A landscaper goes to studio flash class

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Mary working with Angie

Mary and I have a continuous light kit at home that we have used to make portraits of our family.  Mary really wanted to learn how to use studio strobe lighting and its hard to learn by just watching videos, so we attended a class last weekend.  Here is what I learned.

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Photography abstracts from the airplane

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I’m an aisle seat kind of gal, but every once in a while I’m in a window seat (and I try as hard as I can to avoid the dreaded middle seat near the bathroom).  When I know I’m sitting near the window, I’ll ask Peter if I can borrow his point and shoot that has been converted to an infrared camera, and I will pass the time staring at the scenery below me. Continue reading

Why We Love Square Photos or 1:1’s

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Sunrise in Healdsburg, CA

Most of us are shooting a 3:2 aspect ratio which is equivalent to a 35 mm full frame sensor or film.  Some micro four thirds and point and shoots use a 4:3 aspect ratio. Common cameras do not come with a native 1:1 aspect ratio, but here are a few good reasons to shoot 1:1 or crop 1:1. Continue reading

Scanography as a creative outlet

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Last year, I attended a photography workshop and one of the participants showed her scanography work.  I was dazzled, and thought I would dip my toes in.  Throwing some interesting things on a flat bed scanner seemed simple, as I learned scanography is an entirely different technique that requires different skills. Continue reading

Lensbaby Challenge: Week 4

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This week I tried to face down my nemesis….the dreaded Plastic optic.  I had to find peace with the fact that nothing would be sharp, I’m shooting through plastic after all.  And then I remembered, some of my favorite photos of all time, I took in my early days as a photographer with the Plastic Optic (focus has always been a challenge for me, so it was freeing). Continue reading

He saw. She saw. Graffiti Art in LA #2.

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A couple weeks ago, Mary and I had a great experience touring the LA Arts District seeing and photographing street art.  Here is our blog post about how to visit the LA Arts District and make some of these photos yourself.  In this post, we’ll take a look at how Mary and I see the same subject differently. Continue reading