This is one image that was exposed for the highlights slightly (underexposed) and had the shadows boosted in post.
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While leading a photo walk the other day, I was trying to teach folks that photography is a lot more than just composition, looking at a scene, and being captivated by it. Instead, it’s also about absorbing the scene and trying to figure out how you can capture all the details of the scene in a single shot. This, over most other things, I think is an incredible skill that you can use day in and day out as a photographer. To boot, you don’t need to shoot in manual for this.
For starters, look at the scene through your viewfinder and figure out the contrast between the brightest of brights and the darkest of darks. Your camera will automatically figure out a middle ground in the evaluative scene metering mode but in order to get the most details in the image ask yourself: “Are the brights more dominant in this image or are the highlights?” Also ask yourself which one is more extreme.
Then you’ll need to make a decision based on the scene and how your camera sensor works. If your scene is dominated by darks, then you’ll want to expose for the shadows, but underexpose just a bit so that you can get some of the highlight details. Afterward, you’ll have an easier time pulling the highlights in post. If your scene is mostly dominated by the highlights, then you’ll want to expose for the shadows (so overexpose) and try to figure out a good middle ground to get those highlights back in post-production.
By shooting this way, you’ll have a lot less images to go through in the post-production phase and your workflow will be much more seamless.
A new Kickstarter is looking to turn your phone into a control for your own personal multi-angle reality TV show–sort of. It’s called the Quebee; and they are little camcorders that are meant to be placed all over to record something so that you don’t really have to. The cameras are all controlled via your smartphone too: which makes multiple angle video coverage super simple. In fact, the app also lets you see the incoming feeds from each camcorder as they record video.
They’re marketing it as a three piece kit: which includes three cameras that can be set up for multi-angle coverage. Plus, they can do timelapse recording.
The company’s Kickstarter video is after the jump; and the product seems really, really cool.
The idea of digital film, i.e. a film cartridge that sports a digital sensor, is as old as digital photography. Many attempts have been made at it, none were successful. Still, it seems there’s no giving up it seems, as there’s just been a new attempt at converting old film-based cameras to digital image recording machines. The latest one, dubbed ‘Nolab’, aims at converting Super 8 movie cameras to digital by creating a Super 8 cartridge that sports a digital camera. Sounds crazy, right? But this one actually looks like it could work.
So, why would a digital film cartridge work with Super 8? That’s easy. For one, the Super 8 format is much smaller than 35mm, which means that we don’t need to get a 35mm sensor to work within the confines of an old film camera. Then, Super 8 works with cartridges much bigger than 35mm, so there’s much more space to put all the components in. Finally, this particular concept makes use of a gound glass, from which a small digital camera records the images as a 720p H.264 video stream.
So far, the product is still in development. But that means something–it’s already more that just a concept. For a full breakdown of specs and development status, head over to the project’s website.
Along the way to the moon on Dec. 7, 1972, the crew of Apollo 17 had a beautiful view of Earth that would give us one of the most popular photographs to come out of NASA. One of their objectives was to take photographs of the lunar surface for mapping and scientific purposes. They also needed a record of what they did both on the moon and in flight. Earth-gazing was not on the list of photographic activities, but that perfect view was too good to pass up.
The Phoblographer and MeFOTO are INCREDIBLY excited to announce our latest giveaway together. We’re giving away a Sony A7 kit and a MeFOTO Roadtrip tripod in any color of your choice. We’ve got a really simple contest and one lucky winner will have an even brighter holiday season with these two fabulous products in their hands.