Enhancing Detail and Dynamic Range in Lightroom 4

In this Lightroom 4 tutorial, we will be showing you how to enhance the detail and expand the dynamic range of a single raw image using the Lightroom 4 Preset System and techniques that we teach on the Lightroom 4 A to Z DVD.

Enhancing Detail and Dynamic Range in Lightroom 4

As always, for those that may not have the LR4 Preset System, we will show you each step of the process as we walk through this Lightroom 4 edit.

The goal and vision is to create an image with enhanced detail, contrast, and dynamic range without crossing over into the “overdone HDR” territory. [Read more…]

A Time-Lapse Of America With No People

A Time-Lapse Of America With No People

Would it be weird if we lived in a world without people? Ross Ching is exploring this questions exactly in a series of time-lapses called The Empty America.

The series is made out of time lapse movies taken in major cities in the us, with people magically removed from them.

So far movies have been taken in San Francisco, Seattle, New York City and Washington D.C. [Read more…]

The Jaw Pinhole Camera Really “Snaps” Pictures

the JAW - pinhole camera

Steven Monteau has an impressive record as a pinhole camera builder. Last year we shared two pinhole tutorials that he made, one for The Battlefield Pinhole Camera and La Guillotine pinhole camera. Today, I wanna introduce you to Steven’s third creation, THE JAW.

The unique thing about THE JAW, aside being a ridiculously cool homemade pinhole camera, is the fact that it uses masks to interfere with the pattern exposed on the film. (oh yea, it shoots on good ol’ film).

The over-sized camera carries some other special features. It has an hidden space that carries spare masks, a tripod mount and a spectacular cable release controlled shutter made in the shape of a giant JAW. [Read more…]

Twin Lens Reflex Polaroid Kit Coming Soon?

About a week ago we featured an unnamed hand crafted Laser crafted beautiful twin lens reflex with a Polaroid back.

Twin Lens Reflex Polaroid Kit Coming Soon?

I’ll be lying if I did not admit that I would love to see a commercial version of this camera. Kevin Kodooka just released a short teaser for the upcoming kit. Maybe via Kickstarter, it definitely has the right vibe for it. (Still no name though).

That said, I doubt it would be a cheap kit. The lenses alone are usually in the range of hundreds over at eBay. Hit the jump for a video and a list of features. [Read more…]

Win $300 of Baby Props from Pink Pumpkin Crochet

UPDATE: This giveaway is now over, please see below for more detail. If you did not win, you can still enjoy a 15% off coupon from Pink Pumpkin by using the code DIY15PHOTO at check out.

If one of the things you do is family sessions or newborn photography you know that props make a huge difference. This is why I am happy to team up with Pink Pumpkin Crochet Studio in this giveaway of $300 of baby props.

Win $300 of Baby Props from Pink Pumpkin Crochet

To be more specific, this giveaway is for $300 worth of any items you like on Pink Pumpkin Crochet Studio. This includes shipping so it open to anywhere that can be shipped from the US.

This giveaway is open to DIYP and Pink Pumpkin Crochet Studio Facebook fans only. Once you like both pages, simply hit the enter button below.

you also get additional entries for spreading the word. [Read more…]

Quick Tip: Import “Numbered Stills” For Time Lapse

Recently I’ve been working on a timelapse movie and was struggling on what it the best method to import the files into Adobe Primer for editing.

Done the trivial way of selecting all the images, doing an import and then dragging them into the timeline is not very effective as each image is displayed for 5 seconds as a default.

But…. If you mark the Import as “Numbered Stills” on the import screen, the images will be imported as a single video file where each image is a single frame in the video.

I find that this method of importing saves both time and clutter on my timeline.

Quick Tip: Import "Numbered Stills" For Time Lapse

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Doing Cross Section Light Painting Is The Opposite of MRI

MRI is used to salami objects into small slices and get a better idea about what’s inside them without breaking them open.

Cross section light painting is the exact reverse process where a photographer uses a set of images, each corresponding to a slice of the original object to recreate the salami. (OK, technically, it only recreates an image of that salami).

While it is not trivial to find such detailed slides images of the human body, there is a scientific foundation – The Visible Human Project – that aims at making such images accessible and shares two data set of such “slide” humans: A mail and a female.

Human hologram

Using a video composed of those images, Flickr user Andyleach recreated the body using light painting. [Read more…]