Friday, May 3, 2019

Weird angles

I love to shoot from angles that might be unusual. I was driving around Spain a while ago when I saw the Rock of Gibraltar from a different angle. It made me realize that while we all have an idea of what things look like, people who live near famous things see the good, the bad and the ugly. If I had been closer to the rock with a wider lens, I would have gotten a nice image of just the rock (I actually did later) but this is the view that the locals probably see more often.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Hera's Crown Video

DP and PA this time. Video like still photography is nothing but fun. Of course, it depends on who you're working with.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Ah poor Venezuela...


I had an girlfriend back in the early 70's. Her parents moved to Venezuela for work so the next Christmas I flew down there with the live caged chickens (on the plane). All I can say is that Venezuela was the most beautiful place I had ever seen. I remember driving North to the beaches at Maiquetia and buying empanadas out of oil drum stoves. The beaches had names like Mobil and Esso and if you looked hard you could see derricks way out in the water. Going out to dinner in Caracas was strange for an upstate NY boy in that there were guards toting machine guns all over the place. Still celebrating Christmas in South America (a very sad tree) was magical. But then, I guess that's all over now. Maybe, just maybe it'll come back someday.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

I was home with a cold, mining my 4TB HD's for stock when I was asked to DP a short video shoot. Making Dirty Dr. Pepper is a thing... I guess. He wanted it lit a little rough so I used 2 Lowel DP's. One on the background and one on him doing the work. I don't think I would drink that. Dr. Pepper is made out of prunes after all. Anyway, as I always say; light is light. Vidoe or still. You just get a picture in your head and move light around until what you see matches the picture.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019



I am always playing with different ways to create really small client videos. I got this mp4 small enough to email but it's always a challenge. I am using a lot of the Adobe Creative Suite. Photoshop (of course), Premier Pro, After Effects and Adobe's Media Encoder. It took Photoshop's Save For Web to get the GIF's small enough. It seemed to work the best. The mp4's were even smaller. This mp4 was 5mb, the gif was 6mb. While this one worked well, I'm still looking for a better way to shrink things.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

negative clarity for beauty

Clarity in available in both Lightroom, ACR and Photoshop with the Camera Raw filter. What it does is increase contrast in the midtones while leaving the contrast alone in the highlights and shadows. When you drag the slider to the right thinks like type begin to pop. One thing I like to do when shooting beauty is drag the slider to the left. It begins to lower the contrast in the midtones while leaving the highlight and shadows alone and makes for a softer look while keeping details just fine. Try it. It's just fun.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Tungsten
I haven't used tungsten lights since the 60's. My church however, was getting rid of case sets of Lowel DPs and Lowel Omni lights. I couldn't pass them up. 1000 watts is very hot and very bright and that's a good thing since my studio tends to be cold in the winter. Light is light and all I do is move lights around until I match the image I have in my head. It is actually easier than strobes since what you see is what you get. No chimping needed. I have LED video lights but they don't keep my studio warm. They also are no where as bright as these Lowel lights. I may use them for video as well. Seeing how these lights have fallen out of fashion since LEDs have arrived, they are probably pretty cheap (mine were free) and bright. I think that I will go back to strobes when summer comes but they are perfect right now and for the next 4-5 months!