Thursday, February 23, 2012

More Processing Days

It's all very well that I've recently been shooting products, portraits and a wedding, but all those files need processing now! Primarily I shoot RAW. I have a RAW viewer installed on my computer so that I can scan through my images and choose the ones that will be processed and live :)

For processing I use Phase One Capture-One , Nikon Capture NX 2 , or Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) which is integrated into Adobe Photoshop . I choose the software depending on the kind of shoot I'm processing. Generally speaking, for events like weddings, parties, dinners, etc., I tend to use Capture One. I also like capture one for processing my stock photography. For portraits and product shots, I go for NX2. If I'm processing for manipulated images then I go to ACR. I also use ACR for black and white image processing.

They all have their strengths and weaknesses so it's just a matter of how they are used and what suits me best. NX2 is for Nikon only cameras. I use it for products and portraits because the software can read all the camera settings I use on the camera while shooting and then display the image on my computer for me exactly as I took it. I can also play with profiles on the computer and then upload them to my camera for custom shooting.

So as well as lots of processing, I've been fitting in some headshots along the way. Shooting heads is a great way of meeting and learning about people. There's the conversation flow that helps put subjects at ease, and then there is all the detail in their eyes and faces. As I look at a face I start to interrogate it to see how it lets itself be formed by the light. Quickly getting a sense of the individuals character and understanding how their face is appearing as light bathes it from different angles, I can begin operating the shutter on my camera to capture the moment when they are who they want to be in that moment.

I've just processed the last orders from a recent wedding too. In one of the photos I was asked if I could change the direction the bride's eyes were looking in one of the photos. I said yes, but still had a little fun while doing it and made this quick GIF.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

She left me today,

I first met Dee Dee last August. It began with an email offering to to do a shoot for the company she is with. They're called ShinyTrinket and you can see the photography I've done for them on their site. As well as rings, earrings, and bracelets, there were some necklaces that would show off better if they were modeled. So we all agreed that Dee Dee would come over for the shoot and be the model.

Dee Dee doesn't travel very well and she was in pieces when she arrived at the studio. However, it didn't take long for all of us to help to get her pulled together again and ready to model for us. The shoot went really well and  Dee Dee was the perfect model. When we were done, there were some circumstances in play and I said it would be fine for Dee Dee to stay with me for a couple of days before going back to the people at ShinyTrinket.

It was very easy to have her as a house guest and she never once tired of modeling for me whenever I wanted to try out any lighting ideas or such. Even though she was really quiet, I did miss her around the studio when she left.

I had another shoot for ShinyTrinket at the end of September and had the pleasure of Dee Dee coming to model for me again.

And then last Sunday she came over for another shoot. Shoot went well and Dee Dee stayed, — until today. You see, she belongs to ShinyTrinket and they came and collected her today. Even though she's just a mannequin , I always try to be gentle as I take her apart before carrying her out and placing her various parts into someones vehicle. But if she could speak, I wonder what she would tell you...

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Couldn't hold out for the dragons...

Chinatown soon became a heaving mass as celebrations marched toward the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco yesterday. I was contemplating shooting some editorial of the parade but the throng was growing by the minute and the actual parade route was already at least 12 people deep by 5pm.
I wasn't the only person taking pictures

The CW were there too filming obliging passers by to feature in their TV advertising jingles. I got in quite close for some of the shots I took :)
Had some green screen shots going as well
It was a little odd not being able to hear the music while the people were dancing about, but the sound girl was really getting down as she kept an eye on the levels with her Tascam .
After scouting around to see if I could find any openings in the crowds that would give me a useful shooting position and not finding one, I decided to call it a day.

But even though I didn't get to see the dragons, I heard loud, strong talk of fire and brimstone as I passed this group of men at the end of Powell Street!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

They've left their art in San Francisco

A trio of mottled aluminum heads by artist Ugo Rondinone that was provided in compliance with the 1% for Art Requirement of Planning Code Section 429.
Human Structures by Jonathan Borofsky.
Yesterday was another beautiful day in San Francisco. So after an early morning gym session, I wandered around SOMA with my camera . The light was amazing and I was being seduced by the way it bounced and reflected from the glass, brick and concrete textures of the area. I'll post some of them another time.

What really caught my interest this time though was the space in front of 555 Mission Street. I ended up spending about 30 minutes here getting different angles and views of the art in the little plaza. It's really cool how the shadows change as the sun moves giving all the pieces multiple characteristics. The other piece installed here, and well worth seeing, is Human Structures by Jonathan Borofsky. Its a very cheerful and inspiring installation and don't be shy if you go and see it. Stick your head in between the spaces and look around. The security staff in the office building are totally unphased by this type of strange behavior. They obviously see it all the time :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Just let your love grow

Not only is it February, it's also a leap year! Valentines day should be quite an occasion this year! As predicted, I've had a flurry of sales of "lurv" related images and I expect they'll tail off toward the end of this week.

This month has kept me busy with corporate shoots and portrait work. I've been pushing images to some new areas and have been added to The U.S. Yahoo Editorial Collections and have also had some really good new enquiries through Yahoo's flickr site. I was also able to shoot some new stock imagery which has been successfully submitted to the image libraries.

And here are my first and last image sales of January.