Tag: Article

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 →

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 →

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 →