Sometimes there is just no practical way to embellish a simple photography tip to make it worthy of my usual rambling blogs. Even after completing some of my longest articles, I still find myself hoping that readers will be able to salvage just one or two valuable "take-a ways" from all of the confusing verbiage, but with limited time to write this week, I really have only one extremely simple tip which requires no complex discussion. It has to do with bracketing your brackets.
A Return to the Coast
|Sunrise Coastal Drive, Newport RI|
|Minnewawa Autumn, 7 Image Stack|
Bracketing the Fence
|Finding the Focus Stack Series|
white fence in Chesterfield New Hampshire, I used my hands to mark the focus stack for global editing and blending. Once selected I could discard the other images, but, of course, I hardly ever discard anything.
Hand bracketing can also be used to define other series' of related images such as bracketed exposures, star trail images or time-lapses. The process involves wasting two images, but in the digital world, who cares. The only challenge is to remember to get your hand in front of the lens before and after the series, but if you forget the open bracket you can always put up the close bracket and indicate the number of exposures by the number of fingers you hold up.
Simple. I promised just one "take-away", but hand bracketing can save a lot of time and aggravation as you wade through those long series' of images in post-processing.
496 words. That must be a record!