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    need to place a hard transparent plastic object between two polarizers Make sure your object is backlit as well Fortunately LCD computer monitors are backlit AND have a linear polarizing material in front of the backlight so this takes care of everything If you go this route all you need to do is find some cool looking plastic and stick a polarizer filter on your lens and you are set to go If you don t want to use a laptop computer screen or just want to to get rid of the ugly RGB pixels use a light table with polarizing paper on top of it instead You ll also want a polarizing filter to place on your lens This can be circular or linear it doesn t matter Things that work well are cheap transparent plastic cups forks spoons and knifes Prisms plastic wrap and cheap packaging material work good as well Things that unfortunately don t work are water glass and anything that isn t a transparent plastic crystals might be the only exception although this is unconfirmed Water can sometimes look okay looking but not nearly as cool as plastic Additional Resources http en wikipedia org wiki Photoelasticity http en wikipedia org wiki Birefringence Tweet Tagged as Birefringence clear colorful filter how to Photoelasticity photography Polarizer polarizing psychedelic rainbow stressed plastic transparent tutorial 7 Comments 9 Nov 09 8 How To Enhance Your Landscape Photographs To Be More Colorful In Adobe Camera RAW Tweet Taking very vibrant saturated lush landscapes has never been easier when taking images in the RAW format You can easily get perfect looking images in post processing when using Adobe Camera RAW which is included with Photoshop When I say lush I mean full and rich with colors I ll show you a before and after example and then tell you the recipe The first picture is the original RAW the 2nd is after post processing in A C R As you can see in the first photo the sky was hazy and what should be green is a desaturated stupid yellow color It s really easy to fix this up HSL Grayscale tab Hue subtab When you open your RAW in Adobe Camera Raw click on the fourth tab labeled HSL Grayscale and the default subtab of that should be set to Hue Simply slide the Yellow slider to the right This will turn the yellows into greens Problem solved In this particular example however there were yellow flowers as well In order to not make those greens I slid the green slider to the right This simply made the greens greener and the yellows just green enough If all you have in your photo is just a bunch of ugly dead yellow grass then by all means bump the yellow slider all the way up to 100 If you want to make the skies darker click the Luminance tab and slide the Blues and Aquas sliders to the left Sometimes I

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  • Photo Extremist: Creative Photography Tutorials, Photoshop Tutorials, Instructional Videos
    can and the lowest ISO number possible This will limit the amount of light being exposed to the camera sensor which is what you want in this situation Maglites are bright Tips Try making different patterns around the CD with the Maglite flashlight A really cool one to do is to place the light level with the CD next to the table This creates a perfect circular reflection in the circular water drops on the circular CD Really cool Try pointing the light diagonally down on the CD and just try different directions and distances away from the CD You are bound to get a cool shot In order to help me be sure that I get the psychedelic rainbow colors on the reflective CD surface I Temporarily widened the aperture on my lens to f3 5 and then went into Live View Mode This makes it easy to see exactly what the camera sees so you know what direction to aim the light to get colorful rainbow effect After you see the rainbow effect appear on the CD in your viewfinder or in Live View mode get out of live view mode go back to smaller aperture you were using before and then take yo picture Video Tweet Tagged as artistic cd color colorful creative flickr instructional light painting long exposure maglite photo photography rainbow reflective surface tutorial video water water drops 17 Comments Recommendations Entries Wineglass Splash Studio Photography Tutorial My Photography Best of 2013 Photography Masterclass is Now Online High Speed Powder Photography Tutorial Glowing Lines Photoshop Tutorial Open Source DSLR Announced D800o April Fools Multiple Exposure Photography Tutorial My Photography Best of 2012 Hybrid Image Optical Illusion Photoshop Tutorial Snow Photography and Special Effects DSLR Tutorial DSLR Basics Stops and Metering A Room Filled with an

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    psychedelic rainbow colors on the reflective CD surface I Temporarily widened the aperture on my lens to f3 5 and then went into Live View Mode This makes it easy to see exactly what the camera sees so you know what direction to aim the light to get colorful rainbow effect After you see the rainbow effect appear on the CD in your viewfinder or in Live View mode get out of live view mode go back to smaller aperture you were using before and then take yo picture Video Tweet Tagged as artistic cd color colorful creative flickr instructional light painting long exposure maglite photo photography rainbow reflective surface tutorial video water water drops 17 Comments 6 Dec 10 9 Photographic Special Effects with Christmas Lights Tweet This video shows you how to take psychedelic abstract long exposure photographs of Christmas lights You ll want to set your camera s shutter speed to to BULB mode and use your camera s pop up flash or external flash then spin yourself around in front of your Christmas tree It helps if all the lights are turned off in the room except for the Christmas tree lights Here are the six different tricks There will be an image on top and an description underneath each image Spin either in a chair or while standing up Try not to move your arm hand or head while doing this because it will cause unwanted camera shake You can experiment moving your arm up and down or something if you want to it just will give you a different effect Hold your camera by the lens out in front of your with your right hand twist just like you did in the first trick only this time take your left hand and move your camera so it zooms in and rotates at the same time If you do this several times you should eventually get a result where the lines will twirl around you like you are in some type of TRON video game or something And hey Photoshopping your face using the Liquify tool to make you look like an alien never hurts Use a star filter screwed on the front of your camera lens This will slice and the light into thin lines This looks cool when you twirl the filter around your lens as well because the stars will appear to be twinkling Use manual focus still in bulb mode and simply move your camera around your Christmas tree while the exposure is taking place You will end up with really techy yet beautiful abstract photographs that you can use in backgrounds for Photoshop projects or the like Put your camera on a tripod and zoom in while the exposure is taking place If you have a higher end DSLR I m using a Nikon D300s there may be a Multiple Exposure function somewhere in the camera s menu I like to set it to ten and then take several exposures

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    and down the models face 1 sec f 3 5 ISO 200 City lights from a far away distance The camera slightly moved while the focus ring moved along with it so the light gradually becomes out of focus 1 3 sec f 6 3 iso20 30 second exposure of tiny LED finger ring lights I was holding them the entire time but because I was not illuminated you can t see me in this picture 7 second exposure f22 ISO 200 This is just a standard long exposure of a sparkler in motion Also keep in mind that if you use a flash the person holding the sparkler will show up in the photograph Regular sparks from fires can also make amazing shots especially if you go in and out of focus during the exposure Keep in mind that you can trace objects with sparklers or LEDs or any kind of lightsource This was a car traced with a sparkler 7 minutes long ISO 100 F 18 You can also use any kind of flashlights or strobes flashes to illuminate your scene Simply turn on your flashlight and start drawing painting spraying light onto the scene to illuminate it in the dark If you have an extremely powerful flashlight it is very well possible to illuminate entire landscapes in the dark as well If you have a tripod on you and you re in an amusement park or some type of fair grounds long exposures of rides look pretty sweet Ferris wheels also work very well You can also make silhouettes of people by taking a long exposure while you move some sort of light behind them Blue glow sticks were used in this example This was a long exposure of Christmas tree lights It was a one second exposure The reason why the lines look so straight is because the camera was jerked in a fast motion These are called physiograms Simply attach Maglight to a string and let it hang from the ceiling turn off all the lights take a long exposure and give the LED a little tap When the long exposure is complete this is what it will look like Again LEDs are just great You can trace objects with them just like you can with sparklers I used the finger LEDs in this example You can also make flash stencils Just put cardboard in front of your flash with a design cut out in it and you re ready to go If you are interested in incorporating long exposure effects and light painting into your night photography I would highly recommend Night Photography Light Painting by Brent Pearson especially if you are light painting landscapes Long Exposures During Day You can also create long exposures of landscapes during they DAY by using an extremely dark filter that attaches to the front of your lens The filter you can use is a B W filter an ND400 filter I d recommend this one or even

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    are no clouds around when doing this You will need a tripod and a device that can take exposures one after the other You can take one huge long exposure but the noise in the image adds up with long exposure times especially if it is a hot summer night In order to get around this noise issue we can take a bunch of 30 second exposures one after the other and then combine them into one image on the computer Either method is up to you There are different tools we can use when taking star trails 1 Use an Intervalometer ultimately this is the best way especially if your camera has one already built in There are some phone tablet apps that make use of the headphone usb port to transform the phone you already have into an intervalometer 2 Use a remote 3 Use a cable release best way if you are using film 4 Use a rubber band and eraser cheapest quickest way 5 Use Camera controlling software on your laptop This won t be discussed in this article Lets look at each method below to see which one is right for you Using an Interval Timer Shooting mode or an Intervalometer If you are using a higher end DSLR your camera should have an interval timer shooting mode or sometimes called Intervalometer already in the camera The intervalometer will allow you to take 30 second exposures one after the other automatically We can then take all these exposures and combine them together on the computer Check your cameras manual or go inside the camera menu to see if it has an interval timer shooting mode If it does set everything on manual manual focus manual white balance Take 30 second exposures with the minimal amount of interval time in between each exposure Some cameras take longer to write the image to the card and it takes longer than one second so you may have to set the interval times for 2 seconds Go by trial and error until you get it right Once you find it you can start taking the actual shots I d take anywhere from 50 300 frames Using a Remote to take Star Trails Using a remote is better for lower end DSLRs that don t have an interval timer shooting mode You ll need to set your camera to manual mode and then scroll your exposure time to the longest time possible this is called the BULB mode Push the button on your remote and and your shutter should lock up and start taking the photograph Not all remotes and cameras are created equal so you might want to check with a local camera dealer to see if this will work with your camera It works with the Nikon d50 for sure and probably the D70 Using a Cable Release Cable releases lock your shutter when in BULB mode so you can record the exposure for as long as you want in one continuous exposure If you are using a Nikon film camera then this is the best option for you I d recommend the ACR Cable Digital also works totally fine with this method and is actually what I usually use myself When using a DSLR I simply set the shutter speed to 30 seconds plug the cable release into the port push the button in and lock it in and it will take a bunch of 30 second exposures one after the other with the shortest amount of transition time possible Using a Rubber Band This method is best when you just want to practice and get the hang of things without paying for a bunch of stuff extra stuff Get an eraser and place it on your shutter button then just wrap it up using a rubber band I learned this trick from QQQQcon on YouTube a great wildlife and landscape photographer Because all cameras are different you still might not know what method is best for you If that is the case use the rubber band method or ask forums or your local camera dealer on what you should get for your camera A good resource online would be to search Flickr Groups for your camera model join the group look around to see if your question already has been answered and if it hasn t ask Expect to get an answer within the first 10 120 minutes Camera Settings for Star Trails Photos Now that we have all the options out of the way let s just simply look at what settings we need to do when we are actually outside with our camera and tripod Depending on the weather your lens could possibly fog up completely In order to prevent this wrap some hand warmers around your lens with a rubber band or get a miniature fan to constantly blow wind onto your lens These things might not be necessary it all depends on how cold and humid it is Focusing Set your camera to manual focus and focus out into infinity Your camera won t be able to use Autofocus in these dark conditions Take a test shot to make sure your stars are sharp Exposure Time and ISO Now let s calculate the exposure If you are using one big long exposure and you re not combining a bunch of 30 second exposures take one 30 second exposure at ISO 1600 If it looks well exposed just take that 30 seconds and multiply it by 16 If you are using ISO 3200 multiply the shutter speed you used by 32 instead The number you get after multiplying the shutter speed you used for the test shot by the ISO you used for the test shot will tell you the shutter speed in seconds you will need to use when shooting at ISO 100 which is probably what you want to use when taking the actual shot Using ISO 200 should be fine

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  • Photo Extremist: Creative Photography Tutorials, Photoshop Tutorials, Instructional Videos
    can and the lowest ISO number possible This will limit the amount of light being exposed to the camera sensor which is what you want in this situation Maglites are bright Tips Try making different patterns around the CD with the Maglite flashlight A really cool one to do is to place the light level with the CD next to the table This creates a perfect circular reflection in the circular water drops on the circular CD Really cool Try pointing the light diagonally down on the CD and just try different directions and distances away from the CD You are bound to get a cool shot In order to help me be sure that I get the psychedelic rainbow colors on the reflective CD surface I Temporarily widened the aperture on my lens to f3 5 and then went into Live View Mode This makes it easy to see exactly what the camera sees so you know what direction to aim the light to get colorful rainbow effect After you see the rainbow effect appear on the CD in your viewfinder or in Live View mode get out of live view mode go back to smaller aperture you were using before and then take yo picture Video Tweet Tagged as artistic cd color colorful creative flickr instructional light painting long exposure maglite photo photography rainbow reflective surface tutorial video water water drops 17 Comments Recommendations Entries Wineglass Splash Studio Photography Tutorial My Photography Best of 2013 Photography Masterclass is Now Online High Speed Powder Photography Tutorial Glowing Lines Photoshop Tutorial Open Source DSLR Announced D800o April Fools Multiple Exposure Photography Tutorial My Photography Best of 2012 Hybrid Image Optical Illusion Photoshop Tutorial Snow Photography and Special Effects DSLR Tutorial DSLR Basics Stops and Metering A Room Filled with an

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    cable release best way if you are using film 4 Use a rubber band and eraser cheapest quickest way 5 Use Camera controlling software on your laptop This won t be discussed in this article Lets look at each method below to see which one is right for you Using an Interval Timer Shooting mode or an Intervalometer If you are using a higher end DSLR your camera should have an interval timer shooting mode or sometimes called Intervalometer already in the camera The intervalometer will allow you to take 30 second exposures one after the other automatically We can then take all these exposures and combine them together on the computer Check your cameras manual or go inside the camera menu to see if it has an interval timer shooting mode If it does set everything on manual manual focus manual white balance Take 30 second exposures with the minimal amount of interval time in between each exposure Some cameras take longer to write the image to the card and it takes longer than one second so you may have to set the interval times for 2 seconds Go by trial and error until you get it right Once you find it you can start taking the actual shots I d take anywhere from 50 300 frames Using a Remote to take Star Trails Using a remote is better for lower end DSLRs that don t have an interval timer shooting mode You ll need to set your camera to manual mode and then scroll your exposure time to the longest time possible this is called the BULB mode Push the button on your remote and and your shutter should lock up and start taking the photograph Not all remotes and cameras are created equal so you might want to check with a local camera dealer to see if this will work with your camera It works with the Nikon d50 for sure and probably the D70 Using a Cable Release Cable releases lock your shutter when in BULB mode so you can record the exposure for as long as you want in one continuous exposure If you are using a Nikon film camera then this is the best option for you I d recommend the ACR Cable Digital also works totally fine with this method and is actually what I usually use myself When using a DSLR I simply set the shutter speed to 30 seconds plug the cable release into the port push the button in and lock it in and it will take a bunch of 30 second exposures one after the other with the shortest amount of transition time possible Using a Rubber Band This method is best when you just want to practice and get the hang of things without paying for a bunch of stuff extra stuff Get an eraser and place it on your shutter button then just wrap it up using a rubber band I learned this trick from QQQQcon on YouTube a great wildlife and landscape photographer Because all cameras are different you still might not know what method is best for you If that is the case use the rubber band method or ask forums or your local camera dealer on what you should get for your camera A good resource online would be to search Flickr Groups for your camera model join the group look around to see if your question already has been answered and if it hasn t ask Expect to get an answer within the first 10 120 minutes Camera Settings for Star Trails Photos Now that we have all the options out of the way let s just simply look at what settings we need to do when we are actually outside with our camera and tripod Depending on the weather your lens could possibly fog up completely In order to prevent this wrap some hand warmers around your lens with a rubber band or get a miniature fan to constantly blow wind onto your lens These things might not be necessary it all depends on how cold and humid it is Focusing Set your camera to manual focus and focus out into infinity Your camera won t be able to use Autofocus in these dark conditions Take a test shot to make sure your stars are sharp Exposure Time and ISO Now let s calculate the exposure If you are using one big long exposure and you re not combining a bunch of 30 second exposures take one 30 second exposure at ISO 1600 If it looks well exposed just take that 30 seconds and multiply it by 16 If you are using ISO 3200 multiply the shutter speed you used by 32 instead The number you get after multiplying the shutter speed you used for the test shot by the ISO you used for the test shot will tell you the shutter speed in seconds you will need to use when shooting at ISO 100 which is probably what you want to use when taking the actual shot Using ISO 200 should be fine when using that same exposure time too it will be a little brighter If you are taking a bunch of 30 second exposures and then combining them on the computer you don t need to do this because all of your frames are going to be 30 seconds Aperture What should the aperture be when shooting star trails It doesn t matter I usually use F3 5 on my 18 55mm lens White Balance Using anything other than AUTO WB will ensure a constant WB in each frame You ll need to do this if you are combining frames If you are doing one huge long exposure then it is okay to use Auto WB Using a Tungsten White Balance will make the sky a beautiful purple color Combining Multiple Star Trail Exposures Together If you ended up taking a bunch of exposures download the Startrails de program

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    diagonally down on the CD and just try different directions and distances away from the CD You are bound to get a cool shot In order to help me be sure that I get the psychedelic rainbow colors on the reflective CD surface I Temporarily widened the aperture on my lens to f3 5 and then went into Live View Mode This makes it easy to see exactly what the camera sees so you know what direction to aim the light to get colorful rainbow effect After you see the rainbow effect appear on the CD in your viewfinder or in Live View mode get out of live view mode go back to smaller aperture you were using before and then take yo picture Video Tweet Tagged as artistic cd color colorful creative flickr instructional light painting long exposure maglite photo photography rainbow reflective surface tutorial video water water drops 17 Comments 2 Mar 11 7 Photoelasticity Birefringence Photography Tutorial Tweet Photoelasticity Birefringence is a visual phenomenon that occurs when placing transparent plastic between polarizing material The effect shows the stress contained in the plastic In order to take pictures like this you will need to place a hard transparent plastic object between two polarizers Make sure your object is backlit as well Fortunately LCD computer monitors are backlit AND have a linear polarizing material in front of the backlight so this takes care of everything If you go this route all you need to do is find some cool looking plastic and stick a polarizer filter on your lens and you are set to go If you don t want to use a laptop computer screen or just want to to get rid of the ugly RGB pixels use a light table with polarizing paper on top of it instead You ll also want a polarizing filter to place on your lens This can be circular or linear it doesn t matter Things that work well are cheap transparent plastic cups forks spoons and knifes Prisms plastic wrap and cheap packaging material work good as well Things that unfortunately don t work are water glass and anything that isn t a transparent plastic crystals might be the only exception although this is unconfirmed Water can sometimes look okay looking but not nearly as cool as plastic Additional Resources http en wikipedia org wiki Photoelasticity http en wikipedia org wiki Birefringence Tweet Tagged as Birefringence clear colorful filter how to Photoelasticity photography Polarizer polarizing psychedelic rainbow stressed plastic transparent tutorial 7 Comments 5 Sep 09 2 Photographing Long Exposures of Sparklers Tutorial Tweet Here is a how to tutorial on long exposure photography with sparklers I also show you how to make perfectly symmetrical psychedelic patterns just by using your DSLR Adobe Photoshop and sparks from your fireworks in part II of the tutorial Make sure to pick up your fireworks the day AFTER Independence Day because they are usually on sale Tweet Tagged as abstract colorful experimental fire fireworks

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