Photographic Image Quality:
Examples

These images illustrate a number of situations that may be encountered by photographers. In each case, the selection of sensor, lens, focus, exposure, and recording medium has influenced the results. In most cases, post-processing has also been employed to produce the final version of the image.

Studio lighting

Subject: Native American hoop dancers; see image at left (except on small screens). This is from an Arizona Highways workshop: studio flash was trigered from the camera; flash setup, pose, and camera settings were determined by the instructor.

Panorama

Teton panorama
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Subject: classic image of Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View. Panoramas are taken by rotating the camera around the lens axis to provide an ultra-wide-angle view.

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Contrasty interior lighting, large static subject

Baldwin 2-6-2
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Subject: Baldwin 2-6-2 steam locomotive; this one is still in working condition at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, CA. Lighting is from the overhead skylights and from an open door behind the camera. There is some light reflected from a diesel locomotive to the left of this image.

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Deep shade, running water

Fern Spring cascade
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Subject: Fern spring cascade, Yosemite NP, CA. This scene is easy to miss by the side of a busy road at the western end of the valley. Tripod legs were actually stradling the guard rail in some remaining snow.

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Low-light action

Fiesta Noche del Rio dancers
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Subject: Dancers at the Fiesta Noche del Rio, San Antonio, Texas. Stage lighting, picture taken from audience seats that are actually across the river from the stage (with tour and dinner boats going by in between). Small/light "travel" camera kit that still can produce high-quality 16"x20" or larger prints.

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Daylight action

Kids playing in surf
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Subject: Children playing in the surf, Newport Bach, CA. This was taken from the pier, thus the overhead view; it was pure luck to find this subject.

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