Thursday, April 30, 2009

Here you go

Here are the photos that I was talking about earlier. They are the originals from the shots shown lower.


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So I was just proof reading my post and I realized that those were two different photos. Oops. You get the idea though. I'll find the real original tonight and post it up so you can see. Till then use your imaginations ;~) Read more on this article...

Thursday, April 30th

Hello everyone! It seems like I've been taking a couple of days between posts lately. The reason is, we've been getting busier and busier at the studio(which is a good thing). Plus I'm constantly trying to learn new things so the past few days I've had my nose buried in Scott Kelby's "Lightroom2 book for digital photographers". I was putting off learning lightroom for the longest time, and to be honest, I really really wish that I had learned this program earlier. This is one of the best editing programs that I have ever used. It doesn't replace photoshop for the heavy editing, but for the everyday stuff like a little brightening here and there, sharpening, cropping,etc., it's awesome. On top of that it is a SUPER POWERFUL photo organizing database. I can't even begin to describe how much more organized I am now that I'm managing all of my images through Lightroom. On top of all of this, Lightroom has made it super easy to do some really cool effects, quickly. Here are a few examples of what I did this morning in a few minutes:

Here's the original:


And here's what I did today in literally 5 minutes or less:


I don't have the original of this uploaded but it's fairly bland like the first picture above. Here's the one from today.


These aren't presets or actions that I bought somewhere either, just some that I did on my own.

Lots going on in the news department, but the main thing I can think of that has happened lately is the Pocket wizards are shipping now for Nikon. I talked to Wilma at K&R and she said that she would have some by the first of the month(tomorrow) If that happens, I'll have some to play with this weekend and I'll get you a full review by Monday. I can't wait.

Got a new website for the Studio. Right now it's linked to Shad's site, but that site is going to be transitioning to the studio site in the very near future. The new (and from here on out only) web address is

We were featured on Channel 9 last night. I have been in talks with Tanya ORourke for the past few days about the state of the wedding industry and she gave us some credit and free advertisement last night on the 5:30 news.

It is getting close to wedding season, as a matter of fact we have a few next month. Time to get geared up for that. If you haven't done so already, check your gear for anything that need serviced and get it done ASAP.

Alright last but not least, be sure to check us out on Twitter @RedDoor Photo. Alright, gotta run for now, see you all soon. Jason Read more on this article...

Monday, April 27, 2009

Kingston 8gig CF cards

A big thanks to AMY BURKE who turned me on to THIS great deal from Walmart. 8gig Kingston compact flash cards for $24.84. Thanks Amy!

Also Best Buy has the D200 back on sale for $599.00. Great deal, get them while they last. Read more on this article...

Monday, April 27th

Talk about your dedication... I spent all day Saturday sitting on the corner of 4th and Baseball Alley in Louisville Kentucky taking pictures of runners/walkers passing on their way to the Finnish line. It was boring. I don't mean boring in that I didn't have fun, but it was ok. I mean boring like I would have been doing just about anything else besides that. I'm pretty sure a monkey could do what we were doing. We sat in lawn chairs, had our camera's on monopods and just shot on continues high all day long. 8000 frames in 4 hours boring. But I digress. There were a few runners that caught my attention, the one above being one of them. He wasn't first, and he wasn't last. He wasn't even the most interesting( that award goes to the guy dressed like Elvis pushing a stroller with a sub woofer in it) but he was by far the most dedicated that I saw. As you can see in the photo, he was bleeding from both nipples. I don't know about you, but just looking at that hurts me. That is dedication right there. Anyway here are a few of the ones that don't scream boring...


This is the guy that won the race. He reminded me of a gazelle watching him run...


I was just diggin this guys style...



This guy came strolling through about 30 minutes before the race started. I hadn't seen anyone carrying a boom box around in so long that I had to take a picture...


On that note, I'm outta here. I gotta head home and Finnish editing the 350+ pictures that a certain photojournalist took yesterday at the Mt. Saint Joe shoot.(Breanna). See you all tomorrow. Read more on this article...
I'm having a busy morning. I'll post some stuff up later on today. Read more on this article...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday, April 24th

Hey everyone! Happy Friday to everybody that works a normal schedule. These days it seems like that is less and less people. I am fortunate enough to have every Friday off, so I got to spend the day at my studio shooting pictures(like the one you see above) and meeting new people. Today I met one of the most well known, and busiest wedding Videographers in Cincinnati Patti Needham. She has one of the most awesome setups I have ever seen, and she has some of the best video I have ever seen. Check out her site above. Alright, I just wanted to share that with you. It's been a long day, and I'm tired. I'll see you all tomorrow... Or Sunday. Jason Read more on this article...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thursday April 23rd

I know, I know, this is a blog about photography. But lets be honest we're all techy people. I mean you have to be to be into digital photography. For the hard core photo readers exit now. Today's all about this awesome new blackberry that I have.

So last week I my wife decided that it was time for her to join the rest of the world and get a smartphone. It was time for her to upgrade her phone with Verizon, so we went to check the new phones out. We had a pretty good idea what we wanted because we had gotten an advertisement in the mail for a buy one get one free Blackberry Storm. On top of that since it was time for her to upgrade, she got $100 credit towards any phone she wanted. That made our TWO blackberry storms $100 total out the door! Great deal right? I We thought so. Anyway, after almost a week with the new phone I have to tell you that I'm totally hooked on the touch screen! I have to admit that it took me a couple of days to get used to the key placement on the screen, and how it reacts to your touch. Also I have some big ol' gorilla fingers so it took some practice to figure out how not to hit the wrong key.

So what about features? What do I like, dislike, live with? Here goes. This thing is fast. Not only does it load applications fast(which it does a whole lot faster than I thought it would) it is twice as fast at my Pearl was on the mobile Internet, and attached as a modem on my laptop, this thing screams! Sending photos, weather its over a SMS picture message, or email is much much faster than on my previous blackberry. They claim that the data throughput on the Storm is considerably faster than any previous blackberry, and I believe them. Screen orientation is fast to change from portrait to landscape once you figure out that you have to have the phone placed perpendicular to the ground when you make the switch. Boot up time is a little lagging if you do a cold boot(which you have to do any time you uninstall and application) Sound quality is on par with every other blackberry I've owned.

There are a wide array of applications available for this phone. The best way to find them is to download the Blackberry App World. This is the official blackberry application store. When I say store though, not all cost money. Some are free, some do cost money. Here are my favorite 5 free applications for the Storm: Storm Locker. This does what they should have done from the factory with this phone. It locks the screen when you're on a call. It has a slider that shows up on the screen similar to the Iphone to unlock it. When the call is complete it automatically unlocks. CNN makes my list because I like to stay informed on what is going on. basically it's an icon on your blackberry that takes you directly to CNN's website. Weather Bug. This one's free for 30 days, but I think it's worth the 2.99. I like to be able to load the weather at the touch of a button. Super Pages I use this application all of the time. I have had it on all of my other blackberries as well. It allows you to do a quick search for a business or person. Very handy tool. Twitterberry Just joined the Tweeting movement, but it's an awesome application to have if you're going to tweet. Facebook Ok so that's 6 but I thought I should add this one too. I really like to stay connected with my friends on facebook, so I use the Facebook application for the Blackberry as well.

There are some things that I don't like about the Storm, but nothing even important enough to list here. I really think that once I get a few more weeks with it, I'll love it even more. So listen that's it for me today. I have some tweeting, and facebooking, and uh some other form of interaction to be doing. No really I have to get my stuff together for my trip to Louisville this weekend. I'm going to be shooting the Kentucky Derby Marathon. Have a good Day. Jason Read more on this article...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


I kept saying I wasn't going to, and that I wasn't interested, but I finally made the jump. I'm officially a tweeter. You can find me @Reddoorphoto over there. we'll see how it goes. My first impression isn't a good one. There is an issue with the profile photos. I can't get a picture to upload. I checked out their help section and apparently this has been an ongoing problem since the 4th of April. There are about 63 pages of people saying that they can't get their picture to upload. Also, while trying to upload a picture, the site came back with an overloaded error message. Apparently the site gets so many hits at one time, that it sometimes reaches bandwidth capacity. Not good for a social networking site.... We'll see where it goes from here, but so far I'm not impressed. Read more on this article...

Wednesday, April 22

Credit where credit is due. I like to think that I'm pretty good about giving out credit when someone be it a person or a business does a good job. If a waiter or waitress does a good job, I usually leave a good tip... Anyway anyone that knows me, knows that I'm a tinkerer. I like to take things apart and see how they work. If something breaks, I try to fix it myself before I call for help. This was oh so evident the night that I opened up an SB800 to figure out what was wrong with it, and unloaded the capacitor through my index finger... but that's another story. A few weeks ago while on vacation in FL I got a piece of sand inside of my LCD on my laptop, I don't know how(I was never at the beach with it) but it happened. I didn't have proper tools with me, so I went at it with my Leatherman and proceeded to take apart my laptop. I was doing fine until I got to the actual LCD bezel. I slipped while separating the top and bottom half and cracked the screen. If you've never cracked and LCD screen, think of it like a car window. It starts at one fine spot, and "spiders" throughout the rest of the screen. That brings us up to the Compliment. I got home, did some research and found that Toshiba wanted $345 to replace the screen. Did a little more research and found Screen Country. This is a screen wholesaler out of Canada, BC to be exact. First of all, they were the cheapest replacement screen supplier I found, bar none. I assumed that I would be getting a knock off brand screen, and I would have to tweak it a lot with my calibrator. I was wrong. They sent me an exact replacement for the screen that was coming out of the laptop. I was shocked! So there's credit number one. If you have a screen go out on pretty much and type of LCD, they have a replacement for it. The second shout out goes to Toshiba for making such a good laptop. I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop and it is by far the easiest laptop that I have ever worked on. my old Gateway and dells were a pain in the ass to work on. On top of that, The interior design of the Toshiba is way more rugged than the Dell or the Gateway ever thought about being. If you are in the market for a laptop, check out the Toshiba. Best Buy has the one that I have on sale right now for $579.00 here.

Nikon received an award yesterday for "best service". You can read all about it here, but if you want the real service story read on. My flash had an untimely demise(remember the capacitor through the finger earlier...) so I send it to Nikon to get fixed. The flash arrived at the Nikon repair center. I had it tracked through FedEx so I know when it got there. It took them three days to log it in their system, at which point I had to wait another 2 days to be able to log into their online system. Initial estimate was done, I paid the required fee(they won't warranty stuff like that) and waited. Three weeks went by without a single word from them. All of this time mind you, the status on their online system never changed, it stayed at "in shop". Long story short it took them over a month to get my flash back to me. Their service is lacking slightly. The main problem is that the call center doesn't directly communicate with the repair center. They send emails. Whether or not the repair center returns the email, is the real question. I have found that you have a 50/50 shot... Anyway, if you break something, and it has to be fixed, don't expect a quick turn around time.

That's it.. That's all I got this morning. Maybe something will pop into the old brain later on. If so, I'll get it up here before it runs away from all of the empty space in there... Jason Read more on this article...

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tuesday April 21st

Hello all. It's been a few days since my last visit to the blog o sphere. There's been some news, and happenings since then. First Mark Fidrych (the Bird) died on April 13th. He was a legendary pitcher, and friend of Joe McNally. Besides that he was a great person, and wonderful father. I remember watching him play as a kid. RIP. Also there is another great rebate on Sandisk compact flash cards right now. I get mine from Midwest Photo Exchange but I imagine the rebate applies to any authorized Sandisk distributor.

For those who don't know, Zoo blooms is in full swing right now at the Cincinnati Zoo. They have thousands of different types of flowers(i'm not going to pretend to know them all) planted pretty much everywhere. I was there the other day with the family and there were tons of photogs there enjoying flower photo making. If you haven't been there yet, be sure to stop by soon, the flowers won't be there too much longer.

The Butterfly show started this past weekend at the Krohn conservatory. This years theme is "flowers with wings". If you've never been, it's a great event to attend. The admission price is $6.00 per person or if you plan on going multiple times, you can buy an unlimited pass for $10 and you get a wonderful little lapel pin. Great time if you get a chance to go.

There is a wonderful photo opportunity coming up in June at the Union Terminal. The Heritage Program Tours is doing a tour of restored rooms/places in the Union Terminal downtown. The fee for the tour is $30 but you get access to normally not open to the public areas. Click on the link above for more information.

So with the introduction of the Nikon D5000 and all of its new "scene modes" the question has come up, what do I think about all of the scene modes and Should someone use them. First let me explain again that the D5000 is a consumer SLR, and being a consumer SLR it is designed for the general public. Since it's designed for the general public, it is made so that anyone that's ever used a digital camera can take it out of the box, and without reading the manual make decent pictures. So if you are a general public type of shooter(which I hope no one reading this is) the scene modes work great. For everyone else, lets take a little more control of the camera shall we... If we look at what the scene modes do, we quickly realize that we can do all of these things with our other settings(A,S,M,P) For example in the "sports" mode or the little guy lookin like he's running, the camera has a bias toward faster shutter speeds to help freeze the action. This can also be done in shutter priority mode, but in Shutter priority mode you pick the shutter speed, not the camera. In "sports mode" the camera automatically switches to continues focus mode. Again you can do this in any of the above listed modes yourself. There are a few more examples but you get the idea. So why would we want to do all of this stuff ourselves instead of just letting the camera pick for us? Creativity. What if you only want to go to 1/250th of a second instead of 1/500th of a second so that you can keep a little lower aperture? You have to do it in Shutter priority mode. You can't tell the camera, ok in sports mode I want you to pick the fastest shutter speed, but only up to 1/250th... I know Scott and Matt over at Nikon Dtown talked the scene modes up, but lets face it, they're on the Nikon payroll. They have to say those things. If you're serious about photography(and if you're reading this I'm sure you are), scene modes aren't for you.

Alright, gotta run. See everyone tomorrow. Jason Read more on this article...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wednesday, April 15th

A little more about this D5000 that Nikon has just introduced. Are they off their rocker? 729.99 for a consumer grade camera with NO auto focus motor and no lens? I thought yesterday when I was reading the press release that 729.99 included the wonderfully sharp 18-55 vr kit lens, but no! That is just for the body! Granted it will come down in the following months but for 599.99 you can pick up a brand spanking new D200 from Best Buy here and still have left over money to go buy a 50mm 1.8... I wouldn't buy this thing at this price. As a matter of fact, I don't think I would ever be interested in this camera. On to a little something more positive.

David Hobby has a great post on his time in Dubai and a million dollar falcon. You can read all about it Here. He's one of the genius' of light and I read his posts every day. You should too.

If you haven't registered yet, the digital wake up tour is coming to Cincinnati on June 9th. Register Here. If you enter promo code: DWCDPT09 it's only $59. This workshop is filling up fast.

Anyone looking for some free actions for photoshop check out THIS site. It's a list of downloadable actions for photoshop. I have downloaded a few and tried them out, they work great.

Listen that's about it for today. I have a long busy day ahead of me. I'll see you all here tomorrow. Jason Read more on this article...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

On second thought

Apperantly Nikon likes to release lots of things at once. They just released a new lens, the Nikkor 10-24. This is in direct competition with the Tamron and Tokina versions. I expect that the Nikon version will be very well made, and very good on the Image Quality. I would guess that it will be in the $800-$1000 range. Read more on this article...

Tuesday, April 14th

Hello all. I'm on top of my game today. It's 6:30 and I'm already getting content up on here. Anyway I wanted to give a quick run down of some news first before I get to today's post. First B&H photo is taking email addresses to let people know when the Pocket Wizard's will be available for the Nikon's. You can get on that list Here.

Nikon Just released the New Nikon D5000 SLR. It just popped up on their website this morning, and since I'm up before anyone else in the world, I got to read about it first. You can read about it Here . I can summarize it for you though. It is a entry level DSLR with the same sensor that the D90 has. It does HD video clips like the D90 as well as 4 frames per second like the D90. New to this model for Nikon is the movable tilt screen that also turns completely around for safe keeping. It has 11 point auto focus similar to the D90, but most of the controls are contained inside of the menu's like the D40 and D60. It has built in image sensor cleaning. Flash sync speed is a measly 1/200th of a second. I would have liked to seen a 1/500th of a second flash sync like on the D40... It has live view, which may be a whole lot easier to use with the movable screen. It uses SD cards like all of the consumer DSLR's that Nikon makes. I prefer the Compact Flash cards for their durability and larger size. I tend to loose the smaller SD cards. It's priced at 729.95 which is sure to come down in a month or two. I wouldn't get this camera. It is way too consumerish for me, and it doesn't have a built in auto focus motor, but if you're in the market for an entry level SLR you might be interested in this.

A quick little bit about the shot above. We did Easter dinner at my moms house last Saturday and I wanted to get a nice family photo. I decided that I was going to take my strobes to light the whole thing since my SB800 is in the shop still getting fixed. I had everything setup and needed a couple of "models" to see how it all looked. Turns out that it looked good, so I ran with it. Here's the setup shot:
Photobucket As you can imagine I was getting weird looks from the neighbors, but I didn't care. I think the shot came out nice. Here's another I took of my daughter playing in the grass:


Anyway, on to some sensor cleaning.

I have been asked to write about sensor cleaning, and to be honest I've never had to clean my sensor myself. Anytime I have anything on the sensor I take it to the pros to have it cleaned. That being said, since Provident Camera is out of business now, I guess I'll have to do it myself because I'm not waiting for two weeks to get it back from Nikon. Here's what I'm planning on doing:

First things first. You need to figure out what is on your sensor that needs to come off. If it's just a little dust, you can probably get it off by doing the following.
First set your camera to manual exposure setting. Then turn the shutter speed dial until it says Bulb. This will open the shutter until you release the button. Without your lens on your camera, press and hold the shutter release button. This will open the shutter and you will see the sensor. Taking a blower( I use the Giottos version found Here)hold the camera so the sensor is facing the ground and blow a few good shots of air onto the sensor. DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT use compressed air. If any of the liquid gets on the sensor, it's shot. Do not spray any liquid on the sensor. Lens cleaner is not meant for the sensor. This process will remove 99% of the dust on your sensor. If there are some stubborn pieces that will not come off, try these . They are sensor swabs made by Visible Dust corporation. If it's any tougher than that to get off of your sensor, I recommend taking it to a professional. It's a whole lot easier and cheaper to do that than screwing up your sensor and having to replace it.

As far as lens cleaning goes. I use a product like this which is a general purpose lens cleaner. I spray the lens (both ends) with the cleaner then wipe off with a small microfiber cloth. Very simple, and very cheap.

Thanks to everyone that reads my blog, I really do appreciate it, and I hope that you all get something from my words. See you tomorrow. Jason Read more on this article...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Monday April 13th

Happy Monday to everyone. Hope you all had a happy Easter. I know I feel about 10 pounds heavier. We went to my Moms on Saturday evening for dinner, then My wife's aunt's on Sunday. Both had great food! Matter of fact I'm going to be eating the leftover ham from my wifes side for dinner tonight. Anyway, on to why you're here. I wanted to finish up the White Balance stuff today. I know I promised to get it done on Thursday of last week, but I was playing procrastinator on Thursday, and did Senior pictures on Friday, so I didn't get to it. Speaking of senior pictures, what you see above is one of the finished shots from the session on Friday. It was shot with my D300 ISO200 f/7.1 1/250th of a second. I was using a white lightning 1200 through a octo-umbrella as my fill light camera right Main light was coming from a White lightning 1200 on a reflective umbrella camera left. Hair light was a white lightning 600 with barn doors overhead on a boom.

Last week we talked about White Balance and when to set a custom white balance. We also talked a little about the presets on the camera and when they are useful, but today I want to take that a step further. Today I want to talk about when to use the technically "wrong" white balance to get the effect that you want.

Probably the most commonly used white balance preset that is used to get a desired effect is the cloudy white balance setting. This is indicated on the Nikon SLR's as a small set of clouds. When it's cloudy outside the light that is coming through has a blueish tint to it. It's not that soft warm sunshine light. So when you set your camera to cloudy white balance setting, you will be adding orange to the image to compensate for the "blue" light that is coming through the clouds. This added orange will cancel out the blue, and you will have a nice neutral light. But what if you already have nice "warm" light coming from the sun, like if there are no clouds and you put the camera on cloudy white balance? You get a really nice warm picture like this:


In this picture the light coming through the window is already orangish and warm, but I want really orange. I want it too look like the sun is just getting ready to dip below the horizon and it's sending it's last little rays of light to her face. If I had left it on an Auto, or done a custom white balance, it would have looked something like this:


While this image has "correct" White Balance, it's not really the feel that I wanted, and it doesn't give the same image of what she's seeing... I wanted the viewer to be able to imagine that sun dipping below the horizon. I think I accomplished my goal with the first one.

There is another setting that is similar to the cloudy setting, but not quite so extreme. It's the Shade setting. This will give you a warm feel just like the cloudy setting, but it is a little less orange. This would be good to warm up the image just slightly, but not too much.

There are other White Balance presets that can be used like this. For example, the tungsten white balance setting is for when your lighting is orangish, like what comes from a normal household bulb. The light coming from the bulbs is orange, so the camera adds blue to compensate. Again this makes for an even color throughout the image, but what if you want it to be blue? What if you're in a place where the light is neutral white, but you want the background to go blue? In this situation you put the camera on tungsten white balance. This isn't used as much as the cloudy or shade setting, but there are times when the blue cast is something that you want. If you find yourself in that situation, change the WB!

Alright, that's it for me. I have to get back to some editing and such, but I'll see you all here tomorrow for a how to on lens and sensor cleaning. Until then, keep shooting! Jason Read more on this article...

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Thursday April 9th

So the plan was to get up early and get my camera gear together so I could do some shots to show you all what I meant about white balance. Didn't happen... So when I get home around 2 I'll do some shots and post them up along with some more in depth on white balance. Check back around 4 or 5. Real quick I want to tell you about a fix on a previous post. On Monday I guess I was just getting ahead of myself and skipped the last part of a sentence that I was writing. It was some crucial information, so if you read that post, go back and re-read it, it will make more sense to you. Jason Read more on this article...

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Wednesday April 8th

Happy "hump" day to everyone. I know I wasn't hearing things when they said on the news a couple of weeks ago that it was officially spring... It snowed here yesterday. What's up with that? Tomorrow is supposed to be a better day. Anyway, I just finished reading The Hot Shoe Diaries By Joe McNally and it is hands down the BEST book on photography that I have ever read. Maybe it wouldn't be to the person just learning how shutter speed and aperture relate with ISO,( for that I would recommend Understanding Exposure by Bryon Peterson) but it provided me with the single largest "doh why didn't I think of that" moments thus far. If you haven't gotten a copy of it, get it. I stopped into the Barnes and Noble off of Union Center Drive and they had three copies left.

I took the shot you see above last weekend for a family. This particular one caught my attention and is my favorite of the batch because of the little boy's(his name is Max) big bright eyes. I love them. They make the photo just pop in my opinion.

One thing that we always preach in our workshops and in our one on one training is white balance. Getting it right in the camera saves you a ton of time in post processing and ultimately that's where the largest amount of your time is spent. Why make it any longer than it has to be, get it right in camera the first time and you don't have to worry about it. The best way of doing this is by setting a custom white balance. It differs from manufacturer to manufacturer so refer to your manual to figure out how to actually preform the steps, but let me give you a few examples of when to use a custom white balance. First of all we need to make sure you know what white balance is. White balance adjusts the image for various colors of light that you may encounter in different situations. For example the color of the light coming from florescent bulbs is green so the camera adds magenta to the image to make the color "balance". When it does this it is trying to get the color back to neutral white which is the color of the light that you would get during the day with the sun high in the sky. So the camera will add whatever color it needs to add to make the light "balance" to that color. Most of the time the settings on the camera get you close, but if you want a truly spot on color accurate photo, you need to do a custom white balance. If you leave the camera on auto white balance the images will look close as long as it's just available light that you are shooting, no flash. When you introduce flash, you should really need to do a custom white balance to get it right. I'll delve deeper into that tomorrow, as well as how to use the "wrong" white balance to achieve a desired effect. See you tomorrow, Jason Read more on this article...

Monday, April 6, 2009

Monday April 6th

This is one of two beautiful little girls that came to the studio over the weekend with their moms to get some modeling shots done. They both are interested in getting into acting and modeling so we did the standard head shots and studio work, but then we headed outside for some fun shots. This was one of my favorite. They were a pleasure to work with, very energetic and great in front of the camera. Here are a few more that we got from the shoot:









Today I want to talk a little about exposure. How the settings(aperture, shutter speed, and ISO) relate to each other. When you talk about exposure you have to understand that there is a give and take. If you have more(or faster) shutter speed you have to either have more(larger) aperture, or more(higher) ISO. Conversely, if you want to shoot with a smaller aperture(say f/11 instead of f/2.8) you would either have to have less(lower) shutter speed, or higher ISO. It's a give and take system. Think of it as a pie. The entire pie is the correct exposure. The pie is divided into three pieces(aperture, ISO, shutter speed).


If one piece (lets say shutter speed) needs to be larger(faster) then either the aperture or ISO has to get smaller to allow room for that larger slice. Conversely if you wanted to have lower ISO(for cleaner pictures) then one of the other "slices" would have to get larger to fill that empty space left by the smaller ISO. The thing to remember is that they exposure "pie" must be whole to get a proper exposure. If it's not, then you will get an image that is underexposed or overexposed.

That's it for me for the moment. Hope everyone is staying in where it's warm today. See you all tomorrow. Jason Read more on this article...

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Saturday April 4th

So this is what you missed if you didn't come to Shop Bellevue Friday night. There is a new dance studio 5 doors down from us and they had all of their belly dancers there. They caused quite a stir by dancing out on the street so naturally we went down and took some photos. This woman was one of the best that was out there dancing. She decided to show off and place this sword on her head and dance around. It was great! Here are a few more that I snapped.




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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Thursday April 2nd

April Fools! Wait, oh I missed it again... Just kidding. Hope everyone had a wonderful April fools day. I was stuck inside so I decided to start reading The Hot Shoe Diaries, awesome book. Haven't been able to put it down yet.(except to write this of course). Joe McNally is one of the greatest photojournalists of our time and he did a wonderful job with this book.

Met a great graphic artist on Monday that I wanted to introduce you all to. Aaron Asch is a graphic artist based right down the street from us in Newport. He will take a fat girl and maker her skinny, or take an otherwise boring picture and give it life. Check out his site by clicking on his name above.

If you didn't already know, Shop Bellevue is coming up this Friday. This particular one will be extra special because it's the Easter rendition. Every shop that is open will have Easter eggs with prizes inside of them(donated by all of the other shops in the district) and the grand prize is a really nice diamond wring from our local Jeweler. So come down to Bellevue from 5-9pm on Friday April 3rd and visit. We'll be doing some little impromptu shots in the studio. We'll print you a 5X7 right then to take with you free of charge. The address is 421 Fairfield Ave. Bellevue Kentucky(about 5 blocks from Newport on the Levee). Gotta get back to my book, I want to have it done by tonight. See you all soon. Jason Read more on this article...