Good Afternoon Everybody,
I can’t believe it, Photoshop World [link] is only a few days away. We actually are heading to Las Vegas on Saturday and then staying the week. We’ll have a few days of R&R on the front end and back end of PSW and then on to Phoenix for the start of our Captured By The Light Tour [link].
That explains the super business around the studio. We’ve been working on three big projects that need to be completed by Friday.
Weddings, Seniors, Family Portrait Webcast
We just announced and launched the Weddings, Seniors, Family Portrait Webcast [link] coming up September 26, 2010. This is a not to missed webcast. The three presenters are top photographers in their fields.
Our door prizes are now totaling over $1,800 which we will give away during the webcast. It’s going to be a not to be missed educational experience for only $14.95. Please be sure to check it out right here.
Most webcasts cost at least 3x more for only 60 minutes. This webcast is 4 hours long with a gazillion door prizes – it doesn’t get any better than that!
Photoshop World Las Vegas 2010
I’ll plan to post a few images next week of what we were up to. Also I’ve put together a lot more Lightroom 3 tutorials for my Lightroom program on Wednesday evening [link].
Captured By The Light 2010 Tour
You’re going to get new lighting and photography techniques, lots more marketing ideas, and some great new news on LumaPix:FotoFusion! Plus, 9 hours of additional tutorials on Tour DVD, Workbook (being printed as we speak), and $6,000 worth of door prizes given away each night! We’ve tried to make this the most ROCKIN’ tour of the fall! INFO HERE! Don’t forget to use PROMO CODE CBLDPT10
OK, that’s what I’ve been up to lately. I’m still polishing up the CDTL 2010 presentation but it’s 95% complete – whew! Anyway, that said, let’s get right on with today’s post – the first in a new series.
The Ones That Got Away
There was a Sarah Brightman CD that was released a few years ago entitled “The Songs That Got Away” [link]. I’m a big Sarah fan and loved the album. Anyway, the title gave me an idea for this new series.
Here’s the deal. I’m going to select a “near miss” image taken by on of the class members from a few of my recent Master Classes, point out the “nearly missed” compositional elements, and then list what could have been done to improve it.
Think of it as a print critique. I’ve been working on this idea for DPT for a while whereby I can critique some of our readers work too. Maybe we could do something over at Flickr – let me know what you think. Here we go…
Take a look at this photograph. When I first saw it I loved the setting, the expressions, and the surrounding colors. I even loved how the bride’s bouquet harmonized with the flowers in the background.
But, it’s a “near miss” shot. Here’s why.
1. There’s a tree growing out of the bride’s head.
2. The bride is leaning in a bit awkwardly to the groom. It’s not how a “real” bride would be relating to her groom.
3. The background could be greatly improved upon with a different lens selection or positioning of the couple.
OK, those are a few of the negative aspects of the shot – now how can it be improved?
Typically I ask my couples to turn about 45 degrees to each other with their body weight on their inside feet and their outside feet coming towards camera. Here is a shot of a comfortably posed couple.
2. I want to shoot from a higher camera position so that I can have the foliage provide a complete background. Basically, I want to lose the white sky, tree, and building I see in the background.
Using a longer lens would have helped too, because it would have compressed around the couple even more. I’m a big fan of long lenses when shooting outside for just that reason.
3. The off camera lighting coming from camera left looks pretty good, but notice the shadow of the bride’s arm on her dress. Turning her a bit more towards camera would have alleviated that issue.
You may suggest that the light be repositioned to camera right, but then the bride’s bouquet would have thrown and ugly shadow of her gown. The lesson to be learned: Know where your shadows are falling in the shot.
That’s about it and that’s how we can turn this “near miss” into a home run.
Hey folks, give me some feed back on this kind of posting. If you think it’s good idea, I’ll continue the series for a while. Also let’s figure out how we can bring your prints into the mix too. I’m thinking DPT Flickr Critique group – what do you think?
Hey gang, that’s it for me today. It’s back to my CBTL PowerPoint for me and then off on an afternoon, evening shoot. How about I see everybody back here tomorrow for another addition of Business Day Thursday episode.
See ya’ then, pixel lovers!