Monthly Archives: May 2011

Photo Tip of the Day – 31 May 2011

Look into the light. That’s Photography 101, right? Sometimes, you don’t realize how basic and powerful a tip is until you put it to use. It happened to me this weekend, in photographing my daughter and a couple of her … Continue reading

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Steve Martin/Steep Canyon Rangers: Behind the Scenes (Part 5)

How did I, the lowly blogger, get a photo pass to the show? I asked nicely, and was honest with them. It really was that simple. I went to the Steep Canyon Rangers’ website, found their contact information, fired off … Continue reading

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Steve Martin/Steep Canyon Rangers: Be Nice to the Crowd (Part 4)

One of the reasons they like to stick photographers at the soundboard is to keep them out of the way. The paying customers don’t deserve to have their nights ruined by some lunatic with a camera running all around and … Continue reading

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Steve Martin/Steep Canyon Rangers: Objects Getting in the Way (Part 3)

The bane of concert photographers is the microphone stand. That’s for two reasons: First, if the singer is doing his thing, the mic is likely blocking his face from your shot. That makes for useless pictures. Second, every now and … Continue reading

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Steve Martin/Steep Canyon Rangers: Creating Exposure (Part 2)

The lesson I learned from shooting The Wiggles’ concert last summer was that you have to shoot these things in manual.  For a concert like this, it’s not a problem. There’s no crazy lighting scheme here.  It’s a few spotlights, … Continue reading

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Steve Martin/Steep Canyon Rangers: Time Constraints (Part 1)

Last Thursday night, I had a photo pass to the Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers concert at the Bergen Performing Arts Center. This week, I’m writing all about it. This is the first part. The typical limitations on … Continue reading

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Where I Want To Be, July 19th 2011

Bergen Performing Arts Center.  Huey Lewis and the News.  Wouldn’t that be cool to shoot?

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Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers Teaser

More to come next week, including how things went (very well) and what I learned (a bunch)… Update: (Friday late night) All next week will be devoted to this concert. I have five parts outlines already, possibly two more to … Continue reading

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My Pre-Concert Mantra/Checklist

Things I keep repeating to myself before tonight’s (estimated) 10 minute shooting frenzy: * Blur is bad. Noise is fixable. Push the ISO. 6400 is your friend and is perfectly fixable in Lightroom. * You’re using a monopod, so it’ll … Continue reading

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Don’t Use UV Filters

Kirk Tuck again, writing about UV filters: Stop.  Take the filters off the lenses.  Shoot like a real man.  Or a real woman.  And if your lens is destroyed then make sure you have a good story to go along … Continue reading

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