Thursday, July 23, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Q. What is a Photo Walk?
A. It’s a social photography event where photographers get together, usually in a downtown area or trendy section of town, to walk around, shoot photos, and generally have fun with other photographers.
More pictures from todays walk coming soon. Thanks to our leader Jeff Revell for trekking us through the streets and buildings around Washington, DC.
Monday, July 13, 2009
This past June the gym my daughter has attended for 4 years closed their doors (in part to the economy). On her last day we were told we could photograph and watch their final practice. This image is of my baby girl, leaping off the balance beam (onto a cushy mat). I just love her grace and style! Fly Baby, Fly!!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
(Thanks to Leanne for the following write up.)
Lilly will be spending the next two days alone in her cage....de-stressing from her long trip and getting used to the smells and sounds of her new home. After that, we will all be loving her MANY hours a day so that she will bond with her new family and come to trust and love us. We plan to take her everywhere with us once she is fully trained. We have small travel pouches that we can carry like a purse to keep her with us but safe and secure.
Everyone (maybe not me so much....I really wanted a dog) is so excited to finally have a pet.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
For those of you who don't know David Ziser, he is a popular photography instructor at Photoshop World and Kelby Training, a daily blogger (Digital Talk Pro), and a leader in wedding and event photography. David has taught tens of thousands around the world, and he's ready to teach you.
On March 30, 2009 (in Jacksonville, FL), David Ziser's "Digital Wake Up Call Tour 2009 - A New Dawn" will be kicking off a 58 city tour. (Link Here) I am sure he is coming to a city near you!
Digital Wake Up Call Tour 2009 - A New Dawn will focus on 3 areas:
1. Master You Lighting - Master Your Market
David will present an intensive session on creative lighting and exciting composition. Considered by many to be a "master of lighting", David will demonstrate just how easily and quickly you can light your images beautifully and dramatically, making them stand out from the crowd. Watch how he uses on-camera flash, off-camera flash, filtered flash, bounce flash, and many other lighting techniques to create images that really rise above the crowd in a wedding market that has been diluted with so much flat, one dimensional photography.
In This Lighting and Photography Segment David Will Show You:
- 32 ways to make the best use of your on-camera and off-camera flash for creative and dramatic effects;
- Composition - the secret ingredient of a great photograph; lens selection and camera settings for the best possible results with your gear;
- How to get the best results out of the new ISO cameras;
- And lastly, how the new video capabilities of these new cameras can transform your product offerings.
Don't shoot weddings - no problem. David's techniques work equally well for the portrait and senior photographer seeking to differentiate their creative look and style from the "rest of the pack."
2. "Magic Bullet" Techniques to Make Your Production Headaches Disappear.
Are you tired of hearing the term "workflow-this" and "workflow-that" everywhere? Well, it's about time we move beyond mundane digital production processes and open our eyes to new, streamlined methods of running our digital studios efficiently, effectively, and profitably. David will be discussing 5 major software "Magic Bullets" in the course of his presentation.
- Lightroom 2.0 - 5 Wedding/Portrait specific techniques guaranteed to shorten your time at the computer and make your images sing.
- How to use other software "magic bullets" to add pizzazz to your wedding/portrait images and make digital workflow nearly effortless, highly efficient, and fun.
- David will discuss and demonstrate one today's software best kept secrets. He will show you how to design an album with only one mouse click and then "fine-tune" it to perfection with only a few more clicks.
- He will discuss album design - good and bad, but concentrating mostly on how to make your albums become a reflection of your studio's identity.
3. Making Your Business More Profitable
Whether you are a seasoned pro, or part time professional, or just getting started in your business, David will point you to creative, profit building strategies for growing your business. Digital has changed the rules for many photographers. David will discuss and suggest how "digital" opens doors to new possibilities for all of us wanting to grow our business.
He will share with you his very successful marketing strategies that have enabled his studio to reach the best clients in his market and deliver his highly profitable and most beautiful products ever.
David's discussion will include 20 new products and solid marketing ideas to increase your sales using today's digital technologies. These products and marketing ideas are targeted to today's customers and work for any photographer - aspiring pro to seasoned professional - and will add substantially to your bottom line.
David made a special offer for the folks who read DannyDouglas.com. Enter code (ZDDDWC09) to get in for $59 – a savings of $20. That’s an incredible deal considering that you’ll go home with materials worth $250 more than you paid to get in:
- Tour Handbook including: program notes, photography, marketing and more
- 2 Hour DVD with extended program content
- $100 Rebate from American Color Imaging
- 1 year membership to WPPI and Rangefinder magazine, a $99 value
- FREE 3 month membership to DigitalProTalkPlus.com, a $45 value
- FREE 3 month subscription to PPA Magazine, a $15 value
- FREE PPA Indemnification (no-fault) insurance for all new PPA members, a $50 value
- Over $2,500 in door prizes awarded each evening
- And a chance to win 1 of 4 Grand Prizes worth over $5,000
Bonus For Canon Shooters: David is a Canon shooter too. His demos are based on Canon gear.
Dude, the economy is tight! Don't worry, I may be able to get you in for free!
Just enter the "Exciting Light" contest on Flickr.
DEADLINE: APRIL 15TH (yep, that April 15th, but this is a lot less painful than taxes).
The Digital WakeUp Call - A New Dawn tour is about exciting lighting and a lot more. The lucky reader selected by me who submits the most "Exciting Lighting" image made with portable flashes wins the free. Pretty easy, so enter today.
How to Enter...
1. You will need a Ficker Account. It's free to join and easy to use.
2. Join the Digital Wake Up Call Tour 2009 - A New Dawn Group
3. Upload no more than 3 of your photos that represent "Exciting Light" (remember to use a portable flash or two) to your Flickr account.
4. Then tag your photos with "DWC2009" (How to tag).
5. Once the images are on your Flickr account and tagged, just "Send to Group" (it a link about you image). And select The Digital Wake Up Call Tour 2009 - A New Dawn Group. Please, no more than three entries per person.
6. Then promise to share and tell all your family, friends, strangers about www.DannyDouglas.com
On or about the evening of April 15th, I will figure out a way to decide the winner. Remember, this is about exciting lighting, this is the key for my decision. I will notify the winner by email shortly after my decision has been made. Good luck!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
One the left you have the SOOC (Straight Out of the Camera) image. You can see its not a bad image. It's nicely composed, however, it feels a little flat. As a photographer, we don't want our clients feeling or looking flat. So, Photoshop CS3 to the rescue. The image on the right was "refined" in PS3. My first step, adjusting the levels (Command + L on a Mac, Control + L on a PC) a tad. Step 2: Getting rid of all the flaws (i.e. blemishes, stay hairs, etc) with either the Stamp Tool or Healing Brush. There is no reason for a beautiful model to have a zit when you can easily get rid of it. Step 3: Created a second layer and and gave it a "Screen" layer style. Then created a layer mask and painting back in the eyes. At this stage the eyes look really bad so I lowered that layers opacity to about 35% making the eye look bright and lively versus "evil". Then I flattened the image. Step 4: I duplicated the layer again and gave the new layer a a "Hard Light" layer style. Again, I made a mask and quickly painted back in her hair and face. Then I drop the opacity of that layer to about 40%. Step 5: Flatten the image one last time and "bam" done. Now, if you wanted to you could have kept all the layers and saved it as a Photoshop document. But for this exercise I just flattened mine.
Thanks to Puna for making me "Play" a little today. I also want to give some props to the folks over at "I Heart Faces" for coming up with this idea. I hope they get a ton of responses. Here is thier link go check them out.