Photography Goal

Posted on: 08.13.09

I want to become a better photographer, especially after attending the “Beauty and the Beast” lighting seminar. John Woodward kept using the phrase “meet the daylight where it is”. That is my first goal. Become aware of the light and meet the daylight where it is. Need to learn the Sunny 16 rule, need to live it.

I want to do more studio work, I want to do more outside shoots with models. I know that to improve my photography I am going need to get some equipment I don’t have for outside work. My 420ex flash is crap. I really wish I had know how poor it is compared to the 550ex or the 580ex. The recycle speed it just terrible. My mother has a Sunpak PZ-5000AF, and I was hitting the test button and the recycle came back lickity split. Absolutely amazed by it. I am thinking that I will most likely be getting the Sigma 500 DG Super, its’ 1/2 the cost of the 550, but has the features I want. It will also fire my 420ex.

5 comments for this entry:
  1. A comment from: dave

    hi James!

    you’ve got a great looking website and I like how you’ve tweaked the theme. What gear are you shooting with?

    I’m an aspiring photographer myself, and just setup my wordpress account with the same theme, and am having some issues with setting up my site. how do you change the order of the ‘ blog’ on top and also, my thumbnail images aren’t working – any insight?

    I wish there was a way to keep the home page completely black and do without the middle section. Also, have you considered adding a Feedburner email signup to your page? I’m trying to figure that out now…

    keep shooting and great site!

  2. A comment from: jandrews

    Hi Dave,

    Sorry about the late response, I’ve been trying to plan a wedding and haven’t been keeping up with website comments lately.

    I shoot with a Canon XTi (really want the T1x). A sigma 18-125mm telephoto and a Sigma 70-300mm telephoto.

    By profession i am a web programmer, but when I created my photography site, I wanted nothing to do with programming it. WordPress was the right tool for the job. Changing the order of where blog is has to do with some code modifications I made. Backup header.php (in the FolioPhoto directory) and then replace it with the code found at this URL. It contains my changes.

    Then order your pages. One of them should be ordered as number 6 Blog will be inserted before that page. It’s pretty simple really

    The thumbnail problem pisses me off. Basically you have to edit the post, and re-add the image and it will appear. I have no idea why it does that…

    Thanks I’ll check out your site a bit later, let me know if you have any questions

    This code is found in header.php (backup your original before editing). What it does it it states that the “Blog” in the nav will come before any page that has an order equal to 6. So I just set one of my pages (in this case gallery shop) as an order of 6 and blog appears before it.

  3. A comment from: jandrews

    Dave, Just a quick addendum. To remove the white on the bottom of the hompage. Open style.css and look for this.

    background:#FFFFFF url(images/bg-gray.jpg) repeat-x scroll 0 0;
    border-bottom:1px solid #FFFFFF;
    border-top:1px solid #FFFFFF;

    Make it look like this.

    background:#FFFFFF url(images/bg-gray.jpg) repeat-x scroll 0 0;
    border-bottom:1px solid #FFFFFF;
    border-top:1px solid #FFFFFF;

    The /* */ is css comments, so here we are commenting out the CSS for the object #btmWrap which will then make the background color the same as the top for that lower section.

    I took a quick look at your site. I love the HDR stuff. I am just getting into HDR myself. I’ll be posting some of those later. What do you use to do your HDR composition?

  4. A comment from: Velia Kinkella

    Those are some superb photographs, wish mine were that high-quality!

  5. A comment from: Super Administrator

    Trust me I have gigabytes of “low quality” shots, it’s all about picking and choosing what to display!

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