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BTS: The Waterfall Shot from “So Mote It Be”


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THE CONCEPT

Last May I was approached by local Nashville Artist Persephone Godwin to create a music video for her song “So Mote It Be”. The song is very spiritual and dreamy and Persephone is a water sign, so she wanted to have a strong water element throughout the video. As luck would have it, my friend and I had just gone down to Machine Falls to test out some new equipment, so we instantly had images in our head of Persephone standing in front of the falls.

Video from Machine Falls that we turned into a short vignette.

EVINS…

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Bit Depth, Signal-to-Noise Ratios, and How It Relates to Exposure


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It seems a lot of people – even professional photographers – don’t have a good understanding of bit depth as it relates to developing an image for the web.  I got in the middle of a discussion today about the ability to bring up underexposed areas of an image, and in trying to explain it I couldn’t really find a comprehensive explanation that discusses all the elements that go through my head when I’m processing images, so I decided I’d try to make one.

I don’t consider myself an expert on digital imaging, but I believe to truly understand something you…

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A Trip to the Mountains


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I’m starting a new job this week and my last job let me leave a few days early after giving my two weeks notice. On top of that, after a failed BIOS update my desktop won’t boot. This left me with 6 days off in a row and no computer to work on. I was originally going to go down to see my parents, but they were getting ready to go on a cruise and I really wanted to get some photos of the fall colors, so I decided to take a trip to the mountains.

After a…

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Grading Blackmagic DNG footage using Lightroom 4


I saw a post over on Philip Bloom’s site describing a workflow for grading the Blackmagic Camera’s footage in Photoshop, so I immediately wanted to start playing with the sample footage to see what I could do with it.

All the footage in my video can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Forum. They graciously offered the Raw files up for everyone to play with, and I jumped at the chance.

I’ve been using Lightroom since it first came out and think it’s THE best tool in my photography workflow. The ease and speed at which you can dramatically change the…

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But That’s Not Panoramic!


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I love creating panoramic images. In my first post, I mentioned how I’m not after images that look “real” because nobody sees the world through a static rectangle. Our eyes move back and forth all the time and our brain automatically stitches all those images together so that we get a better perception of the world in front of us. A panoramic image, then, can reasonably be considered one of the best ways to capture a scene if the objective is to show the viewer your perception of that scene.

But I don’t think panoramas have to always…

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Geek + Photography


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For the longest time I’ve wanted to start a blog, but I never really knew for what. My interests tend to change with the seasons, so I’ve always held back because I didn’t know what I really wanted to write about. Hell the face of this website has changed about 4 times over the last few years and nothing really ever came from it other than practicing how to manage a Wordpress site.

But over the last 2 years I have discovered that I need a place to write about the things I learn and to showcase my journey…

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