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    Startrails de program will combine all of them nicely If you want to do this in Photoshop instead there is a special Photoshop Action available You can also do this in Photoshop by going to File Script Load Files Into Stack and then click OK Wait for all the images to load and then select all the layers and change the blending mode to Lighten Try experimenting with different blending modes Keep in mind that doing this in Photoshop might not come out as well if there is a ton of light pollution in the atmosphere You might need to adjust the curves and make all the images darker in order for it to work Secret Star Trail Tricks Fading Star Trails Over a long time you can rotate your focus ring out of focus so that each star gradually gets more and more out of focus This will create a cone like shape to every star Dotted Star Trails If you are taking a single long exposure put a dark object such as a hat or piece of cardboard in front of the lens to block the light from coming in Do this every minute or so Say about 5 seconds to exposure the light like normal and then 25 seconds with the object hanging over the lens to block all the light out Keep repeating this and you should get dotted star trails If you are using an interval meter then obviously you would just set the exposure time to 5 seconds and the interval to 25 seconds Try experimenting with different variations You could even make each star a different color in Photoshop in post processing Star Trails with Illuminated Foregrounds You can also use a flashlight portable speedlights car lights or a fire to illuminate a foreground object You can even illuminate entire landscapes at a distance if you have a powerful enough flashlight the LED Lenser X21 monster flashlight is my light of choice for doing this The first example below was illuminated by city lights just to the side of the hill and the second example was probably illuminated by a flashlight Star Trails with the North Star in the Center of the Frame In order to get the donut hole effect simply locate the North Star or just point your camera North Remember that stars rotate slower near the North Star so you will need to have your camera out a long time to get a good shot You can place your foreground objects right in front of the North Star This will have the stars circulate around your chosen object which is great for composition Parabola Star Trails It is the complete opposite if you point your camera away from the North Star The stars will go by very fast so you will get longer strokes in a shorter amount of time This was 130 30 second exposures combined using Startrails de If you have any other tricks send me a comment and an example so I can feature it in this article Happy shooting In order to prevent your lens from fogging up you can try wrapping up some hand warmers around your lens with a rubber band or get a miniature fan to constantly blow wind onto your lens This is tutorial blog post is just an excerpt from my Trick Photography and Special Effects E Book If you enjoyed this post consider getting the e book All the content you see here has been revised plus new content has been added Tweet Tagged as how to howto landscape photography long exposure night night photography photo photography space star trails startrails tutorial walkthough 83 Comments 23 Nov 09 27 Long Exposure Effects for the Experimental Photographer Tweet Light Painting Drawing with light is extremely easy and fun Simply wait until night time put your camera on a tripod and set your exposure for long periods of time these are usually 5 seconds 5minutes your aperture and ISO I usually use f4 at iso 200 or 400 but these settings need to be determined differently according to each situation Then DRAW There are many different light toys that create different effects Things that have been used before include sparklers glow sticks flashlights maglights fire torches RGB strips Christmas lights illuminated cell phones iPods laser pens and of course any kind of LED Scribble with laser pen In this example the laser pen was stroked up 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

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    the images and then re align the pano Now go to the top and click Preview Here is your image If you want it to look like a planet select stereographic from the drop down box Then when you are looking at the preview left click on the spot where you were standing to take the photograph This will morph the image into a sphere at that specific point And there you go You can adjust the field of view by using the sliders on the bottom and right side of the image but be somewhat conservative with this feature because the image will get distorted on the edges if you over do it You can also straighten the horizon by clicking that straighten icon at the top but I usually don t see any difference when doing that SIDE NOTE you can also optimize your image Click the Optimizer tab and select which parameters you want optimized This supposedly makes everything more perfect but doesn t always work substantially sometimes I don t see any difference after using it Remember to preview your image again if you use this feature Close the preview window and then click on the Stitcher tab Click the optimize image size button this makes the image have more resolution and then finally click Stitch Your image will then be saved as a TIFF or a JPEG if you selected this option in the Stitcher tab It takes a long time to stitch it all together so just go get something healthy to eat while it s doing its thing When it is done you can open up the directory to where you saved it and then see its glory Stitching HDR Images optional If you want to stitch High Dynamic Range images I WOULD recommend making your HDR composites from 1 RAW file to save time but I haven t figured out a way to batch process a bunch of single RAW files so take 2 or more images And please use Manual Mode or Aperture Priority mode if you do this You need a program called Photomatix Open Photomatix up and select batch processing Choose the settings you want and be sure to tell it how many images are going to be used for each HDR composite and make sure 360 image is ticked on Batch process all of your photos and then stitch your new HDR images together just as you would normally in Hugin Perfecting The Stitch optional Yes you can take hand held 360x180 panoramas but when you do this there will be parallax errors especially if you are taking pictures of things that are close to the camera like inside an interior environment or if you were taking your pano right next to a tree or something The stitching software can t deal with this very well so your pano will be less than perfect To fix this you need to find the nodal point on your lens and then rotate your camera around that point while taking panoramas You will use a special tripod head to do that Finding The Nodal Point optional There is a pretty good tutorial on how to find the nodal point of your lens here it has pictures I recommend reading that to understand what a nodal point is Or you can do it my way It s a little different but it serves the same purpose To find the nodal point of your lens go inside and find a window somewhere Stick a piece of masking tape on the window Get a tripod and put the handle 90 degrees straight up in the air and then rest your lens on the tip of the handle Go wide angle and look through the viewfinder have the masking tape centered in the frame Keep in mind what is behind the masking tape on the outside of the window Rotate your camera to the left or right until the masking tape is at the very right or left of the frame You will then see that the object that was originally directly behind the masking tape is now a little bit towards the left or right of the masking tape Move your lens forward or backward just a little until you have found the sweet spot where this phenomena no longer happens when rotating your lens on the tripod handle The object that is behind the masking time should STAY directly behind the masking tape whether the masking tape in the middle left or very right of the frame Once you have found this point take a pen or something and mark a little dot on your lens to remind you where this point is You have found the nodal point for that specific lens and focal length You will need to know where the nodal point is to configure your purchased or DIY panorama tripod head Panoramic Tripod Heads optional If you have lots of money you can buy a pano head anywhere from 80 200 But if you are cheap like me you can make one yourself for a few bucks My panohead looks like this one The one I made is made out of wood and can only be used with my specific lens camera and focal length The tutorial I used can be found here How to build a panoramic tripod head This is probably the most easiest quickest design Just make sure that when you build it the Side arm is long enough for your camera to be pointed completely up enabling you to take proper Zenith shots The first time I made mine the side arm was too short and I couldn t take a proper zenith snot The nadir shots won t be ideal with this pano head but it is like that with any panoramic head You can t make the tripod invisible for pete s sake There are other panoramic heads where you can adjust the

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    with planets inside of them How to use the Droste Effect to twist any picture into a never ending abyss Over 10 mind bending optical illusions that you can do straight out of the camera without using any special software or equipment You ll learn about forced perspective transparent screens rotated perspective birefringence and shaped bokeh effects How to use layer masks and blending modes in Photoshop to combine multiple photos together mastering just this alone will give you an unlimited amount of creative ideas How to use Photoshop to create The Invisible Man Two different step by step projects are included How to take beautiful Levitation Photographs and edit them from start to finish This technique makes anyone appear to be floating flying or levitating in any environment You will also learn how to add realistic shadows underneath and behind the model s body Head on over to TrickPhotographyBook com to get your copy Tweet Tagged as 360 book droste effect e book ebook hdr infrared levitation long exposures optical illusions panorama photoshop tutorials review special effects stereographic trick photography trick photography ideas 3 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 Obnoxious Amount of Money My Photography Best of 2011 Trick Photography and Special Effects 2 0 Now Online High Speed Photography with Splashes Flashes and a Fish Tank Photography Tutorial Photoshop CS5 Surreal Portrait Photo Manipulation Advanced Tutorial Orbs Long Exposure Light Painting Photography Video Tutorial Steel Wool Photography

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    Infrared Filter Mine was 54 for a 52mm sized filter Some lenses just don t work that great with IR filters and create hotspots I myself however haven t had any problems with hotspots in any of my photogs before Here is a list of cameras and lenses that are good for IR Good Bad Infrared Lenses List Good Bad Infrared Camera List Taking Infrared Photos Using the Hoya R72 Filter Hoya R72 Filter When you get your filter you will notice it looks almost black Because the filter is so dark you will need to focus your scene before putting the filter on Once you have your scene in focus screw your filter on and then switch to manual focus You CAN use autofocus with the filter on but you have to be in broad sunlight for this to work and it isn t always accurate Lenses focus differently when using an infrared filter If you want technically sharper results you can rotate your focus ring about 1 millimeter away infinite symbol depending on your lens Some lenses will have an infrared symbol on the lens itself which is useful Use that mark if it does If it doesn t though you ll have to play a little guess and check game to find the infrared focusing spot You CAN use the cameras autofocus it will just be slightly out of focus I ve taken many photos like this anyway Try a few test shots using the autofocus you may find it acceptable Also try using higher F numbers to increase the depth of field that might help a little bit Infrared Photography allows the use of longer shutter speeds You also CAN take infrared pictures without using a tripod but it is not recommended You will need to use high ISO numbers and low F numbers and those usually are not good for landscapes Just avoid all of that mess by using a tripod Your photographs will look a lot more professional Now if you haven t noticed by now the Hoya R72 filter is DARK This will substantially increase shutter speeds If you need shorter shutter speeds you can raise the ISO number and lower the F number I usually don t do much of that myself though If your photos are coming out too dark just bump up the EV until you are satisfied The shutter speeds will be quite long when using the IR filter depending on how sensitive your camera is to IR Setting The White Balance for Infrared Photography After taking some photographs with your filter you may have realized that your pictures are completely RED In order to fix this just meter and set the White Balance with your filter on Google How to set white balance with YOUR CAMERA MODEL for instructions if you don t know how to do this already HOWEVER a lot of cameras cannot set extreme infrared white balances in camera If you can t get your

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    are ready to stitch them all together on the computer Download a program called Hugin install it then boot that mother up Using Hugin to stitch 360 panoramas Load all of your images into the program Hugin will take a while to process all of your images depending on your computer speed and what size you took the JPEGs at this is why I recommended shooting small JPGs It takes about 10 minutes to process all of the images on my computer so be patient I would recommend closing all other applications you aren t using This will save memory usage which Hugin needs I ve found that if I had too many programs running Hugin would run out of memory and not do its job Once the images are done being processed one of two things will happen Either 1 A dialog box will appear saying that it couldn t stitch some images together and you need to manually fix them or 2 a preview window will pop up showing your panorama If the former happens you will need to add points on the images that are in the same spot on each photograph Hugin will tell you what images need this If it isn t possible to add points this usually happens with the zenith or nadir just delete the images and then re align the pano Now go to the top and click Preview Here is your image If you want it to look like a planet select stereographic from the drop down box Then when you are looking at the preview left click on the spot where you were standing to take the photograph This will morph the image into a sphere at that specific point And there you go You can adjust the field of view by using the sliders on the bottom and right side of the image but be somewhat conservative with this feature because the image will get distorted on the edges if you over do it You can also straighten the horizon by clicking that straighten icon at the top but I usually don t see any difference when doing that SIDE NOTE you can also optimize your image Click the Optimizer tab and select which parameters you want optimized This supposedly makes everything more perfect but doesn t always work substantially sometimes I don t see any difference after using it Remember to preview your image again if you use this feature Close the preview window and then click on the Stitcher tab Click the optimize image size button this makes the image have more resolution and then finally click Stitch Your image will then be saved as a TIFF or a JPEG if you selected this option in the Stitcher tab It takes a long time to stitch it all together so just go get something healthy to eat while it s doing its thing When it is done you can open up the directory to where you saved it and then see its glory Stitching HDR Images optional If you want to stitch High Dynamic Range images I WOULD recommend making your HDR composites from 1 RAW file to save time but I haven t figured out a way to batch process a bunch of single RAW files so take 2 or more images And please use Manual Mode or Aperture Priority mode if you do this You need a program called Photomatix Open Photomatix up and select batch processing Choose the settings you want and be sure to tell it how many images are going to be used for each HDR composite and make sure 360 image is ticked on Batch process all of your photos and then stitch your new HDR images together just as you would normally in Hugin Perfecting The Stitch optional Yes you can take hand held 360x180 panoramas but when you do this there will be parallax errors especially if you are taking pictures of things that are close to the camera like inside an interior environment or if you were taking your pano right next to a tree or something The stitching software can t deal with this very well so your pano will be less than perfect To fix this you need to find the nodal point on your lens and then rotate your camera around that point while taking panoramas You will use a special tripod head to do that Finding The Nodal Point optional There is a pretty good tutorial on how to find the nodal point of your lens here it has pictures I recommend reading that to understand what a nodal point is Or you can do it my way It s a little different but it serves the same purpose To find the nodal point of your lens go inside and find a window somewhere Stick a piece of masking tape on the window Get a tripod and put the handle 90 degrees straight up in the air and then rest your lens on the tip of the handle Go wide angle and look through the viewfinder have the masking tape centered in the frame Keep in mind what is behind the masking tape on the outside of the window Rotate your camera to the left or right until the masking tape is at the very right or left of the frame You will then see that the object that was originally directly behind the masking tape is now a little bit towards the left or right of the masking tape Move your lens forward or backward just a little until you have found the sweet spot where this phenomena no longer happens when rotating your lens on the tripod handle The object that is behind the masking time should STAY directly behind the masking tape whether the masking tape in the middle left or very right of the frame Once you have found this point take a pen or something and mark a little

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    the fully customizable firmware If errors occur in the open source mode the mode can be easily reset modified or simply switched off The camera ships with the open source mode off by default Now that open source is finally here new programs and features can be created There are new applications being developed every week Users can download the applications for free or purchase them from the new Nikon App Store Some of applications I ve been enjoying are the following HDRaw This is an application that records 12 bit video of a single exposure being processed in real time Instead of bracketing images one at a time HDRaw simply takes one long exposure and compiles the frames together in a high definition video file The file can then be tone mapped and saved as a NEF or JPG later on the computer 3 D SLR This program enables the user to hook up two Digital SLRs together via the Mini USB port which is located on the side of the body When the shutter button is pressed both cameras take a photograph simultaneously The images can then be stored separately or combined in camera to create a 3D Stereoscopic image This doesn t work with videos yet but it s coming DetectCam1 1 This is a simple program that enables you to use motion detection shutter triggering and sound detection shutter triggering The sensitivity level can be adjusted and it has various different options This app is really useful to be used as a high speed photography trigger You can also hide your camera somewhere set the sensitivity level to High and have the camera record silent video when it detects a noise or light level change DSoundRecorder This program allows you to record high quality audio files using the built in microphone the on camera microphone or both Levels and be adjusted So far the only recordable file type is WAV It is very good with battery life I ve recorded an audio file for 9 hours straight Qkustdom This program is insane It basically modifies enhances the camera s menu and adds TONS of tweaks Some of them are useful but others have limited application Some things that are added to the SLR are the following View non Nikon content JPG RAW MP3 MOV and AVI files Loopable fps patterns for example a looped 2 fps 3 fps pattern All bracketing options in the camera can now be set to user defined integers Enables Auto Focus Bracketing The flash can be set to this crazy cycle mode where it will flash repeatedly and each individual flash can be assigned different velocities It gives detailed stats on each file File size etc etc etc etc And my Favorite App is NikonMario You use the thumb pad on the right to move mario and you can use any of the buttons on the left for A and B controls I ve also heard that there is a full

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    the Internal Cut Filters would be awesome and silly cameras like the Nikon D810A wouldn t need to exist You cannot auto focus the lens from Focus Point A to Focus Point B while it is taking an exposure The exposure compensation only goes up or down to a maximum of five stops What if you wanted to set it over 5 Why limit everything using arbitrary numbers I like that it stops at 5 because if I want to quickly move it up or down as much as possible I know that I can just keep rotating the dial until it stops at 5 There should be an option in the menu to change the maximum number however You cannot easily select groups of images to be deleted simultaneously You cannot quickly create a playlist of certain images videos you want to play while in sideshow mode You cannot resize images to smaller sizes This feature was available in older models The repeating flash mode is limited to 1HZ to 50HZ It s very possible to program the camera to be 5HZ There is an option that allows you to trim movie clips from the beginning and another option to trim movie clips from the end however if you wanted to do both at the same time there is no option available You have to trim the beginning which makes a new copy of the file then trim the end of that copy which makes another copy In the end you have 3 copies You cannot create a movie file of an exposure being recorded in real time You cannot set the shutter speed to whatever you want when recording video You cannot set the ISO number to whatever you want when recording video You cannot set custom values for each flash burst in the Flash Burst mode You can t watch videos in slideshow mode The AGC Audio Gain Control is horrible People have been complaining all over the internet about their frustration of it not being able to switch the AGC to manual You can t take images in any size you want Cameras offer Small Medium and Large image sizes for JPEG and sometimes with RAW The image size should be able to be customized to any dimension you want with any filetype including RAW With my 36 megapixel D810A DSLR I want to have the ability to make the images Extra Small Each pixel on the sensor cannot have its own dedicated ISO number Depending on how advanced they made this feature this could potentially completely revolutionize HDR photography Mapping just a simple gradient down the sensor would be nice though Built in GPS Nope I really am wanting this Built in WiFi Nope I probably would never ever use this but still You can t link two or more DSLRs together for 3D capturing The painted labels near the buttons do not glow in the dark There is no RAW for video You cannot

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    monitor but this time just zoom in so that the frame of the monitor is not seen Tweet Tagged as computer monitor Computer Screen Hand image monitor Optical Illusion photo photo extremist photoextremist photography picture screen trick photography tutorial video walkthrough 340 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 Obnoxious Amount of Money My Photography Best of 2011 Trick Photography and Special Effects 2 0 Now Online High Speed Photography with Splashes Flashes and a Fish Tank Photography Tutorial Photoshop CS5 Surreal Portrait Photo Manipulation Advanced Tutorial Orbs Long Exposure Light Painting Photography Video Tutorial Steel Wool Photography Tutorial Fake Smoke with Flashlight and String Photography Tutorial How To HDR Simple Floating Banana Photoshop Tutorial How To Take Psychedelic Photos of CDs My Photography Best of 2007 2010 Photoelasticity Birefringence Photography Tutorial What s In My Camera Bag A Review of All My Photographic Camera Equipment Photoshop Tutorial Rearrange Keys on your Keyboard Photoshop A Digital Clock To Say Anything Bokeh Photography Tutorial Trick Photography Optical Illusion Hand Reaching Into Computer Monitor Photographic Special Effects with Christmas Lights How To Photograph A Flying Cat Finally Trick Photography and Special Effects is Now Available 11 Explosive Sparkler Photographs Star Trails Tutorial Nikon Announces New Open Source Camera 20 Stunning Examples of Multiplicity Photography Bug Eyed Photography Tutorial If I were to make you a huge photo tutorial package How To Create Physiogram Long Exposure Photographs Photoshop Flesh Skin and Body Parts Onto

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