Using natural light for high contrast images

Last time I mentioned about using fog in photos. I needed a month to make this micro-tutorial about light. Photographers should know that you should get the “best looking” pictures in a one hour window after sunrise or before sunset. This should give a huge contrast between the shadows and lit areas. But the one hour rule is good for portraits taken on a flat field near the equator far away from the city. When it comes to a crowded urban area in Poland during winter you could get 15-minutes-or-less window for your best instant laons shot.

I was amazed by the shadow-light play that had place somewhere between 4:25 and 4:40 near a railroad station in Warsaw – Ochota but – as I said – it took me almost a month to get the timing and weather right for some shots.

Using sunlight

Using sunlight – the beginning of the 15 apply for bank loan minute window

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“Using” fog in photography

Those of you who have seen photos taken in the fog know that they can create great atmosphere. While “using” fog as an element of your picture you should keep in mind you have to deal with fog’s depth of visibility and your camera’s depth of field. The tricky part is that fog’s maximum visibility is located where you stand while the center of the depth of field is where you set it with your lens. Here’s an example:

Using fog #1

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Compact camera macro limitations

I have recently received an email from Hungary with consolidated loan calculator questions about compact camera macro shots with Raynox MSN-505. We have the same gear (Canon A75) and I already had some experience with using it for macro shots so… I was a perfect person to be asked that question ;)

First of all, there are some basic limitations connected with compact cameras. We can’t use macro objectives for the obvious reason. It’s also very hard to perform extension-tubes-macro as it will work only on some cameras (tried on my A75 with a success) and on 99% cases it will permanently damage you camera making it useless for anything else. Luckily I bought two A75 and the second one is still working. Continue reading

Light tent – first approach

I started to play with my new light tent. It’s a cheap white semi-transparent box that can be used to produce shadowless photography you can find in online shops or in many other places. Mine has 4 interchangeable color backgrounds (white, black, red, ugly-blue). The material is for diffraction of light you put outside of the box. Here’s my sample setting:

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Macro basics – Macro techniques – Magnification limits

While taking macro shots you might think of how far… or – better say – how close can you get to the object and still be able to get good picture quality. If your knowledge stopped on high-school optics knowledge level you are probably thinking there are no limitations. In a perfect world it would be true… or close to the truth. Continue reading