Dull light? Soft light!

30/08/2009By MarijnBirds

I went camping for the full weekend and hardly touched the camera at all, so nothing new and exciting to share. Time for a useful Photoshop tip then. Most, if not all, images that have been taken in RAW benefit from a boost of the midtone contrast during postprocessing. The files out of the camera … Read More

Improving highlight detail

08/09/2008By MarijnBirds, Uncategorized

It is always a pleasure to be able to photograph a Common Kingfisher, our most colorful bird. However, they are notoriously difficult to expose correctly. At least, if you don’t want to burn the highlights on the white cheek patch. If you expose the kingfisher correctly, the white patch will come out too light or … Read More

ND Grad filters

14/08/2008By MarijnLandscapes

When photographing landscapes, especially during sunrise and sunset, the difference in light levels between the foreground and background (mostly sky) is often too large for the camera sensor to cope with. Fortunately, there are solutions to this problem. The old fashioned way is to use ND Grad filters at the time of shooting. The bottom … Read More

Shorter focal lengths

10/08/2008By MarijnBirds

My 500mm lens is currently under repair because of some cosmetic damage it got from when I dropped it on a concrete pavement some time ago. My next longest lens is a 70-200/4, quite a gap in milimeters! When I found two immature kingfishers near my home, I decided to give it a try with … Read More

Tritone conversion

06/08/2008By MarijnUncategorized

Today a travel image from Marrakesh, taken last year. I liked the original color image a lot, but felt it would convey the dark ‘tea-house-mood’ better in B&W. Instead of a plain B&W conversion, I chose tritone, a technique that gives an ‘antique’ feel to your image. Basically, it’s just B&W with two colors added … Read More