Shoot The Moon A Good Use For White Balance

I haven't discussed the issue of white balance (WB) as yet, nor do I intend to make it an important part of this book since, in my view, the issue of WB is very overrated and does not merit the thorough discussion it once might have. Most, if not all, shooters have come to realize the value and importance of shooting raw files. So. most shooters know that they can tweak if not change dramatically their WB in postprocessing. The bottom line for me is this I opt for the Cloudy WB setting in the...

Option

Before shooting a single-theme image (one in which you are featuring a lone subject against a blurry background), pretend to remove your lens from the camera body while still looking through the viewfinder. By pretend. I mean turn the lens one-quarter of a turn or so. as if you are about to remove it. When you do this as you look through your viewfinder. you'll see the actual depth of field that your chosen aperture will render. (The viewfinder will also become darker, just as it does when you...

Holbrookjackson

Love is the fire of life it either consumes or purifies. S U M CI * Ii A S B E W R ITT F N A BOUT F R and its use as a metaphor endures, as the quotes on the facing page show. I remember the movie Quest for Fire, as well, and although the dialogue was limited to grunts, groans, and screams, the message of fire's importance was made clear. And of course, without fire Ithe sunI we would not have the most essential ingredient for image-making light. So what better way to pay tribute to fire than...

Extension Tubes Vs Teleconverters

Do not confuse extension tubes with 1.4X. 1.7X, or 2X teleconverters. multipliers, or doubters, as they're often called. Unlike a teleconverter, which does have optical glass in its construction, an extension tube is glassless, as mentioned on page 36. It is nothing more than a piece of metal that places more distance between your camera body and lens (a metal toilet paper core, if you will). A teleconverter, with its piece of glass, on the other hand, increases the focal length of a given tens...

The Kitchen

ITCHEN ITEMS can make for interesting abstract close-up subjects. And, a small wooden chopping block in the kitchen can quickly become a miniature studio. Positioned near a south-facing window, there's plenty of available light to practice kitchen art. Obviously the idea of kitchen art isn't limited to the cheese grater you see in the images here, as any metallic surface will perform equally well when shot close-up. Consider spoons, forks, knives, measuring cups, bowls, pots, pans, kettles,...

Note About Extension Tubes And Wideangle Lenses

A wide-angle lens for a digital camera (such as the 12-24mm range) or a wide-angle lens meant for a 35mm film camera (the 17-28mm range, for example) will not be able to focus with any extension tube because the focus point is now so close that you would literally have to climb inside the lens to find it. meal the rear element of your lens has moved farther away from the CCD or film plane. So it stands to reason that if you could place some kind of spacer between your lens and camera body, you...

Specular Highlights

N ADDITION to the very narrow depth of field for which close-up work is known, there is another close-up and macro phenomenon that most photographers either don't know about or, at the very least, fail to exploit often enough. I'm referring to what are called specular highlights. These are most often seen as out-of-focus hexagonal shapes in either your background or foreground when shooting close-ups of subjects surrounded by bright highlights. A single dew-laden blade of grass surrounded by...

The Dewdropas Mini Fish Eye Lens

NE OF MY MOST fascinating discoveries in the world of close-up photography was made long ago Dewdrops can act as mini fish-eye lenses. I made this discovery after waking early one morning and seeing one of the heaviest blankets of ground fog I had ever seen on my farm. I headed out the door to the large backyard flower garden and came upon three huge dew-covered spider-webs. It was one of those rare moments when not only were the dewdrops large but the air was dead calm, too. As I made quick...

Appendix A VR and IS Lenses Exposed

Do VR and IS lenses live up to their promises What is a VR or an IS lens VR vibration reduction or IS image stabilization lenses are lenses that counteract the normal camera shake that often occurs when handholding your camera and lens. In effect, with one of these lenses, it's like having a built-in gyroscope. When you find yourself shooting, say, images of your friend's wedding and you've had one too many glasses of champagne, a VR or IS lens will move in the opposite...

Closeup Lenses Vs The Canon 500d

Just like many other discerning professional shooters, I, too, use the Canon 500D 77mm filter size on my Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8 zooms. A few years back, and after spending but a few hours in the garden with my 500D close-up filter and my 70-200mm F2.8 Nikkor lens, I was hooked on the practicality of owning this close-up lens. Once I sat down in front of the computer, I could see sharpness that easily compared to the sharpness normally obtained with my Micro-Nikkor 200mm lens. The one drawback...

Acknowledgments

This book would not be what it is without the greatest editor in the world, Alisa Palazzo, who really makes me think Without Victoria Craven, I wouldn't have any books at all. And of course, no one is better at book design than Bob Fillie. I will never be able to thank all three of you enough Editorial Director Victoria Craven Senior Development Editor Alisa Palazzo Creative Director Marysarah Quinn Art Director Jess Morphew Designer Bob Fillie Production Manager Alyn Evans Typeset in DIN...