Sunday, February 23, 2014

Black and White Film

Today we are going to bring it back to old school black and white film photography, which I actually quite enjoy still doing today.  Shooting with a film camera is just so much different than today's digital cameras.  Today's digital cameras are all pretty much automatic, where you point shoot and can instantly see the image without having to setup the aperture, shutter speed, and focus.  Everything is done for you making it easy for anyone to look like a professional photographer.

The process of film photography is truly like magic from snapping the picture to the whole development processes.  Film photography is really a true art when you compare it to digital photography.  Each picture you take has to be so precise, because you have to be able to read the natural light knowing what to set the aperture, shutter speed, and manually focus on what you are capturing at otherwise the picture will not turn out and unlike a digital camera you can't see the image until you have shot the whole roll of film.

Developing the film is what made me really fall in love with photography because it was just amazing to see your image appear like magic.  It is honestly also an unbelievable feeling knowing that you did everything to make that picture come out and it really makes you appreciate the art of film photography and I am lucky enough to go to a school where they have a dark room for me to use.

Photo by Ricky Williams

Photo by Ricky Williams

Photo by Ricky Williams


Sunday, February 9, 2014

HDR Photography and The Goods and Bads

HDR photography is probably my favorite type of photography to use because I love all the different effects you can get.  For those of you that don't know what HDR is, I will give a quick explanation.  HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and is when a photographer takes up to3 to 5 exposure and gather low light and high light exposures of whatever they were photographing.  Once you have the different exposures you combine them into whatever editing software you have weather it is Photoshop or Photomatix Pro and Lightroom (I prefer Photomatix and Lightroom) and play around with the settings until you have a the picture looking the way you want it.  Here is a before and after of an HDR photo that I download from StuckInCustoms which is a website that has many free HDR tutorials and photos you can download yourself for practice.
Non HDR (By Trey Ratcliff)
HDR
HDR (By Trey Ratcliff)
Many people either like or hate the way HDR photography looks, I personally have mixed opinions some people make the photos look terrible and unrealistic but others such as Trey Ratcliff do a great job and making HDR photographs look as real as possible and he really wows his images.  You can judge for yourself by searching HDRphotography on google images to see how some HDRs are so much better than others. 

HDR photography has some positives and negatives to it.  The positives would be that it makes the photo have a wow effect to it and really brings out the colors in the photos. Which is why its called High Dynamic Range because it has a high dynamic range of all things.  The negatives of HDR photography would be a lot of times it can make the photos look unrealistic which is really bad for whoever is trying to enjoy the photo.  another negative would be you have to stick to landscape because anything with motion in a HDR photo will create ghosts so you need to find something that will stay still for 3 to 5 exposures.  To the left I will post some of the HDR photos I have taken myself I hope you all enjoyed reading about HDR photography!
HDR (By Ricky Williams)

HDR (By Ricky Williams)

HDR (By Ricky Williams)