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Brenizer Method Attempt #2 [PotD]

Brenizer Method Attempt #2, originally uploaded by kristenmoss.

This is my second attempt at the Brenizer method panorama. This was about 15 photos taken at 100mm f/2.8.

This one came out much better. From here, I can play with more interesting scenery and poses. I just wanted to prove I could do it first. 🙂

I do recommend going to flickr to look at this, and then click “All Sizes” to view it larger.

Pop Up Flash

Even though I may be a beginner in the photography hobby, I know that using the pop up flash results in horrible pictures.  That knowledge combined with less than spacious room in the budget for camera toys left me with a dilemma.  Do I spend lots of money on an expensive flash unit?  Do I just up my ISO until the picture is full of noise and edit it to death in order to hide it? Or do I resolve never to take pictures in low light?

The answer to inexpensive low light indoor photography has been found.  To be honest, I’m ashamed I didn’t think of it myself.

Enter the Lightscoop.  A little angled mirror that slides into your hotshoe and reflects your pop up flash up at a ceiling or sideways off a wall and then back at your subject.

It’s cheap, easy, and makes a world of difference.

Here are my results:

See how much more natural the lighting is?  Very nice.  And all for $25 bucks rather than $400.  Of course, you could be even cheaper and make your own for less, but I’m lazy.

The other nice side effect is that people and pets won’t be squinting at the camera to protect against the flash, making not just the lighting, but the facial expressions more natural.

What a nifty little tool!

Skin Softening Tutorial

A month or so I saw this skin softening tutorial available here.

I just now got around to following the directions, and here are my before and afters.  Let me know if you think they look realistic or overly blurry.  The hope is to make skin slightly more flattering but not overly editted.

Click photos to enlarge them.  It may be that the side by side doesn’t help.  It might be that the reference of the original makes the second one look more fake.  If so, just enlarge the after side and see if it looks genuine enough on its own.

Single Image HDR

Single Image HDR Tutorial by the Digital Photography School.

If you have lightroom, give this a try.  I plan to!

Experimental Photography Website

Click here to visit my Website!

I’m not sure if I’ll be keeping it around or not.  Still evaluating.  Depends on a few features, and if the site is too slow to load.  So let me know what you think of it in terms of design and performance.  It doesn’t have everything I want yet, but it’s always easy to add content.

HDR Workshop

I attended an impromptu HDR workshop in Downtown San Jose on New  Year’s Eve, and these are the results.

HDR is a technique used to increase the contrast/High Dynamic Range of the image.  You take three shots of the same scene, one correctly exposed, and one each 1-2 stops higher and lower.  Then, using the computer you fuse the different exposures together to get a higher range in the photo.  You also get to do some fun stuff with tone-mapping which can really do interesting things to the colors and textures.

Here are my pictures, I’m putting the middle exposure next to the finished HDR picture so you can see the difference.  In particular, look for the greater detail in the very light and very dark areas of the image.

Also, clicking on the image should bring you to a full size picture.