Friday, October 24, 2014

Understanding Aperture And Shutter Priority Modes On Your Canon DSLR | Tips & Techniques

Understanding Aperture And Shutter Priority Modes On Your Canon DSLR
   Do you fully understand how Aperture and Shutter priority modes work in a modern DSLR camera? Or do you just think you do? In this video tutorial I will show you how they work and when they are best used. So if you are sick and tired of every other so called pro photographer telling you that you should only shoot in manual mode, then this video is for you.


About this topic:

   Are you sick and tired of so many so called "pro photographers" telling you that you should only shoot in manual mode. I know I am tired of hearing this lame advice. The reason so many tell you that you should only shoot in manual mode is simply because they do not understand how Aperture[1] or Shutter[2] priority modes really work, yea they will claim they do. But most do not. In this video tutorial I will explain you in detail how they work, when you should use them and which is best at getting you the results you want. So while those other photographers are screwing with trying to get proper exposure settings, you can be out taking photos like a real photographer.

Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aperture_priority [1]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shutter_priority [2]

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

#GetToKnowMe | Joe's Videos

#GetToKnowMe
   Well this is a video I have been wanting to do for some time. So I finally got up the nerve to make one. In this video I talk about myself and what has led me to be a photographer. A shot out to Eric Rossi for doing one of these videos a few weeks ago, if he didn't do one then its likely this video would still be on my to-do list.


About this video:

   If you ever wanted to know more about me, then this video is it. I speak about my past military experience, college and my photography as a hobby as well as up to the present were I live in the Philippines and why I now push my photography forward from a hobby to more of a profession.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lightroom 5 Night Photography Workflow Basics | Video Tutorial

Lightroom 5 Night Photography Workflow Basics
   If you are stepping into the world of Night Photography then you may really want to watch my video tutorial on learning my workflow in Adobe Lightroom. In this video tutorial I will step you through how I edit many of my night photos and hopefully it will help you improve your Lightroom skills.

Lightroom 5 Night Photography Workflow Basics


About this tutorial:

   I love shooting at night or just after sunset.  I took this photo out on a walk with some friends and thought it would be great for my night photography workflow video The photo is of Butuan Bay here on the shore of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. The lights are of my local town I live in. The image was taken with my Canon EOS 70D and Sigma 17-70mm Contemporary lens. Camera settings used was ISO 100, f/6.3 and 10sec exposure. Focal range was about 24mm. I also used a tripod as it would be impossible for me to hold the camera for 10sec and I used the 2sec delay to prevent camera shake. I do believe I did have a CPL filter still on my lens. I wanted a 10sec or longer exposure to make the ocean water smooth as the waves were very busy. I wanted to stay at f/6.3 on this lens as IMHO from my experience its the sharpest aperture for this lens. Over all I think it turned out very nice. Hope everyone enjoys it. Also please leave your comments down below as I would love to hear from everyone.. Cheers..

Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_photography

Friday, October 17, 2014

What Are Picture Styles & How Do I Use Them? | Tips & Techniques

What Are Picture Styles & How Do I Use Them?
   Are you little confused about Picture Style settings on your camera? Learn how to setup picture styles on your Canon DSLR with my video tutorial. I cover how and when they are used, plus I will show you how to add your own custom settings or simply adjust one of the many factory presets that already come with your Canon camera.


About this topic:

   I have seen so many so called professionals that claim to use picture styles and then proclaim to only shoot RAW, so for you so called pros out there that really have no clue how to use your own gear. This video is for you. Now don not get me wrong, I made this video primarily to educate anyone wanting to learn about picture styles and how to set their own. But it bothers me when there are many so called professional photographers that make training videos and will one day proclaim to do one thing and then a few days later make statements that contradict one another. It makes me feel they really have no clue about what they are talking about. So if your looking to learn about picture styles and how & when they are used, do watch this video. This video is directed toward Canon users, but every bit of the information accurate for Nikon users as well. So I hope everyone enjoys this video and finds it useful.

Resources:
http://www.canon.co.jp/imaging/picturestyle/index.html

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What Is In Your Camera Bag? - Essential Travel Gear | Photo Talk

What Is In Your Camera Bag? - Essential Travel Gear
   Not sure you got everything you need packed for a photography trip? Perhaps its your first time to go on a photography trip and your questioning yourself wondering did you pack everything you needed or did you pack to much? In this video we talk about what I would consider essential travel gear and what could be optional or required depending on your style.


About this topic:

   I was getting ready for my next trip and thought about making a video covering what is optional or essential for one to have with them as they go on photo trips. I list what I will be carrying with me and I will be looking forward to hearing from everyone else on what they consider essential or optional on their photo trips.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Learn How To Use The Spot Removal Tool In Lightroom 5 | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Use The Spot Removal Tool In Lightroom 5
   Its just about completely impossible to remove every bit of unwanted items from your photos before you take the shot, but with Adobe Lightroom's spot removal tool you can remove almost all of them without much hassle. In this video tutorial I will show you how I use the Spot Removal Tool in both Healing and Clone modes on my bracketed HDR photos to get the best results.

BEFORE
BEFORE

AFTER
AFTER




About this tutorial:

   I wanted to make an updated video on using the Spot Removal Tool found in Adobe Lightroom 5 and this photo offered me the opportunity to do so. In this video tutorial I will start off with three bracketed images that I will prepare for importing into Photomatix Pro to be combined into an HDR, but I will also start the cleaning the images upon the bracketed photos before import as well. I do this to make the clean up less noticeable, plus after I have combined the images into an HDR and re-imported back into Lightroom. This gives me a clean slate to double process the clean up procedure, which in turn produces a image that you could not tell I had a field day cleaning up with the Spot Removal Tool.

   This image was created using HDR Soft's Photomatix Pro[1] software and was shot on my Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 10-22mm Lens with a CPL Filter[2]. The auto bracketing mode[3] settings used was -2EV, M, +2EV. The metered exposure was at 1/50sec, ISO100 and f/6.3 at 10mm (16mm full frame equivalent) with a tripod and 2sec delay.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Learn How To Reduce Noise In HDR Photos | Video Tutorial

Learn How To Reduce Noise In HDR Photos
   I love HDR Photos, but when going for a very illustrative look its very easy to end up with a image that can have a lot of noise, even when shooting at ISO100. In this video I show you how to prep your images in Lightroom and then use Photomatix Pro to get the best results.

HDR Firetruck © Exodist Photography


About this tutorial:

   High-dynamic-range photography[1] can be both rewarding and challenging at times. I wanted to make this tutorial to show you how you can take some images that are underexposed and still use them to create a brilliant illustrative HDR image while highly reducing the amount of noise one would normally get. In this video tutorial I start out preparing my 3 bracketed exposures[2] in Adobe Lightroom 5[3] and then export them to HDR Soft's Photomatix Pro[4] software were we do most of our image post processing and then re-import the combined image back into Lightroom and finish up on some final touches.

   My Firetruck HDR photo is a 3 image HDR in -2EV, Metered and +2EV exposures. I used my trusty Canon EOS 70D and my Canon EF-S 10-22mm USM ultra-wide angle lens at 10mm. Which gives me the 16mm equivalent to full-frame. I used Aperture priority mode (Av) as there was still enough light to do so. My metered exposure was at ISO100, f/6.3 and at 10sec. I used f/6.3 to get the most DoF and sharpness. I could have pushed up to f/9 to get a better DoF of the back of the truck with out sacrificing sharpness, however that would have pushed my +2EV exposure past 30 seconds. This is a prime example of were focus bracketing would have been very beneficial. But I still think it looks very nice. Also just a reminder that this of course was done on a tripod and I used 2sec delay to keep vibrations down.

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-dynamic-range_imaging [1]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autobracketing [2]
http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop-lightroom.html [3]
http://www.hdrsoft.com [4]