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Macro Shoot Out Contest

Posted: November 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

Next spring I will be holding a new program called the “Macro Shoot Out Contest”.  It will be held at Longwood Gardens outside of Philadelphia,PA.  Longwood Gardens has an amazing four and a half acres of indoor gardens with thousands of plant varieties. Tentative dates looks like March 27,28,29.

The contest will be limited to twenty participants who will compete for prizes.  I will be presenting a lecture on Friday night on how to get the best results when shooting at the gardens.  Saturday the participants will begin shooting at the gardens at 9am and  will end at 3pm. Everyone will go view their images and choose their best shot of the day, and submit it by 7pm to me.   I will have myself and three other judges online that will view the images entered and pick the winners.  On Sunday morning the group will meet at 9am to view and announce the winners.

The Friday evening program and Sunday morning meeting will be held at a local hotel.

So far the grand prize winner will get a Tamron lens.  Other finishes will win a Acratech Ballhead ($299)  Vanguard Tripod ($150) Think Tank Photo Bag ($150)  Hunt’s Photo gift cards, Helicon Focus Software,  Topaz Software,  and more.  Every participant will win something.

It will be up to each individual to find good subjects and produce the best composition they can without any help, other then the instructions they learned from the Friday night lecture.  We want to see how well you do with your own skills.

The only processing allowed will be basic sharpening, saturation, and contrast enhancements.  No specials software effects.  This is to level the playing field for those who may not have all the different software programs, or skill to use them.  The contest will be based on the subject matter and composition.

Cost to participate will be $149 plus entrance fee into the gardens on Saturday.

The official announcement and final details, dates, and sign up will come after the first of the new year.  Hope to see you there.

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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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