Digital Reset: Panoramas

One of my favorite locations to shoot is at a grocery store. So many wonderful colors. I merged 12 shots using Photoshop to make this panorama, then cropped it. Below is the uncropped version: The auto-merge in Ai is truly impressive. I tried aligning everything on my own for awhile, but the results from Photoshop…

Macro

We got the most adorable tiny microscopes in class. They are at most 30x and have a little LED attachment. You can slide the lens apparatus back and forth in its case in order to “zoom” or retract. It is quite simple, basically a magnifying glass with a few extra lens elements. Sample images: Camera…

Black and White

Black and White digital photos reveal more detail than color photos of the same scene. They have three times as much detail, because they do not have to split data processing over three different colors. Instead, every sensor can just look for brightness and contrast. Since I wanted to explore color registration later, I looked…

Focal depth (with a 5D mark II)

First of all, the Canon 5DMII is a beast of a camera. And its buttons have different functions in different camera states. So here is what I learned about changing the 3 Big Ones (ISO, shutter speed, focal depth): ISO: Offers you much too high ISO. Don’t go above 1600 folks, it just isn’t worth…

White Balance

Among the things I learned in Digital Imaging: Reset, the most important lesson was *everything*. It turns out I’ve been using my digital cameras wrong this whole time. All the way back to my very first 3MP Canon in 2001, a hand-me-down from my father, which is now completely outclassed by my cell phone. I…

Exposure bracketing

Last week we looked at custom white balance. This is a way to ensure that your image does not have blown out whites or crashed darks, by telling the camera what the “middle” tone is (r/g/b 127/127/127, aka grey). This week we chose an alternative route called exposure bracketing. Exposure bracketing means to take an…