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Journal

How to photograph ghosts

What you need to take a picture of the three witches of the unnamed play.

  • Dim light / Night / Dusk or Dawn
  • Camera capable of long exposures
  • Tripod
  • Pocket flashlight

Find a spot with a nice background. Set the distance and exposure time manually. Exposure time depends on the surrounding light. I’m sure the proper exposure time can be calculated, me, I simply try a few settings. For this picture I had two trials before getting it right. I tried some more after that.

It happened approximately half an hour before dawn.

  • Exposure time 30 seconds
  • Aperture F5.6
  • ISO 100

I used a remote control to trigger the camera, if you don’t have one the self-timer will do or use a model. Step in front of the camera flashlight off. Turn the light on, lightning your face and don’t move a muscle and …

To enhance or not enhance photos

Photo enhancement is as old as photography. In the old days before color pictures, photographers painted red cheeks with water colors (hand colored photos). There are many methods to enhance analogue photos in the darkroom.

Since digital photography the systems in the camera and on the computer offer a huge range of photo enhancements, some hard coded into the camera without any controls for the photographer. No picture in the magazines is without Photoshop enhancements. It is a matter of style and it needn’t be the extreme touch up of HDR. With the touch up every picture starts to tell another story.

There is no right or wrong. It is a matter of story telling and taste/personal preference.

As far as I’m concerned it is a lot fun, too. =D

Organizing in Collections

I started to organize my designs into collections. It took me a little while to figure out how the banners work. Finding the best representation turns out to be a bit of challenge, since the designs are sized and positioned for shirts. It will take me a few more tries ’til I perfect this part of redbubble. I wish these banners could be created and uploaded.

The good thing is, the now 300 Designs are easier to scan through. Special interests are covered and targeted for visitors. Some do not appear in any collection, yet. I fear they end up lost in the long tail. Thus some designs don’t really belong into any of the current collections. I got creative to justify the choice to myself. =D

No worries, though – restraint myself not to water down the collection too much with i…

My first 150 designs online

The last three days I spent my time with adding some of my designs to redbubble. Being too busy uploading I missed the 100 mark. Well, I payed more attention the next 50 additions, so I can take a short res-bit to celebrate the occasion.

The 150th: Naughty Bunnies

There are plenty more in my archive, which I’m happy to introduce to this community. This said I will get right back to it. One more thing so. Thank you to those who added my designs to their favorites. I’m flattered.