So my first ‘Photo Basics’ video is now live over on Youtube. You can view it here
It basically outlines aperture priority mode on digital cameras with that feature available. Using aperture priority you will instantly be able to take stunning photo’s with blurred ‘bokeh’ backgrounds as the video explains how aperture affects your images. Step by step and easy to follow video introducing you to your first steps in improving your images.
Please take a look, and hopefully you’ll be shooting like the pros in no time.
RAW not WAR
If only they’d put their guns down and pick up cameras instead, shoot children in the sunshine, not with bullets in the head.
If only they’d pick up their cameras and point them at the sky, take pictures of the sunsets, not mothers as they cry.
If only guns were cameras and the only shots you heard,
were shutter clicks and laughter, not people running scared.
If only they’d put their guns down, and pick up cameras instead, shoot the worlds beauty and not ruin it, till it’s dead.
Over the past year I have been investing in equipment to enable me to run online photography classes for beginners. I will be updating my youtube channel with videos initially for first time DSLR users and using leymans terms when describing the basics of photography. As you learn, there will be new videos posted on a regular basis so you can keep up and improve as we travel the journey together through digital photography. I will also be showing some product ‘unboxing’ showing what you get when you order your new equipment.
Lenses are an important topic in photography so there will also be informative videos explaining the benefits of lens types, apertures and their focal lengths.
Moving forward into 2016 I aim to bring some processing demonstrations using Lightroom and Photoshop, so in essence, a one stop learning shop for you and your images.
You can subscribe to my youtube channel here Dave Flynn and be the first to know when the first video is posted which should be mid january. If you head over there now there are a couple of video slideshows displaying some of my work.
I look forward to meeting you.
For my Mini World followers. I’ve been busy with lots of different projects but I’m finally able to make some more time to continue with the minis. I’ve received lots of enquiries about how I go about creating my work so I’ve decided to show some behind the scenes (BTS) images which will show you the kind of spaces I use and the light setup and settings. I will continue this trend as I continue bring the minis to you.
So for this image, I already had the skateboarders from my collection of stock images and as I usually do, I skimmed through them to see if any concepts jumped into my head. The boarders were selected when in my thoughts I could see them using some desktop items to skate amongst. There is nowhere more perfect than my own computer desk, so I set about creating the scene in the right had side of it. I had paid attention to how the skateboarders are lit and as it’s my own photo, I know where the light is directed from which is behind me and just hitting the scene under the concrete roof of the ‘skate park’.
I had my camera on the tripod about a foot away from the desk using my 35mm lens at the same level as the skateboarders shot was taken. I looked through the viewfinder as I maneuvered the keyboard and mouse into the scene, keeping wires out of the main frame as much as I could. Then I set the stapler in position and skattered 3 spent staples on the desk, I turned on the desk lamp just to highlight the scene from abo. The scene was set. Shutter speed 1/160 sec f/16 ISO 400. Flash settings 1/16 power in a 24 x 24 softbox close to the scene and positioned pointing at an angle into the scene, emulating the light on the skateboarders.
I see every client assignment as a challenge. To better myself and be creative in a unique way suited to the theme or as we call it for clients “the brief”. As always, before the shoot date, I sketch out ideas in a notepad, get nervous, then I make sure all my kit is clean and batteries charged while I’m still nervous, and all the time thinking about how it will go, making myself feel sick with nerves. I know I’ll be fine but I guess it’s a bit like stage fright.
So the day of the shoot comes and we get going. This is one of my favourite shots so I’ve posted a CLS diagram of the light setup. I have 4 strobes (yongnuo 568 ex II) 2 are about 3 feet away from the wall on stands at 4ft pointing at the wall 45 degrees. Another strobe is used with a 20 x 40 cm softbox and pointed high at 45 degrees at the model.
Camera: Nikon D90, with Tamron 90mm Macro lens. 1/125 sec; f/6.3; ISO 250 Manual; Spot metering
In post I decided to add some drips.
A challenge I enjoyed and completed successfully.
I was asked to create ‘something different’ for a client. We met and discussed some ideas. As they days and weeks passed I ruined my brain thinking about how I was going to create something decent. I lost sleep thinking up concepts, sketched ideas and threw tantrums (natural habits of a creative) before settling on the thoughts of usimg music paper and lanterns…oh and some smoke.
The location had been scouted out previously, I wanted to do the shoot in the evening as I knew where the sun (should it be shining on the day) would appear through the trees.
We stayed at the location for 1 and a half hours getting the required shots and 8 hours in post processing to put the concept together. This is the result.
My second smoke photography post, aka ‘Smotography’. Soon after I began taking the shots of the smoke swirls from incense sticks, I started to think that there must me some faces or subjects in the smoke, the same way you might see in the clouds.
Instead of watching the smoke through the viewfinder of my camera, I set up my remote trigger and sat next to my camera whilst watching the smoke, I attempted to take a shot when ever I thought I could see something interesting. I checked the back of the camera often and even rotated it to try and make sense of some of the shapes I had captured. I blew the smoke gently to make different patterns, I used static from a balloon rubbed on my hair to attract the smoke in certain directions, I wafted it, tried to make swirls manually and even moved the incense stick around in the frame to get some trails of patterns before pressing the shutter. Hundreds of images later and I was still shooting, I put some gels on the flashes at one point but then removed them and thought of just colouring the smoke during the post processing stage.
After a good few hours of taking photo’s my legs were pretty cramped up from sitting on the floor, and it was time to transfer the shots to the computer and time for me to make a well needed cup of coffee.
I wanted to keep the processing simple, so opted to just use the Dodge and Burn tool as well as the eraser tool in PS to tidy up any stray bits and create an image. A lot of the work has already been created by the smoke, In most of the images posted here, there’s just a few tiny bits of stray smoke taken out. Maybe you can’t see what I see, maybe you can, maybe you just see the smoke?
I shall leave you to your thoughts and perhaps you’d like to share what you see.
You can contain me or set me wild, you can guide me but not control me. I am random. I am smoke.