Sunday, January 19, 2020

Capturing Star Trails with Live Composite

Our photo is on the cover of Olympus Passion magazine !

Check out our article Capturing Star Trails with Live Composite (with ~20 of our images) in Olympus Passion magazine — the article is on night photography and star trails...

Read this issue and/or subscribe here: https://www.olympuspassion.com/

Capturing Star Trails with Live Composite -- it is amazing how technology like Live Composite can completely revolutionize night photography! 



Read this issue and/or subscribe here: https://www.olympuspassion.com/

Thursday, December 12, 2019

How I did it -- HDR panorama of a Railroad MailCar

Here are two similar images that I created -- one in 2014 and the other in 2019. You just have to love advancements in technology, tonal range, and post-processing!! And what took me a couple of DAYS to create in 2014 took me about 20 minutes in 2019! Read the descriptions below...
2014 version (with the letters) and the 2019 version

  • 2014 version 
    • I took 105 vertical images (focal length 34mm; ISO 1000). 
    • I Merged all EACH set of HDR images (7 exposures each) one set at a time using Photomatix. 
    • I had to merge each set of 7 one at a time, then take each TIFF file and opened them in PS to create the panorama. 
    • There were significant parts "missing" due to the panoramic process (no pano head used) and the way that it was captured and the post-processing technology of the time) so the image had to be cropped.
    • Yes, the letters were there in 2014, gone in 2019.
    • See uncropped/unedited version at the bottom
    • FYI, I did add "light rays" in the 2014 version that I did not add in the 2019 version.
  • 2019 version 
    • Again, no pano head used (I do have one now but did not bring it on this trip). 
    • I took vertical 80 images (focal length 24mm; ISO 1600). 
    • I opened 80 images (5 exposures for the HDR capture since the camera has more dynamic range than the one used in 2014) in ACR (Adobe Camera RAW, comes with PS CC [and the LR develop module]) and clicked "merge to HDR panorama and it did all of the work in ONE step, creating a wonderful DNG (RAW) file for me to edit in ACR. 
    • I moved the "boundary warp" slider up and got rid of the "missing parts" without needing to crop. 
    • See screen captures below for Boundary Warp -- it is a wonderful feature of Adobe CC!




2019 edit, all images opened in ACR, merge to HDR-panorama, DNG file saved, 
then boundary warp to get rid of the jagged edges

2019 version, without boundary warp 

2019 version, with boundary warp 


2014 version, boundary warp not invented yet. I had to crop and clone significantly.



Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

workshop at Old Car City, the Lindale Denim Factory, and SouthEastern RR museum

Join us November 22nd-25th for a workshop at Old Car City, the Lindale Denim Factory, and SouthEastern RR museum (OCC includes a NIGHT Shoot and Lightpainting) 

For more information https://tinyurl.com/OCC11222519
To signup without using the meetup engine, email us [photographyByLisaAndTom@comcast.net) and we can send you a link
To join us on Friday only https://tinyurl.com/OCC112219











Old Car City (TWO daylight shoots & one NIGHT Shoot with Light painting), Lindale Mill (Denim Factory) and Southeastern RR Museum

Old Car City is amazing during the day -- but at night it has even more WOW -- Light Painting at Night at Old Car City!!

Tom and I have been to Old Car City a bunch of times so we will help direct you to make the most of your time there. Come and practice your Macro photography, learn about HDR Capture, and Creative in-camera Techniques.

Friday
-- Old Car City (daylight shoot)
-- Old Car City NIGHT Shoot with Light painting)

Saturday
-- Old Car City (daylight shoot)

Sunday
-- Lindale Mill (Denim Factory)
-- possible water mill shoot
-- possible car trails at an overpass

Monday
-- Southeastern RR Museum (ends at noon)

Questions? Please email us at photographyByLisaAndTom@comcast.net

Check out some of our images of cars at night here http://www.breaphotosgalleries.com/Old-Cars/Old-Cars-at-Night

You can view a few photographs from previous trips to Old Car City here: http://www.breaphotosgalleries.com/Old-Cars/Old-Car-City







     



Things to Bring:
-- Camera
-- Wide angle and close-up lense
-- Extra batteries
-- Tripod
-- Cable release (if you have a wired and a wireless cable release bring both as this is the piece of equipment most likely to fail and you want it for the 30 second to five-minute exposures; some newer cameras can use bulb without a cable release, but most cannot)
-- one red flashlight

Night and Light Painting Gear:

-- RED preserve your night vision while walking or changing your camera settings
-- Red flashlight https://amzn.to/2H0vdkf
-- Red headlamp https://amzn.to/2JmtV1h
-- Flashlight for light painting (try to get one that does not have a hotspot in the center
-- https://amzn.to/2JoA2lx)
-- A flashlight with colors can be fun
-- https://amzn.to/2q8lJcW
-- https://amzn.to/2IvzfxZ

Please note that all of our workshops require the participants sign a liability waiver. Download it; then print, read, and sign it and bring it with you -- Thank you! http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-waiver16
Please note that some locations will have you sign their liability waiver at the site as well.
Please note that this and all classes/workshops have no refunds.
By signing up for our classes/tours/workshops, you agree to our terms and conditions, see http://www.photographybylisaandtom.com/p/workshops.html


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery!

We have after hours access to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery! All skills levels welcome
Sign up NOW. https://www.meetup.com/photography-by-lisa-and-tom/events/261629123/
Email us at photographyByLisaAndTom@comcast.net for a link to register if you do not want to use the meetup engine

Check out a few photos from previous nights there http://www.breaphotosgalleries.com/Locations/Sleepy-Hollow/




We will be photographing in the cemetery after dark. We will meet at the gate by 5pm and shoot until 10pm.

You will learn how to control the ambient light with your long exposures and the "local" light with your flashlight. FYI, we will mainly be walking on the roads, and there is not a lot of walking required.

We will spend the first part of the session going over camera settings and tips for long exposures, light painting etc.

You MUST bring some sort of red flashlight (see below). You may not use a white flashlight as it interferes with your night vision, and it interferes with exposures.

Take exposures less than 30 seconds for pinpoint stars or for 1-10 minutes to capture some star trails, point your camera at the north star and get circular star trails (8-60 minute exposures); light the headstones, walk amongst them, be a ghost in your own image - the sky is the limit.



http://www.sleepyhollowcemetery.org

Please note that all of our workshops require that participants sign a liability waiver. Download it; then print, read, and sign it and bring it with you -- Thank you! http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-waiver16

Please note that some locations will have you sign their liability waiver at the site as well.

Please note that this and all classes/workshops have no refunds. By signing up for our classes/tours/workshops, you agree to our terms and conditions, see www.photographybylisaandtom.com/p/workshops.html.

Things to Bring:
  • Camera that has bulb mode (you will be shooting for longer than 30 seconds);
  • extra batteries
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Cable release (you will be shooting for more than 30 seconds so you need a cable release)
  • RED Flashlight (Walmart sells them or use red cellophane or red overheads from staples and tape). You MUST bring some sort of red flashlight. You may not use a white flashlight as it interferes with your night vision, and it interferes with exposures.
http://www.lisaandtomphotography.com/p/night-photography.html

http://www.amazon.com/Carson-Optical-LED-Flashlight-Red/dp/B000WG0LPQ/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1383660618&sr=8-5&keywords=red+flashlight

Small Maglight flashlight for light painting (gels optional for colored effects)

Water, Snack (there is a bathroom on the premises)

Sturdy shoes (hiking boots provide good ankle support) and appropriate outdoor clothing, fingerless gloves, hot hands, layers for cold weather


Please note that all of our workshops require that participants sign a liability waiver. Download it; then print, read, and sign it and bring it with you -- Thank you! http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-waiver16 Please note that some locations will have you sign their liability waiver at the site as well.

Please note that this and all classes/workshops have no refunds. By signing up for our classes/tours/workshops, you agree to our terms and conditions, see http://www.lisaandtomphotography.com/p/workshops.html

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Workshop at Old Car City, the Lindale Denim Factory, and SouthEastern RR museum

Join us November 22nd-25th for a workshop at Old Car City, the Lindale Denim Factory, and SouthEastern RR museum (OCC includes a NIGHT Shoot & Lightpainting) 

For more information https://tinyurl.com/OCC11222519
To signup without using the meetup engine, email us [photographyByLisaAndTom@comcast.net) and we can send you a link
To join us on Friday only https://tinyurl.com/OCC112219












Old Car City (TWO daylight shoots & one NIGHT Shoot with Light painting), Lindale Mill (Denim Factory) and Southeastern RR Museum

Old Car City is amazing during the day -- but at night it has even more WOW -- Light Painting at Night at Old Car City!!

Tom and I have been to Old Car City a bunch of times so we will help direct you to make the most of your time there. Come and practice your Macro photography, learn about HDR Capture, and Creative in-camera Techniques.

Friday
-- Old Car City (daylight shoot)
-- Old Car City NIGHT Shoot with Light painting)

Saturday
-- Old Car City (daylight shoot)

Sunday
-- Lindale Mill (Denim Factory)
-- possible water mill shoot
-- possible car trails at an overpass

Monday
-- Southeastern RR Museum (ends at noon)

Questions? Please email us at photographyByLisaAndTom@comcast.net

Check out some of our images of cars at night here http://www.breaphotosgalleries.com/Old-Cars/Old-Cars-at-Night

You can view a few photographs from previous trips to Old Car City here: http://www.breaphotosgalleries.com/Old-Cars/Old-Car-City







     



Things to Bring:
-- Camera
-- Wide angle and close-up lense
-- Extra batteries
-- Tripod
-- Cable release (if you have a wired and a wireless cable release bring both as this is the piece of equipment most likely to fail and you want it for the 30 second to five-minute exposures; some newer cameras can use bulb without a cable release, but most cannot)
-- one red flashlight

Night and Light Painting Gear:

-- RED preserve your night vision while walking or changing your camera settings
-- Red flashlight https://amzn.to/2H0vdkf
-- Red headlamp https://amzn.to/2JmtV1h
-- Flashlight for light painting (try to get one that does not have a hotspot in the center
-- https://amzn.to/2JoA2lx)
-- A flashlight with colors can be fun
-- https://amzn.to/2q8lJcW
-- https://amzn.to/2IvzfxZ

Please note that all of our workshops require the participants sign a liability waiver. Download it; then print, read, and sign it and bring it with you -- Thank you! http://tinyurl.com/cuchara-waiver16
Please note that some locations will have you sign their liability waiver at the site as well.
Please note that this and all classes/workshops have no refunds.
By signing up for our classes/tours/workshops, you agree to our terms and conditions, see http://www.photographybylisaandtom.com/p/workshops.html