Fun Times at Ellingson Car Museum

Posted: November 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

When I’m in the state of Minnesota, I always stop at the Ellingson Car Museum in Rogers, just northwest of Minneapolis. They have about 90 classic restored cars for you to photograph. The owner welcomes photographers and allows you to use your tripod. Cost for entrance is only $5. Each time I go there I come away with lots of great images. Here are some from my last visit there. All images processed with the BuzSim filter in Topaz’s Simplfy4 software program.

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Why I don’t watermark my images

Posted: November 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

One of my facebook friends asked why I don’t place a watermark on my images.

Some photographers will add their name on to their images in hopes that it will detour people from using their images without permission.

Anyone with any basic photoshop cloning skills or content aware fill in CS Photoshop can easily clone over the watermark, so it’s not a foolproof method of protecting your images.

Most photographers that post online will size their images in a very small file size making the images useless for anything other than using on the internet.

So someone couldn’t come along and download your image and make a print, as the file size would be to small to print any size of value.

I personally don’t like the look of watermarked images and feel that it distracts from the image, so that is why I choose not to watermark my images.

 

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Copying Other Photographer’s Work

Posted: November 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

In my Macro Boot Camps I teach and give examples of how to shoot many different subjects, and how to compose them in the frame. This is designed to give them ideas if they are not artistic enough to do it on their own.

Many of the photographers in these workshops will say I don’t want to copy what you are doing. I understand that feeling, as some view it as stealing someone else ideas.

Well guess what, it’s been happening since photography books first appeared of parks and places that we travel to shoot. How many times have you seen photographer’s images that copied the images shot by Ansel Adams of Yosemite from his prints and books. People try and find the exact location where Ansel set up his tripod so they can duplicate the same shot.

We all copy at some point in time when we shoot. We copy subject matter we see other photographers shoot, and sometime even copy the exact composition of a subject.

We all start out copying some photographer’s work we like, but at some point we should try and develop our own style and look, but that’s easier said than done.

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Adding Borders To Your Images

Posted: November 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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There are a lot of reason why I like macro nature photography. We have tons of subjects to shoot close to home, subjects change through out the season, we control the light, you can get by with just one lens if you’re on a limited budget. Another advantage we have as macro photographers is that we can be more artistic. We can create abstracts with the subjects we shoot and also have the ability to create interesting artwork using the shallow depth of field. Sure landscape photographers can do some motion blurs and swirl the camera for a few interesting effects, but they can’t come close to the artistic options we have a macro photographers.

We can create interesting abstract like this one which is dew on top of a mushroom.

Or how about some cool abstracts in ice. Let’s see a landscape photographer or wildlife photographer do this.

We can take simple subjects like this Dandelion and create artistic images with shallow depth of field.

How about some Monet

Create art with rain drops in a pine tree

Sand on a Beach

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Feather on the Beach

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We have unlimited opportunity to create great artwork with macro, so go be creative.

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