Look ma, no Photoshop

Look ma, no Photoshop

 

I love to write these posts because they take me back to the really fun times in Photography when we had to figure things out without the use of a computer; when Adobe was a type of housing in the Southwest. Personal computers were a thing of the future and the only time I got close to a computer was when I was shooting them for a companies annual report to the stockholders.

Back then, every time I shot a report the company was so excited that they were computer savvy and ahead of the business curve, I was instructed to take pictures of these huge rooms…after I signed an agreement stating that I would not tell anyone what I saw. Back then an entire floor was crowded with these behemoths. with miles upon miles of wires under the flooring. now, my beefed iMac27 is probably as powerful.

But I digress.

As I tell my online class with the PPSOP, and in my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around the planet, I love the challenge of being a good photographer, not a good computer artist/digital technician. I try to do as much in the camera as I possibly can and use Photoshop for minor tweaking.  It’s kinda sad that the majority of my students and fellow photographers were introduced to photography during the digital era and think that the camera should do all your thinking, and Photoshop will pick up where the camera left off.

In the above photo, I was shooting an advertising campaign for Sam Houston Raceway, and showed up at sunrise one morning to see what photo opts availed themselves to me. The mornings are always the best time around the stables since all the care of the horses goes on very early.

I asked one of the trainers if I could take an action shot of one of the thoroughbreds during a workout, and he agreed (which was pretty amazing given what some of these horses are worth). I got in the back of a pickup and we started out together on the track. I had put on my 2omm lens and placed it on my a tripod. I wanted to create the feeling of movement so I was shooting at a 1/15th of a second. The reason why the number ’3′ is sharp is because the saddle and I were traveling at the exact same speed. The horse’s legs are blurred because they were moving at a faster rate of speed. As we came around the final turn heading for the finish line the horse started racing the truck. It was an incredible feeling being so close to this amazing animal; close as in fifteen feet.

Btw, you’ll notice that there’s only sunlight on the back end of the horse. The reason is that we were passing in front of the grandstand that was almost blocking the early morning sunlight. The back end was the only part still in the light…and just for a split second.

What a thrill!!

Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com, and check out my updated 2014 workshop schedule at the top of this blog. Come shoot with me in Maine July 27th, and in Jerusalem September 17th.

Don’t forget to send me a photo and question to: AskJoeB@gmail.com.

JoeB

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AskJoeB: Which one works the best?

by Joe on April 12, 2014

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This is my first choice.

This is my first choice.

For those of you that follow and enjoy these posts from AskJoeB, you’ll know that I like to let my fellow photographers read what each person had to say when they submit. I’ve found that other people have had the same experiences or have at one time or another similar questions. Here’s what Valeriano had to say:

“Hi Joe,
I’m submitting these photos to you cause I’m not really sure about which one works the best. As you can see it’s the very same composition and subject which I was shooting at sunset. There are subtle changes in the light and in the sky —clouds were also moving fast since it was a transitional weather with lots of wind— I had been shooting it while the sun was setting till the latest rays of sun (I was also bracketing and I also have different exposures but I think these are the ones working better)

I’m also interested on your overall opinion and critique about it. As usual  thank you for your invaluable help.”
Valeriano.

Quite a while ago Valeriano had taken my four week online class with the PPSOP, and like all the other photographers in the classes and in my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around the planet, they learn how to incorporate the elements of Visual Design and composition into their imagery. At the end of my Part I and II class each person leaves with what I call the ‘Artist Palette’. On this palette are all the things we cover. First the basic elements of Visual Design: Texture, Pattern, Form, Shape,  Color, and Line. Also on the Palette are the elements for good composition: Visual Tension, Negative Space, and how to create a Vanishing Point.

Here’s what I had to say: http://www.screencast.com/t/iiAzpyvBKa

Looking at the photos Valeriano submitted to me to look at, it didn’t take very long to see most of the elements on his ‘Artist Palette’.

Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com and be sure to check out my 2014 workshop schedule. Come shoot with me sometime.

Don’t forget to send me a question and photo to: AskJoeB@gmail.com.
JoeB

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friends taking pictures of friends in Tuscany.

friends taking pictures of friends in Tuscany.

Maybe it’s a touch of voyeurism and maybe I just a people watcher who likes to observe how people go about taking pictures of each other.  Either way, it offers up a great photo opportunity. Be honest, haven’t you stopped and watched people as they photograph their friends or family? It’s one of my favorite things to do, and I usually end up asking if they want me to take the picture so all the family can be in the photo…which I also love to do.

First place finish.

First place finish.

There’s something endearing about the way people take pictures of others. The way they try to direct, their body language as they compose, especially if the ones being photographed are giving them a hard time. It makes for great subject matter when families take pictures after someone has done something important, even if it’s just important to them. For example winning a trophy is a good one. Or families traveling together.

I’ve been lucky enough to catch that happening on several occasions.

A coach and his team.

A coach and his team.

As I tell my online students with the PPSOP, and in my “Stretching Your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around the planet you have to be an obsever of your surroundings. Pay attention all the time to what’s happening and you just might get lucky.

Visit my website at: www.joebaraban.com, and check out my 2014 workshop schedule at the top of this blog. Come shoot with me sometime.Don’t forget to send me a photo and question to: AskJoeB@gmail.com.

JoeB

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Did It Do It: Did It Show A New Way Of Looking At Ordinary Ideas?

March 31, 2014

This is another point on my did it do it list of twelve reasons why a photo works. Did it show a new way of looking at ordinary ideas? These are not rules, since I don’t like rules. Rules are a hindrance and can and will get in the way of those creative juices. They’re […]

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Photo Ops: Recognizing The Moment.

March 26, 2014

I’d like to think that there’s two photographers bottled up in this mind that’s been covered over with curly whitish gray hair. One that is calculating, and always wanting to “make pictures” by scouting ahead of time to know exactly where the sun is going to come up and go down. One that wants to […]

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Student Work: January PPSOP Class

March 21, 2014

In my online class with the PPSOP, and in my “Stretching Your Frame of mind” workshops I conduct around the planet, I teach my fellow photographers how to incorporate the Elements of Visual Design and composition into your photography. While Line, Texture, Pattern, Form, Shapes, Balance and Color are the basic elements, we also work […]

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Anecdotes: Apache Oil and Gas Annual Report.

March 16, 2014

I just love thinking back over my forty-three year career to all the funny things that happened during some of my shoots, and I gotta tell you that there were so many that are repeatable and some not so much!!! If you’ve taken my online class with the PPSOP, or my “Stretching Your Frame of […]

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Food For digital Thought: Leading The Viewer To A Payoff

March 11, 2014

In my online class with the PPSOP, and in my “Stretching your Frame of Mind” workshops I conduct around the planet, we work on ways to use the elements of visual design to help take our imagery what I always refer to as “Up a notch”. In my part II class, we spend a lot […]

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AskJoeB: Did I Capture the Beauty?

March 11, 2014

I received another photo to talk about in my AskJoeB category. I love receiving these as I like to share knowledge and past experiences with my fellow photographers. As usual, I like to include the note I got from Steven because everyone reading it may have experienced a similar situation, or hat time have had […]

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Life Before photoshop: VW Car Campaign

March 6, 2014

Well I’m back again with yet another example of what it was like when Adobe was a type of house in the Southwest part of the US. In this Life Before Photoshop post, we’ll look at how we made things look as if they were screaming down the road back before we could just do […]

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