As discussed in my previous post, large format cameras have movements to adjust the camera. Field cameras have limited movement compared to the heavier and bulkier view cameras. Although, they still have movements that a photographer can use while taking an image with the camera. For more about View vs Field cameras read here Field Vs View Cameras.
In this post I am going to focus on a movement called “Rise”.Read More
Loading film for a large format camera can be intimidating, but I am going to attempt to keep the process simple and make it easy to to load the large negatives into the film holders.
First remember that I am showing this in daylight, but this process should be done in complete darkness. Read More
Starting with photography can be intimidating, especially with digital cameras and all the camera settings. It can feel like learning a new language. Remember a camera is only a light box. It captures light. This is true regardless of if it is film or digital.
Hopefully you find this post and it helps you start the journey. Learning an understanding some of the basic settings, and what they are for, should help. I am going to explain 3 camera settings functions that all cameras have, shutter, aperture, and ISO.Read More
A while back I mentioned that I was taking a journey with a 4X5 Camera. What I failed to explain at the time was why I ended up with a large format field camera as my 4X5 Camera choice in the first place.
Typically we find 2 types of large format 4X5 Cameras. One is a View Camera, and the other is a Field Camera. Based on my research and limited use of these cameras these are the pros and cons I came up with.Read More
While I am focusing (pun intended) on a journey with a 4X5 field camera at the moment, my hopes are that along the way you find some valuable information regardless of the type of camera you are using. Remember cameras are tools to create photographs, and no one camera does everything. We often need multiple tools to do many tasks. A good example is needing a flat head screw driver, a hex screwdriver, and a Phillips head screw driver. Different screws need different types of screw drivers, and the same is true with photography. The cameras that are good with fast action aren’t necessarily the same as a camera with file sizes big enough to print at billboard size.Read More
This was an old post about editing a histogram from a blog I had previously had. Hopefully, you find it useful.
Last week I blogged about moving my photography studio up to Los Angeles from San Diego, so I figured this week I will get back to the technical stuff. I will definitely get back to the studio stuff soon, explain how I am using the space, and how I’m setting up the lighting for some of my studio photography.
Now on to the topic at hand. First, what is the histogram, why is it important, and lastly how do you use it.
What is the Histogram –
I get asked how I get the colors so real and vibrant quite often when I show my printed color fine art work. Here is a little trick I picked up to improve the color of my images while editing images without needing any extra tools other than Lightroom (LR) or DXO when you edit your digital images. If you would like to see more about my raw digital workflow see my previous blog post https://mjvphoto.com/my-digital-raw-image-workflow/.
First a little background:
When I transitioned from shooting color film to digital imagery, I really wanted to understand color. Primarily, how some people got amazing color and why my images seemed to be flat. As I progressed, and learned I realized that I could do a lot of customization of the color without needing and extra tools other than the raw editing apps I already had.Read More
This is blog post about my digital workflow from a few years ago. I am re-posting on my new site. Hopefully you find it useful.
I’ve been asked by a few people what I use for a digital workflow as it relates to shooting raw images. How do I save them, store them, etc.? So I figured I would share my workflow with the world.
First a little background:
I started shooting raw files instead of jpeg images about 6 years ago due to the increased ability to work with those images in post processing. At that time I started a file management system that worked for me. I am not a fan of the Adobe SAAS (subscription) System of pay monthly and give it a cool trendy name of “Cloud”, and render you helpless if you ever stop paying model. That said, I do believe Adobe has the most developed and seamless products, but that is a discussion for another time.
Currently, my process allows me to use either Lightroom or DXO (or any other raw editing tool) that I want. Some are better than others for specific things.Read More