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September 2012 Digital Dogbowl

NoBS TeeVee Episode 24

Adding In Camera Color by James Hodgins

When it comes to digital photography, I am always preaching about getting it right in camera and spending less time in front of the computer "fixing" your images (rather than enhancing them). Over the years I have discovered little tips and tricks that I use to get me closer to my final image "IN CAMERA".

One little trick I like to do is to manipulate my White Balance in camera using the White Balance Shift/Bracket function. Most of your cameras will have this function (My Canon G11 does), just look at your camera's owners manual to find out where in the menu system it is.

It's really very simple to use on the fly, just open the menu and use your joystick to shift the White Balance to any part of the color spectrum.

You can even bracket the adjustment to fine tine your correction.

I mostly use this technique when I am photographing outdoors where the environment is a key part of the image.

In the second photo, I had everything exactly the way I planned it, but I wanted the clouds to have a more "pre-storm" look to them, edgier, meaner so to speak. A quick adjustment to the WB in the photo below added the extra color I was looking for but still kept my subjects skintones in line.

Color Balance cont'd.

Hot Topics On The Forum

  • Help Please - "First let me say I had a client come in for Christmas pictures and I made a mistake. She left me a small time frame to get her order to her before christmas and I really wanted her to have them so I ordered the pictures AND sent them to her before she paid. I used to car pool with her mother some years back and thought it was a safe risk. Wrong, she never paid, I have not mentioned it to her mother and I have chalked it up to a loss. My fault." Pay Me Please

  • Should I Reprint An Album - "Photographed a wedding about a year ago. Client viewed the images online. Chose images for an album. Viewed and made changes to the album preview. Album printed and delivered. Client Loved the Album. Thank you thank you.. NOW the problem!!

    A month or so ago they email me that someone was going through the album and noticed that in one of the pictures of one of the moms where she had her arm raised above her head and her shirt was pulled tight, you can see through her shirt a little bit making slightly visible a certain sensitive area of her breast. ( I can not see it myself but but a couple other people say they can see it) The client says they see it. Not sure what to do." - Niptuck?


  • Am I Being Paranoid? - "I have a high school senior session tomorrow at Half Moon Bay and the girls mom called me yesterday and asked if she could get some photos posing in the ocean in her prom dress, she will be studying Marine biology in college and they thought it would be meaningful to have her pose in the ocean. She sent me photos of the dress and it has a long train like a wedding gown.

    I know she would be posing fairly close to the shore but mom want's a photo of her pretty deep and her gown floating in the water. I am envisioning a strong wave grabbing her and all kinds of bad stuff happening." - Swept Away?


  • "Published" With The Photo Brigade and Twitter - "Here's the back story, and why this is in the marketing thread. I got back from a long road trip and did a quick blog post (and tweeted including @ThinkTankPhoto) showing all of the crap I carried with me, Think Tank Photo put it on their Facebook page and re-tweeted it, where it got noticed by Robert from The Photo Brigade. He contacted me, and just like that bam my little post gets published on The Photo Brigade. That's cool and all that, but cool does not pay the bills. Within 4 hours of it running, I received a phone call from a local sporting equipment manufacturer who had seen the post, went to my site, and I am meeting with the president of the company next week to discuss producing imagery for a new product.

    So can Twitter make you $$$? Yep, it darn sure can." - $ocial Media


  • What Do You Do? - "When you feel that you have lost your drive and creativity? When you strive to be better than you were/are and feel that you are falling short of where you want to be...

    Not a pity party...a frustrated at where I am at party...I work at trying the improve on an almost daily basis. I try to step out of my comfort zone and see new ways...yet I feel so blah at what I am acomplishing. I can see what I want in my mind, but when I try to creat it in camera and in post..pixel vomit, mediocre images..." Now What?

NoBS Inferno Around The Corner!!!

Join us at the Inferno and learn some leading edge photography techniques, marketing, photoshop, lighting….and hang out with a group of like minded, success oriented, passion driven photographers like yourself…

Mark your calendars:

November 2,3 4 2012

Inferno Info

Inferno Webinar Series: Dan Frievalt

Join Rob as we start a new webinar series dedicated to the Inferno Speakers.

On Sept 20th, 9:00PM EST we have Dan Frievalt talking about his studio, his thought process behind the creation of his amazing images. Dan has stormed the industry with some high impact imagery inspired by his creative process and his many years as a successful graphic designer.

If you want to expand, learn, improve and grow your artistic photographic skillset, there is no better, faster, better way than to learn from others.

NoBS members can register here.

Bull Pen Print Critique: September 27, 2012

Hopefully, you took notes at the last NoBS Bull Pen Print Critique because we've got another one coming up right around the corner. Get your prints submitted and mark your calendar for Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 9:00pm EDT. For more info, go to this NoBS link.

How I Shoot An Outdoor Wedding in Bad Light

Rob (aka fineart) masterfully delivers wedding photography regardless of the brutal conditions he may encounter. Nor rain nor shine nor snow will stop him in his quest to consistently deliver superior wedding photography. Along those lines, In this delightful video, he shows how he is able to shoot an outdoor wedding in less than ideal lighting conditions. Lighting Link