Many times, I have wanted to shoot a scene only to discover that the dynamic range is well beyond the range of my digital camera to capture. For my Canon 20D, the range is somewhere around 4 stops of light. Using the following Photoshop recipe, you can extend your camera's dynamic range considerably. One caveat is that this recipe only gives good results about 50% of the time for me.
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With the Christmas season rapidly approaching, decided to try my hand at shooting a Christmas card. Went to Michaels for a few "Christmasy" things, the store was packed with Christmas stuff and shoppers. This makes me wonder if I am already too late to be ready for Christmas and we have not had Thanksgiving yet.
Trying to stage a shot taught me a few things.
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Whenever I call my Mother, it is always an adventure. I called her a few days ago. She was very talkative and started a steady stream of conversation right after I said "Hello". Her monologue goes like this...
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I recently purchased the new Canon 20D. I love the camera and am very pleased with its 8 MP of resolution. However, I have been curious about the resolution of the new Canon 1DS Mark II, which is a 16MP camera. Good news, you can use Photoshop to piece together a very high resolution image from multiple images. Here is an example image using this technique.
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I recently attended a Photography Workshop in Jackson Hole, WY. The teachers were Vincent Versace, Moose Peterson and David Black. During the course of the workshop, Vincent provided demostration of how he moves a viewer's eye around his image. Earlier, Vincent had presented a slideshow of his images and they were compelling. However without Vincent's explanation, I would have been clueless to his technique.
The technique of moving the viewer's eye provides a subtle but powerful improvement to your image.
Note: Roll mouse over image to see final results.
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