Category: Article

My Sweet Heart

This past weekend I participated in a Photo Quest with Dina Belenko at 500px.com. The theme was food photography and we used Dinka’s style as inspiration. Here’s what I came with after the 4 days:   And if you are curious about the process,here’re three photos showing how the original idea made it to the final version: Read more →

Extension tubes: Macro on a budget

If you want to experiment into the macro photography world the best cost efficient option is to use extension tubes. These are exactly what their name says, an extension tube we place between the camera body and the lens. This has the effect of moving the lens further away from the sensor increasing the magnification of the lens. The larger… Read more →

The science behind ETTR (expose to the right)

During my recent article about noise in digital photography I briefly mentioned the technique known as Expose To The Right, or ETTR. This technique is used to reduce the amount of noise in the photo by overexposing the shot without clipping the highlights. When you apply this method the histogram curve will be shifted to the right, hence the reference… Read more →

Golden age of image editing software

Over the years, since I started photography, I’ve used a number of different photo editors. My flavour of the day changes quite often and is no surprise I find myself using a wide array of editors, plugins and other tools. I  tend to move from one to another depending on which direction I want to take on the post processing.… Read more →

Editing process I

I started photography doing a lot of editing in Photoshop and HDR with questionably results. Then I met an excellent photographer in Montreal that made me go back to basics and try get everything right on the camera. That work wonders on my skills. And after that phase I returned to editing in Photoshop with a different attitude. I started… Read more →

Light painting

Introduction Not long ago I participated on a photo-challenge where we had to create a shot using light painting technique. I put hands at work and came up with a composite shot which obtained the 1st prize in the challenge. I then decided to write an article on how I prepared, shoot and post produced the photo. And here it… Read more →

DIY guide for home studio photography

This article is about overcoming all sort of limitations, money being the first one, to start on studio photography. I’m sure you’ve seen tutorials about studio photography where they use soft boxes, diffusers and strobes. And then when the tutorial was over we were left wondering what to do and how to do it in a non-existing budget. As a result… Read more →

Get dramatic skies without HDR

I used HDR a lot in the past and loved it. But as time passed by and I learned more about photography my taste also changed. So I stopped using HDR. But I always liked the dramatic skies that HDR creates. I recently learned a nice simple technique to achieve the same without having to shot bracketed and create HDR… Read more →

Wizards of light

Introduction There’s no question that light plays “The” main role in photography. Without light there won’t be photography at all. As photographers we all intuitively know, or learn, how to see and use light. We discover the property of different materials and how they affect light. We use those materials to modify existing light. We reflect, shape, tint, diffuse and… Read more →

DIY: Remote shutter release

Long time ago I was looking to buy a remote shutter release for my Canon Rebel XS. I wanted to start long exposure photography and I was on a budget. Initially I considered buying a knock-off from Hong-Kong but then I found these D.I.Y. sites showing you how to build your own. Having a background on electronics and in possession… Read more →

4 tips to take a great portrait

If you are passionate about photography you most likely invested some money in a decent camera and lens, or lenses. You read, talk and share about photography whenever you can. This turns you into the family personal portrait photographer. There’s no way to escape the curse 🙂 It is better to learn a few tricks to get the job done… Read more →

A Guide To Shutter Speed & Aperture

The problem with understanding aperture, exposure, f-stops, shutter speed is that you need to think on 3D. Yes, 3D. And no, I’m not nuts. Just imagine three separate levers that will control how fast a bucket gets filled with water. Try to imagine you need to fill in the bucket with a determined amount of water. You keep the funnel open too… Read more →

12 Resources that will help your photography skills

I’m a strong believer that the vast majority of people develop their artistic trade by a long process of learning, practicing and experimenting. This will lead each of us to discover our own “voice” and produce unique pieces of art. Of course there are a few born with that spark of genius spontaneity but here I’m writing to the other… Read more →

7 things I learned on my 1st year in a photography group

In August 2012 I had the enormous luck of finding a photo group that changed my photography skills 180 degrees. Through another Meetup photo group I meet PTS and the person that has the humility of sharing all his knowledge with whoever wants to learn and improve his/her photography skills. On the very first meeting, on a hot and humid day… Read more →

The day I got a contest mention and how it all begun

Some time ago when I was starting on G+ I enter in various online activities. Back then there were several initiatives to promote sharing and discovering of skillful photo  artist. I participated in quite a few and got my 5 minutes of honorable mention on this one: John Batdroff  organized a B&W contest back in 2011, I submitted this picture and got… Read more →

Turn the camera!

Here’s one simple suggestion I received some time ago: turn the camera! I was stuck when it came to composition and this simple action opened a new filed of opportunities. Here’s an example where I tilted the camera sideways to make the lines stronger and get a more interesting visual impact. Simple, uh? 😉   Read more →

Do it in the camera!

I recently met a group of photographers who work developing their skills with the whole purpose to make it right in the camera. That’s it, no Photoshop, no post editing. What a shock! I must admit I’m the first one to praise the beauty of post editing. And pay the price of many hours of work pursuing perfection. But what if all… Read more →

6 Quick tips to improve your photography

For me, photography is a long learning process. And one I enjoy a lot! Since I started to take photography more seriously I’ve spent most of my time trying to improve, always aspiring to make a shot that looks like those gorgeous ones I often see in G+ or 500px, etc. Through time and practice I had a few breakthroughs, some… Read more →

My HDR Resources

If you’ve been following me in G+ you must know that I’ve been guilty of using HDR once or twice 😉 My big leap on HDR photography was only possible after going through some of the best resources you can get on the web. This is by no mean a complete list of HDR resources but it is what I… Read more →

Photo Editing Workflow for HDR

One of the things that make me want to do post production of my photos is that no camera or lens is able to capture what I shot exactly “as I saw it”. There’s always a mist veil and colors are not exactly what they were. I do not know what exactly is what happens in my brain, but when… Read more →

Selecting your best photos

In the course of selecting my top 10 photos of 2011 I faced the challenge of selecting my finalists from a considerable number of candidates. Or, how do I trim down to 10 photos? When +Levi Moore brought up the topic I read a few replies written out of despair, surrender and apprehension. Yes, we all seem to share some… Read more →

Me?

Top Photos of 2011, The List

It’s that time of the year, when we look back and think about what we did, what we could have done and start thinking on those new year resolutions we will never fulfill 🙂 Usually I do not get into this mood until almost new year’s day. Except this time my G+ friends +Levi Moore and +Jeff Smith made me start… Read more →

Top Photos of 2011, The Method

My 10 best photos of 2011 (according to G+). A list for +Jeff Smith and +Levi Moore “Top Photos of 2011” project. One of the first challenges of a project like this is how to select the photos. I can choose them myself; I could let G+ decide or do both. I’m too vain to not include my own selection but I… Read more →

Starting a new blog

It’s mid December and I’m finding myself doing some data mining on G+. This is the result of a new quest put forward by +Levi Moore and +Jeff Smith in their endless creation of  photography’s challenge. And this is great. It actually got me thinking about it and I immediately saw it as the best kick off for my rebuilt… Read more →