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How to Make Realistic HDR Images in Aurora 2017

By on Apr 5, 2017 in Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 3 comments

If you have followed me for any length of time you will know that much of my work is or has been done by merging images to create an HDR image. Whether you like them or not you have to admit that HDR has somehow grabbed a study foothold in the world of photography. However, like most people I went a little crazy in my younger years but have toned it down a bit (pardon the photography pun) in recent years. Say want you want about HDR photography, it is here to stay and strangely some of crazier images keep getting picked up and shared by news outlets and different sites. I made it into viral list with a shot of a local McDonald’s. That list has been shared and reshared and transformed ever since it was first published in 2012. Similarly, another horrible shot was shared by USA Today. At any rate, what I am talking about today is talking about how to turn a basic image into a...

How to Add Cinemagraphs into Adobe Portfolio

By on Mar 31, 2017 in Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

Few people know that with your adobe creative cloud subscription you also get a powerful website creator. This is included in the photographer’s deal that adobe has as well as the full creative cloud subscription. I first came this over at Kelby Training who have a great course on how to get your site up and running in about 10 minutes. The first thing that you are going to do is head over to myportfolio.com Once you login, you can go ahead and start finding a suitable layout for your site. These layouts are all responsive and your cinemagraphs will look good on your desktop as well as mobile. What I find for cinemagraphs is a simple layout works best as you want the cinemagraphs to take centre stage. Once you have the site the way that you want it, it is time to add in your cinemagraphs. This is an extremely simple task to do. Click on the “+” icon on the left and...

5 Secrets of the NIK Collection

By on Mar 23, 2017 in Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

Years ago the NIK collection was one of the leading plugins for lightroom and it was competing with the likes of ON1 and other plugins. The NIK collection was and still is my go-to plugin for creative ideas and attempts to make a boring image better. The sad part is that since Google purchased the NIK collection, not a lot has been done with it. By not a lot, I mean outside of making it free, they have not updated a single thing. However, this is not such a bad thing as the plugin is well made and while an update would be welcomed, not quite needed at this point. This should not put you off from downloading it and adding it to your lightroom arsenal. It can help in a pinch and could make the difference between a boring photo and one that really has some pop. Before we get into the secrets there are a few things that you should know about the collection. What NIK is NOT I recently saw a...

How to Shoot Cherry Blossoms

By on Mar 15, 2017 in Getting the Shot, Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

  This is one of my favourite times of the year. I know it sounds strange and I should really be talking about “grinding out photos” [insert macho voice] of nightclubs or showing the gritty side of photography by shooting a plate of spaghetti or a stop sign in black and white. This is a time of year that I really do enjoy getting and and just shooting nature. There is a sense of renewal this time of year and I love it. The hardest thing is to try and capture this period of renewal to show other people the beauty. The blossoms are tricky things to shoot because to our eyes everything is beautiful and evenly lit. However, once you click the shutter everything can change. The reason is that often your camera will expose the image differently depending on how it is metering for the light. Blossoms sometimes trick your camera’s meter because they simply scatter the...

Introduction to Cityscapes

By on Mar 7, 2017 in Getting the Shot, Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 0 comments

In my last post I showed you how to make the best out of the Blue Hour and I mentioned how cityscapes. In this post, we are going to step a little further into one of my favourite subjects to shoot, cityscapes. The reason that I love cityscapes so much is the fact that you get to see all the shapes, lines, lights and movement of a manufactured landscape. From below or above, this intrigues me. I think partly because I grew up in a small city in the middle of Canada and I grew old in South Korea, which is quite the contrast. Look at the World Around You You don’t have to be in a place like Seoul or Hong Kong to take great cityscapes. It is all about finding the right angle and telling the story. Many new photographers think that they have to get onto a rooftop to make a proper cityscape. While that might help in changing your perspective, it is not the be all and end all of...

Making the Best of Blue Hour

By on Feb 28, 2017 in Getting the Shot, Photography, Technique Tuesday, Tutorials | 3 comments

  One of the best times to shoot in my opinion is “Blue Hour” This is the period of time after sunset or just before sunrise where the sky is a brilliant colour of blue. Without going into to too much detail about the proper names or the azimuth of the sun, I want to introduce you to this as it will change how you shoot long exposure/ nighttime photos. Why is Blue Hour So Special? The main reason is the colour and the light. Many photographers know that sunsets and sunrises are great. I have seen many pack up and leave once the sun is gone. Also I have seen many head out too late thinking that night photography is better when the sky is pitch black. However, there is a magic to this hour and it should not be ignored. The reason blue hour is so special is because it is dark which means that water and and car lights will streak and blur. However, it is not too dark so...

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