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Shooting Without A Tripod – The Leaning Bow and Arrow

I was shooting inside a museum with very little light and a no tripod rule.  Here are the results.


Olympus OM‑D E‑M5 with Sigma 30mm Lens
ƒ 2.8 | 1/13 second | EV -1.0 | ISO 640

For this technique, I used both my gear and environment to stabilize a shot in VERY low light. I was also running on 2 hours of sleep after just getting off the airplane.

  • Find a pole or wall to lean against to brace your body.
  • Using your camera strap, create a reasonable amount of tension by stretching the camera body between your two arms.  You can also just leave the strap around your neck and pull, but this reduces the number of angles you can achieve.
  • Use the Live View panel on the camera to frame the shot.
  • Exhale your breath, (don’t hold it – which causes shake).
  • Fire the shots. Consider using a burst mode to get multiple photos or even brackets so you have a few options in post.

Overall I’m happy with the results.  A tripod would of course been ideal, but there are plenty of times you’re not allowed to use one when shooting.
Check out Photofocus for more photo news and inspiration.

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Jul 30, 2013 at 8:20:00 pm PhotographyGear

Building a GigaPan

Panoramic Photography - Building a GigaPan from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.

See how to setup the GigaPan system with your camera. Learn how to connect the camera and tether it for control.

For more on photography, be sure to check out Photofocus.

Building a GigaPan Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Jun 29, 2013 at 3:46:00 pm PhotographyGear

What is a GigaPan?

Panoramic Photography - What Is a GigaPan? from RHED Pixel on Vimeo.

Learn what the GigaPan system is and why people choose to use it. We’ll complete the initial setup of the platform and create a level shooting area. I’m helped by Photofocus contributor Levi Sim.

For more on photography, be sure to check out Photofocus.

What is a GigaPan? Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Jun 23, 2013 at 3:46:00 pm PhotographyGear

Sony Alpha NEX-6 Camera: Hands-On Overview

Adorama Photography TV presents the Sony Alpha NEX-6 Camera. The Sony NEX-6 camera is similar to the Sony NEX-7, only more affordable and will fit in your pocket.

In this episode, Rich describes the many features of this new compact interchangeable lens camera. Follow along as he describes the settings and results of different images that he took while experimenting with this camera.

Sony Alpha NEX-6 Camera: Hands-On Overview Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 11, 2013 at 6:43:00 am PhotographyGear

HDR On A Smartphone


While working on an smartphone to create HDR may seem less than ideal, it is still a common practice. You can choose to have the phone simply capture the multiple images, or use the software on phone to quickly process the image. Several smartphones now include built-in HDR modes. Be sure to save the original frames to the camera roll.

If you’d like to expand to advanced options:

And for finishing, be sure to try
Google+ Snapseed or Tiffen DFX.

HDR On A Smartphone Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Feb 2, 2013 at 6:43:00 am PhotographyGear

Nikon D5200 Digital SLR: First Look

Adorama Photography TV presents the Nikon D5200 Digital SLR. Join Adorama TV host Rich Harrington in Times Square where he got a first peek at this brand new camera from Nikon. The camera showed up and he rushed out the same day to do a quick overview.

Rich will not only show you what's in the box, but he also takes the camera out to the streets to test the features, presets, mode effects, and much more. Keep checking back for a more in-depth review of this camera, coming soon.

Note, the camera DOES have a mic input, but no headphone jack. We'll update in the in-depth review shortly.

Nikon D5200 Digital SLR: First Look Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Jan 23, 2013 at 10:08:00 pm PhotographyGear

GigaPan Epic Pro: Hands-On Overview

Adorama Photography TV presents the GigaPan Epic Pro Robotic Panohead. This pro-level kit is designed to help create fantastic multi-pixel panoramic images for print or web interactivity. This product is perfect for making very detailed, zoom-able images that can be posted on social media websites or on personal blogs.

Join Rich as he takes you step-by-step through the GigaPan set-up and then shows you how to manage the menu control system. Be sure to catch Rich in the upcoming GigaPan episode where he will reveal how to stitch your new photos together with the GigaPan Stitch software to create incredible panoramic images.

GigaPan Epic Pro: Hands-On Overview Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Dec 5, 2012 at 8:02:00 pm PhotographyGear

Learn About Light Painting

I recently had a chance to go on a great shoot for Jaguar by my friend Scott Bourne. Here's the resulting image from light painting.
Copyright Scott Bourne 2012 – All Rights Reserved

From Photofocus

"Light painting is a great way to find a new creative outlet for your photography. It’s not rocket science – and in fact there no rules. There’s no right or wrong way to do it – you just do it. But I have some pointers that may get you started if you are new to photographic light painting."

Here's the behind the scenes video

Read the full story

Learn About Light Painting Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 23, 2012 at 7:57:00 am PhotographyGear

A Great Shoot and Intense Piece of Lighting Gear

I recently had the chance to accompany Scott Bourne (my good friend and partner over at Photofocus) as he shot a magazine ad for Jaguar.


If you'd like to see the ad (NSFW – for foreign markets) as well as check out how we used the most expensive lighting equipment in the world, check out this post.

A Great Shoot and Intense Piece of Lighting Gear Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 10, 2012 at 9:31:00 pm PhotographyGear

Shooting with the Lensskirt


I recently had the chance to shoot some stills and time-lapse from the City Center in Las Vegas.
To make shooting through the double glass windows easier we used Lenskirts.

The LENSKIRT is a portable, flexible hood which you attach to the end of your camera lens. It allows you to shoot pictures / video through glass without internal environmental reflections such as yourself, room lights, camera flashes, light leak from under a door.


Here we are all setup (shooting with my friend Scott Bourne and my assistant Pamela Ann Berry).


The resulting view was great. The above shot was a 3-second exposure and there's no reflection.

Shooting with the Lensskirt Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Sep 5, 2012 at 10:31:00 pmComments (1) PhotographyGear

Nikon D800: Product Review

Adorama Photography TV presents Nikon D800 Digital SLR. This camera is perfect for the pro or the enthusiast. Designed with the videographer in mind, the Nikon D800 can record full HD 1080p, while having the ability to hear and adjust the audio with the built-in headphone jack.

The Nikon D800 has specialty features such as HDR and time-lapse. The HDR mode shoots at up to 9 bracketed exposures, which is perfect for landscape photography. The built-in time-lapse mode records directly to the card as a finished movie or records the individual frames in high resolution to be assembled in post-production.

Nikon D800: Product Review Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Aug 16, 2012 at 5:16:00 pm PhotographyGear

Need a Waterproof Camera?

Adorama Photography TV presents the Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS Digital Camera. Rich Harrington describes the many features and functions of this rugged camera. Join Rich as he talks about the precise digital features, flexibility, and durability. Learn why this camera was made for the on the go photographer.

Related Products

Need a Waterproof Camera? Republished by Richard Harrington

Posted by: Richard Harrington on Jul 25, 2012 at 4:41:00 pm PhotographyGear


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