Exposure: Jason Ruth

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Lexy spent her formative years taking a lot of photos and dreaming in technicolour. Nothing much has changed now she's covering all things photography related for CNET.

Exposure is a series of photo galleries showcasing photographic talent in Australia. If you are interested in being featured in Exposure, or know any photo buffs who might be, join our Flickr group and contact us at cnet@cnet.com.au. Exposure is now a free iPad app available for download from the iTunes store.
Jason Ruth

(Credit: Jason Ruth)

Photographer: Jason Ruth

Speciality: landscapes

Biography: Jason is an electrical draftsman by trade and didn't get involved in photography until he met his wife. She had grown up with photography, so Jason had his very own personal full-time tutor who turned his interest into a passion — along with a lovely wife. Due to an unfortunate car accident — no one was injured, but the car was a write off — and a fortunate career change that included a company car, there was now some extra money in the bank that was used to buy his first digital camera.

Jason's background in drafting meant that he was quick to learn all about the art of post-processing his images. From there, he moved into HDR photography, absorbed tutorials and purchased dedicated software. With his love of landscapes along the coast to country and outback scenes, Jason captures anything that catches his eye.

Equipment: Nikon D300, Nikon 50mm f/1.8, Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 VR, Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6 VRII. When his wife is feeling generous Jason uses a 12-24mm f/4 and 60mm f/1.8 Micro. Cokin P and X-Pro series Neutral Density Filters, Manfrotto 190 ProBX tripod with 322RC2 Head, remote release, Photomatix Pro, NIK software (Dfine2, Viveza2, HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro 4, Silver Efex Pro 2, Sharpener Pro 3), Noiseware, Photoshop CS4, Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch tablet.

Video interview

More of Jason's work can be seen on his RedBubble page, 500px profile and Flickr page.

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aslsw66 posted a comment   

Lexy, can we have some explanations or tutorials on the techniques explained here? For example, what do these mean: tone mapped, Noiseware, Black/Grey/White point, mild contrast curve?


scatrd posted a reply   

Tone Mapped: When you merge the 16 bit images in Photomatix (or other HDR software) a single 32 bit image is created. As there are very few monitors capable of displaying this (think $$$) we need to convert it back to a 16 bit image. Doing this can result in loss of information, so in the HDR software packages there is a process that allows you to choose, this is called tone mapping.

Noiseware: is a noise reduction software, either stand-alone or photoshop plug-in.

Black/Grey/White point: This is part of the curves adjustment where you can pick those points in an image. Curves adjustment is a more detailed adjustment of Contrast/Brightness, as an example it is like comparing the treble/bass adjustments on an amplifier to a grahphic equalizer/

Mild Contrast Curve: again it is part of the curve adjust.

I hope this helps.


Lexy Savvides posted a reply   

Further to what Jason added, we're also putting up the tutorial on HDR and some tips/definitions soon. Stay tuned!

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