Understanding Digital Exposure Techniques
Nov10

Understanding Digital Exposure Techniques

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality.”—Ansel Adams If you agree that the use of light is one of the key ingredients that differentiate a good photograph from a snapshot, it’s necessary to understand proper exposure. Even with today’s cameras, the ability to tweak the exposure at the moment of capture can make or break your image’s quality and content. Caption: This image of a Dodge...

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Wordy Wednesday #228 “Black & White and Read All Over II”
Sep21

Wordy Wednesday #228 “Black & White and Read All Over II”

The Plymouth Prowler, later the Chrysler Prowler like this car, is a retro-styled production car that was manufactured in 1997 and 1999-2002 by (the then) DaimlerChrysler. I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart form these styles yet wonderfully stylish and ultimately slow with performance that don’t live up to what the looks promise. Nevertheless, I still love’em. Image shot with Olympus E-M10 Mark I with Leica DG Summilux 12mm f/1.4...

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Applying Noise Reduction With Layers
Jun28

Applying Noise Reduction With Layers

No noise reductions software that I’ve tried so far is perfect and while you may try by working through the many options, choices, and sliders the software offers, you may never achieve digital noise nirvana. More often than not, you will obtain an image that is too smooth. When that happens to me, here’s how I fix it using Adobe Photoshop. First Undo the noise reduction power tool you just applied and create a duplicate layer...

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Wordy Wednesday #204 “Rat Rod by Leica”
Apr06

Wordy Wednesday #204 “Rat Rod by Leica”

  Today’s post combines two of my favorite things: Photographs of cars and Leicas. While I am not the connoisseur of rat rods that my friend Mark Toal is—bounce on over to Mirrorless Photo Tips when you have a chance and search for “rat rod”—I like this one for lots of reasons. The foremost reason is that unlike the typical rat rod whose color schemes seem to mainly be composed of flat back and rust, this one had a very smooth matte...

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Differences Between Blur & Soft Focus
Jun01

Differences Between Blur & Soft Focus

Let me tell you a secret: You don’t always need tack sharp images. Sometimes a soft focus image is just what the doctor—or photographer—ordered and blur or selective blur can add a film noir touch to an otherwise ordinary photograph. The distinction between soft focus and creative blur are often confused, so let’s look at the differences. When all or part of a photograph lacks sharpness, it’s blurry. Blur can be caused by camera or...

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Wordy Wednesday #158 “Joe Cool’s VW Bus”
May06

Wordy Wednesday #158 “Joe Cool’s VW Bus”

  Mary and I are longtime VW enthusiasts and never miss the annual VW’s on the Green car show in Colorado. We plan on attending this year’s event, which is May 17—just before my birthday—and hope to see you there. (If there’s enough interest, use the Contact page, and we’ll make it an official PhotoWalk.) Location is the beautiful Robert F. Clement Park in Littleton on 7306 W. Bowles Ave. What did the picture I was...

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Photographing Cars at Outdoor Shows
Apr20

Photographing Cars at Outdoor Shows

The images you see here were made at the April, ’15 Cars & Coffee event sponsored in part by Vehicle Vault, 18301 Lincoln Meadows Parkway Parker, Colorado 80134. The next event is May 9, 2015. Starts: 9:00 am, ends: – 12:00 pm Light has four major qualities: color, quality, quantity, and direction. As photographers seeking to master the art of exposure, seeing that light is the key mastering the art of exposure If...

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