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DP Review Interview with Nikon: Customers ask for DX Mirrorless; we listen to our cust...

Yesterday, 12:07 PM

Very interesting post on Nikon Rumours, today.



Nikon Rumours - More Mirrorless Rumours

13 March 2019 - 12:09 PM

This is definitely a rumour.




09 March 2019 - 12:53 AM

The assignment sounded like it was straightforward:  shoot a stemware glass containing liquid against a dark background.  The added challenge was to arrange lighting so as to light the edges of the glass. 


Easier said than done.  When I originally shot this, I didn't like the reflections on the sides of the glass.  When we discussed it in class, Don told me that the reflections are actually a very important part of the image.  His suggestion was to arrange my lighting or reflectors, to show the edge of the glass.


I was really pleased with the results of Round 2.




This was shot with:

2 Godox SK-300 strobes, with soft-boxes

2 scrims

24-70/f 2.8 @ 60mm

f 16

1/125 sec

ISO 64

In case you're wondering, that is NOT a reflection.  Turns out that many commercial photographers take this type of shot by inverting one class, then standing another glass on top.  Warning:  don't knock the glass over; it can get very MESSY.  :rolleyes:


In Wednesday's class, Don told me that I nailed it.  He added this was good enough to use in a mailer to prospective clients.  I'll savour this praise for a few days.  The next 2 assignments require us to take our game to a higher level.


Thanks for looking, everyone.  :)

Lighting for Texture

22 February 2019 - 12:55 AM

This week's assignment was to use lighting to show texture.  Specifically, we had to show highlights, shadows and a direction of light.  To make things more interesting, we were required to make one interior image as a tabletop or still image; and an outside image, using natural light. 


My biggest challenge:  finding an interesting subject.  A lot of interesting stuff that normally lives in our basement is in storage until the damage from our sewage backup is repaired.  Fortunately, we still have some line that we used in our boat.  A quick trip to the carport shed and I was set. 


Interior shot




For the interior shot, I used:

  • Godox Sk-300 strobe, with soft-box @ full power
  • ISO 64
  • Sigma 105 macro/f2/8
  • f22
  • 1/125 sec
  • 1 black foam card as a flag; second black card to reflect dark light.

That lens is good at picking up detail.  I swear we washed that line before we put it in the shed.


For the outside shot, the weather was the big challenge.  At this time of year, BC is normally getting warmer and wetter.  Not this year.  So far, this month, when it hasn't been snowing, temperatures have been far colder than normal.  I finally caught a break on Sunday, when we had some sunshine and warmer temperatures.  A quick setup in the backyard, followed by 30 minutes of experimenting and I was done.


Using natural light was good, but I really liked the results when I hand held a black foam core card on camera right.  There was no other light.




For this shot, I used:

  • ISO 64
  • Sigma 105 macro/f2.8
  • f29
  • 0.4 sec
  • 1 black foam core card, hand held as a flag.

Don described both shots as solid shots, and specifically liked the detail.  The only suggestion was to experiment with a bigger flag for the interior shot, if I try this again.


There is never a dull moment on this course.  Thanks for looking everyone.  :)

Thom Hogan - Did The Camera Makers Follow The Trends?

19 February 2019 - 01:45 PM

I haven't posted very much from Thom Hogan, lately.  This post definitely offers some food for thought.