Ni Ki Cruz Photography Mediacast [09-199C]: Photo Walk Conversation with Joel

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The second annual Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk was held in downtown San Jose. Fifty photographers gathered to spend several hours walking around downtown photographing what the city had to offer. We had the pleasure of talking with Joel, one of the participants of the photo walk.

Ni Ki Cruz Photography Mediacast [09-199D]: Photo Walk Conversation with Craig Colvin

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The second annual Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk was held in downtown San Jose. Fifty photographers gathered to spend several hours walking around downtown photographing what the city had to offer. We had the pleasure of talking with Craig Colvin of Craig Colvin Photography.com, one of the participants of the photo walk.

Ni Ki Cruz Photography Mediacast [09-199B]: Photo Walk Conversation with Ardail Smith

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The second annual Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk was held in downtown San Jose. Fifty photographers gathered to spend several hours walking around downtown photographing what the city had to offer. We had the pleasure of talking with Ardail Smith of Ardail Smith.com, one of the participants of the photo walk.

Ni Ki Cruz Mediacast [09-199E]: Photo Walk Conversation with Steve

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The second annual Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photo Walk was held in downtown San Jose. Fifty photographers gathered to spend several hours walking around downtown photographing what the city had to offer. We had the pleasure of talking with Steve, one of the participants of the photo walk.

DVD Movies by Anna

OK Anna, you were doing well but it looks like you hit a wall with this one. Here is a good example of the importance of playing with your composition when you have a tough subject. So lets break this image down. First, did you notice all the white space in the image. Was this done for a specific reason?

Notice the focus on this image. Did you lock the focus before taking the shot. The focus seems to be on the top of the targeted subject vice the name. The name Walt has a certain design and flair to it. This would have given the image more life because of its design. Just ask yourself, what was being sold in this image. The limited edition or the title of the movie itself.

I do like the way the overhead light highlights the edges of the DVD cases. This adds a nice dimension to each of the cases. Do you think this image would have look better if you had placed more light on the other DVD spines displaying what titles they are.

Why did you position each DVD case as you did. Did you just pile them on? Did you just find them like that? Placement of your subject is important. You could have aligned each one to play with the titles to create a specific message. If you was just trying to sell the target subject, do you think you should have placed more emphasis on that one. Maybe by placing more light on it to make it stand out more.

Critique Questions for You:

  1. Is this be best angle you saw for this subject? You have multiple subjects here. Is each one placed correctly to help display your message.
  2. Was this the best lighting for your subject. You have a good overhead light, but the main fill light is weak. Don’t be afraid to use your flash. If your flash is to bright, go ahead and place a piece of dark fabric in front of it to dim your light. See if that works.

Summary:

  • This image was the weakest of the three. It does have some pluses, but it looks like not much thought went into composing this image. Your previous images show you have an eye. And I didn’t see any of that in this one.
  • If you are shooting and you don’t feel “it” then don’t shoot. Put your camera down, step away and come back when you are refreshed. Photography is a passion, you are doing more than just taking photos when you press that release button. You are telling a story, you are selling a product, you are trying to grab someone’s attention. Does this image grab your attention.

Next Assignment:


Here is your next assignment, should you choose to accept: (mission impossible theme in background). Sunrise and sunset are one of the most important things which needs to happen in order for us photographer enjoy the golden hour. I want you to take three photos with the following focus in mind.

  • Standard Sunset (either wide or narrow focus)
  • Any object which the sun is shining on. The object needs to be illuminated in a way which would have its appearance changed because of the sunset.
  • A person looking at the sunset. No flash

These photos should be taken during golden hour. This is the hour where the sun is either rising or setting. You can have anywhere between 45 to 90 minutes to take your shot.

If you want more information on the golden hour, please visit this wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_hour_(photography). Good luck Agent Shutterbug. Remember, if you are captured by the photo police and given low ratings on your images, we will disavow you 😉

You can see more of Anna’s captured images by either visiting her blog http://annasangle.wordpress.com/ or her flickr portfolio at http://www.flickr.com/photos/aivzdogz/.

Other critiqued photos:

  • Covered Grill by Anna
  • Camcorder by Anna
  • Camcorder by Anna

    Anna, this is an interesting shot. Normally, you would want to capture a product in full glory. That is, covered with strong lighting. A great part of your subject is covered in darkness but you show enough of the subject to give slight hints to its potential. This would be perfect for a teaser advertisement on a new product coming out without telling to much about it.

    The placement of your subject is good. It dominates the whole story. You know exactly what it is. You could have also pulled back a lot here if you had some action going on in the background to relate your background to your main subject.

    Critique Questions for You:

    1. Is this be best angle you saw for this subject? What kind of image would you have captured if you either moved yourself around the subject or move the subject around its axis.
    2. Was this the best lighting for your subject. Light is important. That doesn’t mean that you actually need light, but keep in mind what your message is through the photo. If you are just capturing the image with its inherent message, then just capture it.

    Summary:

    • In addition to looking for various angles for your subject, you should experiment with how your subject is position in your composition.
    • Remember your rule of thirds. They work, this also helps you notice the environment your subject is in.

    You can see more of Anna’s captured images by either visiting her blog http://annasangle.wordpress.com/ or her flickr portfolio at http://www.flickr.com/photos/aivzdogz/.

    Other critiqued photos:

  • Covered Grill by Anna
  • DVD Movies by Anna
  • Covered Grilled by Anna

    Here is my response for Anna’s first of three images for her photography assignment. I had asked Anna to photograph three things that a Dad would want or would receive for Father’s Day. Anna was to photograph these objects in a way that would sell the photo with a marketing or advertisement flair. This was chosen because Father’s Day was only a couple of days away.

    Anna, I like that you chose the grill. This is completely related to a Dad gift. And you did well to keep it covered, something that is a different look that you would not usually see. This does add a nice little hint of suspense since a Dad would would be dying to figure out what kind is it.

    You have good composition, you may have wanted to pull back a bit on the zoom. This would add enough of the environment around your subject to blend. The only thing this image is lacking on is lighting. This photo look like you shot it with heavy overcast. I must have been raining. But you did well with you did. I like what you captured.

    Critique Questions for You:

    1. Is this be best angle you saw for this subject? You shot this with a wooded area as your background. What would it look like if you shot this from the woods toward your subject. What kind shot would you have captured.
    2. Is this the best lighting you can receive for this subject. If you do not want to move a subject, was this the best time of day to shoot if you have unrestrictive access to your subject.
    3. Did the tarp cover have any logos or designs you could have taken advantage of in order to enhance the image.

    Summary:

    • Always look for different angles before you shoot. Unless your subject is moving, then shoot while YOU are moving.
    • Look at how the light is washing over your subject. Shoot now and come back when the light changes and shoot again. Hey, it’s digital.
    • You did well with capturing this image head on and with the eye level equal to your subject. Because it is covered, this restricts your creativity with changing the viewing angle of your subject.

    Anna is a young photographer with a lot of potential in her skill if she wishes to pursue her photography to the next level. I hope she does, she has an eye and just needs to get out there and shoot shoot shoot. You can see more of Anna’s captured images by either visiting her blog http://annasangle.wordpress.com/ or her flickr portfolio at http://www.flickr.com/photos/aivzdogz/.

    Other critiqued photos:

  • Camcorder by Anna
  • DVD Movies by Anna
  • Ni Ki Cruz Photography Newsletter [09-166]

    Ni Ki Cruz Photography Newsletter

    Ni Ki Cruz Photography Newsletter

    Dear Shutterbug

    How many ways you can you photograph the same subject. Well, that depends on how you use your equipment. I see many photographers rush to a subject and take that one head-on shot. How depressing when compared to all the potential shots you can capture if you take the time to analyze your subject and its environment. Learn to take your time when taking a photo and learn to force yourself to look at your subject from different angles. Beauty does’t have one view, beauty is hidden and it awaits for you to find it. Never stop shooting.

    table of contents

    Photography Workshop Mediacast: Using Your Flash to Control Your Light
    Photo Tip of the Week: 3 Tips to Getting Sharper Photos (Part 2 of 3)
    Camera Equipment and Accessory Reviews: POD The Silver and Blue Pods
    Show Us What You Got Reader’s Photo Submission: Ulf Schnittker (Deutschland)
    Get Ready for our Next Outdoor Photography Workshop
    Follow Us On …

    NKCP Photography Workshop Mediacast [09-167]

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    In this episode we go over the many different ways on how you can use a flash to constantly change the feel and look of your subject.

    Here are links to some of the equipment covered in this episode:

  • Canon 5D Mark II
  • Canon 550EX Speedlite
  • Tamron Telephoto SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro
  • Slik PROFESSIONAL II Tripod
  • Canon OC-E3 Off Camera Shoe Cord 3
  • Sto-Fen #OM-EY Omni-Bounce
  • Ni Ki Cruz Photography Workshop Mediacast Trailer

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    Opening sequence used for the photography workshop mediacast. Please feel free to let me know what you think. I’m always looking for ways to improve.

    I’m not sure why but the flash version converted by Blip.tv is not as sharp as the source video. My previous video conversion was of a better quality. You can see the higher resolution by clicking here.

    25% off Father’s Day One-on-One Workshop Special

    Get your Dad a camera for Father’s Day?! Don’t force him to read the manual and figure out how to properly take photographs with his new toy. They only way he is going to properly learn about his new camera is out in the field.

    Make sure your Dad gets the individual attention he needs to learn everything he needs to know about taking awesome photos the whole family can enjoy. Your Dad will learn the basics of scenic nature photographing: location scouting, scene selection, light, composition and the various equipment used.

    Reserve your spot now before this offer ends on June 21st

    This workshop will provide your Dad with my undivided attention and teaching taylored to his specific needs. The investment of a lifetime for this outdoor workshop is $300 $225, (25% off Father’s Day Special) for a session 3-4 hours. This private session can be arranged at your Dad’s preferred Bay Area locale, or can be chosen between a few scenic Bay Area spots.

    Reserve your spot now before this offer ends on June 21st

    ATTN San Diego Area Residents: If you live in the San Diego area, I will be there Friday, June 26th thru Wednesday, July 1st to hold my workshops.

    Reserve your spot now before this offer ends on June 21st

    Once you reserve a spot, we will schedule a date which will work best for your Dad. We can schedule up to 45 days out. So there is no hurry on your part or any pressure to get your training done quickly. This workshop has been designed to be a fun and entertaining day for your Dad.

    Ni Ki Cruz Photography Newsletter [09-154]

    Ni Ki Cruz Photography Newsletter

    Ni Ki Cruz Photography Newsletter

    Dear Shutterbug

    Photography isn’t just a hobby or a business, it is a language to its own. Through photography you are able to speak to people across the world and across time without having to say one word. A photo composed properly will show the emotion of both the subject and the photographer. A photographer sees what a photographer sees. And it is not easy to convey that into hundreds or thousands of words where one image would work.

    Pick up a camera to share your vision and experience to friends and strangers. Capturing moments is more than just placing memories in a book or in a digital folder. Capturing moments is about telling stories, either about your travels, life or that of your subject. Do your best to always push the envelope of your photography skills, tell a story in the image. Take a photo, and ask a friend what story does it tell them. Compare that to the story you thought you captured. Enjoy.

    table of contents

    Photography Workshop Mediacast: Canon 5D Mark II Firmware Upgrade and Test
    Photo Tip of the Week: 3 Tips to Getting Sharper Photos (Part 1 of 3)
    Camera Equipment and Accessory Reviews: Photoflex LiteDisc Circular Reflector, White Translucent, 12″
    Show Us What You Got Reader’s Photo Submission: Liz Fisher (Merced, CA)
    Get Ready for our Next Outdoor Photography Workshop
    Follow Us On …

    Golden Gate Bridge Outdoor Photography Workshop

    These weekend workshops are designed for beginner photographers, hobbyists, and parents to learn new techniques to improve their photography skills and knowledge. Each weekend workshop is held at a different locations within and around the Bay Area. Come and experience some of California’s natural wonders. If you are wondering what to do with your weekends, joins us in a interactive and fun envrionment and experiment with your creativity.

    Choose between two different sessions:
    – AM Workshop Session (8 a.m. – 12 noon)
    – PM Workshop Session (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

    To register for this even, use the following link: http://www.nikicruz.com/workshops/beginners-outdoor-photography-workshop.htm

    Only 20 seats are available, register now before they fill up.

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    Time and Place
    Date: Sunday, January 25, 2009
    Time: 8:00am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Meetup Location:
    provided after registration
    City/Town: San Francisco, CA

    Monterey 17 Mile Drive Outdoor Photography Workshop

    These weekend workshops are designed for beginner photographers, hobbyists, and parents to learn new techniques to improve their photography skills and knowledge. Each weekend workshop is held at a different locations within and around the Bay Area. Come and experience some of California’s natural wonders. If you are wondering what to do with your weekends, joins us in a interactive and fun envrionment and experiment with your creativity.

    Choose between two different sessions:
    – AM Workshop Session (8 a.m. – 12 noon)
    – PM Workshop Session (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

    To register for this even, use the following link: http://www.nikicruz.com/workshops/beginners-outdoor-photography-workshop.htm

    Only 20 seats are available, register now before they fill up.

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    Time and Place
    Date: Saturday, January 24, 2009
    Time: 8:00am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Meetup Location:
    provided after registration
    City/Town: Monterey, CA