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  • 8 years 7 months ago
    Hi Surrender,

    I'm sorry to hear about your father. Hope he gets better soon. Have a good time on the vacation. Being with your family is important when they are feeling bad. Thank you for telling me about the journals and your nyip instructer crutiques. When I get the chance to I'll put my photos and and all the correspondence in there. My family has been Blessed to recieve free tickets to see Joel Osteen tomorrow at "The New Yankees Statium." I like his messages of encouragement and hope for the Believer. He reminds me of Billy Graham's simple message of Salvation. His message is a good reminder to the people of God not to get discouraged but remember we have a Heavenly Father who looks down on us and wants good things for us even in bad times. When Minnie and I are readdy to travel to China I'll let you know. Thank you for extending an invitation for your friends to show us around. Have a Blessed Weekend. Scott
  • 8 years 7 months ago
    Hi Surrender,

    Are you going on vacation to China or to visit family? Have a great time while you are there. I wish you all the best on your journey. One day I would love to see China with my family. How was the crutique of your nyip assignment? I recently found my crutiques as well. I'll have to write them down in a journal as well for you to see it. I like the way the course is run. After Minnie and I recover from our injuries and get better we will discuss the NYIP course in professional photography. It sound like it is helping you out very well. One of the ways I have learned to be a better photographer is not to look at the asingments as a course of information but to have fun with it. Making some of the adujstments as a game made it easier for me to remember them. To make it part of my routine when taking the pictures. From reading some older instruction books on lighting when you do the lighting on smaller objects the lighting will be the same on larger object and people as well. I look forwards to reading the crutique your teacher gave you in helping me learn something for my own pictures. Have a good week and my God Bless you and your family. Scott
  • 8 years 7 months ago
    Hi Surrender,

    Have a Happy Easter. I use a monopod when I go outside and in the house in tight areas. I use a tripod when I have the space to and for pictures where a slow shutterspped is needed like night shots and some like the food pictures. Hand shake on low light picture are a big problem for me. I wish I had a lense with the new anti-movement programs. I know that nikon calls it anti vibration lenses I forget what canon calls it. When we went to virginia on vacation the monopod came in handy on some of my pictures in the Lurey caverns and at the natural birdge. The pictures I took a few nights ago were helped with a tripod due to slow shutterspeeds i would otherwise not be able to get. In portraits I use the monopod it uses less space. I don't have the space for the tripod all the time. I have some light weight lights that I use when I get the chance to on still life lie the sushi pictures and you great food pictures. I have for ud out by trial and error that the on camera flash even in red eye reduction still has a chance to give off red eye. When I had the chance to I purchased an off camera flash unit that moves around So I can bounce the flash off a wall or ceiling. There are some nice small reflectors you can buy as well from LumiQuest or an Omni Bounce. They remove the horrible shadows from the side of a peresons head when you take a vertical headshot and also get rid of red eye as well. You really cannot do too muc with an in camera flash. If you take professional portraits with a backround and lights. You will need between the person and backround about 4-5 feet. It really does work in getting rid of any shadows in the backround. I have some pictures in my family albums at a restaurant that shows the big diffences. My family was right next to the walls and there is a small shadow there not the large ones you see regularly. I have a few pictures in the album of Geovanni that were taken outside on a sunnyday with the flash from the camera as a fill light. It made the colors on her bathing suit look better. In my wave rider pictures you can see how the flash made the blue in the liner of the pool better. the water was clear and moving fast. My camera sinc is up to 200/1. I hope this helps you out. Have a Happy Easter. Scott
  • 8 years 7 months ago
    Hi Surrender,

    I really like what you did with the food. the lighting is great in bringing ou the textures in the meat and bread. It made me hungry again. I went out of some pictures tonight. I was trying to get some practice in getting twilight colors reflecting on a watery surface. I took some pictures of my friend Carlos new dog. The dog is a siberian Husky that is all white he has some beautiful blue eyes. I had a problem with a flash on his eyes. The Red Eye really effects them. I used a combination of flash and natrual light to capture the detqils in his features. I will be putting them in an album real soon. Have a good day, Scott
  • 8 years 8 months ago
    Hi Surrender,

    The 3rd homework looks like you got soem good hands on training. I mentioned the dirrfent settings for color in the camera vivid and the rest. there should be a program in there as well for you to make your own adjustments as well. I did some lighting pictures for my self as well a few years ago. I found some older books on lighting. I'll have to put it in an album for you to check out and see how good or bad I did. The picture you like of the sushi roll was first done of a contest on fotki for eastern cultures. I used the lights and took many pictures that was what i felt was the best one for the contest. I came in the top 15 places. My instructer at nyip liked the movement pictures and mentioned I should crop them and put them in frames on the wall. I did the grey card picture on vacation where they had these cheezy dinosaur statues. I got some great details on the one I entered on NYIP. The contests here are fun to do. It is a great way to learn how to make pictures and do some things you would not normally take as a picture. You can make friends from all over the world as well. Have a good weekend. Scott
  • 8 years 8 months ago
    Hi Lily,

    I don't know how to make any major changes to pictures in photoshop except cropping and smaller things. When I uploaded any pictures to the computer for my NYIP photo assignments the pictures were not edited at all. All colors and pictures are originals. I use the camera setting to change everything. One tip tht is helpful is using a flash in day time it will give a picture more details. i'll change the color settings in camera to give it more colors. One day I'll get the hang of photoshop editing. As NYIP says photoshop can make a good picutre great and it can not make a bad picture any better. I have been in other photo sites that believe you should not use photoshop on pictures at all. that is not true it can enhanse a picture greatly. I will check out you new album later. I have some errands to do. I'll catch you later. Scott

  • 8 years 8 months ago
    Hi Lily,

    You are taking the complete course in Photography that is great. They fill you with all the information you need in making photography a career. dose it include a course in using photoshop? I've been taking pictures on and off since the 1980's I had a film slr. Making the change to digital was hard for me learning the controls on the camera. This is why I took the course I did. The hands on training is great. I have my 2 photo assignments in my albums it is marked NYIP-I and NYIP-II I had a great time learning how to use the camera. One thing I do not miss from film is buying the film and paying for developement of the pictures. What camera are you using now? What lenses do you have? I just did some work of scanning some old pictures on to a CD for work It took me longer than I thought it would. I'll post the pictures later there were about 100 pictures of construction by my job that neede to be scanned they are over 50years old. It was real cool to see them digitalized. entering the contests her can also help you learn about photography. There are many great photographers here and I have learned alot from looking at their albums. Have a good day. Scott
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