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.
The six images have been captured, and now it’s time for processing Al Capone’s cell. Post production instructor, Tony Sweet, drags the HDR-processed RAW file into Photomatix, his favorite HDR software. When he runs into a problem with an overexposed skylight, he corrects with tone mapping and the white point point tool. He discusses saturation,…Watch Now >>
When you’re going out in the spring to capture images of beautiful buds and blooms, it’s important to be prepared. In this session, you’ll learn how to plan ahead for the right blooms, and what gear you need to pack for the conditions you’ll face.Watch Now >>
This old prison was full of photo ops. But Al Capone’s prison cell? Professional photographer and instructor, Tony Sweet, found this old cell to be the ideal subject for a HDR photograph. You will learn how to handle mixed lighting, from lamp light to window light, from the bottom of the gray scale to the…Watch Now >>
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 >>