Editing Firework Images

Professional shows are quite expensive so, with the exception of a grand finale, the fireworks are sparingly launched one or two at a time. As much as I enjoy a nice image of a single firework, I really want an image that captures the spirit of the evening. So, let’s create a composite image that combines several of the single images into one spectacular photograph.

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Corbell and Harrington "Come Together" to Shoot The Stars

With more than 700 iconic music album covers to his credit Russ Harrington is at the very top of his game. With more than 700 workshops, seminars, and lectures on the topics of lighting and light control, Tony Corbell is on top of his game. Please join these two industry leaders for this very special three-day workshop in Tony’s beautiful new studio in downtown Muskogee, Oklahoma in September. Click here for details:

https://www.tonycorbell.com/calendar/2019/9/12/shooting-stars-with-russ-harrington

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Change Lightroom's Default Develop Settings

Last week we talked about using the Camera Profile settings to get your Lightroom Classic CC preview images to match the image you saw on the back of your camera. It’s not a long process but wouldn’t you like to make that setting the default when you import images?

You can. In fact, you can make a wide variety of Develop setting the default for any imported images. Just make sure that the adjustments that you set as defaults are something that you want to apply to ALL images.

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Look For The Second Picture And The Third

Over the years I have learned that the most successful photographers working will often look to see what else is there and really work the scene to see if there is another picture behind the picture. In other words, find another picture, possibly two more pictures, while you are in the same scenario with the same subject. Don’t stop just because you think you have it.

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Condensation

Condensation can be an inconvenience, but for photographers, it can be a real problem. A couple years ago I was on a cruise down the Yangtze River in China and one morning got up and stepped out on the balcony to photograph the sun rising over a bridge. My camera was quite cool after being in the air conditioned cabin all night and when I stepped out onto the balcony a heavy coating of condensation covered the camera and lens.

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Step It Up

Step-up rings are adapters that allow you to attach filters to a lens when the filter diameter and the lens diameter are different. They seem pretty simple and straightforward. A metal ring and no optics. Even so, there are so many choices that things can get quite confusing. So let’s clear a few things up.

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Flash Duration

For the typical compact camera flash, the flash duration is between 1/200 second at full power and 1/20,000 at the lowest output level. That sounds fast but when I add some diffusion to the flash - like a small softbox - I end up having to use the flash at, or very close to, full power. That just left some subjects still a little blurry.

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Cables Cables Everywhere

We all have that drawer full of old cables and connectors. I’ve thought many times about cleaning it out, but I know when I do, I’ll find something that needs a special plug that is buried in the drawer. I laugh too at my computer bag. I bought a MacBook Air because they are so lightweight yet still pack the punch. But, I also have a gadget bag full of adapters and cords that probably outweighs the computer itself.

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