Tuesday, January 22

What's in Your Camera Bag - Polarizing Filter (CPL)

(Background) ... just found a B+W circular polarizing filter (originally purchased for a 67 mm Tamron 18-270 zoom lens that was stored away in my old Nikon camera bag. The filter was purchased for a Tamron zoom and put away after I upgraded to a Sony 18-200 mm. 

A polarizing filter is one of the most essential tools in a landscape photographer’s bag. It is typically the first filter landscape photographers buy to instantly improve their pictures by adding vividness and contrast to them. Now another learning adventure ... how and where to use it.

Articles: 
How to use a Polarizing Filter and 
Using the Filter
How, When and Where to Use CPL

Monday, January 21

(repost) Include the Color Red in Your Photos

Red is considered the heaviest color ... warm colors advance into the foreground and tend to weigh more than cool colors, which recede into the background. Use it in your photos/post-processing.

To give some perspective of visual weight - here are some to consider …
.. Size of an element - in comparison to other elements within the photograph
.. Contrast– light tends to attract … however dark can be heavier dependent on the balance of the image
.. Position – an element positioned higher tends to carry more weight and center-positioned element can be extremely dominant
.. Texture – a textured element tends to carry more weight than a smooth element
.. Shape – an irregular shape is generally heavier than a regular shape
.. Focus – an element that is in-focus carries more weight than an element that is out-of-focus
.. Direction – an element that depicts movement will often create flow through an image- thus carrying strong visual weight

Source: Why the color Red made me a Better Photographer

Programs to Delete Duplicate Photos on a Mac

Came across this on my Ugly Hedgehog Forum ...

.. Photo Duplicate Cleaner (Mac Store Rated 4.5)
.. Lightroom Fanatic Duplicate Finder (old review, fee-based?)
.. Teekesselchen ( the one I use with success) Instructions
.. Tineye (untested, looks interesting)

Saturday, January 19

A Refresher: Exposure (or the Exposure Triangle)

One of my much-viewed Forums is the UGG - Uglyhedge Hog. Thousands of members sharing photography interests. Some nonsense and chest pounding, but mostly solid information by experienced members. A member is offering a 'refresher' on exposure on the Forum and I wanted to capture it for review and future reference.

"... assume we have a beam from which is suspended two platforms, one from either end. The idea is that the ideal exposure will occur when the balance is perfectly level across three 'weights' - ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed. The platform on the left side will represent the camera body (where the ISO stuff happens). The platform on the right side will represent the lens aperture and shutter speed stuff. . The platform on the left side will represent the camera body (where the ISO stuff happens). The platform on the right side will represent the lens aperture and shutter speed stuff."

Part One 'Exposure and How It Works' - a Beginner's Guide

Thursday, January 17

My Lessons Learned Diary - Safety Harbor

My first of many 2019 Photography Lessons Learned from Safety Harbor Pier Shoot 

1. confirm camera focus setting to validate impact to the DOF
2. bring LX camera with a mini tripod for low angle composition  
3. to prevent sensor damage, do not leave the camera faced into the sun 
4. enable grid view to allow flexibility in post-process for 'thirds' crop
5. check camera settings (ISO, f stop, aperture, EV before each shot 'series' 
6. view capture on LCD for deciding: 'retake, reposition or keep' decisions

Friday, January 11

My Lessons Learned Diary - John's Pass

Night walk with Jennifer and Eddie

1. carry spare SD cards 
2. look for camera positions that are not a typical angle, view or height
3. seek additional shot series to add interesting foreground composition 
4. include people for a 'story' (see Jennifer's photo left) 
5. view shot from all angles not just head on 
6. (research) managing to reduce or eliminate lights atmospheric glow 
7. introduce noise correction before HDR merge