Sunday, February 7, 2010

Friday, February 5, 2010


New York - Flatiron Building

The Flatiron building in Manhattan, located at 23rd, Fifth Avenue and Broadway.

Not a very good example of dodge tool. Free transform tool changes the angle.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Blue Sky

This is a slight variation on the prior post. The background layer is again the sky. But, the sky was duplicated (cntrl + shift + D) and then flipped vertically.

Changing the Sky

There are many different things you can do to make an unexciting sky come alive. With Fioreworks or Photoshop filters, you can sharpen the image, change the hue and saturation, or both.

But, another technique is to layer images. The bottom layer is a background image that consists of the new sky. The top image is your building. Lock the bottom layer and work with the top layer, the building. Use the magic wand and eraser tools to clear the sky revealing the bright sky behind the buildings.

Fast Speed Photography

A fast shutter speed combined with a larger aperature freezes motion and softens the background detail. In the Nikon D5000, shutter speed is controlled by setting the mode dial to S. (This is page 80 of the user manual. Mode S is discussed at page 82.)

After selecting the S mode, check the view finder for information on shutter speed for values between 30s and 1/4000s. Remember a slow speed will blur action and a high speed will freeze action. Now, rotate the command dial (next to the mode dial) and set the desired shutter speed. Use 1/4000s for high speed. Here, for example, is my own shot of a coffee pot under the spigot at a shutter speed of 1/2500s.
Focus and shoot.

This image is from Digital Photography School.
If you would like to see other images by Ahmed, click here.