Klass Photography Article Archive
Photo Destination: Fall in the Adirondacks
The Adirondack Park covers approximately 8 million acres of public and private land in Northern New York state. During late September these pristine hardwood forests turn brilliant yellows and reds with the changing on the leaves. This article takes you to some of the unique and interesting places I traveled in my hunt for great autumn locations.
The Next Step: Realistic HDR Techniques
Building upon the first HDR article in the July 2009 newsletter, this piece discusses some of the techniques and settings specific to creating more realistic HDR images. Photomatix's HDR software is used to create the finished images, while some of the "behind-the-scenes" information about how this software works is revealed.
The Next Step: Surrealistic HDR Techniques
This article builds upon the Basics of HDR article from my July 2009 newsletter. Specific settings and techniques for creating surreal or illustrative images are discussed. If you are not already familiar with Photomatix's HDR software, I would recommend reading the July 2009 article first.
Backing up Your Digital Images
One of the most important steps in any successful workflow is to backup and secure your digital images. This article takes a look at some of the new technological advances in digital storage, and how they can be incorporated into your photography.
Photo Destination: Grand Teton National Park
The Grand Teton National Park is one of the finest and most distinctive landscapes in America. The spectacular mountains rise from beautiful Jackson and Jenny Lake, giving way to amazing views throughout the park. This is not a place to visit in just one day - if you go there, you'll want to spend at least a couple days, if not a week or more.
Organizing Your Images
Organizing your digital photographs is the first step to creating a simple and sound workflow. This article examines some of the easy ways I organize my images, and provides suggestions for ways that may make sense for others to organize their images. By creating a logical order for your digital files, you can simplify every step of the process, from loading in your images, to finding the final versions of your files.
Photo Destination: Voyageurs NP, Minnesota
This destination article highlights one of my favorite photo locations, Voyageurs National Park in Northern Minnesota. Without the crowds of some of the more popular parks, Voyageurs has great opportunities for landscape, wildlife, and macro photography. The shorelines are made up of some of the oldest exposed rock in the world, and eagles and loons are easily seen in the many coves.
Having lived there as part of the National Park Service's Artist-in-Residence program, I was able to spend a month exploring the many islands that make up this water-based wonderland. Voyageurs is perhaps one of the least known parks, and because of that, it is one of the nest kept photo-locations out there. If you enjoy paddling a canoe or kayak, or cruising on a houseboat, this park is a must-see.
Creating Time Lapse Videos
For this month's digital techniques side, we'll explore creative time lapse videos with your still camera. While it might seem like you would need one of those new digital SLRs with the video option - you don't. The most effective way to create a time lapse video is using a still camera, and the interval shutter option that many SLRs offer.
Basically the camera takes one image every couple of seconds for several minutes or even hours. These images are then loaded by the computer in a video clip. The results are really interesting, as time is sped up tremendously. I think you'll find that time lapse video can be a fun and creative tool to see events that happen over the course of hours - compressed into just a few seconds.
I posted a sample video here.
On Assignment in Maine
Last month one of the newsletter articles talked about an assignment to develop creativity. It outlined a simple one-hour shoot with a single focal length lens. For this month's creativity article, I thought I would try the assignment for myself while on location in Maine.
Sarina Cook emailed me to suggest a 300mm lens, so I was limited to that focal length for the assignment. Though conditions weren't ideal, the assignment was a good exercise in making the most of what you're handed. The article includes my thoughts on the assignment, and some images from the shoot.
High Dynamic Range HDR Photography
HDR - Which stands for High Dynamic Range is a fantastic tool that allows photographers to capture detail beyond the capability of their camera's sensor. It is a combination of field technique and digital technique to create images that can look realistic or artistically illustrative.
This article looks at how to capture the images in the field for an HDR merge and how to use Photomatix Pro to process the images for your desired look. The beauty of the process here is that with this new software option, HDR images have become much easier to achieve. It is really a matter of a few sliders, and once you master them, you'll never shy away from photographing in the midday sun.