Raining…? Time to get out your camera!

We don’t get much rain here in SoCal, but this Winter / Spring has been a little wetter than usual. (Thank you El Nino)!  We actually had a bit of rain over the weekend when I could get out and enjoy it, so I grabbed my Nikon, my daughter, a shiny black raincoat, and an Read more about Raining…? Time to get out your camera![…]

“What were your exposure settings…?”

As a photography educator, I get this question a lot. If you read much on photography, particularly introductory materials, you’ll often find that the author sort of rolls his eyes and pooh-poos the question.  After all, without knowing how the photographer is framing the shot, what exposure he’s after, and a dozen other variables, just Read more about “What were your exposure settings…?”[…]

How the Mighty have Fallen…

We were at Disneyland a couple Sundays back. Had my wife’s Lumix P&S with us. (Felt oddly underdressed without a DSLR slung across my chest, but I survived). “The Rocketeer” (starring Billy Campbell) has long been a favorite movie of mine. I’ve often wondered what happened to him after the movie failed to make buck Read more about How the Mighty have Fallen…[…]

A few more portraits from the OR…

[clearspring_widget title=”Animoto.com” wid=”4805fc0db4a3562c” pid=”4b74ba7b60488cea” width=”432″ height=”240″ domain=”widgets.clearspring.com”] Wrapped up our shoot for “Infection Control in the Operating Room.” (working subtitle: “the 5-second rule.”).  Did a couple final portraits of cast and consultants while I still had access to the OR. Here’s the general setup / lighting details for the OR portraits… Shot with D2x; 24-70 Read more about A few more portraits from the OR…[…]

Operating Room Production Shoot

Spent the day with the crew from the office doing still photography for a new program on infection control for anesthesiologists. Apart from the requisite product photography, I had a chance to do some available light portraiture. A few favorite images from the day: Special thanks to my good friend Bob A. for the loaner Read more about Operating Room Production Shoot[…]

Product Photography on a Budget: Part 2

In my last post, I showed you a quick and inexpensive solution for tabletop product photography that used just a couple table lamps and a piece of posterboard. Stepping up from that option just a bit, we can add a little diffusion to our light source for smoother wrap-around lighting and softer shadows. Quick and Read more about Product Photography on a Budget: Part 2[…]

Tabletop Product Photography on a Budget: Part 1

Hi Friends, I posted recently on my typical setup for tabletop product photography using a light table, a pair of hotshoe flash units, and an octagonal softbox. It works really well for me, and since I usually leave it set up, it’s quick to arrange a couple of items on the set, shoot, process, and Read more about Tabletop Product Photography on a Budget: Part 1[…]

Product Photography: Avoiding the Funhouse Mirror Effect

Hi Friends, Recently I was asked by one of my wife’s Stampin’ Up! friends and fellow blogger about distortion (“bowing”) she’d been noticing in her images of sample cards.  She showed me an example, and it looked something like this: In geek code, this is known as “barrel distortion” (presumably because it looks like a Read more about Product Photography: Avoiding the Funhouse Mirror Effect[…]