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    GOOD HEAVENS!!!

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    PD,

    Just thought I would give you another weather report from Cheyenne Wy.... Today when I got home from work the Temp was 28F then after the sun set, it dropped down to 20F which added snow... However when I finally got to read the updates on your photo thread I was greeted by a blond on the beach... For a few moments the cold, dark, winter was momentarily forgotten.....

    Thank you,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dredd View Post
    PD,

    Just thought I would give you another weather report from Cheyenne Wy.... Today when I got home from work the Temp was 28F then after the sun set, it dropped down to 20F which added snow... However when I finally got to read the updates on your photo thread I was greeted by a blond on the beach... For a few moments the cold, dark, winter was momentarily forgotten.....

    Thank you,

    Dredd :tiphat:
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    I modified the first post to include links to other posts in which I've shared long-winded editorials about photography. If you're looking for specific information on a photography-related topic, I'll keep that post updated with an index of regurgitated facts and stuff learned from experience.

    More girls later today....
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    Quote Originally Posted by PDBreske View Post
    I modified the first post to include links to other posts in which I've shared long-winded editorials about photography. If you're looking for specific information on a photography-related topic, I'll keep that post updated with an index of regurgitated facts and stuff learned from experience.

    More girls later today....
    Wow! This is eye candy central! opcorn:

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    Wow! This is eye candy central! opcorn:
    There's more where that came from!

    Something I like to do before a scheduled photo shoot is check out the area to see what direction the light enters the scene at different times of day. This could be as simple as looking up the location on Google Earth or by visiting the site before the day of the shoot. I'll also check the weather report the night before to see what to expect for sunshine (I'm not always hoping for clear skies!) and if I'm going to be at the beach I'll check the tide charts for low and high tide times. I happen to know the shoreline at the south end of Miami Beach is almost perfectly flat at low tide, so whenever I've shot there I've tried to make it first thing in the morning and on a day when low tide is about an hour after sunrise. This presents two benefits: The wave action is smooth and subdued with little wind and the sun is low to give the most flattering light.

    In the first hour after sunrise or the last hour before sunset, the sun's light is nicely golden and fills in shadows without the need for fill-flash from the camera—it lights the whole of the face without dark shadows in the eye sockets. It's also relatively easy to look at so the models can look in the direction of the sun without squinting. Plus, Miami in the summer is miserably hot even an hour after sunrise, so getting everything done in the first couple hours is a good idea, then everybody can go to breakfast and look at some of the shots from the morning.

    There are times when you simply can't schedule around the position of the sun, but you can make it work for you. I always bring a 48" two-sided reflector to outdoor shoots. One side is white fabric and the other is silver, kind of like a matte foil surface. The whole thing folds like a car's windshield-mounted sun shade and stores in a flat bag about 12" in diameter. It's lightweight and takes up almost no room, and it costs about $30-50. Money well spent. If there is no wind, you can stand it against a tree, but the best way to use it is to have an assistant hold it and aim the reflected light onto your model. (If you're going to shoot bikini-clad models on the beach, you'll have no trouble finding an assistant who will work for free.) You can position the sun behind your model and use the reflector to put some light on her face without having to face the sun directly. The backlighting can add a nice halo effect to her hair and the highlights around the edges of your model help to differentiate her from the background.

    Here's a little tip for bright lighting: If your model just can't seem to keep from squinting in the light, have her close her eyes while you count down from three and open them casually when you reach zero. When she opens her eyes, they will be temporarily able to maintain a natural, relaxed pose. Snap your picture within a second after their eyes are opened and you'll get a decent shot (you could also capture a burst of three or four frames and one of them is bound to be just right).

    All this boils down to making the environment and available light work for you instead of fighting against it.

    Massiel facing away from the sun in the late afternoon. My assistant was camera-left with the silver reflector:


    Late afternoon sun was easy to work with, so she was able to more directly face it for most of the shots. Still using the reflector for fill-lighting:




    Paola on South Beach. We started on the balcony of an Ocean Drive hotel entrance....


    ...then moved to the water's edge. Notice how flat and calm the water is in the first two shots:






    One more of Paola in my studio.

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    PD,

    I think I am going to have to move to Florida... Do you need an assistant or anything???? Some one to lug and setup your equipment??? I have a lighting design background... I took some time off from the USAF and I was a roadie for band...

    Dredd,

    BTW it snowed again up here in WY... Your pix let me forget about the cold for a few moments... Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dredd View Post
    PD,

    I think I am going to have to move to Florida... [b]Do you need an assistant or anything???? Some one to lug and setup your equipment??? I have a lighting design background... I took some time off from the USAF and I was a roadie for band...

    Dredd,

    BTW it snowed again up here in WY... Your pix let me forget about the cold for a few moments... Thank you
    Take a number! You have no idea how many of my former coworkers wanted to "help" when I would announce I had another photo shoot coming up.

    Stay warm!
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    I love black and white photography. I prefer it for most photos, but realize that a lot of people prefer color and sometimes it is a better choice. Luckily, we can now choose digital color or B&W whenever we want to instead of having to change film mid-roll from Pan-X to Kodachrome and back again (I've done that and it's nerve-racking).

    A lot of digital cameras have the ability to switch to B&W shooting on-the-fly, but I recommend against using that feature and here's why: Once you've thrown out the color information in your scene, you limit your ability to edit based on specific colors and are left with only shades of gray to work with.

    When shooting with B&W film, photographers used to attach colored filters to their lenses that would alter the tones of the image as captured with the B&W film. Depending on the color of the filter, certain wavelengths of light would be enhanced or cut and this could make a dramatic difference in the way the final image looked on the negative (I say negative because very, very few people ever used B&W positive slide film, but it did exist). It's generally accepted that a yellow filter would make an entire scene, including skin tones, look pleasing and natural, but sometimes you want to use a different colored filter for a more dramatic look. A red filter would cut blue and green wavelengths, making those colors look darker, while a green filter would cut reds and oranges and makes green foliage look very bright. Neither of these would be appropriate for portraits, but for landscapes or special effects, a colored filter can do some pretty amazing things.

    Of course, with digital we are no longer forced to attach filters to our cameras. Colored filters can be easily simulated in editing software, but only if the software has a color image to work with. If you shoot B&W JPEGs with the camera and then download those images into your computer, you no longer have the ability to simulate a colored filter on B&W film because the software has no idea of the original colors in the scene. So, unless your camera can capture a B&W image and a color image, I would avoid shooting B&W in the camera.

    I suppose you could shoot B&W digitally and use an actual colored filter on your lens, but there are a few drawbacks to this approach. For one, the filter does require you change your exposure settings. Depending on the filter, it may block 1 to 3 stops of light entering the lens (red filters are pretty dark). Unless you're shooting in a very bright environment, your camera's autofocus may also be affected by the reduced light levels. Also, choosing to use a filter limits your final image to whatever colored filter you decided to use on the camera. You can't later decide that you want to see what it looks like with a yellow filter if you shot with a red filter. Editing software gives you the freedom to choose and experiment with any filter at a later date.

    While all software will allow you to desaturate the image, this isn't the same thing as simulating a colored filter. In fact, desaturating usually leaves you with a muddy mess with almost no dramatic shadows or contrast. Your software needs to have some kind of control over the levels of the three color channels (red, green, and blue) to allow you to control the tones as if they were being manipulated by a colored filter. Most software with this feature will also have some presets built in for specific filter colors so you can choose a Red filter or a Yellow filter from a menu. Super easy.

    Some people ask, "Why shoot black and white at all? Isn't color better?" In some cases, yes, color can relate the mood or message better than B&W photography. If you're selling a product it's usually best to show the consumer exactly what it is they want to buy (although the manufacturers of blue jeans seem to do a pretty good job of selling $100 pants without the use of color in much of their advertising). I like red-headed models and I think it would be an injustice to share an image of a natural red mane without the benefit of color, but the thing is, most people look better in black and white. It's more flattering and more interesting to look at. For landscapes, B&W is almost always a better choice. Clyde Butcher, a famous south Florida landscape photographer said it best: (I wish I could find the quote, but I can't, so I'll paraphrase) "Black and white equalizes all parts of the scene. No element in it has greater weight based on its color; everything in nature is equal and should be portrayed that way through black and white photography." I love his way of looking at it.

    Black and white also forces you to portray your subject using only the basics of photography: Composition, light, focus. Color can become a distraction and your ability to tell a story without it can be the difference between being thought of as a hobbyist or a master of the craft.

    Sometimes I'll add a color tint to the image to (I think) enhance the mood or character of the shot. For instance, I'll add a cool blue tint to a winter scene or an olive drab tint to a picture of military personnel or equipment. Or sometimes I'll experiment just to see what happens, but I typically add tints sparingly and let the gray tones of the image tell the story.

    I could fill a book with the monotone images I have on my computer, but I'll share a few here:

    Civil War re-enactors getting ready for the big battle:


    I swear I didn't add the leaf in Photoshop—this scene was exactly how I found it:


    Diana, South Beach:


    Yendri:




    Self portrait (I told you B&W makes everyone look better!):


    Ocean Drive hotel, South Beach:


    Seagulls, South Beach:


    Ocean Drive, South Beach:


    Clouds over Seven-mile Bridge, Florida keys:

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    I have some questions, if you don't mind.

    Several times you've mentioned using a certain amount of photo editing during the "post production" of your photos. I know that's fairly commonplace in modern photography, but I'm curious just how prevalent it is.

    Is it pretty much a given that you need to have a working knowledge of photo-editing software to produce a "professional" looking picture? For instance, how many "untouched" photos would a photographer be carrying around in his portfolio? Obviously the famous photographers of the past didn't have access to the same tools we do today. It makes me wonder how often you can get that "perfect" shot that just can't be improved upon with a little editing.

    All other things being equal (framing, lighting, etc) it seems like it would be hard for a natural photo to compete with one that has been tweaked to get just the right colors etc. I think most of us have seen pictures that look better than reality, even in shots like landscapes that are supposedly nature at her finest.

    On a related note; have you ever messed around with HDR pictures? I've seen some amazing things done with HDR photography. I think they seem to work best when used to create a specific mood, especially in B&W. On the other hand, it seems like a LOT of photographers are like a kid with a new toy and go far overboard with it.

    Thanks again for your time, Phil. I'm enjoying this thread a great deal!
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