You’ve probably heard all about Adobe’s Creative Cloud and the requisite scrutiny/praise/complaining from the various customer bases. I’ll spare you a recap and jump straight to the new stuff. Adobe has posted a half-way response to let you know they’re listening.Details
I’m experimenting more with portrait lighting, trying to dial in something that doesn’t look like a department store. One look I keep coming back to uses a single strip light. Some of the commercial versions are very expensive, and the DIY versions seem to have some inherent flaws that make them less flexible or sturdy than I’d like.
This version is my first attempt at addressing as many of these problems as I can. Total cost is about $20US, and roughly 30 minutes of time.Details
Recently, I got bored and broke out a backdrop and light stand just to see what I could learn about shooting self-portraits. This is mostly because I don’t have many willing subjects. Also, the majority of my photo projects feature some kind of problem-solving aspect (that’s how I learn), and are typically seat-of-the-pants affairs – I don’t have any real idea of what I want. Inflicting my mental ramblings on a person in real time is not likely to be pleasant for either of us, so I tend towards inanimate objects that don’t complain when I constantly fiddle with lights, camera position, angles, etc.
However, I have LOTS of project ideas for people rolling around in my head. So I figured I should step in front of the camera and do some experimenting.Details
“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.”
– Henri Cartier-Bresson
I did some bargain hunting for my trip to PhotoshopWorld in Las Vegas this September. The car was cheap, I stayed in a time share, and got seriously lucky for low-price air fare. I even stocked the fridge with cereal, milk, and water to save on breakfast and keeping hydrated. So I felt OK looking around for stuff I normally wouldn’t buy on impulse. That turned out to be an excellent strategy, because I ended with a Spider Pro Holster.Details
It’s the last day at Photoshop World, and I’ve had a blast! There are some amazing people wandering around, and my book seems to be pretty popular. If you’re still on site, there are great deals to be had at the expo floor, and I’ve discovered some favorite new products from Spider Holster, Wacom, and…Details
My new D800 just came in a few weeks ago, so I’m just learning some of the capabilities. I’ve paired it with an SB-910 flash, which is insanely powerful for a stock unit. I like to test things under controlled setups, but I don’t usually keep any kind of studio or table set up. That means when the bug bites, I make stuff up.
In this case, my son wanted me to get a picture of these really cool insect eggs attached to the bottom of a leaf. What a great excuse for a DIY macro studio!Details
Update! The webinar is now posted to YouTube. What are you doing on August 16th? I’d love to invite you to a special webinar with Wacom. This is a free event, but you have to register. I’ll go over some of the ways I use (and abuse) my Intuos5, and how I’ve integrated Wacom tablets…Details
Are you part of an Adobe User Group? If so, you might be able to get a free copy of my book! Managers should register with Peachpit to get a monthly book for free. When your group is accepted, you’ll get a monthly newsletter with instructions on requesting a new title. Your members will also…Details