Craps. Some say this is the gambling man’s game and the only game to play while in Vegas. You get a hot shooter and he or she is everyone’s best friend at the table. Me? Never played. In fact, the only thing I’ve ever shot at a craps table is this image. The Fisheye helps to capture the entire table and gives some perspective distortion creating the illusion of a much longer surface. I placed the camera about an inch off the bumper and shot it at f2.8 to add some selective focus (and to make my exposure times much shorter than if I shot at f8). Once in Photoshop I helped the selective focus a bit more with OnOne’s Focal Point 2.
Tip/Mini Tutorial Tuesday: When shooting moving subjects (i.e. people) in a multi-image photo, such as HDR, you have to mask in an anchor image. In this case the +1 RAW exposure. However, the tonality will rarely if ever match, nor will the dynamic range. How do you solve this you ask? Lightroom (or Adobe Camera Raw) to the rescue. What I did here was to first lower the exposure of the RAW file by 1 stop. This helped darken the blown out highlights in the slots and near Starbucks. Next, I maxed out the Recover Highlights slider to help further recover any blown highlights (you can’t recover them since they are blown to white, but the algorithm still works fairly well). Finally, I boosted the Fill slider to 70 or so to add some light to the shadow areas. I am only concerned with how the people look because that is all that is being masked in.