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News / Re: Arnie Burton died
« Last post by Jeff Behm on August 18, 2017, 10:06:17 PM »
Oh, no!!  Yes, I invited him after we met on Millers.  I'm so sorry to hear this.
News / Arnie Burton died
« Last post by Todd Muskopf on August 18, 2017, 05:01:16 PM »
You'll remembered he was from Miller's and helped us out from time to time.
News / Re: Nikon EN-EL15 Recall
« Last post by Jeff Behm on August 18, 2017, 09:06:10 AM »
Welcome, Jon.  Nice to see you found something of value straight away. 

As you can see, we're aren't very busy at the moment, volume comes and goes.  What's of the greatest value is the quality of the information available, both as a reference resource and on a question and answer format, from pros with a wide range of experience in virtually all fields of photography and from all corners of the globe.  99% of the time, even our disagreements are well modulated.
Marketing / Re: Watch a photofilm--this is so well done!
« Last post by Jon Tinkler on August 17, 2017, 07:52:25 PM »
Just stumbled on this and absolutely love them - I do a slideshow for each wedding with highlights, and these are just so much better  ::)
Marketing / Re: Give me new website ideas
« Last post by Jon Tinkler on August 17, 2017, 07:37:30 PM »
I installed WP and a theme.  I haven't done anything with it yet, and really have no idea what I'm doing yet.

I'll poke around in it and see.

Anyone have good tutorials or tips for using WP?

Hi Todd - Yoast SEO is great if you're looking to rank the site (not sure whether you are or not).
News / Re: Nikon EN-EL15 Recall
« Last post by Jon Tinkler on August 17, 2017, 07:21:20 PM »
New member - very first post I read and it's relevant. Thanks for the FYI  :D
Technical / Re: Godox failed for the first time
« Last post by Darren Cassese on August 16, 2017, 06:18:12 PM »

Any guess as to how many shoots the Godox endured? Depending on the photographer, three years could be 30 shoots or 1000. Too bad the darn things don't have a flash counter or hour gauge.

I'm going to estimate about 40 shoots as a primary flash and about 500-800 shots each shoot, many at very high power, but overall volume on the lower end.
News / Re: Time headshot
« Last post by Jeff Behm on August 16, 2017, 09:33:42 AM »
"Wow!" over that Putin story!  Thanks Nanette.
News / Re: Time headshot
« Last post by Nanette Reid on August 16, 2017, 12:25:19 AM »
I'm sure this photog didn't have much time with the General, to make this shot. In the heat of the minute, checking his chimp chip to confirm great focus, would have been fleeting.  IF he did glance at the general, noticing the softness on the eyes would have difficult with good eyes, let alone aging ones.  I can imagaine that eh general after a click or two said we're done here,   next item!

The Photog, upon seeing the shot in PS, said "OH $HIT".  There are some techniques to save the shot in PS.
Mike's - "Save your A$$ technique for missed focus"
1. DUP the BG,
2. Sharpen the DUP, Even way over sharpen until you think it's too much.
3. Throw a black layer mask over the sharpened layer.
4 at 3-400% at a low opacity say 30% paint in the essential elements with a single pixel brush, ( or 2-4 pixel, or really small. )
5. Essential elements meaning the Iris and the pupil, the eyelashes, some of the eyelash hairs, the nostrals, the lips and the teeth. (Avoid the artifacts created from the sharpening.)
6. add a Neutral Grey Layer (with the little box checked for 50% grey) then add some mono Noise, say 3 or 4 points, put a black mask on it and paint the noise in over and around the soft face. ( since the Noise is sharp it will help create apparent sharpness.
They fade the RT'd layers to taste.

I shot an executive once when I focused on his eyes and un-be-knownst to me, he shifted has weight slightly to his other foot thus moving his eyes backward just enough for me to say "OH $HIT" later in post.  Lesson learned the professional way-  the hard way.

It was interesting that I watched a show on NatGeo last night, about world leaders and this particular episode was a piece on Putin. One of the people interviewed was Platon, who shot the famous Man of the Year TIME cover. When one speaks of pressure and of time constraints, this shoot had it all - yet the shot is incredible.

His first thought when they passed by the Kremlin and continued into a deserted forest: "Am I going to be wacked??"
His gear was inspected by a guy wielding a machine gun, pointing it from each lens to the photographer to indicate he needed to prove it was harmless, and when he finally met Putin, he was surrounded by heavies.

I can't remember how much time he had, but he remarked he was only inches from Putin's nose when he shot the portrait and the entire experience was very stressful.

The Guardian interviewed him in 2008:

And a supersize image of the cover:

That's a pro at work - handling the pressure and getting the shot in the time allotted and in focus - exactly what you'd expect from a photographer hired to shoot the cover of a high profile magazine.
News / Re: Time headshot
« Last post by Duck on August 15, 2017, 09:28:15 PM »
Apparently this was taken by Mike Morones, an experienced Military Times staff photographer with awards and plenty of experience. It is such a rookie mistake one has to wonder what the back story is.
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