Tuesday, January 31, 2012

PS Edit

I LOVE Lightroom (3) and do probably 98% of all my editing there, but as fantastic as it is, there are some things you just want to go over to PS for (I haven't tried the LR Beta -- I hear good things, but I'm still not sure if it does this).  Madison's bright blue tunic didn't exactly clash with the awesome scarf, but it didn't really compliment it, either.  So, now it is golds and greys -- bam!  Also, the white seemless was getting monotonous so I changed it to black.  With a lighting adjustment at the shoot, the same background effect could have been pulled off, but hindsight is 20/20, as they say.  PS, there is still a place for you, after all.

Friday, January 27, 2012

old pix through Lightroom

Was looking at pix this evening.  Old shots of a fashion show from 2006.  I was happy with them at the time, but my now more critical eye saw a lot of problems, but running this shot through Lightroom 3, a resource I definitely didn't have in '06, I was quite pleased, again.  I wonder if I'll be revisiting this in another five/six years and re-editing with Adobe 2017 MagicProPhotoLightshoproom 1-Click Fix-It-All.  Well, that's what I'd call it.

Rumors: Canon 5D Mark III with 22mp and 7.5fps - 1001 Noisy Cameras

Rumors: Canon 5D Mark III with 22mp and 7.5fps - 1001 Noisy Cameras:


Monday, January 23, 2012

Madison poses

Terrific photo shoot yesterday at Door 2 Studios with model Madison, fellow photogs Kevin, Dawn, and Tina, and Madison's mom was a big help, too.  Here are some of the shots.  Dawn of Dawn Sketch Photography took some of these, but we're not sure which are hers and which are mine.  Guess it's a good thing we're married and won't have to fight over them (too much).

Friday, January 20, 2012

blue blorps

A batch of blue blorps from last night (and I think I will spare you anymore of this for awhile).  Enjoy.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Answer to Focusing Problems May Lie in the Past at The Phoblographer

The Answer to Focusing Problems May Lie in the Past at The Phoblographer:

Portraits Using Gels

Portraits Using Gels:

Click the above link for all the details, but in a nutshell:

This is really very clever. Adjust the background hues by first gelling (wrongly) for your primary subject and then "correcting" in software. The subject is then properly color-corrected while the background is cast in (presumably) more interesting hues than the true. Great for editorial work. I'll definitely be trying this one soon.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

drips II



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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

optics of the everyday

Fuel | Wonderful Machine Photography Blog

Fuel | Wonderful Machine Photography Blog:

Looks like a fun fashion (urban) shoot.

clamshell lighting for beauty

Just a quickie here to talk about clamshell lighting for beauty shots.  I made the lovely Dawn take five minutes out of her day and stand under the strobes to demonstrate the basic technique that is often used for beauty shots (usually a headshot designed to show-off the features of a model and/or the fine handywork of the MUA).

It is called Clamshell lighting because, much like a clamshell, the approach is from the top and the bottom.  And this can be accomplished several ways.  One way involves a beauty dish above and in front of your model (you can have an assistant hold the light there, the stand could be behind you, or, in my situation, I used a boom stand that reached in and over from the right).  In this case I used a shoot-through umbrella, simply because I didn't have access to the beauty dish at the moment.  I used a Canon 580EX speedlite manually set to 1/4 power triggered by a Cowboy Studio wireless receiver.

So that takes of the top of the clamshell.  For the bottom, I could have set up another light, on a stand, or a kicker coming in from the floor.  However, since this was an impromptu experiment, I didn't have anymore lights with me!  So Dawn held a reflector in her arms, parallel to the floor and ceiling (maybe tilted slightly toward her face).  This reflects light back in under the chin and nose.  It reduced dimensionality (that I would normally want) while emphasizing an angelic quality to any face.

I must disclose, that, for purposes of continued marital bliss, I did some minor editing on this image, basically using Lightroom 3's skin softening brush to even out the skin a little bit.  You can see in this image how the shadows are dramatically softened.  Not a technique I would pull out of the bag everyday, but good to know for those times when the real subject matter is the face or makeup job itself,  and not the clothes or the whole set scene.

Hope that helps you out.  Enjoy.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Online Photographer: Densitometers for Large-Format B&W Photography

The Online Photographer: Densitometers for Large-Format B&W Photography:

Densitometer -- how many of you have heard of one of those? Furthermore, how many of you have ever used one? Please drop a comment if you've used a densitometer. The whole thing is just fascinating...

first real snow of the season

Managed to get a little something out on the morning's dog walk (besides the usual deposit for the first national bank of.... well, you get the idea)...

Adobe CS3 and CS4 Customers Will Get Upgrade Pricing to CS6

Adobe CS3 and CS4 Customers Will Get Upgrade Pricing to CS6:

There was hubbub last year about this not happening, but Adobe clearly got the message!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Strobist: A Few Pointers on Beauty Photograph

Strobist: A Few Pointers on Beauty Photograph:

'via Blog this'

Laser pointers to be precise. I like these and I like the clever thinking behind it. Would worry about a laser in the eye, though.

Glass Academy

Dawn and I and friends Kari and Seth popped into the Glass Academy (  http://www.glassacademy.com/ ) last night. The second Wednesday of the month, from 6-9p, they hold "coffee nights" where you can get a cuppa and watch glass-blowing for free. And, for a fee, you can even do some glasswork, yourself. Pretty awesome art and craft. Recommended.  Of course, I brought a camera...