Here’s something that may have slipped by unnoticed. Adobe Lightroom added a new feature recently called Reference View. This new functionality is part of the Develop module and is really useful when you want to edit one photo and you want it to look like another image.
Any light, when it strikes an object, will do one of three things. The light energy can be absorbed, in which case it is converted to some other energy such as heat. It can be reflected or refracted. In most cases, it will do some of all of these things. The reaction most people expect is the reflection.
What could be better than photographing a beautiful garden in a gentle springtime rain shower? Of course, you don't want to lay down on the muddy ground or get your equipment soaked. But think about those potential images!
One trait that every really great photographer has is that they tend to be wonderful problem solvers. As you walk out and explore the world you realize that the subjects you want to photograph are seldom beautifully lit.
Put a wide angle lens up to your eye and things look farther away and some objects look distorted. Do the same with a telephoto lens and objects look closer. They seem magnified and objects appear compressed. This phenomenon is called perspective distortion and some folks would say that each lens provides a different perspective. But how’s this for shaking things up?
Using only an 85mm Sigma lens on my Canon 5D Mark III and the right choice in light shaping, a translucent diffuser, we were able to pull off an image with great highlight to shadow ratio, with no additional tools or equipment needed.
By definition 18% gray is the “mid-point between black and white on a logarithmic or exponential curve.” Think of it this way; it is simply halfway between black and white. It is the average in terms of scene brightness and has for many years been the one constant thing that photographers use on which to base their exposures on.
In camera TTL meters are incredible tools that help provide very accurate exposure settings. But as accurate as they may be, the camera can only measure light that has been reflected or produced by a subject of which it has no idea what it is. For the most accurate metering, photographers use incident light meters to measure the light from the source before it strikes the subject.
We all know that when you focus on something, the area of acceptably sharp focus is both in front and behind the subject upon which you focused. The 1/3 - 2/3 Myth incorrectly states that of the total depth of field, 1/3 will be in front of the subject and 2/3 will be behind the subject.