity caused the silver halide to clump together causing a phenomenon we termed "grainy." Some photographers actually liked the look produced by this high speed film and a whole art subculture was born around it.Even today, in what can be called the digital age, these same individuals still practice their craft with high speed film.Even though the "we love grain"... continue reading
This is a tutorial on how to sharpen a slightly out-of-focus image WITHOUT increasing noise.If you have an image that's just slightly out-of-focus, and you try to sharpen it by just using the standard 'sharpen' filter in Photoshop, then the result is often not very good as it will also increase any 'noise' that may be present in the image.This is especially true of images that are high contrast and have been shot in low light levels with a high ISO setting.... continue reading
LONG STORY SHORT!So you want sharpen images without noise with a good quality like a PRO. Okay, let's go.1st - Accept the limitations of your camera, it means you need as much light as cheaper your camera and lens are.2nd - Reduce ISO? As much as you don't let the image shake. Use at least the double of the angle range. (Ex. 200mm/400 of a second speed, if this keeps the image dark, higher the ISO, if it makes noise the only solution is put more light or just accept this limitation)... continue reading
You noticed a bear inside a cave just before evening. You recall seeing a duplicate of this shot in the last National Geographic magazine. You bring your thousand dollar camera up with a proud telephoto lens sticking out a couple feet and set ISO to 200 only to find shutter speed showing 4 seconds. Okay, no problem, Set ISO to 800. Still a shutter speed of 1 second. But the bear is licking its belly. Stock photo sites usually don't tolerate tongue blurs. No worries. ISO 25600. Now you got a shutter... continue reading
As a photographer, you always get to encounter situations that are worth capturing but the light is extremely unfavorable. If you have a tripod, you are good to go. But that doesn't always help. Recently while trying to make an HDR of a church interior, I wasn't allowed to set up the tripod because it would obstruct flow of tourists. The church was beautiful and I wanted an HDR, whatever happens. So I had to step up ISO to 1600 (still got a shutter speed of around 1/13 only). Thanks to Canon's outstanding... continue reading
Today I past 500 images online on DT. That's my primary goal for the first year, now I made it in eight months. I know, DT editors are not happy about flags but this one made me happy. As Swedish I will celebrate our National day next week on June the 6th. Check!My images are mostly very niche. So my strategy from the beginning is to fill the gaps. No point in shooting handshaking businessmen, pizzas or beautiful sexy women, there's litterally tons of such images out there... Check!... continue reading
Night Photography – Shooting images at Night in low lightIts Christmas time and if you are like me you want to get out at night and get some images of the lights this time of year.I did some research to help me get better at shooting Night Photography and I found some great info I wanted to share.Use long exposures (time exposure). This makes sure you get enough light into the camera.You will need a camera where you can control aperture, ISO, and shutter speeds.You will also need... continue reading
Hi everyone,I think noise (or “grain” as called in the analog photography) is the most common problem of most of us, especially for photographers who work outdoor without artificial lighting. There are many softwares, plugins and filters who try to deal with noise issue and most of us use them as “subtle” as possible, just because whenever you try to clean noise, you clean some of the valuable details off of your photos too...Whatever software you use to clean noise, you should first... continue reading
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