NAC customer example gallery

Back in the Spring 2013 I had my album manufactured by the National Audio Company out of Missouri.  They were supposed to be working on a customer example gallery, so I sent in a few promo shots…three years later the gallery is finally up and can be viewed here.  I’m happy to see Lacrimosa among them.

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I seem to be one of the only ones not using the standard white background.  I can’t decide if that’s good because it will help pull people’s eyes toward it, or bad because it now seems less professional.  Hmmm…

I posted this picture before, way back when.  But this one is new:

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(my friend John held the camera for me)

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Shooting daylight film inside (without a filter) Pt. II

This is also from my first roll of slide film (Velvia 50) from back at the end of April, when I transferred some tape multitracks to Protools on the school computer.  I just got to the point where I have enough free time to start playing around with them, and it seems that the files have been corrupted.  It makes me wonder why I bother with digital at all…

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I think I’ll get this down yet.  Velvia turns fluorescent light green.  It was actually quite easy to fix compared to some of the ones I had to adjust from the Superia 800 rolls.  Digital post.  I took the magenta/green slider nearly all the way toward the magenta side, and then added a slight cooling filter.  It looks good enough, but then again it’s hardly a masterpiece of photography.  Again, this was using the 35mm lens that was given to me on the Canon AE-1 body that was also given to me.  The roll of Velvia was expired, I got it for half price, and it doesn’t look wrong in any way.

Film is affordable.

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, bad move

In case you haven’t heard yet, here:

http://petapixel.com/2014/04/21/band-responds-worst-way-possible-stealing-photographers-work/

It’s hard to believe it’s not a soulless corporation doing this, but a band with at least a little bit of indie cred (the last time I checked, at least).  I’d say it’s all gone now.  Anyway, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus just doesn’t seem to learn.  In response to their conduct, I decided to comment on the band’s facebook page and would have left it at that, but they deleted my comment (along with plenty of others), and banned me from posting, so here it is again:

“So glad to know you think art has no value. All art has worth! It makes me happy when fans agree enough to pay for my music. What’s the point in listening to a band that thinks their own work (and that of other people) has no worth? Goodbye forever.”
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I’m really disappointed that the band would act so badly in the first place, but to be constantly deleting unfavorable posts I think brings it to a new level of immaturity.  They’re just digging themselves a deeper hole, as far as I’m concerned.  Oh, and if they ever ask me to shoot one of their concerts, I’ll say “No.”

Katy Graves EP release party, 02/28/14

Finally, a post about pictures.  I don’t know how everyone usually does copyright notices, I just kind of stuck mine on with Microsoft Paint, quick and dirty.  I doubt I actually need it, but then again, who knows.  All rights reserved, so there.  Anyway, it was nice to pull out the old Spotmatic and have some fun.

One of the (quite legitimate) cracks against digital that I hear a lot is how people shoot it, namely taking lots of pictures in quick succession, then looking at the screen on the back of the camera to make sure they got something usable (and in the process probably missing the best shots due to distraction).  I saw a couple people there that night who are at least semi-pro photographers, with Canon 5Ds (I guess that’s the current go-to camera for digital photographers/videographers?) and they shot all night.  I wonder how many pictures they ended up taking, considering that from all those that were posted on Katy’s facebook page, there were no more than 16 from any one photographer.  My main job was doing sound, not taking pictures, so I’m sure I missed a lot of good shots myself while I was pulling my hair out over the board, but I used 2 1/2 rolls of film and came up with 44 interesting (or at least usable) images (not all included here), a much better percentage of keepers.  Usually, when you’ve taken a really good shot, you know immediately, and then you spend the rest of the time thinking about that one picture, how it will turn out.  I had maybe two of those this time, no more.

I used my Pentax Spotmatic camera that I bought at a garage sale for $5.00, it came with a 55mm f/1.8 SMC Takumar lens, and that was my main camera for years.  I used two rolls of Fuji Superia 800 and one roll of Kodak, either Max or Ultramax 400, expired since 2002 (the last 6 pictures, it’s kind of evident).  I shot without a filter – you can read all about it in this post, if interested – some of the shots I didn’t bother to color-correct because they look good the way they are.  During the 2nd set they turned off all the lights except on stage, made it kind of hard to get usable shots, especially with 400 film instead of 800; some of those later pictures are taken at 1/15 handheld.  I think they turned out alright, though I wish I’d had a roll of Tri-X with me, it would have solved numerous problems.

Speaking of the Spotmatic, there were a few times I really wished I had a wide-angle lens, but I didn’t, until I got my film developed down at the real camera store in Colorado Springs.  They also happen to sell used cameras, lenses, and accessories so I came back with a 28mm f/3.5 lens.  Probably not the kind that will help me indoors, but hey, it was affordable.

Shooting daylight film inside (without a filter)

One of the cool things about taking an astronomy course right now is learning a bit more about color temperature, but that’s an aside.  With photography, what’s immediately important is that outside light will look different than inside light to film.  In fact, the only film made today is daylight-balanced (except for some Kodak motion picture film).  So, either you go buy a 400-foot reel of 35mm motion picture film from Kodak, or you (would usually) slap a cooling filter on your camera, but that will by definition lose you some light, by reducing certain colors.

I had a brilliant idea.  Actually, I don’t think I’m the first to think of it.  But why use a filter and have to compensate by 1/2 a stop or so, when you could just do it in Photoshop?  Well, I decided to give that a try.  I was already halfway through a roll of Fuji Superia 800, so I just decided to take that camera with its 55mm f/1.8 lens and shoot it indoors.  If the shots looked too orange, I’d just correct them in post (a very digital idea).  Well, it seemed to work out alright…

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The thing is, I’m not 100% happy with the way they turned out, and it could just be the fact that I just don’t know my way around Photoshop that well.  Do they look better than they did?  Yeah, I think so.  But if I had to do it over, I might have gone for a different camera, put a 1.4 lens on it, and just keep it on one setting if possible, get as much exposure on the film as possible.  I’m sure someone out there has more experience with this than me.  Care to weigh in?