Tuesday, March 17, 2009

More thoughts from Seth Resnicks D65 Workshop

In a previous post I mentioned that I had just taken Seth Resnicks ‘workflow, not workslow’ seminar through D65 and I am still riding high with what I learned. Efficient workflow is not just about knowing Lightroom, but understanding efficient workflow that makes the tedious aspects of managing digital assets easier. We all know someone with the latest and greatest DSLR who cant take a picture if their life depended on it. There are plenty of Lightroom experts out there as well. But how many have a very systematic and efficient workflow? Like the camera, the software is only the tool that makes your system work.

Here are a few thoughts from the seminar, things that really made me think:
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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Anza Borrego in HDR

I just finished Seth Resnicks D65 workshop in San Diego and am making a quick stop in Californias Anza Borrego Desert State Park. The wildflowers are still out and the cactus will not bloom for probably another week. I am bummed because it will be gorgeous when they do bloom. Here is a shot from Fonts Point taken at sunset when there really was no sunset due to overcast. Read on if you want to know the processing. I first shot this is as a 5 stop bracketed series for HDR generation. Now if you are wondering why HDR when the light is flat, it's because it works in a whole new way. You can bracket and there is often no need to, but the results when tone mapping are cool. You can really push the blacks and microcontrast for a very edgy or grungy look.

So my settings are:

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Friday, March 13, 2009

In San Diego with Seth Resnick

So how is your digital photography workflow? Efficient, productive, and easy to use? Well I will be the first to admit that mine sucks. So I decided to take Seth Resnicks: workflow- not workslow, seminar through D65. It was long, intense, and absolutely fabulous. I am a better man for doing so. I have had Lightroom since it came out but never really had time to think about just how efficient workflow is laid out. I needed a crash course and found it in Seths seminar. Four long and productive days with Seth and Jamie will have you mastering Lightroom and the concepts that are behind efficient workflow. You get his excellent book and lots of extras ideas and concepts. Its well worth the money and time.
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Monday, March 2, 2009

Must see: Zack Arias video

I usually dont blog about other photographers blog entries, but just in case you have not seen this it is a must watch: http://www.zarias.com/?p=284 Keep Reading: Full Post and Comments!

Digging Through the Archives: The Mountain Man Rendevous

Twenty some year ago I photographed a modern mountain man rendezvous for a magazine story. I cant even remember the magazine but it may have been the AAA magazine or Farmers Insurance or something like that. I have been having fun occasionally going through my old stock and assignment files and looking for images that could be considered timeless, meaning that they might still have a current appeal in the market.

I have been scanning some of these and then applying more current looks or effects in Photoshop. This image is of Crow Killer, a modern day mountain man at a rendezvous in Oregon. I photographed him and a bunch of others during multiple events I shot for the assignment. I scanned the image on my Nikon Coolscan and then opened it in Photoshop. I have a plugin called Redynamix that creates a HDR like look to the images. It is fun to play and cheap, like $16 and you get it at Mediachance. The problem is that it works only in 8 bit and that has definite drawbacks. Noise comes in very quickly if you are pushing hard on the sliders.

I worked this over a fair amount with the sliders, then rendered it and added a High Pass to it, tweaked the levels and bent a curve a little to add contrast. I then posted it on my new website http://www.charlieborland.com/ among other people and portrait images.

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