A busy month...
* Meet Kenni Palmer, the #2 CrossFit athlete in all of England. Took shots using 2 flashes with 2 Lumodi beauty dishes.
The lights were actually placed behind the subject, illuminating only the periphery. Zooming out a little yields the very basic setup:
* Poor man's wireless flash -- use a bare lightbulb. All the drama of off-camera light; none of the expense.
|The Copenhagen Seminar (minus one attendee). Thanks for helping to orchestrate this, Peter Hollbaum-Hansen!|
|Me speaking at the Sony event. (Image copyright Tatiana Divakova)|
|Mauritzberg Slott, a 400-year-old "castle" in Sweden.|
* A77 back from Sony repair. They said the camera was "found to be operating to factory specifications". NEX-7 demonstrating the same problems. Good news is the A57’s flash is reported to work well. Will know more next month.
* A happy accident: One evening I switched my camera to "Shadow" white balance when it started getting dark. Forgot to switch back the next day. Gave family shots a nice warm feel!
I could have corrected for this even though it was shot in .jpg. Decided against it.
* The NEX-7 book is on track for the end of June. And am up to the challenge of pushing out books for the A37/A57 and NEX F3 and rumored F5.
* Progress on the cable TV show I pitched a few months ago: Thanks to a well-connected reader, I met with the head of a production company who showed great interest. Tony Phillips and I are developing the show and will be producing a 5-minute “sizzle reel” (mini-pilot) this summer. We’ll see.
* Seminar in Santa Monica, California is closed; but there’s still some room for the Field Workshop on June 16th. Sign up here.
* Seminar in Durango, Colorado is moving full steam ahead. A technical lecture, a 2-day seminar, and a 2-day field workshop the following weekend. Sign up here.
* Seminar in England will be taking place in September in Brighton. I thought Brighton would be nicer, more affordable, and attendees would be able to find parking compared to London. (Let me know if that was a bad assumption.) Right now it’s looking like the weekend of September 15-16th. Am negotiating with hotels now. Let me know if you're thinking of attending (or if you think it should be in London instead of Brighton. What the hell do I know? I'm a bloody yank.).
* Things I don’t like about Lightroom:
- You only have two sliders for color balance, not three. (I often want to add red to the entire image. Lightroom just lets me enhance only the reds that are there.)
- It only reads less than 10% of the EXIF info. I want to sort on which images used MFNR or which used HHT.
- Can’t reassign all keys. (But you can download PADDY which can help).
- Why the hell do I have to import everything first? Doing a "quick edit" takes 5 times longer.
- Putting keywords in your catalog is only useful if you use the same catalog forever. Most pros recommend you start with a new catalog every year otherwise the program slows down. So after 10 years you’ll have 10 catalogs. Now how do you search for keywords across 10 catalogs?
* A65 still for sale.
Until next time...
Yours Truly, Gary Friedman
Want to learn more about the basics of wireless flash? Check out my downloadable video which gives you a non-intimidating introduction!