Friday, November 26, 2010

HDR Photography

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. Its' a technology that can be an answer to the problem of a certain digital photography shortcoming - the limited contrast compared to the analogue technology.

If you want to shoot for HDR you have to keep in it in mind from the very beginning and plan well. You have to shoot multiple exposures (always use a tripod!), exposing for the lightest parts of the image, the darkest parts and as many midtones as you deem necessary. Its' always better to shoot more than less! By combining those exposures you will be able to extend the dynamic range of your photograph.

The best software for automatic HDR is Photomatix and Merge to HDR Pro tool in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Expressive Photography

I recently attended a lecture about expressive photography by an outstanding photographer M.Shmidt.

His philosophy is that in order to show something in a photograph you have to feel it yourself. In order to achieve this, one has to be in a good mental shape, may help. You should be completely isolated from evryday life and stress. In my opinion it's not so easy to accomplish!

As for the subjcet, he says, avoid everything that is obvious. Finding your subject is the hardest part. A good subject is something that attracts you. We should not react intellectually, but purely emotionally.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Simples Mente Lampejo

Welcome to my new blog called Simples Mente Lampejo, which you could translate from Portuguese as The Sparkle of Simple Minds.

I will write here about finding my way through art and especially modern photography. I will write about exhibitions I go to, interesting articles I read, tutorials I follow, websites I find interesting, and maybe one day about my own artistic projects.

I'm a stock photographer and a student of a photography school, so I'll be happy to share my experience and knowledge.

I hope you'll enjoy reading my blog Simples Mente Lampejo and I also invite you to my other blog, dedicated to experimnetal photography and optical illusions Ash Hoff.