I am a big fan of doing interesting lighting techniques and have been playing around with using gels to create colored background effects. While using small gels can work pretty good, I have been looking for something that works better, isn’t as fragile, and basically was designed for the purpose. What I found was the Lumiquest FX kit. The FX is a complete colored filter system designed specifically to create colored lighting effects.
For the most part I come home from a shoot and dump the images from the CF cards onto the computer and then do my backups. Once in a while I am gone for a weekend without the benefit of a laptop and I want to make sure I have my CF cards backed up every night. For this reason I picked up a Wolverine Flashpac several years ago and have been using it ever since. Since you should always make backups as soon as possible, I can’t recommend some type of device like this enough.
Your’s truely was just a guest on the digital photography show podcast. Please stop by http://www.prophotoshow.net/ and download the podcast while myself, Gavin Siem, Michael Anderson, and Dennis Zerwas discuss the news, new products, Lightroom 2.0, and discuss issues like marketing, insurance, new cameras, and a bunch of other randomness. If you don’t listen to the podcast, you really should.
Adobe has unleashed a beta version of Lightroom 2.0. If you are doing any amount of photo work then you should be using Lightroom. This new version adds some long await tools such as a painting tool that allows you to paint exposure, brightness, clarity, tint, and saturation. A highly anticipated post-crop vignette tool is also a very welcome touch.
Today is one of those days that I wanted to take a step back to some basics again. This time I want to talk about the three primary properties of light, and since what we are doing as photographers is recording light, it is important to know how these properties play into getting a good image. While I had studied this before, attending a recent seminar from Ed Pierce made me realize that many reader may never have seen these concepts before.
For a lot of people, getting into photography is all about creativity and imagination while trying to find unique ways to express yourself. However, take a look through Flickr and most pictures are boring and bland. One of digital’s greatest strengths is that it’s simple, fast, easy, automatic, and doesn’t require much thought or effort to take a picture with a modern DSLR.
Santa Rosa, Calif. – Think Tank Photo today released three new or completely upgraded rolling bags that provide more protection and security for transporting heavy and expensive photography gear. All three rollers feature advanced security features, such as front and back cable locks, a TSA lock, and the Security Plate “Lost and Found” service.
As you develop a good digital workflow and learn the power of tools like Adobe’s Lightroom, one of the tendencies is to take less time to perfect your exposure and white balance in the camera because it is so easy to correct these things during post production. However, when you think about it, if you spend 15 seconds per image and you do a wedding with 2,000 images, that’s 8 hours of fixing white balance and exposure.
I have had the opportunity to shoot with a number of other people as both the “second” photographer as well as being the primary photographer. Today I want to talk about my feelings about shooting with other people as my own experience has covered the gamut from extremely enjoyable to absolutely horrible. So while this is not a technical article by any means, it is my own opinion as to how shooting with someone else can be both a rewarding, educational, and enjoyable experience.
We are huge fans of the Westcott Photo Basics products and have used their original 3 Light Constant Light Kit since it came out. At the recent PMA show they upped the ante with the new Strobelite series of strobe kit. With the two new strobe kits, photographers have more powerful light sources which are great for portrait photography. If you have beem looking for top quality, good performance, affordable strobe lighting, be sure and check these out.
If you want to progress in your art you should really consider taking a workshop once in a while. Since I haven’t been able to attend one in a while I was thrilled that Ed Piece’s Captivated by the Light workshop was coming to my town. Be sure and check it out if it is coming to your area. Ed is a master of light and technique. He shows you have to light a subject properly for the most flattering angles.
The home studio has been making amazing progress lately and we did some major work on it today to get it ready for it’s first test shoot. The final width comes in at twelve feet and the shooting area is fifteen feet from the main shooting wall. The back wall was painted with gloss white for high key background that will mostly be used during product shots.
The transformation of the garage is nearing completion and the L7 Studio is coming together nicely. Unfortunately its not going to be as nice as this shot of 8443 Warner, but hay, someday right? So where are we and what have we had to do so far? Besides tons of trash, lots of craiglist sales, and multiple car loads of stuff to Goodwill, there is only one pile of trash left.
Long time readers will note that I have been using a room in the house as my photo studio, alas I feel I have outgrown my humble beginnings, but what to do? My wife won’t let me kick any of the kids out of their bedrooms and she won’t let me take over the larger living room. This left two options, 1) Rent a space somewhere, 2) Build a new studio in the garage.
I am out in Miami this week for a trade show but I am going to be out and about getting some great shots and writing up some articles about taking outdoor shots around the beach area. Just wanted to let you know we haven’t fallen off the face of the earth and I will try to post some great shots from the area this week.