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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 →

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 →

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 →

Chlorophyll Heart

  I feel like I’m repeating myself saying this, I did not use Photoshop or any other post processing tool. I made this shot hanging a leaf from a stick. Place a yellow paper as background. I place the set up close to a window during a sunny day. I cover the window so the background paper had all the… 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 →

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 →