Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A little innovation with a car rig.

In automotive photography circles some people refer to a type of car shot as a "rig shot" referring to the rigging that holds the camera steady relative to the car.  A slow shutter speed and you get the effect of high speed.  Something like this:


I had another idea, a way to use the same principle but on a person.  Follow the jump for more.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

I need to apologize briefly for an extended blogging hiatus.  I've been busy reading the George R.R. Martin Books a song of ice and fire (the HBO TV show Game of Thrones is based very closely on the books).  This left me very little time to do anything in the evenings but read.  I am a slow reader and those are some thick books!

With my excuses out of the way I can write about photography again and I had some interesting correspondence with CG pro prints.  They make canvas wraps for photographers at great prices and I reviewed them in previous blog posts.  Well they saw that and wanted to send me a "media pack" so I obliged.  I'm not above being bribed with gifts but its nice when the product appears to be among the best in the marketplace.

It wouldn't be fair of me to talk about their sample if I didn't also have some competition to look at.  A client gave me an 11x14 to use as a comparison although I cant tell where it was printed.  In addition I have of course ordered other canvas wraps from CG in the past so they didn't send me a one-off special edition to wow me over, I know this is how their prints are always made.

Click "read more" to see the photos.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

family time again

I've done some family photography recently, and an engagement photoshoot, and a couple of Easter sessions.  But one of the things I love most - of course - is photographing my daughter Sophia. She's a very patient subject, and sometimes she asks me to take her photo so she can model something.

Recently I've been buying a lot of equipment for the upcoming season and she has had a lot of fun with me while I test them out, so I thought I would drop a few recent pictures on here for us to look at

follow the jump for more as always.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

flycam nano

To give you some idea of how far behind I am with things I'm only now getting around to writing about a cool new purchase I got last year.  The flycam nano.  This is a similar stabilizer to the glidecam range, only about $100 cheaper.

Hit the jump to find out how it "flies"


Monday, January 30, 2012

lens flare samples - free giveaway!

I'm feeling generous today.  I've been fiddling around with different samples of lens flares for a while, and then while making a video I found that my Tamron 28-75 lens produces some really cool colors when it catches the light just right.  So I shot into the sun with a black target to create some of my own to use.  Then I thought why not share with the internet!  I also included a short Photoshop tutorial to show how easy it is to drop these into an image.  You do need to be careful about the direction of the light, this obviously wont work for all images and all these samples start with the light in the corner, although you can always flip, scale and modify things however you want.

If you want to replicate this with your own lens its pretty simple.  I sat on the floor and placed a black chair in between me and the sun, shot the back of the chair (you could use black poster board) and in my case I used live view to make it easier to see what I would get before taking the shot.  Live-view is helpful to avoid burning your eyes! The sun was coming around the chair at an angle so it wasn't coming straight into the lens.  That angle is what creates the effect. I used about F6, wide open settings will create circular flares, stop it down to see the outline of your aperture blades.    If you want a flare that starts in the middle of the image (instead of from the corner) I imagine you could punch a hole in the poster board and let the sunlight through that.  Start with a small hole - it doesn't take much sunlight to create flare.  I think zoom lenses with lots of elements will work best but don't let that stop you from experimenting with prime lenses.

Files and video after the jump

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

ringlight follow up

I put some finishing touches on the ringlight and I wanted to share my thoughts on the whole experiment.  Larry Becker (of Larrys Cheap Shots) often makes a point of explaining that sometimes the cheap DIY route isn't right for everyone.  I think in the context of the ringlight that might be fair.  This Constant version has several drawbacks.

Hit the jump to find out what I didn't like about the end result

Sunday, January 22, 2012

put a ring on it.

I've been asked to take photos at the church marriage banquet again.  I want to do something different this year, and I've been finishing up a project that's been in the garage for months, that might just be the thing I need.

I have been working on a ringlight to use for both video and stills making use of some 6500K (daylight balanced) CFL lights.  I was going to use a metal bucket but that turned out to be very difficult.  I ended up with plywood, and I will finish it up with some thick cardboard I think.  In any case I reached the all important wiring phase, including the first test this weekend and wanted to share the progress.

hit the jump for more