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Week #25 – Photo Challenge Reflection

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This week will be the final week of the “Weekly Photo Challenge.” Originally I wanted this to be a year long challenge but I have came to realize that producing a weekly video as I have been is not really teaching much. My plan was to instruct and challenge. The videos lately have been nothing more than a challenge to go out and take photos and that does not really require a video. So what’s next? Rather than producing weekly …

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Week #24 – Ten Angles – Photo Challenge

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The images you capture are only as good as your perspective. All the technical photography knowledge in the world can not replace having perspective. This challenge of capturing Ten Angles of something will force you to look at something from different angles. If you have ever wondered why what you saw did not translate well into a photo, capturing ten angles will help you find what it was that your eye saw first. In this challenge, find something you want …

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Week #23 – Product Photography – Photo Challenge

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Product photography connects us to the things we desire. A good photo is all a product needs to sell itself. This weeks challenge is about capturing the essence of a product in a way that helps connect it with the viewer. Come back and share your photo in the Ditch Auto Facebook Group. Have fun!! Upload your Week #23 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1556974937659702&type=1 If you post your photos to your social media …

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The Sony a9 is Here!

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I recently received the Sony a9 I purchased as a pre-order and have been putting it through the paces. I am excited to report back and share my findings with everybody. The biggest question I have been receiving is whether or not it is worth the added cost over the Sony a7rII. The jury is still out on that decision. I have to spend more time with the camera to determine if it’s worth the price. This camera is geared …

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Week #22 – Sports Photography – Photo Challenge

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Early on in my photography career I turned to sports to teach me how to be fast on my feet. As a wedding photographer I knew that I needed to be able to react to my environment quickly to assure I never missed the shot. Over the years I have been able to photograph several sports I enjoy being a fan of. Part of truly Ditching Auto is understanding your camera settings to the point they become second nature. When …

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Week #21 – Food Photography – Photo Challenge

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Food is near and dear to our hearts. Food is a huge part of just about every culture. Food is an important part of our lives. As a Photographer, I have had opportunities to take photos of food professionally, but I also enjoy capturing meals that I want to remember. This week’s photography challenge is to capture food in your own unique way. When you are considering your camera settings, keep in mind that you want enough depth of field …

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AMGEN Tour of California Stage 2 Photos – Jerad Hill

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I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to photograph the start of State 2 of the AMGEN Tour of California for the City of Modesto. I took over 300 photos today and went through them quickly to pull out a few. It was a very bright day with high-noon sun, which makes it challenging to get good photos of people. All photos were captured with a Sony a7rII and the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens from Sony. I had …

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Week #20 – Retouching – Photo Challenge

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This week we are going to spend some time behind the computer editing photos as our challenge is on Photo Retouching. In this video I walk you through the retouching of a photo I captured while in San Francisco last week. You can go out this week and capture a new photo, or you can retouch a photo you captured earlier on in the challenge. It’s totally up to you. If you do not have Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop, …

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Week #19 – Still Life Photography – Photo Challenge

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Still Life Photography has always been an interest of mine because I get to use photography to capture the objects around me. We use Still Life Photography often on social media to showcase things in our life such as food. It is the photographing of objects arranged in a way that is appealing to the eye. Still Life as an artistic style is often used to teach lighting and depth. This week, you can photograph Still Life as you see …

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Week #18 – Portrait Photography – Photo Challenge

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Most of my photography career has been in the portrait space. As a wedding photographer, you have to be a good portrait photographer. I have since expanded in many directions with my photography, but I have found that being able to capture a good portrait of a person is a different challenge that most other types of photography. This week I am challenging you to capture a portrait of someone. Even if you absolutely dread having to photograph a person, …

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Review: Think Tank Photo Airport Helipak V2 for DJI Phantom

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You bought a DJI Phantom 4 to explore. You take it places and explore new heights with it. Though it came with a functional case to carry it in, it’s not a very useful case when you want to travel or go out and explore. Think Tank Photo has updated their Airport Helipak for DJI Phantom 4 and Phantom 4 Pro and I have one in the studio to check out. I have flown all over the United States with …

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Microsoft Surface Book with Performance Base Lightroom Performace

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The Microsoft Surface Book appears to be a creatives dream machine. Adobe has made some major upgrades over the years in the area of touch to its products, mainly Adobe Lightroom. Adobe Lightroom is a fantastic tool for photo editing and post-processing, but can the Microsoft Surface Book sufficiently run Lightroom? Will it’s dual core i7 processor produce enough power to keep up with your workflow? These are all questions I attempted to answer in my video showcasing Lightroom Performance …

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Review: Manfrotto MPIXI-B PIXI Mini Tripod

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The Manfrotto Pixi is one of those pieces of camera gear you don’t take serious until you actually try it. I have some real legit tripods from Manfrotto, but I also know that they make some consumer level stuff that I wouldn’t have a use for. The Pixi Mini is a tripod that also acts as a handle for your camera. In a world where selfies and vlogging are a part of daily life, you need a lightweight tripod that …

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