Archive for the ‘Photography Tips’ Category

15May10What’s in my bag

I have always liked to see what gear other photographers use, what they take with them, how they pack it, etc. So since I just acquired a new bag and I wanted to post pics of it anyway I figured this would be a good time to do it.

The new bag is a ThinkTank Airport International V2. Everything I heard about the bag was awesome so I finally bit the bullet and shelled out the cash for it. I have a couple big trips planned and thought it would be nice to have a good bag to make the them with me. It took me a long time to get it setup to hold everything that I wanted in there but in the end I am pretty happy. My requiredments were simple… A) Hold all gear while protecting it (nothing loose and flopping around) and B) Look nice and organized when you open the bag. I know the second is a little compulsive but what can I say?

So here is the list of what gear I have a nice happy place for inside the bag:

In photo below
2 – Canon 1D MKIII (with spider holster plates attached)
1 – Canon 70-200 F2.8L IS
1 – Canon 24-70 F2.8L
1 – Canon 17-40 F4L
1 – Canon 100mm F2.8 Macro
1 – Canon 50mm F1.4
1 – Canon 15mm F2.8 fisheye
2 – Canon 580 EX II flash units
1 – Canon 550 EX flash unit
1 – Vivitar 285 HV flash unit
2 – Canon CP-E4 battery packs
3 – Pocket Wizard Plus II transceivers
2 – Pocket Wizard Mini TT1 transmitters
2 – Mini tripods (for remote flash lighting)
3 – Hotshoe to miniplug cables
1 – Pocket Wizard pre-trigger cable (remote camera shutter release)
1 – Canon RS-80N3 (remote switch)
1 – Canon TC-80N3 (remote switch with timer functions)
7 – (4) Packs of Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA batteries
Gel filters for portable flashes
Extra memory cards
Various Pocket Wizard cables and accessories

Not in Photo
Business Cards
Canon 580 EX II flash manual
Expodisc (white balance tool)
ThinkTank weather cover for bag.

What didnt make it in
Canon 40D (and its batteries)
Canon 24-105mm F4L IS
1 – Pocket Wizard Plus transceiver II

9Mar10Before and After

Sometimes people ask about how I get from a photo shoot to a finished set of images. Here is the typical process:

1. Images get imported into my post processing application (Adobe Lightroom)
2. Images are sorted into keepers and “others”
3. Adjustments are made to color correct and adjust contrast
4. Minor cropping if necessary
5. Output for desired use (web, print, etc.)

So here is a before and after example of an image. I hardly ever do anything other than the steps above and the image below is probably more drastic than 75% of what I do. Everything was done in Lightroom except the border and logo placement which is a Photoshop action I created to make images for the blog.

Questions are welcome… if you have them, leave them in the comments :)


18Mar08Photographers… Know Your Rights

I get asked periodically about taking pictures of random people and if it is legal. Then there are the occasional times when I have been harassed for taking pics of the local J. Jill store and at the airport. So I learned a long time ago, I needed to know my rights so that when I was confronted I could be confident that I was in the clear. So here are a couple links to information about Photographers Rights if you are interested.

Ten Legal Commandments or Photography

And something every street photographer should have a copy of in their bags at all times…
The Photographer’s Right

29Feb08New Sharpening Technique

Every now and then I realize I have gotten a little stuck in my ways. I had one of these moments this afternoon when I was checking my RSS feeds that I read through Google Reader and came across a new way to sharpen that is WAY better than the way I have always done it. I almost skipped right by it because I thought I had it down. Well I am glad I watched it.

Basically the new method is to run an action that is part of an action set I already had from Kevin Kubota. It is called Magic Sharpen. It is brilliant! Just do all your processing and resizing and just before you hit save you run the magic sharpen action and then hit save. That is it!

Here is a LINK to where you can buy the action set. This one is in the Production Tools. And HERE is a link to where I learned about this sharpening technique… [b]ecker.

Just check out it out below! Click to make it bigger.

15Feb08Lens Focus Test

I wanted to post this before I lose track of it again.

I get questions about lens sharpness from time to time and my first question is always “Have you run your lens through a focus test?” Invariably the answer is no. To which I always reply “do some focus tests under controlled conditions and then evaluate the results.” So HERE is where you can read up on how to do the test with links to a downloadable focus test chart that you can print and glue to a box or board or something flat. So if you think your lens is not focusing properly TAKE THE TEST :)