Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Comprehensive Guide For Photographing Star Trails

Star Trails at PARI radio telescope

Some people consider star trail images to be cliché, but I happen to like well-done clichés. I don’t know what it is, but something about those light streaks captures my attention more than most night subjects. But while it’s ridiculously simple to make a star-trail photo, it’s not so easy to make a good one. Read more... you know you want to.

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Long Exposure Noise Reduction

Long Expsoure Noise Reduction example photo

All photographers have demons to slay. Wildlife photographers have to exercise more patience than I ever will have. Baby photographers have to deal with…well…babies. Wedding photographers have to deal with the bride’s mother. I wouldn’t want to minimize the burdens of my brethren, but I have to say that I think night photographers face more Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Stacking and Blending and HDR-Oh My!

Car Light Streaks-Venus-Twilight

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about the various techniques I use for combining multiple images. What’s the difference between “stacking” and “blending,” and why would you choose one of these methods over HDR? First, I need to make it clear that I have no clue about the proper terminology for any of this, Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Correcting for Vertical Perspective Distortion

Perspective distortion in photo

As I mentioned in Friday’s post, I’m an all or nothing kind of guy when it comes to perspective distortion. Well, when it comes to a lot of things, but we won’t get into all that. Here’s a shot I made on the same morning that I shot the James Buchanan Duke statue at Duke University. Read more... you know you want to.

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

White Balance for Night Photographers

Few subjects generate as much confusion and debate in digital photography as does White Balance. When I first switched from film to digital, I was sweating bullets thinking about it. People were telling me that it was the most important thing I needed to learn and if I didn’t get it right, I was screwed. Read more... you know you want to.

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Visualize This! (Part Three of Three)

International Space Station over waterfall

In Part One, we talked about previsualizing this photo of the International Space Station. In Part Two, we executed that previsualization by making our exposures in the field. In this installment, we’ll discuss the post processing techniques used in Photoshop to put it all together. Wouldn’t it be great if all we had to do was Read more... you know you want to.

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Visualize This! (Part Two of Three)

International Space Station over waterfall

In Part One I said I had to previsualize the affects from five different elements in this scene of the International Space Station streaking over a waterfall during the full moon, and the cumulative effect from all of them. In this installment, let’s look at those elements in detail. In Part Three, we’ll look at Read more... you know you want to.

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Photographing Fireflies in a Jar

Fireflies in jar with meteor and Milky Way

Wanna be a kid again? Here's how you can relive your childhood and take pictures at the same time! I've been getting a lot of interest in the firefly photos I shot this summer. Everybody wants to know how I shot and processed them. Truth is, I used several different techniques depending on the particular shot I Read more... you know you want to.

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Saying Goodbye to Old Friends

I recently had to part ways with a few old friends. It’s never easy, you know, having to say goodbye to friends who’ve been with you through thick and thin, good and bad. A couple of my friends had been with me for nearly 20 years. I felt bad letting them go, especially since they Read more... you know you want to.