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on Dec 28, 2015 in WRP Ed Zone

Get Gear for Xmas?

Sooo … did you get it, did you get that new piece of camera gear you wanted for Christmas? I was fortunate and got what was on my list, a TC-14eIII so I don’t have to borrow one anymore. Now the challenge begins, making magic with that new gear. Here are some suggestions for you that might help you rocket forward your knowledge base and use of that new gear. If it’s a camera body, make sure you have the latest firmware installed. It can make a difference and you want that machine working its best for you. Next, you need to go through all the settings and make sure certain things like Color Space is set to Adobe RGB. Don’t know what settings to use, I have a knowledge base of settings here you can use as either starting points or what you use all the time. What if you got a new lens? Sit and stand in your home and practice, practice, practice handholding with it! Finally,...

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on Dec 17, 2015 in WRP Ed Zone

BTS Pilot Portrait Project

Telling the story in large part is the play of light on the subject. It leads the eye like the opening sentence in a paragraph and when done right, wraps it up neatly with the ending sentence. I’ve been working for over a year on a project photographing pilots, special pilots using Profoto B1s and B2s. Profoto posted a BTS on our shoot with Derek and FM-2P Wildcat. You might enjoy the...

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on Nov 30, 2015 in WRP Ed Zone

WR-T10 + Firmware Update Greatness

Over the weekend I posted about firmware updates to the D4s / D750. Now normally, I don’t post on the weekend but this firmware was simply TOO important to ignore. If you don’t shoot much video or own the bloody amazing (and totally under sold) WR-T10, then its importance probably didn’t sink in. But it’s real simple, with this firmware upgrade, you can remotely start and stop video recording with the WR-T10! This soooo very simple thing makes ALL the difference in easily shooting video. Had a few folks ask today the point of the firmware update and to me, this is the biggie that got me all excited! Talk about a great stocking stuffer, the WR-T10 if you don’t already own this very inexpensive Nikon remote! And this firmware makes the WR-T10 even more powerful....

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on Nov 25, 2015 in B&W Photography, WRP Ed Zone

JP’s Brilliant B&W!

John Paul spelled out the digital darkroom B&W options brilliantly here, wish I’d thought of doing it! Many including myself look for the best way to convert our images to B&W and as JP points out, there is no one way since B&W is such a romantic medium. We need to mix in the digital darkroom as per the heart! With that said, he’s compiled a comprehensive list and IMHO is spot on. And like JP, my preferred method for B&W conversion for some time now has been as he states: The only thing I add to this is at times is Nik’s Pro Contrast at the start of the process and then at the end of the process Levels. The key to the methodology described above is its Quality and Flexibility and Speed. And this is important when a clean Black and a clean White is essential along with the mixing of the heart in the final B&W image What you see above are some of the possibilities...

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on Nov 23, 2015 in Digital Darkroom, WRP Ed Zone

Calibration = Consistency

Monitor Calibration, ever noticed there’s a little bit of confusion out there about this very necessary part of digital photography? I was talking about it this weekend and it occurred to me, I’ve not posted about it for quite some time so wanted to get on my soap box for a moment and talk about it. As you can see, I’m a i1 fan, using the i1Display for my Cintiq, iMac, Retina and iPad and I do this NOT so my monitor matches the print! The word “match” means two items are equal and there is NO way you can match a transmitted light source (the monitor) with a reflected (the print) light source. Physics tells us that. Ya, they can get close but they can never match. So why then calibrate our monitors? That’s real simple and to me, obvious, consistency. How do we know our photographs are getting better, how do we establish our own quality standard for exposure and color, how do we send out the...

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