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on Jun 6, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

It’s For Removing Reflections

I’m often asked, “Should I use a Polarizer?” Like everything photographic, the answer lies in the light. Not the blue skies, but in the light. Now if you want to REMOVE the reflection of the skies from a subject like in this case, the side of this P-51B, then use, as you can see, the polarizer is the tool. Shot with the D5 / 105f1.4AFS at f/1.4, you can see the Kill Flags pop and not pop as the polarizer is...

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on Jun 1, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

Moving The Quality Slider Forward

One of the biggest challenges in photography is measuring the success of our photographs both technically and most importantly, aesthetically! What I mean by that is, the vast majority of what we do there is no scale, a accepted public measure that we can quickly, easily and accurately measure the quality of our success. It’s all rather subjective. Those who live in the industry have such a scale but in many ways, this is a secret measure that’s summed up very simply in a check paying one for their efforts. But even in the days of film with it ridgedality that was relatively cut and dry this measure of success, helping a new photographer understanding what was sharp while looking through a loop on a light table was a helluva challenge. I by no means have any intent to suggest or force my scale of quality on anyone but rather, simply pass along just two things that my forty years of working with photobuyers has instilled in me that...

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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 20, 2017 in WRP Ed Zone

Stallion 51 Precon

We spent a marvelous afternoon being hosted by Stallion 51 for the Photoshop World Precon. Our subject was light and we explored it with aircraft and models, seeing how we could use it to tell stories. We went out shooting at highnoon, what many think as the worst time to shoot to learn how we can make it the best time. We were fortunate that the temps were cool (for Florida) and we had some puffies in the sky all lending to fun and success. Following my basic photographic concept of KISS, we used the depth of the hangar and its large doors as our light source. The students were able to see how by moving Marisa further and closer to the opening of the hangar, we could change the light and therefore her appearance. At the same time by placing her either closer or further from the back of the hangar, we could effect the exposure of the background. So while shooting at highnoon, we could take advantage...

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