The post below shows a simple way to capture video while taking still pictures. Sure, there is some added weight and yea, video will not get a dedicated person and will just "follow along", yet, this is a neat way to achieve video with just one person shooting, This is also a great instructional tool for yourself to see how you interact with your model, what things work and what makes them shrink.
OK, so this is not a tutorial, more of a technique spotted. I love the shaped bokeh thing, and it appears that the makers of Scott Pilgrim Vs The World love it too. And they do once and for all prove that geeks + video + heart shaped bokeh is a match never to be broken.
Just check out the street lights in the background around 1:25.
Tilt Shift Lenses are cool. They are those lenses that allow you to take those miniature looking photographs.
I dare you to get a real one; Both Nikon and Canon models are so pricey that you have to give a kidney to afford them. (OK, maybe just a pinky). But we have some good news. Bhautik Joshi (the inventor of the weirdly named plunger cam) and John Swierzbin (who is a DIY lens master) came up with an extensive tutorial about building your own tilt shift lenses. Click to continue ›
As everything with Steven, it is a combination of Art, science and Magic. Steven explored the effect of using different apertures on the final shaped bokeh effect, and did this in quite a unique way. Click to continue ›
It is a simple mode, a modal'e. Yet DIYP's kit is now a proud member of the modifiable products family. Kudos to Guy Tismansky for submitting it. If you have absolutely no idea what I am talking about and see this kit introduction post.
The mod is simple and really takes only 30 seconds to complete, once done it will allow you to easily carry your bokeh discs by attaching the discs wallet to the camera strap. If you already have a kit, simply follow the instructions below. [The image above was taken by Marco_Parc using the bokeh masters kit] Click to continue ›
We all love a photo that tells a story. In stories we talk about sub plots. Subplots can relate to the main plot and enrich in it many ways.
It can prelude the main plot and help create emotional attachment to the characters. It can contradict the main plot and provide irony. It can resonate with the main plot, making its point stronger.
In photography we have subject and background (or far plain). The background can relate to the subject, in similar ways that a sub plot relates to a main plot.
To illustrate that point I decided to use images with shaped bokeh.
You must be kidding me. It would take at least a 10 seconds exposure. Even at f/16 the sun is too strong to do long exposures. Can anyone pull that off? As a good friend of mine said, YES.WE.CAN! Click to continue ›
Look at the picture on the top from Gilad Ben Ari. Click on it to really see it larger.
Something just does not add up. There's a noticeable blur on the red in the bottom half of the image. I asked. It is not photoshopped. I'll say it again. NOT PHOTOSHOPPED.
Take it as an exercise; try to think what makes the blur before reading on.
One of the great advantages of working with RAW files is the ability to control the white balance in post production. For example, if you have mistakenly forgot to move your white balance settings from shade to tungsten when you switched location, you can spend two minutes in Lightroom, Photoshop or Adobe Bridge and make the red blue again.
But, but... What if you could make sure that your white balance setting is perfect every time? You can then save on precious post processing time and deliver your images straight from the camera.
ExpoImaging has a nice little product that will help you hit the correct white balance mark on every location. The ExpoDisk is a little device you can use to get a precise white balance reading from any situation. Here is how the general idea, demonstrated on the ExpoDisk (DIY version, right after...):