I did an on location portrait shoot this past Sunday with New York Yankees Second Baseman, Miguel Cairo. The shoot took about one hour, and was done using one Nikon SB 800 flash along with my “Location Lighting Set-up” (the one B&H Photo has put together for me) with its Lastolite Diffusers, stands, and one reflector. I was lucky enough to get Corey Barker (the Photoshop Lad) to assist me at the shoot, so we had the whole thing wrapped up in around 45 minutes start-to-finish. Here’s one of my favorites (there’s a couple of more photos, so scroll down a little further).
I had a media pass to shoot the game (Yankees vs. Pirates), and I was in the photo pit, next to the Yankee’s dugout, near first base, which came in handy later in the game where I got this shot of Miguel standing on first base (he still has his batting helmet on). The shot was taken with a Nikon D2X, in high-speed Crop Mode, with a Nikon 200mm F/2 and a Nikon 1/4 tele-extender. The color version looks great, but when I converted it to Black and White I fell in love with it (and luckily, so did Miguel).
I shot alongside some great sports photographers, including shooters from Upper Deck Trading Cards, and AP Sports. I’ll post some more shots from the game (I got loads of shots of Miguel, as I was on assignment shooting him, but I also got shots of everyone from Derek Jeter, to Arod, to former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani who was there to throw out the first pitch, to Yankee’s Hall of Famer Yogi Berra). It was a beautiful day to shoot a ball game! :)
It’s Friday, and wellâ¦it’s Friday! :-)â¢ My buddy Jeff Revell turned me on to this before/after retouching site (called “DigitalRETOUCH”), and it uses a very clever Flash-based method for showing the before and after retouches, color correction and shaping. The image you see on screen is the “after’ photo, then you drag a scrubber bar below the photo to the right and as you drag the “before” image is revealed (so you can pause anytime for a split/screen view). Note: before you visit the site, be forewarned there are some fashion photos that contain nudity. Not just nudity, but bare nudie, naked, nakedness). Now that you know; here’s the link.
â¢When Dave Cross teaches a Photoshop session, the average size of the class is around 600 people, but for a intimate group of just 20 lucky people, you’ll not only get to spend the day’s learning Dave’s latest Photoshop for photographers techniques; you’ll get to start each day (and end each day at sunset) shooting right alongside Dave in some of the most stunning landscape locales in the West; Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. This workshop, sponsored by NAPP and produced by the Great American Photography Workshops (GAPW), is coming up next month (April 18-22, 2007) and if you act quickly you can snag one of the few remaining spots for a Photoshop and photography experience like no other. Plus, they’ll be plenty of opportunities to make Canadian jokes, and you’ll probably see a Canadian shirt or two as well (by the way; Dave’s “Photoshop TV Canada Shirt auction for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital raised over $212.00). To register, or for more info, visit GAPW’s Web Site right away.
â¢Our good friend, and Photoshop Hall-of-Famer, Jack Davis has just released a set of FREE (that’s F-R-double-E free) set of Lightroom Presets, courtesy of OnOne Software (who also developed Jack’s Frame and Edge effects set). You can download these “WOW!” presets by clicking here.
â¢ Speaking of Lightroom (like that smooth segue?), if you’re a Metadata template freak (and you know who you are), then check out this free Web-based Metadata template maker for Lightroom, called Jeffrey’s Metadata-Panel Builder. It’s pretty cool (ya know, in a metadata template kind of cool way).
Here’s what’s going on:â¢ It’s official; Adobe will be making their official CS3 annoucment on March 27th (not just Photoshop, but the full Creative Suite Product Line) at a special “Launch Event” in New York City. As John Nack noted on this blog; this is the official announcement of features; not the shipping date for the product. Here’s the scoop straight from Adobe’s PR blog.
â¢ Even though it’s still nearly a month away, the Photoshop World Conference and Expo (coming up in Boston April 4-6) has already broken our all-time East Coast attendance record by more than 300 people, and it’s very likely that the conference will reach maximum capacity within just a few day, and be the first Photoshop World ever to sell out in advance. When we reach the sold-out mark, we will start a cancellation waiting list, so if someone cancels in advance, you’ll be able to take their spot. I guess what I’m trying to say is; if you were thinking of going; I’d sign up, like…today at PhotoshopWorld.com
â¢ I did an interview with Dave Cross last week about Lightroom and the future of the digital photography workflow. I’ve been told it’s a surprisingly candid interview (which means I probably said some things I shouldn’t have said) and you can read it at Peachpit.com.
â¢ I ran across this great quote on Chuck Inglefield’s “Thoughts on Photography” blog. It was a comment posted by photographer Ivan Apfel (who’s a fantastic wedding phototgrapher, by the way) in response to a post by Chuck about photo-sharing sites where people critque your photography, and how the tendancy is to start shooting to please the people who critque your work, rather than stretching yourself as a artist. Here’s Ivan’s quote:
“The moment you stop caring about whether someone else approves your images and begin concerning yourself with whether you approve of your images is the moment when you begin creating your best work.”
NOTE: Please click the Comments button at the bottom of this post to read a great follow-up comment posted this morning by George Gerder. It’s a perfect add-on to this theme.
â¢ NAPP is very honored to announce that John Loiacano, Adobe’s Senior VP of Creative Solutions, will be the featured keynote speaker at the Photoshop World opening keynote (John is shown above during his keynote presentation at Photoshop World Las Vegas last year, where he and Adobe’s Kevin Connor gave the audience a first look at some of Lightroom’s new features, and a sneak peek at some upcoming Photoshop technology). John is a first-class presenter who totally energized the Las Vegas crowd, and with the all new technology coming out of Adobe (including the upcoming release of CS3), I can only imagine what he has in store (OK, actually I kind of know what he has in store, and trust me—his keynote will be the talk of the industry). You can see some shots of his Las Vegas keynote here.
â¢ Nikon very quitely just raised the bar for entry-level DSLR cameras, by dramatically upgrading their recently introduced D-40 with a 10+ megapixel sensor, they’ve taken the lowest ISO down to 100 (even the D70’s lowest ISO was 200), and the increased the shooting rate to 3 frames per second. You can find direct links to all the info on this new rebranded Nikon D40X at RobGalbraith.com
Just a quick heads-up: tomorrow’s the last day to use the Advance Registration discount to save $100 off a Photoshop World full-conference pass (The conference itself is April 4-6, 2007 at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center). So, if you’re going, but you haven’t signed up yet; I’d get on it. You can register on the Photoshop World Website, or you can call 1-800-738-8513 here in the States, or 813-433-5005 outside the US. Hope I’ll be seeing you in Boston! :-)
P.S. There’s a short video clip now on the Photoshop World Web site that gives you an idea of what it’s like actually being at a Photoshop World. It’s on the right side, and it plays right there on the page. Give it a quick look if you get a chance.