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More reasons to love the iphone and WordPress – they both support geotagging which means that if you’re using these tools, you can now record the location of your special photo site automatically and post them from your iPhone to your WordPress blog where they can be viewed on a map. Continue Reading
As a photographer, you may one day be asked to shoot headshots for clients for their websites and promo materials. Often if they want to use a photo of themselves on their website, it may often be part of the banner of the site. This means that you will have to “knock out” the background.
In the studio, if you know in advance that you need a white background, you can set up your shot easily. But you never know what client’s will want to do with that photo in the future, and if they want a transparent background after the shoot it’s really hard to get rid of a white backround. The solution is that we will shoot on a special green or blue background which is relatively easy to get rid of on Photoshop. The reason is that green and blue aren’t found in human skin tones so the various selections methods in post production will be easier and more accurate selecting JUST the green. (Make sure your client isn`t wearing green or blue!) It’s called chromakey, it’s how all the cool SGI stuff is made in movies – actors are on harnesses flying through the air like Superman, on a green background which is later replaced with a digital sky or space or whatever.
But what happens if you are on a location shoot outdoors with no green studio background available? And you just know the client will sooner or later ask for a cut out or knocked out background? I’m going to share with you my best secret for doing exactly this and you don’t need any new equipment!
I’m going to use an example from a recent shoot I did with my friend Chris, who owns the most excellent FUDE Restaurant, and is also a great marketing consultant. He needed a new headshot for his new marketing website.
Ah, the Friday of a long weekend at the height of summer…
The best time of the year for photography around here. The sunsets are long and there’s usually dust in the air from haying activities, or construction so the colour of the light is redder and warmer. And what could be better that spending an evening with dogs? I love dogs – I love smart dogs…
I had the extreme pleasure of photographing some beautiful and highly intellegent gun dogs last night in the fading light of the day. We started at about 7:45 and finished up an hour later. I used a WB setting a little oranger than the regular setting for sunlight. Click here if you don’t know how to change your defualt WB settings – not available on all cameras though…)
Here’s my fav.
Here’s another. WARNING: in the next shots, the dogs is doing what they are supposed to do. It is a little disturbing, at least for me who is not a hunter or a fan of hunting, and an extreme animal lover. However, trained dogs are far better than untrained dogs, and the ability of these dogs to ensure that every bird is retrieved ensures that no bird will suffer, and that whatever is shot will be consumed and not unneccessarily wasted.
If you ARE a hunter I think you will appreciate the moment.
The Winnipeg Folk Festival – that Woodstock-like pagan-ish 5 days of music and barefeet, beads and dreadlocks! I’m not a true fan of the event, but excellent musicians frequently play the festival, and summer outdoor concerts are just such a complete sensory immersion who could not love it. I’ve been quite a few times to see my favorite artists play there.
Last year you might remember, Elvis Costello was the main event, and I got some great shots of him, looking right at me
This year it was John Hiatt. If you don’t know about John Hiatt, you should. What a life – recovered from alcoholism, and cocaine addiction, and writes the most remarkable music. His “breakthrough album” was Bring the Family, but he had many more before this too.
Here he is singing one of my favs – Have a Little Faith in Me…
At first glance this massive gap in the mountain side does seem pretty eyepopping…till you look closer at the size on the truck in the on-coming lane – the scale is even more unbelievable.
A massive scar upon the land, land created by unimaginable forces, and for millions of years it was “rock solid”, unchanged except for the impreceptable weathering of nature. And now it just serves to demonstrate that there’s just about nothing some dynamite and an engineer can’t do.