Talk about a week folks! Last week found some days approaching 60 degrees in my area, which is Southern Wisconson. I had some great days in the field. Seeing Common Loons on small area lakes during a stopover on their migration northward. And that was a good thing indeed, as the Northern half of my state as well as bordering states got hit with a late Winter storm over the weekend. Many places receiving a couple feet, we've gotten my guess of 4-6 inches in our area. So besides the Loon picture this week, I got some pics of some of the Lighthouses in our area getting buffeted by 15-foot waves. That was just what I experienced.
Cool Workflow Video's Coming Soon
Hello all and welcome, sorry I know, its been a long time between posts! But I've been working on some great new content that will be launching shortly, namely short video tutorials on workflows in various photo editing applications you may find helpful. So please stay tuned, will launch later this month with weekly updates! I"ve included a quick view of one of my early videos for a taste.
Would also like to share this cool Kickstarter campaign I just saw this morning which I think will be a great addition to anyone in the field! This little jewel is called "GNARBOX 2.0 SSD" – the Rugged backup device for your camera. Check out there the page I think you'll find it an awesome addition to your daily workflow.
Apple's powerhouse iMac Pro wows with stellar performance and design Happy New Year everyone! I'm wishing you a healthy Happy New Year! To start off the year I thought I'd share some things I learned about or reviewed the last few weeks of 2017.
1. Something that will make its way to my camera bag shorty, the "Platypod" What is a Platypod?
Platypod makes flat tripods. They are the world's most compact mini tripod bases for photographers. Inspired by the duck-billed platypus, an animal with flat and broad feet, we designed our camera supports to be ideal for low-angle shots and situations where traditional tripods are cumbersome or impractical.
Their flat design makes them strong. Platypods can support even the biggest DSLR cameras and the heaviest lenses. Platypods can also become a portable studio, with accessory holes that are compatible with strobes. Website: https://platypod.com
2. A review I found interesting from NASIM MANSUROV between Microsoft Surface Book 2 vs Apple MacBook Pro
Link: Microsoft Surface Book 2 vs Apple MacBook Pro
3. I have both a Max out iMac and a 2013 MacPro that I used primarily for my editing options. Apples recent release of the new iMac Pro though is Impressive! Plus it just looks awesome in the SpaceGrey Color. Here's a great review from the folks at AppleInsider:
Hello all, hope you had a pleasant Thanksgiving and enjoyed your time with your friends, family or just chilling. With the Christmas shopping season in full play, and people stressing out what to get for that someone special! I wanted to share an offering that might help you with your holiday needs, and help some friends of mine at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
Two software packages that I use to aid in my photo editing workflow now a great deal from MacPhuin For Black FRiday, Now till November 29th.
Luminar 2018 offers everything a modern photographer needs for photo editing, including new filters powered by artificial intelligence, major speed improvements, a dedicated RAW develop module and a forthcoming in 2018; digital asset management platform.
Users will also benefit from the new intelligent Sun Rays filter, LUT support, and real-time noise removal. With workspaces that match different styles of editing, Luminar adapts to deliver a complete experience that avoids clutter and complexity.
Luminar 2018 has been re-built from the ground up for dramatic performance boosts. Existing filters deliver richer colors and depth in less time. A brand new streamlined user interface speeds up working with presets, filters, and masks. With full support of pro options like layers, masks, and blending modes, complex repairs and photo composites can be easily accomplished.
The Luminar 2018 Black Friday offer will be available from November 21-29
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The Aurora HDR 2018 Black Friday offer will be available from November 22-29
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Just heard some interesting news this week!
Number one, for those of you that have used the NIK Collection, which a few months back Google said they would stop development of. The good news is DXO software has brought them! Here's the statement: DxO Now Owns Nik Software
The Second, Macphum software which makes a great set of tools for photo editing for Mac and PC is rebranding themselves. Their new name will be "Skylum" Statement: Macphun is becoming SKYLUM
Well waiting in anticipation for the upcoming announcement from Adobe today! Here are some quick notes of what I've heard about!
-Lightroom now come in Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC Mobile, Adobe stated these features! "a cloud-centric photo service for editing, organizing, storing, and sharing photos – from anywhere". Lightroom Classic CC will have "For photographers who prefer a more traditional desktop-first workflow"
-Quick share in Photoshop
-In Lightroom, Speed, Speed and More Speed increases, as well as a new masking feature.
More to come!
You notice my title says options, not rules! Options are learned from doing something and adding to your needs according to experiences at the time. Rules are just that, a rule, maybe something such as the rule of thirds. As just like most photography, wedding photography chances all the time, venue, times of the year, and the weather just to name a few! The op[tions we're going to talk about today are related to shooting the wedding. Next time we'll be talking about post-production. So here we go!
1. Three cameras:
Are you going to shoot with three, more than likely not!. But you want the third as a backup, in case one body goes down. I always shoot with at least two cameras!
2. MEDIUM ZOOM LENS:
I use a 24-85 f3.5 Nikon as my medium zoom and the lens that is on my camera most of the time. This focal length is great for wedding portraits and photojournalism, offering both wide and tight perspectives. The pretty wide aperture gives me some flexibility in spaces that aren’t very well lit. Another great choice would be a 24-70 F2.8. Which will be a lens in my future.
You will need a longer lens to capture events from a distance, in particular, the ceremony. I like to stand toward the back or sides of a ceremony as to not be blocking anyone’s view and taking photos from a distance with my 70-200mm f2.8. Allowing both a close-up and full length shot down the aisle. I also use this lens for close-ups of the first dance.
WIDE ANGLE LENS AND PRIME LENSES
These are not as essential for a wedding, but are certainly nice to have. The wide angle can get you shots of architectural details or big groups. The prime lens can allow you to shoot in dark spaces and give you dreamy depth of field. One of my favs is an 85mm f.2.8.
SPEEDLIGHTS and FLASH DIFFUSER
Using an external flash can be a lifesaver when you need to get a shot that is just too dark to get otherwise. If I can I rather not use a flash, cameras with great high ISO performance greatly help with that. But sometimes I have to use Speedlight photography techniques for nighttime weddings and dark churches. The alternative is dark or grainy images. I like to bring a Gary Fong Lightsphere to put on top of my flash. It helps to diffuse the light and make for better portraits on the fly when you don’t have time to set up lights.
TRIPOD AND LIGHT STANDS
A good tripod will get you out of a pinch if you are low on light and just need a little more stability. It’s also helpful if you are working in very low light or compositing images together. The light stands are helpful to place your speedlights, say on a dance floor and allow you to adjust the placement of the lights. Shoot-through umbrellas are also helpful to have with the lightstands and speedlights for portrait work.
You will need something to put all your gear in. Make sure it’s big enough and comfortable enough to haul around with you as you’re moving throughout the day. I like models by ThinkTank, but their are many options out there!
MEMORY CARDS AND BATTERIES
Always bring more cards and batteries than you think you need. I will shoot a few cards full of images for a wedding. And I prefer cameras with two slots for cards as I set it up that one backs up to the other, just in case a card were to fail! and go through two sets of batteries per camera and per speedlight. Make sure the batteries are all charged up in advance.
Small lightweight folding ladders
Allows you to get a different perspective og the couple amnd wedding guests.
Oh, one last thing! If you've not had a chance to check it out. The same software I use "Aurora HDR" just released the 2018 version. Save $10.00 by following the link below!
Your Aurora HDR 2018 text link: http://macphun.evyy.net/c/418593/402688/3255
Till Then Happy Clicking
Till Next Time!
Wow, what a whirlwind last few weeks. Last month I had a great opportunity to shoot a good friend of mine wedding. Being Indian, much of her culture, traditions, and style were shared with me through their journey to marriage. Nothing can be more rewarding or maybe even a bit terrifying than shooting a wedding! Afterall you're talking about one of the biggest days in a couple life that you are basically a photojournalist of!
Second I was asked as my a friend to be a last minute second shooter for another wedding. I thought wow, what a great opportunity to watch someone else showing their style, passion and understanding the needs of the couple to make it special!
So here are some learns!
1. Listen, to who? The couple, the person your shooting with, a family member of the couple. You're going to gain great insights and thoughts as to things they want. For sure you're going to scout it out and check options. But always make sure you are taking them into account! And mingle, don't wait for it to happen, sometimes you will ask for a shot.
2. Get the shot! Sounds simple right? Well, what I mean is some folks get so caught up in the details they miss the special moment going on around them. It the same principle I use is all my shooting, get the shot first! Keep your eyes moving around the crowd and couple for those special times!
3. Pack what you need. Sound easy right lol! But we as photographers tend to get in involved with your choices. My following suggestions to start would include two good cameras with high ISO options. At least two to three lenses of F2.8 or less, allot of times at receptions lighting is not good. A couple flashes, tripod and maybe a small step stool to get shots with a slightly different angle. Ho yes and lots of cards! Note I prefer cameras with at least two card slots. The reason is I set it up for one to copy the other, just in case one card fails.
Well, I leave you with that for now, and some pictures from the wedding. Next time a little more in-depth about gear options.
Ho, one last thing! If you've not had a chance to check it out. The same software I use "Aurora HDR" just released the 2018 version. Save $10.00 by following the link below!
Your Aurora HDR 2018 text link: http://macphun.evyy.net/c/418593/402688/3255
Till Then Happy Clicking
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