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on Aug 2, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

Bang – Light!

Light, it’s such an important and potent partner in our storytelling. The subject has to smack the viewer between the eyes in our photograph and light is a quick and effective way of making this happen. We have two basic lighting sources, ambient (sun) and artificial (flash, LED, etc). Ambient light can come in different flavors like full sun, overcast, etc., and each one of these cause us to make judgement calls about the quality and quantity of the ambient light in regards to our subject and storytelling. Here comes the issue we all face, when working with ambient light, when does it need the assist of the flash? What are the qualities and quantities of the ambient light in telling our story and are they sufficient to move the eye through the frame to tell the story? Ever been in this situation? These RAF Reinactors at EAA AirVenture were killer! Not just their authentic aviator’s gear was spotless, their accents and knowledge impeccable, but they were hilarious! When...

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on Jul 13, 2016 in WRP Ed Zone

Great, Simple, Quick Advice

There is a great warchest of information created just for YOU and you might not know it exists. Nikon put all of us USA Ambassadors in a small room with a video camera (just that sounds entertaining if not nuts!) and asked for 30sec photographic tips. You simply head to an individual’s page and click on their mugs shots. Even yours truly has two tips there for you. As you watch them, just think about how they were filmed. Ambassadors crammed in a small room, all staring at you while you talked on camera. Someone has a helluva bloopers reel somewhere! Enjoy! Note: If you have other questions such as about registration and other Photoshop World needs, please contact KelbyOne. I’m just the host of this merry band, not the logistics guy...

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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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