OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS PDF
shooting Raw, which is another of my top tips, gives building or landscape as it does to an event involving By the nature of what we do, photographers. Portrait photography is not always done outside on sunny days or in a studio with professional lighting equipment. Often the greatest photo ops come outside at. The 35 Best. Photo Tips - tips that deal with camera settings pictures. • Avoid holding the camera one-handed while you shoot. .. Landscape and Close-.
|Language:||English, Spanish, Japanese|
|Genre:||Children & Youth|
|ePub File Size:||29.34 MB|
|PDF File Size:||20.73 MB|
|Distribution:||Free* [*Regsitration Required]|
Shooting Landscapes Like a Pro. Pro Tips for Capturing the Wonder of Nature. The Golden Rule of Landscape Photography. Become Married to Your Tripod . Landscape photography is one of the most challenging and most rewarding . Most landscape techniques require long shutter speeds – sometimes very long. TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FIRST PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN BY JOSEPH NICÉPHORE NIÉPCE IN FRANCE. IN , ON A BITUMEN . LANDSCAPE PHOTOS.
By selecting the correct f-stop, shutter speed, and ISO, the photographer can match the Settings Light Value to the Scene Light Value, producing the camera approximated optimal exposure.
We will adjust for any errors in metering, below. For now, learn the concept. Most of the pixels exist in the tonal values just to the right of center, denoted by a large vertical hump on the RGB histogram. This region is known as the light mid-tones. This region is representing the light green mosses and some of the water.
There is also a large vertical spike near the very right-hand side of the RGB histogram. This tells us that many pixels in the image will be pure white. This region represents the water which is almost white or pure white in the image. There is no pure white in the scene being photographed. So the RGB histogram should not display pure white pixels. The goal is to keep the histogram within the bounds of the very right-hand represents pure black pixels and very left-hand represents pure white sides.
This ensures no image data is lost. The graphic above is a small crop of the graphic below. The actual scene in front of the camera is much darker than that shown on the back of the camera. Remember, this is an approximation! The histogram in the image above is pushed far to the left.
Most of the pixels are represented in the dark region of the histogram. The water in the scene exists in the light mid-tones. The live view rendering is darker, by 2 exposure stops, than the actual scene being photographed.
Referencing the histogram, most of the pixels exist in the dark mid-tones. The brightest parts of the water exist in the light mid-tones of the histogram. This checks out, the histogram matches the scene. Looking at the full-size image below, the back of the live view screen matches the scene being photographed. The current settings, as determined by camera metering, will produce an exposure that matches the scene being photographed.
This is the camera metered optimal exposure! Leave this field empty if you're human: Manual Mode Vs. Aperture Priority Mode I use, prefer, and recommend Aperture Priority Mode for all landscape photos, less low light, and night sky photography. Next, the camera automatically calculates the shutter speed to match these values.
Step 3: Pick a decent subject with good light
If the scene luminance changes, as it always does in landscape photography, the camera automatically adjusts the shutter speed to match the new scene luminance, without changing the image brightness. The image brightness always matters, whereas the shutter speed only matters in some situations.
If the photographer is taking a series of images, of the same composition, each exposure may have varying levels of brightness. This becomes very annoying when trying to edit and blend images in post processing. Upon learning how to adjust exposure using Manual Mode, Aperture Priority Mode is easy to understand and utilize. That being said, the following section is taught using Manual Mode.
It also explains the benefits of Aperture Priority mode for landscape photography. After mentally determining the desired image attributes, the correct shutter speed, f-stop, and ISO settings are selected to produce them. Using the Exposure Triangle the photographer performs a balancing act between the highest priority image attributes and the amount of light in the scene, known as scene luminance.
The desired image attributes determine theoretical settings of f-stop, shutter speed, ISO which the photographer would like to use. Step by Step Shooting Workflow A workflow is a series of steps, followed in order, that produce a specific outcome on a continual basis.
Using a workflow allows the photographer to determine the steps that are producing desired results and throw away the steps that are producing unwanted results. Here is the workflow I suggest using when selecting camera settings using Manual Mode.
The lower the better. The final ISO is determined later. Focus the lens at your desired focal point location. This really depends on camera, lens, and composition.
I use a single point spot focus along with hyperfocal shooting techniques which will be covered in a later tutorial. This is done automatically by the camera.
Photography for Beginners: A Complete Guide
Determine Minimum F-Stop Setting F-stop determines the depth of field and should always be selected first. If the incorrect depth of field is selected, leaving important objects in the composition out of focus, none of the following steps matter. An out of focus image is worthless, while an image with high ISO or incorrect shutter speed can at times be salvaged.
You can always shoot at f-stop values larger than the minimum required, just not less. By selecting the minimum required f-stop value, the amount of light collected is maximized, improving image quality. This ensures that the Settings Light Value matches the Scene Light Value, producing the camera approximated optimal exposure. We will fine tune the shutter speed in the next step. Determine Shutter Speed Settings Referencing the following while reading this section.
Looking at the image I determined that a different image attribute was desired. I wanted a motion blur effect in the water to show the movement in the scene.
This is produced by longer shutter speeds. I also maintained my required minimum f-stop value from step 4. The image brightness was maintained while changing camera settings to match my desired image attributes for motion blur. Always determine the reason for a change in camera settings, such as a desired image attribute, prior to changing them.
After selecting the new settings, I waited for the waves to come in and pushed the shutter button.
Quick Tips for Taking Better Portraits
Although I matched the camera metered optimal exposure at 0EV, the image above was slightly too dark, especially in the large rocks. This can be seen in the RGB histogram grey area for the image above.
Looking at the left-hand side of the histogram some of the pixels are pure black. There are no black tonal values in the actual scene being photographed. Also, some of the clouds in the scene were close to pure white. The brightest pixels in the histogram fall in the light mid-tones, not close enough to pure white. There are three specific situations where ISO should be increased. Reference the following while reading this section. I was happy with the current exposure time, so the change in exposure stops could only come from ISO or f-stop.
Either setting would have worked well, but the reduction in f-stop value was the optimal choice. Although the image is slightly brighter than the scene being photographed, this is the optimal exposure. No longer are any pixels pure black on the left-hand side of the histogram. This matches what I see in the scene. I can easily darken this image in post processing, matching it to the actual scene, while retaining all detail.
The following example shows the image above adjusted in Lightroom for overall image brightness and color balance. These two very simple adjustments took less than 1 minute. The image represents what was actually seen during the shoot. This can be misleading. The RAW file contains much more detail than will ever be displayed in camera.
The histogram for the quick edit of the example above is perfect for the specific scene. It matches exactly what I saw when shooting. The clouds and some parts of the sun-touched surf were quite bright, close to white.
Flash Photography Tutorials & Practical Guides
Looking at the center of the x-axis on the histogram, the mid-tones dip down on the vertical axis. Looking at the scene this matches up and makes sense. Finally, much of our image is falls within the dark mid-tones. The very left-hand spike in the histogram, which is tall y-axis and fairly wide x-axis represents these tonal values. This matches our scene and makes sense as well. The image is good to go! What is Exposure in Photography? Digital photography consists of communicating real world information, carried by light, into digital information binary code , understood and processed by machines, then displayed in the form of pictures.
The photographer determines, via camera settings, if this information is conveyed precisely, producing a digital image that matches the scene being photographed. Photons are small packets or particles for carrying light information. They are the single basic ingredient of light. The number of Photons carried by light is proportional to the intensity or brightness of that light. For a portrait, the eyes should be the sharpest part of the image.
If your final image will have the subject off-center in the frame, you will have to make sure the focus point is set correctly. You can do this in two different ways. Set a focus point that is at the furthest end of the grouping of focus points. This way, when you compose your photograph, the focus point will correctly fall on your subject, ensuring accurate focus.
To use this method, make sure you are in AF-S mode.
Turn on the audible beep for confirmation that your subject is in focus. Especially when shooting in low light, turn on the Focus Assist Lamp. Suggested Exposure Starting Points: The exposure for any photograph is made up of the combination of shutter speed, aperture and ISO sensitivity.
Your exposure will depend upon the lighting in your scene. In this mode, you set the Aperture, and the camera selects the corresponding shutter speed. If there is not enough light for a fast shutter speed, you will have to increase the ISO.
Try setting it to ISO and meter the scene again. In this example, the flash was direct, lighting our two subjects. Because of the shallow depth of field, they're in focus but the foreground and background are not.
Using a Speedlight. If there is not enough light in your scene, you may want to use a Nikon Speedlight for additional lighting. There are a number of ways you can use a Speedlight to add illumination onto your subject. Try to set up your lighting and test it before your subjects are ready for their photographs, this will help you learn your equipment.
Remember to watch for harsh shadows behind your subject s. Remember that bounced light will pick up the color of the surface it is bounced against, so you want a white surface to bounce light off of. If you have access to multiple Speedlights, use them.Avoid These 7 Common Beginner Photography When the shutter door is open the sensor starts collecting light information about the scene being photographed. Just make them.
The actual scene in front of the camera is much darker than that shown on the back of the camera. Try setting it to ISO and meter the scene again. The graphic above is a small crop of the graphic below. You can also use the Diffuser that came with your Speedlight to soften the quality of light hitting your portrait subject.