The Finished Image

White Balancing Your Photos To Get Real Colors

July 18, 2013 / by

White Balancing serves as a basis for the processing of you photographs. This very important aspect serves as the foundation for all of your processing needs. In this article, we discuss the background and we discuss how to find “White”.

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Steam Engine at Night

The Outdoor Studio: Large Scale Strobe Setups

March 28, 2013 / by

In Part II of the Outdoor Studio, Photographer William Gill gets technical about his lighting setup as he illuminates a large train in marshland.

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The Outdoor Studio: Photographing Trains At Night

March 21, 2013 / by

Introducing the art of photographing trains at night, photographer William Gill gives us a behind-the-scenes look at his methodology and routine.

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"Setting Of The Third Sun" by D. Travis North

Behind The Scenes: Setting of the Second Sun

December 14, 2012 / by

Several weeks ago, when I had been loaned the incredible Sigma APO Macro 180mm (OS) lens for our review, I got to play around with close-up and macro photography. One of my creations was the photo shown above, Setting of the Second Sun, which may just have been an excuse to play with my son’s LEGO Star Wars figures.  Close-up photography is, to me, almost zen-like.  While it is a an art that requires precision, discipline and a lot of patience, you have absolute control over every aspect of the shot.  The process behind a photograph like this is often misconstrued as something that is entirely thought up in the photographer’s mind and then with a quick setup, you have the shot.  It’s not like that at all, it’s a process.  Using this photograph as an example, I would like to take you through the process behind it’s creation.  In the end, I hope that you will have a better understanding of building a similar shot, and I hope that you garner some wisdom from my process. The Setup You have to start somewhere, so let’s start with a basic setup.  I used a piece of foam core as my ground […]

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How I Failed A Shot (And Got Called On It): A Lesson In Taking Criticism

August 02, 2012 / by

I approached a challenge without my heart, failed and I got called on it. I could resent the comments, but I shall remain humble and admit my failures. Furthermore, I will learn from this. Read on to see how I failed, and how I’ll be stronger as a result.

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"Falsely Accused:  Two Slivers of Hope" by D. Travis North

Behind The Scenes: Self Portraits in a Ruin (Part 3)

July 14, 2012 / by

Part 3 of 3 in a series that explores a self-portrait project featuring ruins. We explore the challenges and analyze photos from the series in this Behind The Scenes discussion.

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"Falsely Accused:  Grooming" by D. Travis North

Behind The Scenes: Self Portraits in a Ruin (Part 2)

July 13, 2012 / by

Part 2 of 3 in a series that explores a self-portrait project featuring ruins. We explore the challenges and analyze photos from the series in this Behind The Scenes discussion.

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"Falsely Accused:  Grooming" by D. Travis North

Behind The Scenes: Self Portraits in a Ruin (Part 1)

July 12, 2012 / by

Part 1 of 3 in a series that explores a self-portrait project featuring ruins. We explore the challenges and analyze photos from the series in this Behind The Scenes discussion.

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"Christmas Train" by D. Travis North

Building a Photograph: Toy Train Under The Christmas Tree

December 15, 2011 / by

A model railroad under a Christmas tree – a planned out photograph that took a lot of thought and effort. Follow along as I discuss the entire process from start to finish while constructing and building this photograph. Read on for some behind-the-scenes shots and explanations of the entire process.

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