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on Aug 23, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

To Polarize … Or Not?

Polarizers are for removing reflections! Yes, they can make skies bluer but that’s better done better in ACR. Removing reflections is a tool in our photography just like DoF or Flash, all are a means of bringing the viewer’s attention to the subject and tell a story. But when to apply a polarizer is a commonly asked question. The first GIANT challange of the polarizer is that it works with physics, math, the hallmark of photography but not most photographers. It’s an angles machine removing reflections based on the theorem, angle of incidence equals the angle of reflection. In both of these photographic examples, the reflection we are removing is from the sky. If you look at the Channel shot, you will see that there are sides of buildings, leaves and the vegetation on the water is what is being affected by the rotation of the polarizer. With the Sopwith, the polarizer is affecting the wing and parts of the fuselage. You can see dramatically in both photos what...

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on Aug 4, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

Impact Lighting Gear

All the gear in the video (helluva list!) Impact 32″ Reflector 5-1 Kit Impact 42″ Reflector 5-1 Kit Impact 42″x72″ 7-1 Kit (killer unit!) FA-330L Adjustable Locking Triple Flash Adapter with Umbrella Socket ParaSail Parabolic Umbrella (White with Removable Black/Silver, 45″) ParaSail Parabolic Umbrella (White with Removable Black/Silver, 60″) ParaSail Parabolic Umbrella (White with Removable Black/Silver, 88″) Hexi 24 Speedlight Softbox Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (24 x 24″) Fabric Grid for 24 x 24″ Quikbox Quikbox Softbox with Shoe Mount Flash Bracket (15 x 15″) Fabric Grid for 15 x 15″ Quikbox Multiboom Light Stand and Reflector Holder – 13′ (4m) Impact Telescoping Disc Reflector Holder Air-Cushioned Light Stand (Black, 8′) C Stand Impact Itn’l Blog post with more lighting...

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on Aug 1, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

Shooting the new Nikon 8-15Fish

The new Nikon 8-15Fish is really a fun, gorgeous lens that as many have commented, can be over used. There’s no doubt that when you first get it you want to get up really close to your dog, make their nose look ~really~ big and never stop shooting. There is definitely a time and a place for the 8mm end of the 8-15Fish and getting past the “fad” of the new look too serious shooting takes some conscious thought. Let me give you just one thought to get you started. Here are two examples of the one thought I want to leave with you. You need a defined subject that everything else in the frame is based upon. In the top photo is the open door and prop that comes really darn close to that open door. In the bottom photo, it’s the rag showing what a workhorse this aircraft truly is. The different between the two is the top is shot with the lens at f/8 and the...

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on Jul 18, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

The InFamous TBE Still Works!

Hey Moose I’m sure you’re aware that I’m kicking myself for not doing this exercise years ago (Teddy Bear Exercise)! How mortified was I to discover that the last two pages of Captured explains the exercise. I guess I didn’t look at the Appendix when I saw it had D3 references. 😜 I am embarrassed. I’ve been working on the exercise for the past three days. I haven’t finished yet. This morning was full sun subject/background and full sun subject/50-50 background. I’ve been doing each bear separately and then both bears together. And, then I realized that I needed to focus on each bear separately when they were in the same shot. I also plan to do some dappled shade instead of harsh lines of shade like I did this morning. What an eye-opener! Thank you so much for urging me to get my act together. I hope to add flash to the mix soon. I’m just amazed at what I’m seeing in these images. Say hello to my...

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on Jul 11, 2017 in Moose Adventures

England Aviation Photo Workshop!

11-13 August 2017 at the historic Duxford Aerodrome, UK is going to be the most exciting photographic workshop we’ve ever presented, ever! Hosted by Historic Aircraft Collection, we will explore, imagine and immerse ourselves in the photography of WWII history! It all starts Friday evening the 11th with a presentation on basics to advanced techniques in photography and photographing aircraft. We have a block of rooms right off the Duxford Aerodrome so it’s convenient and close. We then start bright and early Saturday morning the 12th (before sunrise) on the field photographing some amazing aircraft: Spitfire, Hawker & Hurricane! We’ll then move into the digital darkroom to explore ways we can finish our static images. After all that, you’ll be served a great traditional English lunch and eat where the pilots ate during WWII Battle of Britain. Then we’ll really get busy with more classroom instruction, reenactor portraits and then planes turning props with ground-to-air and backfire at dusk photography. Saturday night we will gather again to continue on...

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