Showing posts with label Photography training. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Photography training. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Digitizing your Slides and Negatives

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This post is meant to inspire you.  Using a Digital SLR with Macro Lens and Strobe to copy slides and Negatives is perhaps the fastest way to get your film based images onto your hard drive.  It is considerably faster than using a Digital Slide Scanner.  Resolution of the image is likely to be higher than a scanner since you are using a DSLR.

Assemble the parts shown above into a configuration that make sense for your camera model.  DO NOT use a cheap optical slide duplicator from E-Bay, because you will not be satisfied with the results.  The package below is ready to copy, just add a strobe.


Here is one configuration using a camera mounted strobe shooting into a white reflector.  You can use a strobe extension cord and shoot directly into the lens as an alternate setup.  That is the one I use.  I dedicated a "clamp lamp" as a focusing light as shown.  You can keep it on when the strobe fires.

Set your camera on Manual and experiment with exposures, bracketing exposures until you are satisfied with the results.

Once you are set up, you should be able to shoot three exposures within 30 seconds.  Don't forget to dust your slides and negatives.

At the beginning I said inspire you.  If you are still unsure about the process and want detailed instruction, check out my one-on-one, on-line / over the phone Seminar.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

PORTRAITS: Tibetan Portrait - The Power of Compassion

BOOK REVIEW: Tibetan Portrait - The Power of Compassion Photos by Phil Borges

Learned of this book at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art in Staten Island where this exhibit is in it waning days.  The museum is lilliputian, but the grounds are photogenic in themselves and perfect for a party / celebration.  The view from Lighthouse Hill is one of NYCs best kept secrets but that is a post for a another time.

The book has stunning photographs of Tibetans from circa 1994.  Count on this venue to keep you up to date even it takes 20 years.  Photographers learn in many different ways as most humans but we, DUH, tend to be more VISUAL in our learning preferences.  This book is a PRE-DIGITAL LESSON in four things: 1. Human expression,  2.  Subtlety of color (B&W combined with Sepia), 3. Lighting and  4. Use of  "Frames" in a pre-photoshop era.

The book it out of print but available.  Rizzoli is the publisher.

Steve McCurry, Richard Avedon and Annie Liebowitz are among my favorite portrait photographers.  Whether studio or outdoors, the human being is still among our most fascinating subjects.

Tibetan Portraits succeeds because these folks are NOT from here.  They look different.  You will not see them in the local Chinese restaurant.  They are different, they are Tibetan.  Their culture is in their eyes. The Dalai Lama shot is stunning, yet he blends in with the rest of the subjects.  Much to learn here.  The text accompanying the photos is provided by the Dalai Lama.