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Every which way you look today you see “Urban Exploring” photo series. But I want you to remember something, just because it’s old and abandoned doesn’t mean you don’t have to be creative still.
There are a few images in this Rapid Fire Critique where the photographer found an old building and simply took snap shots of a big open space. That’s all well and good here and there if there is some interest. But if there isn’t a moment captured or interesting details found the images are just blah.
My tips, for finding interesting urban exploring photos is to look for the details. Find the small interesting details that will pop from the photo and make people go wow.
Tell the story of what the place once was. Create a series, not just one wide shot but many shots together that bring the place to life. That is what will help make your urban exploring images stand out.
Introducing Richie Myers AKA DigiRichie. This is the premier episode of DigiRichie who is a professional photographer and long time friend of mine.
He has been on sets DigiTeching for some of the biggest shows in TV History. He is a problem solver who has an answer and solution for whatever he may face when out on a set.
This episode DigiRichie brings us his plan for when a computer goes bust on set. He carries with him not one but two External Boot Up Disks. I was amazed to find out that he can boot up his personal start up disk on any Mac and be up and running in a matter of minutes.
This means he always has his home computer with him. If a computer goes bad on set DigiRichie simply boots from one of these disks and has everything back and running as if it was his home computer.
This is such a smart thing to have. Once a week he backs up his computer to this disk so it’s always fresh with the latest changes and software. Yes software, it has all the programs that he chose to backup to it ready to go.
If you have a question for DigitRichie please tweet @TheDigiRichie and #AskDigiRichie and maybe he will answer your questions on air.
In this video, I take you guys thru the entire process of a home studio product photography shoot. I share with you every detail of my setup, every photo I take and how I made it. I give you my camera settings and flash settings. I also show you my mistakes and how I corrected them.
Product photography requires patience. This is not a quick process and there’s a bit of set up involved. There’s also the mentality. Taking your time to get your exposure just right is critical to getting the right shots.
In this video, I demonstrate the amazing Cactus RF60 speedlites and V6 transceivers using a 4-speedlite setup. The flexibility and power you have with this kind of setup is amazing. Being able to control power to each of your speedlites from the top of the camera is so important, especially when you’re working alone with a lot of lights.
These Cactus flashes and transceiver – receivers, have built-in radio transmitters so they can all send and receive signal. You can set up to 4 groups of flashes in multiple channels, all of which you control a the touch of a button or turn of a dial.
Another amazing thing about the Cactus V6’s is that they come pre-loaded with Canon and Nikon profiles for many of their popular flashes. In this video, I’m using Nikon SB-800 flashes on Cactus V6’s as receivers and able to control the power with the V6 on my camera. AMAZING. And control flash power to the Cactus RF60’s as well.
This video is chock full of killer tips and nuggets. I pop a lot of tips on the screen to help along with the learning process.
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If you could’t make it to Photokina 2014 don’t worry, we brought it to you. After spending two full days and walking miles and miles, we bring you what we found to be the most interesting products from the show.
We hit up as many booths as possible including BlackRapid, Fuji, Nikon, Canon, Sony, ThinkTank, Tenba, Western Digital and many many more.
A big thank you goes out to BlackRapid for making this trip possible. Without them being the sponsor we would not have been able to bring you this coverage.
I also want to thank the hundreds of FRO readers that stopped Stephen and I to say hi.