Have you ever had a photo capture your eye
and then wonder how the photographer accomplished the effect within that piece of art? For a lot of us, this happens fairly frequently. And if you’re really interested in finding out how that particular image came together, what do you do?
In this digital age, it’s quite possible that your first instinct is to turn to Google or whatever else may be your preferred search engine. However, in many cases, you may not be able to find what you need with a simple “how to” style search. Even if you do get results, there’s a good chance you’ll end up finding some conflicting information. No need to worry though, there is a much easier way to figure out what a you’ll have to do in order to get the qualities you love into images you shoot on your own.
Perhaps you’ve heard of Flickr. For those of you who haven’t, it’s a photo storage and sharing tool with a bit of a social networking quality as well. The site has undergone some awesome visual upgrades lately but one of its coolest features still remains. That would be the ability to see the technical details of each image. With this information, it should be pretty easy to recreate an image similar to those you admire so much.
You’ll be able to tell exactly what shutter speed, aperture, ISO and more is the combination that produces the desired result. All you have to do is go out and find an image (on the site) that you want to emulate and go from there. Sure, some photographers may not like the fact that you can access this info. But the way I see it, it’s like sharing with and learning from other professionals and not really any different than when someone posts a Photoshop tutorial on Youtube. And besides, photographers essentially OK this when they decide to sign up of the site in the first place.
Check out the video I have created below to find out how to access this information for yourself. In this case, I used a model photography shot that I took myself but it works the same for every image throughout the entire site.
One of the most difficult aspects of working with photography can be dealing with the problem of low lighting and poorly lit shooting locations. Sure some expensive equipment can help but even that doesn’t guarantee success in bad lighting.
So, what can a photographer do to help to avoid the frustration that comes with this common problem? Here are a few things that might help.
1. Adjust your shutter speed
Setting your camera shutter to remain open for a longer time period allows more light to reach your sensor and thus a brighter overall outcome. Of course, when doing so you have to be careful to avoid unwanted blur. A tripod can be just the key.
2. Increase your ISO
By increasing your sensitivity, you have the chance to allow more light in and can minimize the need to set your shutter to an excessively long speed. The drawback here is that some cameras struggle with noise issues more than others. And depending upon your model, increasing the ISO can cause unwanted noise.
3, Use your flash
While in general, I avoid using a flash, especially the on-board one built into a camera, it can help to brighten up a dark location. The negative with this approach is that it can result in some over exposed parts of the images and harsh shadowing.
All in all, using these methods carefully may present some other challenges but can surely help to improve shots taken under less than ideal lighting conditions.
Keeping your shutter open for an extended period or time has both its benefits and drawbacks in photography.
While it can be difficult to work with a long exposure without a stabilization mechanism such as a good tripod, and you do have to consider the possibility of overexposing the image to the point of a completely blown out shot, this approach can produce some really artistic and eye catch results as well. See the examples below.
Effective usage of long exposure:
Exposure: 117.4 sec – Vehicle lights on a busy road.
Beautiful stars in the night sky.
Colorful, artsy image with interesting background.
Beautiful misty appeal to a shot of a waterfall.
Jouster on horse in an image intended to show motion.