Photography Education

Photography Education

Anyone reading my blog for any amount of time knows how much I love sharing my passion for photography and I love teaching other photographers things that totally make their day. For the longest time I've been sharing lighting tutorials, composition tips, equipment comparisons on small blog posts but I've been wanting to share even more and for the last year or so we've been working on a new website where I can do just that. This past fall I launched an Online Photography Education site called Shoot for Love, it is a monthly membership site priced to be as affordable and as accessible as possible....

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Shoot Where You Live!

A Shoot For Love Assignment :: October 2011 NOTE:  The assignment is to shoot where you live.  Take a moment and look around and find... inspiration. If you are a photographer and would like details on completing the assignment (it's free, and easy) visit www.shootforlove.com.  B&H Photo Video is generously sponsoring the assignment with a cool little prize.  :) The assignment is to shoot within walking distance of your front door.  See the world around you in a new, creative way.  The inspiration behind these shots (and the idea for the assignment) is to really get to know your surroundings...

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Online Photography Workshop!

Shoot For Love If you would like additional, premium educational posts and videos by Jake Garn then visit http://www.shootforlove.com where you will find: Lectures from Jake Garn about "Finding Your Style" & "Lighting 101" Photoshop & Lightroom Video Walk-Throughs Detailed guides on various subjects such as posing, social media and lighting tools Member only forums where you can ask questions and get critiques of your work All this and more - Updated weekly! www.shootforlove.com

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Journey to Portland: Begins

January 31st, 2011 - Salt Lake City, UT to Portland, OR iPhone using Hipstamatic (a great photography app) Steven Wood and I landed at 6:04PM, drove straight from the Portland Airport to Stereoblind studio where we met our two hosts along with two models and two stylists.  This would be the first day of a three day shooting trip, seven models in three days. The first day, right off the plane, was a shoot planned with a full styling team and three models.  None of whom I'd ever met in real life. This trip was a bit of an experiment.  I wanted to see how hard it was to leave my geographic...

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Look Ma, No Photoshop!

This blog post is my homage to a photographic era of yester-year, the days before anyone had even heard of a little program called Adobe Photoshop, back when making a digital scan of your photo meant purchasing THOUSANDS of dollars in special equipment.  This didn't mean people didn't do crazily creative things to their images, Man Ray was creating images like his one titled "Kitty" over 60 years ago. Photo by Man Ray circa mid-1900s.  Think about doing this one without photoshop. Obviously special effects for the sake of the effect don't make the images better, but in the world of creative...

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Elinchrom Beauty Dish vs. Deep Octa

Great lighting is all about the modifiers.  Whether it is the clouds that filter harsh sunlight or the light shaping tools that attach to the front of your strobes - the way you control the light can have subtle (or extreme) differences on your subject. I photographed three models using all the same equipment - changing only the light modifier attached to the front of my Elinchrom 300RX Monolight. The Beauty Dish is a staple, and a favorite, for many photographers, especially those specializing in commercial beauty shots. The Elinchrom Deep Octa is often warmly compared to the Beauty Dish...

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Duotone Tutorial

Ever notice how most digital black & whites look sort of washed out?  That's because they're using what an off-set printer would call an "unsupported" black.  When a graphic designer wants a pure, rich black they use a black "supported" with additional inks making a dark silky black instead of a sort of dark grey that would appear if you used just black ink. Well, the same principle applies to black and white photos. By blending additional inks into your black and whites you get a richer tonal range which gives you more details in your highlights... a complaint many film shooters have...

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The Power (and Danger) of Photoshop

Remember back to when you were first learning Photoshop?  You probably went through and applied different filters, maybe you tried doing a colorized-black-and-white image, maybe you created some color effects stuff like that.  Well, the idea was to experiment!  You didn't know how things would turn out you just started TRYING things. There is nothing wrong with this experimental stage, but at some point you need to LEAVE that stage and you need to come into your digital darkroom with a very clear idea of what you want and some basic ideas on how to get there... otherwise you're probably just...

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AquaTech Underwater Housing

AquaTech Underwater Housing Canon 5D Mark II In a previous post I reviewed underwater point-and-shoot cameras. The cameras from Olympus and Panasonic were a lot of fun but lacked the control most serious photographers would want. Point-and-shoots are easy to carry and easy to use  and that portability comes at a price though, they have relatively slow shutter reaction, no detachable lenses, can't shoot in RAW format... I could go on. So how do you shoot underwater and still keep the control?  Well the solution is simple - take the Canon 5D Mark II under water with a case from AquaTech....

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The Most Important Purchase

What is the most important Purchase? Some sort of Data Backup, any sort! This is an educational announcement, no inspiration here just wisdom.  If you already have an automatic backup system in place skip this blog post and look at my gallery instead.  If you don't have an automatic backup system then keep reading. I just purchased this one week ago after my 1TB version was all filled up.  This won't be a technical review of hardware... so if you're looking for that look elsewhere. So why is this the most important purchase? You will suffer a hard drive failure at some point in your...

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