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What to Photograph

Saturday, 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

Black and White Conversion of Floral Photography

Monday, 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!

Wednesday, 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

Sunday, 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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Exploring Photography Again!

Saturday, 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.