Monday, August 30, 2010

Whoo Hoo! Class tonight!

I've missed you all these last two weeks, and I look forward to seeing you tonight.

Thte first class will meet at the studio, and then we'll head up to the university together. The second class should meet me at the university. We'll meet in the student center, in that big room with all the flags hanging up. Call me for directions, see you tonight. 754-5672.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

No Class

I'm terribly sorry, but I will not be in class again this week. I'm sitting in the airport right now, heading for Atlanta. This was a last minute trip, with tickets purchased last night! Actually, I'm on standby, so I hope I get on the plane.

So, for monday's class, you should do some shooting. My plan was to go up to the campus again and work with the buildings and particularly with reflections. Remember to pay close attention to the entire frame as you compose your photographs. Make sure that there are not funny intersections of lines, or cigarette butts sitting on the ground. Take care and do a little pre production work to save yourself trouble in post production (Photoshop).

Remember, too, that you are welcome to come to both classes next week to make up for missing this week. We do different things in each class and emphasize different techniques depending on the group, so don't feel like you will be repeating anything.

And for those of you more daring, here's a tougher assignment

Keep shooting, and I'll see you soon.

Monday, August 16, 2010

On second thought...

Actaully, we're gonna have to not officially have class, tonight--I'm still sick. But, I welcome you to come downtown and do the assignment anyway! We were going to be practicing a little motion photography.

This is an instance when you might use shutter speed priority mode. Set your shutter speed to about 1/60 of a second and go to the corner on main street and shoot cars roving by. Also, set you focus to continuous--AFC on Nikons, and servo on canons. This will allow the cameras to continue focussing as cars draw nearer. So, focus on a car in motion, and pan your body with jit as it goes, keeping the car in the same position in the view finder, and fire away. Your goal is to get the car sharp and the background blurry. Don't stop at one, and don't stop at 1/60: try going slower, too.

Have fun!

We'll be at the Studio tonight. I've been a little sick, so class will be a bit easy tonight...

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Monday's Class

Man, what a good time we had last week with our models! And thanks to everyone who brought pictures back to Emily--she's been thrilled.

For Monday evening we will be working at the University. So, if you're in the 5:00 class, please be on time so that we can get up to the school quickly.

If you're in the 7:00 class, please meet us on the east side of Old Main at 7:00.

We have some models again, and we will explore natural light in more modern looking locations, as well as more natural looking. Hmmm...quixotic, no?

Nikon D700, 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens @98mm, f/3.5, 1/80s, ISO 320.

Nikon d700, 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens @ 200mm, f/2.8, 1/160s, ISO 800.

Nikon D700, 70-200mm f/2.8 lens @ 180mm, f/2.8, 1/640s, ISO 400.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Phenomenal deal

Here's a great deal on the new version of the Nikon 18-200mm VR lens. This is the all in one lens. At this price, if you hate it you can resell it for a couple of hundred dollars more!

This is the lens I recommend if you want a fast lens that autofocuses on your D5000, D3000, D60, D40...