Saturday, December 20, 2014

Episode 201 - A Cajun Night Before Christmas

I always read a story that is reflective of the season at Christmas time. This time I head back to my roots and attempt to throw in a bit of humor.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Winners of the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest

Here are some of the winners listed from the latest contest. All of them can be seen at the Nat Geo website.

Grand Prize Winner "A Node in the Dark" - © Brian Yen/National Geographic Photo Contest

Honorable Mention - "Shoulder Creek" © Henrik Nilsson/National Geographic Photo Contest

Honorable Mention - "Tea Time in the Hut" © Karie Puret/National Geographic Photo Contest

Winner, Nature - "The Great Migration" © Nicole Cambre/National Geographic Photo Contest

Honorable Mention - "The Storm" - ©Aytul Akbas/National Geographic Photo Contest

Honorable Mention - "Destroyed Homes" © Sergey Ponomarev/National Geographic Photo Contest

Honorable Mention - "Stag Deer Bellowing" © Prashant Meswan/National Geographic Photo Contest

Honorable Mention - "My Brothers and I" © Tyler Greenfield/National Geographic Photo Contest

Honorable Mention - "Tokyo - Shinagawa Station" © Peter Franc/National Geographic Photo Contest

Honorable Mention - "Temper Tantrum" ©Adam Birkan/National Geographic Photo Contest

Own A Canon Flash? Better Read This Warning...

Canon issued a warning to owners of the below list of flashes on what batteries that should and should not use in their flashes. Turns out that those expensive lithium batteries that we sometimes choose to load up our flashes with because they last longer, are bad for your flash's health. Canon reports severe overheating in some instances that could cause damage to the equipment. If you own one of the below, use regular alkaline batteries or rechargeables. I suggest rechargeables. In fact....

Here are some great ones that don't break the bank, and what I use and recommend.

Canon Products
Speedlite 220EX
Speedlite 270EX
Speedlite 270EX II
Speedlite 320EX
Speedlite 380EX
Speedlite 420EX
Speedlite 430EX
Speedlite 430EX II
Speedlite 540EZ
Speedlite 550EX
Speedlite 580EX
Speedlite 580EX II
Speedlite 600EX
Speedlite 600EX-RT
Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX
Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II
Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX
Compact Battery Pack CP-E2
Compact Battery Pack CP-E3
Compact Battery Pack CP-E4

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Smokin' Hot Superheroines

Photographer Jaroslav Wieczorkiewics (I have no clue how to pronounce that), based out of London, set about to create a calendar with smokin' hot female models. I know what you are thinking, that is done all of the time. But these models would be superheroines from cominc books. To include Cat Woman, Wonder Woman, and She Hulk (My fav). Not only that, but we would design and assemble their costumes with splashed on paints of appropriate colors.


I think he got a winner.

WARNING: Maybe not be safe for work, as paint is the only thing keeping them from being completely naked.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Perfect Skin Photoshop Action - FOR FREE!

This is a cool action that quickly transforms any head shot into a model with perfect skin. It is fast, easy, completely customizable, and very natural looking. Watch the video below. Download the action using the link at the bottom. Tutorial for this action starts at 3:41.

Photoshop Actions Instructions:
Once you have downloaded the actions, you will need to open the Actions Palette inside Photoshop.

Hit the F9 key or go to Window>Show Actions to bring the palette forward.
In the upper right hand corner of the palette is a small arrow OR button depending on which version of Photoshop you have. Click this to open the Actions Menu.

Scroll down until you see ‘Load Actions’, find your newly saved actions on your system and select them.

Only thing left to do is to open a photo you want to work on, select the action you want, and press the play button at the bottom of the action palette. Follow any instructions that appear.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Nick Nichols - Legendary National Geographic Photographer

We have talked about this guy before, but Nat Geo put out a short video featuring him, and it is a good watch. You will enjoy it. Promise.

Pro Photoshop Actions
for an Amateur Price.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Coolest Northern Lights Photos You Will Ever See

With about a million of these things floating around the internet, it is hard to find any that just really blow you away anymore. That is what I thought until I stumbled across Ole C. Salomonsen. His work is freaking awesome! of course it helps that he lives in Norway. Not much chance of shooting these photos if you live in Oklahoma...

Shoot top models around the world - virtually

I am not sure how I feel about this, but if this takes off, it could allow photographers that do not have the financial resources for the best and most expensive equipment, nor the contacts to beautiful models, the ability to amass a top level portfolio.

Essentially, you would pay a fee to control a live studio shoot through the internet. Imagine you sitting at your desk at home in your boxers - kind of like what I am doing right now - but giving instructions to models in a photo studio on the other side of the planet. Not only that, but you get to choose lighting setups and you can even control the camera robotically through the internet as well.

Once done, the images are uploaded to their server, where you can download them and edit.


Of course they still need to secure funding, but if this goes live, I see potential disaster for rookies who think they can use this, gather a portfolio, and then sell themselves locally, only to not be able to reproduce that same level of performance for their clients. At least that is the fear I have.

What are your thoughts?

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