Category : Technique

That’s a Lo Trick

Many modern digital cameras have a very wide range of ISO values, particularly at the high end where technological advancements have led to stratospheric ISO ratings that were once beyond a photographer’s wildest dreams. Black and white film users learned to live with the grain structure of TMZ or heavily pushed Tri-X to reach ISO 3200; colour negative users tried to get by with ISO 1600 results that were average at best, while colour slide film users would have been happy to […]

Some HDR Misconceptions

Adobe’s latest update to Camera Raw 9 (ACR) brought two eye catching features to the RAW conversion engine in Lightroom and Photoshop. Specifically, the ability to merge images into HDR and panoramic images from within ACR itself, while still within the RAW structure. The above image is an example of both; it is a panorama made out of several stitched HDR shots (although it was created outside the Adobe ecosystem). This introduction brought both those tools into the consciousness of Lightroom users, who […]

Debunking Back Button Autofocus

Photography seems to go through trends. Camera clubs, and places like Flickr have at some point or the other, been overrun with examples of colour popping, HDR (more accurately, excessive tone mapping), and tilt-shifting (more accurately, tilting). But these trends aren’t always limited to image styles. One thing which seems to have grabbed the imagination of many photographers is the use of a dedicated button on the back of the camera to autofocus, instead of activating it through a half-press […]

It’s That Time of the Year

Only I haven’t actually got a specific one in mind. Really, it could be any time of the year. This follows on from last week’s post to an extent, but the beauty about photography in a temperate climate is that there are different photographs to be had all through the year. The thought of four seasons conjures up flowers and bees, yellow leaves and the first fall of snow, and all of them present different opportunities to the photographer – […]