I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I hope that all your dreams come true.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
I have just finished Joe McNally's new book "Life Guide to Digital Photography: Everything You Need to Shoot Like A Pro". I can tell you, it's amazing. There are gems on every page. You can order it from Amazon.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
You can find all the information you need here. And if you use the code alan8686 you'll get 10% off their already very reasonable price.
Please get out today and VOTE.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Here is their site, take a look. They are pricing the package out at $159.95 but I found a 15% discount offer on Rick Sammon's blog. You can find that here. When you get to the page just scroll down to get the discount code. NAPP members can get a 20% discount. Just go to the NAPP site and click discounts.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
This image was taken in an art gallery in Portland, Maine. I couldn't resist the temptation of asking the artist if it would be OK. He was very appreciative and let me take this and a few others. I must send him a print of this one.
Photomatix has a release a free upgrade of it's hdr processing software package. It pretty much looks and works the same way with a few additions that I found helpful.
- Selective de-ghosting tool. This is very cool.
- Better noise reduction.
- Ability to tone map a single image in 8 bit.
- Some presets. Not so cool. Well maybe they give you a place to start but I would rather do my own.
The new de-ghosting is a bit confusing at first but once found it works great. There are a few videos on the web. You can find a really good one here
I have heard that HDR Efex Pro will be available from NIK very soon. I plan to download the trial version to see if it's all they say it is. I'll let you know what I think.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Starburst: Color Photography in America 1970-1980 has opened at the Princeton University Museum of Art. I guess I should tell you that I live in Princeton. Our photography club had a private tour of the exhibit a few days ago.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Matt Kloskowski showed this tip on a recent episode of "D town". His turned out a lot better than mine but I know what went wrong so I thought I would share it. When shooting into the sun and you want a sun flare, close you lens down to f16 or smaller. I shot mine at f22 and it's a bit much. Next time I'll shoot a range of f stops to get the right effect. Matt did say that every lens is a little different and you need to experiment. I remembered that today. I'll remember it next time.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
The Santa Fe Plaza at night comes alive with street musicians. All kinds of music. From Country to Bluegrass to Classical. Great fun.
I did take my camera gear with me all the time, and yes, I did carry my tripod on every hike. I'll post some of the pictures in the days to come. I hope you like them.
Tomorrow is the 3rd Annual Kelby International PhotoWalk. My good buddy Steve and I are doing the one in New York City Chinatown area. Of course it will be in the high 90's and high humidity. Oh my. I'll let you know how it all turns out.
Have a great week-end.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Well, this past week-end was a computer nightmare. My MSN account was hacked and my entire email list was sent a message from me saying that I was mugged in the UK and lost my passport, money etc. etc."SEND MONEY". That's not the worst of it. My password, second email address and secret question answer were also changed. Your right. I was locked out of everything. What a mess. One would think that MSN would have a simple way of repairing this since it was probably their computers that were hacked in the first place. But NO! They leave you out on a Lonely Island. (Lonely Island, that's the title of my son's new CD)
I digress. I finally found some computer type on Google who had the same issue earlier in the year. He found a secrete website at MSN. I'm not sure that it's secrete but they sure make it hard to find. You go in and fill out a questionnaire about personal things that only you would know, and press send. Out it goes and a few seconds later receive back an email saying that they, Microsoft I think, will review the answers and respond within 24 hours if they accept your request. Admittedly it was a holiday weed-end so about 40 hours later I was blessed with a positive response and I thought that my world was OK again. Wrong.
I was able to reset a password and get back to my now EMPTY files. I could go on but you get the drift. It will take a while to figure this all out and rebuild my computer life.
I know that there are much larger issues out in the world to be solved so I'll move on.
We're off on a hiking trip to New Mexico at the end of the week. I am taking my photo gear and hope to come back with a few images worth sharing.
To those of you who did offer help me and send money, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Friday, July 2, 2010
A few days ago I posted my favorite settings for shooting fireworks. If you scroll down you should find them.
Have a wonderful and safe holiday.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
You can tell by the title what it's about. Trey uses his own early photographs as examples and explains the mistakes and corrections. Great stuff. I've got my copy and I have to say that I wish I had the these answers years ago. I've made all these mistakes and a whole bunch more.
For just $9.97, it will save you lots of time and frustration.
Monday, June 21, 2010
- Use a tripod
- Manual mode
- Set on Bulb mode
- Set lens to infinity
- Auto focus - off
- Image stabilizer - off
- Use a tripod
- Shutter speed - 3 seconds
- ISO - 200
- Lens set to infinity
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Yesterday I attended a "sneak peek" webinar presented by NIK on their new package. I must say that it looked very interesting. I liked the fact that it will have many presets that will give a good starting point to processing. Their "U-point" technology is in there also and that will add some exciting local control to the processing.
I'm looking forward to the introduction.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
I have use Lightroom from the first release and it's hard to imagine working without it. At the very least, it keeps me organized. But it's so much more than that. The non-distructive editing tools are fabulous and from what I've seen, the new version is even better. My personal favorite is the printing module. You have to try it to believe it. You can download a trial from their site.
At the same time NAPP has announce their Lightroom 3 Learning Center. If you plan on buying Lightroom 3 or just want to see what's new, this is a great site. You can find it here. If your a NAPP member there is a discount code for you to use.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
What a great life.