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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-18-2020, 05:52 PM  
Thematic PP Challenge #337
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 22
Views: 1,367
Some great work all around. Thanks for hosting, graeme, and congrats, tas.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-16-2020, 08:50 PM  
Thematic PP Challenge #337
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 22
Views: 1,367
Thanks for a wonderful image to play with!

I started out wanting to make a 60's album cover, but this proved easier...
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-15-2020, 05:58 PM  
Product Photography: What do I need?
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 36
Views: 1,894
Thanks, I'll have to check out the kits before I do any more damage. I purchased a new stand that's supposed to come with a pin to mount the flash to, but it probably wouldn't hurt to have extras (stands included) as I lose everything.

I'm beginning to think one can't have too much lighting gear...
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-15-2020, 05:35 PM  
Product Photography: What do I need?
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 36
Views: 1,894
Wow, it's going to be hard to beat the price of those softboxes. Thanks.

I just checked Walmart's site and had no idea they were into studio gear. They'll be a good resource as well. Much appreciated.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-15-2020, 12:04 PM  
Product Photography: What do I need?
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 36
Views: 1,894
I've ordered a flash now which should arrive soon. I need to do some research before selecting a softbox, and will be keeping a close eye on eBay for some other odds and ends, but I did order a roll of medium weight Savage translum to make some DIY diffusion panels and to potentially serve as a background while I play around. (Learning about this stuff has been fun.)

I'm wondering if any of you can recommend a plain white vinyl background, or tell me if there are any manufacturers I should steer clear of. I see some on eBay for practically nothing, but I'm worried they might arrive creased or have some other undesirable characteristics. (I will get a wide roll of background paper for larger objects.)

BTW, I know this is a dumb question but do people refer to monolights as flashes or strobes or lights or what? I want to use the right terminology and not sound like too big of an idiot.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-12-2020, 10:09 AM  
Product Photography: What do I need?
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 36
Views: 1,894
An excellent point about HSS.

Thank you for your input. This has been a big task just learning the basics of what equipment does what. I can't imagine the questions I'll have once I get started.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-11-2020, 05:32 PM  
Product Photography: What do I need?
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 36
Views: 1,894
Thanks everyone for your comments and advice so far. I'm sorry to have checked out, but I've been engrossed in how-to videos here as of late--the Karl Taylor videos disconnekt recommended among them. (l don't think I would be attempting this if it wasn't for YouTube!)

I've pretty much settled on purchasing one decent quality/fairly high output strobe to start with. I've had speedlights in the past and never "gotten" them, so I feel like I need a modelling light as a crutch while I learn.

The smart thing, at least as I see it, would probably be for me to buy a used Einstein to start with, but the Godox/Flashpoint's AD600pro's rechargeable battery has caught my eye (supposedly the color consistency is very good with both). Paul C. Buff offers a simple battery system that would probably hold up better over time, but the Godox will be a little easier to take outdoors as I see it. Both systems have their pros and cons, as I'm sure can be said for most.

At the moment I'm planning on buying one new, as well as a trigger (the Godox unit has a built-in receiver). I'll get a warranty and if for some reason it doesn't suit me I can return it. Then I'll expand out from there with some lower output used strobes or speedlights as needed. It's going to be a huge purchase, followed by many more expenses, so I want to think about it for a bit longer and crunch some numbers.

I need to determine what modifier(s)I would like to start with, choose a backdrop, etc., and come up with a good story for my wife.

One final note: I've read a little here and there on some other photography forums as of late and the community here is second to none in terms of helpfulness and friendliness. Thanks for listening to my crazy, rank beginner thoughts and ramblings.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-08-2020, 08:15 AM  
Product Photography: What do I need?
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 36
Views: 1,894
I see he offers some training as well, but I'll probably learn a ton just watching his channel. Thanks!

---------- Post added 07-08-20 at 11:38 AM ----------



You make it sound so easy! I'm kidding, but what you've mentioned is what I hope to someday be able to accomplish and I truly appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences. I read a bit more and watched a few more videos after my initial post and I'm certain it's going to be a challenge. (Thank God I don't have to learn this with film!)

I think you're right, I just need to jump in if I'm to learn it. Thankfully there's no better time to learn.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-07-2020, 04:58 PM  
Product Photography: What do I need?
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 36
Views: 1,894
I have about a 12 x15 space with a 9' ceiling (or 8'?). Once decluttered it's probably a little larger. I have a small card table and some saw horses if need be. The items I know I'll be shooting are all about the size of the Cetaphil bottle.

The speedlights would certainly be easier on my wallet, and would travel easily, but I feel like a modelling light would be really useful getting things set up. I might have to come back to them if I can't afford what I want to do.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-07-2020, 04:45 PM  
Product Photography: What do I need?
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 36
Views: 1,894
Thank you ismaelg. That was informative. You're obviously very crafty!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-07-2020, 03:35 PM  
Product Photography: What do I need?
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 36
Views: 1,894
I'm ashamed to admit that I know next to nothing about product photography or working with strobes. I am going to have an opportunity to do both in a couple months, but I need advice on what to get and where to learn how to use the stuff.

I plan on picking up some equipment here and there and want to buy decent quality gear to avoid any hassles. I will be doing primarily white background product shots, objects from baseball to office chair size, but I would like the option to shoot some action shots outdoors (like a model backlit by the sun jumping rope) as well.

This particular setup seems like a reasonable starting point for me to get my feet wet:
















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With the above in mind, I was wondering if this unit from Paul C. Buff would be a good light to build around. I want to be able to build out from there and add lights as necessary as my budget allows. (I was shocked when I started looking into the prices of some lighting equipment, to put it mildly).

Is used lighting equipment a good idea? Are light stands and soft boxes from Neemer okay? Which ones? How do I/can I make this work outside? What else, aside from a camera, lens, memory card, monitor and editing software, will I need to make this work and what would you recommend I purchase? Any tutorials or courses you would recommend? Any photographers work you suggest I check out?

I want to be able to do quality work, not spend too much time making mistakes, and not break the bank. I'm hoping to keep my initial investment under $1000 and spend a max of around $2500.

As you can tell I know next to nothing about this stuff, so please explain things to me like I'm a child.

Thank you in advance for your help.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-02-2020, 10:24 AM  
Lace and the Trillium
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 26
Views: 484
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-02-2020, 10:23 AM  
A bowl full of wet tissue paper
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 22
Views: 611
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-02-2020, 10:22 AM  
Tree Bark
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 38
Views: 777
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-01-2020, 08:14 PM  
Thematic Farming - Agriculture
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 984
Views: 76,380
Absolutely. Maybe it's luck of the draw, I'm not super active, but every image of yours that I can recall (going back a few years now or more) has made an impression on me. There seems to be a certain quality to the light in your images--the way it compliments your subjects... Plus the toning just speaks to me. It doesn't overpower your images, but it signals something in me, and leaves me transfixed.

I hope that came out as intended. I could try and go on but I've had a long and exhausting day!

But I do really love seeing your images. Sorry I didn't respond sooner.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-29-2020, 09:16 PM  
Thematic Farming - Agriculture
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 984
Views: 76,380
I thought without seeing your name that it felt like your work. Great image!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-22-2020, 09:49 AM  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #334 - "Moo! 204"
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 16
Views: 1,236
Congrats tuggie76!

And thanks for your kind comments, Laurie!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-12-2020, 06:11 PM  
Post-Processing Post Processing Challenge #334 - "Moo! 204"
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 16
Views: 1,236
I got a little carried away with Nik...
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-16-2020, 04:14 PM  
Thematic PP Challenge 331
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 24
Views: 1,387
I'm afraid I might mess up the link or I would change it. It only took a few seconds to change the filename though once I downloaded it.

My take...
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-16-2020, 12:26 PM  
Thematic PP Challenge 331
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 24
Views: 1,387
Just an FYI, after downloading the file it wouldn't open for me. I had to add ".dng" to the end of the file name to get it to open (I simply renamed it 331.dng). Opens fine now.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-15-2020, 03:13 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #330
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 17
Views: 1,076
With the weekend fast approaching, I'm going to go ahead and close this one to entries a few hours ahead of time and announce a winner so we can get to #331.

I want to thank all of you for entering. I've played with this photo off and on over the years. Some of my versions have a little more contrast, some a little more color saturation, a darker background, etc., but, to be honest, my edits are all pretty hard to tell apart. I was hoping to see how the group here would differentiate their versions from my own, and I was not disappointed. Each of you surpassed my expectations and each of you brought your own unique improvements.

bertwert - Your crop is very close to how I envisioned the scene and certainly helps to emphasize the little feller. Your white balance adjustments are also more inline with the early evening hour in which I took the photo. A conservative but tasteful entry.
mariwalt - A little tighter crop, but you also removed some of the distracting elements, such as the rock (well done), and you addressed the darker portion of the background which drew my eye away from the subject more than I realized until now.
savoche - A bold approach. I wouldn't have thought to darken the borders quite so much, but it works. And you found the perfect camera for this little guy, which fits him flawlessly.
noelcmn - My favorite version of your 4 is the second. The close crop with hands leads me to believe this creature was pondering something. Maybe where he set his camera?
Kerrowdown - A creative approach that's also quite nice to look at. I might like it even better without the falling snow. Hard to say, but it definitely looks great as-is.
todd - The sharpening here really makes this guy 'pop.' You nailed it. It's really lifelike and a great take all-around. Bonus points for removing the distracting out of focus element on the left.
lidy - Your first version is simply wonderful to look at. It's funny, I have another photo somewhere where one of these things is holding what looks to be a bouquet of weeds. The hand sanitizer is priceless. Now I know where its all gone!
tuggie76 - If ever I needed a laugh it's now. The cloning is a bit repetitive, but the mask is perfect. Just perfect. And you blurred out the 'other' prairie dog quite appropriately, giving the photo the illusion of depth.
astonm - I'm not sure if this little guy is still with us. If not, hopefully prairie dog heaven is this nice. Your image is tastefully adjusted and the little guy is perfectly placed.

Note: My apologies to our prairie dog friend if I mistakenly referred to you as a male; I have no idea how to discern males from your species from females from a distance. I don't know if 'hands' was the right terminology either (maybe they're paws???), but a Google search revealed something I thought was interesting: "Prairie dogs have the most sophisticated vocal language ever decoded. Even better than chimps, dolphins and orcas." So now you know.

Okay, so back on topic.. The first-runner-up is astonm. There's not much of the original photo left, but what's in its place sure looks nice.

And the winner... whose prairie dogs are doing their part to flatten the curve... tuggie76.

The rest of the versions are right up there with these two versions, so please give yourselves a pat on the back. Thanks everyone!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-13-2020, 10:12 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #330
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 17
Views: 1,076
LMAO. That's great!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-08-2020, 07:09 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #329 - Piestewa Peak
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 25
Views: 1,388
Thanks again, Todd. And thanks for the comments everyone.

The next one can be found here.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-08-2020, 07:06 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #330
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 17
Views: 1,076
Thanks Todd for gifting us with a fantastic photo to work with in the last round. For this round I felt it might be kind of fun to change the pace a little, so to speak, so I dug this little guy up from my archives.

I hope it provides an opportunity for you to learn and I hope you get some enjoyment out of it as well. (Hey, if nothing else you might appreciate the next one more, lol.) As always, you're free to do whatever you like to your submission. You're free to submit as many as you like as well.

* And if for some reason you can't host the next round, just let me know when you post your entry. *

I'll wrap this one up sometime next Friday evening, May 15.

Have fun!



DNG download
JPG download

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For the next host:
The Mediafire website is: mediafire.com
The login name is: ppchallenge@tmphillips.com
The password is: postprocessing
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-07-2020, 08:22 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge #329 - Piestewa Peak
Posted By JHfwp
Replies: 25
Views: 1,388
Oh wow, I didn't expect this! There were so many unique and deserving entries, but I'm glad you liked my take. I certainly enjoyed working on this beauty and experimenting/learning. Thank you for sharing it and taking the time to comment. I mean it, too, that's an awesome sunrise and a great composition.

The bar has been set super high lately with these challenge photos... I know right now I won't be able to match the quality or the scenery, but hopefully I can at least find one to challenge you folks. Check back in a bit and I'll see what I can come up with.
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