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Reviewing the egg shot images


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The Practicing Photographer

with Ben Long

Video: Reviewing the egg shot images

Photography, of course, is entirely about light, and you're going to spend the rest of your photographic life just continuing to explore light and, and always learning more and more about it. In the first part of this installment of the Practicing Photographer, I gave you a challenge, for a particular way of exploring and investigating light and that was shoot an egg. It seemed like a very simple assignment to when you just say it as, go shoot an egg. But if you tried it, I am sure you found it to be a little bit challenging, especially when I said to try to get some emotional response and to try to do it through a manipulating light.
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    1. Pulling stills from a timelapse NEW
      6m 8s
    2. 1m 35s
      1. Introducing The Practicing Photographer
        1m 35s
    3. 12h 10m
      1. Choosing a camera
        5m 27s
      2. Looking at light as a subject
        2m 22s
      3. Using a small reflector to add fill light
        5m 45s
      4. Editing photo metadata with PhotosInfo Pro for iPad
        6m 30s
      5. Let your lens reshape you
        7m 26s
      6. Compositing street photography images with Photoshop
        7m 44s
      7. Expand your filter options with step-up and step-down rings
        3m 56s
      8. Shooting without a memory card
        3m 6s
      9. Give yourself a year-long assignment
        5m 28s
      10. Working with reflections
        1m 26s
      11. Exploring mirrorless cameras
        7m 25s
      12. Batch processing photos with the Adobe Image Processor
        7m 30s
      13. Limiting yourself to a fixed-focal-length lens
        2m 13s
      14. Creating tiny worlds: Shooting technique
        4m 15s
      15. Creating tiny worlds: Post-processing techniques
        11m 41s
      16. Shooting macro shots on an iPhone
        3m 18s
      17. Using a tripod
        3m 33s
      18. Wildlife and staying present
        5m 58s
      19. Batch exposure adjustments on raw files
        6m 52s
      20. Why Shoot Polaroid
        11m 12s
      21. Seizing an opportunity
        4m 4s
      22. Four photographers do a light-as-subject exercise
        12m 24s
      23. Shooting macro bug photos with a reversed lens
        4m 54s
      24. Varnishing a photo for a painterly effect
        13m 36s
      25. Shooting wildlife
        7m 24s
      26. Discussion on how to shoot architecture
        12m 27s
      27. Using a lens hood
        4m 48s
      28. Working with themes
        2m 48s
      29. Setting up an HDR time lapse
        7m 55s
      30. Processing an HDR time lapse
        7m 55s
      31. Two perspectives on travel photography
        12m 28s
      32. Scanning Photos
        5m 37s
      33. Photo assignment: shooting an egg
        3m 13s
      34. Reviewing the egg shot images
        6m 47s
      35. Shooting in your own backyard
        4m 38s
      36. Jpeg iPad import process
        3m 17s
      37. Shooting a product shot in open shade
        9m 34s
      38. Reviewing the product shot images
        4m 5s
      39. Warming up
        3m 26s
      40. Taking a panning action shot
        10m 17s
      41. Scanning polaroid negatives and processing in Photoshop
        8m 17s
      42. Shooting a silhouette
        3m 9s
      43. Going with an ultra-light gear configuration
        5m 29s
      44. Working with masks and calculations in Photoshop
        12m 38s
      45. Working with flash for macro photography
        4m 56s
      46. Colorizing a black and white photo in Photoshop
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      47. Using duct tape and zip ties in the field
        4m 14s
      48. When the on camera flash is casting a shadow
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      49. Using Lightroom on the road
        6m 28s
      50. Listening to your camera to get good exposure
        2m 20s
      51. Shooting a successful self portrait with a phone
        7m 18s
      52. Switching to Lightroom from another application
        9m 48s
      53. Photographing animals in wildlife refuges
        6m 41s
      54. Shooting level
        2m 42s
      55. Photoshop and Automator
        8m 54s
      56. Shooting when the light is flat
        3m 23s
      57. Discussing the business of stock photography
        9m 48s
      58. Shooting tethered to a monitor
        3m 21s
      59. Making a 360 degree panorama on the iPhone
        4m 45s
      60. Understanding the three flash setup
        3m 34s
      61. Shooting a three flash portrait
        4m 6s
      62. Understanding the differences with third party lenses
        4m 43s
      63. Understanding why files look different on depending on device
        5m 25s
      64. Working with a geotagging app on the iPhone
        4m 43s
      65. Using high speed flash sync to dim ambient light
        7m 29s
      66. Using your iPad as a second monitor
        5m 46s
      67. Understanding exposure with a leaf shutter camera
        3m 28s
      68. Photography practice through mimicry
        8m 8s
      69. Canon wireless flash with built in radio control
        5m 59s
      70. Posing and shooting pairs of people
        5m 35s
      71. Shooting with a shape in mind
        3m 15s
      72. Shooting tethered to a laptop
        4m 40s
      73. Softboxes vs. umbrellas
        2m 55s
      74. Getting your project out into the world
        6m 25s
      75. Exploring how to think about shooting a new environment
        3m 56s
      76. Discussing the book "The Passionate Photographer" with Steve Simon
        6m 4s
      77. Highlighting iOS 8 updates on the iPhone5S
        10m 46s
      78. Exploring manual controls with iOS 8 and ProCamera
        5m 30s
      79. Understanding how to compose with an empty sky
        4m 54s
      80. Using an iPhone to make a print in the darkroom
        7m 16s
      81. How to use glycerin as a photography tool
        2m 16s
      82. Understanding micro focus adjustment and Lens Align
        11m 19s
      83. Working with hair in post
        3m 28s
      84. Taking a quick portrait and directing a subject
        5m 50s
      85. Getting inspired through the work of others
        11m 22s
      86. Taking a flattering portrait with flash
        4m 21s
      87. Creating an unaligned HDR image
        3m 3s
      88. Exploring how to use Bokeh
        5m 38s
      89. Shooting stills from a drone
        6m 57s
      90. Using a monitor to get a first person view of the aerial camera
        8m 0s
      91. Understanding lens profile correction
        5m 33s
      92. Working with models
        2m 40s
      93. Understanding the labels on SD cards
        10m 32s
      94. Setting up a macro time lapse of a flower
        6m 18s
      95. Taking a portrait that's tightly cropped or slightly obscured
        3m 24s
      96. Tips for shooting panoramas
        7m 16s
      97. Carrying a point-and-shoot camera
        4m 44s
      98. Adjusting the color of shadows in an image
        5m 35s
      99. Evaluating camera-strap options
        4m 42s
      100. The 100th Practicing Photographer
        3m 31s
      101. Using light-pollution maps for planning night shoots
        3m 26s
      102. Shooting a series of star shots for a stack
        8m 32s
      103. Stitching together stacks of stars
        8m 59s
      104. Understanding how to clean sensor dust
        10m 27s
      105. Dry sensor cleaning
        6m 23s
      106. Cleaning the sensor with moisture
        7m 32s
      107. Composing in the center
        2m 48s
      108. Working with an electronic shutter control
        2m 50s
      109. Understanding how to use the Wi-Fi feature in some cameras
        2m 56s
      110. Exploring the software equivalent to graduated ND (neutral density) filters
        7m 8s
      111. Don't be predictable in your framing
        10m 21s
      112. Shooting with ND filter and flash to balance subject and background exposure
        2m 42s
      113. Understanding when to go low contrast
        3m 15s
      114. Reasons for shooting images alone
        4m 5s
      115. Working with colored lens filters and converting to black and white
        14m 4s
      116. Waiting for a subject when the light is good
        5m 2s
      117. Understanding options for tripod heads
        7m 23s
      118. Shooting a slow-shutter zoom-and-spin shot for light effect
        4m 47s
      119. Shooting and processing a long exposure at night
        10m 0s
      120. Getting creative with image curation
        4m 12s
      121. Why equivalent lenses don't always meter the same
        5m 42s

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In The Practicing Photographer, photographer and teacher Ben Long shares a weekly serving of photographic instruction and inspiration. Each installment focuses on a photographic shooting scenario, a piece of gear, or a software technique. Each installment concludes with a call to action designed to inspire you to pick up your camera (or your mouse or smartphone) to try the technique for yourself.

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Reviewing the egg shot images

Photography, of course, is entirely about light, and you're going to spend the rest of your photographic life just continuing to explore light and, and always learning more and more about it. In the first part of this installment of the Practicing Photographer, I gave you a challenge, for a particular way of exploring and investigating light and that was shoot an egg. It seemed like a very simple assignment to when you just say it as, go shoot an egg. But if you tried it, I am sure you found it to be a little bit challenging, especially when I said to try to get some emotional response and to try to do it through a manipulating light.

We gave the same assignment to a group of high school photography students here at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, and after they were finished with it we had a group critique. We're going to take a look at some of that now, you're going to hear me, the photographers, Troy Word and Konrad Eek, as we look at what these students came up with when tasked with trying to draw emotion from an egg. >> So who's, who's this? Chris, alright, good. Well I think you achieved it really well. I mean, I, I like you know? The use of your light and, you know, repeating, choosing to backlight it like that. I think it's really effective.

And it actually, backlight is like amazing for opening things up and, and you know? Giving it a kind of glow. I think you totally feel that, I mean, that's what I get from it. It's like, sort of a forgotten little corner of decay somewhere, you know. I mean maybe the bug hasn't forgotten it. There, you know, there, I guess you could say it's hopeful the bug has found a giant egg that's going to feed him for the next, you know, hundred years basically. But, well done. I mean, I think that's exactly the exercise, is like, you know, use the shape of the egg, create an emotion, and I think you achieved that, so good job.

I mean, I think it has an emotional resonance, I don't know what exactly emotion it is, but I think it's very beautiful. And it certainly, there's something to the repeating. Circles, and you know, even just this, actually, funny enough, really I think, makes it. If that was just a black field, I think it would be less interesting. I would love to see a black and this, in black and white would probably be stunning. You know, and maybe to look. You know, this is another situation with your raw capture where there will be a ton of range in here and if you convert it to black and white.

You can play with your grayscale a lot and, you know, you could really get something that just looks like a, it's almost, you know, similar to some work that, that's done by early photographers you know, and I think it has a real classic, feel to it. And just the way you composed it, to the left I think really works, if it was centered it wouldn't work. And again that's something, you know, Photoshop, you could go in and you could lift that. You know, if you wanted to emphasize it if you want to do that. You know, obviously the, for me the problem with Photoshop is you have so many possibilities, sometimes you're tempted to use them when you shouldn't.

Sometimes less is, I mean most of time less is more, and just because you can do it, doesn't mean you should, but you, you know, the great thing about raw capture is you can go back in and then rework it, you know. Anybody else have any thoughts, or? Ooh. I think it's fabulous. You know, I love, it's a very surreal, you don't quite understand what's happening. But it almost you know, seems like you know, the alien egg that they discover in the cave, you know, as they're, they're exploring in the, in the fit, the sci-fi film or something, And this is fantastic.

The way it almost looks like it's levitating. And you don't understand what that is, it's like a, strange waterfall of something or, you know, smoke or. But I think, you know, that really provokes a strong emotion that shot, I think, and it's really, beaut, you know, beautifully done with the light, I think it's excellent. >> Yeah, it's all about the light. >> Who, okay, good. >> These might come together. >> So repeating the, the shape of backlight, and, good, it's very, you know, well composed and exposed, and it sort of has a strange, almost, you know.

Google Maps kind of thing, it's like a tiny landscape, but in a way, almost like a giant satellite image, you know, at the same time, it kind of has a couple of things going on. >> I like the light against dark here, mirrored with the dark against light here. This is a really cool symmetry here, I think that's why I want a little tighter crop in here to really bring the eye right in there. >> Good. Well done. Ooh, whose is this? Alright, good. I think if you just put this on a wall and ask people what it was, they'd think it's an astronomy picture of a planet, and again, it's all about the light, it's a great use of light, the side light, you know where light can create shape, you know, even in the texture, you know, I mean.

Texture really is revealed by the way you use the light and by taking it to the side, you always get more texture which is exactly why in portraits a lot of times you want the light, right in front because you don't want texture. You want to texture away. So that's great. I mean it looks like a, I don't know. There's like a little bumpiness there and everything which is really interesting. Again, this maybe one where you go into RAW, and if you, you may be able to bring more texture into it. So that would be interesting to, to look at.

And same thing, I mean this is perfect situation where you want to be shooting RAW or JPEG, that would be it. In RAW you can You may be able to find even more in it, so, good. I know that Conrad, Troy and I were surprised by the quality of the work that the students produced. Also, I want you to know that they did that in about an hour and a half, two hours. This was not a long assignment, they had an early afternoon to do it, an early afternoon in, in kind of the worst light of the day. Still, they were using natural light. They were using a couple of light sources that we provided and they were using a lot of creativity and ingenuity.

So if you haven't done the assignment yet, if you're kind of cheating and watching the second part first, hopefully this was a little inspiring for you. If you want to make it easier for yourself, remember this is an exercise. You don't have to come out with. Photos that you wouldn't show anyone else, just as a musician doesn't worry about performing scales for somebody. This is not about trying to get a, a really fantastic image for a show. In fact, honestly it's a weird exercise admittedly. You don't really need to know how to shoot an egg. But again an egg is a round shape a lot like a human head or a human body, it's a really good exercise in understanding how.

Light works. So if you haven't tried it, give it a try don't put too much pressure on yourself, give yourself about an hour and a half and work with whatever light you can find.

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