Digital Photography Techniques


Tips For Taking Surfing Photos


When it comes to surfing photography, I am no Brian Bielmann. I’ve never even been on a surfboard, even though I have lived in San Diego for nearly 20 years.

However, many of us have friends or family who surf and it would be nice to capture a picture of them that doesn’t resemble a dark speck in a vast ocean. With these photographers in mind, I set out to the ocean one morning to see what it takes to capture something acceptable.

Fixing Atmospheric Haze in Lightroom

I was out at Shelter Island the other day with my friend Patsy. She was trying out her brand new Sony 100-400mm lens and I was along for the ride with just a 28-70mm lens on my camera. I took a couple of half-hearted shots of the San Diego skyline. Seeing that it was very hazy and not having much reach in my lens, I expected I'd just delete the pictures later.

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?