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1 22 September 20071David Elmore Photography for Woodworkers David Elmore Elmore Photography

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5 22 September 2007 David Elmore 5 Outline Why take photos? Shooting –Equipment –Camera settings –Light –Backgrounds Editing –Brightness levels –Crop, Sharpen –Targeted adjustments Sharing –Pixel dimensions –Slideshows –Printing –Web sites Summary

6 22 September 2007David Elmore www.elmorephoto.com6 Why take photos? Recording what you made Advertising Submitting for review –Contests –Shows –Sales Publishing Others?

7 22 September 2007 David Elmore 7 Shooting Why digital? Equipment –Camera –Tripod –Lights –Backdrop –Computer Cameras –Compact film –SLR film –Compact digital –Advanced digital –SLR digital –SLR full-frame digital

8 Compact digital :: SLR digital

9 22 September 2007David Elmore www.elmorephoto.com9 Shooting Camera settings –ISO film speed –Shutter speed –f-stop (aperture) –Focal length (35 mm equivalent) –Color balance –Jpeg quality –Pixel dimensions

10 100 ISO :: 1600 ISO


12 F-stop (aperture size) f/5.6 (large) :: f/22 (small)

13 Exposure time of 1 second Hand-held :: Tripod

14 Focal length 35 mm wide angle :: 100 mm telephoto

15 Color balance As shot :: Fixed

16 Jpeg quality Good :: Poor


18 Pixel dimensions High resolution :: Low resolution

19 Exposure Over :: Under


21 22 September 2007David Elmore www.elmorephoto.com21 Shooting Recommended camera settings –Lowest ISO –High f-stop (small aperture, aperture priority) –Long shutter speed (or high-power flash) Tripod Cable release or timer –Long focal length (100 mm) –Best jpeg quality –Highest pixel dimensions

22 22 September 2007David Elmore www.elmorephoto.com22 Shooting Lighting –Outside –On-camera flash –Off-camera flash –Tungsten lamps –Fluorescent lamps

23 Outside light Direct sun :: Open shade/cloudy

24 On-camera flash Direct :: Bounce

25 Lighting and backdrop setup

26 Off-camera flash One flash :: Two flashes

27 Tungsten lamps One direct lamp :: Two diffuse lamps

28 Tungsten lamp setup One bounce lamp :: Two lamps

29 Lamp type Tungsten :: Fluorescent

30 22 September 2007David Elmore www.elmorephoto.com30 Shooting Recommended lighting –Use diffuse rather than point sources –Outside shade is ok but not convenient –On-camera flash is a poor choice –Off-camera flash is good if strong enough –Tungsten lamps are economical and work well –Fluorescent lamps may cause color problems

31 Tungsten lighting option (~$200)

32 22 September 2007David Elmore www.elmorephoto.com32 Shooting Backgrounds –Should not draw attention –White –Grey –Black

33 Poor backgrounds

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36 22 September 2007David Elmore www.elmorephoto.com36 Editing Computer –Replace every 3-5 years –Add memory –Add external hard drive Room for more photos Backup

37 22 September 2007David Elmore www.elmorephoto.com37 Editing Software –Bundled software –Free software –Photoshop Lightroom –Photoshop Elements –Photoshop CS3

38 22 September 2007David Elmore www.elmorephoto.com38 Editing Brightness levels –Black point –White point –Gamma –Contrast Crop Sharpen Targeted adjustments

39 22 September 2007David Elmore www.elmorephoto.com39 Editing Photoshop demonstration

40 22 September 2007David Elmore www.elmorephoto.com40 Sharing Pixel dimensions –Email: 600-800 –Slideshow: 1200-1600 –Web: 600-1200 (thumbnail 50-150) –Print: 180-360 dpi

41 22 September 2007David Elmore www.elmorephoto.com41 Sharing Slide shows –Available in most programs for local use –Output formats for sharing PowerPoint PDF DVD Exe not recommended Html and JavaScript for web Convert digital images to slides

42 22 September 2007David Elmore www.elmorephoto.com42 Sharing Printing –Color management –Ink jet printing –Dye vs. pigment inks –Local or internet photo lab probably not archival –Quality printing businesses Can be archival Can print large Can print on canvas and fine art paper

43 22 September 2007David Elmore www.elmorephoto.com43 Sharing Web sites –Have your own for <$200/year –Content management systems Easy to upload photos Web interface for entering text –Shopping cart systems

44 22 September 2007David Elmore www.elmorephoto.com44 Summary recommendations Photograph everything you make Use a digital camera with manual controls and –Diffuse lighting – umbrellas and/or bounce –Tungsten lamps or good flash units –Simple background that contrasts subject Edit each photo using your favorite software Select appropriate size and format for sharing Dont forget the World Wide Web

45 22 September 2007David Elmore www.elmorephoto.com45 Resources and books

46 22 September 2007David Elmore www.elmorephoto.com46 Elmore Photography Services Studio photography Event photography Web hosting Printing for display –

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