Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I'll leave this log in place, and all of the videos will still play. New posts will be made on the new blog, but you can still reach me through the email contact link on this page.
One of the reasons for moving is that the new blog will allow me to display larger images, so I will begin show more of my own photography, as well as provide tipsand lessons to fellow photographers. Come on over and let me know what you think.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
You can still 'follow' me.
First, check out my Facebook page: http://tiny.cc/lkCqS
I don't Tweet very much, but you can follow me at: http://twitter.com/socalcamerapro
Of course, you can always find me in the b school. If you aren't a member, but you are a professional photographer, you should join: www.thebschool.com
For those of you in the Southern California area, I am conducting an Album Design class, at the Calumet store, in Santa Ana, next Saturday -- Aug. 1st.: http://bit.ly/1rKatl
Finally, we have had over 260,000 viewers of our youtube videos. Check them out. http://www.youtube.com/user/socalcamerapro
You can always email me with questions. Depending on the question, I may write a blog post, email an answer, or even call you. If you are in North America, or Western Europe, include a phone number and the best times to call. Give me the times in GMT (I am GMT -8 hours).
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Yesterday, I went with some friends -- all photographers -- for a mental health day -- just shooting for fun. Joe Photo led us on a 50 miles hike (OK, maybe it was only 5 miles) down a box canyon in Anza-Borrego State Park -- in California.
Here is a long distance shot of one of the big-horn sheep who live in the area -- and yes, I wish I would have had something longer than a 200mm lens -- now that I am home. Of course, if I had to carry it, I might have left it there. Realize, some of my companions where less than half my age, and I'm just happy that they didn't have to carry ME :-)
Oh -- the part about "I Can't Say It Any Better" -- read Joe's blog.
On Joe's blog, your learn that he got down on his belly, to shot a caterpillar. Here, you'll see that Matt Seville likes to shot from a different angle.
Speaking of Matt, and a different angle, here he is, in the background, capturing an image of Hanssie Trainor. Why do this?
1. You can just never have too many photos of women laying in the middle of the road.
2. There where no railroad track to tie her to.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Flash is not my friend at the moment and I wondering if anyone has any tips about learning to use flash and making it look good when you have to use it. My problem is underexposure in low light settings. Last time I used it I shot on manual at an ISO 800 (I occasionally used AV), and tried to keep the shutter between 50 - 100. I'm not sure if it's the direction in which I pointed the flash or the fact that the location had high ceilings, but I tried to avoid pointing the flash forward bc I wanted to avoid that look. My husband had the same issues as well! Any suggestions?
Saturday, February 28, 2009
I first photographed Jayden two days before he was born. Actually, I did some maternity shots, for his mother, on a Friday, and Jayden was born on Sunday, a month early. Since them, I've had birthday party cake, taken family photos at the beach, made a Baptism album, and watched him grow. Yesterday, we just sort of hung out. We took a few pictures, in the house, then went to a little park where I got to answer "why" a thousand times :-)
Throughout the day, I was reminded of how old we both are getting -- I mean, Jayden will be 3 in May and I'll be 64 in July. Another thing I was reminded of is how easy it is to forget to get down on the child's level -- How often do we see pictures of kids from the adult's point-of-view. The best images come from when you get down into their 'world'.
This example was taken with a D700, and a 24-120mm lens. Lighting was with two Nikon Speedlights, on small light stands, with Gary Fong Lightsphers, for diffusion. Camera was on Manual and both flash units where on TTL. The aperture range for this lens in 3.5 to 5.6. I set the lens at it's widest -- 24mm, and the f-stop to 3.5. If you do this, the lens will automatically adjust to keep the aperture at it's widest available, as you zoom through the focal length range of the lens. In this case, I was at about 48mm and the aperture was 4.5. Shutter speed was 1/60 and ISO was 200. Both of us where on our tummy.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
You can see the trailer for the video, and get [b] school info here: http://thebschoolblog.com/index.cfm?postID=276
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I think that's Mt. San Gorgonio. The Camera is at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, in Huntington Beach. D700, 200mm, f2.8. 1/3200, ISO 200, on a tripod, timer.
... and across the street(Pacific Coast Highway), looking toward the Huntington Beach Pier. That spec in the upper left-hand corner is a helicopter -- not dust on the sensor!!
Friday, February 6, 2009
On Tuesday, I had an opportunity to do some portfolio work for a Southern California model named Nishi. While I'm a Lakers fan, I sort of like this image.
The image is straight out of the camera - D700, 50mm, 1.8, 1/30, auto WB, ISO 200. Light is from two Nikon Speedlights - an SB-800 camera left, with a Gary Fong Lightsphere and an SB-900 to camera right, using the pull-up white bounce card into a large gold/white herringbone reflector.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I was fortunate to have a very talented friend - someone who had shot many wedding with me and whom I trusted. Her name is Keats Elliott and she had a friend -- another talented photographer, Marisa Holmes. The two of the them spent 1o days in Ecuador, with my daughter, her fiancee, and our families.
I made two books - one covering the 10 days, and a second for the day of the ceremony.
Gary's Album Designer is a set of actions the run within Photoshop (CS, CS2, CS3, or CS4). There are no templates - but the actions really speed up the process. Without the actions, just using Photoshop, it used to take me about 45 minutes to lay out a two-page spread. Using the Album Designer with Autodrop, I average 3-4 minutes per spread.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
D-700, 200mm, 2.8, 1/400, 3200 ISO
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Well, this is my plan -- I'm going to capture an image and post it, each day, for a month -- or until I get bored, or forget. Here are the rules: 1. The photo has to be posted within one day of being taken -- no shooting 30 images in one day, and then just uploading them. 2. The images have to be candid -- what I mean is there is no pre-production staging -- I just see it and shot it as I see it. 3. The subject has to be within, or visible from, my apartment or patio. (This may be flexible if I shoot something interesting, outside the home). 4. No flash -- available light, only.
Here's the first one -- my sofa, taken yesterday morning. D-700, 50mm 1.8 lens @4.5, ISO 200, 1/200. Converted to b&w via CS3, Channel Mixer method (70, 15, 15).