The Photography side of Microstock-beginner to Masterclass

posted on 27th of may, 2009

Call this,if you like, a "Photographer's Notebook" -these are lessons learned in almost 50 years of photography-aimed mainly at the beginner in the game of stock; But hopefully more advanced practitioners may pick up a trick, or wrinkle here and there. Regards, Ken
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I believe it is best to take baby steps- So before you do anything, take these Three steps:

A) Set your Focus icons - detach lens, (so you are adjusting focus on focus point, not image) - adjust dioptre (next to viewfinder) so focus points are sharply in focus. (easier against a white, or light background) Re-attach lens.

B) Calibrate your camera for exposure.

The starting point is to find out how your camera's meter reads exposure. I know mine overexposes by 0.3 to 0.7 EV, depending on lighting, so...

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Comments (9)

Posted by Maigi on May 27, 2009
Thank you very much for sharing this information, Ken. So many great advices. You are a very generous person. Thank you very much for that!!
Posted by Markfgd on May 27, 2009
Hello Petroruth, the pen tool first appeared in Photoshop 2.0 so it should be there in your version 4.0.

Thanks, Ken, for taking the time to write your very thorough and knowledgeable article.
Posted by Petroruth on May 27, 2009
Hi Ken you have supplied so much good information I am slowly digesting it and am printing out the info. I have a question o learned one. I have Adobe 4.0 photoshop and do not have the pen tool for isolation .Checking out the pen tool on some one else computer i think it works similar to the magic lasso in my program. Are you familiar with adobe 4. I would like to beable to do the best isolation's i can. Thank you Peter

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A Crash course in Wedding Photography

posted on 27th of may, 2009

My take on Wedding Photography - Kenneth William Caleno

Essential Equipment

Two camera bodies that share the lenses
Two flashes (strobes) plus cables, etc.,
18mm-55mm zoom-for groups
50mm standard lens F1.8 or even better F1.4-for low-light situations
Not essential, but handy for candids and from back of church images- 70mm-300mm zoom lens
large capacity digital storage cards
At least triple batteries as you think you will need
Two white reflectors
Diffusion (soft-focus) filter
85c warming filter for grey days
Tripod for formal photos
Lens hoods to control flare

Planning the wedding shoot

You must have a timetable to work from, or you will fail miserably.

You must always remember:

The Bride is never on time
Cars are sometimes late arriving

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Comments (3)

Posted by Kenny123 on May 27, 2009
Hi, an American colleague and I are preparing an all in one guide,covering raw processing,studio work,using studio strobes,all with images to explain, It'll be some time in the making, but I am sure we'll get there,Ken
Posted by Petroruth on May 27, 2009
Thank you this is good advice for pro or novice. When are you going to write a book. i think it would be a best seller.
Posted by Aginger on May 27, 2009
Thank you, it was really useful for an amateur like me! :)

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Do You Want Perfect Outddoor Exposure?

posted on 27th of may, 2009

Here's the secret to getting a perfectly exposed outdoor shot every time - (as long as your subject area is within the 5-stop dynamic range of the camera's metering system)

1. Know how your camera handles exposure-( I know that mine overexposes between 1/3 and 2/3 of a stop-depending on lighting conditions)

First, calibrate your camera's meter:

a) Set camera mode to “P”/P-shift“, or “A/AV” Use Matrix/evaluative metering-(Scene should contain all tones within dynamic range)
b) Hold +/- button, (On Nikon’s, Near shutter button: Canon‘s is to the right of LCD screen) and turn command dial to + 1.0 - take a shot

Next ……………………………….................turn command dial to + 0.7 - take a shot

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Posted by AliTu on October 28, 2012
I forgot a lot and it's very useful for me to read this article after years again, best regards!
Posted by Lawrenceh2o on June 07, 2009
that was vary useful can u teach me more about that??:)
Posted by Petroruth on May 27, 2009
thank you for sharing your knowledge some of it is starting to slowly sink in.

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