Wednesday, September 29, 2010

business card

Being back in MI means the old business cards with "San Tan Valley" and a 480 area code just won't cut it anymore. So... what do you think of this new design?

Monday, September 27, 2010

fun with RAW and LR3


So, just another example to show the power and the lack of power of LR3 with (almost) saving a picture.

Shooting the processional at a wedding about a week ago and the flash failed to pop on this shot...

After some several slides of the ol' sliders in LR3, we get this...

So, by no means a fully saved shot, but if this had been a once in a lifetime image, it is now at least passable. The moral of the story: know what shooting RAW and using LR3 can do (and what they can't!). And, of course, remember the forgiving qualities of black and white!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

glenn and fam

Family pix yesterday in downtown Detroit with Glenn and his lovely family. Hit Comerica Park, Campus Martius, and Riverwalk. Nice time.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

rock n' roll education

or, School of Rock from Sunday...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

i do (?)

The Detroit Historical Museum will be presenting an exhibit all about weddings! Opens September 24.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

super-ISO is more than light

Used to be you thought of aperture as way to control light AND depth of field while you thought of shutter speed as controlling light AND the ability to stop or blur motion.

Of course, these things are still true today. However, with the rise of digital camera sensors with ISO ranges all the way up to 102,400, you can almost think of the three basic camera functions as each focusing on only one function each: aperture/DOF, shutter speed/motion freeze or blur, and ISO/light gathering.

If you ever wished to have the whole gamut of depth of field control under any lighting conditions, well, we are nearly there. Before long, a noiseless,, tack-sharp image will be possible in nearly complete darkness, if the sensitivity of sensors continues on course. And then the still photographer will never have to sacrifice any creative control of his imagery, except where it concerns uncooperative subjects! And I’m sure we will soon perfect mind-control for that.

Of course, utilizing the aperture range and investing in quality, fast glass will continue to be wise decisions, but high ISO (with acceptable digital noise) can and will, all by itself, open doors to photographic control and creative freedom that have never been seen before.

Now, how do we eliminate all that pecky noise? I’m sure it’s only a clever software algorithm away! Stay-tuned….

Saturday, September 04, 2010

hey! let's put on a class!

Yep, that's right. I'll be teaching a class in Oak Park this fall and winter. Oct. 6 & 13 and then again January 12 and 19.

Full Oak Park Recreation brochure with details can be found here:

Also, please contact me if you know of other communities or situations that might welcome my class. I love talking photography!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

ST-E2 or not so much ST-E2

Our friends over at Speedliting offer some very interesting opinions as to why you should Resist the ST-E2 Temptation. Having a 580 EX as a master, I never thought much about it, but even for my gear situation, I gained a valuable tip and the great information. Check it out.