Photo Education

Posted: February 18, 2017 in Uncategorized
Once you have purchased a camera, lenses, tripod, and other needs for your photography, your only need now is education.
I see to many photographers endlessly spending money upgrading their equipment ever time a new camera comes out.
My most successful image that I have ever produced was with a Fuji S2 camera back in 2004, which is many generations ago in the digital camera age.
That camera could still produce an award winning image today, so what is the need for a newer camera.
Well I did eventually upgrade to a Nikon D7000 because of a new feature like live view, but I haven’t had a need to upgrade to another camera in 6 years.
If you have some extra money available to invest in your photography, you are far better off spending it on educating yourself on making images, rather than on more equipment that won’t give you a clue on how to make better images.
I’m going to speak at photo conference today along with other pro photographers, where smart photographers have spent their money to attend and hear the pros teach them about making better images.
Search out a photo conference, workshops, books, videos, or online photo courses, and you will be much farther ahead at producing great images, because you won’t learn it from your next new camera.

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Shooting Backgrounds

Posted: February 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

During the winter when shooting is slow outdoors due to the lack of any life or color, I like to shoot backgrounds for later use. I find tree trunks with interesting bark to shoot, and also I have used my ice abstract as background for a main subject.
Here I am lining up a shot of a Birch tree trunk.

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Here are a couple of my trunk shots, that I will use later at home shooting indoors.

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I will make a print on a matte photo paper of these backgrounds and lay one on the floor and add on a main subject like a butterfly mount or a leaf, or whatever I come up with. Here is one of my ice abstracts with a butterfly mount. I know butterflies and ice don’t mix, but hey I’m just creating some unusual art here. I position the camera right over top with the front of the lens parallel with the print on the floor. I will shoot in the f/8 range as there is a little depth with the subject on top of the print.

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Here is the same background but with a different butterfly, and I used the Nik Software’s Bi-Color User Defined for the split colors. This surprisingly has been a good seller at the art shows, mainly selling to younger people.

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Another great plant to find interesting lines and designs. Lots of nice artwork waiting to be photographed.
If you don’t live in an area with these tropical or desert plants that I have been featuring in this plant series, check your area to see if it has an indoor botanical garden, as they usually have some tropical or desert type plants.
Here’s is the plant I was shooting.

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Here is a nice comp from this plant. Shot with my Nikon D7000 and 18-270 Tamron lens. f/stop at f/32. I gave it a soft dream like look in Nik Software.

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If you like the abstract look and feel of the old master painters like Claude Monet, and Vincent Van Gogh, there is a great program that will help you take your photos and turn them into beautiful paintings.
My favorite program for creating paintings is the Topaz “Impression” program.
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Here is a Claude Monet water lilies images from 1916.
It has a soft feel with nothing really in sharp focus.

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Here is my water lilies image which I will transform into a softer abstract feel of a Monet painting.

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Here is my Michael Monet (lol) using one of the “Impressionistic” filters in the Topaz “Impression” program. You have lots of option in the program to adjust the look and feel of your painting.

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Here is a painting by Vincent Van Gogh, poppy field created in 1890 . Like the Monet it has a soft abstract feel with nothing in sharp focus.

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I didn’t have a poppy field image so I used my Black Eyed Susan image. Here is the original.
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Here is my Michael Van Moats (lol) image, using another one of the “Impressionistic” filters in the Topaz “Impression” program.
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Happy Valentine’s Day

Posted: February 14, 2017 in Uncategorized
For Valentine’s Day, I’m posting a few images that have a heart in them.

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Continuing on with our plant series here is another plant that I found that created some great art. The beautiful lines are what caught my eye. Here is the plant I’m working with.

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Great lines in these images and with the help of multiple filters in Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro I added a dramatic look to these images. I used used the available light which was overcast skies, and no added light. The light in the images is just from the filters used in Nik. Because of the depth of these subjects I used f/32 for my f/stop on my Tamron 18-270 lens.

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Creating Art With Plants

Posted: February 12, 2017 in Uncategorized
Just about everyone has plants near by or maybe even in your home to photograph. By studying the plants and looking for lines and patterns within those plants, you can create some great art work. Here is a plant I found in a botanical garden, which are great places to find lots of interesting plant life. I’ll show more examples of creating great art with plant life in future posts.

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Rather then photograph the whole plant or parts that may include the cluttered background, I moved in close with the camera and captured the interesting lines of the plant. I use a Nikon D7000 with my Tamron 18-270 lens. Because this area I was shooting had a lot of depth, I used my highest f/stop at f/32 to get it all in focus. Remember, the larger the f/stop number you use, the larger amount will be in focus.

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