One thing about being into photography; you quickly realize that there’s a lot to learn from other photographers.
A subject that’s always challenged me has been the concept of making light work for me rather than forcing me to adapt to the demands of the light sources.
Learning from other photographers through their lighting diagrams has helped me better understand how a particular tool (reflector, barn doors, snoot, etc) should be used to get a specific result.
And recently, I found some things that let me work through the thinking exercise needed to create better-lit images.
Continue reading Learn how to make the light work for you
Earlier this week I started this series by looking at my digital photography workflow as applied to image acquisition (taking the picture). Today I’m going to look at what I do with the image in my mobile photo studio, my iPad Darkroom, if you will.
I’ve got the image, now what?
Taking the photo is just the starting point. Once you have a neat image, you can easily make it stronger by carefully applying modern digital darkroom techniques.
In my case, I shoot on a Digital SLR (Panasonic Lumix FZ-30), or a Canon Powershot Point-and-shoot.
On the FZ-30, I shoot RAW+jpg, which potentially gives me the most digital information to work with in the digital darkroom. The Canon gives me .jpg so I have to take what I can get.
I say potentially because currently, only a few apps support (or are planning to support) RAW. Editing a .jpg is adequate, but not optimal.
Continue reading Digital Images — Digital Darkroom — Part two
Think your iPhone or iOS device images are ready for the big time? The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art is looking for a few good shots — for their upcoming exhibit.
Call for submissions:
Pixels: The Art of iPhone Photography exhibition.
An open call for iPhonographic art to be exhibited at
the Orange County Center For Contemporary Art.
is hosting a call for iPhone-based Photography.
All photos MUST be shot with and processed using an Apple iPhone.
No computer-based processing allowed.
Any model of the iPhone may be used.
Winning entries will be printed and exhibited in a month-long exhibition.
Jurors: Knox Bronson and Jeff T. Alu, Daniel Berman, and Maia Panos
To Enter, visit http://www.facebook.com/l/3d822sQbIDCOGeq98A07wU-PIFw;pixelsatanexhibition.com/occca-guidelines/
Sorry, couldn’t resist the pun.
Earlier today the much awaited update to FX Photo Studio HD was released in the Apple app store.
FX Photo Studio HD is an enhanced and iPad optimized version of FX Photo Studio (for iPhone and iPod Touch) which I’d written about previously.
A few of the features added in this update that I really like are:
- The ability to save your image edits and effect modifications as presets which you can then share with other FX Photo Studio HD users. This also means you can import their cool presets and apply them to your photos.
- Social Network sharing now includes Tumblr — which many people use as a photoblog
- Printing from the iPad — a potentially cool feature that I’ve yet to try — I haven’t had the update long enough to get near my home printer
Continue reading FX Photo Studio HD ‘develops’
Something about working on the iPad to edit and share my images reminds me of the fun I had with the wet-film-paper workflow that used to be the norm in film-based darkrooms.
For me, the act of capturing the image with a camera is only one part, the first part, of the creative process.
What to shoot?
Sure, without the initial image, all the cool darkroom tricks are meaningless — take a picture of a white sheet of paper and see how cool it looks with a sepia filter applied, or a Hipster grain. Interesting subject matter is essential.
Continue reading Digital Images — Digital Darkroom — Part One