I’m thinking of starting a new photography group. The name needs a bit of work but the gist is ‘The No Shill Group’.
It seems an increasing number of photographers are entering into affiliate relationships with as many companies as will have them, putting advertising all over their websites or have extensive product sponsorship arrangements. At the same time these photographers are, of course, ‘reviewing’ or otherwise writing about/promoting the gear or software. The net result is that it’s nearly impossible to determine when the comments being made are objective and can be trusted. Continue reading →
As I noted in my last article reviewing the RAM Mount Universal X-Grip system, mobile is advancing at a very rapid pace in the photography world. Not just taking pictures with a mobile device but the use of mobile devices in workflows.
As I continue to research and experiment with different mobile options for my new book project, I’m pretty much at a point where I think a laptop on the road is unnecessary, probably, 90% of the time or more. Really, the only time I think I might need a laptop is if I were doing a live software demonstration. And even then, quite possibly not. Continue reading →
The world of mobile photography continues to grow. And I’m not talking about taking pictures with a smartphone or tablet. I’m talking about the ability to use mobile technology to help in the workflow. Using tablets or smartphones and associated apps to help make photos or videos with a DSLR.
This may be the last post in the Internetworking series. Why? Because I may be exiting the social media scene. Why? Because I’m just not finding it effective. I’d love for someone, or several someones, to tell me I’m wrong.
I’ve been active on social media for a number of years now and while it hasn’t been effective in helping grow my commercial photography business, it has helped make my photography known to more people and I’ve enjoyed the conversations that have taken place, mostly on Facebook, with people.
While the results of a mistake aren’t nearly as potentially serious the point is it makes sense to hire a professional to do the job. You want your product or service to look as good as possible when you’re trying to attract new customers. You work very hard to do the best job for your customers and clients. Why short change yourself when you present your work to prospective new clients?
An architectural firm hired me to shoot one of their projects which entailed some redesign work in part of the library at a local university. I prepped the images, which included some stitched panoramics. The architect had told me they wanted me to have some fun with the shoot. So in stitching the panos I purposely left curvature distortion where there would normally be straight lines. As I always do, I posted the proof images onto a non-public, password protected area of my site for the client to view. After doing so, the client came back and asked if they could get one specific image at full size before I delivered everything on CD. The image they wanted was one of the panoramics with the curved lines.
A lot of the commercial work I do is architectural. Recently, I was hired by an architectural firm to shoot several of their projects. One of those projects was a nearly 200 year old building. As you might expect with a building that old, there had been modifications done, there had been additions, there had been repairs and there had been settling over time. The work my client had done was converting the structure from industrial to mixed use commercial/residential. This included work on the exterior, cleaning up the brickwork, adding new – but period looking – detail and the design work on the interior.
Recently I was hired by an architectural firm to photograph four mural panels at a local college. The architects had been engaged to do some redesign work at the school. Part of the redesign included covering up the murals. The murals are mixed media pieces and include some relief elements on two of the panels.
Do you want your whites their whitest? Use Tidy Det…. no, wait, wrong commercial. Do you want your whites their whitest? Use White Balance. That’s better. OK, I’ll stop with the bad humour now.
In this instalment of the ongoing Photo Basics series, we’re going to look at a camera control that can be confusing but really shouldn’t be: White Balance. In very simple terms, white balance is used to keep white things white. Or grey things grey. And all other colours their ‘proper’ colour too. Note that I’ve highlighted the word ‘proper’. We’ll come back to that later in the article. Essentially white balance is used to maintain a ‘neutral’ colour balance. Continue reading →