Here’s a quick shot of my seminar class right before the doors opened this morning (photo by Dave Moser). Well, gotta go to work! :)
Greetings from New York City, where I’m doing my “Photoshop CS3 Power Tour” seminar for a record-breaking 1,300 people today at the Javits Center. I hope I get to see you today (if you’re there and you read my blog, make sure you say “hi”). Now, onto the news:
- Q. Did I shoot in raw?
- A. You betcha. The whole time. The main reason was I wanted the flexibility to recover any clipped highlights from shooting out in the direct sun, and with all the white on the players jerseys (on both teams), it really, really worked out well.
- Q. Why did you shoot at 200 ISO
- A. The Buc’s official Team photographer, Paul Abell posted an answer to this yesterday before I could, but it was to make sure we had enough shutter speed to get to around 1/2000 of a second. Paul’s shooting Canon so the ISO noise issue isn’t a big deal, especially between 100 and 200 (where the noise is barely perceptible), and so when faced with a decision; he could perhaps get a tiny amount of less noise, he (we’d) have to give up shutter speed and stopping power. Read Paul’s comment yesterday for more details. Thanks Paul for jumping in and posting your comments yesterday. It’s much appreciated.
- Q. What did you think of the Canon 1D Mark III?
- A. Remember when I talked about shooting the Canon 5D, and how I had two big gripes: (1) The shutter felt funky—almost a bit too digital, and (2) the LCD didn’t have full screen highlights warnings? Well, both of my gripes have been addressed in the Mark III, and it was an absolute joy. I don’t have a single complaint—it absolutely rocked (and the battery life is just incredible. I shot with it today at a studio in Manhattan for four hours, and I still haven’t recharged since before Sunday’s shoot).
- Q. Did you use your “Photoshop Seven Point System” on those shots?
- A. Absolutely. I use the Seven Point System on all my own photos (it’s based on my own exact workflow), so if you see one of my shots, it went through “The System,” but luckily not every shot needed all seven points. There are two images where I also applied a variation of the “Hollywood Effect.”
- Q. Do you prefer shooting on Lexar?
- A. I hope I’m not jinxing myself, but I’ve never had one go bad, and at the end of the day, reliability is king.
- Q. Did you ditch your Nikon gear?
- A. I still have all my Nikon gear, but it’s the old stuff (D200, D2xs, etc.). I haven’ t decided what I’m going to do yet, but I can tell you this, right now I’m really loving that Mark III. I love the way it renders fleshtone, and the way it handles things that are red (like the Buc’s jerseys), is really wonderful. I wish I felt a little more comfortable with all the controls, but it’s getting more comfortable every day.
- Q. What’s the Loupe around your neck?
- A. That’s the Hoodman Loupe, and for outdoor events like that, it’s absolutely invaluable. You can either use it, or turn off your LCD and save your battery, cause you can’t see a dang thing on it in that direct mid-day sun. Other photographers on the sidelines kept asking me about it all day. Now that I’ve been using it, I don’t know how I got along without it.
Well, that’s it for today. It’s 2:33 am, and I should probably hit the sack. Ya know, since I’ve got a class in the morning, and didn’t get any sleep last night either. I’m gonna sleep like a rock on my flight home tonight, though.
Have a great Tuesday and I hope to see you today at the Javits! :)
This Sunday I got to shoot my home team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in my home stadium (Raymond James Stadium). First the big news; we won!!! (17 – 10). A Bucs win is always something to celebrate in my house, but getting to shoot them on field during a win was just an absolute blast (of course, had they lost, it still would have been a blast, just a smaller blast). Click on the slideshow above for larger views of the images.
Perhaps the coolest part was that I had incredible access because I had an “on-field” pass that got me out there with the players (I was even at a midfield for the coin toss) I pretty much had access to anywhere I wanted to go, and I went pretty much…well…everywhere. What a blast!
For the game I shot two different bodies that were with me all the time; For the wide shots, I used a Canon 5D with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, and for the long stuff, I shot a new Canon 1D Mark III (what an incredibly sweet camera, by the way!), with a 400mm f/4 with Image Stabilization, supported with a Gitzo monopod. It was a load to carry around, but it was absolutely worth it!
All the long shots were taken at f/4, at 200 ISO, to get a very shallow depth of field, and the wide shots where also at 200 ISO but mostly at f/5.6 or f/8 to get more detail in the background. All the shots were imaged on Lexar digital film.
A big thanks to Bucs Team Photographer Paul Abell, who is just a terrific shooter (and Lightroom User), for his gracious hospitality, and to his wonderful assistant Patrick who helped make sure I didn’t get leveled by a 280 lb. linebacker. Also thanks to Paul and Dave Carlson at Canon for the two photos of me you see in the slideshow above.
Here’s what’s up as we head into the weekend:
That’s it for today. Hope everybody has a great weekend, and we’ll see you in New York next week (ya know….or not).
We’ve just totally updated the online home of Layers Magazine (The how-to magazine for everything Adobe; available on newsstands nationwide) with an all-new look and feel. But beyond that, the new site features some very cool things, most notably a brand new daily blog from LayersTV co-host RC Concepcion; a new Photoshop Killer Tip video tutorial posted each day from Photoshop guru Matt Kloskowski, and it’s also the home of the Adobe Creative Suite how-to show; Layers TV (you can watch each weekly episode of LayersTV right there on the home page).
Besides the fresh new look, LayersMagazine.com has loads of tutorials on all the Adobe Creative Suite apps, including InDesign, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Photoshop and more! It’s really pretty slick, and RC’s blog and Matt’s Killer Tips make it worth a daily stop for sure. Check it out today; here’s the link.
The “Call for Entries” goes out today for the 2nd annual worldwide “Photoshop User Awards” competition, (sponsored by Photoshop User magazine), and if you’re this year’s “Best of Show” winner, we’re sending you and a friend on a trip to beautiful Maui, Hawaii (including round-trip airfare, hotel, and daily expenses) to get you totally inspired to have your work featured as the cover art for an issue of Photoshop User magazine. Besides the grand prize, there are also thousands of dollars in other prizes and winners in a variety of different categories. The contest is open to any Photoshop user, anywhere in the world, but you can’t win if you don’t enter, so for all the details, visit PhotoshopUserAwards.com. Good luck everybody!