Taking time at the close of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 to divert from teaching photography to photojournalism, family, future.
Waking up Monday, we were expecting a quiet week with visits and fellowship with local and distant friends. But almost immediately I learned about the tradegy in Hamilton overnight. We had lost another member of our fire and police family in 2015, our 3rd just this year.
Even though Glenn & I don’t personally get to know every one of them/you, we have become friends with so many over the last decades, and it’s a very close family. Shooting news, we’re there for everything – cadets, weddings, retirements, and memorials, fires, floods, and more. There has been too much tragedy in 2015. (more…)
Factory settings can be very frustrating when it comes to focusing your Nikon Digital SLR Camera where YOU want.
Explaining what the buttons do together can get a little complicated but here goes. Afterward with some practice you’ll be able to change them to suit your subject and get many more successful sharp shots of your subjects.
Factory settings can be confusing and very frustrating when it comes to focusing your Canon DSLR, and explaining what all 3 buttons do together can get a little complicated but here goes. Hopefully afterward you’ll be able to change them to suit your subject and get more successful shots. It just takes practice…
I get this question quite a bit: Photoshop or Lightroom?
Yes. Ok, I’m not really kidding. Stick with me here… It does depend on what you shoot as well as how much time you want to be chained to your computer, or if you want to Edit on the Go with your tablet. Plus do you want to “rent” your software or own it? Let’s start with Lightroom from Adobe, then Photoshop, then Photoshop Elements and the basic difference between them, then a quick HOORAY for tablet editing.
Yes Photoshop is complicated. You can do ANYTHING with it. Everyone has different needs. I’m just sharing a bit of what I do with it… I’ve used it since version 4. NOT CS4, really 4. No I don’t know how long ago that was. Back in the dark ages for sure! 🙂
So – if you want to ORGANIZE your images, sort into groups, compare side by side – you can use Lightroom or Photoshop Elements – no clear winner.
If you want to apply the same edits to MANY photos at one time – Lightroom – hands down! If you shoot hundreds of images per shoot, Lightroom ROCKS! But you will probably need some version of Photoshop to go with it as a ‘companion’ for really intricate healing as well as text stuff, if you ever do that stuff.
If you’re a casual editor and don’t need high end graphics or tiny details fixed, Elements will work JUST FINE rather than needing big Photoshop. Save your $$ and avoid the subscription.
If you want to edit on the go – subscribe to Lightroom & PS, get Lightroom Mobile & Photoshop Fix on your iPad.
OR use my favorite apps like Snapped (free!) and Filterstorm on your iPad (especially with an sd card reader) – great for quick edits on the go.
I hope this helps! If you want to learn easy pro tricks for ALL of these, join me for a private lesson (in person or virtual) or one of our ongoing group workshops – I’m more than happy to share 20 years of pro secrets that will help you create drop-dead gorgeous images!
So for your reward for reading all my hems and haws, here’s what I typically do.
Thanks for visiting! I hope to see you in our next class soon! Check out the photo below edited solely in Lightroom (no extra photoshop needed 🙂
Pool is a common term in news coverage where 1 photographer or media outlet, still or video (most often 1 of each), is asked to provide images/feed for the rest of the media as opposed to each media outlet having their own crew. In Cincinnati we have 3 newspapers, 4 tv stations, and 2 radio stations – that’s a minimum of 13 people – each needing still images as well as video. Pool is typically used for sensitive events such as large trials, funerals, and the like where having that much media in one location is just not doable. It puts pressure on that single person or team to provide images/video as quickly, professionally, accurately as possible with the best quality for use by local outlets as well as Associated Press and others nationally and worldwide. (more…)
I have a few favorite apps for painting my photos on iPad. With the new iPad Pro, I’m really looking forward to the Apple Pencil making this even more amazing!
My favorite app to start this process is Adobe Paint Can – especially since it’s FREE. I’ve recorded this video transforming an image into a painting. Final touches will be completed in another app. I’ll add more info on that soon.
No artistic skill required. No mess either. You can work on paintings anywhere, anytime.
Visit our Girls Night Out page for more on iPad Photo Painting Parties for groups of 4 or more. Use your images or ours.
Photos from the annual photo walk – Smale Riverfront Park, The Banks, Fountain Square.[flickr_set id=”72157659431773571″]
See more at Flickr
The problem with being married to a photojournalist, and being one yourself, is you never know…
The best news photographers take the Boyscout Motto of Always Be Prepared to heart – like a divine directive. And the best news photographers are never really ever “off”, even when they’re “supposed” to be on “vacation” (like Glenn at this particular moment).
So when we saw a command SUV careening through Springdale closely followed by West Chester’s engine, of course I had to follow it, after I blocked the intersection and waited for them to pass – waving wildly at the idiot who ran the light with them coming through! About a block later we saw the large column of dark smoke, knowing immediately it was more than just 1 house on fire (2o years of practice after all). While I changed shoes and gathered the 4 waters that were handy, Glenn headed for the fire with a Nikon D7000 with a 300 zoom and a D600 with a 24-85.
We’ve uploaded a gallery of 80 images from the fire with very basic toning in Lightroom (most untouched), shot by both of us. To see the settings, view the info or exif data. And remember to thank your local firefighters – and GET OUT OF THE WAY so they can save someone’s dog as well as their home!
October 3, 2015
8:45AM meetup with group photo at 9am near the Lager House
12:00PM Lunch at The Banks eatery of your choice
Destination: Smale Riverfront Park & Fountain Square
Map address for parking: 120 East Mehring Way, Cincinnati 45202
Be sure to check out photos from WWPW 2014 & WWPW 2013! After you register, join the group for 2015 here. Flickr gives you oodles of storage free – plus you can see the data used to take the photo – very handy! See some photos at the bottom of the page!
Click image to download jpeg map. Stay tuned to the blog – I’ll post some “things to do” while you’re downtown. 🙂
Whether you’re using a smart phone or other camera, I always recommend get the best detail in your image in straight color with no extra filters first. You can always edit it later, and create a wide variety of looks from any image.
Here are a few tips I follow every time I’m shooting, no matter what it is.
Check out more about that and our upcoming On the Go Photo Workshops for in-depth shooting & editing classes using any smart phone or tablet.
If you’re using a “big camera”, you might want an SD card reader
from Apple to import your photos onto iPad.