Dynamic Range

For the context of this discussion DR (Dynamic Range) is the range of light values that your camera can process. Your camera isn’t capable of anywhere near the range your eyes are, so this can present challenges to you, the photographer. Images with blown out (overexposed) clouds and completely dark shadows are a common problem for photographers. Each device you use to view your photos: camera; PC or laptop monitor; printer; print, can affect the way an image looks. A piece of white paper is…

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Why I use RAW format

First, if you are unfamiliar with RAW, it’s a format that applies no changes to the image that your camera captures. Images are generally 14 or 16 bit. RAW files are much larger than jpg (jpeg) files. When a digital camera is set to produce jpg files, the camera makes changes to the file: sharpening, saturation, lighting adjustments, conversion to 8 bit, and other changes depending on the camera and the settings. Generally speaking, about 90% of the info that comes through the lens and…

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Painting With Light

Photography means to draw with light, but what I am going to share with you in this post is a technique you can use to add a personal style to photos. This is something I did years ago with a 35 mm camera and just recently thought about it again when my wife saw something on line and asked me about it. There are many ways to provide the light source, but you need a controlled environment to do the painting. You’ll need: A very…

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