Wednesday
Jul
2010
07

Joe McNally Lighting Workshops at Dobbs Ferry

by Brad Moore  |  6 Comments

Joe is back at it this month with another round of One-Day Lighting Workshops in Dobbs Ferry, NY (just north of NYC)!  This time around, he’s doing both Basic and Advanced workshops. Here are brief descriptions of each:

ONE-DAY BASIC LIGHTING WORKSHOPS
July 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18

These hands-on workshops are not camera system specific, nor are they are not about buttons and dials. All day, we will deal with the question of how to manage light, while emphasizing how to “write” with light and how it shapes the mood, message, color, and feel of the photograph. Joe will start with the basics of one flash, and move quickly into scenarios involving multiple flashes. Significant location lighting issues will be discussed during the course of a jam-packed day.

ONE-DAY ADVANCED LIGHTING WORKSHOPS
July 12, 16, 27, 28, 29

The techniques taught in the basic lighting workshop will be incorporated, albeit in a compressed time format. Basic proficiency with flash, on and off camera, is required.
Depending on the pace of the class, the following advanced techniques below will be examined:
• Auto FP hi-speed sync.
• Multiple exposure, using multiple groups.
• Complex multiple flash scenarios.
• Mixing small flash with bigger strobes.
• Stroboscopic (if time allows).

Head over to Joe’s site for the full skinny on everything.  Classes are filling up quickly, so don’t wait to register!!

Tuesday
Jul
2010
06

Canon 7D and Nikon D300s Up For Grabs from Lexar Media

by Scott Kelby  |  20 Comments

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First, ya gotta know, there’s a photo involved, but it’s not a photo competition—so anyone can win.

Here’s the scoop: For the month of July, Lexar Media is holding a ““Take the Next Shot” Sweepstakes, and the winner gets their choice of either a Nikon D300s or a Canon 7D, along with a Lens and a Lexar 600x memory card (plus runners-up get 300x cards).

All you have to do is follow Lexar on Facebook or @Lexarmedia on Twitter and then just email them a photo. This makes you eligible for the drawing for the prizes (they’re not judging the photos, just using that as an entry into the contest). Click either one of those links above for more details, or to enter.

Tuesday
Jul
2010
06

Worldwide Photo Walk Cutoff

by Brad Moore  |  12 Comments

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RC  & crew shoot back during last year’s Worldwide Photo Walk – Photo by Scott Kelby

Hey everyone, Brad here.  Just wanted to let everyone know that this coming Saturday, July 10 is the cutoff to be approved as a leader.  We want to make sure everyone has plenty of time to plan their walk, and we think two weeks is about the minimum for planning something like this.

So if you’re wanting to lead a Photo Walk in your area, make sure you sign up asap to get in before the cutoff date!

Monday
Jul
2010
05

Happy Fourth, er, Fifth of July!

by Brad Moore  |  13 Comments

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Photo by Brad Moore

I want to wish all my readers (well, at least the US-based ones) Happy Independence Day. I’m taking today off to spend some time with my family, and I hope you’re able to do the same. Have a great day and we’ll see you tomorrow.

Friday
Jul
2010
02

How to Shoot Fireworks

by Scott Kelby  |  51 Comments

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With Independence Day being celebrated here in the U.S. on the Fourth of July, I usually do a quick post on how to photograph Fireworks (which is a traditional part of the 4th of July celebration here). I’m posting the technique that I included on page 175 of my book, “The Digital Photography Book.” 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 you’re really after.

Also, this is where using a cable release really pays off, because you’ll need to see the rocket’s trajectory to know when to push the shutter button—if you’re looking in the viewfinder instead, it will be more of a hit or miss proposition.

Next, use a zoom lens (ideally a 200mm or more) so you can get in tight and capture just the fireworks themselves. If you want fireworks and the background (like fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World), then use a wider lens.

Now, I recommend shooting in full Manual mode, because you just set two settings and you’re good to go:

  1. Set the Shutter Speed to 4 seconds
  2. Set the Aperture to f/11. Fire a test shot and look at the LCD monitor on the back of your camera to see if you like the results. If it overexposes, lower the shutter speed to 3 seconds, then take another shot and check the results again.

TIP: If your camera has “Bulb” mode (where the shutter stays open as long as you hold down the shutter release button down), this works great–hold the shutter button down when the rocket bursts, then release when the light trails start to fade. (By the way; most Canon and Nikon digital SLRs have bulb mode). The rest is timing—because now you’ve got the exposure and sharpness covered.

There you have it—-hope you all get some great shots on the fourth! :-)

Wednesday
Jun
2010
30

Thursday News Stuff

by Scott Kelby  |  19 Comments

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Joe McNally’s Work Featured in National Geographic
Joe’s been covering assignments for National Geographic magazine for many years now, and in the July 2010 issue he’s got some amazing photos in their feature story on the 21st Century Electrical Power Grid. There’s a harrowing shot of Joe climbing out onto an electrical tower, from the skid of a helicopter (photo by Drew Gurian), and when you actually see what Joe goes through to “get the shot,” you realize what it takes to be a National Geographic photographer, and Joe has it in spades. You can see some of the images from the spread online, right here. Congrats Joe. Ya done good, kid. ;-)

Tom Bol Baby, Yeah!
Killer Guest Blog yesterday from Tom Bol. One of my readers, Jeremy Proffitt wrote this comment yesterday about Tom’s post. “I think you said it best when you said ”I’ve come to realize non-paying personal projects are equally as important as paying jobs. I need them both to survive and grow as a photographer.” I couldn’t agree more. Just a great job Tom all around. Thanks for sharing your work and wisdom with us all.

There’s a deal goin’ on two of my books over at Borders
Well, it’s not every single Borders store, but “a whole bunch of ‘em.” Borders is running a promo for 30% off a small group of book titles, and two of them are mine:  The Digital Photography Book, Volume 3, and Photo Recipes Live. The promo runs now through August 15th, and is available through select locations (here’s a link to the store locations that are doing the promotion). Visit a Borders store near you and check it out (provided of course, there is a Borders store near you).

You, and Rob Jones, raised another $1,200 for the Orphanage
With Towner Jones Photography’s gracious donations included, together we raised about $1200 this weekend on the Photo Walk t-Shirt sales, bringing the total raised so far for the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya to around $3,700 (we’ve already raised more than half of what we did all of last year). If you haven’t ordered your official Photo Walk t-shirt yet, here’s the link. Thanks again Rob for having such a big heart for the kids.

World Wide Photo Walk Update
As I write this, we have 905 Walks around the world, and over 18,000 walkers. You gotta join in! Here’s the link.

Facebook “Like” is here
We’ve added Facebook’s new “Like” button to each of my daily posts, so if you see a post you like, share it with other folks by clicking on the Like button. You’ll like it. I’ll like it. It’s a like-like thing.

Forget the Dave Hill Effect…
…and check out Dave Hill, the photographer. It has been a while since I’ve been by his site, and his work just keeps getting better and better, on both the shooting side, and the post production side, and his concepts and execution are brilliant. So, if you haven’t checked him out since the “Dave Hill Effect” craze was in full swing, it’s time to stop by again and enjoy some really amazing photography. Here’s the link.

That’s it for today folks. See ya tomorrow!
Have a great Thursday, and try to stay cool.

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