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My musings on technique and sometimes technology

Getting punchier monochromes SOOC

Posted by Merco_61, 26 March 2024 · 95 views

I have been experimenting with the Picture Control settings to get a closer approximation to my processed monochromes for some months now. It makes it easier to compose the photos in live view when the preview doesn’t look like machine-developed and -printed grey and less grey rather than the snap of an HP-5 emulation… Being able to download a usable mono...

Using the colour wheel to select filters for black and white

Posted by Merco_61, 09 August 2022 · 1,611 views

Filters are subtractive, so they lighten their own colour and darken the reciprocal. To guesstimate the effect of a filter, you can look at the colour wheel and a sector of about 60˚ either side of the main colours for the filter will get the most pronounced effect.
This means that a red filter will lighten colours that span between magenta and yellow and...

Building Light, step by step.

Posted by Merco_61, 04 January 2022 · 1,261 views

In 2010 I shot for 35 weeks in a row, a new theme each week and seven shots per theme for a coffetable book for prospective clients. I have translated week 7 to English and hope to be of interest.

Week 7: Building Light, step by step.
This week, I had a little helper. The little koala sits where he is put, unlike a live model and is often pressed into se...


Posted by Merco_61, 03 August 2018 · 2,747 views

I am building a parkflyer-sized Telemaster. It is reduced in size from the original's 99" wingspan to only 36 1/2".

Framing up the wings.
https://farm1.static...30ca08889_o.jpg PES_2018-07-27_16-02-17_24mm_ by merco_61 , on Flickr

When returning to a hobby after many years, some upgrades and service work is to be expected.

From: Ransta trädgård

Posted by Merco_61, 18 June 2018 · 2,177 views

Source: Ransta trädgård

My One week, one lens and one camera challenge

Posted by Merco_61, 31 May 2018 · 2,249 views

The One week... challenge is over for now.
I achieved what I set out to do in that I am much more familiar with my 20 favourite lenses after using them on three different bodies over the past year and a half. Not being able to grab another, easier to use lens for the situation felt really limiting at the start. I soon got used to the limitations, however....

How do I shoot with a speedlight the easy way?

Posted by Merco_61, 02 December 2017 · 1,387 views

The best way to get predictable results with a speedlight is to take control over all the parameters for the ambient light.
Set the mode selector to manual.
Turn AutoISO off.
Set the aperture to what you need it to be to get the depth of field you want.
Set the ISO to the lowest setting you can and still get the flash range you need to light the main subj...

From: The Royal Mojos and The Full Nine Yards

Posted by Merco_61, 14 May 2017 · 2,531 views

I'll blog this as well as not everybody read the photosharing threads.

Source: The Royal Mojos and The Full Nine Yards

Focus stacking with Photoshop

Posted by Merco_61, 19 March 2017 · 1,426 views

Source: One week, one camera, one lens week ending March 19 2017

Rule of thirds composition

Posted by Merco_61, 26 August 2016 · 1,666 views

This was originally a post in the forum thread: What should camera see?