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on Apr 28, 2017 in Field Reports

The Epson P7000 – Holly Cr*&!!!

If you’re a regular to the blog and website, you know I’m a print-aholic! I print for lots of reasons, self-learning, thank yous and profit are just a couple of them. So when the Epson P7000 came out, I was first in line to get one. It’s here and wow, what a printer! While it might look like the P7900, what’s inside is basically all new. The biggest thing are the new HDX UltraChrome Inks. The new automatic “Anti-clog” features don’t suck either. But you should just watch the video, it covers it all. On a side note, with the introduction of the P7000 / P9000 and Epson Print Layout and Legacy Papers, basically everything on my Moose Print Lab is now obsolete! I will be creating a complete online class (you will have to pay for it) on my printing process. After so many requests from folks from my Print Lab Weekend Workshop and with the latest innovations, it seems like the natural evolution so keep an eye...

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on Apr 27, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

And the Numbers Reveal?

In the current issue of PDN (you did get it, don’t you?), Publisher Lauren Wendle has a great piece. It starts off by mentioning the closing of the doors of industry institutions Popular Photography and American Photo. These giants of our industry going away was quite the emotional blow and to some, the harbinger of bad days to come. Then she goes on to site some darn important facts that all of us need to grasp. She starts by quoting Farhad Manjoo of The New York times who writes, “Snap (makers of the app Snapchat) is betting on a “long-term trend: the rise and eventual global dominance of the visual culture.” I quote her, “Images are now not only to document the world but to communicate. That communication has no language barriers: Photography is truly becoming the international language we use to “talk” to each other–Manjoo’s article asserts the now we “speak in pictures.” It’s estimated that 1.2 trillion pictures will be taken in 2017, a 9 percent increase...

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on Apr 27, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

Making Big with Small

When the rare moment presents itself where I can use a big subject small in a frame to show the sheer size of something big, I love it. The classic example is a landscape where the land is small and the clouds tower over it. In the skies, it’s harder to do because clouds mean rough air and avoiding them is the smart thing to do. At the same time, I’m often not in the skies with a big plane like the B-25 bomber, but rather a small plane which doesn’t work as well for scale. But when I had the opportunity to step back and shoot them small in the frame telling the story of the large building cumulous clouds, I was a happy camper. I realize most want the fill the frame with the subject but I’m weird, I like to make it small to show the home where it lives. In this case, in the...

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on Apr 26, 2017 in Field Reports

Secret of the Light

Ever since posting the photo of Mirasa as “Rosie the Riveter,” (middle photo) on Instagram, I’ve received one common question. What’s the light source? This was all part of our Photoshop World Precon and its exploration in the qualities of light to tell a story. It’s very indirect courtesy of an aircraft hangar which is a favorite light source of mine. You can actually see a example of how I make use of this gorgeous light in my Pilot Portrait class, Inside the Hangar. Now just being in a hangar is not the trick, there is more to it than that! The hangar at Stallion 51 is large and that’s part of the secret! It’s 85′ door opening and 85′ depth permits placing the subject at the right spot for the best light for them. In the top photo, Mirasa is very close to the hangar door opening. The light is very even this close to the door which doesn’t work for the structure of Mirasa’s face. Now shooting...

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on Apr 25, 2017 in Aviation

All Clouds Are Not Created Equally

To me, nothing can visually express the magic of flight quite like clouds! We can’t help ourselves but look up and take note of clouds and as they float past us in the heavens, we can’t but think of the vastness of our skies. In bringing life, flight and romance to our aviation photography, nothing does it better nor simpler than clouds in the frame. With that said, being selective when you have the opportunity to include clouds helps refine your story and that romance. Last week we had a three and a half hour ferry flight with B-25s Texas Flying Legends “Betty’s Dream” and Mid America’s “God & Country.” During that time we experienced everything from bald skies, ground scuz and building cumulous clouds. Each presented varying photographic opportunities from none to buffer filling! Might sound hard to believe but we were selective in our shooting, Brent coming back with 500GB of video and I with 9k stills. That’s because not all clouds are created equally. Here are...

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