Volume 1, Number 6
Jeffry Booher, Editor In Chief
I think good dreaming is what leads to good photographs — Wayne Miller
From the office of the president
I recently attended the Nikon Landscape Photography Class at George's Camera with Nikon National Training Specialist, Paul Van Allen. As I expected, the presentation was loaded with images from Van Allen's travels and he provided us with good before and after references for comparison.
What I found interesting is that, as a Nikon National Training Specialist, he is not allowed to enhance his presentation images outside of the camera. There are minimal allowances for retouching photos (e.g., acne removal.) He uses the in-camera settings to adjust his images, as we might do if shooting in JPEG format. However, the raw Nikon files are also adjusted by these settings when using ViewNX or Capture NX (Nikon's Image editor software which, coincidentally, was created by Nik) to process them. Seems like a great time-saver. Using Nikon's proprietary software means that you have access to all of the information the camera wrote to the raw file so you can make further post-process adjustments if you want. I would be interested to know how others have found this process to work. There is a Canon counterpart in EOS, but the in-camera processing only produces a JPEG and does not alter the raw file to include any in-camera adjustment. You would need to apply those enhancements in software during post.
Since the Van Allen omits post-processing from his workflow, it makes sense that he depends on his aperture to determine depth of field. A smaller aperture can result in some cool light bursts but it can also result in some distortion, especially around the edges. You can use the Photoshop distortion adjustment for your lens, or omit it from your image altogether by using a larger aperture.
I attended a presentation a while back by landscape photographer, Vincent Versace. His workflow is extremely different and requires post-processing. Versace takes multiple shots, with varying focus on foreground, middle, and background objects at the camera’s prime, or sharpest, aperture. The images are then stacked together in post-processing allowing the more focused objects in each image to be visible and masking out the un-focused portions. This is a technique known as focus-stacking which we workshopped earlier this year. The result is a single, fully-focused, image.
These are examples of two extremely different workflows for two purposes by two different people. What is your landscape photography workflow?
WEEKEND WORKSHOP NEWS
August was a busy month with Weekend Workshops and On Location photo outings a plethora. It was photography overload and there was literally something for everyone so, if you missed it, then you missed out but hopefully you can make up for it in September and October as we have some exciting photowalks coming in which you can take part.
We kicked the month off with a Stephen Burns HDR/Panorama/Stitching workshop and it was a packed Photographic Arts Building. This was an unusual workshop in many ways. First, we had an On Location shoot for the workshop because we needed to actually go out and get some photos to work with. It was a two part workshop so we were out in the field the first day then in the classroom on the second day. And a two-part workshop led by Stephen Burns is a rare event and a Darkroomers exclusive.
August 19th has been officially designated as World Photo Day by whoever makes these proclamations. It is an international event held each year led by Korske Ara and its origins date back to the invention of the daguerreotype. It was officially designated to be held on the birthdate of the daguerreotype printing press to celebrate the invention of photography and daguerreotype printing as a means to help promote the passion for photography in our communities.
This year World Photo Day landed on a Friday, and it was a near full moon, so the Darkroomers went out for a bonus On Location shoot in cooperation with Night Photography Lovers and the Best Places to Photograph in San Diego. It was a crowded shoreline on Harbor Island which made for some mild Anguish but the moon did not disappoint and the groaning stopped once that bright orange lunar surface started peaking its head above the buildings.
Finally, The Darkroomers ended the month with a Graffiti and Steel Wool shoot as a special On Location event with Night Photography Lovers. The Steel Wool Special was our 5th Wednesday event and a chance to get out of the office and escape the August heat and talk to some folks who have yet to join Darkroomers. We don't get many 5th Wednesdays and we like to pack as much fun as possible into our programs calendar and the steel wool event was a mega-blast.
THIS WAS TONS OF FUN! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THESE ON THE BIG SCREEN AT HOME. AND SEE SOME OF THE PHOTOS FROM OTHER PEOPLE.
OTHER PROGRAM NEWS
Don't forget that the theme for this quarter's Quarterly Competition is Anguish and the competition will be held on October 5th at 7:30pm in the Photographic Arts Building. We will be scheduling our Social Media Events soon for this gala event so it is time to kick it into high gear and get out and get some great photos for the competition.
Anguish is one of those topics that you may want to Google and see what kinds of images others have captured on the subject. Babies crying, people in misery, special camera effects and Photoshop work showing people coming apart from the inside are all good ideas for Anguish. The best subject matter for any photograph, however, is one that puts the viewer in an emotional state so keep that in mind when searching for Anguish to photograph.
Our Quarterly Competition program will also feature the photography of Vivian Maier in the documentary: Finding Vivian Maier. Laurie Rubin from ViewBug will also be stopping by with some fabulous prizes and giveaways for those in attendance.
Walk the walk
If you are having trouble finding Anguish then maybe you should think about coming out and exploring the Park with us at the 500px Photowalk. The Park is a great place to find Anguish and we will be there to cover it as it happens... The walk is Saturday, September 17th at 2pm-5pm with a stop at Panama 66 for drinks and snacks.
This just in...
We just added the Scott Kelby Photowalk to our programs calendar for October. The event takes place October 1st from 6:30-9pm and it is going to be an evening shoot in the Park. The walk will comprise several bridges in what we are calling, Bridges Over Balboa Park, and will take walkers over and under 5 bridges in and around the Park. It is filling up fast and we do want a good contingency of Darkroomers so go sign up today!
Valley View Casino Center house photographer Alan Hess will be stopping by for our September 7th meeting to talk about What Not to do in Photography. He is a former KelbyOne instructor and is a regular presenter at Photoshop World and, fair warning, you are likely to see some shirtless Justin Bieber photos in his presentation.
all hands on deck
Thanks to all of the Darkroomers who helped clean the building in August. The good news is is that we have met our obligations for cleaning the building for 2016 so we are done for the year. However, we will be cleaning the building again in January on the morning of our Year End Competition. We want the building to sparkle for the judges. So keep your mops wet...
We will work with SCACC and the San Diego Portrait Club, who is scheduled to clean in January, to defer our remaining assigned 2016 cleaning dates until 2017 so that should give us a lighter schedule next year and hopefully beat the heat.