I live in Vancouver, BC, Canada. That's the wet coast, along the Pacific, one of the richest city in North America. The average price of a detached house is $1.2 Million and that sells like hot cake, no real-estate crisis here. But Vancouver is also home to one of the poorest postal/zip code in North America, the Downtown EastSide http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downtown_Eastside Open air drug market just in front of the Main police station, crime, prostitution...
I take photos of cats and dogs. I noticed that the homeless and the poor people, that have cats or dogs, have the best behaved animals. I realized that they've never had a good photo of their cats and dogs or even had a photo of their pet.
So now every week, I go to the Downtown Eastside by Oppenheimer Park to take photos of the cats and dogs, sometimes with their owners but most the times without. And the following week, I give them a 5" by 7" print. Now in the area, most people know me as the camera guy and come to get a photo of their cat or their dog.
Sony did some promo videos that poke fun at dSLR photographers. Sony is a distant third after Canon and Nikon in the dSLR market, but Sony is second only to Olympus in the mirrorless cameras and is also battling Canon for the number one spot in the point and shoot cameras. In North America, the mirrorless cameras are doing so-so but they are doing extremely well in Asia and fairly well in Europe in spite of the economic crisis.
One of the most popular photography website is the http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/ from David Hobby. I'm not in the same league and I don't even pretend. But I use flashes regularly. I specialize in simple setups. The problem with most of the photos sites where they give you the lighting diagram, they tell you how they did it but not why they chose this or that solution.
Jasper is not a happy camper. Jasper clearly doesn't want to be here. If he could escape and go back home he would. Treats and weird/special noises didn't help to get his interest.
Jasper is not a happy camper click on image for gallery
First look at eyes, "evil" glowing eyes, good definition and not hard shadows. Here's the technical data:
Is it a Pit Bull Puppy? click on image for gallery
This girl must be around 15 or 16 years old (I've never been good at guessing people's age). She came by with a 2 week old pit bull puppy (I think that it's a pit bull.) The guy she was with, looked like her pimp to me, just bought her the puppy that morning.
I tried to do make a photo of Bogotai with Jamine but it turned out to be a portrait of Jamine with Bogotai.
Bogotai is a huge beast. Half Great Dane, half Pit Bull click on image for gallery
Shakespeare, a 2 month old Maltese dog click on image for gallery
We all want sharp photos. Lightroom has had sharpening since the “before” the beginning. The problem with the sharpening in Lightroom is that some of it, is automatic and some of it, is manual.
The problem with sharpening is what to sharpen and how much? The photo? No, never, actually almost never. iStockPhoto, Alamy and the other stock agencies will reject your photos if you sharpen them too much. I have found 812 entries on the iStockPhoto forums about people asking/complaining about their photos being rejected because of sharpening.
- By default when exporting a photo, Lightroom applies “standard sharpening”
- In the
Develop module, there's the sharpening panel
- The “trick” is to sharpen only the edges, the outline of the “characters of the photo”
Lightroom: Photo Without Any Sharpening
I've done many blog posts over the years on working for free. In fact, I wrote 90+ blog posts. Shouldn't work for free, unless very strict conditions… blah, blah…
What The Duck did a cartoon on working for free and being on the ground floor is hell:
What The Duck: working for free being hell