Something I've been working on.

Over half a year later and I finally have an update to my blog.  I will be adding a section to my site which will feature local creative individuals.  I'll be looking for photographers, designers, writers, musicians, painters, etc... 

This is something that I have been thinking of doing for quite a while now and the planning has finally started.  I already have a list of people that I'll be reaching out to very soon. 

Keep an eye out for the first feature.

Shooting in RAW

Every picture deserves a chance at being a great photo.  Before we can even start on composition, exposure and your own personal style, we need to make sure we can get the most out of that image... and that is by setting your camera to shoot in RAW. 

I do not want to dive into what a RAW image file is but basically imagine it as your digital negatives.  It is just information waiting to be processed into a useable image.

Straight out of the camera an image taken in RAW will usually look flat and dull.  It's what we do with it after that really brings them out to life.  Here is an example...

RAW image straight from camera

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RAW image edited in Lightroom5, then converted to Jpeg

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Here you can see that the photo on the left is lacking contrast, slightly under exposed, and the colors are dull.  After just a few minutes in Lightroom we get the photo on the right which seems to be brought back to life.  The photo is vibrant, contrasty, and the subject is pulled off and separated from the background.

Using a tool such as Lightroom gives photographers the chance to edit a picture to their liking, but this can only be done properly when using a RAW file. 

Have at it

Something holds me back from putting my work out there and into the eyes of the public. Sometimes I'm too critical of my work and don't feel like it's good enough. I get positive words from close friends and family, but they're supposed to say nice things, right? I've watched a lot of photo critique videos from photographers I look up to and I feel like I need my work to be looked at through a critical lens. What am I doing right and most importantly what am I doing wrong? I can't move forward and excel if I don't know where I need improvement and I feel that's where a lot of photographers go wrong. They can't take the criticism and move forward from it. Some photographers just need to be told that their work sucks.

Losing sleep

Lately I've been staying up late reading and watching videos from creative minds. I can sit for hours watching videos of photographers talking about light or someone like Adam Savage build something out of wood. The knowledge I'm getting from this is great but the lack of sleep is not healthy for my mind to create. I can not even stress how important it is for our brains to rest and get a fresh start.

Creative blocks

There are a lot of times where us as creative individuals and artists reach mental blocks.  The inability to think outside the box and create something new and different.  Sometimes we have to look at some of the other guys and girls who inspire us.  I find I get most of my inspiration from people like Jared Polin, a photographer who has put out hundreds of information videos to others for free on Youtube.  Zack Arias, another photographer who created the One Light dvd. He is a great teacher and has an inspirational story behind his success.  And last but not least, Casey Neistat, a film director and producer who has also put out tons of content available on Youtube. 

Watching these guys do what they love, and do it well, inspires and motivates me to create more and not be afraid to put it out there for everyone to see.

The glass will last

For anyone starting off in photography their first thought is to spend all their money and get the best camera they can afford (in some cases more than they can afford).  Slow it down and rethink your next move.  It might be a smart idea to not spend it all in one place.  Your super duper uber amazing 8+fps, high iso, full frame camera is not going to just hand out amazing quality images.  You are going to also need a good lens or two... or three.

For your first camera it is probably a smart idea to start off with an entry level camera (or the next step up), and use the extra money on a good fast lens.  In my case I started off with my Nikon D3100 and soon after picked up a Nikon 35mm f1.8, and I couldn't have been happier with my choice.  The 35mm lens is not only a great focal length, but it also teaches you to get into the action and really think about your composition.  Since the D3100 is not the best at shooting in low light situations on its own, having this lens with a large aperture helps make up its lack in high iso performance.  Eventually I will outgrow my camera but I will never outgrow a lens. 

For anyone using a Nikon right now is a perfect chance to pick up some decent glass.  Nikon is currently running a lens rebate program.  Hurry and hop on these offers before time runs out.  Personally I'm eyeballing the 85mm f1.8g.Nikon-lens-only-rebates-2014

First day

How can anyone not feel good after their first day of class with a view like this?  Just a basic cell phone shot, sometimes we have to make do with the tools we have at our disposal.


Me, myself and everything else

Welcome to my blog where we'll discuss everything from photography, technology, men's fashion, food, and the occasional rant on things that grind my gears.  Stay tuned for the ride of me growing my business and follow me through school as I continue my education.