29 February 2008
28 February 2008
I am also very annoyed and disappointed with those photographers that get all upset that so many people are trying to be photographers. So many "pro" photographers go on internet forums and websites ranting about "amateurs" with entry level SLR's trying to be photographers. They get "mad" because these amateurs are charging less and making it hard for them to do business. I think that these "pro" shooters are more worried about being shown up by amateurs. I think if the work is strong then who cares how many wanna be pro shooters there are out there? There are tons of actors, models and people wanting to be rock stars. However, talent rises to the top. My sister hired a "pro" because she was worried her brother (me) wasn't good enough to do her wedding pictures. Turns out her "pro" took useless photos and even though his equipment was better his "eye" and ability to see a good shot wasn't there. So many shooters think because they took a course on lighting, or bought an expensive lens makes them a pro. I personally welcome the people who are learning. It's the reason I LOVE teaching, I love seeing students artwork. Sometimes a child can compose an image better then I can. I learn from students and I also learn from seeing the work of friends and peers that are just starting out in photography. I think that treating others with kindness is the best road to take. If someone asks me for help, I am more then happy to give it. I have been blessed with friends that have helped me and I have been able to help some of them back. So hopefully we have both benefited.
27 February 2008
I think my fave lighting now is: ( keep in mind this is my equipment that I have)
1. Natural Light
2. Homemade RingLight
3. AlienBee Ring Flash
4. AlienBee Ring Flash with shoot thru white umbrella - 2 AB 400's as backlights, hairlights...etc.
26 February 2008
Here is a sample of what a shoot is like. Thanks to Shantelle for allowing me to take some video to share with people who wonder about these things. :) Also thanks Josh for being my George Lucas. :)
25 February 2008
Hilarious video :)
Rachel drove up to Sherwood Park where Lids lives and they drove out together. I have to say for a newbie to photo shoots Rachel was awesome. She relaxed and really did a great job in posing. I hope she'll be able to shoot with me again. Lids was awesome as always too, her laugh is awesome and I highly recommend anyone to work with her. She's fun and knows how to work the camera with her "big" eyes. :) Well, it's Monday!!! yipeeee and I can't wait to survive until Spring Break. Weather is warm this week and I feel productive. Hope to get lots done at school, home and with my photography. I really want to fine tune some things with my photography and get myself set up to start doing some even better work. Have a GREAT WEEK everyone! :)
22 February 2008
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15 February 2008
Here is a link to a funny photography video:
Today I need to mail out some CD's of pictures to models before they send hitmen out to get me. :)
14 February 2008
13 February 2008
12 February 2008
- contrast: when dealing with contrast in a photo I use a lot of different techniques. One is Ctrl+L (levels) this opens a screen to adjust the levels of the shot. If you grab the far left slider and move it you can adjust the blacks in the shot. If you grab the far right slider and slide it towards the middle you can brighten the whites. The middle works on all the midtones and you can make them brighter or darker depending on where you want your picture to go. You can also work with Ctrl+M and bring up the curves screen, this allows you to grab the line that is going in a diagonal and if you pull the base of the line down you can darken the shadows, the top part of the line if you pull it up slightly you can brighten your highlights. You can also isolate the colour you want to work on, red, blue and green are selectable. These are just 2 basic ways to work on contrast.
- colour: again I use Ctrl+M to bring up the curves and isolating the colours I can increase reds, decrease them depending on what colour is needed. In photoshop CS3 there is a lot of adjustment options for layers. I suggest playing with them and learning them so you can adjust colour. One very cool one to use is the photo filters adjustment. It allows you to use a filter to do a variety of things. You can use a warm filter to give a portrait a warm feel, or a cool filter to give the picture a blue filter and cool it down. I use the sepia filter a lot on portraits when I feel the skin is a bit too red or needs to be toned down a bit.
- saturation: most digital pictures need a bit more saturation, in jpeg I would work in the curves and colour adjustment to give more saturation. However with RAW I do this all before photoshop.
- sharpening: there is a number of ways to sharpen a photo...I can go in to more depth on this another day...but it's very important and one thing I do is selective sharpening. I want the eyes sharp, mouth and hair. So what I do is create a layer on top that has the sharpening applied to it, then use a layer mask to select those areas that I want to keep sharp.
- Short Cuts: this short cut is my fave of all time -> Ctrl+Alt+Shift+E is the best shortcut of all time, I use it every time I edit. It takes everything you have done to an image and creates a new layer with all of the changes applied to it. It's like flattening an image but better, when you flatten an image all the layers and changes you have made are lost. This action allows you to keep them but work from this new layer which is super valuable. Ctrl+J is a great one too, just makes a copy of the layer beneath, this is handy for doing layer work. Ctrl+E is a good one too, it merges a layer down a level. Use the [ and ] to change the brush size. The D key sets the colours to default...black and white. This is an excellent way to quickly work on layer masks.
There are many amazing photoshop actions that can do a lot of these common photo edits. I have made a few of my own actions. I cannot stress how important using actions is. It reduces steps and makes life EASY!! :) I hope this helps and use google...I learned a lot of my own techniques from researching on google.
11 February 2008
Friday after my convention I zoomed over to Melanie's place and we were able to sneak in a shoot. I have been talking with her for some time about doing a shoot and it finally happened. Her friend Ashley was there too and so I was able to sneak in a 2nd shoot with Ashley. Turns out Melanie is dating Ashley's brother. The modelling world is a small one after all...heheheh. I was able to put the homemade ghetto ring light to work and as usual I feel I got some good results with it.
I am back to work for another "short" week. Friday and Monday are holidays, **Randy does a happy dance**.
06 February 2008
05 February 2008
People have asked me what camera equipment I use so here is a list of gear I own/use:
04 February 2008
I watched the Superbowl and was totally happy to watch the Giants win in a historical fashion. Those Manning kids sure know how to play the QB position. What a solid game winning drive in the last quarter, in the last minute of the game to win. I've never been a huge Giants fan but it is nice to see an underdog team win the big one. Even the "experts" on the Fox sportscast all took the Pats to win.
It's Monday morning and back to work I go. I am still fighting this sickness so I am feeling tired and run down. I need some warm spring weather and sunlight to put a jump back in to my step. I hope everyone has a great week. For now I leave you with a recent edit I have done of Ashley Phoenix.
02 February 2008
For 2008 it's starting to look really good as far as my photography goes. I met some great people and contacts in 2007 and looks like they have been helping me along. Tammy from Smiley Eyes Photography even though I've never had the honor of meeting her in person has been a great photography friend. She has kindly recommended me to some of her clients and allowed me to give her the odd tip here of there. I do know she'll be famous one day and I'll be begging her to sign my camera (hee hee). http://smileyeyesphotography.blogspot.com/
Well, spring is coming and so I am eager to get out there and shoot outside again. Models with outside shoot ideas please contact me, especially if you have access to some cool locations.