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on Jul 12, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

When There is No Time to Light

I have the amazing SB-5000, Profoto B1 & B2 and they get dragged around the country because light is just that important to visual storytelling. But there are simply times when, either because of space or time, setting up artificial light to make up for the deficiencies in the ambient light just isn’t possible. For me, this comes a lot when working with aircraft restoration. In this photo example, I was very fortunate to document the restoration of Kermit Week’s gorgeous Stinson L-1 at Fantasy of Flight. Restorations of this nature don’t happen overnight. I made numerous trips over two years to photograph the progress of the L-1 as Paul kept bringing it back to airworthy. Restoration shops are places of business where space is a premium and getting work done essential. As a photographer, there are times when you have the luxury to bring in lights to help tell the story and move the viewers eye through the frame the right way. But the vast majority of time,...

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on Jun 29, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

Nat’l Camera Day!

Yep, it’s National Camera Day … so what are you doing for your camera today? Perhaps check its firmware to make sure it’s up to day. You could charge its battery and exercise its shutter. Best yet, it probably deserves a spa treatment! This is a great chance and reminder to give your camera a through cleaning. Get that old, white T-Shirt out, grab your cleaning fluid (mine is LensClens) and clean every part of the body(s). From the prism to the hand grip, to the battery chamber and the sensor, really clean every bit of your best friend. After all, it is its...

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on Jun 14, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

Metal Wizards = Image Wizards

Image Wizards, simply put, they are the best! Printing serves many purposes in photography, from monetary gains to personal satisfaction. For these purposes and so many more, when I need metal prints, they are who I turn to and I’ve NEVER been disappointed. I was reminded recently just how simple, just how good and just how professional Image Wizards truly are when an order for a print of the above image came in and just days later (it was a very time sensitive order), it was in the hands of one very overwhelmed print owner. You can see for yourself in the following video my thoughts: How do I send prints to Images Wizard? First and foremost, I finish file the exact same as I would creating a paper print for my Epson printers. In the case of a metal print, I finish the file exactly how I would for Epson Exhibition or new (and mind blowing) Platine! You can use the Epson Premium Luster paper profile, ProPhoto RGB...

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on Jun 8, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

Speed in a Still

Speaking about speed in a still photograph is a challenge. While our viewers understand a car, plane, train move, actually saying that in our photographs takes a little thought. Since we are panning to get a sharp photo, we can use that camera movement to our advantage in this challenge. What we must do is what I encourage folks to do all the time, think about the background. Here are two examples to illustrate my point. We start with a slower shutter speed, the slower the shutter speed permits a great blurred background as we pan. But the amount of blurred background depends on how fast our subject is traveling and how close to the background the subject might me. You can do a simple test at your own home photographing a ball rolling on the ground to see how this works. In this case, I’m working with a P-40k from the Texas Flying Legends Museum and when it’s close to the ground, you can see how the background...

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on Jun 7, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

Travel Dust

One of the first things I tell my folks on workshops after arriving is, “Check your sensor for dust!” And often the response is, “I just cleaned it before I came.” That might be the case but the mirror box of our cameras are not hermetically sealed. Dust in all its form live there and the vibration from travel, the car, the plane, the rolling bag, will most likely shake some of it loose and it will land on your sensor. It’s for this reason I carry the Gel Stick (I now get them from Amazon.com) in my bag for quick and easy cleaning. So on your trip, remember that the first thing you want to do is get rid of that travel...

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on May 23, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

Bigger – Better?

Just how large does the subject have to be in the frame for the perfect photograph? There are two really big problems with this question. First is the assumption that a perfect photograph exists. The second is that size matters. While we strive to do the best we can when we are behind the camera, if we could, would we really want to reach perfection? I for one wouldn’t because then the question would have to answered, what’s next that perfection has been reached. Besides, perfection is boring. Then there is this size thing, which comes into photography in so many ways. The one I run into the most often that downright screws up photographers is subject size. There seems to be this general feeling that bigger is better, that bigger makes it great just because of size. Content takes second fiddle, which often leads to a less than perfect photograph. Where in this dilemma is an answer that works? This size thing comes up the most in wildlife...

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