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  • Monthly Archives April 2009

    OK, so yesterday I heard from a friend that it was reported that the government spent an estimated $360,000 for that "Photo Op" debacle which had the President's 747 flying low over New York City (good plan!), escorted by a fighter jet (luckily the President wasn't on board). I heard what they wanted was a shot of Air Force One (of course, it's only called Air Force One if the President is actually on board, so we'll just call it "Big Blue and White 747") flying over the statue of Liberty with Manhattan in the background. There were probably more cost efficient ways getting that image, and so in literally less than two minutes I hacked together the composite you see above in Adobe Photoshop CS4, using a background from iStockPhoto.com and an official White House shot of "Big Blue and White 747" from…

    Hi gang: Next week I'll be wrapping up writing Volume 3 of my book, "The Digital Photography Book," and while I still have the chance I wanted to ask you if there were any particular topics, subjects, or techniques you wanted me to cover in this new book. Now, before you get involved, there are three things you should know: This book picks up right where Volume 2 left off, so there are chapters that focus on the next level of studio stuff, and the next things you need to know about small off-camera flash, and there are chapters on shooting landscapes & travel, how to photograph children, how to shoot Sports, a chapter on lenses, a chapter on composition, one on just how to take better photos, a chapter on shooting products, and of course, my photo recipes (how to get this type…

    Photographers Using Video on the Web

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    I’m a still photographer. I have spent roughly 25 years studying lighting techniques, obsessing over the best equipment, perfecting my darkroom prowess, and then starting over with Photoshop. Video is a very different animal; one that intimidates and frightens me. Recognizing what I’m good at and leaving the rest alone has gotten me this far; why do I need to consider utilizing video at this stage of the game? Because the web is here to stay and the competition is heating up.

    My background in photography and interest in leveraging the latest technology to advance image making, led to my involvement with liveBooks, the industry’s leading provider of professional-level websites. Over the course of the last five years, I have seen an evolution in the way photographers are using the web to market themselves. One substantial change has involved the inclusion of video in some very interesting and resourceful ways.

    What I will focus on here is not photographers offering video as a service to their clients, which is certainly happening as well, but more specifically how still photographers are using video on the web to market themselves.

    Hi gang. Here's what's up: Shooting the Sun & Fun Fly-in Last Friday my buddy, and co-workshop instructor, Bill Fortney hooked me up with media credentials to shoot one of the largest aviation events in the nation, the Sun & Fun Fly-in, in Lakeland, Florida. I was pretty psyched because that afternoon they had an airshow, and I had amazing access (right next to the runway), and what I was really excited about was shooting a squadron of F-16s. They were scheduled to take off around 5:00 pm, so we shot some classic warbirds and stunt planes while we were waiting, but then my cell phone rang and sadly my mother-in-law Barbara was on her way to hospital, so I immediately packed up my gear and headed back home (after all, there will be other airshows, but my mother-in-law is very precious to me).…

    ....someone from inside the photography industry itself; the co-founder of liveBooks, photographer Matt Bailey. Now, this is probably the first time I've had an industry vendor as a guest blogger, but I was contacted by a reader of this blog who suggested having Matt as a guest, and in particular to have him talk about a subject he's very passionate about, which is how photographers can incorporate video into their photography website. I thought, since video is the next emerging must-include feature in new dSLRs, this might be a perfect topic (here are three photographers' websites which have incorporated video with their photography): Colin Finlay (link) Gene Higa (link) Christopher Griffith (link) Anyway, I think it will be really cool, so check back here tomorrow to see what Matt has to say about this fascinating new era in photography and the Web.

    I got an update from Molly Bail (my friend of many years and the woman behind Springs of Hope, Kenya), on the progress in completing the Orphanage that so many of you have helped support through your generous donations, and I've got lots of great news to report today: First, the roof is completely done, the security wall around the Orphanage is nearly complete (Molly tells me this wall is very important), and they are set to open in a little over a month; on Monday, June 1st. Here's part of Molly's construction report: "We are about to lay the tile on Monday. We are tiling the bathrooms, hallway and kitchen. If funds allow we will do main floor, and bedrooms. If not we will use throw rugs. They are finishing up septic tank; paint inside and out. The kitchen still needs appliances (frig,…

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