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
Range masking is a feature of the local adjustment tool that will allow you to limit the adjustment to a range of colors or tones in your image. You'll find Range Masking in both Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw. As a part of the local adjustment tool, these adjustments are completely non-destructive and can be edited later on.Read More
"While I have always worked hard at my lighting for people photography from portraits to glamour, to editorial, this job made me focus on the products first and the models second."Read More
When you’re done shooting you have a lot of RAW photos that look great on the back of the camera. Then you download them into Lightroom and you’re presented with a gallery full of flat, lifeless images. So, what happened to what you saw on the camera?
If you can’t seem to get great RAW images straight out of the camera then you may have a problem with your workflow. And, it’s not a problem that is unique to any one manufacturer. Instead, it’s how RAW files are processed in your workflow.Read More
In 1944 someone stood behind a camera in Evergreen, Louisiana and captured a photograph of two military men home on leave. One, Lieutenant John Hollingshead (left), and the other, Sargent Robert Hull (right), my father. That image helped tell the story of two army buddies coping with the war.
This faded photograph is quite unusual because there was a caption written on the back. We know it was taken in 1944 and that they were in Louisiana on training maneuvers. We also know that they were at Lt. Hollingshead’s family home. Beyond that, very little is known about this photograph. But unlike most of the photos in our family collection, this one had a caption.
My father died in 1986 at the age of 62. He was the same age that I am today. He died a very young man and with him the stories of his life, including the story illustrated by this photograph.
Inevitably, time marches on and the memories of the past fade. In 1944, relatively few photographs were taken and often those memories fit inside a shoe box. Today, the volume of photographs taken each day has increased exponentially. Whereas the older photos lack a story, today’s photographs get lost in the sheer volume of data that inundate our lives.
Many very learned people are suggesting that today’s digital generation will be the first generation in the last century that may end up with no photographs of their immediate family history. When they become parents and grandparents, they will not be able to find any photographs of themselves as children. Instead, these images will be lost.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be celebrating holidays with our families. Take some time to sit down and talk about some of your family photos. Select those that have a story to tell. Ask your grandparents or parents about the photos and listen to their stories. It’s amazing the things you can learn about your own family history.
Be sure to write down what you hear. Include the names of those in the images and try and zero in on a date and location for each. Software today, like Adobe Lightroom, let’s you enter titles and captions to your photographs. Add that information. But, more importantly, print some of these photographs and create a family album or a wall display of family photos.
We’d love it if you would share some of your discoveries with us. Share meaningful family photographs that you’ve found and tell us some of the stories behind the photo. So, here’s the challenge. Take time over the holidays to discover new old family photos and interview someone to learn more of the story. Then, share the photo and story with us.
Share on Social Media
Share on Facebook or Instagram and tag @corbellworkshops - include #fadedmemories
In Twitter, tag us @corbellworkshop and include the hashtag #fadedmemories. (In Twitter there is no “s” on the end of the user id. Just not enough space.)
Win A Free Workshop!
At the end of the holidays, we will select one of the #fadedmemories images posted on social media and that person will receive free admission to our Mastering Portrait Lighting workshop - a $595 value. Visit our website for more information about the workshop.
We are into the busy “announcement season” for the photography industry. This week is the start of PhotoPlus Expo at the Javits Convention Center in New York. In the run-up to this show, we’ve seen vendors announce new products and updates to entrenched classics.
It really is a time of change and for some, that can be a stressful time. Personally, I find the new products and features quite exhilarating. But, you don’t have to browse social media very long to realize that not everyone shares my enthusiasm.Read More
Funny thing about our wonderful craft of photography. Once you begin mastering the camera and light techniques, along with a strong dose of composition and creating impact, you have to find a way to determine your future use of this craft. What do you want to do with this knowledge and your photographic ability?Read More
Here’s something that may have slipped by unnoticed. Adobe Lightroom added a new feature recently called Reference View. This new functionality is part of the Develop module and is really useful when you want to edit one photo and you want it to look like another image.Read More
This is the kind of shoot that does not require you to speak. With this kind of work you seek and hunt for images. You don't pose, you don't move them into position. You go find pictures that tell a story. You have to set the stage. You record what is taking place.Read More
Today, color theory is quite complex as it tries to keep up with an ever evolving digital technology. Two important, but often confused, elements in color theory today are Color Space and Color Gamut.Read More
Color Harmonies are usually grouped into different Color Schemes, each defining a unique relationship between colors on the color wheel. Today we’ll look at one of these color schemes, Complementary Colors.Read More
Why is it that some people seem to be hugely successful and do so much, while the vast majority of us struggle to tread water? The answer is complicated and likely multifaceted. One aspect is mindset—specifically, the difference between amateurs and professionals.Read More
If you’ve ever wanted to make some good looking name badges for an event, chances are you created a nice Photoshop file and spent hours editing the text layer that had the persons name. Edit, print, edit, print, edit, print, and on and on. But, there is a better way and it's been hiding in Photoshop for years. Create hundreds of variable images in just minutes!!Read More
As with just about any product, goods, or services, there has always been good, better and best. In many cases the difference between good and best is a simple increase or change in improving the quality. The same applies in photography.Read More
Now, there are a lot of reasons you can come up with not to travel, but honestly, most won’t hold water. In reality, it’s a choice. You can choose not to travel - and that’s fine. But I think you’ll also find that, with travel, your life can become significantly enriched - more meaningful and memorable.Read More
Most photographers like to travel and with good planning and the right frame of mind, your travels can be a fun and enriching experience. We've just landed back at home after two weeks with photography groups in Ireland. Here are some of our suggestions for a safe and fun travel experience.Read More
For many people, a funny thing happens when they put down their big fancy rig and, instead, use their simple camera phone. When you're not worried about all the settings, your brain instead turns to more artistic endeavors. You essentially can become more creative once you are freed from the shackles of all those settings, buttons and switches.Read More
Unlike North America, most of the world's electrical service is 220-240 volts at 50Hz. In the US, electricity is usually delivered at 120 volts and 60Hz. Also, you'll also find that the outlets may look quite different from what you see in your own home. So when you look at electrical considerations for your trip, you need to think about both voltage and plug configuration.Read More
Take any good photography class and chances are the teacher will give you an assignment. These assignments can take many forms, some help you master camera operation or photographic techniques while some of the most valuable assignments involve expanding your creative skills. It’s the creative assignments that can really stretch you as a photographer and teach you to see the creative possibilities in the world around you.Read More
We want to offer up a few things to think about as the summer concert series are in full swing and as you might imagine, your personal preparation is at the top of the list of things to do in order to guarantee your success.Read More