Polaroid Spectra

May 7th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Polaroid Spectra

Today I received a Polaroid Spectra and a pack of Impossible Project instant film from the Film Photography Podcast.



It has been years since I have used an instant film camera, and I am really excited to use it. My first photo is of my kids, my little milkaholics.


Simple Steps For Using A Gray Card With An iPhone

May 6th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

Simple Steps For Using A Gray Card With An iPhone

The iPhone is, in my opinion, an amazing camera with a phone built into it. There are many apps and tips that can be used to create beautiful images, and I would like to talk about one.

There are many photographers today who have never used or heard of a Gray Card. This simple tool has its roots from the Zone System, and if you read about the Zone System it will make a lot of sense.

Simply put, the Gray Card is used to find middle gray or 18% gray. Our cameras today are programmed to meter for middle gray, and this also includes our iPhones and Andriods.

In most situations, our phones can capture awesome images, and they are getting better with each new model. But, there are situations where the phone fails. This happens in high contrast scenes where the camera tries to expose the highlights and the shadows evenly. This typically never turns out well.

Let’s look at a few situations, but first here are things you will need:

1. Gray Card
2. An App that can lock the exposure
3. Patience

First Scene: Single Light On Table


This image, of the lamp on the table, is good, but it has a couple blown out areas. I could choose a highlighted area and hope for a good exposure, or I can use my Gray Card. (for this illustration I am using Camera Plus)


I opened up a camera app on my phone and placed the Gray Card in the overexposed area.


Select the Gray Card by touching the card with your finger. You will see a difference in the exposure right away. You will see a + on the box because the exposure, focus, and white balance are all in one. Touch the screen with two fingers to separate the reticles.


Once the reticles are independent from each other, you can open up the reticle locks in the bottom right hand corner with the lock symbol.


Lock the white balance and exposure, but leave the focus unlocked. Once you have done this, you can compose your scene and take your shots.



Here are a couple different scenes:


This model car is sitting on a black cloth with a single 60 watt bulb above it. Use the steps above for the correct exposure.


And finally an outside scene:


I could not find a middle gray in the scene for a proper exposure, so the Gray Card fixed that problem.


Try this out, and see an improvement in your images.

Something To Think About

April 25th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

On Art.

There is something to be said about perspective. Books Jensen is a photographer and publisher with Lens Work Magazine. He also has a long running podcast called LensWork that I subscribe to every week.

Brooks brings a perspective to his audience through his own journeys in life and art, and they are very insightful and practical.

Early this month, Brooks Jensen wrote an entry on the friction between Thomas Kinkade and ‘The Art World’, and the popularity with his audience.

Compare the perspective to your own work after you read Brooks Jensen.


Rain Soaked

April 25th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

20120425-134303.jpgCamera: iPhone 3GS
Edit App: Snapseed

Here One Second, Gone The Next

April 10th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

20120410-191829.jpgI was watching the kids outside when I saw these flowers by my shed. I got three shots before my 3 year old grabbed them.

20120410-192106.jpgHer hand came into the frame, and they were gone…

20120410-192244.jpgThen to my delight, she said, “Take my picture!” I want to cherish these moments for they are here one second, gone the next.

Growing Wild

April 10th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

20120410-173854.jpgLook around! I almost missed this while I was walking. We can get wrapped up in our daily routines that we can miss simple beauty.

Camera: iPhone 3GS
Edit App: n/a
Other App: Squaready

The Sky Is Falling

April 9th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

20120409-212802.jpgSo Facebook is acquiring Instagram for $1,000,000,000. Congrats Instagram!

If you do not know me, I am a huge Instagram user. It is my creative outlet and inspiration all from my iPhone.

I found Instagram before I had an iPhone when I purchased the first iPad, but I really took off with it after I got my phone. Today, I am 12 images shy of 1,200, and I am not about to throw it all away.

After the initial news let out that Facebook was buying Instagram, I started reading what people were saying about it, so I was not surprised when all the Google+ users claimed to have deleted their Instagram accounts.

Whenever there is a major announcement, the mob appears. They make wild speculations that the hard core Instagram users will delete there accounts (not this one), that Facebook is not going to make their money back (as if they cared), and that Facebook will trash Instagram.

For one billion dollars, would you trash a creative app community? I don’t think so. Who would have thought a smartphone app could fetch $1,000,000,000? Not I.

So, for all “The Sky Is Falling” crowd, take a chill pill and actually use the app. If Facebook decides to screw around then it is safe to say, “I told you so.”, but all I hear now is useless threats from people who don’t use Instagram at all.

I look forward to what is in store for our community, and I hope Instagram will remain its own entity. I cannot say enough of what Instagram has done for me creatively, and hopefully it will continue.

Pink Bloom

April 2nd, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

20120402-173637.jpgCamera: iPhone 3GS
Edit App: Snapseed

Photo Contest Entry

March 30th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

20120330-202357.jpgI do not enter photos in contests very often, but I decided to when my work started one. Most of my coworkers in my group know I am a photographer, but enterprise wide, this is an opportunity to put myself on the radar.

Camera: iPhone 3GS
Edit App: Snapseed, Squaready

What Camera

March 24th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink


20120324-193504.jpgWhat camera was used to take these images of the jewelry?

One images was captured by a Canon 30D, and the other was with an iPhone 3GS.