And don’t forget, turn your camera upside down and bounce off the ground. As I did in this slightly post-produced image of a student the other day (you know who you are, D:-):
I’m off to go teach!
How do you create a star burst like this?
You may want to edge or window the sun or light – but the most important technique is very simple: use a small aperture (a high “f-number”). I used f/22 in this shot (and that gave me 1/50th second at 200 ISO).
Yet another little factoid to store away in your knowledge base.
Stick around with me and I promise many more – and for new readers, do consider reading the entire archive here – or quicker, come in for a course or coaching session. December is a great month, so that you can be ready for the holidays and all the wonderful family and event shots you will take. Remember: photography is time travel.
To help you see how to expose something well, here’s a way – the thought process that might go through your head.
Of course the way to guarantee a right exposure is one of:
But failing that, you can do it with the in camera meter, if you are willing to go through a little bit of a process. With experience this comes were quick indeed.
Uh oh, too light. Oh yeah… plants are dark. But the camera does not know it is shooting plants, so they look “normally bright”.
The histogram for this shot shows this:
Yeah, a general “normal” exposure.
You could now stop and pull the exposure back in Lightroom alter, of course (exposing to the right, a good technique to get best quality and lowest noise), and that would be fine.
But let’s say you want to expose well in the camera. Then find the right exposure… say -1 to -2 stops of exposure compensation.
And that gives you a proper hedge row:
Proven by the now correct-for-the-scene histogram:
But the colour. Mmm. Wonder if switching to “cloudy” or “shade” might give you a less blue, more green plant?
Evidently yes. See the histogram: the blue is pulled back:
And so that is how you might make an exposure without a grey card or incident light meter. A little thought is all that is required – and the histogram helps!
So. You want to go out and shoot pics of the kids trick-and-treating at Hallowe’en?
There is no single answer, but there are strategies. And your strategies will centre around:
So these tips will help:
The good news: you have a few days to practice!
“Saturation”, as I have pointed out here before, means “mixing with white light”. The higher you expose, the lower your saturation.
So a “normal” exposure of a phone box against an ochre yellow wall may look like this:
Fine. I guess.
Now do it again, but underexpose by a stop, and see how that brings out the colour: