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Tips for the creative photographer #3

Mon Jul 22, 2013, 10:33 AM
Some more tipsīn tricks  :)


Mix and match

If you have a couple of filter like a polarizing filter and perhaps an ND filter there is no rule that says you can mix and match the best from both worlds, you can use the polarizer to see through water, the nd filter to smooth out the sky and a regular shot for the rest of the landscape and combine the best from all worlds.
This does not just extend to filter use, as simple as doing a 30 second exposure of the sky at 1600 iso (to prevent star trailing) and a 2 minute exposure of the ground at iso 200 also works when it comes to mixing and matching, even part hdr.
It is all dependant on the scene you want to capture and your own creativity.


Multiexposures

Most cameras has a multiexposure feature that enable the camera to process several image into 1, this is not the same as bracketing where you take several different value exposures and combine into one (hopefully) neat looking hdr image.
You can set up the camera to do 3 multiexposures and place yourself differently in the frame for each shot, effectively creating 1 image with 3 times you in it :)
Same goes for combining different subject, I have one in my gallery called "Tears" its 1 shot of a flower and 1 of the sky and cloud, creating quite a dramatic image, you might say its the easiest way to create abstract/surreal "photomanips".


The "remember list"

More in the helpful section, but having a remember list with you of things you should check can prevent you from coming home with those shots done with iso 2000 i daylight or too high whitebalance and such.
Once you are used to going through a little checklist it becomes second nature and you can focus on other things.
But there are other things that can be really helpful to bring along on any photoshoot, tissuepaper to wipe away dirt and water coming onto your camera gear (especially important if you are shooting near saltwater).
Things like screwdriver and any other things that lets you adjust your gear on the go, a screw loosening on your tripod and no way to fix it can put a stop to many shots.
Equally important, going overboard and bringing too much can put more weight than you want to carry on a long hike for instance, so pack lightly and efficiently. :)


Be patient

Heavy fast moving clouds after a rainstorm can take on shapes that can look like anything imaginable, having a little bit of patience can get you a shot that you never would have gotten otherwise.
Anything that shifts fast can be worth to wait a little longer, do those 5-10 extra shots you normally would not do and so forth.
Same goes for sunsets, after the sun goes down, stay a little longer and shoot some more, perhaps you get that golden shot you hoped for.
Oh, and donīt pack down your camera gear while waiting, things can appear and dissapear in seconds, those seconds it would have taken you to get your camera gear ready again. :boogie:

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TTM77 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
did you use the 3 shots combine to do the high quality look in your pics?
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
No, I do not use Mulitexposure for higher quality, I generally prefer a single capture, but when the difference between the darkest part and lightest part gets greater than the camera can capture in one image I do Hdr.
The quality if a HDR image is not greater than that of a single image, it is just that you see more details in the general HDR image compared to a single exposure.
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TTM77 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
HDR have the hallow between the light and dark area that I do not like.  I see your pics don't have that.  A clean fine detail.
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Photographer
It depends on how you blend the images, and a little bit on what the subject matter is.
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TTM77 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
How do u blend urs? :) if u don't mind me asking.
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Photographer
It really depends on the image, there is no set formula when I blend images, sometimes I use programs like photomatix pro, Hdr efex or photoshop to blend, other times I manually blend the images.
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TTM77 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
cool.

I've been trying to come up with a process.  so far, not good.  LOL  Can't get the image to be large and clear with fine details.
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Photographer
I change my process pretty much for every image, I do not have any set formula for editing.
Your best way to get to a good result is try your way until it starts looking good, when it does you are probably on to something that works for you and through that you develop your own system and your images will look better and better.
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CherryPierish Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for all your tips and advice - I've got a bit more experimental with lenses and filters these last few months and reading this help very much in helping me understand what each thing is best used for. Thanks for taking the time to share your knowledge with us newbies :)
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
certainly a pleasure. :D
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