Cool stuff

Panorama / Stitching

Examples

San Francisco

Software

Tips

  • Exposition should not change. Lock exposition or keep the shutter button half pressed when you shot.
  • Ideally, use a tripod perfectly horizontal
  • As far as possible, the camera should only do a rotation, without translation
  • It can be interesting to use the camera in portrait mode, to increase the vertical field of view of the panorama
  • It is also possible to do multiple rows for even larger vertical field of view

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

Examples

Software

Single image dynamic range enhancement (aka Fake HDR, Pseudo HDR, HDR from single picture):

  • Create different bracketed exposures from the RAW picture, and use classic HDR software then
  • Gimp (select image areas with Colors/Filter Pack and change Brightness-Contrast)

Tips

  • Use a tripod, more simple if pictures does not have to be aligned
  • Shoot in RAW

Time lapse movies

Software

  • VirtualDub (Windows)
  • AviDemux (Linux+Windows)

Ideas

  • sunset/sunrise
  • building construction
  • driving a car
  • clouds
  • a whole day/year at your window
  • a growing plant

Extra long exposure

Examples

Tampa

Ideas

  • Still night scenes without noise
  • Lightning shooting
  • Light painting
  • Stars

Tips

  • Force a low ISO
  • If the photo is dark like stars, you should take a dark frame to subtract the pixel noise. With Gimp: open the image, open the dark frame “as layers”, in the Layer dialog change the mode to “difference”, flatten the image and save.

Focus stacking

Examples

Software

Macro shooting

Examples

Mojave National Park, California

Multiple exposure

Examples

Kite Aerial Photography

Motion detection

Possible with Canon cameras and the CHDK firmware, don't know for other cameras.

Examples

Pontarlier

Ideas

  • Lightning shooting
  • Videosurveillance
  • Remote shot trigger
  • Wild animals shooting

Image stacking

Averaging a lot of images to remove noise. You can also keep pixels with some characteristics (eg brightest pixels to keep stars and see their movement).

RAW shooting

Software

Ideas

  • White balance
  • Better for HDR, Image stacking, focus stacking…
photo/cool-stuff.txt · Last modified: 2013/09/19 16:40 (external edit)
 
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