How to obtain Soft Focus without the need of a Computer

Soft Focus: this simple technique can take much time to master, but can be experimented with simply and cheaply, either with photo excising software or using standard fi1m techniques; and can lead to impressive results. But let’s start by clearing what I mean by soft focus: Soft focus is the effect by which the edges of the subject(S) in an Image appear III be slightly blurred, or as tile name suggests, softer. A “soft focus” Image is normally composed of a slightly out of focus Image combined with a sharp normally focused Image. It is the combination of these two Images which gives the soft focus effect. This combination can be obtained both while taking the picture, or as I digital after effect. The analog technique I called the technique that does not use a computer “the analog technique” because It is performed on the picture as It Is taken, … Read more

How to Take Killer Shots of Winter Sports

This winter take your gear (and don’t forget your gloves with free fingers) and go hunt for winter sports! Make a reservation near a mountain sky-way and make sure you have everything you need to stay warm. The fact is you can not concentrate at shooting if you freeze. Also, remember that at very low temperatures, the battery gets consumed faster and the camera may present some malfunctions. You will need a 18-55mm lens for landscapes and a telephoto lens for zooming the people in action. For winter sports, midday shooting is ok (the main reason is the fact that in winter the sun is not very high and will always cast enough shadows to skip the thoughts of having plane images). 1. TIP: Early morning shots and sunsets over the shiny snow are very spectacular but don’t stay outside too long at those temperatures. Do you have any friends … Read more

How to Light Portraits in Photography – Part I

Lighting in Photography: Studio Lighting for Portraits After learning the basics of photography studio lighting for objects, we can apply the same rules to portrait photography. However, there is one part of the equation that changes, and that is falloff. Falloff describes how quickly the center spot of the light (or area of equal illumination) changes into the ambient illumination of the subject (light cast from the room, or other lights, etc.) Here’s how it works: we’ll look at equal camera exposures of an identical object, but change the distance of the light from the subject. You’ll see that the “falloff” is different in each image even though the exposure is the same. The way this was achieved is by changing the distance between the subject and the light while maintaining the strength of the light at the subject’s surface. This is somewhat difficult to do with your household lamp. … Read more

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