I think one of the reasons I fell in love with photography was because it allowed me to view the world in ways that just are not possible with our naked eyes. Through photography we can freeze a lightning strike or a rocket launch. We can hold on to, savor, study, and appreciate the beauty in a moment. It’s a way of slowing down and enjoying what we have around us. Through macro photography specifically, we can enjoy the infinite detail in the infinitely small. We can be face to face with an insect, or count the mathematical and intricate patterns in a blooming flower. [Read more…]
In this tutorial I will explain the benefits of shooting and editing in camera RAW. If you’ve been experimenting with or learning photography, you’ve probably read or heard that you should be shooting in RAW. But what does this mean and what are the benefits? How do you use a RAW file once you’ve captured one? [Read more…]
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Almost daily now I see the media reporting on another incident involving a civilian “drone.” This one is getting some traction:
It’s somewhat understandable how the woman in this video might have felt threatened. I don’t doubt that she truly believed her rights had been infringed on and that this young man was in the wrong for “spying” on her from his quadcopter. I’m sure she was surprised to learn that it’s not illegal to shoot video on a public beach, even if it’s from a hobby “drone” 100 feet in the air. Of course, she went too far the moment she got physical with the owner of the quadcopter. Props to this young man for staying calm and recording the incident. Had he not had proof, it very well may have been him that was sent to jail. [Read more…]
Adobe Lightroom is an extremely powerful software tool for serious photographers. From their webpage:
Lightroom 5 makes digital photography easier, faster, and more amazing. Experiment without limits in a nondestructive editing environment. Perfect your shots with advanced controls for tone, contrast, color, and more. Efficiently organize all your photos and share them almost anywhere.
One of my favorite things about Lightroom is the ability to save adjustments that you make to your images as presets. These presets can be exported and shared. Over time you end up building a collection of Lightroom presets and it can really speed up your workflow. I have different presets that I like to use as a starting point when editing portraits, landscapes, and products. Most of the time I find that an image still needs some adjustment after you apply a preset, but they can definitely save you time when you find yourself making similar adjustments on a regular basis.
One of the most difficult things to do in photography might be getting kids to smile for the camera. Even the best photographers sometimes struggle to get a natural smile from young children. Here are some tips for getting kids to smile as well as some things to remind the parents before the shoot: [Read more…]
Hi, I’m Mark’s wife, Misty. This is my first post about how to set exposure manually and I’m excited to be a part of this blog. Mark is definitely the better photographer but I know a little bit about the subject as well so I’ll try and add my two cents when I get a minute. Mark and I actually met in a photography class in high school. I guess it was meant to be! We were friends throughout high school and afterwords went our separate ways and then a few years later we happen to meet up again and I guess as they say the rest is history!
Digital cameras have come along way. Recent models are able to capture stunning detail, high dynamic range, and brilliant colors. But with all of their improvements, digital cameras still can not quite duplicate images the same way our eye sees them. Especially when shooting in RAW, the image straight out of your camera can look flat or dull. This post will demonstrate some of the methods I use to post process landscape photos in photoshop to make them “pop” or give them a little extra “wow” factor.
This post is about my recommendations for how to photograph lightning at night with a DSLR.
I remember a few occasions back when I was in high school that some friends and I would chase a storm and attempt to capture lightning shots with a 35mm Pentax film camera. It was rare that we’d capture even one good frame and we wouldn’t even know how the shots were turning out until the film was processed. [Read more…]
A couple of years ago I had the incredible opportunity to work with professional food photography studio Welsh Studios out of Boise Idaho. The client was Idahoan Foods and we were filming a series of behind the scenes videos of the 4 day photo shoot in Teton Springs. I had never shot food before and it was fascinating watching the food stylist prepare, prod, sculpt, scrape, trim, shave, and sprits the various dishes into photogenic masterpieces. Food styling is an art and a science and it was clear we were working with a seasoned professional. [Read more…]
This post is about building an aerial video drone fleet. This September the company I work for is putting on a large convention in Vienna Austria. Leading up to the kickoff of the event, we are planing a massive road rally with four starting points in major European cities. If all goes as planned, hundreds of company branded cars will converge on Vienna originating from Venice, Prague, Munich, and Budapest.
I’ve been tasked with coordinating four production teams to capture the journey from each of the four origin points. After showing our chairman aerial video and photos that I was able to capture while in the Maldives, it was easy to get approval to put together no less than four Phantom 2 + Gopro Hero 3+ Aerial video/photo systems.
Wether you are building a production fleet or just want to get started with a solid aerial photo and video quadcopter, here are all the parts I recommend.