Well, it has been a wonderful few days here in Hawaii. Life is sweet, and it's important to remember that. The last few days have been filled with sun, fun, waves and friends. It makes me realize that I am so blessed to be a part of this awesome world. Aloha!
Sunday, June 6, 2010
It is amazing how much time can be spent working on your digital images in post production. Here are a few things that I have realized I can do in shooting and editing to greatly save time and improve my work flow.
The first thing is don't shoot a million pictures of the same thing. With film you had to be much more selective with each shot because it cost lots of money. With digital we can really go crazy with the amount of images captured. Don't do it. I find that I usually get what I am looking for in the first few frames, then its all the same from there. And I find that models tend to get bored if you stay with the same look too long (it reads in the pictures).
The next thing is don't second guess your first reaction to an image when your are in the "getting rid stuff" stage. Usually if there is something about the photo that makes you say, "its good, but..." than you might as well just get rid of it right away rather than wasting time sifting through it again. You can fix any photo with editing if you need to but it is not ideal. Save PhotoShop for touching up the details.
And of course you are going to want to use a good editing program that allows you do actions recipes and batch process. I guess the industry standard would e the Adobe programs but I also like DPP that comes with Canon stuff (I figure it is made for the camera after ll). And knowing how to use them helps greatly. YouTube has just about anything you might want to know about anything so do some research.
So by keeping these simple things in mind you can be far more productive (time is money) spend less time in front of the computer and be out shooting more! -Joah
Friday, June 4, 2010
Speed Kills- the saturation and sharpness of your picture at least... Its a balancing of trade-offs in photography (and life-). Film Speed (ISO) is a value given to the sensitivity of the emulsions of traditional celluloid film to light. It is like the difference between how fast a lite skinned person will burn in the sun vs. a dark skinned person . The lower the film speed, the more light is necessary to saturate the film (dark skin), The image from a low speed film (50 or 100) has more time that it can be open to the light and saturate more deeply. Higher speed films don't need to be in the light very long before they burn. This is great if you are trying to capture an image in low light or a fast moving object. But just like the lite skinned person tends to freckle and burn, the fast ISO tends to be more grainy and less sharp. (Digital photography uses the same concept of ISO, it is just digitised). So if you are looking for deep saturation and sharpness use the lowest ISO you can. If you want to capture low lit scenes and fast moving things bump up your ISO accordingly.
Keep in mind that although film speed can kill saturation and sharpness, quality cameras and lenses can save the life of your image for sure. With modern digital equipment especially, you really get what you are paying for in terms of the quality of the processors and glass. (Ironically my old school Pentax K1000 with a prime 50mm (value $50) captures perfect color way more beautifully than any of my Canon digital equipment...(*I don't have the $20K set-up though).
So again the Philosophy of Photography teaches about balance and compromise. Seldom can we have it all but, by balancing the tools we are given, we can get what we are looking for. -Joah
Another great day at JBP. This ball is rolling and and things are coming together! Did an amazing shoot today for an up an coming Honolulu model, Uilani Walker. She was a blast to work with and knocked her shoot out of the park. Keep an eye out for Ui, she is headed for the top!
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Aperture as it pertains to life; The concept of aperture in photography is a great analogy for the way we should look at the world. As we know, when our aperture is wide open it will allow us to see more clearly when there is little light, and to focus more sharply on one specific point. This can be a value in its self, but can leave us blinded when looking for the big picture. If our aperture is closed down it will allow for a longer focal range and in life this can be very helpful in seeing what lies ahead. But, if our aperture is closed to much then the entire image becomes flat and lacks perspective. So, just like a good photographer, who adjusts aperture according to the situation to produce a desired effect, we too need to keep our aperture dynamic so that we can see the world for both its big picture and its fine detail. -Joah
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Well its Tuesday morning and after a great weekend it is time to get to work. Its a big week with lots of fun and creative work to do! Stop by JoahPhoto.com and check out the models.
This is a Shot of Pro Surfer Ian Walsh taken at a secret spot on Maui last winter. Ian rips! He was blasting airs like this all day and making that little wave his personal launch pad.