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Polaroid Unleashes Apps with an Android Camera

This week at CES 2012 (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, Polaroid unveiled a cutting edge digital camera with a 3.2 inch touch screen running Android. The Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera By Android packs an impressive 16 megapixels and HD video and could spark a revolution in digital photography. Photoshop Training

Similarities to Kodak

Polaroid are doing everything they can to avoid going down the route of Kodak. The stories are similar – a well known traditional photography company, who made more money from selling film and prints than actual cameras, failing to recognise the demand of digital photography.

Much like Kodak, Polaroid doesn’t spring to mind when you think of the top digital camera manufacturers currently around. The similarities continue – both companies discontinued physical film/paper in the last 10 years, have both sold off large chunks of assets and have both tried to break into the digital market with mobile printers – Polaroid’s is the PoGo. However, when it comes to actually taking photos both companies have dropped out of the running. Until now… Read the rest of “Polaroid Unleashes Apps with an Android Camera”

Beautiful Back-lighting Ideas for Photography

I love to backlight photographs. Any strong light source can be used to create dynamic and beautiful images: the sun, flames, street lights, even setting up a studio or remote speedlight or flash can do the trick. You can do a lot with Photoshop but you can’t fake great lighting.

In this article I am going to focus on non studio situations.  All photographs are my own – see my site Brighton Photographer. I use Photoshop and Lightroom to edit my Photographs. Silicon Beach Training in Brighton provide some of the best Photoshop Courses in the UK, so call if you need a help getting started with Adobe Photoshop, or need to learn advanced Photoshop techniques, on 01273 622272

Creative Back-lighting Techniques

There are lots of ways to use creative back-lighting:

  • I love the effect of light shining through hair.
  • Back-lighting can be used to rim-light an object or person.
  • You can use it creatively to create silhouettes and shadows.
  • You can use it creatively through semi-transparent material, for beautiful diffused lighting effects.
  • My personal favourite – to create star-bursts.

Portraits

The main problem with back-lighting portraits is that your subject becomes too dark.

You can use fill flash to illuminate your subject, if the back-lighting is the sun then the sun will be stronger than your flash light and you will still get the rim-lighting or hair back-lighting effect you need whilst retaining the correct exposure on the face.

Fill Flash for outdoor Portraits

backlighting for outdoor portraits

If you don’t know enough about your camera yet to set it in manual mode, as long as you are shooting in daylight, P Mode with automatic TTL flash will give you a pretty good exposure. In daylight conditions your clever camera will detect that you are outside and choose an exposure that will suit both your background and your subject. Indoors or night-time, however is another story, much more tricky! Read the rest of “Beautiful Back-lighting Ideas for Photography”

Light Field Photos with the Lytro

LytroThe emergence of the digital camera led to a surge in the number of people who could touch up and edit their images once they have been taken, giving the user a bit more wiggle room with their camera set up accuracy. We are pretty good at showing how to do this with our range of Photoshop Training Courses, but here are some things even Photoshop can’t sort out. If the right subject is not in focus, there’s very little you can do about it in Photoshop.

With the newly released Lytro camera this wiggle room is about to become a vast canyon which has the potential to greatly change the way by which photos are taken in the future.

At the moment to get that perfectly balanced shot, where your camera is accurately adjusted to your intended target’s lighting conditions, much time, care and photographic knowledge is required to set up and prepare your camera, hopefully in time to catch that decisive moment.

This concept was conceived by Henri Cartier-Bresson, whose photographic style and popularity means that an original version of his book, The Decisive Moment, can be purchased on Amazon for not so reasonable sum of £1450. Read the rest of “Light Field Photos with the Lytro”

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