Wednesday
Oct
2007
17

From Tuesday’s Sunset Shoot

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On Tuesday about an hour before sunset we headed out to a lighthouse, right near a public beach, where I got this very “Cape Cod-like” shot (click on it for a much larger view). Same camera and lens as the shot I posted yesterday, but at 50mm, with an exposure of f/11 at 1/20 of a second, shot in Aperture priority mode (I shoot all outdoor shots in Aperture priority so I can control the focus of the background).

NOTE: I had a number of comments and emails yesterday about how yesterday’s photo was post-processed. For the image you see here, and yesterday’s image, I used my “Photoshop Seven Point System” for all image toning, but in yesterday’s image I had to do some serious cloning, because on the right side of the house, you could see the DLWS van in the parking lot, so I cloned that out. But worse yet, on the left side of the house, in front of the front porch, was a huge Army Corp of Engineer’s truck that had to be cloned out, and it took some time, but it was totally ruining the shot.

Although those two things HAD to be removed to save the shot (believe me, I tried recomposing as best I could, but that truck was REALLY big and in just the wrong place), then I cheated a little bit. If you look at the third window from the right on the bottom floor, it looks just like the other windows. In reality, that window was open, and it didn’t look very good, so I copied the window to the left of it up onto its own layer, and then I dragged that nice golden reflection window over the open window, and used Free Transform to shrink it down just a little bit so it was a perfect fit (this “window swap” was much easier than it sounds–it took all of 30-seconds). I did the exact same thing for one of the windows above the front porch–I copied the closed reflecting window to the left of it, and put it over the open window.

Other than the two window swaps, and cloning out the truck and the van, the rest was just toning use my Seven Point System. By the way, I got my first printed copy of the book on Friday right before I left for Detroit, and I was really psyched. Also, if you’re going to PhotoPlus in NYC this week, we can’t promise it, but Peachpit Press has a booth there, and they hope to have a limited number of copies there for sale. Hey, you didn’t hear it from me. ;-)

Tuesday
Oct
2007
16

One From Yesterday Morning’s Sunrise Shoot

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We got there early enough to get in position for sunrise and that moment when its beautiful light first kisses the front of this wonderful landmark on the beach (click on it for a larger version). INFO: Taken with a Nikon D200 on a tripod, using a Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 lens at 22mm, at f/8, with the ISO set at 100, and the shutter speed set to 1/8 of a second.

I’ll post more when I get a chance but we’ve been just goin’, goin’, goin! (but we’re having an absolute blast). Last night I also did a session where I turned them on to my new “Photoshop 7-point System,” which really struck a chord with the class, big time!

Tuesday
Oct
2007
16

MacGroup Detroit Rocks!

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This past Sunday, I got the chance to present a live version of my new “Photoshop 7-Point System” to MacGroup Detroit (the group founded and run by the amazing Terry White), and I have to tell you; I’ve never received a warmer welcome for any speaking engagement ever. As we drove up to the conference hall, members of MacGroup were standing outside, each holding a letter that spelled out “Welcome Scott,” (photo above by James Cutler) and they had balloons and even a gift of a stars and stripes “Rocky” jacket, that they had me put on as soon as I stepped out of the car.

For photos of the event itself, visit Terry’s Tech Blog by clicking here. 

Thanks so much to everyone at MacGroup Detroit, for their gracious hospitality, and for making me feel so welcome. You guys are just the best, and I had a wonderful time seeing all my old friends, and making new ones!

Monday
Oct
2007
15

It’s The DLWS Gang (and me)

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We had a glorious dawn shoot this morning along the Cape’s blustery coast, and although I haven’t had a chance to process any images from this morning yet (we’re back in the classroom right now), Joe McNally’s assistant Brad Moore was kind enough to take this shot of “the DLWS gang” (pictured here, L to R, are: Joe McNally, Moose Peterson, Laurie Excell, and myself). Click on the image for a larger view.

Also, make sure to scroll down to the next post to catch my just announced new “Win a free iPhone” giveaway.

Monday
Oct
2007
15

I’m Giving Away an Apple iPhone!!! (and 10 signed copies of my iPhone book)

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iPhone Book Giveaway

Wanna shot at winning a free Apple iPhone? Then enter my “Not so Subtle Promotion for my iPhone Book” Giveaway. That’s right, my friends, simply fill out This Entry Form, and you’ll be entered for a chance to win one of 10 signed copies of the book (I’m drawing one winner per day for the next 10 days), and then on the 10th day (Oct. 26, 2007), I’ll draw one lucky winner to win both the book AND an Apple iPhone itself. There’s nothing to buy (unless of course, you’re one of those instantly gratification people [like me] ,and you want to buy your copy of the book right now, from Amazon.com, or Barnes and Noble.com, or wherever cool iPhone books are sold). You may only enter once, but seriously, isn’t that enough? Here’s the Link to enter, and best of luck to you (and me). ;-)

Monday
Oct
2007
15

Greetings from Cape Cod (and some news)

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Hi everybody, and greetings from blustery Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We’re up here for the Digital Landscape Workshop Series (DLWS), with Moose Peterson, Joe McNally, and Laurie Excell, shooting some of the wonderful Cape scenery (This is posted a few hours before our dawn shoot, so if I get anything decent, I’ll post it here).

In the meantime; here’s some quick news:

  • I was really happy to see that the gang at PixelGenius has now added the Epson R2400 to their list of supported printers for their free downloadable color profiles for Epson’s new Exhibition Fiber Paper. Way to go, guys! :)
  • I might have mentioned this before, but if I didn’t—I sure should have: The new issue of “The Blind Monkey” (which is a wonderfully produced quarterly PDF newsletter from kick-butt photographer Andrew Kornylak) is now available. The PDF is free, and absolutely worth the download (download it right here).
  • Last week I mentioned that some of my fine art prints are being sold over at Digital Photo & Art, and the 100% of my proceeds from the sale are being donated to “Springs of Hope Kenya” which is in the process of building a clinic and orphanage for homeless and orphaned children in Kenya. Well, one of the individuals who bought one of my prints last week, so was moved by Springs of Hope is doing, that he donated $1,000 to the cause. I was just absolutely blown away. He asked that he remain anonymous, but to this very special person I just want to give you my personal thanks for doing something so wonderful, so caring, and so important. I am truly humbled by your generosity.

That’s it for now (except for the next post down, of course). Hope you all have a really wonderful Monday! :)

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