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LumiQuest® Photographic Accessories

October 23rd, 2010

If you like to use your speed light and are looking for a convenient way to soften it off camera then the Softbox LTp might be usefull to you. I got the following off the Lumiquest site. There is  a video on the page for the softbox that shows how to install it. I like the looks of it and will be adding it to my arsenal of small gear.

The SoftBox LTp is roughly twice the size of our SoftBox III. The surface area is over 40 times that of the flash itself producing the softest shadows of any LumiQuest SoftBox. The LTp is designed exclusively for off-camera use.

Application: For those who have a laptop pocket in their camera bag/backpack and wish to use this feature to conveniently carry a larger SoftBox with over 120 sq. in. of surface area.

Light Loss: 1 1⁄2 stops

Dimensions: 10″ x 14″

LumiQuest® Photographic Accessories.

I have no affilliation with this product. Just passing on information.

What to Photograph

April 10th, 2010

What do you photograph when you don’t know what to photograph? Something for a contest or assignment on a photography forum.

That is what I have been doing lately with the Still life forum on PhotoCamel.

Here is what I photographed for the “Bottles” Still Life photography contest.

Photographed with one off Camera flash

Photographed with one off Camera flash

An Intro - My Wife and Her Photographic Journey

February 7th, 2010

By Cindee..The beginning photographer

Mushroom photograph in high contrast lighting

Mushroom photograph in high contrast lighting

I am not sure where to begin.

I am as much a beginner in ‘photography’ as they come, and this blog is my husband’s who is currently trying to teach me how to use my camera, which he gave me after one of his upgrades.  Of course I am using the term ‘teaching’ very loosely, he is teaching me, but only as much as I will allow him to, he would be teaching me more…but, you know, husbands and wives…need I say more?  This all brings me to the reason I decided to write this article, the desire to learn photography is an extension of my drawing and painting.  I thought photography would enhance my artistic nature, well it did something more than that…it brought another whole dimension to my art and it awakened a new passion.  Now, would I say I am learning the technical aspects of photography…not so much! (And thank goodness for auto settings!) But everyone learns at their own pace and in their own way.  I am not technically savvy and I don’t care too much for the technical side of things, (or at least I didn’t think I did), but as I am beginning to see some possibility in my pictures I find myself wanting to know more about my camera and what it can do.  I seem to be outgrowing the auto settings and I am looking for something in between his level and the basic auto settings.

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Frame an Image Script for Paint Shop Pro X2

January 3rd, 2010

Ok, I see actions all over the internet for Photoshop. However, I rarely see a script for Paint Shop Pro. Scripts and actions are essentially the same thing. So I thought I would take it upon myself to write some scripts for Paint Shop Pro that act the same as some of the actions I see for Photoshop.

For those of you that don’t know what a script or action is I will briefly explain. A script for PSP (Paint Shop Pro) is basically a set of recorded instructions that tell PSP what to do.

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Black and White Conversion of Floral Photography

September 7th, 2009

Black and White conversion of a color floral arrangement with PSPX2

My wife created this green floral arrangement and asked me to photograph it for her. She wanted an image that she could use for decor (a wall hanging) that would tie in with a certain color scheme.

The first thing I do in a situation like this is hit my stash of books for lighting and set up inspiration. One of my favorites  is from HPBooks, vintage 1986 titled “Pro Techniques for Studio Photography
” by Jerry Fruchtman. This book is entirely film related but the techniques will apply equally to film and digital.

I now have a general idea of what I am going to do. I would like the green of the flowers (the color image is on the full article page) to be the dominate color and everything else as close to black and white as possible.

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How to Photograph a Water Drop - How I did it!

June 3rd, 2009

It seemed like everywhere I looked last week there was an article on photographing a water drop. I am sure you’ve seen the pictures I am referring to. They have always intrigued me. Drops of water or colored liquid photographed at the point of impact, or just after it. These splashes create shapes for a split second that resemble crowns or upside down bowls in a countless variety.

I’ve always thought there had to be some kind of trick or high tech gear to accomplish these images. Then I came across this article on The Strobist blog: How to Photograph Water Drops. After reading that article I had to give it a shot. Here is one of my images:

Photograph of a Water Drop with one off camera flash.

Photograph of a Water Drop with one "off camera" flash.

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Post Processing of my Grandsons Portrait

March 22nd, 2009

Backup Images Immediately

What I normally do once I have transferred all of my photos to the computer is immediately copy all of the RAW files onto a backup CD. I will not erase any files on the Compact Flash card until I need to use that card again. At that point, I will format the card in the camera.

Select and Adjust with DPP

Now that I feel safe that I should not loose any images, I will load up Digital Photo Professional and navigate to the folder that contains the images I just downloaded from the CF card.  Using the Quick Check Tool I will go through all the images and number them 1 for a “keeper”, 2 for a “maybe I will keep it” and 3 for “delete”.

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How I Photographed My Grandsons Portraits

March 16th, 2009

Grandson's Portrait with one light

Grandson's portrait shot with one light.

We recently had a rather large family group weekend visit. This group included my 2 daughters and their very young sons, one each! Along with the visit comes the customary “I want you to take my boys portrait while we are here”, to which I always reply “no problem, I planned on it.”

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Exploring Photography Again!

September 20th, 2008

Well, I am back at it. I started to build a website for the exploration of photography and my job and life created a situation that did not allow me to continue with it for quite a while.

I have decided to abandon the old style of web site building and forge ahead with a blog! It just makes better sense to me. My focus is to explore photography from the creation of an image to the final output and any digital manipulation in between.

While I am new to blogging, photography is an old friend. I started my exploration back in the heydays of Kodachrome, before Ektar and when the thought of a digital camera was science fiction. When I started my venture into photography it was not hard to find magazines that contained good how to articles. These magazines have become so product oriented that I have stopped reading most of them in disappointment.

My wish is to produce post filled with “how to” information. I will explore, photograph, manipulate and post as much “How I did it” information as I can. There is no right or wrong technique to achieve your image.