Articles & Essays on this blog
A bit of self-promotion today 🙂
Did you know that, apart from numerous tutorials, which you can find here, I also wrote a number of essays and articles for this blog discussing subjects such as sharing photos in social media or using filters in HDR photography?
Here is the list of the most interesting & popular articles I wrote. I hope you’ll find one or two interesting or useful 🙂 I also encourage you to share your opinions on the subjects discussed below.
- 500px vs Flickr vs Google+ vs Facebook – comparison of various popular photography websites. Which is the best for sharing photos? Find out by reading this article.
- 500px vs Flickr vs Google+ vs Facebook – round 2 – 2nd round of comparison of various popular photography websites. This time from photography blogger perspective – how much traffic to the blog each of these websites generates.
- Photo Editing Apps Comparison: Gimp, Lightroom, Photoshop – in this article I compare various popular photo editing apps (Gimp, Photoshop CC, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom) mentioning their strengths and weaknesses.
- Research before photo shoot – in this article I talk about importance of doing research before landscape & architecture photo shoots and also give you a few tips how to do that.
- Art is not about “likes” – even if you don’t get many “likes” or “favs” on 500px, Flickr or Facebook it doesn’t mean you don’t create wonderful photos as art doesn’t care about votes. Read more in this article.
- Why is Pixoto dangerous? – pages like Pixoto are great. They provide a lot of fun and a bit of a challenge. But if you get too serious about them, you might fall into a trap.
- First enjoy, then photograph – a common mistake which a lot of photographers make is to focus to much on taking pictures rather than enjoying the scene and beauty of moment.
- Being an amateur means… worse? – I’m amateur photographer, not pro (unlike some of you think 🙂 ). Does it mean I’m worse?
- Turn your DSLR into a beast with Magic Lantern – in this article I describe Magic Lantern – powerful unofficial firmware for Canon cameras that will make your DSLR much more powerful.
- My take on smartphone photography – in this article I share my opinion about smartphone photography
- Best camera is the one you have – what’s the best camera? The one you have at the moment!
- When HDR is not necessary – there are certain situations when taking bracketed images and creating HDR isn’t necessary and won’t help. When? Read this article to find out more.
- Using HDR doesn’t mean you can’t use filters – there is a common misconception that using filters like circular polarizer or neutral density doesn’t work well with HDR. But you can use them just fine and create stunning images.
Featured photo – Tivoli Gardens at Sunset
Today I have an HDR photo to share with you finally 🙂 most of the recent images I posted on the blog were either B&W or long exposure but there were just a few HDRs. Fear not – I’m creating a lot of them. However, I don’t create HDR when I don’t need it, i.e. when dynamic range of the scene is low, and I edited quite a few images like that recently. Anyway, today image was taken in Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. Tivoli is a well-known amusement park located in the very middle of the city. It was sunset already so I had quite nice warm light which looked quite nice on the green lawn.
If you would like to learn more about HDR photography, read my free HDR tutorial.
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review)
Lens: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM (read my review)
Focal length: 16 mm
Exposure time: 1/125 s (“middle” exposure)
Number of exposures: 5
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masking
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 6, Photoshop CC 2014, Topaz Detail, Topaz Clarity