Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Technique Tuesday - The Shadow Knows! Do You?

Good Morning Everybody,

Here is the latest news from DPT today.

Canon iPF 8100 Install Nearly Complete

I spent a lot of time yesterday putting the finishing touches on the installation of our new Canon iPF 8100 printer.  After a few calls to Canon's tech support - very good, BTW - we had things up and running. It turned out to be quite easy to get all the computers - XP machines and the new Win 7 machine all talking to each other.

CAnon Printer2One of my favorite programs to drive our large carriage printers is a great little program call QImage.  You can check it out over at DDISoftware.com [link].  It makes setting up and queuing a large numbers of prints, like wedding album pages really easy. We've been using it for years around the studio and I believe there is nothing better.  I'll have to plan to do and entire workflow post one day.

Anyway, to make a long story short, the first prints off the printer looked GREAT! And I'm still not sure if we had all the buttons pressed properly;~)  The image you see coming off the printer is one I took last week at Photoshop World - with the 18-200mm IS lens, BTW.  It looks great at 24x36 inches!

Get Your Color Right Tonight!

Perfect Prints I forgot to get this in yesterday's Quick Hits.  I wanted to let you know that Datacolor, makers of the Spyder 3 Pro, our choice around here for monitor calibration, is hosting a free webinar entitled “Perfect Prints”  this evening at 8:00 p.m. EDT. 

Here is what they plan to cover:

  • How to get consistent color on screen and in your prints
  • To produce professional prints quickly and accurately
  • How to push the limits of advanced ink-jets to create gallery quality prints in color and black and white
  • How to preview and print with printer profiles

You still have plenty of time to register.  Here is the info and registration link right here. Please note, it was originally scheduled for March 30 (during Passover).  Hence the change.  Disregard the March 30 date posted - tonight is the correct time and date.

Technique Tuesday: Only The Shadow Knows! - Do You?

You know, shooting quickly at a wedding can sometimes get you in a little trouble.  You're shooting away, rotate the camera 90 degrees for a few more shots, and then back to horizontal position for some additional photographs.

You get back home, download the images, they look great.  What, what's that - OH NO!  It's the "UGLY" shadow rearing its ugly head  ruining the shot.  Looks like ton's of Photoshoping to get things fixed.

You guessed it, that's our topic for today - UGLY Shadows - How to avoid them and how to never have them ruin your images again.  Hit the PLAY button below for the lesson for today.


Hey gang, that's it for me today.  My Canon Rep and good friend, Mary Mannix, is coming by today.  We're hanging out with the new printer and she showing me some new workflow software from Canon.

I'm also hoping to pick up a few printings tips and tricks form her.  She was in Indianapolis this past weekend shooting the NCAA Final Four.

So, everybody have a good one and I'll see you tomorrow for kind of a surprise PhotoFAVS Wednesday.

See ya' then,  -David


  1. Another great tech Tuesday David, thanks for all the valuable info, just one mistake, you said your zumbrella was 42inch, its 36.

  2. It appears to me that your light is coming in from camera left.

  3. Thanks for an interesting video with a new aspect of your on site lighting philosophy. I wonder why you, in the "Groom - ugly shadow on altar" case, did not choose to bounce the on-camera fill flash off the church wall, camera right?