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Using a Full Spectrum Camera – Part II
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Using a Full Spectrum Camera – Part II

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)

Converting your old Nikon DSLR into a full spectrum camera promises to open up an entirely new world of photography for you. This conversion allows your camera to capture ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) radiation in addition to regular, visual light (VL). In this second part of the series, we’ll look at using long pass filters and IR filters and how they produce different types of effects when using a full spectrum camera. Read more...

Using a Full Spectrum Camera – Part I
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Using a Full Spectrum Camera – Part I

Jon Nadelberg (jnadelberg)

Converting your old Nikon DSLR into a full spectrum camera, one that can capture ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) radiation in addition to regular, visual light (VL), opens up an entirely new world in photography for you. In this first part of the series, Jon Nadelberg shows us the options on converting your camera and what a full spectrum camera can do for you. He also digs into and profusely illustrates how to manipulate light and color to achieve different types of results, using various optical filters and Adobe Photoshop settings. Read more...

Digital Infrared Photography – A Brief Introduction
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Digital Infrared Photography – A Brief Introduction

Dan Wiedbrauk (domer2760)

Infrared Photography is an opportunity to flex your creative muscles by seeing the world differently than your own bare eyes do, discovering invisible details, colors and tones of landscapes, flowers, buildings, and everything around you. Read more...

Neutral Density Filters – When, How, Why
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Neutral Density Filters – When, How, Why

Ernesto Santos (esantos)

Starting with What are Neutral Density Filters, Ernesto Santos illustrates with his own images When to use them, How to use them and Why, showing us the possible wonderful results when used appropriately, reason for which they are must-have lens accessories, always in his bag. Read more...

Shooting at Twilight
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Shooting at Twilight

Josh Larkin (tonupbandit)

Your eyes can still see perfectly, but your camera can't keep up with you. Shooting at twilight can be challenging, but if done properly, you will be rewarded with beautiful sky colors in the background. How to work with lighting to get the right exposure for your photographs? Read more...

Balancing Ambient Light with Flash
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Balancing Ambient Light with Flash

Josh Larkin (tonupbandit)

I've got an understanding of apparent light size. I know what happens when I change the distance between my light source, my subject and my background. And I've moved through diffuse and direct reflections. Now it's time to get into some of the practical aspects of flash photography, and there's no place better to start than balancing ambient light with flash. Read more...

Specular Highlight Control
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Specular Highlight Control

Josh Larkin (tonupbandit)

In my last post I started looking more closely at diffuse and direct reflections and how both reveal the form and surface texture of a subject in a photograph. Through my exercises, I was able to exert better control over the placement and look of direct reflections, or specular highlights, and now I want to apply that knowledge to a subject where this has a dramatic impact on the end result: metal. Read more...

Neutral Density & Color Graduated Filters
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Neutral Density & Color Graduated Filters

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Quite often the correct exposure for a background in a scene is not the best one for the foreground or viceversa. The most common problem is that the bright sky is reproduced perfectly while the landscape is underexposed; in fact pitch black most of the times. These are the occasions where the color and neutral density (ND) graduated (grad) filters can make the difference between a bad image, a good image and a better one. Read more...

Reflections
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Reflections

Josh Larkin (tonupbandit)

In my quest to better my own lighting techniques by going back and working through lessons in various books and on websites, I've looked at apparent light size and the inverse square law. Both of these topics and exercises gave me a better handle on the three aspects of light as it relates to a subject: the lit portion, the shadow portion and the transition areas that fall in between. Read more...

Lightsphere Flash Diffusers
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Lightsphere Flash Diffusers

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

We are often faced with complex lighting situations when we want to balance the light coming in from several sources into a scene and our subjects. Weddings and social events at noon time in large rooms, or churches, with large windows can become a nightmare with its mix of harsh light and strong shadows. After using for long a white card with a rubber, various solutions came to market and I have successively used most of them. Read more...

Control Over Your Lights With Distance
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Control Over Your Lights With Distance

Josh Larkin (tonupbandit)

In my article on Apparent Light Size, we saw the differences in light produced by large and small light sources. I demonstrated this by starting with a flash in a small softbox set up very close to a small object, therefore making a large light source. I then moved the light farther and farther away, thereby simulating a smaller light source. Read more...

Apparently, size does matter...
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Apparently, size does matter...

Josh Larkin (tonupbandit)

Despite what you may have heard, size matters. Of course, I'm talking about the size of your light source here, which is what you were thinking, right? Portrait photographers often use large modifiers -- think 50" softboxes, 43" umbrellas, etc. -- to soften the light hitting the subject. And that's what we want most of the time (film noir shooters excluded), nice soft light that transitions slowly from highlights to shadows. Read more...

Learning to Light (Series 1 of 6)
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Learning to Light (Series 1 of 6)

Josh Larkin (tonupbandit)

My first experiences with flash photography involved the on-board flash, me fumbling around with camera settings, and a subject that wound up looking like he, she or it had been nuked. I quickly learned that the pop-up flash is really only good for a few things: mug shots and drivers licenses. Read more...

The Benefits of using a Light Meter
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The Benefits of using a Light Meter

Dan N (Dan_BergerBros)

While the built in meters of our new DSLR’s are extremely accurate, and generally do a good job, there are numerous benefits of using a hand held light meter. The built in meter of the camera is a REFLECTIVE meter, meaning that it takes a reading based on the light reflecting off of the subject. This works perfectly when your subject is a perfect 18% grey tone, but in reality,... Read more...

Photo Image Filters for Adobe Photoshop (free)
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Photo Image Filters for Adobe Photoshop (free)

Michiel Kamermans (Mikepoison)

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Photo Image is a collection of Adobe Photoshop® filters meant for retouching photographs. The collection consists of Chrome, Enhance, Expose and Temperature filters. See what you can achieve with them on our examples. Read more...

UV, Haze & Skylight Filters
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UV, Haze & Skylight Filters

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

When we buy a lens it is with a purpose in mind, with great expectations and with some effort. Surely we want to protect it from dust, dirt, moisture, fingerprints, scratches and even from a fall. From my own personal perspective, the best way to give our lens that protection -in addition to care- is to place a good multicoated filter and a hood on it and leave them both there at all times, except when using an also multi-coated polarizer. Read more...

How to Adjust Hoods for Rotating Filters
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How to Adjust Hoods for Rotating Filters

Don F. Echler (badcreek)

I often use a polarizer and neutral graduated filters. These filters rotate to different positions, depending on the effect desired. The recent trend to deep, scalloped lens hoods (tulip shaped) present a problem with these filters. Because the lens hood is so deep, it's almost impossible to reach the filter ring. As a practical matter, these filters must be used with the hood removed. Read more...

What Filter System?
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What Filter System?

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

There are two basic filter types or systems to choose from, the screw-in and the slide-in types. The first are circular integrated filters with a mounting ring that screws into the front thread of a lens, and with a thread on the other end to screw other filter(s) or attach a hood. The second consists of a threaded adapter to screw into the front of a lens and a filter holder with one or several slots, where square or quadrangular optical resin filters slide-in. Read more...

Starting with Diffusion & Softening filters
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Starting with Diffusion & Softening filters

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

You may have wondered what are these filters for and what is the difference between the two. Both "diffusion" and "softening" filters are used towards the same objective: to reduce blemishes and wrinkles in portraiture. Make people look better. The soft filter is just a more elaborated diffusion lens. Read more...

Flash Guide - The Teddy Bears Test
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Flash Guide - The Teddy Bears Test

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The Nikon® flash system is a wonderful tool. Notwithstanding, new users seem disconcerted with the names, descriptions and instructions to use it, not to mention how to use it well. Most feel a visual demonstration is imperative, so here it is - the shot of two teddy bears, one light, one dark. Read more...

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