We've all heard this joke before. The answer, of course, is "Practice".Read More
The Southwest Missouri Camera Club has a lot to off anyone interested in photography, whether you take photos with a cell phone, a point and shoot camera, or a camera that costs thousands of dollars. The club offers competitions, field trips to practice and gain tips from fellow photographers, special training sessions, and educational presentations at regular meetings.Read More
Do you ever have trouble deciding on something to shoot?Read More
Macro and close-up photography is one of my favorites, but I was often disappointed with my results.Read More
I have had a couple of conversations recently about what being in the camera club has meant to them.Read More
The Flower Photography Workshop was presented by Gary Shaver last Saturday.Read More
I'm not sure who first said this, but I have heard it many times. There is an Ansel Adams quote, “There’s nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.” that goes along with this.Read More
Last week I talked about processing (you can read it here), mentioning the software I use. My favorite plug-in by far was the Google Nik Collection. As most of you who use Nik already know, it is no longer being supported by Google. For some, it has already stopped working. For others, the end is near.Read More
Most photographers have at least asked themselves this question.Read More
The 7th Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival is August 11 & 12, and the Southwest Missouri Camera Club is going to be there!Read More
I went to Arts Fest for the first time this year, arriving at 10:30 on Sunday morning. That was a good time to go. The crowd was small and it was cool, especially in the shade.Read More
Photographer and filmmaker, Randy Bacon will be our speaker for the June 22nd meeting! He will talk to us about his homeless project. Large photos are on display in his gallery so you will be able to see them up close.Read More
An email with updates about the Flower Photography Workshop in July was sent out. If you signed up for updates at the meeting last Thursday and did not receive an email, please let me know so that I can make sure your address is entered correctly.Read More
What is SoFoBoMo? Solo Photo Book Month! The idea is to take 35 photographs and make a PDF photo book, all within 31 days. You choose the 31 days any time between July 1 and August 31. Once done, upload the PDF for others to enjoy.Read More
The Second Quarter Competition presentation is this month, so I thought it might be interesting to see a before-and-after of some of my previous entries. I enjoy processing almost as much as I do taking the photos, which is a good thing since all these photos needed help.
All were shot in RAW, hand-held with no flash. I don’t remember the steps taken during processing, but I used Lightroom, Photoshop, and Nik HDR Efex Pro. I usually shoot in either manual mode or aperture priority, at the lowest ISO possible. Unless I forget to check the settings, which is why the state fair shot had an ISO of 400 in bright daylight. At least I remembered to take the lens cap off!