DaveMazz Photography

Obsessed with Photography

DaveMazz Photography - Obsessed with Photography

I’m Back Baby

It’s been a year since I’ve posted anything, all three of my readers must be very excited that I’m back!  Between raising a three year old and a newborn, it’s been ridiculous.  I haven’t slowed down much with my photography though, so I have a ton of posts ready to go.  Here is a rundown of some of the things I’m hoping to post within the next month or so:

 

-Review of the Phototek Softlighter 2, 46 inch version, using a speedlight.

-Adventures in newborn photography

-Food Photography:  Great practice with lighting.

-Adobe CC for Photographers – My Take

-Photo Reviews – Good or Shit?

Those are just a few posts I can think of off the top of my head.  So many things to post about, so little FREE time.

Mixing Ambient with Flash

It’s been a while since I posted, the little one hit 1 year and is a wild man now!!  This post is from Christmas, finally finished it, enjoy!:

After spending some time re-reading David Hobby’s awesome Lighting 101 and Lighting 102 tutorials, I decided to create a holiday picture with our Christmas tree and Bichon, Cooper.  I wanted the picture to be kind of moody, almost looking like it is lit by the fireplace.  But I also wanted the main focus to be on Cooper.  I remember a while back I read a great post by pro David Tejada, and it was my inspiration for this particular shot.  Come and check it out after the jump.

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Creating a Lighting Notebook

I have finally created a lighting notebook.  There is so much useful information available on the internet, and it’s so disorganized, that I really just wanted to create a place where all the useful information could be easily accessible for me.  I had a few prerequisites that I wanted when creating the notebook.

1.  It has to be “digital”, and not a physical notebook.  This was for a few reasons.  I have horrible handwriting, and didn’t want to have to deal with me not being able to read my own!  I also wanted to have access to it from multiple locations, which brings me to number two.

2.  I need to be able to use it from multiple locations and devices.  Be it my Ipad, Iphone, laptop etc.

3.  It has to be easily modified.  I’m constantly scouring the internet looking for a particular lighting setup, or tips on composition, etc.  I want to be able to add images and techniques without a hassle and having to use 5 applications to do it.

So that’s it.  After fiddling around with several applications, this is what I ended up doing.  Check it out after the jump….

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Fauxtography

I just came across this site a few weeks ago and it’s pretty fascinating.  It contains images from “fauxtographers”.  They are essentially horrible pictures people take, edited very creatively, and then passed off as professional level photographs.  I know I’m not a professional, but it is mind-blowing some of the pictures that people pass off and actually sell to unsuspecting customers.  Some of them have to be a joke, right?  RIGHT??  Anywho, if you want a good laugh, or just have some free time, please take a look, it will make you feel better about yourself, unless of course you happen to be featured on the site.  Wait.