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on Nov 25, 2020 in WRP Ed Zone

The New Epson SC-P900 – Spectacular!

The SC-P900 is simply a marvelous, gorgeous, small, and efficient printer! I love it! You might not be aware that Epson brought out two new printers in the last few months, the SC-P700 & SC-P900. The SC-900 is the Cadillac of desktop printers replacing the SC-P800. What makes it so? Glad you asked! Let’s start with size, it’s so much smaller! The gray area above is the size of the Epson SC-800, a grand printer but as you can see, it much larger than the SC-P900. If you add the roll paper holder like I used, you almost double the SC-800 footprint. The SC-P900 even with its roll paper holder (vastly improved) doesn’t come close to the size of the SC-P800 alone. And in this new small package comes a new ink (now a 10 ink set) and new features. The LCD panel can be customized to your printer needs. When printing, the photograph being printed fills the SC-P900 LCD as confirmation. There is a LIGHT inside the SC-P900...

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on Oct 30, 2020 in WRP Ed Zone

Scott Rocks ACR!

Scott once again (how does he do it?) has created a simple, top ten tips to help us work in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) faster and more effectively. His post today has some great tips! Personally, I like and use #1, #5 and #8. And tip #5 can also be applied to the Split Grad so I’ve had a default setting for both the brush and split grad since they were introduced to ACR. Be sure to check them out and apply those that make your digital darkroom life...

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on Oct 29, 2020 in WRP Ed Zone

Basic Zoom Settings w/Z

Mescreen capture from Zoom consult Like many of you, I’ve been spending a fair amount of time in front of a camera for Zoom chats. Many are with photographers with some great questions seeking advice (and like yesterday’s chat with Dave, I learned some great things in return!). A Zoom Virtual Private Tutoring from two weeks ago asked what gear I used for the Zoom because I looked so sharp and the background was so out of focus so I really popped. He asked during the Zoom chat what I was doing for lighting. Since then, two other Zoom VPTs have asked the same questions so I thought I would share my basic Zoom gear and settings. My gear is real simple, I use a Z 6 / FTZ w/50f1.4AFS lens (rather than the computer camera). The Z 6 is connected to the MacBook Pro via Chert 4K.C HDMI card plugged into the HDMI port on the Z 6 (via HDMI cable) and USBc port on the MacBook (shows...

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on Oct 13, 2020 in WRP Ed Zone

Telling Motions Story

Portland Head Lightcaptured by Z7 / Z14-30 / Breakthrough 10x For the past couple of weeks, I was very fortunate to spend time at a dozen lighthouses. There are many ways to tell their story visually and bring their romance to life. The method I used a lot was simply the blurring of time. Better known as the long exposure, we simply leave the shutter open for a period of time to let elements that are moving, clouds, water, etc, blur during the exposure. I was lucky to have captured cool images that I posted on IG. I received a number of emails asking how I did them. Here’s my basic formula. It starts by arranging the elements so motion is one of the elements. If I’m going through the pain of a long exposure, I need elements in the photo that are moving and moving in a pleasing and logical way. In this case, the clouds are racing away from me and the waves were crashing to some...

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on Oct 2, 2020 in WRP Ed Zone

It’s a Comin!

Sebago Lakecaptured by Z7 / Z24-200 Yep, fall color is comin here in Southern Maine and it looks to be real nice. Not a huge explosion but plenty to fill up the viewfinder with fun. Just want to remind you of a couple of simple things when heading out to shoot the color. #1 is HAVE FUN!!!!! Sebago Lakecaptured by Z7 / Z24-200 You don’t need nothing but fall color in your photo to say, fall color. Including some green makes the other colors of fall really pop. And if there isn’t a huge quantity of color, to begin with, fill the frame with elements like the blue sky and the mind will so the rest of the work in filling in the color. Lastly, go long rather than wider. In this case, I was shooting at Sebago Lakecaptured with only the Z7 / Z24-200 shooting between 50mm and 200mm the whole time. Came back with some favorite click knowing that next week, the fall color, it’s a...

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on Sep 23, 2020 in WRP Ed Zone

Capturing “Our” Memory

My Sweetie & Mecaptured by Df / 105f1.4 Memories, they are a very special aspect of life that makes us human! Photographs are an essential part of this experience especially as the years roll on. Our memory of events is often blurred by the event, the emotion, passing of time, and by what we WANT to remember. Our photographs should reinforce the “good” memory and blur out the bad. Case in point. Stonehenge is an iconic locale. A couple of years back, Sharon & I were very fortunate to make a long time wish of seeing those vertical boulders in person come true. It was all we thought it would be, and much more. We spent hours there with our Brent & Katt, and about a thousand other folks. But you’re saying you don’t see a thousand folks in our picture. Did I spend an hour and remove them in post? Actually, when we took this photo, the only other person was the sweet ranger conversing with us. How...

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