Saturday, August 18, 2012

Iceland Adventure

Day 4 - Panos

I am posting pictures and tips every day from my Iceland adventure. Good fun!

All images from this post: Canon 5D Mark III and Canon lenses: 14mm, 15mm, 17-40mm, 24-105mm and 70-200mm. All my gear is listed on my gear page.

I'm here checking out different locations for my 2013 photo workshop with Kevin Pepper and Tim Vollmer. Shoot me an email if you are interested.

Here is a list of all my upcoming workshops.

Today: Panos

- Hold your camera vertically.
- Overlap images by about 1/3.
- Set exposure to Manual and white balance to the existing lighting conditions.

- Don't use a polarizing filter.
- Shoot wide because parts of the pano will be cropped out.

- Keep the horizon line level. 
- If you don't want to shoot a pano sequence, shoot wide and crop - as illustrated by the first image.

P.S. All these images are hand-held shots.

Day 3 - Landscape photography

- Look for "S" curves in nature. They sure do make for interesting landscape photography.

- Try to create am image that looks as the scene looks to your eyes: everything in focus. To accomplish that goal, use a wide-angle lens, focus 1/3 into the scene and use a small aperture.
- Use plug-ins to add impact to your pictures. I enhanced all of these pictures with the Spicify filter in Topaz Adjust. See all my plug-ins on my plug-ins page.

P.S. Above is the last shot of the day. I know it's not a landscape photograph, but the horses were on a beautiful landscape, so I thought I'd share it with you.

Day 2 - Close Encounters with horses

- Look to separate the horses as much as possible from each other when composing your images.- See eye to eye and shoot eye to eye.

- When photographing backlit subjects, check your highlight alert and make sure the beautiful rim light is not washed out.

- As always, go for the detail shots, too.
- When photographing action, use a shutter speed of at least 1/000th of a second to freeze the action.

- Create artistic images by using plug-ins an filter. Above I used the Oil Paint filter in Photoshop CS6, and then added the frame in Nik Color Efex Pro. Check out all the plug-ins I use on my Plug-ins page.

- When photographing white horses, set your exposure compensation to +1 for starters.

- Don't forget the portraits. Use a telephoto lens and shoot wide open to blur the background.

Day 1 - Wonderful Waterfalls

- Use a ND filter so you can shoot at a slow shutter speed to freeze the action.

- Try different slow shutter speeds - from 1/2 second to several seconds to get the desired effect.
- Shoot at an angle to create a sense of depth in a scene.

– Focus on the details, too.
– As with clouds, look for subjects you may recognize. What do you see in the above picture?

As illustrated by the photographs above and below: vary your shooting angle for creative composition.

Explore the light,

1 comment:

Bob Pakulski said...

looks like the Ghost of a Monk or maybe a Wookie