When you photograph songbirds from a blind, this question usually arises. Should you use flashes? In this video, professional bird photographers Doug Gardner and Gary Carter show you how they use flash units. To open up the shadow areas, Gary uses his flash often, but he dials it down to minus two or minus three. He will also employ a flash extender or beamer to illuminate the bird, not the entire scene. The goal is to pop a glint in the eye and light up the dark areas. Basically, you are imitating full sunlight. Using the flash unit and attachments, Doug and Gary photograph cardinals, white-throated sparrows, downy woodpeckers, and blue birds feeding their young.
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 >>
You’ve watched pro photographer, Tony Sweet, shoot the cell block. Now it’s time to create a single HDR photograph from the multiple images. Tony will show you how to create an HDR master folder. How to align your source images. How to adjust for white balance and reduce chromatic aberrations. You will also learn tone…Watch Now >>
The problem in photographing the hall of mirrors was the wide dynamic range of light. In this editing video, post production instructor, Tony Sweet, shows you how to solve that problem in HDR processing. After combining the seven source images, Tony works his HDR image through tone mapping in the Photomatix default setting. He experiments…Watch Now >>
Photographing a hall of mirrors? Now there is a challenge! In this video, professional photographer and instructor, Tony Sweet, takes you into the old prison for a complex lesson in High Dynamic Range photography. “The lighting is difficult because of the skylights and mirrors,” Tony explains. Shooting with a 14mm lens at f22, he makes…Watch Now >>