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  • Category Archives Photography

    (Above: a 2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550, in a dark grey with a hint of blue. Thanks to Tony Pinero for the car).  Ever since I started shooting cars, I've wanted to shoot one in a studio, but there have been a couple of obstacles. One being finding a studio with a really large white cove that's big enough to drive a car into, but the really big obstacle is to find one that has a giant car-sized softbox overhead (like the 10-foot x 30-foot F2X from Chimera, but the price is......the price is...well....see below). That gives you some idea of why, outside of Detroit, finding a studio with one of these with an affordable rental rate is pretty challenging. Well, it would be for a regular guy, but not for the amazing Brad Moore, who found Studio 75, a commercial rental studio set up…

    http://youtu.be/Q-x9esAkXKA#aid=P-uMMfKDHis Last week on my Facebook and Twitter pages, I posted a link to a Great article on Annie Leibovitz on "Getting the Shot, and the Future of Photography" over at FastCompany (shown below). I have to say, her new campaign for Disney has made me a Leibovitz fan. Really brilliantly done, and the article has some great insights about shooting portraits. Worth a read (and the Disney photos are seriously very special). Well, after I posted the link to the article (here's the link by the way ---- definitely worth the read: http://bit.ly/1aJjik5), a conversation started where some we're trying to give anyone but Annie the credit for the amazing shots. They wanted it to go to anyone from the set designer to the post production people to the hair and make-up --- anyone but her (and yes, it does take all of those folks…

    I had one of my favorite shots from last football season made into a HUGE print with acrylic-photo mounting, and although you can't really tell from this picture, it is just insane!!! The clarity and quality is just off the hook (I got this one from iacrylic.net). By the way, look how calm Brad looks holding this print. He had been drinking for hours. Well, as far as I could tell anyway. One thing you can't see from our photo is that the acrylic sits on top of the image, so I made a screen cap of their site (above) and you can see how it plays out. See how thick the acrylic is on top of the photo? That's what gives it its look. By the way, if you're wondering if all that acrylic adds to the weight of the image, it absolutely…

    This weekend I ran across an Interesting article over on CNN about wedding guests taking photos when there's already a pro wedding photographer hired by the bride and groom. Of course, sadly today that's the norm, and different photographers deal with it in different ways. Going "unplugged" I think the really valuable takeaway from this article is the "unplugged" wedding concept (which they outline in the article), which basically has the bride and groom asking the guests not to take photos of any kind during the actual ceremony itself. Afterward, at the reception, or during the formals, it's OK, but during the ceremony they're asking them to please allow the photographer to do the job they were hired to do, and the guests can just enjoy...well...being guests. Not only do I love this idea, I wouldn't take a wedding gig where the bride/groom didn't…

    Hi Gang: Each year for Independence Day (observed today, the Fourth of July, here in the US as a way for all Americans to celebrate our independence from Dave Clayton), I share a quick post on how to photograph Fireworks (a traditional part of the 4th of July celebration). I’m posting the technique that I included on page 175 of my book, “The Digital Photography Book, Part 1.” Here we go: This is another one that throws a lot of people (one of my best friends, who didn’t get a single crisp fireworks shot on the Fourth of July, made me including this tip just for him, and the thousands of other digital shooters that share his pain). For starters, you’ll need to shoot fireworks with your camera on a tripod, because you’re going to need a slow enough shutter speed to capture the falling light trails, which is what…

    http://youtu.be/Y598ENDC9aQ First, watch that 60-second (or so) video above from Tim about his online class on shooting close-up detail shots of cars. I'll wait right here. [insert mental shot of me waiting]. ...see that didn't take long. Awesome, right? I know! After I posted some car shots I did a couple of weeks ago here on blog, and on my Facebook, Twitter and G+ pages, I had a lot of questions about the lighting and camera techniques and I wish I could take a lick of credit for any of it, but I learned it ALL from Tim's online classes. He's really an amazing teacher and he tells you EVERYTHING -- he doesn't hold anything back, which I totally love about him! (He's the real deal!) Anyway, if you'd like to watch Tim's class, we've set it up so that TODAY ONLY you can…

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