Amazing low light capabilities, or so the marketing screams. It seems the mantra of every camera manufacturer these days – the total elimination of image noise. It is virtually impossible to find noise in a well exposed image that is shot on an ISO of 1600 or less. But is this necessarily a good thing? This post explains how image noise can actually be your friend.
In a recent article here on Lightstalking, we introduced you to the considerable benefits of the open source software Gimp. Of course it’s all very well to tell you about such programs but as with any software, it can have a steep learning curve. For this reason, we are going to do a series of tutorials to teach you how to get the best out of Gimp. In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to add sparkle to dull shots.
We have all come across the limitations of our camera sensors, many times. It manifests itself, in particular, with blown highlights – those areas of intense brightness within an image that were too bright for the camera’s sensor to deal with. But it’s not difficult to overcome these limitations. You can use 6 simple ways to extend the dynamic range of your photos.
A photography blog can go a long way in establishing you as a photographer. But there are a few considerations when you are setting up your blog which can really help you get noticed. From deciding what to post to the role of social media in your blog, there’s a lot to consider.
Machu Picchu is one of the most breathtaking locations on earth and whilst it may seem that every shot has been covered before, there are many locations within the ruins, each opening up a new photographic possibility. If you get a chance to visit this magical place, take it. This post gives you pointers on photographing the iconic site.
The camera has become ubiquitous and different kinds of photographers can be identified based on distinctive features. This tongue-in-cheek post takes a look at those photographers out there that have come to define themselves in one way or the other.
Perhaps one of the biggest challenges in becoming a proficient photographer is learning to see the creative possibilities of the scene in front of you. Most of us, when we first start out in photography, are so enamoured by our chosen hobby that we simply raise the camera to our eye and shoot away without a care in the world. You can, however, develop a photographic vision with 4 simple tips.
It’s a given these days that if a photographer wants to get his or her work seen by a wider audience, they will need a good website. However, getting the website completed is only the first hurdle, the biggest challenge is getting your site seen in an ocean of similar sites. To do this you need to perform SEO, or Search Engine Optimization.
Gimp 2.8 – the latest version of the popular, free and open source software that also serves as an alternative to Photoshop has come a long way since its earliest days. The interface, the tools and the user experience have evolved to come close to the user’s expectations. This post takes a look at what its latest version has to offer.
For quite a few years now, high dynamic range photography, or simply HDR, has been an important trend in photography as it allows the photographer to create an image beyond the limits of the camera’s sensor in order to recover lost details in shadows and in highlights. This post explains how to create an HDR image from a single Raw file.