Next Time, Consider Shooting Monochrome
Jun19

Next Time, Consider Shooting Monochrome

“The whole series is black-and-white, so when I went to shoot one of the women I only had black-and-white film with me. She had reddish hair and was a very pretty girl, a nice girl.”— Helmut Newton When I find myself wondering, “what do I shoot next?” or starting the think “there’s nothing to photograph,” one thing I like to do is to shoot some images in direct monochrome mode. It doesn’t have to be all of the images made...

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Exposing For Infrared Light
Jun09

Exposing For Infrared Light

Because of the nearly white reproduction of most vegetation’s chlorophyll, infrared black-and-white photographs render landscapes as if they were glowing, moonlit, or immersed in an extraterrestrial light. Because exposure meters either hand held or in-camera are not sensitive to infrared light, it’s difficult to calculate exact exposures but that doesn’t mean you can try, especially with IR-converted digital cameras that provide...

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Monochrome & Color Portraiture
Mar24

Monochrome & Color Portraiture

Most DSLRs and mirrorless cameras have a built-in monochrome capture mode with some  offering scene modes, Canon calls’em Picture Styles, that let you enhance gray tones while making the rest of the colors less vibrant producing an old-fashioned hand-colored look. The reality is that you can always shoot in color and  make these kinds of adjustments after the fact using Adobe Photoshop or your favorite digital imaging software but...

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These Day LEDs Are Popular; Here’s Why
Mar09

These Day LEDs Are Popular; Here’s Why

Continuous light sources are popular with new and aspiring pros because they let you see in real time the lighting effect produced. LED-based studio lights do that without creating lots of heat, especially when compared to other continuous light sources. At the WPPI show one industry insider told me, “When LED delivers a form factor that looks like a monolight, studio flash is dead.” While I’m not so sure that I believe that statement...

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Celebrating the Life of ‘Daddy’ Bruce Randolph
Jan16

Celebrating the Life of ‘Daddy’ Bruce Randolph

“The time is always right to do what is right.”— Martin Luther King Denver’s ‘Daddy’ Bruce Randolph (1900-1994) was known for his kindness, generosity and serving an annual Thanksgiving dinner for homeless and disadvantaged people. He did that for 50 years. In the late-1960s, ‘Daddy’ Bruce began feeding people for free in Denver’s City Park on Thanksgiving Day. By the mid-1980s, tens of thousands lined up outside Daddy Bruce’s B-B-Q...

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Wordy Wednesday #244: “Zion National Park in Infrared
Jan11

Wordy Wednesday #244: “Zion National Park in Infrared

“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” ― John Muir,  I have shot infrared images all over this country and even some in Mexico but by far the best place I’ve found to make infrared images is Zion National Park. The Park is located in the Southwestern United States, near Springdale, Utah. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to half a mile deep, cut through the...

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Creating Infrared Images in Color
Nov23

Creating Infrared Images in Color

You can add color to your infrared photographs at time of capture or later in the digital darkroom. The easiest way is in-camera. Many cameras that offer a built-in black and white mode including a sepia mode, so you can tone as you shoot. You can also add color using the toning filters found in Pixel Genius’ PhotoKit. If you like to tinker you can create the same effects using adjustments layers for Hue Saturation, Levels, Brightness...

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