Improving Composition with Cropping

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The Candid Frame #164 - Bruce Dorn

Bruce Dorn  has enjoyed a rich and varied career as a Director, Cameraman, and Photographer, his formal training is in Design. Bruce spent four years as an Associate Professor of Design at Indiana University where he taught advanced courses in both Photography and Design.
As a Mechanical Designer, Bruce has earned acclaim as a builder of custom motorcycles and racing cars. His efforts have been featured in mainstream enthusiast magazines such as Hot Bike and Hot Rod. Insiders credit Bruce with the inspiration of the hugely popular Harley Davidson Fat Boy that appeared shortly after one of his clients, Willie G. Davidson, spent hours pouring over the details of one of Bruce’s pet projects.
Bruce who is also a Canon Explorer of Light has also designed accessories for using HDSLRs for video. Under the IDC Photo Video brand, the products are the result of his relentless pursuit of minimalist functionality. To discover more about Bruce and his work visit his website
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Bruce Dorn recommends the work of John Fauer.

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Lens Correction and B&W Conversion

Here is a short tutorial and how I use Lens Profiles and corrections in Adobe Lightroom. I also quickly demonstrate how I utilize Nik Silver Efex Pro to convert a color image in a black and white photograph.

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7 Tips for Using the Canon 5D Mark III

This week marks the release of my latest book: Canon 5D Mark III: From Snapshots to Great Shots. Producing the book involved me delving into the inner workings of a camera in a way that I haven't had to do in the past. Or more accurately, I would do it at a more leisurely pace.

One of the benefits of that was not that I discovered some hidden secrets of the camera, but that I learned how to utilize the camera to fit my particularly needs as a photographer. I know that's an old photographic mantra, "Photographer! Know thy camera!", but that's quite a challenge when you have manuals so thick, you'd think Tolstoy had penned it. So, writing this book provided me the opportunity to get to know the camera well enough that I feel it's part of my process rather than something that can interfere with it. So with that in mind here are 7 tips that might prove helpful to those of you who have the 5D Mark III or even some of you that don't.

Tip 1: Access Main Controls via the Quick Control button.
Though the 5D Mark III offers independent controls for ISO, Autofocus, white balance, metering and exposure compensation, I have found that hitting the Quick Control button on the camera, located to the right of the LCD screen provides a better option. When pressed, I gain access to all those features which I can quickly navigate to using the Multi-controller. This makes it quite easy to change those controls that I frequently adjust such as white balance, ISO and exposure compensation. An added plus is that because the screen is illuminated, I can more easily make adjustments under low light far more easily.

Tip 2: Disable the Image Review
I know that "chimping" or reviewing each image as it's shot is very tempting, but I have found it to be a big distraction. Instead of focusing on what's happening and changing in front of my lens, I have my head buried in my screen, trying to feel pleased with myself. While the screen can provide some important information with regards to exposure and white balance, after the initial image, I need to focus more on the process of shooting. With street photography things are constantly changing and I can easily miss a moment if I constantly keep looking down at my screen.

Tip 3: Enable Highlight Alert
Exposing for the highlights is another one of those photographic mantra's that's worth repeating. With digital, you want to make sure that you don't overexpose your image, because if the highlights's are blown out that means that there is no image data, no pixels there to recover or work with. Though shooting raw does provide you a little latitude there, nailing the exposure in-camera has been a normal part of any photographer's process. That's why I enable the 5D Mark III's Highlight Alert to create a warning that the image is at risk of overexposure. If the image is, during playback you will see that area of the image wink in and out, between black and white. Often referred to the techies among us as the "blinkies", it's a clear indication that the exposure has to be adjusted.

Tip 4: Consider UDMA Compact Flash Cards for best performance
Though the 5D Mark III accommodates both a CompactFlash and an SD memory card, my unscientific evaluation of the camera seems to reveal that I get the best write speed performance with CF cards, particularly UDMA rated cards. Now, this likely only makes a big difference when I am shooting action or sports, where I the camera is shooting at continuously at its highest burst rate. If I am shooting portraits or still life, I am shooting at a more leisurely pace. If I am using both types of cards, I will often designated the CF card for raw files and the SD for jpegs.

Tip 5: Enable the Viewfinder Grid Display
There was a time when if you wanted a grid display in your camera, you would have to physically replace the focusing screen. Now, it's a menu option. How cool is that? I enable this feature to help me to keep my horizon lines straight when making my compositions. For some reason, my eyes and brain are refusing to cooperate and allow me to do this just by eyeballing it. I seem to be seeing everything off-kilter...and I'm not even a drinker. In any case, enabling this feature provides me the reference lines I need to make the slight adjustments needed, so I don't have to rotate and crop into my image later in Lightroom.

Tip 6: Register Your Battery
The 5D Mark III provides the ability to register individual batteries not only to assess the remaining charge, but also to provide a shutter count and measure recharge performance. This can be invaluable information for those of us that do a lot of shooting. I own two batteries, which provides me ample power for an aggressive day of shooting and having this additional data on the performance of each battery provides me a level of security that I'll have a viable and fully charged battery when I need it most.

Tip 7: Input Copyright Information
As photographer, we own the copyright to an image, the moment we depress the button and make the photograph. Though protecting your rights includes registering your copyright with the Copyright Office, including your contact information is still an important part of protecting your rights to your images. As part of this, I choose to enable the 5D Mark III's feature to include my copyright information, specifically my name with each image. Though, I can do and more when importing my image in Lightroom, it's a good idea to know that the data is embedded at the moment of creation.

The Candid Frame #127 - Penny De Los Santos

Penny De Los Santos is a travel and food culture photographer whose images have appeared in numerous publications including National Geographic, Savuer and Texas Monthly magazines to name just a few. Her life behind the camera has provided her the opportunity to travel to over 30 countries to document stories about history, culture and society revolving around the common language of food. She has been honored with numerous awards and grants for her projects and work including College Photographer of the Year,  the California New Media Award and the Canon USA Photography Grant. You can discover more of her work by visiting her website and her blog.

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Penny De Los Santos recommends the work of Lynn Johnson.

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The Candid Frame #116 - William George Wadman

William George Wadman is an editorial portrait photographer whose work regularly appears in TIME magazine, BusinessWeek, The New York Times, and La Monde to name just a few. His approach was developed by a personal 365 Project in which he created a portrait a day for a year, which he posted on his blog, which eventually drew much attention and helped create a presence for him as an up and coming photographer. Whether photographing the famous or the not-so-famous, he brings a straight-forward and interesting approach to images of people. You can discover more about Bill and his work by visiting his website or his blog. He also produces a podcast, Circuitous Conversations with Bill and Dan.

Bill Wadman recommends the work Sylvia Plachy.

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The Candid Frame #97 - Paul Gero

Paul Gero is a portrait and wedding photographer who began his photographic career as a photojournalist. The demands of his early work has had a big influence on his approach for capturing the special and fleeting moments of not only his clients, but his own family. There is a seamlessness between his professional and personal work which reminds us that images created from the heart are not only beautiful, but memorable and full of impact. You can discover more of his work by visiting in daily blog and his commercial website.

Paul Gero recommends the work of Josef Koudelka.

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The photograph of Paul and his family was created by former TCF guest, Daniel Milnor. You can listen to my interview with Dan by clicking here.

The Candid Frame #90 - David duChemin

David duChemin is a Vancouver based assignment photographer who has had extensive international assignment experience on 5 continents. A multiple award winner, David has shot for a growing list of commercial and non-profit groups.As well having accumulated an impressive body of work from all over the world, he has produced two of the best books on photography, Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision and Visionmongers: Making a Life and a Living in Photography. To discover more of his work, please visit his website.

David Duchmein recommends the work of Yousuf Karsh.

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Art Center College of Design - Photographer Blogs

Alyse Sakai
Brendan Nicholas Klein
Emily Malan
Jon Hodges
Maria Di Nallo
Sarah Roach

The Candid Frame #80 - Nevada Wier

Nevada Wier is an award-winning photographer specializing in the remote corners of the globe and the cultures that inhabit them. Nevada's journeys have taken her throughout Southeast Asia, India, China, Nepal, Africa, New Zealand, Central Asia, Mongolia, South America and other obscure regions of the world.

Her work is represented for licensing by Getty and Corbis. Nevada has been published in numerous national and international publications, including: NG Adventure, Geo, Islands, National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, and Smithsonian. She is a Fellow of The Explorer's Club, a member of the Society of Woman Geographers and was featured in a Northwest Airlines international television and print ad campaign. You can discover more of her work by visiting her website and following her blog.

Nevada Wier recommends the work of David Alan Harvey & Alex Webb.

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New Episode of Shooting with Alas video podcast now available.

If you haven't already, check out the latest episode of my other podcast effort, Shooting with Alas. We travel Lake Los Angeles, where we photograph dirt bike enthusiast Gilbert Ruvalcaba. To create a series of action shots and portraits using off-camera flash, we use Pocket Wizard's new Mini TT1 and Flex TT5 to use counter the harsh existing light while maintaining TTL flash metering. You can visit the blog by clicking here.

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The Candid Frame #73 - Lewis Kemper

Lewis Kemper has been photographing the natural beauty of North America, and its park lands for over 29 years specializing in nature and outdoor photography. He is a Canon Explorer of Light and during his extensive travels, he has been to 47 states from Alaska to Florida. His work has been exhibited and published in magazines, books, and calendars worldwide. His photography and writing appears regularly in Outdoor Photographer and PC Photo magazines. He has recently released a monograph of his work, Capturing the Light, and you can discover more about this and his great body of work by visiting his website.

Lewis Kemper recommends the work of Philip Hyde.

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As mentioned in the show, you can find out more about Bruce Smith's Master Workshop in the U.S. by clicking here.

The Candid Frame #71 - Douglas Kirkland

Douglas Kirkland has been a staff photographer for Look and Life magazines and has photographed some of the world's most dynamic, controversial and famous personalities including Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol and Judy Garland to name just a few. Recknowned for his work in the entertainment industry, he has also created a diverse body of work for advertsing and fine-art. He is one of the few photographers who can lay claim to the term, "a photographer's photographer". To discover more of his work, visit his website.

You can read an article that I wrote on Douglas Kirkland for Digital Photo Pro Magazine by clicking here.

Douglas Kirkland recommends the work of Lauren Greenfield.

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The Candid Frame #70 - Greg Gorman

Greg Gorman is a master fine-art photographer whose images of stage, film, sports and music personalities are both stunningly beautiful and iconic. As well as having photographed some of this generations greatest talents, he has produced a distinct photographic style rooted in his unique use of light and the black and white palette. You can discover more of his work by visiting his website.

As well as producing exceptional work, he also teaches an amazing workshop in his residence in Mendocino, California. You can discover more about this unique opportunity by clicking here.

Greg Gorman recommends the work of Gerd Ludwig.

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New Video Podcast Featuring Ibarionex

With my the help of my team at Alas Media, we've released the 2nd episode of new video podcast, Shooting with Alas. It's a photography podcast, which is a departure from what I've been doing on The Candid Frame, in which I take you out in the field and you have an opportunity to see me at work. In each episode, I'll discuss some aspect of photography in what I hope will be a fun and exciting way.

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I look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments.

All the best.

The Candid Frame #64 - Terrell Lloyd

Terrell Lloyd has provided professional photography services to individuals and organizations throughout the United States. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, near the high-tech capital of the world, Silicon Valley, Terrell Lloyd is most known for his special combination of artistic vision and cutting-edge technology. He is now being highly noted for his experience shooting sporting events. He has always been an avid football fan. In 1994 Terrell was granted the opportunity to shoot on the sidelines at a 49er game and his passion for sports photography exploded. According to one of his clients, Terrell's sports photos really capture the essence of the game. According to Terrell, When it is a sport you love, the essence of the game is not difficult to capture. You can discover more about him and his work by visiting his website.

Terrell Lloyd recommends the work of Bob Davis.

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