Monday, June 30, 2008

Camping

We are going camping this weekend so look for lots of new pictures of mountain ranges, waterfalls, flowers, and abandon mines.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Stormy Road

Eastern Colorado

One Shot


While at a job site I got out of the truck to take a picture of an informational sign. When I turned around I saw this picture and I just took one picture because we didn't have long there. I think it looks good.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Photoshop CS3


This is an example of the difference Photoshop can make in a picture.

Cathedral Park


This is a popular place on Gold Camp Road. Cathedral Park can be seen as one drives into a valley about 20 minutes outside of Cripple Creek.

Stage Road


This weekend my wife and I hopped in the car and started to drive. We ended up on an old dirt road that was used for moving Gold in the early 1940's I think. We took lots of pictures and even stopped in some one way areas to take pictures. Here is one that I took. Some sharpening was done. This is also the picture that I am going to enter into a local macro contest.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Father's Day

My niece loved it when her aunt showed up as a princess to her party! It was fun to see her face a capture the moment.

Wedding


A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting with Jason Mann and his wife Chris. It was an experience and I learned so much. I still need better lenses because the focus is soft and detail is lost and I need a speedlite for my camera. All in time I guess. I will keep working on the pictures I am taking and maybe I will get lucky.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Barbara Ellis Studio of Dance





I was luck enough to photograph a dance recital last night. Here are a couple of the images. I ended taking about 1300 and I think that I will be saving about half so that is a good ratio. The lighting was poor so the ISO was boosted all the way and the focus was slow but I think that I did ok. Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Kids at a Portrait Session


Another opportunity that I had this weekend was to shoot some children. Well not "shoot" them but take their pictures. This is one of my favorites.

I did learn that any session should be run as if you are charging money for it because it will go smoother and to give yourself enough time so you are not rushed.

Here I would have liked to have the Canon 24-70mm L or a prime lens around 85mm.

I am processing the wedding pictures and writing about my experience soon so keep checking back for those pictures.

Soccer!






Here are the first of the picture from this weekend that I made it through. I am noticing the limitations of my all around lens now. It has very soft focus at 300mm. It is a 10x zoom lens so that is expected. I guess if I am going to be shooting sports all the time I will have to invest in a 70-200 IS L series lens by Canon but those are about $1500.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Monday Morning

New post and pictures are coming. I took abotu 1500 pictures this weekend between the wedding, soccer games and a portrait shoot. I should have something good in there.

Friday, June 6, 2008

My time is filling

So this has been a busy week of planning. I found out on Monday that I will be assisting 2 other photographers Saturday at a wedding and a reception. I am so excited about that. I will get to see set up, tear down, where to shoot, how to shoot and so much more with little pressure because I am not the main shooter. To prepare for the wedding I purchased two additional batteries, another memory card and a "puffer".

I shot some pictures of family on Wednesday night and have posted one of them above. Sunday I am going to a soccer game to shoot. And then possibly spend some time in the studio on Sunday afternoon.

Next Thursday and Friday I will be shooting a dress rehearsal and recital for Barbra Ellis Studio of Dance. They were impressed with some of the other pictures I gave to them and they offered to let me shoot for two days there. One thing I am doing for them is giving them the pictures for "free". I am doing this because right now I am building a portfolio and would not want to disappoint a customer. With the picture I will include a letter stating what I would have asked to be there for that time as well as letting them know that any picture that is used on a website or for display I would like to be referenced as the photographer. This way they are not telling everyone they know they found this great FREE photographer.

Lastly, I may be shooting a local softball team for their team pictures. I will keep you updated as time progresses.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

DUST!


I thought I would show a softer side today. I was walking to lunch Monday and stopped to smell the umm.. flowers. I took some macro shots and thought they looked great. Upon returning to the office and enhancing the color a bit I noticed the specs. I have dust on my sensor. This is a common problem with dSLR cameras but no one wants to see it. I can Photoshop them out but I thought I would use them as an example.

My camera uses a system to "clean" the sensor but it is not fool proof. (duh) There are lots of other ways to clean the sensor. Most recommended is to have a professional clean it because if the sensor is damaged it can be quite expensive to have repaired.

I should mention that the dust can be seen in the dark part of the flower. It may be a little difficult to see them because the picture was compressed for the blog.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Monitor Color Calibration

Imagine setting up a webpage with poor looking pictures. That is what I think that I have done. I noticed at work the other day while looking at my blog that some of the pictures were too red or had shadows that were too dark. I had edited those pictures on my laptop at home and they looked very good I thought.

I have been warned that laptop screens are not the best to edit photographs because they have such a high saturation and contrast. They will give you a different picture than you want to print or even display. Well I found out that I have one such laptop. I printed some pictures this weekend and there was a significant difference in the color from my wifes computer and mine. My pictures were dark and had very little color. There was no "pop" to the pictures.

My solution? For now I tried to match the color and contrast quality of my monitor to the pictures that I had printed. I figure that if I do that I will be close to what the lab is producing. Then if I edit my pictures they will print correctly. I have not tested this theory yet but I will tell you if it works.

The other solution is to get a piece of equipment that will measure your screens color and adjust accordingly. Those range from $50 - $400. I may be investing in one soon.

Wiki on color calibration