Happy May Day!

It's the beginning of a new month... which means that it's time to move on to a new focus for what I'm doing in my free time. There are so many things to learn in this world and so many skills that can be developed that if you try and conquer learning about all of your interests at once, you will end up so spread out that it's hard to do anything well. To make my life skills a little more focused, I've decided that every month I'm going to try and learn more about one specific skill, or interest, as well as putting into practice whatever is associated with that skill set. Since today is the first day of May, that means that yesterday was the last day of April. April's topic for me was off-camera lighting for photography. and I had a lot of lighting assignments to get caught up on from the Strobist: Lighting 102 course that I had been working my way though. Wednesday night I finished watching the Strobist Lighting Seminar DVD set that I had started a couple of weeks ago which goes through most of the same material as the online Strobist: Lighting 102 "course" does (which is a series of blog entries that David Hobby put together to help teach lighting.) I didn't quite do all of the assignments from the course in order, but I worked on what I could, and here is what I ended up with.

Lighting 102 - 3.1 Balancing Light: Twilight

Balancing Light: Twilight - Mr. Matt was a great model while standing waiting for someone to toss him the frisbee.
Balancing Light: Twilight - Mr. Matt was a great model while standing waiting for someone to toss him the Frisbee.
For the photo of Matt here, I lit him from the front right with a Nikon SB-80 Speedlight. With the Speedlight, Matt's exposure in relation to the sky was easy to control. The flash that was lighting him was seemingly instant, which allowed me to get proper exposure on him right away, and the sky was then able to burn into the image while the shutter was still open with a longer shutter speed. Matt didn't get over exposed because while the sky was burning in, there was no light on him... once the flash had fired, he went dark for the rest of the exposure, but the initial image of him at the proper exposure was captured in that brief instant. Continue reading Happy May Day! pixelstats trackingpixel

What happend to April?

We are nearing the end of another month. I'm sitting here asking myself "What happened to the month of April?"
This month has flown by.  This is the view from the airplane that I took to Las Vegas
This month has flown by. This is the view from the airplane that I took to Las Vegas.
It seems like I just got started on this month's topic of lighting, and it's almost time to wrap it up. Sorry I didn't post more about my experience. It was one of those things where either I take my time to learn about lighting or I spend my time writing about it... which is hard to do if I haven't learned what I was going to write about. I was also planning on working my way completely through the Lighting 102 course... but due to traveling and loosing some of my lighting equipment, I haven't had the chance to finish that yet. I do plan on spending my time between now and then to finish the 8 DVD set that David Hobby of Strobist.com put together. Continue reading What happend to April? pixelstats trackingpixel

Panasonic Lumix LX3 vs. Canon G10

slrSo, you have a digital SLR but don't find yourself using it as much as your point-and-shoot because it is just too big to be carrying with you all of the time... or, you don't have a digital SLR and can't justify spending the money on one, or you just don't want a big camera. Don't worry, there are other options for getting the flash off your camera besides using big digital SLRs. I recently had a friend ask me about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3. I did a little reading on it along with a good competitor that looks just a bit cheaper... the Canon G10. Continue reading Panasonic Lumix LX3 vs. Canon G10 pixelstats trackingpixel

If you’re going to do something… take the time to do it

I found Bucky the Beaver in a restaurant in Washington D.C.

So, this last week I went out to Washington D.C. to support my alma mater, Bemidji State University, as they were playing in the NCAA "Frozen Four" Division I Men's Ice Hockey National Championship Tournament. Since I was going to be road tripping out of Northern Minnesota to a place like Washington D.C., I was excited to try out some of the new photography techniques that I've been learning about... controlling lighting foreground/background using the inverse square law and off camera flash, controlling the light angle and getting more depth and dimension in my photos. Continue reading If you’re going to do something… take the time to do it pixelstats trackingpixel

Lighting 102: Distance

Lighting 102: Distance, originally uploaded by timothylarson.
I'm not rushing through these exercises, partly because I've ordered a second light set-up after Sam Parsons, a friend of mine, expressed some interest in going through the Lighting 102 exercises as well. But I had enough free time today, that I figured that I had to do at least the next short section... distance. Continue reading Lighting 102: Distance pixelstats trackingpixel

Vision

Vision is what allows you see the path ahead.
Vision is what allows us to see the path ahead.
"Having a long term vision makes dealing with every day decision making surprisingly easy. Things that may have seemed complicated problems become just little annoyances once you’ve developed your vision." ~ Bert Stephani (Squeeze the Lime) I was reading a blog entry today on Squeeze the Lime written by Bert Stephani talking about "Vision." Today I am looking at just a short excerpt from that entry.

I believe you should have two kinds of long term vision. The first is your LIFESTYLE VISION. Try to picture yourself at different ages. What kind of life would you want to lead by then? Where would you live? What kind of futuristic hovering car would you fly? What kind of values do you hope your kids will have learned from you? … Just imagine what you would do in an day or week...

The second long term overview you’ll need to find for yourself is CREATIVE VISION. What does photography mean to you? Is it about creating an ideal world or is it about shaking up the world with the raw truth? Is it about capturing romance or is it about documenting rare poisoned frogs with five legs? You’ll get my point and if you take a good look at your own favorite pictures, you’ll probably find your vision.

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Everything

A poster that I put together for an InterVarsity event.  It allowed me to work on my photography as well.
A poster that I put together for an InterVarsity event. It allowed me to work on my photography as well.
During the month of March, I wanted to work on my photography. I worked on a project for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship to help promote an event that they are going to be putting on April 9, 2009. My goal was to create a movie type poster with the silhouettes of the members of the team that are putting together a drama for that night. For this project I had to figure out the best way to shoot a silhouette photo and decided on going the "white seamless" route. I had never even heard of "white seamless" before, but the concept was simple, and it totally makes sense. I found a great tutorial online from a photographer named Zack Arias, an Atlanta based photographer. Since I found Zack's site, I've been following his blog, which I've never really done before. But it seems to be a great way to learn. Continue reading Everything pixelstats trackingpixel

Be More Interesting

Interesting I'm not looking for fame, I'm not looking to impress every person I meet, I'm not even looking for everyone to like me... but I do want to be interesting. That may sound like I think I'm boring, but I'm not saying that all. A better title for this might be "follow your passions," but I really like "Be More Interesting." Continue reading Be More Interesting pixelstats trackingpixel