Digital Photography Techniques

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Dreamy In-Camera Soft Focus Effect

With many cameras, you can achieve a soft-focus look to your images, while still keeping features sharp. This done by taking one out-of-focus image, combined with an in-focus image of the same subject. Although my usual camera is a Nikon, I am sure that this feature is available in many cameras.

Dealing With a Backlit Subject

At a recent corporate shoot, I had to photograph company employees having fun as they rode down a zip line. Not too difficult, you might think, except the sun was bright and in the wrong direction. I wanted to show the faces of the zip line riders, but of course they were in shadow.

Exposure Quiz Question

Quiz question: I want to shoot a night scene at f/16 ISO 100 with one stop of under-exposure. My camera's meter balances at f/8 ISO 400 with a shutter speed of 30 seconds. What shutter speed do I therefore need to shoot at my desired aperture and ISO?

Adding Vignetting Effect for Emphasis

Adding a vignet involves the lightening or darkening of the edges of a picture to draw the viewer's eye towards the center. Most lenses have a natural vignetting effect as the lens darkens towards the edges and lens correction software can be used to remove it in post-processing.

Post-processing Your Vacation Snaps

With the time for summer vacations upon us, I thought I'd share some of my post-processing workflow. I've found that most landscape pictures can use some help, especially in taking out that milky look that appears in the atmosphere with far off subjects.