The Making of "Framed at OMSI"

How the winning photo of the "Cityscape, Framed within a Frame" contest was made

By mattb123 in Photo Contests on Mar 10, 2018

I live in Colorado but I travel for work (and fun!) periodically. In September 2015 I had a software conference to go to in Portland, Oregon. I often go out in the evenings at these events to unwind and shoot some photos of where ever I happen to be.
This evening, I met up with fellow forum member, stevebrot, for some dinner and an evening photo walk by the river. It was a nice, mild night and the new Tillicum Crossing bridge had just opened so we shot around there and then worked our way upstream. We came upon the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) which just happen to be one of my software clients as well. They have this old sub permanently parked there as one of their attractions.

The processed image (click image to enlarge)

Ski Photography Guide

What to use, how to carry it, and shooting techniques.

By mattb123 in Articles and Tips on Feb 18, 2015

Have you ever wanted to capture an image that looks like it's right out of a ski magazine? One of those photos that features a skilled skier throwing a plume of illuminated power into the air? Or maybe just a shot of your buddy doing his thing on the local hill? How about capturing your own child riding the lift and sliding downhill for the first time? 

It seems pretty simple on the surface, and in reality it is, but there are a few things to consider when you are going to do some ski photography that could save you some trial and error.

In this article we will discuss the gear, how to carry it, how to compose your shot, and the settings and approaches that can help you get a good ski photo. 

LightCraft Rapid ND Review

A variable neutral density filter

By mattb123 in Hands-On Tests on Nov 10, 2014

Neutral density filters are popular with landscape and nature photographers for slowing shutter speeds to produce blurring effects with clouds or moving water. Portrait and product photographers use them to run wider apertures for a short depth of field when there is lots of light, either naturally or from flashes. ND filters and especially the variable type are also popular with filmmakers who want to have more control over depth of field during daylight. 

In this review we will be taking a look at the Rapid ND filter from LightCraft, primarily from a landscape photography perspective. 

LightCraft Rapid ND

Using the Histogram to Get Better Photos

Decipher what it says, use it to your advantage

By mattb123 in Articles and Tips on Jul 18, 2014

Have you ever wondered what that graph-looking thing on your camera display or in Lightroom was? Or what you are supposed to do with it? If so, then read on to find out more about the mysterious histogram and what it can do for you and your photography.

A histogram simply is graphical representation of the distribution of data. This can be applied to many things dealing with science and statistics, but in this context we will be discussing the histogram function on our cameras and the histograms generated by image editing applications like Photoshop or Lightroom.

Daylight Long Exposures Using a ND Filter

How to get smooth moving water and silky skies in your photos

By mattb123 in Articles and Tips on Jun 5, 2014

Have you ever wanted to get the effects you see in nighttime long exposures like silky smooth moving water or streaking clouds, but during daylight hours? The key is to reduce the amount of light reaching your camera's sensor so you don't let too much in, which overexposes your shot. The easiest way to do this is to stop down. Stopping down to f/22 or even f/32 works, but only so much and the image quality will most likely suffer from diffraction. Compared to how long you can leave the shutter open at night, you still end up with a relatively quick exposure too. If you want to take even longer exposures and/or maintain a wide aperture you need a neutral density (ND) filter.

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