Quick Digital Imaging Tip 44/101: Keep it Level

This is tip #44 of 101 digital imaging tips that I plan to post here over the next few months. Stay tuned.

Today's tip: Keep it level.

When it comes to shooting landscapes, and when it comes to shooting most videos, you want to keep your camera level.

Sure, you can try to eyeball it. But why not get it right in camera?

To level my camera, I use two devices:

and 


When shooting with my Canon 7D, I use the built in level - which I think is a really cool feature.

Explore the light - and keep it level,
Rick

P.S. This may be my last post of the year. So to all:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!



Quick Digital Imaging Tip 43/101: Alter Your Mood In Lightroom, Photoshop, Aperture and Photoshop Elements

Digitally enhanced image.
This is tip #43 of 101 digital imaging tips that I plan to post here over the next few months. Stay tuned.

Today's tip: Alter your mood – the mood of your photograph - in the digital darkroom.

Original image.
When it comes to a photograph, the mood and the feeling of that image are of the utmost importance.

The subject helps to determine the mood of a photograph – but digital enhancements can also affect the mood.

The opening picture for this blog post has a different mood than the straight-out-of-the-camera shot. In Photoshop, I changed the mood by:
• Increasing the blues;
• Darkening the image;
• Increasing the saturation.
• Increasing the contrast.

You can do the same thing in other digital imaging editing programs.

I applied the same enhancement to the image below on the right.

Getting back to altering your mood in Lightroom and Photoshop, you can actually alter your mood! When you are pleased with an image adjustment or enhancement, it can actually put you in a good mood!

Explore the light,
Rick
P.S. These are pictures of the New Croton Dam, one of the locations we photograph on my Croton Shoots Workshops.

You can save $100 if you sign up before January 31, 2011 for a Croton Shoots Workshops. Use this code: 13101.

Quick Digital Imaging Tip 42/101: Find Your Focus

This is tip #42 of 101 digital imaging tips that I plan to post here over the next few months. Stay tuned.

Today's tip: Just because you have an auto focus camera . . . that does not mean that your camera knows where to focus!

Finding your focus (in life and in a scene) is important. 

Different focus points tell a different story.

Which one of these two images do you prefer – and why? Post a comment here so others can see your viewpoint.

Explore the light,
Rick