In this video, Karl Taylor and Urs Recher walk us through shooting a glass with a design engraved on it. They mix soft and hard light to illuminate the glass and the engraving separately.
In this video, Tony and Chelsea Northrup cover some great tips for shooting outdoors in mid-day and making lighting work for you by using shade, fill flash and diffusers in a variety of situations.
Lightroom, being the versatile software it is, has several creative effect options available for us to test. Perhaps one of the easiest effects to accomplish – and the most stunning in appearance – is the Split Toning effect, which consists of an image in which the tonal values on Highlights and Shadows are replaced by tints selected by the user. [Read more…]
In this tutorial video, photographer Ian Norman shows how he processes astrophotography images in Adobe Lightroom. It’s a pretty straightforward process, but he does a great job of explaining how why he is making each adjustment.
As part of an ongoing look at basic camera settings and features, we now take a look at Manual mode on your camera. It most commonly is available on cameras that have a mode dial and is represented by the ‘M’ on that dial – and it is a powerful camera mode that every photographer should understand. [Read more…]
This article on Giving Your Video That Cinematic Look – Why Understanding ISO Is Just as Important as Having the Right Gear is from guest author Corey Benoit.
From Still to Motion
Like many, my projects require both still and motion images and are often lacking essential light to simplify the production. Switching between the two, I have found that understanding ISO is equally as important as selecting the right gear for your shoot. This article takes a look at ISO and gear for creating cinematic video in low light situations.
The ISO Myth
Many photographers and videographers think that ISO only affects the overall exposure of the image or the light being received by the sensor, and this is a myth. ISO doesn’t just affect the exposure or the lightness/brightness of an image. It basically destroys the color integrity and accuracy. Your greens will take on a lighter shade and will most likely have noise. Reds turn into more of an orangey kind of red, and blues will typically take on a cyan color. Color pollution is a problem with higher ISO. The color matrix will be polluted the more you push the ISO. Not to mention the damage that is done to the black/gray shades. They are polluted very badly with higher ISO. [Read more…]
In these videos, Joe McNally walks through the basics of TTL flash, including lighting ratios and high-speed sync. He’s specifically talking about Profoto’s Air TTL system; however, these principles apply to smaller speedlights from Canon, Nikon and other manufacturers. [Read more…]
In the above video from Phlearn, we learn how to use advanced color tools in Photoshop. Aaron Nace walks through a unique set of tools in the Adobe Color Themes that allow you to choose complementary colors easily.