Category Archives: Tutorials

Shoot Like a PRO 101 III

Post-processing err… exposure correction (and its benefits)

When post-processing photos, it doesn’t equate to “emphasize” or “ruin” elegant details. It usually equates the personal preference of the photographer whether he/she prefers to enhance photographs digitally without the need of post-processing.

Hmmm… I think last week we went to one of the finest restaurants in the Philippines. Well, guess where it is.

Well, you guessed it! It’s in Spiral! In Sofitel! Pardon me for the crappy output Photomerge has brought me.

There is one time that I wanted to take a photograph of a dessert. Okay, so to speak me momma is now the new owner of the 550D (iCry). Well, she would usually become “flash-dependent” rather than not using flash at all (y’all know me as the person who refuses to use FLASH).

In this case scenario, I was about to take a photograph of the strawberry dessert, but suddenly the 550D’s flash did pop out (I’m using a 60D here ok!?) and it ignited, while I was taking a photograph of the dessert at the same time.

So here’s the output:


Overexposed, isn’t it? Seriously, it’s really an eyesore!

However, with the magical powers of photo-editing software, you will never be worried about the lighting. Here, I used Lightroom 3 to make it more decent and not an eyesore:


Here you have it! Good as new!

Actually, using Lightroom as your primary editing software in terms of correcting exposure, saturation and contrast would be a better option rather than relying on Photoshop alone. There are things that Lightroom can do that EVEN Photoshop can’t even do, so it’s really much better to have both of them at the same time.

Caution: Before you install Photoshop (and Lightroom) the easy way…

Please take note that bringing your laptop overseas might be a threat. You’ll be questioned about your credibility as a person, and you might be questioned, so it’s best that you rather not bring your laptop at all.

Granted, Adobe Creative Suite Software is really very costly and is very complicated to use. However, with the help of technology that are willing to take risks with regards to the law, you could now access Photoshop downloads and keygens at the same time online (yes, I’m really mentioning this at risk). The only way that you could access these software the genuine way is a very difficult process especially if you’re not yet working — the cost of that software almost equates a single gadget.

I just want to help everyone, so help yourself. I’m not promoting piracy in any way (in fact, I never buy pirated movie DVDs, they’re also an eyesore to watch), but I have no choice but go for download instead.

Hope you understand the situation.

Subscribe for 1-day Globe Internet without charge on your iPhone!

For iPhone users, I think this is a good guide for you to know why…

First, make sure that your APN is: [http.globe.com.ph].

How to achieve this:

For people who have updated to iOS 6

1.) Go to Settings > General > Cellular > Cellular Data Network

2.) Under both Cellular Data AND Internet Tethering, change your APN from [internet.globe.com.ph] to [http.globe.com.ph].

3.) Press the HOME button and follow these steps:



4.) Go again to Settings > General > Cellular.

5.) Turn on Cellular Data. It is optional whether you want to Enable 3G or not.

 

THIS IS FOR PRE-PAID USERS err… ONLY.

Shoot Like a PRO 101 II

Shoot Like a PRO 101 Daily Digest

Is there something wrong with post-processing?

While professionals think that post-processing is the only way to survive, there are some photography enthusiasts who think that post-processing is learning to adjust the hard way.

To be honest with you, post-processing is to correct the white balance, exposure and of course, some other details if RAW format is chosen above other formats.

The RAW format is designed for post-processing. It is the equivalent of film negatives. If film is scanned nowadays, of course, most of the people working at a photo-developing center are doing this is because they find it easier to do so.

Some tips to consider when you want to become an over-all photographer:

1.) Always shoot in RAW.
2.) You should have a knowledge in using Lightroom. Leave Photoshop for a little change and of course, watermarking.
3.) Read photography books and magazines. This helps a lot, actually.
4.) Learn to experiment and to discover.
5.) Of course, always bring your cam to any opportunity it may take you (e.g., events, exhibitions, concerts).

Additional Notes:

According to Michael Freeman, when using film, it is forgiving unlike digital since the sensor cannot exactly cater the different exposures a person desires.

Of course, post-processing is really needed if there’s an error, for instance error in white balance. White Balance presets or customized adjustment in the camera itself isn’t enough. However, if a person heavily relies in post-processing, it doesn’t look healthy. Besides, oversaturated photos are an eyesore, to be frank.

The reason why most photographers post-process not only because to correct exposure, white balance, but also to add special effects like never seen before by the naked eye itself. Besides, leave the rest of the story to the most spectacular subjects.

Using Manual Mode in your camera

Manual Mode is not really hard to use. However, consider exposure and depth-of-field when it comes to composition.

Aperture (Av) – the opening of the lens (composed of at least six blades).

LOWER number – WIDE opening – BRIGHTER
HIGHER number – NARROW opening – DARKER

Shutter speed (Tv) – determines how long or short light passes through.

the SLOWER – the BRIGHTER – prone to camera shake
the FASTER – the DARKER – steadier

ISO (ISO) – Image Sensitivity in general.

LOWER number – DARKER – cleaner
HIGHER number – BRIGHTER – grainier

Depth of Field (DEP)

This is often associated with aperture, and besides consider the following factors:

WIDE aperture – shallow depth-of-field – MAXIMUM bokeh
NARROW aperture – deeper depth-of-field – MINIMUM bokeh

Exposure Compensation (EV) – a factor that determines whether the subject is bright or dark, but in Manual Mode, maintaining the EV ±0 is a must.

Photographing Fireworks by using a point-and-shoot digicam

1.) First of all, set it to night mode.
2.) Just focus on the fireworks and of course, click the shutter button…
3.) Don’t move or shake your hand of any kind. Keep it steady.
4.) Once the shutter is released, wait for the camera to process your work.

There y’have it!

Samples of fireworks shot on a digital camera (Samsung PL210, which I haven’t reviewed just yet):





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Shoot Like a PRO 101

Disclaimer: This is to teach you guys how to do it the right way. Sorry if I’m a Mac user, but if you could bear with my tutorial, here you go. Oh, and I’m no professional photographer either. This is designed to those who haven’t discover yet the potentials of digital photography.

How to do everything like the PRO’s do?

While most of us enthusiasts are really curious about the world, we are also curious about why RAW is a flexible format. Everyone said it’s the file format of post-processing, or let’s say, it’s a film negative equivalent.

In RAW imaging, it’s like this: Open your iPhoto, and choose a RAW file. You’ll see that the white balance is set to its native number.

So here are the basics that you should know…

Step One: Shoot in RAW


Look at the portion where temperature and tint likes. A RAW image will show you the native white balance and of course, the tint, rather than the pointer positioned on the middle (neutral mode).

Shooting in RAW gives you the advantage and opportunities to post-process your photos with ease and flexibility. However, the downside is, shooting in RAW consumes memory space and it will take you a long time to post-process everything in RAW. Aside from that, you should have a post-processing software just to have your RAW file viewed. Luckily, the Mac has iPhoto pre-installed in it.

For Windows users, don’t worry, your DSLR might be supplied a software designed to view and to edit RAW images.

Step Two: Upload your photos in photo-organizing apps such as iPhoto.


iPhoto isn’t only designed for organizing and arranging photos, it also has built-in HDR through the help of reducing shadows.

If you happen to use Windows, I really can’t answer your question since I really find it more comfortable to edit photos in Mac. Well, here’s the thing: Macs provide everything for you and it’s much more ideal to use Photoshop in Mac, I just don’t know why.

iPhoto is one of the most reliable software (or maybe Photoshop Elements, but I haven’t tried one yet) to quickly edit and post-process photos, for Macintosh, that is.

Step Three: Always have Lightroom 3 installed on your computer


You won’t actually survive if you d0n’t have Lightroom installed, just in case you want to make your sky bluer than ever.

There are things that Lightroom could do that Photoshop cannot as is do. Perspective control is one of them, and without any doubt, Lightroom does it faster than Photoshop. Of course, you may change the white balance if you want, but make sure you drag the post-processed photo directly from iPhoto. It is still in RAW I think, but it seems more convenient since it helps you edit more and of course, experiment.

Step Four: Always have Photoshop installed on your computer


This is actually a photo combined with two photos, resulting from preference of tint done in Lightroom.

Of course, with the post-processing thing, watermarking is very important. This is to protect your photos just in case someone else uses it.

Although according to the Digital Photography Manual, Photoshop is a very expensive software which is very complicated to use, and some of the features there will never be used by an average enthusiast. However, this one is very helpful when creating effects and of course, watermarking photos.

Also, having Photoshop doesn’t only give you the advantage of watermarking photos, it may also let you create effects or maybe combine two pictures, then set the blend mode to either Multiply or Soft Light.

Take note: Unless you’re going to download it straight from the Internet, Photoshop IS a really hard-to-get software. Downloading it is “easy,” but look, it will ask you for a serial number for verification, and I really discourage cracks. It doesn’t help actually, so rather search for serial numbers if you want.

I am not advocating piracy, but just to be practical, you have to download at your own risk.