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To Add to Dave's recommended Web site last month, I have been going to He also has a lot of tutorials on Lightroom and other topics.

Getting to know your camera

Mike did an awesome job tonight again helping us learning about our cameras. We had a great attendance and we all,learned something. Thank you again Mike.

More Light Painting

This was 10 sec at f-29 with a mini LED flashlight.  Seemed to feel I had to rush to paint, more to learn I guess.

In response to Gail. :)

Ok Gail.  I accept your challenge.  Here is my first blog post with my one half decent image from our painting with light night out.   

Let's hope this worked...

It it was a real blast and I'm hoping to do some more 'painting' this weekend.  

Light Painting

After many months I finally made it to a The North Grenville Photography Club meeting. The topic was light painting, and even though I was late, I did manage to make it in time for the hands-on part. We darkened the room, opened our shutters for about ten seconds, and used only a flashlight to introduce light into the scene. Here are some of my results, with no editing aside from a crop or two...

The first one is a bit blown out at the pens, but gives an idea of the control over the lighting you can get. Just a very quick blip of light was required.

I don't know how I'd get this sort of lighting effect any other way (I mean, obviously it's possible, but I personally tend to only use natural light so I don't personally know how to do it).

This was fun. I opened the shutter, painted the seating, then ran into the scene and then got painted myself by someone else. Ghost Gail!


Back in 2010, I had tried my hand at a different style of light painting.  Those results are on Flickr here - they are pretty cool!

Peter McCabe

Last night, at the meeting, we had the privilege to have, guest speaker Peter McCabe, a free lance photographer for the Gazette, the Toronto Star, etc. He shared with us some of his amazing pictures, some amazing stories and some tips. Everything was presented in an entertaining way. It was a very enjoyable evening. Thank you Jancy for arranging that for us.


Softening A Model's Skin Using Photoshop

If you've ever wanted to soften a model's skin here's a quick tutorial on how to do that.  It's efficient, it's quick but there are other ways to do it.  This is just one of them.  Make sure to watch full screen and click on the cogwheel for the full HD quality version.

Veronica was the model and she was so great to work with.  Just so beautiful to work with too.  As photographers we try to make everyone look their best and using this technique can help accomplish that.

How I did my photo for "Night Photography Contest"

The idea of my picture was to have three zones in the picture. The foreground, me, the dashboard and window of the car and the roadway and lights.

I wanted a blurred roadway and lights balanced on each side of the road. I wanted the dashboard and car interior be sharp and fairly well lit. The foreground, me, needed to be out of focus to provide depth to the image. If I was in focus then the image would have felt flat.

I set up my tripod in the back seat with my camera set ISO to 200 and white balance on auto. I used my widest lens , a 24mm and focused on the dashboard because it needed to be in the sharpest focus. I set the aperture to f8 to have sufficient depth of field for the road and lights.

I have an app for my Android tablet that allows me to use it as a remote trigger for my camera. I set it to give me repeated exposures of 5 seconds and started driving. After a few test shots I checked the exposure and historgrams. I quickly realized the hardest part was going to be to find a balance of external colourful lights on both sides of the road that also provided enough light to illuminate the car interior. I drove around Kemptville for about twenty minutes and ended up with ~150 images. I tried changing the aperture to f11@8 seconds and f16@10 seconds. These exposures were too long because the inevitable bump in the road would cause the interior to be too blurred.

I was able to discard all except 12 of the original ~350 images. From that I selected the one that had the best balance of exterior lights and interior lighting. I think its heading west at the intersection of the 43 and 44. The lights on the left are the Pioneer gas station and those on the right are from another vehicle stopped at the lights.

I used PhotoShop for post processing. I didn't bother with the white balance nor did I do much in the way of noise reduction. Most of the work was on brightening the interior with a some curves and a masks. I also tried to darken the tachometer and speedometer. In retrospect, I should have turned down their brightness before starting but I didn't. I had on planned on doing a reshoot but unfortunately was too busy to do so.

How I Did My 'Yogic Bliss' Night Photography Contest Entry

I was thrilled to tie for second place in our most recent contest.  I haven't had very much time lately for photography.  Even my photos of our 15 month old Molly are mostly snapshots these days! The night the entries were due, though, I decided I was going to attempt to fulfill a vision I had for my little yoga frog statue sitting on the kitchen hutch.

The photo was taken on a snow drift in my backyard.  The lights in the background look like candles, which I thought was cool, but really it's just houses across the creek.  The light on the frog is from a small LED flashlight that has its own tripod.  I rested the camera on the snow, packing up small mounds until I got the right angle, and kept adjusting the location of the flashlight.  A flash would not have worked unless I had switched to manual focus because the camera couldn't focus unless there was just enough light on the frog before the shutter did its thing.  I shot it in manual mode, and used a manually placed focus point (but still automatic focus).  The result is extremely close to the in-camera image (I think I brought up or down a teeny tiny bit of the white highlights, and that's it).

I'm happy with the result, which makes me more motivated to shoot more!


blogging yeah!

Trying it out. Thanks Gail. First time ever blog! Barb