Thursday, May 28, 2009

Lotsa New Stuff @ the Milwaukee Photography Meetup Group!

Hey there. Go to the Milwaukee Photography Meetup Group Webpage and see all the cool stuff that has been scheduled. Richard Bublitz is teaching us how to take world class portraits, Bob Haig is coming in to share exeriences from his 70 years as a photographer, Photo Walks happening all over the WORLD! Go to the MPMG webpage now! Send your photography friends there now!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

New Camera

So, as some of you know, I recently picked up a new camera. And some of those some of you were completely stunned to hear it was a CANON! So, before you get too excited, I'm still keeping my twin Nikon D300's for day to day use, but, I have to admit, for just running around with a point and shoot to do snapshots, I decided on the Canon G10 as being the best snap-shotter out there. The fact that it has a hotshoe and the ability to shoot RAW was important, although I found that the *.CR2 files don't seem to want to open in Photoshop CS3. Not sure if CS4 is compatable, but, I don't think I will be upgrading just for that. I'll stick with the relatively weak Canon software for now.

Anyway, image quality seems to be good. I had it in the studio a few times already, and I got some decent images with it. I'll be posting a bunch soon, but here is a couple shots of Cambriea.
It also does pretty good at bracketing (only 3 shots, but it does give you +-2 stops.) And with the remote cord and a tripod, I'll be able to keep up on my recent HDR obsession. Oh yeah, Photomatix processes the RAWs, but not Photoshop. Go figure.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk

Hey gang!

Sign up NOW for this year's Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk. On July 18th, 2009, photographers all over the world will be meeting for photo walks. The Racine Photowalk will be starting at 2pm at Monument Square in Downtown Racine. We will spend two hours winding our way north through downtown Racine to Chartroom Charlie's, just north of the river.

This will be a chance for photographers of ALL skill levels to get together and do some shooting. Level of skill or expense of equipment is not a factor here. As a matter of fact, I'll be leaving the big bag at home for something a little less cumbersome..

If you have any questions at all aboout this event, please contact me. Otherwise, if you can make it, go the the Photo Walk website now and sign up for the event nearest you (or nearest to your heart!)

Monday, May 18, 2009

And a few more HDR shots

Did a little more playing around in HDR at the studio yesterday. Look close and you will see the world famous Kobe in a few of the shots!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

11:11 Shoot

So, Frank's shoot went really well yesterday! Lots of great models and photographers. I'll be putting up more info about the shoot soon, but here is a shot that Kevin had to get into when I was shooting with Cambriea! Click the photo for a larger image.

Monday, May 11, 2009

The importance of not editing at 3am

So, I stayed up WAY too late the other night and did some editing.. and this is one of the results. Not sure what I think about it yet, but, here it is.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Lemme just go ahead and pick that name up...

Hey, some big names at the studio this past Sunday! Erinn Finlan stopped by.. Beautiful wedding work. Go check her out on Smugmug. What, name isn't big enough for you? OK, how about Paul Ruffolo? Another great area photographer. He's at Smugmug, too. What? Still not big enough for you. Geez, you don't impress easy.

OK then, how about Author, Trainer, and Photoshop Guy, Dave Cross? That better?

As you know, Dave taught a standing room only crowd at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee Monday. I know it was standing room only, because Frank showed up late and had to stand for the first part because there were no chairs left.

Dave came to do a little shooting at Studio MLP on Sunday with models Danielle and Brianna. There is a possibility that you MIGHT see one of his Danielle images in an upcoming tutorial of Dave's as we got some very cool images!

As demonstrated by this photograph, there is no photographic evidence that Jim Bunker was there as well.

OK, aside from the fact that Jim took the picture above..

Another Shot From The Hide House

When I was at the Hide House a few weeks ago, I also shot with model Tamara Linn. Here's one of the shots we got from that session. I did a bit of High Radius Unsharp in Photoshop to bring out the textures a little more.

Camera RAW Tutorial

Back Again!

Looks like the last video worked out just fine, so here is the next in the series. Again, this is the FULL SIZED video, and this time, we are looking at an 89MB file. So, be sure to give it time to load.

In this video, I talk about some of the settings in the BASIC panel in Adobe Camera RAW. Again, the image I am using is a shot of Tamara from a lighting demonstration I gave to the Milwaukee Photography Meetup Group last year.

Click here for the video.

Remember, it's a big'un!

More coming soon.. I currently have 12 videos archived on my hard drive.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Upcoming Event at Studio MLP

Picture is too damn big to fit.. go ahead and click on it to go to Adam's Model Mayhem page and get more details on this upcoming shoot that will be held at StudioMLP.

Monday, May 4, 2009

White Balance Tutorial

Hey there!

Last year I did a lighting demonstration for the Milwaukee Meetup Group with model Tamara. Afterwards, I did a short series of Photoshop tutorial videos using pictures from that demonstration. These are the same videos that are on my YouTube Channel, but if you follow the link from here, it brings you to the FULL SIZED video before any shrinking down happens. BEWARE! This is a 40MB file.

This is the first one in the series. It demonstrates how to use a Gray Card and Adobe Camera RAW to properly white balance your pictures for accurate color.

Click here for the video

If this all works ok, I will post more videos over the next week or so.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Strobist and Such

Hey, Guess what I did at Photocamp Milwaukee? I did a Strobist presentation with Derrick. Check out

I also did a posing and lighting demonstration with James Conway. Remember, your homework assignment is to do a self portrait with a "ninja" expression.

And I didn't get to stay until the raffle drawing. My numbers were 717528 and 717529. If either of those were chosen for a prize and I missed out, sucks to be me.

This one time, at Photocamp...

So, I made it to Photocamp, and I'm sitting here in the back of the room, waiting for the event to start, and I don't know anyone... Yet.
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