Sunday, January 29, 2012

Active D Lighting Tutorial


Active D-Lighting turned to high, meaning it does everything it can to compensate for the darkness of the image.


Active D-Lighting turned off, meaning there is no compensation made by the camera to increase the dark areas in the image. I purposely shot a dark image to show the difference that Active D-Lighting can make.

I was asked recently to comment on the difference that Active D-Lighting can make with your images. Active D-Lighting is a term used by Nikon, the equivalent for Canon is called Highlight Tone Priority. Nikon describes Active D-Lighting as follows:

"Active D-Lighting optimizes high contrast images to restore the shadow and highlight details that are often lost when strong lighting increases the contrast between bright and dark areas of an image. It can be set to operate automatically or manually, and it's also possible to bracket pictures to get one with Active D-Lighting and one without."

In easier terms it means that the camera will help you adjust the exposure levels when you take a picture where you have a big difference between the dark areas and the light areas in the image. This is done automatically by the camera if you turn on the Active D function. The camera is defaulted with it, "off" so if you want it on you have to turn it on through the menu in the back of the camera under shooting.

So I left my D3 and D700 at home and took out my D7000 around the local lake to take some shots to show you what it does. I chose to use the D7000 because I wanted to use a camera that is more likely to be used by many more people as it's in the $1,000 range. Below is a rundown of the images and the different settings I used to get the shots. All of the images were shot in manual mode and all of them have been completely unedited. I had to use Screenshots from my Lightroom tab because the pictures will actually change once they are imported into Lightroom. Why? Because Active D-Lighting only applies to jpegs because the information must be baked in by the camera. So in essence this is the camera's way of editing the shot in the camera rather than afterwards. And the only way the camera can edit and save the image is if it's shot as a jpeg. So, if you are the kind of person that wants immediate gratification without having to edit afterwards, Active D-Lighting is great for you, otherwise stick to Raw and enjoy yourself!

The only possible workaround to this issue is if you use your Camera's software to import the images, otherwise it won't work with Adobe.


New Orleans Two Day Photography and Editing Workshop by Jason Lanier

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Come join ME in the incomparable New Orleans, Louisiana February 28th and 29th 2012! I am offering all of the sessions either individually or as package bundles. You will save significantly when you buy them as package bundles as I believe these allow you the best opportunity to enhance your photography knowledge and skills. Please see below to see everything that is available:

*Tuesday February 28, 2012 9am-11am: Mini Prep Session- this mini session is meant to help prepare newer photographers for our Group Session shoot. If you are uncomfortable or don't know how to shoot in manual mode, meaning you don't know how to set your own shutter, aperture, and ISO to get the shots you want. This mini session is 2 hours of training together where I will help you grow comfortable with setting the exposure on your camera which will help you kick some major butt on our group session later that day. Great photography is about consisent practice, so doing this session right before the group session will help you reinforce everything in the group session, meaning you are really going to learn. You can purchase this session individually for $199, or you can save $150 and come for only $50 when you purchase it as part of one of our package bundle deals. So if you are looking for that major kick start to get you understanding your camera like a professional photographer, this session is for you!!

*Tuesday February 28, 2012 11am-6pm: Group Shoot: if you've ever attended another workshop where they just go around and take shots, this isn't that workshop. We go to REAL LOCATIONS with REAL MODELS, which means you will get REAL RESULTS. We meet in the hotel lobby and where we will then carpool to our locations to shoot. Travel time can vary between 30-60 minutes which gives us plenty of time to get to know each other and discuss our various needs prior to us shooting. I always keep my workshops flexible but below is a rough outline of the items that we will cover:

  • 11am- Meet as a group in the hotel lobby- don't be late as we will be leaving promptly at 11:15am.
  • 11:15-noon- travel and set up time for our shoot.
  • 12pm-2pm- Location #1: Posing using natural light and reflectors: start shooting where we will cover the following points of photography; quick review on shooting in manual mode. This will be a short review as we provide this training in the mini prep session prior to the group session. We will then review in depth the fundamentals of posing during this session using hands feet, creating space, posing with motion, etc. Posing is very difficult for many photographers and this first part of the group session will be completely dedicated to posing to really bring you up to speed on how to make your images with people look fantastic.
  • 2pm-3pm- Lunch break with Q&A session. We will find a quick place to eat (nothing fancy) that allows us the time to speak about the sesion we just completed and discuss what we're going to do next. Bring around $15-$20 to be able to eat!
  • 3pm-5:30pm- Location #2: Composition and Alternative Lighting- using what we learned in the session on posing, we will then incorporate our model and posing into creating great composition and will start using alternative lighting. This session we will work on how to compose the shot, what goes into making great compostion and the factors that are key to creating a killer shot. With the day starting to grow to a close, we will have the opportunity to shoot during the "magic hour" right before sunset which will be amazing. We will end the shoot at sunset which will allow us the chance to use external flashes, video lights, and some off camera flash to create some stunning results. Also make sure to bring your tripod as we will use it if the conditions are right.
  • 5:30pm-6pm- Travel back to our original location where we met to take you back. This time will allow us to have another Q&A in the car and review our shooting from the day.
**Weather concerns: Should the weather turn bad we will have other indoor locations we can shoot in. Weather is a constant friend or foe to photographers so learning to adapt to it is critical for your learning curve. Regardless of the weather we will find a way to shoot and make it amazing. Some of my most amazing images have come during rain, snow, cold, or extreme heat when I had to find a way to get it done. Regardless we will find great places and create beautiful imagery. Please also note that we will always make sure everyone has the opportunity to stay comfortable.

*Wednesday February 29, 2012 9am-4pm: Classroom/Editing Session- get ready to make some magic! In the classroom session we will take the images you took from the group shoot session and help you understand how to improve your workflow, and edit them the way you want! Below is an outline of the items we will cover:

  • 9am-9:15am: Review of the shooting session from the group shoot the day before. This will help you to cement some of your learnings from the day before, as well as answer any lingering questions.
  • 9:15am-9:45am- Gear Review: I wil cover everything that I use and give you my recommendations for what works and doesn't work. This will help you to save the time and money that I wasted when I started my career. I will answer individual questions from the group that helps everyone understand what they need depending on their interests. I'm not sponsored by any gear providers so my recommendations will be completely unbiased, and I won't try and sell you anything either!
  • 9:45am-10:30am- Business Tips: In this part of the session we will review the business tips that made me a success. Sometimes the best way to become successful is to find out how someone else did it and do what they did! We will cover how to make it in many different areas of photography built around my experience. Tips for pricing, finding customers, getting referrals, and making a great living will all be covered!
  • 10:30am-12:30pm- Lightroom: During this part of the class we will cover importing images, using external hard drives, creating separate catalogs for each shoot, using presets, creating presets, using the fundamental tools available in Lightroom, using a rating system, editing in Photoshop through Lightroom, and exporting your final catalog.
  • 12:30-1:30pm- Lunch: We will find a quick place to find a bite to eat as a group where we can discuss what we learned in the first part of the session. Make sure to bring $15-$20 for lunch.
  • 1:30-3:45pm- Photoshop: This will be where we start creating some magic! The most fundamental thing for photographers to learn and use are layers and masks as it changes your ability and opens up all possibilities. This session will also cover using my favorite filters, cloning the right way, and dodging and burning. It's impossible to teach everything about Photoshop, especially in two hours...but we will get you headed in the right direction!
  • 3:45-4pm- Final Q&A session: This will be your last chance to ask any and all questions you have before we have to say goodbye until next time.

*Please let us know if you will not have your own transportation so we can help you make carpool arrangements.

*Please make sure to wear comfortable clothing on all shoots and use your best judgment to make sure you bring appropriate clothing to factor in the time of day you will be shooting. You might want to bring an extra pair of sandles/shoes as I have been known to get feet wet quite frequently.

*Please bring snacks and bottled water as many of the places we go will not have any services available for food and beverage. We also highly recommend to use the restroom prior to our group shoot. We will always make sure to get to a restroom location during the middle of the shoot to give everyone a break when we go for lunch.

*Please bring all the gear you have including monopods, tripods, reflectors, flashes, etc. and plenty of batteries. Also make sure to charge all of your gear 100% prior to the shoot so you don't end up running out. Make sure to clear your memory cards and have at least 12gb available to shoot with. We personally recommend even more if you can. We will really encourage you to shoot in RAW so having the appropriate amount of memory is very important.


We can't wait to see you in New Orleans and look forward to an amazing time together!!!! For any questions please email us at info@jlpros.com, or give us a call at 213-494-7744 or 909-260-3332.


Thanks!


Jason Lanier Photography

Las Vegas Photography Workshop by Jason Lanier all around WPPI 2012

Register for Las Vegas Shooting Workshop Extravaganza with Jason Lanier in Las Vegas, NV  on Eventbrite

Come join us for 4 amazing days of workshop instruction in exciting Las Vegas, Nevada all around the WPPI photographers annual convention. This is NOT a shootout, where you just watch a photographer shoot. This is a true workshop where there is actual instruction. Many photographers who never teach workshops offer shootouts around WPPI to make a few extra bucks, I teach workshops all across the United States and have done so for years. This experience is truly for learning and we are going to do some AMAZING stuff! The schedule for the 4 days is as follows:

*Monday February 20, 2012 5-7pm: 1 on 1 Training Session- this is for 1 person only, it's 1 on 1 training where the 2-hour session is customized to precisely what you want or need to learn. We do a quick review of your portfolio, discuss what you need the most help with, and start teaching! The session is built around you and your preferences. So if you'd like to learn more about posing and shooting people we will get a model, a killer location and shoot! If you are more of a landscape photographer we find a beautiful place to shoot and start shooting! The bottom line is that this is personalized training where you can ask a million questions and get a million answers. This is your chance to get over the hump and get that edge you are looking for. These sessions are first come, first serve, so sign up today!

*Tuesday February 21, 2012 5-7pm: 1 on 1 Training Session- this is for 1 person only, it's 1 on 1 training where the 2-hour session is customized to precisely what you want or need to learn. We do a quick review of your portfolio, discuss what you need the most help with, and start teaching! The session is built around you and your preferences. So if you'd like to learn more about posing and shooting people we will get a model, a killer location and shoot! If you are more of a landscape photographer we find a beautiful place to shoot and start shooting! The bottom line is that this is personalized training where you can ask a million questions and get a million answers. This is your chance to get over the hump and get that edge you are looking for. These sessions are first come, first serve, so sign up today!

*Wednesday February 22, 2012 5-10pm: Group Night Session- this is the first of our two group sessions in Vegas. This group shoot will take place right smack down the middle of the Las Vegas Strip with models. We will meet at the entrance to the MGM Grand Conference Center at 5pm. This will be an amazing shoot where we go over some really essential stuff as well as some really fun and crazy styles including shooting with flash, video lights, off-camera flash, posing, and using natural light in a night-time environment to deliver some astounding results. This is not a session where you follow me around and just watch me shoot. I set up the shoot, and then help all of the other photographers in making sure they are getting amazing results as well. We have small class sizes and will have myself and another one of my lead shooters with me so everyone can get the attention they need. Come join us for an amazing shoot in Vegas! We purposely set up the time of the shoot between 5-10 when there are no platform classes at WPPI, so you won't miss anything! You can either pay $250 for this shoot individually or sign up for both shoots (Wednesday and Thursday for a total price of $450, a savings of $75!

**Please plan on us grabbing a snack towards the end of our shoot somewhere on the strip...nothing fancy but you should bring a little money as we will sit down as a group and discuss some of the things we did that made the shoot so much fun. Reviewing what we did is key to your learning process so you can remember what we did and how we did it. It also gives you a great opportunity to ask questions!

*Thursday February 23, 2012 10am-6pm: Group Say/Sunset Session- this is the second of our two group shoots in Vegas. On this shoot we are meeting at the entrance to the MGM Conference Center at 10am and then carpooling over to the Salt Flats about 45 minutes away. We are going to do a really cool shoot with models on the salt flats which will be a great opportunity to learn more about posing, shooting in the middle of the day, using reflectors, how to properly expose in bright conditions, and incorporating props into your shots. This is a must for anyone who shoots weddings as we typically struggle with these issues on the day of the wedding. We will then pack up our gear and head another 30 minutes east to a beautiful town that is remaining a secret location so we make sure there aren't other photographer shooting there. It has antique cars, old barns, old buildings, trucks, etc. It has been used for countless movies, TV shows, and music videos and it will be the backdrop for our shoot! Here we will incorporate all the amazing scenery and props available as the light turns into the golden hour, and we will continue shooting until the sun sets. Once the sun starts to go down we will again incorporate more video lights and off camera flash which will really raise the bar for creating amazing imagery. The cost for this session is $275, but if you register for both Wednesday and Thursday sessions you get both for only $450, a savings of $75! Come join us for an amazing time in Vegas!!!

Get WPPI Full Registration and Tradeshow included with your workshop! Limited to 3 tickets only, this option allows you to book both days of workshop classes with Jason Lanier AND get into WPPI for only $150 as one of his guests! That's a savings of hundreds of dollars. This is the ultimate experience to learn and grow with Jason and attend the WPPI Convention..the largest in the world!

*Please let us know if you will not have your own transportation so we can help you make carpool arrangements.

*Please make sure to wear comfortable clothing on all shoots and use your best judgment to make sure you bring appropriate clothing to factor in the time of day you will be shooting.

*Please bring snacks and bottled water as many of the places we go will not have any services available for food and beverage. We also highly recommend to use the restroom prior to our shoot at the Salt Flats. Once we get to our second location we will have a bathroom available.

*Please bring all the gear you have including monopods, tripods, reflectors, flashes, etc. and plenty of batteries. Also make sure to charge all of your gear 100% prior to the shoot so you don't end up running out. Make sure to clear your memory cards and have at least 12gb available to shoot with. We personally recommend even more if you can. We will really encourage you to shoot in RAW so having the appropriate amount of memory is very important.


We can't wait to see you in Vegas and look forward to an amazing time together!!!! For any questions please email us at info@jlpros.com, or give us a call at 213-494-7744 (Jason) or 909-260-3332 (Don).


Thanks!


Jason Lanier Photography