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on Oct 30, 2018 in WRP Ed Zone

Do I Keyword?

A common question that hits my email inbox is how do I keyword? This is especially true after my Workflow piece. Because of the way I file my images and requests we receive from clients, the only genre of my photos that receive a Keyword is my aviation images. All my critter, landscape, and other photographs receive no keywording. For me it’s real simple, there’s no money in it and since it takes time, I put it into other pursuits. Aviation though Keywording pays for itself. I do all my Keyword tagging in Photo Mechanic which then shows up in Bridge where I search for finished images to send out to clients. It makes it really fast and for that one genre of our business, that makes us money. So, do I keyword? Yes and no, only when it pays for...

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on Oct 23, 2018 in WRP Ed Zone

Calm & Smile, Calm, And Smile!

It started out as just another of those great adventures. Sharon & I left the house at 02:00 on the three-hour drive to the airport. When we arrived at the Alaska counter in Reno to leave our bags for our flight to Anchorage, we found out that our 07:00 flight had been canceled. It happens (especially flying as much as I do, a United 1K) and 24hrs and 6 itineraries later, we were in AK! I have to hand it to Alaska Airlines, they did a great job getting us to ANC in what were really trying times. You can’t control wx nor the public, both working against them in times like this. Molly and the crew at the desk at Reno did a phenomenal job! And every time we went up to the counter to deal with the next canceled, delayed and other flight issues, Molly would thank us for being so calm and smiling. As we heard the other traveler’s horror stories, it was quick to figure...

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on Oct 16, 2018 in WRP Ed Zone

Small Files – When with Z7 / D850?

I was out shooting with a friend and they saw in My Menu on the Z7 I had the menu option Image Size. They asked why … why would you want to limit the size of the file if you’d paid for a megapixel camera? Now that’s a really darn good question. I think my response surprised them so I thought I’d share it with you. To start off with, the Z7 and D850 have an option to change the file size they record. The Large file for the Z7 is a 45.4MB Nef (260MB once opened in PS) for example. That’s a great big, gorgeous file that prints up big and beautiful. And when you come back from a week of shooting and file 4000 of those big, gorgeous images, that’s a lot of hard drive space eaten up. But what if you’re not going to make big ass prints, do you need those big files? In this example, I was taking some family portraits in less than...

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on Oct 4, 2018 in WRP Ed Zone

A Quick DeFishing

I love, love the incredible wide view the Nikon 8-15Fish captures at 14mm & 15mm! There are time though when I don’t want the horizon curved. First option is to plane the horizon line dead center in the frame. There are times though like with this example, that doesn’t work either. Since I am using a Fisheye lens, keeping all line perfectly straight isn’t the goal. Sharing the wide open views is. The way I do that is simple and done in Photoshop. Why not use Lens Correction? Lens Correction crops the image and I don’t want to lose any of the grandeur. I also don’t want the “stretch” marks it creates. And this is so simple and only takes seconds. I like simple! Open up your image and hit Cmd(Ctrl) T which brings up Free Transform. Next right click within the bounding box and click on Warp which brings up the grid. Grab the handle on the bottom line 1/3 line of the grid and pull that handle...

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on Sep 25, 2018 in WRP Ed Zone

Dramatic 06

I’ve never been a huge user of the special “picture settings” in cameras for the simple reason I’m a control freak when it comes to content. I had heard from a number of my fellow Ambassadors who shot the Z7 and saw from their results, some really cool new settings. Sorry, I’m not 100% sure what they are called as I don’t have a Z7 with me and no IB. But I tried one this past weeked called, Dramatic 06. Above is the scene processed as a straight shot in ACR. I was shooting with the Z7 / Z24-70 in Dramatic 06 this particular scene because I knew from what I learned that it would retain the “yellow” color componants of the scene while making the rest monochormatic. The two photos you see here out straight out of the Z7 via Nikon Capture NX-D. I did NO post processing, as in, I didn’t change any sliders just went from Nef to Tiff (and then Jpeg for the web). Now...

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on Sep 19, 2018 in WRP Ed Zone

You Registered? It’s Free Money!

It’s real simple, you like free money? That’s how Ed explained it to me when talking about copyright registration. Because without your images being registered, you can’t legally go after someone who has used your image without your permission. Ed & Jack really know their stuff and they love sharing it. Their problem is, so few of us photographers listen. So, click on the book above and order it. Head to their blog, The Copyright Zone and do some reading. And their latest B&H Event Space class was just posted. There is every reason all of us should have our images...

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