Showing posts with label cameras. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cameras. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Why take a photo class?

Do you own a digital camera but are so overwhelmed by all the bells, whistles, and buttons that you give up and leave it set on automatic?
Would you like to be able to make excellent images instead of the average snapshots you get from the automatic settings?
On the first night of one of my beginning classes, a student expressed the opinion that he took good photos. After 3 lessons the same student stated that he now realized what a good photo looked like and that his work was greatly improving.
One of the primary reasons to take a photo class is to learn to appreciate and identify a quality image. This gives you a tangible goal to aim for.
A second reason is to learn the technical information required to create a quality image. An excellent result is based on proper knowledge and correct application of photographic principles.
A third reason is to receive feedback and support as you develop your photographic talents. A good instructor will guide you to create your best work.
The last but not least is to HAVE FUN!  Enjoy and share your photos of family holidays, reunions, friends, your pets antics, vacations,  and gorgeous sunsets.
The next session of classes begins March 5th. You may sign up by using the Paypal link in the right sidebar. I hope to see you in class.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Real World Test

Old cabins and a great line though the rock.
A test of texture, depth of tone, mid tone values,
and the extremes of contrast.
Kids seen through the car window. The one on the right had just taken a photo with her cell phone. Looked up and saw me photographing her.
She looked away but of course the others had to look at me.
That one was taken in B&W mode in the camera. 
Just to see how it worked.
Not too bad for just three photos.

I am not one for testing by taking photos of charts.
Nothing against anyone who does that.
I even sometimes read those reviews.
But, I am a working photographer and I am more interested in how stuff works for the way I work. There is some great gear out there that just does not work for me and the way I work.
What camera gear you use is a very personal decision that has a lot more to do with how you work than how many lenses you own or how many pixels your camera has to offer.
You know, come to think of it, I have never sold a photo of a test chart. :-)

Real world testing as it were. Testing where you see something,
do not have your tripod with you, hand hold the camera leaning against a wall,
hold very steady, let out half your breath, and squeeze.

Real world testing: walking along with the camera on auto focus and av exposure,
a fleeting sight, raise camera, shoot.  Does it work out? Real world test.

A shot through the windshield, no time to focus, sighted down the lens,
only time for a quick shot.  Real world test.

Your comments are always welcome.


Digital Crop

A large crop from "New Bloom" in the last entry.
This is holding together very well.
I am impressed. 

Who knows, I might even make it into the 21st century.
With a bit of help.

As always, your comments are welcome.


Digital Work

A few more things from the road trip.
All are digital and look good to me.
Your opinion may be different.

I wonder how large I can make these things?
I normally print 16 x 20 or 20 x24 for exhibition and sale prints.
If these will go that high I will be a happy camper.

Your comments are welcome.


Digital vs Film

This from the R&R trip last week.
This is on digital and it looks sharp to me.

To me, it looks like the texture and sharpness
is equal to or better than my 6x7 negatives.
Now that makes me stop and think.

Your comments are welcome.


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Going To Dinner

One evening in class my students were having a discussion about where to go to find good photos. Many of the national parks were mentioned, state parks,, city parks, and many areas in other states. The general consensus seemed to be that there was nothing around here to photograph. When I pointed out that we have a good selection of subjects right in this area what I heard was, "we've done all that". So, just for discussion, I went out to see what I could find in a limited time. What I did was what any man would do, I took my wife out to dinner. It is a 17 mile drive from our house to the restaurant. What could I find on this very ordinary 17 mile drive?

Well, it took about 2 hours to travel the 17 miles and I only stopped because my very patient (hungry) wife was starting to chew on the car seats and it was about to rain. Almost 3 rolls of Tri X and I still had not even come close to running out of subject matter. This photo is one that was taken that evening. It shows the storm front moving in........we made it to the Cracker Barrel just as the rain started.  A very well spent 2 hours, this "Going To Dinner" project resulted in 3 local shows over the next year.

The camera used was another interesting item. I had been talking in class about how the camera does not matter, about how it is just a tool and how it is the "grey filter" behind the eye piece that is the most important. My wife, having heard about this lesson, found the little gem I used on this project at the local thrift store. It cost all of $20.00! It is a Yashica GTN. A fixed lens rangefinder with auto exposure made in the 1970's and 1980's. The lens is very sharp and although you would not think that the meter would be any good in a camera this old it really works very well.
WOW, what you can do with an old $20.00 camera.