The workshop was on the island of Hawai’i, also known as The Big Island. We can’t count all the calls and notes we received from people concerned that we were heading into an erupting volcano. Kilauea has been making news lately with dramatic eruptions and flowing lava that has destroyed many homes and caused evacuations for several neighborhoods. Read More
The World Photographic Cup has just wrapped up in Sydney, Australia and the results are in. 30 national photographic teams entered the fifth edition of this one-of-a-kind competition, from Europe, Asia, North & South America and Oceania. In the end, though, there could only be one winning country. Congratulations to Team USA! Read More
Artists and academics have tried to understand and describe color for centuries. About 2,400 years ago, Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle theorized that color existed in the form of rays sent down from the heavens by God. It wasn’t until the Renaissance in the 1300’s that more sophisticated models and systems were developed. Read More
You don’t need a deep understanding of color theory to know how to use the white balance control. But, it may be helpful if we lift the veil ever so slightly get a better understanding on what is really happening. Read More
As in all walks of life, there are good workshops and less good ones, and those that promise a lot then deliver. And there are those that just totally rock. But they do seem harder and harder to find. Read More
In Congress today is a bill that has now been passed into committee. The bill is H.R.3945 and its short title is the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017” or the “CASE Act of 2017”. What’s refreshing about this bill is that it enjoys bipartisan support. Of seven cosponsors of the bill, three are Republican and four are Democrats. And, they hail from all parts of the country, from Rhode Island to Georgia, to Texas and California. Read More
Resolution has always been a tricky subject for new photographers to grasp. After all, there is not a single resolution that we talk about. The quality of the lens optics affects the resolution of the lens. The size and design of the sensor significantly influence the resolution of your camera. Even your image data file has variables that define the image data resolution. But display screens are changing and they are chinging the way we look at display resolution. Read More
Watch any decent movie and you’ll see a variety of shots used to tell the story. One of the first is the Establishing Shot. This tends to be a wider shot that includes the environment in which the story takes place. It’s used to establish the spatial relationship among the films characters, objects and overall setting of the film.
In still photography, this is akin to the broader scenic images. As the story unfolds, you find the camera come in tighter on the main subject in the story. In a Long Shot, you’ll see the main character almost fill the frame.
While working through the foundational elements of portrait photography we discovered how many of the great artists of days gone-by, from 500-600 years ago, were working with the same techniques of lighting a face that we still utilize in today's portrait world. Read More
Now there are a lot of things you can do to polish an image like this. In Lightroom, you can adjust your white balance and tone until it looks right to you. You can also use a program like Luminar or Skylum’s Aurora to process the image. Remember it’s like cooking - do what you like until you like it. What I want to focus on today are two other changes that I made to the image that made a significant improvement to the image. Read More
The flash drive is a media that is far superior to the CD/DVD yet it seems that no-one can agree on what to call them. You’ll see them called flash drives, thumb drives, jump drives, pen drives, memory sticks and super cool bitchin storage drives. (Ok, I made that one up.) Read More
It has now been a few years since the first mirrorless cameras made their appearance in earnest in still photography with professionals using them either full-time or at least as a significant part of their arsenal of equipment. The reasons seem quite varied. Of course, size is at the top of the list as well as features. But before looking closely at the advantages and disadvantages, I'd like to talk about my own findings and opinions. Read More
In 2017, Adobe changed the game. They split Lightroom into two products. There is Lightroom Classic CC, and the new Lightroom CC. (Of course using CC in both names won’t confuse anyone! Let alone the fact that Lightroom CC was the name of the last version of the “regular” Lightroom version.) Read More
Last year we saw many friends lose everything. Studios and homes flooded in Houston. Fires roared through many parts of California leaving a trail of destruction. December 26 was the two year anniversary of a monster tornado that ripped through communities near Dallas. A dear friend lost her home and personal belongings along with her camera equipment and most photographs. Read More
The equipment and software we use are getting smarter and smarter every day. It’s amazing what our cameras can do today. And with the latest rounds of updates of Adobe software, we see the addition of artificial intelligence. The latest versions of Lightroom and Photoshop can literally learn how to best edit our images. Read More
The temperatures are dropping around the country as winter hits with full force. To maintain a comfortable environment, we turn up those thermostats and increase the output of warm, dry air into our homes and offices.
Though many people have humidifiers for relief from the dryness, most do not. This can result in a number of inkjet printer problems. Read More
As the new year dawns, we look back upon a fabulous 2017. In our programs this year we’ve shared our love of photography with thousands. Many of you have traveled the world with us and we want you to know just how much we appreciate you. Read More
If you’ve been watching some of the new product announcements of late, you may have heard about different operating systems and software touting the support of a new file format, HEIF. The acronym stands for High Efficiency Image Format. Read More