Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
I was called to stalk this family, sensing that it was baby's first day at the beach. I like to witness a human's first experience of any kind but I knew that taking in something as vast and powerful as an ocean would be special. I like how this baby meets Madam Ocean fully square on. In the future when I look at this image, I'll wonder about the boy. It's important to say that while I may get my shot before engaging so not to break the spell, I then introduce myself and send them an image as we're talking. This way, follow up is not hanging over my head and there's instant gratification for the subject. If I improve the image in processing, they get a copy of that as well.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
On most Saturday mornings I lead a tour called Get Smart(er), it's the original iPhone Expedition. It lasts 3 1/2 hours and is ridiculously full of great information on shooting and processing images with your iPhone. The last hour or so we go out to shoot and while it's always fun... last Saturday was ripe with wonderful characters. I love DC, I love the people, the architecture, the history... it's all good.
I've got tons of Cherry Blossom images forthcoming but I'm always excited by the people I find on the street.
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
This image was made by combining Toonpaint and a straight image in Blender.
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Thanks to everybody that showed up to the iPhone Class yesterday. I can always tell when somebody drinks the "Kool Aid." It's the excitement that you feel when you find a new avenue for creative expression. There are truly limitless possibilities every time we sit down to process an image. As we were wandering back to the class room, I found this cool guy.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The iPhone is the most used camera in the history of photography. With it's powerful apps and limitless possibilities, it's the perfect on-the-go creative tool. The Friday day long workshop teaches you to use your iPhone beyond shooting snapshots and explores the process from capture to final image. We'll introduce some of the best apps out there for creating beautiful and artistic images.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I want my photographs to express what I'm feeling in that moment. Yes, it was cold and yes I brake for red but more than that there was a bit of magic in the air.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
I used Hipstamatic to shoot the image with "Rock" film, a nice tight grained B&W film. It works well for street shooting, editorial and night shooting. No additional processing on this one!
Saturday, January 19, 2013
I promised to give the settings info for ProCamera to my friends in Charleston so this postings is dedicated to the enthusiastic, talented photographers back home in the lovely southern climes.
Open the app and push the PRO button on the bottom left, then select SETTINGS. You'll notice on the next page in the top left corner a button that says MORE. Choose that so you'll get all the options in the set up.
There are explanations on each page that will give you a better understanding of why we've made these choices.
1. Use Lightbox- (off) you want all of your images to go to the CAMERA ROLL.
2. Quickflick (on)
PHOTO MODE OPTIONS
3. Stable/Shaky around the middle of the slider
4. Timer (left side) you can always change the setting when you need the timed exposure.
5. JPEG compression - slide over to high quality
6. Rapid Fire (on)
7. HighSpeed Mode (off)
8. Fullscreen Trigger (off)
9. Expert Mode (on) This allows you to separate the exposure (circle) from the focus (square) That's why this is such a great go to app for shooting!
10. PhotoZoom (on)
11. Auto Save (on) Remember we always want to save a version to our Camera Roll.
12. Datestamp (off)
VIDEO MODE OPTIONS
13. In Video Mode, the only button I've turned on is Video Stabilization. Read each explanation and make your own choices.
14. Direct Photo/Video Toggle (on)
15. Calibrate Virtual Horizon- I use the gyro when I'm shooting panoramas to make sure my edges don't go wonky.
16. Pinch to zoom (off)
17. Green mode (on) saves battery life.
Go back to the camera screen and press the button on the bottom right side. It'll give you different choices, when selected, are in red.
Across the top from left to right. Ratio, histogram, gyro, grid
Left column: Most important to me is to highlight Expert Mode so I can separate exposure from focus.
Ok folks, this is all pretty straight forward and self explanatory but since it's the first time in for most of you, I wanted to hold your hand! Happy Shooting and thank you for having me to your wonderful club!
Stay in touch!
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Anyway, the general rule of thumb when shooting snow/sand with SLR's is to over expose by 2 stops to get the white.. white. In the iPhone, I used camera app ProCamera to get the shot and dragged the exposure circle to the darkest part of the scene to lighten it. also used ProHDR to get a dark and light exposure. Wasn't looking for the blend but rather the light version to see how my snow looked. This image does have a slight blue cast but I like that, it was cold out and blue contributes to the feeling of cold. Anyway, this was the first of my truck series. A satisfying start to a new project!
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Monday, January 7, 2013
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Friday, January 4, 2013
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Anyway, if one could be in love with a place.... this was it for me.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I shot this with my iPhone on the fly so everything was in focus. I'm able to create the illusion of a shallow depth of field by using the app, Blur FX. I then did some selective sharpening and added a very thin border in Filterstorm.
Monday, November 26, 2012
This is a cigar maker who works out on the sidewalk in Little Italy. Behind him is a cigar store Indian, an advertisement figure, used to represent tobacconists. Historically, early store owners used descriptive emblems or figures to advertise their shops' wares due to the general illiteracy of the populace.
There are so many ways I could have stylized this image but I opted for a nostalgic sepia toned treatment given the subject matter. There are no limitations in this art form, I imagine there will be other versions in the future!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
There are many things I like about this image, for example, the shape of the shadow tells us the story of what the skateboarder was doing without us actually seeing the upper part of his body. The steps and wall on the top of the frame create a natural vignetting. The light skimming across the surface of the concrete brings this image to life.
More than that, it's quite fun to play with these kids while they show off their wonderful skills! You never know what you'll find to shoot on an iPhone Expedition.
This is the original image shot in Hipstamatic. I thought about staying with this composition but perhaps adding Rays to enhance where the sun's rays show naturally. I also could have opened up the shadows. I decided instead to tighten up the composition and create a little more impact.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
This was shot in Hipstamatic with the film "Rock", a very nice tight grained B&W film. It's good for low light situations and street photography. The blacks can get blocked if there's not a lot of light but if the composition is balanced, it can be graphically interesting.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The title of this post was originally Childhood Memories because the first time I drove something mechanical, it was a red tractor. It's quite fun if you've never had the pleasure, the seat bounces up and down as you travel the back roads. I found this one when returning from a zen like afternoon with my husband. He hunted 30 million year old shark's teeth, I made images comparing and contrasting nature with the manmade debris thrown up and collecting at the high tide mark.
Notes: The straight shot was flat so I gave it depth by blending it with an Artista Haiku version, selective sharpening in Filterstorm, adding texture in Glaze and making the color pop in Scratchcam. It was the shot of the day, reminiscent of my movie scouting days... always so gratifying to finally find the location that held magic.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
It's pretty sexy... light, fun, gorgeous to look at and it takes great pictures. No, I am not getting paid for this endorsement, I really love the camera.
The image on the left is the original image unprocessed.
I wirelessly transferred the image from the camera to the iPad! It took awhile to get it set up the first time but now it's super smooth processing.
1. PhotoBlur to blur the background.
2. Filterstorm to sharpen.
3. Phototoaster to warm him up, add the glowing light and vignetting.
4. Filterstorm for local sharpening and framing.
The image below was brought into Dynamic B&W so I could compare the two and like them both very much.