Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Planet Panorama

Two different versions of the planet panorama. these are done by using a 360 degree panoramic photo merging all together in photoshop.  The "planet effect is created by first flipping the merged image 180 degrees, then constraining the proportions to make a square. Go to Image, resize the make sure that the constrain proportions box in unchecked. make the width the same as the height. You then go to Filter  in Photoshop Elements go to distort then to rectangular to polar. and there you are!

Flash to freeze motion with a slow shutter speed

Using a slow shutter speed combined with your flash can create more depth and interest in your background
There should be as little light on your subject as possible. this will make your focus better. Fix your focus on your subject, by pressing half way down on your shutter. make sure that you have some ambient light in your background. Your shutter speed ,if you can control it, should be slow. The speed that you choose will be  dependent on how bright the light is in your background. If you move your camera during the exposure. You can create some interesting streaks and light patterns.
 If the is a subject that is moving through your frame lock your focus on the subject and follow the subject through the frame. This is called Panning your subject should be in focus and your background should be blurred.

Panoramic Photos

Panoramic photo of the Olga mountain range in Uluru Central Australia

We will be using at least 10 images to create our panoramic images. Remember when you are shooting you should use your camera vertically instead of horizontally. 10 horizontal images would create an extremely long and narrow image. 10 vertical images will line up better.Remember to first frame the area that is going to be tallest in your frame , so that you don't end up cropping it out of your final image. Remember as you are shooting to overlap your images by at least 30% as Photoshop Elements need this information to merge the final result together.

Speeding Water Droplets

An exploration of how a fast shutter speed works to Capture motion
by photo student Natasha

Painting with light

Group Photo from a painting with light session in the studio
To create this image we are using light to make shapes and forms, to paint a picture. in order to capture the motion of the small light sources that we are using, we need to use a slow shutter speed. because we want the shutter speed to be as long as possible, we need to make sure that we choose a low ISO setting as well closed down aperture( large number).