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uberMental Tip Of The Day: How To Play With Lights During Your Night Photography (Part 2)


Carolyn Tann-Starr 2010

uberMental Tip Of The Day: How To Play With Lights During Your Night Photography (Part 2)

Steps one, two and three are over here. Before we move on to step four I want to share my "Fuse" photograph from my recent night run to help explain how not to take a blurry photograph at night. The detour is necessary  since a couple of people expressed they had problems keeping their pictures clear of unwanted lighting effects and blurry focus. :-)

I want you to close your eyes and concentrate on your heartbeat and breathing. Your pulse and breath make your body move. As long as you are alive there will be some part of you moving. The trick is to sync your camera with your heartbeat and breath as if it is a part of you. Pushing the button is like pulling a trigger. When you take the shot, do so on a slow breath out and hold it, waiting to breath in after you hear the aperture of your lens click close. Your shot completes at the closing of the lens, not the pushing of the button (LOL).

If you relax and focus you will take a clear shot because your photography technique will improve by practicing a moment of stillness. Remind yourself that photographers tend to call their shots a "still." Time is standing still when you create your photographs. You should practice being still to take them as well... It also works for taking shots on the run and on a drive by if you get really good at timing your click and pause moments. A steady hand takes practice so go practice and remember to have fun with it.

Time for step four... I am going to open a few photographs, including the one I deliberately made blurry, so I could have a strange, cool lighting effect with a couple of interesting textures and contracts. I am going to combine them into a brand new imgage and do a bit of digital pixel painting to make a new graphic for my next post. If you downloaded the Photoshop trial like I suggested on my previous post, opening a picture file may resemble something like this:

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I want you yo select four or five pictures and arrange them in layers. This is the part of the show where you can read your HELP FILES if you have never done this before. I can also provide screen shots if you can't figure out how to do it. I just don't want fifty photographs on one post. We may have to revert to filming this live (LOL). This is why you need to come to RainCamp. You'll learn stuff like this there. :-)

If you click on your layers it has a slide bar that lets you define how translucent they are. "Blending Option" is your help file category.

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You can bleed and blend them into each other for some fun effects. Check this out:


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Think of it as fusing photographs into a new illustration. Seriously... You too can be a graphic designer if you take the time to read your help files. It is as simple as that. Go try it. You may like it. Will have a new tip for you tomorrow. It's time to take the kids to school (LOL). :-)



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Comment balloon 6 commentsC Tann-Starr • January 06 2010 06:54AM


I read your first installment and learned a lot about an area I know very little about.  This installment is a good addition to the first: very knowledgeable, very helpful.  Charlie Gantz, Greenwood, IN; J.D., M.B.A.; Owner/Principal Broker, Atlas Commercial Real Estate, LLC

Posted by Charlie Gantz, J.D., M.B.A. (Keller Williams Commercial, Tampa Bay) almost 11 years ago

Like Charles, I found this great inforomation - hope all is well with you and mnions!

Posted by Janice Roosevelt, OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker ( Keller Williams Brandywine Valley ) almost 11 years ago

Some night-light shots tonight, then I'll roll with this puppy!  Sounds like fun, and sure to frustrate!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) almost 11 years ago

That is too cool but it makes my brain hurt.

Posted by Melody Botting, You Deserve The Best (Broker Associate PenFed Realty) almost 11 years ago

There's sooooo much in PS, that it's impossible to know everything. Layers are the key to much power!

Posted by Deena Cottingham, Home Stager & Photographer (GreenApple Staging & Images, Calgary Staging & Photography) almost 11 years ago

Charles, I am glad that you enjoyed it and I am cooking up another one. :-)

Janice, the wee people and I are coming to PA. We will let you know what's cooking in a day or two. I have to check in with Susan and see if she's free for lunch. :-)

John, manipulating layers can open the door to a lot of really cool creative moments that are mad useful for any business presentation. :-)

LOL @ Melodious. When I come to TX I will walk you through it. :-)

Deena, if you learn how to manipulate layers it will open up a whole new marketing world for you. :-)


Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

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