High ISO Noise Reduction

Shooting during the “Blue Hour” – after sunset, or before sunrise means setting up a tripod for the long exposure times you will need.  But, sometimes it’s not possible to set up a tripod; the location may be too crowded, there may be rules against setting up a tripod at your location, or maybe you just forgot to bring it along.

Here is a way to rescue the situation by shooting hand-held at really high ISO, with very little noise.

Top 5 Tools in Lightroom

Lightroom Classic has evolved over the last while to include a rich set of tools in the develop module.  Photoshop is still better at somethings than Lightroom, complex selections and masking, for example, but I find little reason to round trip to Photoshop for perhaps 95% of the work that I do.  Some of the more powerful features in the Lightroom Develop module are I think, under utilized or misunderstood. So, in the video here I’d like to show you some of these, in the hope that you will find them useful, as well.

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Flower Lighting with Wireless Flash

How To Improve Your Flower Photography with Wireless Flash Dramatically improve your flower photography by adding light from a wireless flash. If you photograph flowers, you can make them standout by adding light from a wireless flash. While it is not difficult to photograph flowers, like all outdoor nature photography, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature and that means we don’t always get the light we want. You can this solve this problem by using wireless off camera flash. It can in many cases dramatically improve your photography. When I know I am photographing wildflowers I will take my Canon 580EXII and the NPT-04 radio triggers and the Fotodiox mini light box to soften the light on flowers. Also, several light stands for multi-flash setups. My strategy for lighting flowers is I want it to look REAL and not flashed because contrast looks really ugly. I usually use a 100mm macro lens for smaller flowers but today I am using a 28-70mm lens because these flowers are so big. I have set my aperture to f/5.6. and my ISO is 100. The last thing is when you have a grouping of flowers instead this little mini light box won’t cover it. The solution is a larger lightbox like this 18×18 inch one. I am holding the light box over the flowers and the additional light brightened up these foreground flowers nicely. On this final photo I darkened the background by changing the shutter speed from 1 second to 1/4 second and that makes the foreground flowers stand out nicely.


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