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David Hodgins

David Hodgins

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An amateur photographer from Langley, BC, I enjoy nature and wildlife photography, as well as portraiture.
  • Canon 7d mkII
  • Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8
  • Sigma 50-100 f/1.8
  • Sigma 150-600 Sport

Watermarks

Published February 20th, 2012

This is 500px. Do we really need watermarks on images, folks? Look at the quality of the work on here... do you think a watermark is going to do anything for you? Your name is associated with the image, and there are more than enough people on here that could remove the watermark in a heartbeat if they really wanted to.

In my own opinion, all they do it detract from the image. If you were putting them elsewhere (Facebook, maybe?) then I can see it. But to post images on an image site, aimed at professional image creators.... they never add to the impact of the image we're here to see.

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Such a long time

Published February 17th, 2012

It's seems like forever since I've blogged. And in the digital world, I suppose it has been. So what's new? Welll........

New studio lights. That's exciting. Went with Elinchrom. Looked at Alien Bees, but decided the better business choice was the Elinchrom system. The AB might be nice, but with limited mods, and only factory direct sales, it's kind of a dead end. There is no real growth potential there. They might do what they do well, but they don't go much further. So got those, now saving for a light meter.

Photoshop world DC is coming up. Wish I could go, but alas.... going to try very hard for Vegas again, though.

Also started doing some long-exposure shooting. Not winning any awards (or even getting anything good). Still learning techniques, getting composition down.

That's been a lot of what's happening. Keep looking at the pictures on here, and seeing that I'm not quite there yet. Shoot, learn, re-shoot, learn again. I'm getting better, but not in the running yet. One day. ...

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Crazy!

Published September 14th, 2011

Finally back from Photoshop World 2011. Life has started to settle back down. What a ride! The people I met, the things I did... yowza! And remember: What happens in Vegas can be Photoshopped out!

Haing with the Kelby Media gang is a blast. What a sincere, genuine group of people. Where else do the "celebrities" just wander by, see you sitting at a table, and stop to chat for an hour? Or come to the meet and greet parties?

Awesome.

Back to editing the shots.....

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What I learned yesterday

Published August 24th, 2011

Still so much about how to actually use a camera that I'm learning. Yesterday, for example.

Went to the local zoo, decided to catch the raptor show they do every coupe of hours. Yes, I know from previous experience that shooting raptors is a cast-iron bitch, but it had to be done.

So what technique worked? Well, surprisingly, I had an idea. Set the aperture where I wanted (fairly wide, to give me more freedom to miss having my focus spot-on), set the shutter speed where I wanted, then let the camera's auto-ISO function handle exposure. That was actually surprisingly effective.

Oh, and 1/500th of a second is NOT enough shutter speed to stop a diving falcon. I suggest 1/1000 at least. Maybe more.

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Head Shots

Published August 22nd, 2011

So what do you do when you find out you suddenly need a head shot, but of yourself? And no photographer in sight?

Why, you take it yourself, of course. Thank GOD for iPads and Eye-Fi wireless tethered shooting. Being able to take the camera, put it on a tripod, shoot direct to the iPad and see how the shots are coming out so I can adjust light and so on is actually pretty amazing. Only took about 45 shots to get one that was mostly right. Focus was the big issue, actually. Couldn't get Live View on my D7000 to find me, even with face recognition turned on.

So what do you do? Crank open the DoF, pre-focus with the might stand where I'm going to be, and fire away.

Worked not too bad. A little "Light It, Shoot It Retouch It" magic a la Scott Kelby, and the image is uploaded.

Thankfully, it only needed to be 140px each side.

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