OnOne has released its latest software upgrade to PhotoSuite 6 making it 6.1.  I usually don’t upgrade for a while seeing that most upgrades bring with them a barrel full of problems.  However, this time they have it right the first time.  Major improvements have been made to the masking panel.  Below is a composite I made this afternoon.  subject shot on studio background, placed inside old factory.  I made the factory background a tad on the blue side to contrast with the subject.  Oh, and as a tribute to Joel Grimes, I did a little tonal contrast adjustment to the whole image.  If you haven’t been keeping up with Grimes’ work you should google him and see what he is up to.

Portrait Project / Zumbrella Shoot Thru Umbrella

Just finished an interesting magazine project on entrepreneurs.  During a declining economy these folks all seemed to be thriving thru good business practices and lots of hard work.  I really enjoyed shooting them and am looking forward to seeing the complete magazine piece published.

All photos for this project were taken on location using a shoot-thru umbrella for the key light (Alla David Zeiser – I use David’s Zumbrella) using small speed lights (Nikon SB-900s) for the light sources.  I love using at least one kicker or hair light to introduce the feeling of depth in my photos.  I like to think that the use of this extra light or two marks my portrait style, hopefully separating me a little from my competition.

If you would like more information on the Zumbrella go to Davids Blog http://digitalprotalk.blogspot.com/ and check out his resource tab.  Great photo advice as well.

Do it better all the time!

The topic often comes up discussing why professional photographers are losing business to week-end warrior freelancers and soccer moms with a camera.  We pros are all frustrated that these new photographers are taking our work and ruining the business of photography.  I say stop complaining and do something about the level of your work. New technology makes it pretty easy for the untrained to produce some very acceptable photography.  The price of admission into this business has dropped to an all time low.  No longer does one need decades of lab experience or technical training to produce a properly exposed, focused color photograph.   If the pro photographer’s work looks just like that of the amateur than how can you blame a client for choosing not to book with a professional.  Especially when the price difference can be considerable.  As professionals, we must offer the client much more.  More creativity, better service, the highest standards of excellence and reliability and we must do this consistently.  If you as a professional are producing work that looks like the work done by entry level want-a-be photographers than quit complaining.  You have no argument.  Give your clients something special all the time.  Prove your worth…..MTC/BL

Professor Desmond Lun was photographed at Rutgers University recently for use with a story about his DNA detection and identification research.  The assignment was made possible because the client needed a photograph that could not be produced by point and shoot technology.

A New Beginning

What better way to begin the new year than with a new blog and website. I have begun the painful process of re-doing my website and blog. This was made necessary due to the demise of Apple’s Mobile Me account. I had used Mobile Me to host my website and blog for the past few years. Apple has announced that it will no longer offer web hosting, galleries or many of the other tools I used to share and distribute photos. So, as of January 1st I will be switching over to Photo Shelter. They will host my site, my storefront, an FTP site and a few other goodies I’ll talk about soon. All my present contact information will remain the same so don’t worry about finding me on the web. All my URL and email information will stay as it is now.

Now for some proud papa news. Below is a photo I took of my daughter recently after she graduated from Drexel University’s PA program. She received her Master’s degree and the distinction of becoming a Physicians Assistant. She worked very hard to accomplish this and I am very very proud of her accomplishments. – Nikon D3s / 85mm f1.4 lens at f.4

Kate Laramie PA-C / Photo by Bob Laramie