Sunday, October 4, 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
The photo of Neushwanstein was a straight up 24-70 f2.8II shot at around 40mm/f8.0. I pulled the blues and overall highlights down to get the darkened sky.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Enter my new macro lens. Now, please note, what is to follow is only an example and the photos are simply crops of larger photos but I think they serve to prove my theory. I recently purchased the Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro Lens. This purchase got me thinking about macro photos and histograms ... and that led me to my current exposure process.
My theory was that I would be able to expose for a subject's skin by taking a photo that encompasses the highlights to shadows of the subjects face and then look at the histogram to determine if the exposure was correct. I quickly realized that the histogram changed depending on the lighting ratios/setup and the intended mood of the image. I found that a flat lighting setup gave a histogram that spread from the "bottom" (shadows) 1/3 to the top (highlights) 2/3s of the histogram. Now, this is not always true for every lighting setup, or every photographer. You will need to determine your ideal histogram shape and spread.
I start by taking a photo of the subject (a forehead) as you see below. Note, that you do not need a macro lens to do this as you can take the same photo, out of focus, and achieve that same result.
After that, I look at the histogram and adjust settings until I get a histogram that spreads from the lower (left) 1/3 to upper (right) 2/3s of the histogram (see below). I've found that I tend to like the look that is shifted slightly to the right.
I then step back and begin shooting. and get images that, I have fond, require little adjustment for skin exposure in post. Now, this does not include a explanation of determining background exposure. That is another beast for another post, and I would be happy to explain that process if there is interest. In any case, below is an example the overall histograms and photos that I have been getting out of camera.
As always, comments, opinions or other methods of exposing for skin are very, very welcome. Take care everyone!
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Elise and I made the 2 hour plane journey to Berlin last weekend. It was a trip back in time for me as, when I was a youngster, I visited the wall with my father and snapped a photo in front of the division between East and West Berlin. I'm hoping to get my hands on the photo of me as a child in front of the wall. I will post it here if it ever turns up.
The history of Berlin is eyeopening. From Nazi Germany through communist rule up to the modern day, Berlin retains a history that continually overcomes conflict. The stories about the Death Strip and the Nazi Gestapo send a chill down any human's spine. Today, Berlin is a city that is known for its nightlife and diversity.
The images below were all taken with natural light. The image of Berliner Dom is an HDR shot that was tweaked in Photoshop while the others underwent minor adjustments in Lightroom. Enjoy!
|Hole in the Berlin Wall revealing a Bear in what was communist Germany|
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
The current struggle of Bulgarians inspired this most recent photoshoot. After seeing Annie Leibovitz's Cinderalla I came up with the concept of a communist Cinderella trying to escape the throws of post-communist corruption in Bulgaria. I shot these images at The Bell Tower, in Sofia, Bulgaria and used Photoshop to merge multiple images together to create the effect that you see below.
I created all of these images in a very similar way. I started by taking a photo with large softbox directly beside the model in an attempt to mimic the natural light. I took one exposure with the softbox in place and then asked the model to pick up the softbox and walk out of the scene. I then took a second exposure without the softbox and model. Afterwards, I used Photoshop to blend the two images, first aligning them and then masking the softbox out of the scene. After a little more dodging and burning along with some color adjustments, I arrived at the images you seen in this post. I would be happy to provide lighting diagrams if they are of interest to anyone. Thanks for reading and enjoy!