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on Jun 14, 2018 in Field Reports

Normandy Bound Fast On Track!

Our C-47, #43-48950 has made incredible progress at the hands of the talented crew at Turin Aviation Group! As you can see from our aerial view, she’s got all her body work done and first coat of the final “green” applied. Just finding the exact green she came with from the factory was a challenge. That coat of paint represents hundreds of hours working on corrosion control and panel work that is now invisible below the new paint. We made two filming visits this month to keep up with the work. You can see an update of our filming on our NormandyBound.com site. And we want to thank ALL who keep contributing to the filming of the documentary! We’re so pleased to have sent out our 50th coin, that means a lot to us!...

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on May 31, 2018 in Field Reports

Photoshop World Precon 2018

I’m exhausted and that’s because it was simply a fabulous day! Photoshop World started with its Precon yesterday and I had a marvelous group of 40 photographers eager to tackle the world of writing with light, better known as photography! Under incredibly stormy skies after an hour of classwork, we headed out to my dear friend’s Stallion 51 to work with six Mustang P-51Ds and our models Tea & Shada. It was a great class and I know this because I didn’t get to shoot other than a couple of example photo to give folks a direction to start. With all the rains, we took advantage of the huge hangar and gorgeous light its big open doors provide us. You can see Tea above from the simple exercise of moving a subject in further and further into the hangar to use that light. We had a short break in the rain when they could pull on a Mustang out on the ramp. With the great God screem above, the...

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on Apr 10, 2018 in Field Reports

Big Light, Small Source, Quickbox Micro

Shooting with flash when you’re alone, having a big light when you only have your hand and small flash available, is a challenge. Many of asked how I’m doing it so here’s a simple video with my thoughts, techniques and tools I use. They include the: Impact QuickBox Micro SB-5000...

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on Mar 27, 2018 in Field Reports

Dehaze Your Past

This blog post is really pretty cut and dry. Look at your past images, more than 18 months old and give them the DeHaze treatment. DeHaze in ACR / Lr have this little gem which can work some pretty darn cool magic in the right images. I put up this example of what I’m talking about. Below is the original finishing of this file, before DeHaze was introduced into our worlflow. Above is the same photo with just DeHaze applied. It really makes a difference especially in bringing out the head light. Here’s the “trick” as I see it using DeHaze. Whenever I use DeHaze, I always, always lower the Blue Saturation in the HSL/Grayscale tab (in ACR). DeHaze tends to crank it up so this simple touch permits you to use DeHaze and nobody will know it. It’s a great tool I use to help the eye see the subject. Pull out an old image and give it a...

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on Mar 13, 2018 in Field Reports

Glove Levels 1, 2 and 3

“My fingers are killing me, they are so cooled!” I hear this A LOT from photographers even though they have gloves. And if I got paid a dime for every time I’ve taken photographers to a store to get “better” gloves, well I wouldn’t need to write a blog anymore. Seriously, folks with tens of thousands of dollars in camera gloves have the cheapest, single pair of gloves, I just don’t get it. Many get those hand warmer packets which sometimes work but are always an environmental issue with me. Now I post this piece on Gloves every year but I see I didn’t connect the dots for many and wanted to do so now with a very effective way the group came up with in Yellowstone in January. Glove Levels! The gloves and mittens you see here, I don’t just own these, I take them ALL with me whenever I think it’s going to be cold. And when I go out shooting, I have the ALL with me...

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