Reflection of Special Techniques Part 1 and Part 2.

On the 21st November during my “Intro to Photography” workshop, myself and the group were introduced to the special techniques that can be acquired through both manipulation of a photograph in Photoshop and also special equipment when on location of a photo-shoot. As one of our themes in this module is to photograph “Urban Landscapes” through special techniques, it was vital that we learnt these certain techniques if we wanted to achieve not only a higher mark but also a better quality range of  photographs.

The first of these special techniques was that of filters; which are caps that go over the camera lens. These include, colour, ultraviolet, infra-red, graduated ND and natural density filters. reduce things such as glare, reflections, intensity of light and haze from UV light. They can also enhance selected colours and allow for a more shallow depth of field and a slower shutter speed. I found this technique particularly useful as I thought it was not only practical for when on a photo-shoot but also in effect. It is something that I would greatly consider using for my Urban Landscape theme.

The second was high dynamic range imaging. A Dynamic range is the difference between the darkest and the lightest part of an image. The high dynamic range allows for both parts of the image to be seen in a greater range than a standard range would produce. Although I found this to be effective, especially when looking at traditional urban landscape photography, I did not feel that this was very practical for the task we have been set.

The Third of these techniques panoramic photography. This technique has the effect that is much like a wide angle lens, however, the look is more exaggerated. To achieve this look, a photographer must use a tripod and photograph the subject through a series of shots so that they overlap; the shots are then eventually edited in to photoshop to achieve the panoramic effect where they overlap to look as though they are one whole shot.

Overall, I found the techniques incredibly informative; and would use most of them for up and coming project that are not only for this course, but for my own use as well.

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