June 23rd, 2019
Please tune into the podcast for all the latest photography news! In summary, the winner of the African Geographic Photographer of the Year has been disqualified for photo manipulation. Facebook may be reconsidering their policy on nudity. DxO has updated the Nik Collection. A Sony investor wants the sensor division to be a separate company. Researchers have developed an AI program that can animate a figure from a single photograph or artwork! Watch the podcast for even more!
Jim purchased the HP Zbook X2 G4 2 in 1 computer and has now had 3 months to work with it. HP worked with Adobe to produce a laptop that is optimized for Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects and other Adobe graphics products. However, the machine does have some issues despite the high price tag and specifications - many due to HP! Jim explains and discusses the Good, Bad and Ugly issues with the machine as well as dealing with HP ordering and product support!
If you have experience with HP and/or the Zbook line of computers, please leave comments!
The Black Hills Photo Shootout will take place this year the last weekend in September, this time in Deadwood, South Dakota. Keep tuning in for more details as they are released, including registration.
June 9th, 2019
Before we get into the tutorial, first recent photography news!
Ricoh has reported that it will not drop the Pentax name and are planning more Pentax products. The FAA has expanded LAANC to increase access for commercial drone pilots in controlled airspace. Sony has reportedly overtaken Nikon for the largest market share in the global digital camera market, based upon revenue. Alter RFS is a hinged camera filter holder now available on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. North Face has placed themselves in hot water by replacing images on Wikipedia with its own images to promote the brand!
In this episode, Fred and Jim demonstrate how to photograph a car - and make it look good! One important criteria was to use minimal equipment. In this example, simple speedlights were used along with a softbox and a flash trigger (all Canon equipment - but any camera manufacturer's camera and flash can be used!). In addition, a second method is discussed in case you only have a single flash. Simply lock the camera down on a tripod, using a hand-held speedlight - use the camera pop-up flash or a flash trigger and take several images of the automobile from different angles. Finally - stack the images in Photoshop and use the Lighten mode on each upper layer to apply the lightest part of each image to the final scene. You may also apply masking to the various layers and even adjust opacity as needed!
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