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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I'm Married To A Model

I got to shoot for a banner highlighting the joys of dairy products, esp MILK!

They wanted a generic female getting milk. Yeay! I'm married to a female. Tho she's not generic, she still counts.

So, yes, we had to provide a Model Release and everything.

Yep, I'm married to a model.





Sunday, May 24, 2015

Gamma!




One of my favorite technical exercises with film photography was reading the film's (or paper's) gamma and replotting how certain exposure and developing systems could adjust it.

Similar control is available to digital imagers. In your camera's tech specs is the dynamic range of the sensor at different ISOs. Raw and JPEG. You may have to go onto a tech support web site (fan based or manufacturer) to get some of the info. As many variables exist in digital as in film. Just different ways to express them.

 An understanding of what your camera equipment is doing is essential to being after craft the specifics of your photographic vision. Thankfully, today's processes make it pretty easy to accomplish this.

Here are some nice resources: 





 
 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Amazon Cloud Drive

Get ready for this. Amazon is offering a very low priced Cloud Drive service. And the limit is, are you sitting down? No Limit.

No Limit! 


Sunday, March 22, 2015

My High ISO Test

I've been using a couple of Nikon APS-C format cameras for several years now. 

My newest is the consumer level model D3200. It's 18x24mm sensor has a pixel count of 24.1 meg. At regular ISO levels and in a variety of situations, it delivers some of the sharpest images I have ever seen in my own work. 

One of the things I had yet to try out, tho, was the high ISO mode. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Old School and Digital Photography, These Things Are the Same

I grew up with cameras. Even before I could ride my bike without the training wheels on, I was already taking photos with my own camera.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Color, Fake Color, B&W with Color

Ever see those images that have most of the image as B&W with one or key elements in color? Or an image with almost unbelievable colors?

There was a technique back in film days, where we printed B&W and then hand colored certain elements. Now, we can do this digitally.

Some image manipulation programs programs allow you to paint in a color on a layer or an outlined area. Other programs allow you to desaturate all the colors except for what you want to be color. Check your programs help section or a tutorial to find out how to do this in your own program, several are very different from each other.

Even with the neat effect, the subject matter still has to fit the technique. Maybe lips and eyes for a portrait, rays of sunshine in a landscape, or a flower popping out from the background. Or even an old car in a cityscape. Get creative!




Using many of the same controls, we can enhance, or even change, colors selectively with a color image. Trees not yellow or red enough? Change it. Need a bluer sky, or even a different color sky? Change that, too.

How much depends on your vision for that image. You can keep it fairly realistic, or "interpret" it as you see fit.