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Technik: One Shot HDR by David Fattibene

One Shot HDR (High Dynamic Range) using the gradient filters, below the recipe list:

  • Shot RAW > in order to get the widest dynamic range from your camera
    • Lowest ISO possible
    • Expose for the Highlights (avoid clipping)
  • Post-Process the files with a RAW processor (Lightroom, InCamera Raw, etc...)
  • Push your files in order to find the post-processing limits
  • Do not exaggerate
  • Get a Full Frame Format Camera :)

Additional Data:

  • Global Exposure +1 EV
  • Contrast +20
  • Shadows +40
  • Clarity +80
  • Vibrance +15

Back to Basics: Thoughts on the Photographer's Block by David Fattibene

Few weeks ago we spent a nice weekend in the Monferrato Region (South of Piedmont, Italy), this countryside area is really beautiful with vineyards everywhere.

I had experienced a small photography's block and watching again the few pictures taken during those two days these reasons came into my mind

  1. No preparation before the weekend (aka no subjects in mind, no specific story to tell) 
  2. Due to point 1 we spent to much time in the car than walking around to get inspiration and we were not able to understand where we should stay during the golden hours.
  3. It was the first time there, which imply the POINT 1 is a MUST :)

This shoot is taken with my iPhone which represent my typical Photography's Block condition, I was just lazy to take out my DSLR

On sunday morning we had a nice visit of Uviglie Castle and its winery, it was very interesting and only at the end I've taken some pictures. Next time I have to shoot, to imagine a subject and then transform it in sequence of photos.

Tips from the blogosphere with some personal comments (below the links)

  1. Go Out and Shoot > Some times it isn't enough, it happens to come back home with nothing anyway, there is a time, a mood to be found.
  2. Get out from your comfort zone > Shoot people, this is tricky
  3. Restrict yourself (i.e. Find a Color, Use only a fix lens, etc ...) > This is great, so many times I bring my 7-8kg of photographic materials and I end up shooting only with my 50mm
  4. Shoot feelings
  5. Shoot street photography > this is the easiest one, then getting great result out of them is another story
  6. Shoot Technical Photography That You Haven’t Tried Before
  7. Go somewhere new > BUT > Prepare yourself
  8. Collaborate
  9. Became a mentor > it is nice to share your knowledge, and to challenge yourself explaining what is so obvious for you.
  10. Try new gear > Unfortunately this is great, I'm not a GEAR ADDICTED guy, but I'm still an engineer. We can spend hours discussing on the quote " GEAR doesn't Matter ", but good gears in good hands will make a great job.

Some additional tips that came out in my mind and are 

  1. Keep a list of photographic's ideas, personally I forget nearly 70% of the ideas
  2. Prepare yourself and pre-visualize the results you want to get on the field, then it might happen that you will do something completely different
  3. Keep imagination running > point 2 in a daily basis, it is a personal attitude to prevent photographer's block, you will always see something interesting to shoot
  4. Add some graphic elements on your pictures, like billboards or advertisements
  5. There are days where it is really better to do something else, just as simple as that

Here the source's blog post that can help when you are feeling some photographic's block

Of course saying is one thing, doing is another (straight translation from an Italian saying)

The Best Camera is ... #06 - Take THE Camera by David Fattibene

There are many cameras on the market, by the way the heavy and cumbersome DSLR Full Frame coupled with a really fast lens (50mm f1.4) will always deliver amazing shoots.

The Mime in Prague

Technik Point

  • Bring your camera with the 50mm and keep it in Aperture Mode (or manual) at f2.0
  • Post process in LR4 (Black & White + Adjustment brush over the face with clarity +20)

Adozione Levrieri - Associazione GACI by David Fattibene

Last first of May we went to Soncino (nearby Lodi), during our citytour we met this wonderful Galco (spanish Greyhound).

The owners adopted her with the help of ADOZIONE LEVRIERI

You can support the association with a simple PayPal donation.

The Best Camera is ... #05 - Milano with Friends! by David Fattibene

Last Sunday we took the chance to visit Robert Doisneau exhibition in Milan, after that we spent some hours walking in Milan downtown where I had the pleasure to shoot some street photography together with friends who are always a great source of inspiration.

The Best Camera is ... #04 - Get Inspiration! by David Fattibene

Last friday I went to an interesting Photo Exhibition held by Marlin Dedaj (500px personal page), AnimeINNebbia (Fbk Link for more info)

Here the Italian Intro: "Anime iNNebbia" mostra fotografica Fine-Art di Marlin Dedaj. L'essenza della fotografia sui candidi toni della nebbia. Mirando a cancellare la nitidezza nella sua più forte forma, ridà spazio all'immaginazione visiva nell'attimo in cui si osserva.

This really nice photo exhibition gave me inspiration, and today walking in the nearby woods I've found the subjects to make the inspiration real pictures

TECHNIK POINT

CAMERA SETTINGS AND SHOOTING TECHNIK: Set the camera in manual mode (i.e. 0.3" f22, it depends on the available light... ), prefocus on the foreground then start moving the camera from the bottom to the top and while moving push the shutter. 

POSTPROCESS: Easiest possible :) Just increase saturation, clarity & contrast...

The Best Camera is ... #03 - Take Out You Gear! by David Fattibene

Yesterday evening, coming back home, I still had my D600 on my shoulder, the tripod was just over there and the moon was somewhere else... thus I really took out my gear, did a couple of tests (around 20") in order to check the composition, then I seted the camera exposure on Bulb... and "forget it". 

TECHNIK POINT

  • Exposure Time 320"
  • Aperture f4
  • Postprocessing in LR (pumping contrast & clarity)

The Best Camera is ... #02 - FIAT 500 Abarth by David Fattibene

The Best Camera is... the one you have with you... and let me tell you more, the one you have around your neck...

This time the lucky camera was the D600, not exactly an everyday fancy tool (aka mirrorless, compact, phone etc etc), by the way it was hanging around my neck, that was the crucial point.

FIAT 500 Abarth

TechniK Point

The original idea was to get a shot of a modern iconic italian car and then postprocess it in order to highlight the wonderful side shape

  • Desaturated all colors except the REDs
  • Clarity +100
  • Adjustment brush over the wall (Clarity -100, Sharpening -100)
  • Little sharpening... 24Mpix are largely enough

 In order to get the best results PS is clearly recommended but only if needs A3 prints 

The Best Camera is ... #01 by David Fattibene

The Best Camera is the one you have with you, these simple words has been repeated for decades. Yesteday I was travelling for work and I had to cross the Lago Maggiore, with my Nokia C5 (and its crappy camera).

By the way It was 20min of fun, wondering on the composition and expecting a little more of bokee... (I have no idea how small the sensor can be...) 

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