RAW Conversion In Lightroom

My first step is converting the image from RAW to Tiff format. I currently use Lightroom for this part of my workflow, but other converters can work just as well. In fact I use different RAW converters for the conversion of other types of photographs. My choice of RAW converter is based on the needs of each photograph. Below are screenshots ofthe adjustment settings I made to the image. For each setting I provide a before and an after screen-shot. The image these settings were applied to is the...

Capturing the Nadir

There is, however, one aspect of shooting spherical panoramas that I would like to address in detail. The nadir in a panorama is directly opposite the zenith, the point directly above the photographer. In order to photograph the zenith, all you have to do is point the camera directly upwards. It is more difficult to capture the nadir because it is covered by the tripod. This is not a problem for most panorama photos, as these are usually oriented to the horizon. However, in a little planet...

Problems with Flange Depth

A lens-cap pinhole for mounting on a (D)SLR is easy to construct and produces typical-looking pinhole images. However, a simple pinhole still lacks the wide angle of view and vignette effects that characterize classic pinhole images. Whether you are exposing An analog pinhole camera made from an old 6x6 bellows camera An analog pinhole camera made from an old 6x6 bellows camera film or a sensor, the depth of the mirror box and the lens flange dictate the angle of view you can shoot. The pinhole...

Arth from Above

Kite aerial photography (also referred to as KAP) provides a unique way to photograph the world from above at heights only limited to the length of your line. With the proper equipment and a nice breeze your camera will gently lift into the air for a smooth ride, resulting in an array of fun, interesting, and detailed photographs. Kite aerial photography is a low-cost alternative to conventional airplane and helicopter aerial photography, and it also allows for lower elevation detail. The first...

Spherical Panoramas

Spherical panoramas-with 360-degree horizontal and 180-degree vertical angles of view-are the best raw material to use when you are creating little planets. A complete review of the technique involved in shooting a spherical panorama would go beyond the scope of this book, but here is a quick overview of the basics A DSLR camera and a high-quality tripod A fisheye lens (10.5 mm Nikkor, 8 mm Sigma, or similar) A dedicated panorama tripod head (Nodal Ninja, 360 precision, or similar) In order to...

Skillfully Twisted

There are two programs that I would like to recommend forturning your panoramas into little planets. The first is the freeware program Hugin (which also happens to be the best open source stitcher currently available), and the second is the commercial Flexify plug-in for Photoshop. Both programs are of equally high quality, are suitable for use with HDR images, and are available for Mac and Windows. Let's take a look at Flexify first. All of the settings are pulled together in one window and...

The Optics of Pinholes

It would overreach the scope of this book to go into detail here, but there are specific reasons why 0.3 mm is a good size for a camera pinhole. The two most important parameters governing pinhole size are based in geometrical and wave optics and concern the size of a hole's circle of confusion and the diffraction caused by its edges. The larger the pinhole, the smaller the circle of confusion becomes, while the diffraction caused by the hole's edges increases with decreasing pinhole size....

The Picavet

Kite Aerial Photography Picavet

A few camera rigs will attach directly to the kite line however, most rigs hang from the line by using a picavet suspension system. The picavet pronounced pick-a-vay allows your camera to remain level even though the kite string is not, providing a gentle flowing ride for your rig and camera. There are two ends to a picavet, each attached to the kite line, but not close together the camera rig hangs from the middle. As the line of the kite Basic KAP Rig with a Nikon Cooipix 8400. Basic KAP Rig...

Additional Sun Filters

If you are shooting afocally i.e., you are using a camera to shoot through the eyepiece of a telescope , you can also use an additional Solar Continuum or K-Line 395nm filter for your eyepiece. These filters allow you to take photos within a very limited visible spectrum and produce highly detailed images of sunspots and the Sun's surface patterns. You will need some thick card, a tin lid, a circular cutter, glue, a Baader sun filter sheet, and a clean surface to build your own sun filter A...

The Rokkaku Kite

The Rokkaku is a six-sided kite based on a traditional Japanese design. Size 6' x 5' is great for winds of 5 to 15 mph. The Giant Rokkaku 7.5' x 6' and larger will develop great pull in very light Santa Barbara Breakwater - Pentax Optio A20 wind, and should not be used in winds of 10 mph or greater. This is a favorite kite for light wind situations. A streamer tail can be added for increased stability.

Conclusion

I often say that fine art photography has two aspects technical and creative. This process addresses both of these aspects. It is important to have good technique when moving and processing these images. However, it is equally important to be creative when selecting the subject and the light and when making processing choices in regards to color balance, color harmony, contrast, color palette, and so on. I believe that this process has a lot of potential, and that what we have seen done with it...

The Flowform Kite

How Flowform Kite

The Flowform style of kite is preferred due to its ease of deployment. There are no bars or assembly simply unfold the kite and the wind will lift it into the air. However, it does require more of a breeze than Santa Barbara Marina - Pentax Optio A20 Santa Barbara Marina - Pentax Optio A20 the other kites for a successful flight. The smaller Flowform 16 is great for winds ranging from 15 to 30 mph. The larger Flowform 30 is a good choice for winds of 8 to 20 mph. Some people attach a tail for...

SLR Cameras

Rigs for SLR cameras can also range from simple to complex, and are usually designed for the smaller camera such as the Canon Rebel series the Nikon Coolpix 8400 Nikon D40, D50, and D60 or the Olympus Evolt E-500. You can purchase or build a simple box style frame and add the basics needed to automatically trigger the shutter, or choose a more complex rig controlled from the ground by remote control. Kits and supplies available through www.Brooxes.com downloadable instructions available...

Simple Microscope

Jona Harnischmacher

You can use a macro lens microscope handheld for focal lengths right up to 50 mm for example, for outdoor plant or insect obser- You can use an adapter to attach a compact camera to your homemade telescope vation . An improvised portable microscope can also help you find elusive dirt and dust when you are cleaning your DSLR's image sensor. If you can, it is best to use a macro lens with a built-in tripod mount. Such lenses are fairly rare, but you can always use a tele-photo lens with extension...

Black Point Adjustment Curve

Using a sudden black curve instead of setting the black point regularly by steepening the entire curve allows you to set a true black point for the image without increasing the contrast of the entire image. Often you need a true black point for an image most images do but you do not want to either darken the entire image, or increase the contrast and the saturation of the entire image. Increasing contrast substantially results in increasing saturation as well. Often, you may want just one or...

Lightroom Presets

I found that saving the image adjustment settings for specific images as presets in Lightroom to be very useful. The reason for that is simply the complexity of the adjustments I make to each image. It is very difficult to remember exactly what those are when you go from one image to another. It is when you want to use previous settings on a new image that the presets come in handy. Using presets is very simple, all you need to do is click on a specific preset and the settings saved in it will...

From Film to Digital

Moving the camera while taking the photograph is truly a process that needs digital capture to be done successfully. My teacher in Trees along a Sandstone Wall, Utah Non-blurred image Paris, Scott McLeay, taught us this process in the early 1980's. Scott was using a Hasselblad V camera, the same camera I am using today for this process. However, Scott was using film digital capture did not exist yet and that was one of the main problems. Scott was using this approach for his color work....