Equipment

I have often been asked about some of my equipment and techniques, and so I present some information below.

Hardware:

My standard equipment is a Canon Rebel T2i SLR camera, I use a variety of lenses and filters, both physical and digital.

For my landscapes I often use the 10-22 mm wide angle lens, or the 17-40 mm L Series.

For some of my portrait pictures, and ones shot in the city, I often use the 50 mm/f1.8 lens. I am also a big fan of the 70-200 IS f2.8 L series for long range zoomed-in shots.

My filters range from a basic polarizer, to graduated neutral density filters to bias the exposure for a natural and realistic feel.

My software tools include:
Adobe Photoshop,
Various HDR tools,
GIMP,
Phase One Capture One,
Canon Utilities.

Techniques:
Amongst others, one of my favorite techniques, is the use or HDR (High Dynamic Range) is the art of mimicking contrast similar to a range that would be perceived by the human eye.

The human eye can perceive scenes that involve shadows and highlights, to a remarkable degree, without losing detail. The camera (especially the digital kind) on the other hand, can be biased towards light or dark, in a single exposure. In order to perceive the same dynamic range (DR) as the human eye, or exceed it, you need to take a number of exposures of the same scene, that perceive different biases, from light to dark. A combination of these exposures, done correctly, will yield a scene similar to what you may perceive standing there. In some cases, with a little digital exaggeration, the picture presents itself as hyper realistic, with greater contrast than the eye could perceive, sometimes resulting in a “painterly” look.

 

 

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