Until today, that is. Until I saw Laya Gerlock‘s amazing Stars Ring Light. Fortunately for us DIYers, when Laya heard what we need to get through to see stars, he agreed to share the making of this beautiful modifier.
While I’ve done some considerable efforts to disconnect the Gordian knot between bodily functions and lighting, my efforts are futile once and again.
Visit Tony‘s excellent picture tutorial for the quickest toilet gridspot ever.
Yesterday I posted a cheat sheet that tried to question the applicability of the Inverse Square Law (ISL) on the way we use portable flashes I called this post The Inverse Square Law Cheat Sheet – Myth Busted.
The post stirred up a great conversation from which I learned about Light, some physics and some in camera processing facts. But mostly I learned that it is great fun to experiment and to share your findings. It definitely helped me get my knowledge to a higher level (at the small price of throwing a way my totally wrong fringy and conventions breaking experiment.
UPDATE: This Experiment is all Wrong. I should hit my head on the same wall I used to measure reflected light off. Some great comments about what went wrong, and great discussion going on – I posted the main points here.
Have you heard about the Inverse Square Law? It’s the law that says that light intensity falls the farther you move your light from your subject. It also tells you that if you move your light to be twice as far it will fall by 4 (the square of 2). if you move the light three times as far, it will fall by 9.
We all swear by that law. The only thing is this law does not apply to the way most of us use flashes.
I’m gonna explain this in a beat, but first here is my newest cheat sheet. (I love cheat sheets. If you are as senile as me, you can print them and then pop them up later and look really smart).
Just got word from the great guys at Wix. They’ve been working hard on adding features and templates to better suit us photographers. (If you just want the coupon, skip to the end
We reviewed Wix in the past and were very pleased, we’re even more pleased with the addition of the new features.
On the last installment of S@H lighting we covered the usage of LEDs as a light source. While LEDs give you great control over your light, there was something missing. Power. The next step up with lighting can be using work-lights.
After doing nothing but moving pausing for a short while to let everyone suck in the goods on Studio @ Home, we’re going to continue to explore lighting options. We already discussed LED lights, and we’ll be exploring worklights, strobes and big guns next. Till then, I’d love to hear what you use for lighting your pictures.
If your answer is not on the list, let us know via the comments.
The other thing is that we are going to have a new assignment on S@H. get your cameras ready. And now on with the entrée.
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A PJ book? Are we talking about a new Pajamas book? A rising Photo Journalist?
Our friends over at Photojojo lunched the Photojojo book. It is a book loaded with great projects for the DIY addict.
For a long time now, I’ve been reading the PJ newsletter. It is a great source to get project inspiration and some great ideas to lay with once you are sitting at home wondering what to do with all those great pictures you took.
OK, I know what you’re thinking. This post is probably gonna be about hacking used lens to a matchbox pinhole camera using some chewing gum.
Well it is even better (and simpler) than that (and it’s about creativity more than about DIY). The best camera is simply the camera that you carry around with you. And since it looks like iPhone sales are close to hitting 6 billion units, odd are that your best camera is an iPhone.
This and the fact that Chase says so.
High Dynamic Range Photography (HDR) is a creative technique in which you combine 3, 5 or 7 images shot at different exposures, which are then merged into a single image.
The advantages are far more detail, vibrant color and control of lighting than you could ever achieve by manipulating a single JPG or RAW image in Photoshop.
In the following post Gavin Phillips will cover some of the main (yet often overlooked) aspects of HDR Photography.
(Roll your mouse over any of the images and linger for a second to see how it looked like before HDRing it).