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  • Photo Extremist: Creative Photography Tutorials, Photoshop Tutorials, Instructional Videos
    no remote set your camera on a flat surface and use the self timer on the camera or have someone else take the pictures for you It isn t as good as having a tripod remote but it s a lot better than having to take frames hand held Remember to shoot all of your frames in horizontal orientation as you can see in my video when I eat the sandwich I was shooting that in vertical orientation and it came out sideways Anyways once you have all of your frames shot download them to your computer resize them to 640x480 if necessary and then drag and drop them into MonkeyJam You can choose how many frames per second you wish to have too Once you have everything done export the uncompressed video If you want sound drag and drop your video into Wax or Windows Movie Maker and then drag and drop a sound file into the audio track and then save a compressed version This will make it so you can upload it to youtube Have fun Tweet Tagged as guide how to monkey jam monkeyjam movie photography stop motion stopmotion time lapse timelapse tutorial video wax youtube 1 Comment Newer Entries 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

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  • Photo Extremist: Creative Photography Tutorials, Photoshop Tutorials, Instructional Videos
    the camera lens When you look at the picture on the LCD preview screen you should see a light coming from the front of the remote If the TV remote light looks very dim the exposure time will have to be longer when using an IR filter BUT if the TV remote light looks pretty bright your camera is well suited for infrared photography Try doing this test with different lenses as well some are better for IR photography than others If you don t see anything coming from your remote you won t be able to take infrared photos with your camera using an IR filter You can however get your camera s sensor modified by LifePixel Conversion costs about 300 500 and shutter speed times are normal as is focusing Your camera will be permanently modified for infrared photography But if your camera passed the TV Remote Test then you can go the easy cheap route and start taking infrared pictures with the Hoya R 72 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

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  • Photo Extremist: Creative Photography Tutorials, Photoshop Tutorials, Instructional Videos
    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

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  • Photo Extremist: Creative Photography Tutorials, Photoshop Tutorials, Instructional Videos
    replaced with a new High Fidelity Stereo microphone Looking at the side of the body reveals several additional ports including Microphone Input Headphone Output A V Input A V Output 1 There is now a visible peak meter in live view mode that measures the dB of the microphone input in order to prevent clipping 2 Shutter speed Aperture and ISO are now fully adjustable in movie mode Each adjustment now effects footage accordingly 3 There is now a Live Histogram in live view mode 4 In addition to the new live view features there is now an option that allows the AF Assist lamp to always be on This is useful when working in dark situations A new advanced option allows all values in the Nikon D300o Shutter speed ISO Aperture frames per second self timer image size etc can be adjusted as user defined values The image on the left demonstrates the user setting the Aperture to 2 076 Of course adjusting the f stop is dependent on what lens you are using The camera s metering system is now enabled to take photographs beyond 30 seconds It s a value that can be adjusted inside the Exposure Limit feature in the menu For all you long exposure fans this is a must have In this example I ve set the shutter speed to 7 minutes and 45 seconds And last but not least OPEN SOURCE MODE This lets the user switch from the predefined factory settings to 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

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  • Photo Extremist: Creative Photography Tutorials, Photoshop Tutorials, Instructional Videos
    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 and run it it is pretty self explanatory so I won t go into detail here When you load your photos into that the 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

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  • Photo Extremist: Creative Photography Tutorials, Photoshop Tutorials, Instructional Videos
    structure OKAY So here is how you do it Put your camera on a tripod and tighten it so it won t move Focus your scene and then switch to Manual focus so that your camera won t constantly be trying to re focus the scene You can shoot in any mode you want to but I would advise against Shutter Priority mode and just take the photos in full Manual mode or Aperture Priority mode This insures that each frame will have a consistent exposure and your aperture locked in After everything is in focus and you have your shutter speed and aperture set take a picture of the scene with the model to the left of the frame Then take another picture of the model closer to the right of the frame Keep taking pictures with the model s body in different areas of the frame You can get a friend to help you take each picture use a remote or use the self timer feature on your camera If your friend is pushing down the shutter button on the camera make sure they are careful on keeping the camera perfectly in place and not to accidentally bump into it Now once you have all your photos taken you need to import them into Photoshop Click File Scripts Load Files into Stack Then just select your images and wait a minute for them to compile Once it s done you should see all your pictures in the Layers window Select the top layer and click New Layer Mask it s located at the bottom of the layers window Next take a black brush and brush over the person in that frame The person will seem to be erased but to un erase it hit CTRL I cmd I if you are on a Mac You can now see the person in the first frame as well as the one in the second frame Make a layer mask like that for all the frames and then your done You can also do this with objects and animals and skateboarders etc There is also a piece of software that can automate this entire process for you called Aqiplicity I tried using it once but the results were not perfect It s worth giving it a try though You can view your image in the free version but the saving option is disabled It s 10 for the full version This image was very easy to create because none of the people were overlapping each other This made it very easy to mask the model without tediously going into fine detail If you would like to see some spectacular examples using this photography technique take a look at the 20 Stunning Examples of Multiplicity Photography Tweet Tagged as clone copy how to layer mask multiplicity multiplicity photos people photography photoshop tutorial 32 Comments 3 Oct 09 2 Distort Faces in CS4 by using Content Aware Scale Tweet You can easily use

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  • Photo Extremist: Creative Photography Tutorials, Photoshop Tutorials, Instructional Videos
    exact same place as it was before And sense my auto focus was turned off I wouldn t have to worry about my camera screwing up the focus setting Now that we have the 2 essential shots we need lets open them up into Photoshop Have the image with the stool on the top layer and the image with no stool on the bottom Now erase the stool by using an eraser brush or a layer mask Ta da The stool is gone and it looks like you are floating Then after that I went up to Image Canvas Size and made the image square Then I selected my body using the Rectangle Marquee Tool right clicked and selected Free Transform I rotated my body so it was facing downward and also moved it upward a little higher from the road And that s it Here are some other floating levitating jumping zen pictures click to enlarge them Tweet Tagged as art dark flash floating how to jumping levitating night night time nikon d50 photography photoshop surreal tricks tutorial zen 12 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 flexify flexify 2 fun long exposure night photography photoshop pictures psychedelic rainbow sparklers sparks tut tutorial 2 Comments Newer Entries Recommendations Entries Wineglass Splash Studio Photography Tutorial My Photography Best of 2013 Photography Masterclass is Now Online High Speed Powder

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    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 pano head for any lens camera combination but I couldn t find any useful DIY tutorials of these online it would probably be better just to buy one If you want to purchase a panoramic tripod head I recommend the Nodal Ninja It allows you to take full 360x180 panoramas Manipulating Panoramas in Flexify optional but recommended Flexify 2 is an EXCELLENT Photoshop plug in It is specifically designed for manipulating 360x180 panoramas In order to use Flexify properly you need to stitch your images using Hugin first Make sure you are stitching them in equirectangular mode not stereographic Once you ve got that done open your image in Photoshop and click on Filter Flamingpear Flexify assuming you already downloaded purchased the Flexify plug in and put it in your plug ins folder Click to see a screen shot of Flexify Next select the input to be Equirectangular and the output can be anything you want there are lots of options If you want it to look like one of those 360 planet panoramics select Stereographic or Hyperbolic Then set the Latitude to 180 or 180 And if you want to adjust the field of view mess around with the FOV slider Keep in mind that if you slide it TOO much one way or the other your image will look pixelated You can always readjust it Also keep in mind that if you want if you want this to be a square image you will have to resize it in Photoshop Image Image Size before you open it up in Flexify I did not do that in this example

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