Shoot like it’s 1996!
Nov04

Shoot like it’s 1996!

Today’s Post by Todd Abbotts If you’re old timer like me, you fed your first camera a steady diet of Velvia or Ektachrome or Kodachrome—all film types and each one as different as the shooter who was loading them. If you were on a budget, also like me, then you had the math worked out as to how much each press of the shutter would cost. I went back and looked, in 1996 one frame of Velvia cost me 54 cents from time of exposure to light...

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Tutorial Tuesday: Going Retro
Aug23

Tutorial Tuesday: Going Retro

  If you ever you get stuck for ideas, a retro style or pose is always something that’s fun to try. Last Tuesday, I told you how I made ‘Old School Hollywood Portrait’ images and today it’s an playful homage to the kind of shots that the late Peter Gowland made during the 1950’s. I was fortunate to know Mr. Gowland late in his life and my book Joe Farace’s Glamour Photography is dedicated to Peter and...

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Using Color Filters in Monochrome Conversion Software
May22

Using Color Filters in Monochrome Conversion Software

Many Photoshop plug-in that let you convert color photographs to black & white, such as Silver Efex Pro, also give you the option to apply the effect of applying colored filters to the monochrome conversation to make it seen as if you had placed a filter in front of your camera’s lens. If you’re new to the world of traditional filters for black and white photography, here’s a quick primer: A yellow filter slightly darkens the sky,...

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Wordless Wednesday #119 “Hi-Contrast Tree”
Jul30

Wordless Wednesday #119 “Hi-Contrast Tree”

I originally made this shot in color while testing the Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD AF lens for Shutterbug magazine. And created this image as an homage to the work of my friend Mark Toal, who produces monochrome images with dramatic skies. I’m not sure that this is up to his standards but is my best try. Shot with the Tamron 18-270mm lens (at 18mm) with a Canon EOS 50D and an exposure of 1/800 sec at f/11 and ISO 320...

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Shooting Digital Infrared with Filters
Mar27

Shooting Digital Infrared with Filters

The following images were captured while I was making photographs for my book “Complete Guide to Digital Infrared Photography”  that’s available at your favorite bookseller and Amazon.com. While I used many different kinds of cameras, including Canon and Olympus, to capture IR images for the book these examples were made using a Pentax K100D digital SLR. This photograph (left) was just one of a few images that I was able to make...

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Using Analog Filters in a Digital World
Feb29

Using Analog Filters in a Digital World

“What would it be like to be invisible?”—H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man On this ‘What’s In Your Camera Bag Wednesday” I’m taking a look at invisible filters. Unlike that difficult-to-see character in H.G. Wells’ novel or James Whale’s classic 1933 horror movie, you can actually see this filters but I’m using the term here as a way to differentiate them from the filters used for black and white, special effects,...

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in-Camera Monochrome Capture

These days most digital cameras offer a monochrome capture mode and while you can always make adjustments after the fact using Photoshop or your favorite digital imaging software, I’d like to give you a few reasons why direct capture may be better for some shooters Aesthetics: Sometimes too much color confuses viewer and takes the focus away from the real subject of the photograph. Shooting directly in black and white also impacts how...

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