which I submitted to the September “Breakin All the Rules” challenge and was shown at the October 5th meeting.
Here are the instructions that will get someone started in panning trees (or other vertical subjects). The head movement is the key. As you can see white birch trees make a nice image however I have done dark trunks against a blue sky and it was awesome.
TV Mode with shutter speed 1/20 -1/30
Adjust tone by overexposing by 1+
If shooting in MANUAL MODE then set your speed then aperture according to meter
The above settings are a starting point. You may have to make adjustments to suit the lighting. Now the technique to shoot !!
Compose your shot then, while camera is still next to your eye, START moving your head up and down. Using a count of 10 this is how it goes:
Compose……Move your head up and down 1-2-3-4-Press shutter button—6-7-8-9-10.
Do not stop head movement to click the camera on 5 . It is a nodding head movement all the way through the count of 10.
For the September meeting slideshow, I submitted an example of a “Tiny Planet” image that I made of the Beaverbrook Library. In the review, I asked for suggestions about other locations that would make good Tiny Planets.
I received a couple of good recommendations but more members asked how I did it.
First I shot a 11 image 360 degree panorama then I followed these steps in Photoshop:
trim one end (cut), paste over other end, align, and delete extra
crop off any blank top and bottom
make square (use short dimension & make sure aspect ratio unlocked)
Filter->Distort->Polar coordinates (rectangular to polar)
If you have any questions about how I did this, I’ll be glad to try and answer them.
There’s a great video here by Mike Browne (thanks to Phil Tughan for bringing him to our attention) that demonstrates the whole process.
Photographing glass can be an exciting, and sometimes frustrating, exercise. When light strikes a glass object three different things can happen: 1-light can be transmitted; 2-it can be reflected; and 3-it can bend (refraction). These three unique properties of light need to be considered when attempting to photograph a glass object.
There are two main techniques for photographing glass. The overall goal of either technique is to define the contours at the edges of a glass object. Each technique is defined by the way light is seen at the edge of the glass, either as black lines or as white lines. Continue reading “Photographing Glass”
At our March 6th meeting, Jim Leask demonstrated how to easily and quickly copy slides using a DSLR, an off camera flash and a slide adapter. You can review his notes here.
The adapter he used to hold the slide in front of his camera is a Nikon ES-1 and is available from Henry’s. Note that it is a 52mm thread so you may need an adapter for your lens. Note also that, if you don’t already own a suitable macro lens, you can use extension tubes to adapt whatever lens you have to close focus.