Photographing shorebirds takes some exposure adjustments. In this video, expert wildlife photographer Doug Gardner sets up on a beach and looks for the perfect exposure to capture these active birds. It’s early morning, and the water is cool blue, the marsh grass a warm green. Doug measures his exposure off the water, his camera reading it as neutral gray. But most of the birds are white. He compensates by adding 2/3rds stop. For portraits, depending on the tonal value of each bird’s feathers, he suggests spot metering. For birds in flight, you might want to use aperture priority. Because of the extreme tonal range of birds, Doug recommends shooting in the golden light of early morning or a couple hours before dusk.
How do you capture a scene bathed in mostly dark, natural light? In this Capturing Window Light video, professional photographer and instructor, Tony Sweet, takes you to a shadowy prison cell and uses a long set of exposures for his HDR photograph. The average, aperture priority setting calls for 15 seconds at 400 ISO. Tony…Watch Now >>
How do you go about processing the tower window, given the difficult lighting? In this video, post-production instructor, Tony Sweet, explains, “This is the classic, high dynamic range situation.” The tower window glows with bright, diffused light, while the cell block falls to deep shadows. You will learn Photomatix software and how Tony goes about…Watch Now >>
After capturing the prison yard in extreme lighting conditions, how would you go about processing the yard? Post-production instructor, Tony Sweet, walks you through the steps to achieve the final HDR photograph. Using Photomatix software, he discovers haloing around the clouds and pulls back the strength. In the default setting, Tony makes general adjustments: white…Watch Now >>
A HDR photography session in a deserted prison? Why not! Professional photographer and instructor, Tony Sweet, takes you to an old prison cell block for what he calls “a great HDR venue” because of the dynamic lighting range from bright skylights to dark stone walls. You will learn to deviate from your normal light reading…Watch Now >>