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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Photo of The Day

Childhood Keepsake
Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikon AF-S 55-300mm ED VR Zoom
F-Stop: f/10.0
Exposure: 1/20 sec
ISO:100
Exposure Bias: + 1.0
Focal length: 48mm (35mm = 72 mm)
Max aperture: 5
Metering: CWA
Photoshop: Curves adjustment for color;
cropped to 5x7 and brightened
Assignment: Light box work
Keepsakes are as precious as any museum piece - working on bringing good lighting to small objects.  Balance between highlights that show off the piece - and bright reflective spots from the flash.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Photos of the Day

Today's photos are a variation on a theme: Fifteen Bean Soup.
Fifteen Bean Soup Mix
Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Zoom
F-Stop: f/32
Exposure: 0.62 sec
ISO:100
Exposure Bias: + 1.0
Focal length: 40 mm
Max aperture: 4.8
Metering: CWA
Light Source: Tungsten (my husband's high powered shop lights) from the left; flash bounced off of top of light box
Exposure: Aperture Priority
White Balance: Incandescent
Photoshop: sizing and copyright notice only
Assignment: Product Shooting
I like this shot best out of the viable shots because the colors and the light shadows makes this photo warm and inviting.  The photo below is whiter and cleaner, and has more technically correct lighting - it probably makes a better "product shot" if one was going to add it to a catalog; however, the one above might be better at enticing someone to cook up some soup.




Fifteen Bean Soup Mix
Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Zoom
F-Stop: f/10
Exposure: /10th sec
ISO:100
Exposure Bias: + 1.0
Focal length: 60 mm
Max aperture: 4.8
Metering: CWA
Light Source: Tungsten (my husband's high powered shop lights) from the left; flash bounced off of top of light box
Exposure: Aperture Priority
White Balance: Incandescent
Photoshop: sizing and copyright notice only

Assignment: Product Shooting



Fifteen Bean Soup Mix
Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Zoom
F-Stop: f/5.3
Exposure: 1/25th sec
ISO:100
Exposure Bias: + 1.0
Focal length: 40 mm
Max aperture: 4.8
Metering: CWA
Light Source: Tungsten (my husband's high powered shop lights) from the left; flash bounced off of top of light box
Exposure: Aperture Priority
White Balance: Incandescent
Photoshop: sizing and copyright notice only

Assignment: The composition for this one has some potential, but it is not centered in the frame well, and the lighting is weird.  The composition, however, has some potential.  Maybe I'll try this setup again, now that I have several reference cards for lighting.



Fifteen Bean Soup Mix
Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Zoom
F-Stop: f/36
Exposure: 2 whole sec
ISO:100
Exposure Bias: + 1.7
Focal length: 55 mm  (35 mm = 82 mm)
Max aperture: 5.0
Metering: CWA
Light Source: Tungsten (my husband's high powered shop lights) from the left; flash bounced off of top of light box
Exposure: Aperture Priority
White Balance: Incandescent
Photoshop: sizing and copyright notice only

Assignment: Backgrounds.  And more practice with my light box.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Journal Entry 2013-04-23

Gardening in Middle Tennessee
Neighbor's bearded irises are beginning to bloom. Their daffodils are done. The first born Red Cherry Large Fruited has it's first pea sized tomato forming. The Red Cherry Large Fruited have been, by far, the most vigorous under poor circumstances - planted to early, transplanted to cups too late, left under lights too long, put outdoors before it was really warm enough for tomatoes to thrive... and yet, it thrives.
Lawn needs mowing twice a week when it rains and its warm. Our neighbor has a lawn care business, so does it for us cheap; however, I am seeing a riding lawn mower in my crystal ball...can't wait for my own place. All that grass will make some awesome compost.


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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Loving my cardboard Light Box
Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Zoom
F-Stop: f/8
Exposure: 1/6 sec
ISO:100
Exposure Bias:-0.3
Focal length: 55mm
Max aperture: 5
Metering: CWA
Photoshop: cropped to 5x7
Assignment: Product Shot
Tripod, Flash S1L3 shot across the top of the light box, electronic shutter release

Photo of The Day

Classic Nashville
Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Zoom
F-Stop: f/5.6
Exposure: 1/1000 sec
ISO:800
Exposure Bias: -4.0
Focal length: 55mm (35mm = 450mm)
Max aperture: 5
Metering: CWA
Lighting conditions: Dim; after sunset, but with some light in the sky
Photoshop:cropped to 5x7 and set up for web
Assignment: Night Photography, no flash
Hand-held. Under exposed to get the black background.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Post Production, Uploading, Printing

Spent six hours preparing files for uploading to the professional lab that I am testing. The prepping consisted mostly of cropping photos to 5x7 and 8x10. A little bit of color correction on a few items, but the photos really are as I shot them. In part because I'm not yet that skilled in Photoshop! The photo lab comes highly recommended, so I am hoping the photos will turn out well. I am reprinting some photos that I had printed at Wal-mart for comparison, in addition to the photos that I will be giving to drivers this weekend when I ask them to sign model releases. I am hoping they will want to order prints; but I am also hoping that I will get their model release and then be able to use them in my marketing materials, on my website, and also as part of my portfolio for when I have enough to present to a stock photography house. 

Other activities this week includes getting ready to shoot the races on Saturday - the first time with my new camera and longer lens.  Still learning where all the buttons are and what everything does - but I've found the important stuff - aperture and shutter control, and ISO and white balance. 

My favorite car and driver!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Photo of The Day

Nest
Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikon AF-S 18-55 mm DX VR Zoom
F-Stop: f/7.1
Exposure: 1/60 sec
ISO:2000
Exposure Bias: +0.3
Focal length: 40 mm
Max aperture: 5
Metering: CWA
Photoshop: Curves adjustment for brightness;
     cropped to 7x5
Props: Taken inside my home made light box with top, slightly back
     lighting and front fill flash bounced off of ceiling of the light box.
     Hand held
Assignment: Product Shot
As you can tell, I am on a Nature streak here, so I decided to extend that to practicing my "product shots."  Now, granted, my homemade light box is not a thing of beauty; however, for the price (free), it is working well.  (I found the instructions here; Thank you, Stobist.)  I didn't have white poster board available, so I used a paper towel for the background "drape."  I could have blurred out the texture in the back ground with Photoshop, but I kind of like it.  What do you think?

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Photo of The Day

Female Hairy Woodpecker
Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikon AF-S 55-300mm ED VR Zoom
F-Stop: f/6.3
Exposure: 1/320 sec
ISO:400
Exposure Bias: 0.0
Focal length: 300mm (35mm = 450mm)
Max aperture: 5
Metering: CWA
Photoshop: Curves adjustment for color;
     cropped to 5x7
Assignment: Depth of Field Control
The Cardinals and the Blue Birds are getting used to me, and the Robins are down right blase; however, this little woodpecker only stayed long enough for me to fire off 4 quick shots and then she was gone.  I've seen her pecking at the holly tree in the front yard though, so I am hoping she will get used to me... and that she will have babies and bring them to visit.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Photo of The Day

Backyard Wildlife
Camera: Nikon D5100
Lens: Nikon AF-S 55-300mm ED VR Zoom
F-Stop: f/5/6
Exposure: 1/200 sec
ISO:400
Exposure Bias: -0.3
Focal length: 300mm (35mm = 450mm)
Max aperture: 5
Metering: CWA
Photoshop: Cropping and sizing only
Assignment: Depth of Field Control
Love the natural spotlighting from the sunlight filtering through the leaves. Catch light in the eyes.  Bushy tail.  Apparently I'm going to have a whole collection of squirrel photographs.