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The importance of White Balance and Flash Gels

Many times when taking an image the camera’s auto settings just do not produce the desired outcome. Take this shot for instance:

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The goal was to capture a picture of Steph and myself in front of the Christmas tree in Faneuil Hall during the holidays. Obviously this picture is less than optimal. The lights on the tree are glowing orange and the subject in the foreground is barely visible.

One way to enhance this picture is

Creating stitched images

Modern technologies such as Photoshop add an additional set of tools to the photographers arsenal. One such method in Photoshop known as “photomerge” allows you to seemlessly stitch multiple images together in order to create a very large and comprehensive image without the use of a tripod or thousands of hours of post processing. The result is able to capture much more field of view beyond the width of your lens.

Off camera flash exposure

Off camera flash for dramatic images

Using off camera flash can have a significant impact on your photos. Early this morning around 11am Steph and I went down to the park so that I could play around with my new reflector that I purchased. The sky was fairly overcast which makes for nice soft light for photography when you are shooting against a solid background such as a wall. However, shooting against the sky would be nearly impossible without a double exposure composite photo or using a significant grade graduated polarizing filter. Here is a photo of the sky over Boston (southie mostly) as exposed correctly for the subject.

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Correct exposure for the subject

Correct exposure for the subject