Here are the pictures I made when I demonstrated photo stitching (and stereographic projections) to the Worcester Photography Salon. And a re-cap.Continue reading “Demonstrating photo stitching”
A friend of mine is interviewing and photographing people in Russia, a university project. She hasn’t used a camera before and has just bought a Nikon DSLR with a very nice Sigma f1.8 18-35mm zoom.
Clearly she failed to find anyone who knows what they are talking about, so she asked me for advice on using her camera for portraits.Continue reading “Portraits 101”
As long as you remember that you are taking two exposures to make one picture, flash photography is easy.Continue reading “Flash photography is easy and hard”
I’ve been on a photo stitching journey. (Why is everything a ‘journey’ or a ”story’; aren’t we just doing stuff? I blame adverts, specifically bank adverts. More specifically, the ones where the soundtrack is an ’80s song played at half speed on a ukulele and sung by some drippy hipster trying to be really, really sensitive.)
My journey doing stuff with photo stitching started out when I came across Microsoft’s Image Composite Editor (ICE) software. I’d seen ‘small planet’ projections, thought they looked like fun, so downloaded the software to see if I could make a small planet.
I stuck my GR on a small tripod using a ball head and rattled off some pics in the park. Churned them through ICE. And the results were really pretty good. And there’s the start of a slippery slope; ‘pretty good’ was certainly encouraging… but not good enough.
So… here’s what I’ve learned about stereographic projections (and other composite images).Continue reading “Tunnel vision – photo stitching and stereographic projections”
I like photographing people. I also like to carry a small camera around.
Photos of people generally look better when you separate the subject from the background using a narrow depth of field.
So do I lose a narrow depth of field when I use my Ricoh GR compared to my 1DS? Or more interestingly, a crop sensor DSLR compared to my 1DS?
None of the explanations on depth of field and sensor size I have read on the web quite made sense to me, and some seemed plain wrong, so I thought I’d do some comparisons…Continue reading “Depth of field, focal lengths and sensor sizes”