I have a really bad habit of discounting some of the natural beauty that can be found throughout Ohio. Despite having spent the majority of my early life in the state and still living quite close, I rarely ever venture up that way for photography.
So far this year, however, I have spent several weekends shooting some of the waterfalls throughout the Buckeye state. Here’s just a small sampling of what I’ve seen so far.Read More
One of the fundamental concepts of photography is that of aperture. Along with the shutter speed and ISO, aperture is part of the exposure triangle that controls the overall exposure of an image. In addition to this, aperture also affects the depth of field in an image. In short, the aperture (which is measured in f-stops) controls two factors:
- The amount of light that is able to reach the image sensor, which in turn controls the image’s overall exposure.
- The depth of field (DOF) of the image. The depth of field is simply how much of your image is in focus. Don’t worry, there will be more of this later on 🙂
By completing this article, you’ll understand what aperture is, how it affects an image’s depth of field and how to select the correct f-stop settings to achieve the optimal depth of field for any given scenario.Read More
When photographing the Milky Way, we want to let as much light hit the sensor as possible. With this in mind, it’s only natural to assume that we want to use a slower shutter speed. This is certainly true, but the fact that the Earth rotates can make things a little more complicated.
If we choose a shutter speed that is too slow, we will end up with blurry, trailed stars. Make it too fast and we won’t capture as much detail as we could otherwise. The trick is to find the correct balance. There are a couple of ways to go about calculating the slowest shutter speed you can get away with. I’ll be covering two of these methods here.
So, let’s quit talking about it and get to it!Read More
You’ve spent countless hours planning and obsessively checking the weather to go out and capture what you hope will be an epic Milky Way shot. You’ve got a great location, a killer composition and took the time to carefully dial in your focus and camera settings. You get them home and realize that there is just too much noise for there to be a good image. What went wrong? How do people get these epic, low-noise Milky Way shots?
Well, one option would be to use a star tracking setup, but this is expensive and complicated to learn. An alternative, however, would be to use a method called stacking. Using this method, we can shoot the Milky Way at extremely high ISOs and end up with a final image that has little to no noise.
The best part? This works regardless of rather or not you’re shooting on a low-end, crop-sensor DSLR or a multi-thousand dollar pro-body!Read More
So, you want to improve your photography, do you? Well, I say all you need to do is just act more like a goose! Think I’ve completely lost my mind? Well, I haven’t (at least not yet!).
Don’t believe me? Just hear me out on this one!Read More