Wordy Wednesday #215 “Shoot Your Way of a Rut”
Jun22

Wordy Wednesday #215 “Shoot Your Way of a Rut”

When I’m in a rut, I shoot monochrome to get out of it. These are some of the thoughts that are going through my mid when I was working on my Geared Up column for the October issue of Shutterbug magazine (on newsstands 9/10/16.) One of the things I like to do to get out of a rut is to shoot some photographs in direct monochrome mode. It doesn’t have to be all of the images that I shoot that day or in a portrait session; just a few to...

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Infrared Portraiture Revisited
Mar15

Infrared Portraiture Revisited

One of the things I enjoy about working on our sister blog Mirrorless Photo Tips is the stuff I learn from other posters, especially Mark Toal. Mark’s recent posts of his infrared images have been impressive. But it’s not just the quality of his photographs but also the quality of the information he provides, such as his observations about the quality of lighting affecting infrared portraits. “From the research that I’ve done it...

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Capturing Digital Infrared in Black & White
Feb26

Capturing Digital Infrared in Black & White

A recent e-mail from a reader asked: I  had my Canon 30D converted to infrared and have been experimenting with it.  It is very cool and loads of fun but every photo seems to come out with a magenta-ish tone.  At first, it was blue-ish, which I prefer but no matter what I do, including making a Custom White Balance setting, it seems to be magenta. I can play with it in Lightroom and with Silver Efex Pro 2.0, or in Photoshop’s...

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Wordy Wednesday #195 “Snow on the Patio”
Feb03

Wordy Wednesday #195 “Snow on the Patio”

It seems to me we’ve had more than normal snowfall this season and in the last few weeks I’ve featured weather related posts on Wordy Wednesday. The Denver area gets 54 snow days a year but because Daisy Hill is at a higher altitude and south of Denver we will either get more snow than that or less—lots more or lots less. With yesterday’s storm producing snow accumulations of 18 to 24-inches in the  Denver area. It’s hard to...

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Next Time, Consider Shooting Monochrome
Oct02

Next Time, Consider Shooting Monochrome

When I find myself wondering, “what do I shoot next?” or starting the think (the unthinkable) “there’s nothing to photograph,” one thing I like to do is to shoot some photographs in direct monochrome mode. It doesn’t have to be all of the images made during a session; maybe just a few to see what happens. But what happens if you change your mind and really really want that original at some later date to be in color? These days most...

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Wordy Wednesday #173 “Homage to E.J. Bellocq”
Aug19

Wordy Wednesday #173 “Homage to E.J. Bellocq”

This image and pose above is a homage to the work of E.J. Bellocq, who photographed in the Storyville district of New Orleans during the early twentieth century. It was my intention to produice an homage and not a slavish copy. This shot was made in my 11×15-foot home studio. I placed a Smith Victor FLC300 monolight with 24×24-inch soft box at camera left. Fill was provided by another FLC300 with a 45-inch umbrella mounted and...

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Black & White: RAW, TIFF & JPEG
Aug06

Black & White: RAW, TIFF & JPEG

There are more ways to convert a color file into a monochrome photograph than “are dreamt about in your philosophy, Horatio.” In my Geared Up column in the October ’15 of Shutterbug (on newsstands September 10,) I’ll be doing a comprehensive (as possible) look at all of the different ways to convert a color file into monochrome but here are a few early tips to get you in the mood: I am a big believer that there are lots of photo...

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