Archive for October, 2009

BMS Round 3 Finals – Eppiphane

October 30, 2009

The first band to hit the stage, while I was there anyway, was Eppiphane. I have seen these guys a few times now and they seem to keep improving as time passes. They are young and talented. I think it’s only a matter of time before Ottawa music fans see them punch their ticket to the finals.

BMS Round 3 Finals – Amos The Transparent

October 26, 2009

This past Thursday I headed out to catch the Round 3 Finals of this years Big Money Shot competition with my camera in tow. It was a good evening of entertainment. Because it was a Thursday night, the schedule was bumped ahead a bit from the typical time slots. Unaware of this I ended up missing the first band. I wasn’t able to stick around for the decision at the end of the night, but I was pretty confident I knew who the winner would be. Amos The Transparent put on a good show, and was deserving of the decision.

The band started off their set walking in from the back of the club, singing at the top of their lungs and playing a couple of acoustic guitars. They definitely caught the crowd by surprise. They paused at the front of the stage to finish their tune, before taking the stage to deliver their energetic set. Take a peek at some of the action below.

Photos of some of the other bands also competing that night will be up soon.

Sharpening In Lightroom

October 19, 2009

I was wandering around the internet today during some downtime, when I came across this great tutorial on sharpening your photos in Lightroom. Part 1 gives a great explanation on how each of the sharpening tools in the develop module work. I was also made aware of some key combinations that give you a preview mode which I wasn’t aware of. Part 2 explains export sharpening in Lightroom. The 2 parts put together, describe how to get sharp looking photos coming out of Lightroom. Of course, this assumes your focus was right when you took the picture in the first place. No amount of sharpening will save a bad photo! If you’ve wanted to better understand sharpening in Lightroom, then I definitely recommend checking out these 2 well written tutorials.

Sport Sessions Photo Challenge

October 10, 2009

This was one of the photo workshops I attended this summer that was led by local photographer Harry Nowell. It involved 3 nights of shooting and a follow up critique session. If you haven’t taken one of Harry’s courses, I highly recommend taking one if you’re looking for a photo course. He is a great teacher and his workshops are always fun. His workshops get a lot of positive feedback for good reason.

The workshop involved 2 nights of shooting a cycling race. Not only does Harry talk about photographic technique, but he also discusses the thought process that should be put into shooting an event. The final night of shooting was dedicated to photographing motion. We attached cameras to poles, carts and bikes. This is often referred to as point of view (POV) photography and it is a style I really enjoy. I hope to post pictures using these shooting techniques in the near future.

Below are a few shots from the cycling races.

Low Tech Lighting

October 3, 2009

Believe it or not, this piece of rope is my new light meter. It cost me less than $1. I found the idea while reading some older posts on Lighting Essentials.

It’s not precise. It’s not meant to be. But it will allow me to quickly setup my flash to get decent results quickly. I can then concentrate on playing with minor adjustments to tweak the lighting for my photos.

By using this piece of rope, I will also reinforce visually, the distance at which I am setting up my flash from my subject to produce my exposures. Do this enough, and I will start to engrain the setup process in my mind, to the point where I am able to eyeball my flash setup and get properly exposed photos with relatively minor tweaking. Sounds familiar? Then you’ve probably been visiting the Strobist.

Now that I have built my low tech light meter, it’s time to get to work and start using it. I hope to start posting some results shortly.