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Gallery Show

October 17, 2012 Featured
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After moving from Houston to Abilene I started looking for a way to connect with other photographers in the area and ended up joining the West Texas Photographic Society. This group has been around for decades and has monthly meetings that alternate between instruction and photography contests. They also have an annual show at the […]

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How To Make Ray Gun Beams

November 29, 2011 Instruction
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I recently did a Space Girl photoshoot with model Annabell Bella and thought I’d share a Photoshop technique that I used. It was based on this YouTube video, but modified for my application. Here’s the final product: Here’s where I started: I did all of my normal retouching on the model part off it, but […]

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Editing Starts in Preproduction with Digital Video

October 29, 2011 Instruction

I’ve been shooting a lot of digital video with my D7000. Maybe more than I’ve been shooting stills, but very little of it has ended up actually finished. Right now I have footage from a wedding I attended months ago, footage of shoes I made for a trailer concept shot before the wedding, and interviews […]

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3 Reasons Your Images Are Soft

October 14, 2011 Instruction

A friend and new model photographer called me the other day after shooting an event and wondered why his images looked soft. He’d shot with a number of different cameras and lenses, but his images still looked soft to him. While I diagnosed his problem I went through a few reasons this might be. #1 […]

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Composition – Rule of Thirds

October 11, 2011 Instruction

The Rule of Thirds is a classic rule for composition. In the shortest form, it says you should place things in your frame where they intersect the lines dividing the frame into thirds. Using this kind of goes back to getting your subject out of the center of the frame. The rule of thirds gives […]

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Composition – Get Close

October 2, 2011 Instruction

Yesterday I mentioned putting the subject in the center of the image was bad and one of the most common mistakes I see in new shooters. Another common mistake I see is not getting close enough to the subject. There are two ways this is wrong, one I think of as a mistake and the […]

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Composition – Stay Out Of The Middle

October 1, 2011 Instruction

You know what the most common problem I see in new shooters? They put the subject dead center in the frame. Don’t do this. There is a no drama. The image is boring. There is no visual flow. Let’s consider two different crops of the same image. First is Virginia’s rear end centered in the […]

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Lenses and Angle of View

September 29, 2011 Instruction

Everyone is probably familiar with the idea of a wide angle lens showing more in the frame of your image, but do you think about the flip side? What is a Wide Lens? The 50mm lens is generally considered to be the angle the human eye sees. At the very least it is considered to […]

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Long Lens Compression

September 28, 2011 Instruction

When we thinking about long lenses verses short lenses, the first thing that comes to mind is how close we can get to the subject. Or really how far we can be from the subject while shooting. Look at these two images, shot from the same location, one at 70mm and one at 200mm. See […]

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Creating 3D

September 27, 2011 Instruction

How do humans perceive three dimensions? The first thing that comes to mind is we have two eyes. We see slightly different images in each and then our brains munge them together and we get 3D in our minds. And the only way a photographer can create that same thing is with special cameras and […]

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