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Share Your Social / Photographers. Share Your Twitter (Post URL's Here)
« on: September 16, 2011, 01:41:10 PM »
This is a place to share your Twitter profiles pages so we can all check them out. Please don't make separate posts. If you have discussion about Twitter stuff, then a separate post fine, but just to share it post here. If you have more than one feed feel free to post em up.

Note: that if this is your first post your link will show, it will just show as text which must be copied and posted. After you make a few more posts the links will also be clickable.

Here are my Twitter's... Gav

This is a place to share your Facebook pages so we can all check them out.

Please don't make new topics to share a FB page.
. Post them here. However if you have discussions about your pages, want feedback etc, then a separate post is OK. Other than that post your page here. If you have more than one page, feel free to post more than one.

Also you can find the latest revision of the 10 FB Page tips for photographers right here...

Note: that if this is your first post your link will show, it will just show as text which must be copied and posted. After you make a few more posts the links will also be clickable.

Here are my main pages. I know, I have a bunch. Lots of projects. Also if you want to send me a friend request you can find my personal profile at... Gav

The Campfire / Please Update Your Profiles. 2011
« on: September 14, 2011, 03:56:14 PM »
Hey all it's Gavin, your forum admin.

With the new forum system in installed things have really been cleaned up and we have new features. Everyone please update their profiles (Profile/Account Settings) and make sure your information is current, including the new First/Last name field and the Country you reside in. These are now required fields so members can get to know each other a bit better. You don't have to give specific details on your location of course.

Also for new and existing members alike. Don't forget to include your website so we can spread the word for you, as well as Twitter and FB pages if you have them. These are not required, but it's nice to be able to follow each other easily.

Finally please update your Avatar photo so we can see you. The forum is no longer allow generic build in avatars photos. We are photographers after all. We should have an image of ourselves.

Thanks... Gav

Light Zones and Beyond / Radio Poppers JR's
« on: September 12, 2011, 03:22:07 PM »
Maybe I should do a more detailed review on the new RP JR's that I got, I have the PX series which worked really well. But after the studio theft of some lighting gear this year I decided to replace them with the JR. They were cheaper (only about $350 for a trans and two receivers. But really I wanted them because they give you a manual dial on the trans that allows you to control flash power.

I have to say it's very cool. Setting flash power zones and ratios is a huge pain when on the fly. These are manual, but literately give you a little knob on top that you can dial up or down. So far I'm not missing ETTL wireless. These are small and seem reliable and they can be adjusted so fat that once I get used to them it should be second nature.


Going Analog (NEW) / Scanning on the V700
« on: September 12, 2011, 03:18:25 PM »
Really liking the Epson V700 for Neg scanning. It's not quite what a drum scan is, bit for a $500'ish unit it's pretty impressive.

I'm going to try a wet scanning adapter for it from these guys... Word on the street is that should help with dust and even increase the scan quality. We'll see.

It closed this weekend and I really wanted to go to the Beauty & Bounty exhibit at Seattle Art Museum. We made it Saturday and it was stunning.

There were dozens of stunning wall pieces, but this was the centerpiece. The original was hanging on a huge wall of it's own and under near perfect light. At about 84x42, this is a serious wall portrait. But it fits the scope of the scene so well. You can get the idea here, but if you can ever go see originals of the Hudson River School, early American works by people like Bierstadt, Church and Cole, don't miss it.

I find these inspiring not only for my pictorials, but for portraits. Look at the delicacy of the light, the careful thought to detail and composition.

There's loads of dynamic range, the tonal control is very measured. Albert used paint instead of burn and dodge, but look as how certain areas are carefully fading dark so the attention in this complex scene is not taken from the main subjects. Everything complements.

You can click the attachment to view larger.


Pro Photo Show & Beyond / Writers Wanted. Inquire Within.
« on: September 11, 2011, 05:51:34 PM »
Pro Photo Show is looking for writers for the main site, Nothing high volume. Just photographers that can find time to make a post or two a month. Tips, techniques, video, news.

If you think you have something to day and would like to get a bit of cred form byline on pro Photo Show, then get in touch with me. and tell me a little about yourself and your experience level.


Pro Photo Show & Beyond / Gavin's New HDR Video Workshop.
« on: September 11, 2011, 04:40:56 PM »
Gavin here. Pretty stoked about new video workshops just released on Seim Effects. This is the highlights years of dynamic range study tolled into about a 2hr video workshop.

You can check it our here. And as always get 15% off with code PPS...

Also for retouching, check out the nearly as new, Cloning Magic video workshop...

Inspired by Art (NEW) / Posting here. Copyrights.
« on: September 11, 2011, 03:34:20 PM »
I get very inspired by classic landscape and portrait paintings. For you it may be other works. Either way, we can learn a lot from past art. In fact, the header of the forum is not a photograph. It's paying a little homage to early American art with a snippet from Albert Bierstadt's, Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, painted in 1866. Looks like he had HDR figured out ;)

You can post actual images but you are responsible for copyright. For example most old painting are no longer copyright and you can get image if them from google, Wikipedia etc.

You your inspired by a piece you think could be a copyright issue to post an image of, juts post a kink to where it can be seen.

Pro Photo Show & Beyond / The New Improved Forum
« on: September 10, 2011, 03:09:39 AM »
Things are looking a bit different around here. The forum software was old and spam was becoming a huge issue. This new install should get the PPS forums back on track and make things a lot more enjoyable.

Bear with me as I refine the new look. In the meantime everything should still work fine. Logins etc will still be the same.


Large Wall Portraits / 40 inch 4x5 senior portrait.
« on: August 25, 2011, 10:31:34 PM »
So I used 4x5 film on a recent senior session and had them in to proof today. They bought a 40inch on canvas and I'm pretty stoked. Nice size for a senor portrait and it should look great with all the info in this file. There's so much resolution in the large format film when scanned. Posting soon.

UPDATE. Here's the final image in my journal...

Pro Photo Show & Beyond / Pro Photo Podcast #79RT. Lightning Rounds.
« on: August 17, 2011, 04:57:33 PM »
Tried something new on this show. Hope you enjoy...

Say HELLO / MOVED: Hollywood Effects 2 work flow
« on: July 18, 2011, 12:15:03 AM »

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