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Watch Matt Kloskowski in a video that shows you how to complete an HDR photo using Photoshop.


Compositing, or photo compositing, is the technique—art and craft—of combining images to create a new image. The newly created image often presents its own version of reality.

Compositing is often used in advertising, where the use of the technique is sometimes intended to be obvious and at other times is designed to be seamless. Compositing has sometimes been used in journalism, although this use is generally frowned upon when discovered. The opprobrium hasn’t stopped the usage—for example, the Communist party under Stalin used old-fashioned compositing to “purge” out early party leaders as they were discredited by altering historic photographs to remove those who had been purged from the party.

Compositing comes into its own as a fine art technique, where concerns are conceptual, aesthetic and visual rather than related to factual concerns, ethics and marketing. This article concentrates on compositing to create art images—in any case the techniques are essentially the same no matter what the intended usage.

As art, photo composites usually present essentially unreal or “impossible” worlds (this phrase has been used as a description of M.C. Escher’s work, and I like to apply it to many of my photo composites).

If you’ve ever considered this art and would like to learn how to do it in Photoshop, you’ll want to read this article in

From B&H Insights:

…while we can’t possibly address the optimum shooting parameters needed to squeeze the highest performance out of every lens on the marketplace, there are a few guidelines we can offer up that might at the very least influence the way you go about taking pictures.

The first thing we have to do is define the difference between maximum sharpness and maximum focus. If your goal is to squeeze the maximum levels of image sharpness out of your lens you can achieve this by simply stopping your lens aperture down 2.5 to 3-stops from the lens’s maximum aperture. As an example, if the maximum aperture of your lens is f/2.8, you’ll want to shoot with your lens aperture set between f/5.6 and f/8. For a lens that has a maximum aperture of f/3.5, the sweet spot of your lens resides somewhere between f/8 and f/11. Similarly, if your lens has a maximum aperture of f/1.4, the sweet spot of your lens is located somewhere between f/2.8 and f/4. And this simple rule of thumb works with most every lens you’ll ever own.

Read the rest of the article here.

David Peterson of Digital Photo Secrets has a couple of photos that illustrate how making a few minor changes can make a dramatic difference in your photo.

Here’s the first photo:

And here’s the same scene with a few minor changes.

The changes do not include any post-processing and they also do not require any equipment changes. Find out what was done and see how you can begin to make dramatic differences in your photos by paying attention to smaller details.

When I look at something that I am interested in photographing, I am very aware of patterns and light. I look for the patterns within the object whether it be nature or stock photography. I look to see where the light is coming from and where it places the shadows. That being said, I came across this article which shows a number of photos depicting geometric patterns within the photographs. Take a look for yourself.

Properly photographed architecture is an art unto itself, doing so that showcases the unique aspects of a building, or portions of a building really takes your breath away.  Same thing can be said about light and how shadows have a direct impact on it.  Framing these photos it’s hard to say if the photographers goal was to showcase geometric patterns as the primary focal point, but they sure did a great job of it (via Light Stalking).

From the Chicago Tribune, photojournalist Alex Garcia offers these tips for any photographer to be ware of:

  1. Not asking for a picture, for more access, for more shooting time.
  2. As a photographer, let me humbly suggest it’s far better to give your full allegiance to your vision; not your gear.
  3. …contests, even though arbitrary and unfair, still remain as one of the few ways by which someone is able to independently attest to the quality of their work.
  4. …remember to incorporate and innovate, not imitate.
  5. …it is always good to come back to see what other photographers are saying with their pictures.
  6. When I chimp (review the digital files on the camera display), I take my eyes off a situation and temporarily unplug myself from the flow of a portrait or news action.
  7. If you are hoping to do any work in newspapers, forget about using Photoshop for anything else than for basic toning, etc.

Read the article here.

At first glance this may seem like a good photo. While it’s not particularly a bad one, there are some things that went wrong and are only visible in the details below the photo. The first thing to notice is that the lens was a 100mm macro lens intended to be used for very up-close details. However, should you find yourself without a zoom and wanting to take photos from a distance (say outside of the arena, instead of inside) the next best thing to use is your macro lens. What happens is you lose quality in the editing because in order to zoom in on just the piece you want to frame, you have to lose a lot of the outside pixels. (Check out the example below to see how much was trimmed)

Next is the ISO. I had been taking photos the night before and set ISO to 400. In bright, sunny daylight, it could easily have been at 100. To learn more about ISO check out wikipedia or this article by digicamhelp.

Location: Springville, California (The Springville Rodeo)
Taken: 25 April 2010 at 2:57 p.m.
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
Lens: Canon 100mm
EXIF: ISO 400; 1/1600 sec at f/7.1


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  • thebail: Reblogged this on Underwater Ap
  • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
  • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn