Tutorial: How to Shoot HDR Images

Posted by Gary Ramey on November 26th, 2012

17th Street Causeway Bridge (HDR)HDR (High Dynamic Range) emphasizes texture and color. It has become extremely popular for landscapes and cityscapes but is also used for food and sports photography. HDR images of food look delicious and the essential oils glissen. For sports such as body building, every muscle and vein pops off the page. HDR images actually have greater color depth than a standard digital photograph. Click to read more »

 

PhotoBuzz.biz

Posted by Gary Ramey on November 23rd, 2012

A Social Network for Photographers

I just launched a new site for photographers. PhotoBuzz.biz is a full-featured site for members to upload photos, contribute to forums, post ads, and submit articles, news, and links to other sites as well as create your own blog entries.

Help create a community for photographers

PhotoBuzz.biz: A Social Network for PhotographersThe content of the following sections of PhotoBuzz.biz will be up to the members:

  • Forums (Current Topics)
    • General Photography
    • Landscape Photography
    • HDR Photography
    • Infrared Photography
  • Photos
    • Create Albums
    • Upload Photographs
  • Ads (Current Categories)
    • For Sale
    • Jobs
    • Services
  • Blogs
  • Sites (Links to Other Photography Websites)

In order to prevent spamming, content must be approved before it will appear on Photo Buzz. The only exceptions will be photographs and comments. I have also implemented four spam filters to prevent Photo Buzz from being overrun  by spammers. Anything identified as spam will be automatically rejected.

Join PhotoBuzz.biz today!

 

 

Moon Watch: November 2012

Posted by Gary Ramey on November 7th, 2012

November will have many opportunities to shoot the moon. On November 28, the moon will rise during the blue hour.

Location: Miami, FL (All Times EST)
Sun Moon
Date/Phase Rise Set Rise Set
Nov 26/97% 6:47 AM 5:29 PM 4:15 PM 5:02 AM
Nov 27/99% 6:48 AM 5:29 PM 4:57 PM 5:54 AM
Nov 28/Full 6:49 AM 5:29 PM 5:42 PM 6:45 AM
Nov 29/99% 6:49 AM 5:29 PM 6:30 PM 7:35 AM
Nov 30/96% 6:50 AM 5:29 PM 7:20 PM 8:22 AM

View my posts How to Shoot the Moon, Night Photography, Night Photography Tricks Revealed, and Video: How to Shoot the Moon.

 

Use Panomonkey.com to Stitch 360×180-Degree Panoramas

Posted by Gary Ramey on November 2nd, 2012

Join Panomonkey.com and stitch 360×180-degree panoramas for free. Well, mostly for free:

Creating panoramas can be absolutely FREE on Panomonkey. Every successfully stitched panorama can be downloaded and shared to Twitter and Facebook or embedded to your website. The FREE version of the panorama is 3000 x 1500 pixels and can be viewed up to 100 times.

Hign-resolution panoramas of up to 6000 x 3000 pixels can be purchased for $2.50 / €1.80 (that’s “one banana” in Panomonkey language) and can be viewed up to 1,000 times.

Additional views of the hign-resolution panorama can be purchased in bundles of 10,000 views for one banana ($2.50 / €1.80).

The free version of your panorama will display a watermark along the bottom of the image. I’m assuming that you have to purchase the stitched image to get rid of the watermark. I haven’t purchased an image, yet, because my tests didn’t stitch properly.

For my tests, I uploaded photographs that I had successfully stitched together using Hugin or PanoramaPlus. The results were less than stellar. To be fair, PanoramaPlus also had problems with one of the sets of images, too. Neither Panomonkey.com nor PanoramaPlus have the ability to manually add control points, Hugin does. Click to read more »

 

Review: Manfrotto 498RC2 Ball Head

Posted by Gary Ramey on October 5th, 2012

Manfrotto 498RC2 Ball HeadSummary: The Manfrotto 498RC2 Ball Head works great. I selected this ball head because it can also pan without releasing the ball head itself.

Review: I had been using a Manfrotto 322RC Joystick head with a Panosaurus panoramic head but the trigger of the 322RC would sometimes show in my shots so I needed a ball head with a smaller footprint. It is easier to level a panoramic head if it is mounted on a ball head. The Manfrotto 498RC2 Ball Head has proven to be a perfect choice. The build is light and solid. I have also used the 498RC2 with a variety of lenses and have not experienced droop, i.e. when you lock this ball head, it locks. The quick release plate is the same kind of plate that is used on the 322RC. Click to read more »

 

Video: How to Shoot the Moon

Posted by Gary Ramey on September 30th, 2012

With all the opportunities to shoot the moon in October, I decided to scour YouTube looking for a good tutorial for shooting the moon. I found a two-parter. Be sure to watch both videos.

The first video gives great advice for shooting the moon with just about any digital camera. You will need a tripod but you don’t have to break the bank. If you have a super-zoom digital camera, you may be able to frame the moon tightly.


The second video lets you know how to use Manual mode to get an even better shot. The video does a great job of explaining why you need to reduce the exposure by 2 stops. Click to read more »

 

Moon Watch: October 2012

Posted by Gary Ramey on September 30th, 2012

October will have many opportunities to shoot the moon. No matter when you’re celebrating Halloween at the end of the month, there should be a bright, festive moon.

Location: Miami, FL (All Times EST)
Sun Moon
Date/Phase Rise Set Rise Set
Oct 1/98% 7:13 AM 7:07 PM 7:59 PM 8:28 AM
Oct 27/96% 7:26 AM 6:43 PM 5:21 PM 5:29 AM
Oct 28/99% 7:27 AM 6:42 PM 5:58 PM 6:22 AM
Oct 29/Full 7:27 AM 6:41 PM 6:36 PM 7:14 AM
Oct 30/99% 7:28 AM 6:41 PM 7:17 PM 8:07 AM
Oct 31/97% 7:29 AM 6:40 PM 8:00 PM 8:59 AM

Read my posts How to Shoot the Moon, Night Photography, and Night Photography Tricks Revealed.

Shameless Pandering

Speaking of Halloween, I have rolled out a new website filled with Halloween Costume Ideas. If you are wondering what to wear, take a look at the videos on my website.

 

Review: HDR Efex Pro 2

Posted by Gary Ramey on September 29th, 2012

Summary: HDR Efex Pro 2 is a major improvement over the original version. Not only is it much faster, the presets are usable right out of the box. Finally, Photomatix has competition. I highly recommend upgrading. If you already own HDR Efex Pro, the upgrade cost is only $49.

Review: I seldom used the original HDR Efex Pro. It was deadly slow and, quite frankly, I hated the presets. Version 2 fixes all that and more. I could now find HDR Efex Pro 2 my go-to program for HDR. The new presets are extremely usable and the program is now speedy. Click to read more »

 

360cities.net

Posted by Gary Ramey on September 26th, 2012

360cities.net is a fantastic website filled with 360×180-degree panoramas.
 


BIG EGG Tokyo Doom 1988 in Tokyo Click to read more »

 

Moon Watch: September 2012

Posted by Gary Ramey on August 20th, 2012

There will two opportunities to shoot the moon at the end of August and four opportunities in September.

Location: Miami, FL (All Times EST)
Sun Moon
Date/Phase Rise Set Rise Set
Aug 30/99% 7:00 AM 7:42 PM 6:58 PM 6:01 AM
Aug 31/Full 7:00 AM 7:41 PM 7:35 PM 6:59 AM
Sept 1/99% 7:01 AM 7:40 PM 8:11 PM 7:55 AM
Sept 28/98% 7:12 AM 7:10 PM 6:10 PM 5:46 AM
Sept 29/Full% 7:12 AM 7:09 PM 6:45 PM 6:41 AM
Sept 30/100% 7:12 AM 7:08 PM 7:21 PM 7:35 AM

Read my posts How to Shoot the Moon, Night Photography, and Night Photography Tricks Revealed.