Highly Recommended Studio Lighting Workshop

21 08 2010

Last Sunday I attended a workshop that was run by Sydney Photographic Workshops.   I had attended a presentation by Daniel Linnet about a year ago at a camera club and was very impressed with both Daniel’s work as well as Daniel’s ability to communicate his approach, methods etc.  So when I heard about this studio lighting workshop that Daniel was running together with Scott McGale I was keen to give it a try.

While I have messed around with strobist lighting and shot with studio lights a couple of times before, I really felt as though there were some key pieces missing in terms of my theoretical knowledge.   The day with Daniel and Scott was brilliant.   The other course participants were a great bunch and the day was superbly well organised by Daniel’s super-efficient wife Wendy (who is an organisational dynamo and lovely lady).

If any of you would like to really improve your lighting skills (whether it’s in a studio or on location), I would highly recommend this workshop.  If you want to get a good feel for the workshop, then check out this video that I made of the day.

You can find out more information about this workshop here.  Or if you would like to find out more about their other workshops check them out at this link.

Highly recommended

Brent





Photoshop Tutorial – Post Processing Forsaken B&W

16 08 2010

I had a couple of people drop me notes asking for a Photoshop tutorial on how I post-processed the Forsaken image of Rev.  Here it is.  I hope you enjoy it and learn a useful trick or two.





Tethered Shooting To A Wireless iPad – Very Cool!!!!!

2 08 2010

iPad Users… You are going to LOVE this posting!!!!!

When the iPad was first announced, I was very excited about the using this device for photography.  Besides the obvious benefits of displaying photos, I imagined using the iPad as a tethered monitor for high resolution display of images in the field without having to lug a laptop around.  Alas, I was disapointed to hear that there was no USB connection on the first model.  While I love my iPad I had all but given up the thought of using it as a convenient high resolution monitor for tethered shooting.  Then all of a sudden I had a brain wave about how I could make this work.  When I tested it out, it worked like a treat.   I haven’t seen any mention of this on the internet anywhere, so hopefully this blog posting will help other photographers turn their iPad into a super convenient wireless monitor for tethered studio sessions.   Check out this video which will show it to you in action.

How Does It Work?

This should work with any Canon or Nikon camera

It definitely works with a Mac, however I’m not sure if there is an equivalent solution for Windows.

Here’s what you need.

  1. Camera (I know it will work with Nikon and Canon, but probably other brands as well)
  2. USB cable that you would normally use to shoot tethered.
  3. Mac Computer (Works fine on a Mac Pro laptop, iMac etc.)
  4. Tethering software (that runs on the Mac) I am using Lightroom 3, but you could also use Sofortbild or Canon tethering software.
  5. Air Display Software for the Mac (free) from Avatron
  6. Air Display Application for iPad ($9.99) from the AppStore on your iPad

Start by installing Air Display on your iPad.

Then download the Air Display Application for your Mac from Avatron.  You can get this by clicking here.

Get Airdisplay working as an extended desktop first (pretty cool eh)?

If you don’t have a wireless network operating in your shooting location, then you can create an Ad-Hoc Network from your Mac.  This means you don’t need a wireless router to communicate with your iPad… Your Mac computer will talk wirelessly to the iPad without any other hardware.

Then I started my tethering software (in my case it was Lightroom 3) and I configured my virtual second monitor into Loupe mode

Once I started my tethered shooting session the images just appear beautifully on my iPad.

If you drag the tethering control window onto the virtual monitor on the iPad you can remote trigger the camera.

Now I just need to design a cool little holder for my tripod… any suggestions?

I hope you find this posting useful… look forward to your comments and reactions.

Brent

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Karijini – The Movie

15 06 2010

Well at last I had some time to edit up the video that I shot on the Karijini workshop.  So for those of you that shared this experience with me, I hope it brings back a few memories.  For those of you that are thinking about going to Karijini, I hope this excites and motivates you.  My advice would be to try and join the next workshop that Christian, Tony & Peter put on.   It doesn’t matter what level of photographer you are, you will definitely get a lot out of it (while having a great time).

My final piece of advice would be to sign up for the Canyoning trip with Dan “The Man” who runs Westcoast Active. I reckon I got some of my best photos deep in the canyon system.

If you really want to enjoy the video below,  go and view it in Vimeo where you will get it in full resolution.  (you can go to vimeo to watch it by clicking this link)

Enjoy the video… it’s about 6min long.