Mark Richard Techniques
Techniques
   High-Speed Flash Photography
   In the past, high-speed photography was limited to research institutions and a small select group of individuals who built or modified their own equipment.
Exposure Compensation    Exposure Compensation
   Digital cameras, as well as film ones, do not always make a perfect exposure. The matter is that when the subject is very light-toned (i.e. a snowy landscape), the camera will probably underexpose and the image may come out too dark. On the other hand, if your subject is very dark-toned (i.e. a black cat) the camera will most likely overexpose and the image will come out too bright. This happens mostly because unusually light-toned or dark-toned subjects can "fool" your camera's light metering system...
Close-Up Flowers    Close-Up Flowers
   A flower is probably on of the most amazing things Mother Nature has created. No wonder that flowers are probably one of the most frequently photographed subjects, especially by the beginning photographers attracted by their beauty and infinite patterns. There is a number of different styles and interpretations of picturing flowers. Young photographers are very much attracted to flowers since flowers usually don't move (unless it is windy outside) and don't mind being pictured. This makes them perfect "models" for beginners - picturing flowers is an excellent way to learn...
Hyperfocal Focusing    Hyperfocal Focusing
   Hyperfocal focusing is one of the functions of wide-angle lenses. With it you can get a good "near-far" relationship. Remember, that you won't be able to achieve deep depth of field with longer lenses since they are not designed for this purpose. They are designed rather for a shallow depth of field and fast fall-off after the point of focus. That's why 400mm and longer lenses are shot wide-open most of the time. In the 20mm to 35mm range wide-angle lenses are great tools for hyperfocal focusing...
To Crop or Not to Crop?    To Crop or Not to Crop?
   There is a question among photographers with different skill levels: is cropping a good thing to do or is it best avoided? Actually, there's no particular answer to that, and both using and avoiding cropping has its own advantages and disadvantages. However, here are some things to consider while answering to the "to crop or not to crop?" question...
Tips on Lighting Contrast, Flash Output, and Camera Settings    Tips on Lighting Contrast, Flash Output, and Camera Settings
   Here are three tips to make your pictures better. This article gives some helpful information on lighting contrast, flash output, and camera settings...
Photofinish    Photofinish
   Photofinish cameras bear more than a simple resemblance to synchroballistic cameras. They are, in fact, identical in just about every respect. Both cameras depend on forming an image of moving objects so that they pass over an open, shutter, slit at the image plane past which the film is also moved at the expected speed of the images of the participants in the race...
Mirror Techniques    Mirror Techniques
   It is known that mirrors are not an uncommon photographic tool; however, their ability for creating unusual and highly effective visual statements is often indicated, while their use is not explored properly in photography classes. Just experiment with mirrors in photography. Mirrors can be used as distortion producing devices or as sources for multiple images. Currently, probably the best known device is the kaleidoscope. Simply place a camera on a copy stand, aim it at a live subject or use the device in the enlarger...
   Making an Improvised Infrared Transmitting Filter
   I just determined what I had long suspected. I measured the spectral transmission characteristics of one and two thicknesses of unexposed but developed E6 films and found them to be comparable to that of a Wratten 87 IR filter. In addition I also made some pix on HIE film through two sheets of D max EF sheet film and compared the pix to some taken through a "standard" IR filter, the Wratten 87...
Sports Pictures    Sports Pictures
   Sports are probably one of the greatest inventions of the human race. They have always attracted attention of the public; thus, when photography came along, they began to attract photographers as well. Action, emotions, spectacular episodes - these are the things that most photographers look for in a sporting event, doesn't matter if it's a school softball game or a big league match-up...
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